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Multiple Days Tour in the Southern Albania - We Have Organised It All For You

Day 1  Tirana-Vlore-Karaburun: Departure from Tirana at 08:00; Coffee break in Vlora city at 11:00; Arrival and accomodation in the yacht at Orikum Marina; Start the yacht tour and visit the Karaburun peninsula, Haxhi Ali's cave, St. Jani's Bay; Lunch on board; Free time in St. Vasili's beach; Dinner on board; Welcome  party after dinner at the beach.  Day 2  Sail to Dhermi: Breakfast and departure from St. Vasili; Arrival in St. Andrea and Grama Bays; Optional paragliding experience from Llogara mountain down to dhermi; Free Time/Sunbath; Arrival at Dhermi.  Day 3  Dhermi - Gjipe - Jale:  Breakfast; Sightseeing at Pirate's cave and Gjipe beach; Optional scuba diving experience in the beautiful Jale beach; Arrival in Himara city; Free time and dinner onshore; Group games on sand.  Day 4  Himara - Lukova:  Breakfast; Departure to Lukova; Lunch at Llamani beach; Visit Ali Pasha castle in Porto Palermo, Arrival in Lukova and encore at the bay; Dinner on shore.  Day 5  Krorez, Kakome, Saranda:  Breakfast; Sail to Kakome bay and wonderful Krorez beach; Free time and lunch; Approch to Saranda Harbor; Dinner onshore;  Day 6  Saranda - Ksamil - Butrint - Syri i kalter  Breakfast; Visit Ksamili islands; Visit Butrint cultural site as an UNESCO heritage; free time and lunch in Ksamil; Visit Blue Bay; Dinner in Lekursi castle in Saranda;  Day 7 Saranda-Tirana:  Breakfast; return to Tirana by van.

$1509 Cultural & Theme Tours

PEARLS OF SOUTHERN ALBANIA (6 nights)

ItineraryDay 1: DurresStop At: Durres Amphitheatre, Durres, Durres CountyThe weathered Roman-era Amphitheatre of Durrës was built on the hillside inside the city walls in the early 2nd century AD.In its prime it had the capacity to seat 15,000 to 18,000 spectators, but these days a few inhabited houses occupy the stage, a reminder of its recent rediscovery (in 1966) and excavation. The Byzantine chapel in the amphitheatre has several beautiful mosaics. Duration: 40 minutesPass By: Durres Castle, Durres, Durres CountyThe Venetian Castle is an extension of the Byzantine Fortress of Durrës. Built in the sixth century, it was considered as one of the most powerful fortresses along the western coast of the Adriatic. Architectonic elements of the structure and historic records show that the fortress was rebuild in the first half of the fifteenth century, when Durrës was ruled by the Republic of Venice.Stop At: Durres Archaeological Museum, Durres, Durres CountyThe bulk of the museum consists of artifacts found in the nearby ancient site of Dyrrhachium and includes an extensive collection from the Ancient Greek, Hellenistic and Roman periods Items of major note include Roman funeral steles and stone sarcophagi, an elliptical colourful mosaic measuring 17 by 10 feet, referred to as The Beauty of Durrës, and a collection of miniature busts of Venus, testament to the time when Durrës was a centre of worship of the goddess.Duration: 40 minutesPass By: Royal Villa of Durres, Durres, Durres CountyRoyal Villa of Durrës, also known as Zog's Villa of Durrës (Albanian: Vila mbretërore e Durrësit) was the summer villa of King Zog in Durrës, Albania.It was used as the summer palace by the Albanian Royal family during the reign of the Monarchy and still remains a symbol of the Monarchy in the City.Pass By: Fatih Mosque, Durres, Durres CountyThe Fatih Mosque is a Cultural Monument of Albania, located in Durrës. It was built in 1502 and named after the Ottoman Turkish Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror. Closed by the Communist authorities, it became a cultural monument in 1973.Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Adriatik HotelDay 2: GjirokasterStop At: Gjirokaster Castle, Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster CountyThe castle of Gjirokastra, entitled Cultural Monument of first category in 1948, is situated in the city of Gjirokastra which is part of Worldwide Cultural Heritage UNESCO. The castle is built on a rock that has the shape of a herringbone and prevails the city with its heightDuration: 2 hoursPass By: Gjirokaster Mosque, Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster CountyBuilt in 1757, the Gjirokastër Mosque (Xhamia e Gjirokastrës) is one of the most notable landmarks in the Old Bazaar area of Gjirokastër. Pass By: Gjirokastra Bazaar, Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster CountyUntil the mid 20th century Gjirokastra was an important market centre for agricultural products from the region, leather working and woodworking.Pass By: The Blue Eye - Syri i Kalter, AlbaniaIn this peaceful forest we will walk to the crystal clear spring called Blue Eye, where 900 m3 water per minute is coming from deep down the earth. Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Gjirokastra Day 3: Saranda– Three Island of Kasmil – Butrint Archaeological Park – Monastery of Forty Saints – Lëkurësi CastleStop At: Butrint National Park, Butrint, Vlore CountyInhabited since prehistoric times, Butrint has been the site of a Greek colony, a Roman city and a bishopric. Following a period of prosperity under Byzantine administration, then a brief occupation by the Venetians, the city was abandoned in the late Middle Ages after marshes formed in the area. The present archaeological site is a repository of ruins representing each period in the city’s developmentDuration: 2 hoursPass By: Ksamil Islands, Ksamil, Vlore CountyExplore three Island of Ksamil are also called “the Ionian pearl” because of its beauty.Stop At: Monastery of 40 Saints, Saranda, Vlore CountyThe Fourty Saints Monastery (Rrënojat e Manastirit të 40 Shenjtorëve) was built in the 6th Century in dedication to the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste and was thought to be an important pilgrimage site in the region but now remains in ruins following bombings in WWII and years of neglect. It is however, the only monument of its kind still semi-preserved in Albania and the Balkans.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Lekuresi Castle, Saranda, Vlore CountyPerched above the Albanian tourist capital of Saranda is Lekuresi Castle. It was built in the early sixteenth century by Sultan Suleyman when Albania was part of the Ottoman Empire. The castle was built to protect the coastline of Saranda from invasions by sea. A rough, unmade road leads up to the castle which is now a restaurant where you can sip a coffee while appreciating the wonderful views of Corfu and the Ksamil Islands. In the summer the castle is also used as a concert venue.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in SarandaDay 4: Free Relaxing massage at tour SPA and Wellness “Queen Teuta- DurresPass By: Deluxe Spa & Massage, Tirana, Tirana CountyTake Free Relaxing massage at tour SPA and Wellness “Queen Teuta” Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Adriatik Hotel Day 5: TiranaStop At: Mount Dajti, Tirana, Tirana CountyTake the cable car to (almost) the top of Dajti Mountain and enjoy the fantastic views. The longest cableway in the Balkans at 4.7 kilometres, the 15 minute scenic journey takes visitors over forest, farms, hilltops and even bunkers!Duration: 2 hoursPass By: Clock Tower, Tirana, Tirana Countyhe Clock Tower of Tirana, or Kulla e Sahatit in Albanian, was built in 1822 by Haxhi Et`hem Bey, who also oversaw the construction of the Et'hem Bey Mosque. The tower has a spiral staircase with 90 steps. The structure is 35 meters high, and until 1970 it was the tallest building in Tirana. The clock tower originally had a bell from Venice that marked the time every hour. In 1928 the Municipality of Tirana purchased a new German clock to replace the Venetian one. The clock was destroyed by bombs during World War II and was replaced in 1946 with a Roman numeral clock from a church in Shkoder, Albania. In 1970 the Roman numeral clock was replaced by a Chinese clock. The tower underwent renovation in 1981 and again in 1999. Access to the top of the tower has been available free of charge since 1996.Stop At: BunKart 2, Tirana, Tirana CountyBunk'Art 2 contain an Anti-Atomic bunker of Interior Ministry of Communist era that was projected for the governance of Tirana in case of war . The museum contain more information about the Albanian Police of the time but also for the Prisons , Working camps and the victims of communism .Duration: 1 hourPass By: Et`hem Bey Mosque, Tirana, Tirana CountyThe Et’hem Bey Mosque is located in the center of the Albanian capital Tirana. Construction was started in 1789 by Molla Bey and it was finished in 1823 by his son Ethem Pasha (Haxhi Ethem Bey), great-grandson of Sulejman Pasha.During the totalitarianism of the Socialist People’s Republic of Albania, the mosque was closed. In January 18, 1991, despite opposition from communist authorities, 10,000 people entered carrying flags. This was at the onset of the fall of communism in Albania. The frescoes of the mosque depict trees, waterfalls and bridges; still life paintings are a rarity in Islamic art. Pass By: Blloku, Tirana, Tirana CountyIsh-Blloku (the former Block) known as Blloku is the most famous and expensive area in Tirana. It became very attractive after the fall of communism in Albania because during communism it used to be the area where only the communist elites lived. Pass By: Tanners' Bridge, Tirana, Tirana CountyTabak Bridge (Ura e Tabakëve), also known as Tanners’ Bridge, is a famous stone footbridge dating from the 18th century.Pass By: Tanners' Bridge, Tirana, Tirana CountyThe Tanners' Bridge (Albanian: Ura e Tabakëve) is an 18th-century Ottoman period stone footbridge located in Tirana, Albania. The bridge was once part of the Shëngjergj Road that linked Tirana with the eastern highlands. The Shëngjergj Road furnished the city with agricultural produce and livestock. The bridge went across the Lanë stream and was adjacent to the area of butchers and leather workers. The Lanë was rerouted in the 1930s and the bridge was neglected. In the 1990s the bridge was restored to its former glory and is now used by pedestrians only.Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight At Adriatik Hotel

$2599 Day Trips & Excursions

EXPLORE IONIAN & ADRIATIC SEA (9 nights)

ItineraryDay 1: Tepelena Waterfall – Gjirokasta Old City Part of UNESCO – The National Museum of Armaments – Lekurasi Castle Stop At: Gjirokaster Castle, Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster CountyDepart from Durres early in the morning at 07:00 AM for Gjirokastra (approx. 3-hour drive.) Between the two towns we will happily stop for a break or a coffee on the way. The main interesting sight is Gjirokastra & Antigonea, ancient city. Walking tour for 2 hours straight to Gjirokastra Castle which is one of the largest in Balkans and one of the most magnificent structures.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.Day 2: SarandaStop At: Butrint National Park, Butrint, Vlore CountyAfter breakfast 09:00 AM, we will drive for 40 minutes towards the biggest and most important archaeological site in Albania. The ancient city which is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was first inhabited by Illyrians. According to discoveries made in the area, it has been proved that the site was inhabited as early as Paleolithic period. We will see here several excavations dating from the I and IV centuries AD and also the Old Amphitheatre, the temple of Asclepiads or Aesculapius, the Baptistery, Nymphaeum and the ancient city walls. Duration: 1 minuteStop At: Ksamil Islands, Ksamil, Vlore CountyAfter we continue to visit Ksamil small village to relax in wonderful nature at three Small Islands, and its turquoise bay where you can easyly swim or make a boat ride. Seafood lunch will be enjoyed in the best restaurant in Ksamil.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 3: Vlora Pass By: Borsh Beach, Borsh, Vlore CountyAfter breakfast at 08:00 AM, we depart to Vlora through the spectacular Albanian Riviera and around the traditional villages.We will make different stops during the trip at the Waterfall of BorshStop At: The Castle of Himara, Himare, Vlore CountyHimara village. We spend some time visiting Ali Pasha Castle in Himara, which was once one of the most important military bases during the cold war.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Zvernec Monastery, Vlore, Vlore CountyOur tour will continue to Narta lagoon in the city of Vlora, and nearby is located the St. Mary’s Monastery, one of the most beautiful in Albania to visitDuration: 30 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight In VloraDay 4: Vlora Boat Trip – Karaburun Peninsula – Sazan Island – Cape of the Pirat Haxhi AliStop At: Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park, Orikum, Vlore CountyIn Vlora’s harbor, which is the second largest harbor of Albania, the boat will be waiting for us to lead to the next adventure. Around 11:00 AM the boat will start sailing to the Karaburun Peninsula, a journey that lasts approximately 1hour and a half. We will stop there for 4 hours to rest and enjoy the sunshine, the beach and also the fresh fish. Afterwards we will continue our trip to Sazan Island, and on the way we will visit the Cape of the Pirat Haxhi Ali which is well-known for its legend. We will spend about an hour and a half visiting the island and knowing about its history which is still shrouded in mystery, even to most Albanians. That’s because the island was once a fortified, isolated military base and has never had any civilian population. It was opened for the tourists only in 2015 and since then many tourists came from all over the world to visit the Island. We will leave the island at 06:30 PM and arrive at the harbor of Vlora at 08:30 PM. From there we will continue our way to the Hotel.Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Adriatik hotel 5 starDay 5: Apollonia Archaeological Park - BeratPass By: Berat Fortress, Berat, Berat CountyOnce we get to the city, we will visit Berat Castle, which dates back to 4th century BC. There, you will learn a little history of Berat. The castle is one of the biggest inhabited castles and has many Byzantine churches, as well as some mosques built during the Ottoman era, which began in 1417.Stop At: Apollonia, Fier, Fier CountyWe travel to the archeological park of Apollonia (part of Unesco). We will stop will be at the Monastery of the Nativity of the Theotokos in Adrenica building in 1282.The tour continues to Apollonia founded in 588 BCE which now days it is the biggest archaeological site in Albania.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at Adriatik HotelDay 6: Pogradec – Tushimisht VillageStop At: Driloni National Park, Pogradec, Korce CountyMeet at Adriatik Hotel lobby and then drive to Pogradec, approx 120 km from Durres. The program starts with an overview of Pogradec and its main landmarks. Then we drive to “Drilon National Park” to enjoy the lunch at local restaurant (nice spot not far from the Ohrid Lake which has been a preferred holiday place for the ex-dictator Hoxha) – decorated with willow trees, and streams flowing down to the lake. We suggest you to try Koran fish which has a wonderful taste. “Queen of England met the Queen of the Lake”. These are the words of Queen Elizabeth of United Kingdom many years ago while visiting the Lake of Pogradec when she tasted the famous speckled trout of Pogradec, known as Koran. During her historic visit, the Queen had the opportunity to enjoy the delicacies of Pogradec cuisine. Wine-yards of the zone give the privilege to taste home-made wine, which is the best and served from all the restaurants. Then we proceed to, a characteristic village where a famous Albanian movie has taken placeDuration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Adriatik Hotel 5 starDay 7: Këlcyra – Permet Thermal Baths – Kadiu Bridge- The big stone of the cityStop At: Benja Thermal Baths, Permet, Gjirokaster CountyAfter breakfast at 08:30 AM we depart towards the Thermal waters of Benja. They are known as Benja Thermal Baths and are placed 14 km away from Permet City. Before we arrive at the thermal waters, we will pass nearby a stone bridge over a winding stretch of brilliantly blue-green water. Warm water rushes beneath it, providing a relaxing treat for those who visit. The heated water flows down the river unless it gets diverted into one of the several human-made pools. The water at Benja Thermal Baths contains Sulphur and has enormous high curative effects, 4 of the sources are used for chronic disease of rheumatism, and another one is especially used stomach disease and the last one for skin diseases. The Benja Thermal Waters have temperature of 26 - 32 grade Celsius. The water contains Sulphur and there is strong smell in the area. It's muddy so bring some water-shoes! We will spend 1-2hours in the thermal waters. After an optional lunch in Permet (Antigone restaurant), we head back to the hotelDuration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Adriatik Hotel 5 starDay 8: Tirana – Dajti Moutian by Cable Car – Wine tasting – Skanderbeg Square – Blloku Area – Traditional Lunch (optional)Stop At: Dajti Ekspres “Cable Car”, Tirana, Tirana CountyA visit to the Dajti National Park is a great way to spend a day in an attractive mountainous landscape outside and literally ‘above’ the city. This tour starts with a relaxing trip up the mountain 1612 meters high with Dajti Express cable car, which offers a great view over Tirana and its surroundings.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Adriatik Hotel

$856.30 Cultural & Theme Tours

Albanian Riviera

Day 1. Airport - TiranaPick up at Tirana airport and transfer to hotel.Day 2: Himare via Vlore & Llogara National ParkAfter breakfast we drive to Himare and the Albanian Riviera by way of the city of Vlora, where the Adriatic and the Ionian sea meet, for a coffee break. Head for lunch among pine trees in Llogara National Park.  Stop at the "Riviera Balcony" for a far away stretched view of the many bays and beaches. Enjoy e free evening in the seaside village of Himara. Day 3: Gjipe Canyon & Bay and Boat Ride to the cove of JaleTransfer to Gjipe beach through snakey seaside road. 10 min of walking is needed to unveil a well protected bay with a gravel beach and turquoise waters. 40 min downhill hike along its canyon is another option to reach the bay. Enjoy a relaxed beach day until the late afternoon. In July/August we have a boat ride towards Jale BayDay 4: Livadhi Beach DayTransfer to Livadhi beach with its coarse sand and Communist bunkers spread around one of the largest beaches in Himara area. Enjoy a relaxed beach day until the late afternoon. Celebrate your beach day in Himara in the evening. Day 5: Sarande via Borsh Beach & Ali Pasha CastleLeave Himara for the seaside town of Saranda. Stop en route to the idyllic beach of Borsh. Enjoy snorkeling, exploring underwater caves. Relax swimming, sunbathing and having Albanian style “refreshing”: Raki and fruits. Transfer to Saranda in the late afternoon where en route to you will stop and explore the Ali Pasha Castle with your Tour Director. Marvel at the architecture and listen to entertaining legends about the man who build it, Ali Pashe Tepelena. Celebrate your beach day with a seafood based dinner by the Ionian Sea, enjoying Saranda’s sunset.Day 6: Butrint (UNESCO) & Ksamil IslandsSet off for a beach day at Ksamil Islands. Travel by boat to the Twin Islands close by, to explore, swim, sunbathe and enjoy food and drinks at small cafés and restaurant on the Islands. Spend your afternoon in Ksamil or Add an Excursion. Optional Excursion­: Unesco – recognized Butrint Archaeological Park. (available on tour) Enjoy the scenery in the Castle of Lekuresit, where a superb view stretches at sunset over Saranda and Butrint Lagoon. Day 7: Tirane via “Blue Eye” spring & GjirokasterOn the road to Tirane, stop at the “Blue Eye” spring. Marvel at the hypnotic waters and hundreds shades of blue. Explore the park’s communist ruins while listening to the calming sound of the river, crossing it. Enjoy lunch in the Bazaar of Gjirokaster and have a free afternoon wandering around the UNESCO-recognized “city of stone” before transferring to Tirana. En route to Tirane, pit stop in Lushnje for a “byrek break” .Day 8: Departure dayTransfer to the airport

$1061.81 Cultural & Theme Tours

Albanian Culinary Delights

Day 1. Tirana. Meet at airport and transfer to Tirana where we take a driven tour of the capital’s major attractions. Overnight in Tirana.Day 2. Tirana - Shkodra. We will taste some delicacies of this region such us pickles, local cheeses, bio olive oil, several kinds of breads in their rustic form. Shkodra Lake Carp baked in the oven Shkodra style. Overnight in Shkodra.Day 3. Shkodra - Lezha - Kruje - DurresLezha, culinary traditions have been researched and fused with modern cooking by the chef, to offer a delightful gourmet feast, which we will sample in degustation menus of both meat and fish. In Kruja we will eat,lamb and potatoes baked in an earth ware pot, raisin rice and meat dessert, a unique desert of this region.Day 4: Durres – Berat (UNESCO)Just before Berat we stop at Cobo winery to taste one of the best Albanian wines.Lunch in a traditional restaurant in Berat castle. Overnight in Berat.Day 5: Berat (UNESCO) – Ardenica – Apollonia – VloraLunch in Apollonia. A characteristic lunch of the Muzeqe region with small hens baked in the oven with rice will be had in traditional village restaurant. Overngiht in Vlora.Day 6: Vlora – Butrint (UNESCO)– SarandaLunch in Ksamil Beach. A wonderful seafood lunch with, fish carpaccio, and fresh fish grilled awaits us at Ksamil, immediately on the beach in front of turquoise waters at a seaside Restaurant run by a dedicated family. Dinner will be on the patio of local restaurant by the sea where we enjoy a delicious fish dinner while the aroma of the sea caresses our nostrils. Overnight in Saranda. Day 7: Saranda – Syri i Kalter (Blue Eye Spring) – Gjirokastra (UNESCO) – PermetLunch at one of the town’s traditional restaurants with specialties such us; pasha qofte soup, kukurec, qumeshtor etc. Permet is one of Albania’s well known regions for its delicious cuisine with some unique delicacies such us tomato jam, which we will be able to sample at a traditional restaurant. Overnight in Permet.Day 8: Permet – KorcaLunch in the traditional family restaurant in Boboshtica just before reaching Korca. Dinner will be in a uniquely conceived restaurant which in its dinning room houses a large collection of all kinds of items from Albania’s 50 years of communism. Overnight in Korca.Day 9: Korca - Pogradec –Tirana  Lunch in family restaurant to enjoy unique Koran fish a rare fish of the trout and salmon family, found only in this Lake.  In Tirana we will have a farewell fine gourmet dinner at one of the best restaurants. Overnight in Tirana.Day 10: Tirana - Mother Teresa AirportAfter breakfast, free to explore until time of transfer to Airport