BALKAN DISCOVERIES: CROATIA, MONTENEGRO, KOSOVO & ALBANIA - (11 Nights)

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ItineraryDay 1: Dubrovnik Croatia Pass By: Dubrovnik Cable Car, Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik-Neretva County, DalmatiaEnjoy a day at leisure to explore Dubrovnik. Take the recently reopened cable car to or relax on the green island of Lokrum. In the evening, embark on a sunset cruise by private launch to the nearby fishing village of Cavtat, and savor a dinner of fresh local seafoodNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in DubrovnikDay 2: Dubrovnik- Kotor - Budva, Sanit Stephan-DurresPass By: Old Town, Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik-Neretva County, DalmatiaThe Old Town is full of fantastic architecture and is probably the most well preserved medieval town to see during your travels. Though crowded, it’s truly breathtaking and a must visit. From the churches to narrow alleyways and everything in between, you won’t even have time to put away your camera.Pass By: Kotor Old City, Kotor, Kotor MunicipalityYou can stop and visit Kotor Bay in Montenegro, Budva , have lunch in Saint Stephan a gorgeous place to visit before heading Albanian Border . No meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at Budva MontenegroDay 3: Durres old city – Roman Amphitheater – Venetian Tower – Royal Vila – Fatih Mosque – Archaeological museumStop At: Durres Castle, Durres, Durres CountyAfter meeting at Adriatik Hotel lobby, we will start our walking tour at the main square "Liria”. At the beginning of the tour, you will come across some fine specimens of the city's architecture dating back to the 1930's.Visit the Roman Amphitheatre from the 2nd century AD. Built during the reign of Emperor Trajan, this is one of the biggest amphitheaters in the Balkans. On your way to the Archaeological Museum of Durres, you will come across the Byzantine Wall, an engineering masterpiece built during the reign of Emperor Anastasius.Walk down the seaside promenade enjoying the fresh air and the view of the largest bay in Albania. The Byzantine Chapel is our next stop. An early Christian chapel built on the side of the Amphitheatre, the chapel's western alcove preserves a unique polychromatic mosaic representing old, Christian iconography.Learn more about the city's and the country's history in the Durres Archaeological Museum. Then head to the Venetian Tower, where a flight of stairs will take you to the roof and give you some of the best views of this old city, there you can relax and have a coffee break.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Durres Amphitheatre, Durres, Durres CountyVisit the Roman Amphitheatre from the 2nd century AD. Built during the reign of Emperor Trajan, this is one of the biggest amphitheaters in the Balkans. Duration: 40 minutesPass By: Fatih Mosque, Durres, Durres CountyThe Fatih Mosque (Albanian: Xhamia e Fatihut) is a Cultural Monument of Albania. 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.Stop At: Durres Castle, Durres, Durres CountyLearn more about the city's and the country's history of the Castle. Then head to the Venetian Tower, where a flight of stairs will take you to the roof and give you some of the best views of this old city, there you can relax and have a coffee breakDuration: 1 hourPass By: Royal Villa of Durres, Durres, Durres CountyRoyal Villa of Durrës, also known as Zog's Villa of Durrës ) 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: Durres Archaeological Museum, Durres, Durres CountyThe Durrës Archaeological Museum (Albanian: Muzeu Arkeologjik‎) in Durrës, Albania, established in 1951, is the largest archaeological museum in the country. The museum is located near the beach and north of the museum are the 6th-century Byzantine walls, constructed after the Visigoth invasion of 481.Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Adriatik HotelDay 4: Kruja city- Old Bazaar – Skanderbeg’s Museum – Holy Mountain Stop At: Kruja's Shop, Kruje, Durres CountyLeave Durres in morning by traveling to Kruja. Walking tour to the narrow streets of the medieval well preserved Old Bazaar, which has a wonderful selection of authentic antiques and souvenirs were you can buy traditional Albanian costumes, books, musical instruments, and different items from the communist daysDuration: 1 hourStop At: Kruja Castle, Kruje, Durres CountyThen we will Skanderbeg’s museum, which contains objects dating back to Skanderbeg’s time. There nearby you can visit the Holy Mountain of Sari Salltik and have some holy water from their fountain, up in the mountainDuration: 2 hoursPass By: Ethnographic Museum of Kruja, Kruje, Durres CountyMuseum houses one of the best ethnographic museums in the country. Set in an original 19th-century Ottoman house that belonged to the affluent Toptani family, the museum shows the level of luxury and self-sufficiency the household maintained by producing its own food, drink, leather and weapons. Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Adriatik HotelDay 5: Tirana city – Clock Tower – Et’hem Bey Mosque – Blloku area –Petrala Castle –BunKart- Museum -Pazari i RiStop At: Petrela Castle, Petrele, Tirana CountyPetrelë Castle: The Castle, the prominent wooden structure is a restaurant, is perched on a rockyhill, above the village with the same name.Duration: 40 minutesStop At: BunKart 2, Tirana, Tirana CountyBunKart is an underground bunker that was constructed for Tirana's communist-era politicians and military top brass in case of nuclear war. Duration: 40 minutesPass By: Et`hem Bey Mosque, Tirana, Tirana CountyEt’hem Bey Mosque this historic religious structure is one of the oldest in the nation and somehowmanaged to escape destruction when an atheist movement took hold in Albania during the 1960s.Pass By: Clock Tower, Tirana, Tirana CountyClock Tower of Tirana, built by the Ottoman Turks and originally had a bell from Venice thatmarked the time every hour.Pass By: Tanners' Bridge, Tirana, Tirana CountyTanners’ Bridge is a newly restored, elegant Ottoman stone footbridge, with colourful Soviet stylehousing serving as a backdropPass By: Pazari i Ri, Tirana, Tirana CountyThe New Bazaar hosts some contemporary painted buildings, but it respects tradition, and is givingback to the city the beauty and authenticity.Pass By: Blloku, Tirana, Tirana CountyBlloku: Take the lunch break in Blloku where you can find the best restaurants, trendy bars, pubs,and cafes in AlbaniaMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Adriatik Hotel 5 starDay 6: Old town of Berat – Onufri Ethnographic Museum – Gorica Bridge – Red Mosque – Mangalemi Neighborhood - Stop At: Berat Castle, Berat, Berat CountyThe tour starts at 8:30 am from Adriatik Hotel and it will take approximately 2 hours to reach Berat city. Once 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.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: National Ethnographic Museum Berat, Berat, Berat CountyOur walk in the castle will take us to Onufri Museum, which is set up inside the cathedral of Saint Mary, renovated in the 18th century. Besides the beautifully carved iconostasis, you can also admire the icons of the renowned Albanian painter Onufri.Duration: 30 minutesPass By: Gorica Bridge, Berat, Berat CountyOur next stop is in the old quarters of Mangalem and Gorica that connect with each other by the Gorica Bridge over the Osumi River The bridge was built in XVIII century. It was originally made of wood, and in 1780, during the ruling of Ahmet Kurt Pasha, it was rebuilt with stones. The Bridge of Gorica had a complete reconstruction during the years 1920-1930.Pass By: The King Mosque, Berat, Berat CountyThe King Mosque also known as the Sultan's Mosqueor Sultan Bayezid Mosque is a mosque and a Cultural Monument of Albania.It was built in the 15th century by the Ottoman sultan Bayezid II.Stop At: Cobo Winery, Berat, Berat CountyOn the way back to the hotel, we will stop for tasting Albanian wine in the charming Çobo Winery. The tour will include an oversight of the wine making process and detailed explanations that paint a glowing picture of the family's history and the origins of their wines.(Optional)Read more about BERAT- DAILY TOUR 2019 - Albania - https://www.viator.com/tours/Albania/DAILY-TOUR-BERAT/d4471-119183P1?mcid=56757Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Adriatik Hotel 5 starDay 7: Rozafa Castle – Shkordra Lake – Agro tourism farmhouse – Italian Pedestrian – St. Stephen's Cathedral – Ebu Beker MosqueStop At: Rozafa Castle, Shkoder, Shkoder CountyVisiting Rozafa castle we will not only experience the supremacy the Illyrians would have feel over their enemies standing in such an imposing Castle, but will also admire breathtaking views 360 degrees. Duration: 1 hourPass By: Marubi National Museum of Photography, Shkoder, Shkoder CountyMarubi Virtual Museum went live today with around forty thousand pictures. Created by the Italian photograph Pietro Marubi, the Marubi archives are considered one of the most important photographic heritages in the Balkans. The oldest photos date back to 1858.Pass By: Venice Art Mask Factory, Shkoder, Shkoder CountyThe mask exhibit at the Venice Art Mask Factory contains the most diverse and exquisite collection of Venetian masks. Stop At: St Stephen's Catholic Cathedral (Shkoder Cathedral), Shkoder, Shkoder CountyVisit of the Shkodra Cathedral also known as St Stephen’s Catholic Cathedral. The Roman Catholic cathedral is dedicated to Saint Stephen and was built in 7 April 1858 (the largest in the Balkans).Duration: 20 minutesPass By: Ebu Bekr Mosque, Shkoder, Shkoder CountyKnown more commonly to locals as the Great Mosque, this impressive centrepiece to the city actually dates from the 18th century, but was fully renovated and refaced in 1995 with donations from Saudi ArabiaPass By: Shkodra Lake, Shkoder, Shkoder CountyLake Shkodra lies on the border of Albania and Montenegro, and is the largest lake in Southern EuropeMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Adriatik Hotel 5 starDay 8: Old town of Prizren–Stone Bridge-Sinan Pasha Mosque–Halveti Tekke- Museum of Albanian League -Handicrafts filigree ShopsPass By: Sinan Pasha Mosque, PrizrenThe Sinan Pasha Mosque is an Ottoman mosque in the city of Prizren, Kosovo. It was built in 1615 by Sofi Sinan Pasha, bey of Budim. The mosque overlooks the main street of Prizren and is a dominant feature in the town's skyline,Pass By: Mehmet Pasha's Turkish bath, PrizrenGazi Mehmet Pasha's Mosque is one of the oldest monuments of Islamic art in Prizren. The inscription above the entrance states it was built in 1561. This mosque has a square base and numerous windows, while the main veneration niche and the pulpit are made of marblePass By: The Halveti’s Tekke, PrizrenThe Tekke of the Halveti tarikat was established in 1605 by Sheikh Osman Baba Tekke in the neighborhood of Saraqhan. It is the main Tekke of Prizren.Pass By: Emin Pasa Camii (Emin Pasha Mosque), PrizrenThe Mosque characterized by the drawings it has. Built in 1831 by Mehmet Emini.Pass By: Marash Park, PrizrenMarash lies on the east side of Prizren. Its name comes from the Persian language which means “breeze place”. Pass By: Albanian League of Prizren Museum [Muzeu Lidhja Shqiptare e Prizrenit], PrizrenThe Albanian League of Prizren today is a museum, where on June 10, 1878 the Assembly of Prizren was gathered to discuss the program that would consolidate Albanian leaders to unite and protect the country against foreign threats. The museum is now home to photographs, documents, objects and clothing that date from the time of the Assembly. Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Adriatik Hotel 5 starDay 9: Vlora – Waterfall – Narta Lagoon – St. Mary’s Monastery-Independence- Monument-Muradie Mosque-Ethnographic MuseumStop At: Zvernec Monastery, Vlore, Vlore CountyZvernec Monastery – is an old byzantine monastery dedicated to Virgin Mary and situated no more than 20 minutes away from the city center, in one of the small islands of Vlora coastlineDuration: 40 minutesPass By: Ethnographic Museum, Vlore, Vlore, Vlore CountyAs the building which hosted the operations of the very first Albanian government, the Museum of Independence in Vlorë is strategically positioned in a location that testifies to its significance, near the port, with a beautiful view of the sea. This modest, two-story house is filled with the weight of history! Founded in 1936, this museum is considered to be the first one in Albania before the ’90s. This national museum offers the most comprehensive information regarding the most culminating events in the life of a country. It was in the famous balcony of this bright yellow, traditional house that Ismail Qemali raised the Albanian flag in 1912.Stop At: Muradie Mosque, Vlore, Vlore CountyThe Muradie Mosque (Albanian: Xhamia e Muradies) is a Cultural Monument of Albania, located in Vlorë. Initially, the now called "Muradie Mosque," was a Byzantine Church. The Byzantine architectural elements are evident with the Dome and its supporting polygon raised base, the arched windows, the classical triangular forms topping the side walls, and most importantly the brick work which is quite characteristic of the church buildings of the byzantine and renaissance period.Duration: 15 minutesPass By: Independence Monument, Vlore, Vlore CountyThe Monument of Independence is a monument in Vlorë, Albania, dedicated to the Albanian Declaration of Independence and worked by Albanian sculptors, Stop At: The Castle of Himara, Himare, Vlore CountyWe spend time visit Ali Pasha Castle in Himara, which was once one of the most important military bases during the cold war. We will take a coffee break at Kanina Castle and know more about the story of the Kanina castle which has a major historical importance, being once the fortress of Gjergj Arianiti, Prince of Kanina. In the 6th century BC it was rebuilt by Emperor Justinian and after a long period, in the 14th century, the castle represented the residence of the Principality of VloreDuration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Adriatik Hotel 5 starDay 10: Koman Lake – Shala River – Boat Trip – Explore nature or RelaxingStop At: Komani Lake, Koman, Shkoder CountyWe will leave the hotel at 06:00 AM to continue our tour at Koman Lake, the most beautiful place of North Albania, we arrive there around 9:00 AM. From there we will take the boat to Shala River and the trip will last about 1 hour and a half. We will stop in Shala River, which is an amazing place right in the middle of Koman Lake. Boating between popular beauties that nature offers, the blue and cold-water color is characteristic of the Shala River, the rugged cliffs surrounding it and the green mountains make this place qualify as Albanian Thailand. On the way you will enjoy a spectacular scenery where the virgin nature meets the hazy water of the lake but we will also see an amazing cave which you will love and you can even swim on it. Once we arrive by boat, we will rest at the guest house. Free time to relax about 3-4 hours, walking in virgin nature, entertainment, volleyball, beach, lunch with bio products produced in the area. At 15:00 PM we will sail again with a boat to Koman Lake and get ready to return to Durres. Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Adriatik Hotel 5 star

What’s included

  • 8x Breakfast
  • 8x Dinner
  • Accommodation included: 10 nights
  • Entry/Admission - Durres Amphitheatre
  • Entry/Admission - Kruja Castle
  • Entry/Admission - BunKart 2
  • Entry/Admission - Berat Castle
  • Entry/Admission - National Ethnographic Museum Berat
  • Entry/Admission - The Castle of Himara
  • Entry/Admission - Komani Lake

What’s not included

  • Entry/Admission - Dubrovnik Cable Car

Itinerary

Day 10: Koman Lake – Shala River – Boat Trip – Explore nature or Relaxing Stop At: Komani Lake, Koman, Shkoder County We will leave the hotel at 06:00 AM to continue our tour at Koman Lake, the most beautiful place of North Albania, we arrive there around 9:00 AM. From there we will take the boat to Shala River and the trip will last about 1 hour and a half. We will stop in Shala River, which is an amazing place right in the middle of Koman Lake. Boating between popular beauties that nature offers, the blue and cold-water color is characteristic of the Shala River, the rugged cliffs surrounding it and the green mountains make this place qualify as Albanian Thailand. On the way you will enjoy a spectacular scenery where the virgin nature meets the hazy water of the lake but we will also see an amazing cave which you will love and you can even swim on it. Once we arrive by boat, we will rest at the guest house. Free time to relax about 3-4 hours, walking in virgin nature, entertainment, volleyball, beach, lunch with bio products produced in the area. At 15:00 PM we will sail again with a boat to Koman Lake and get ready to return to Durres. Duration: 6 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Adriatik Hotel 5 star
Day 1: Dubrovnik Croatia Pass By: Dubrovnik Cable Car, Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Dalmatia Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Dubrovnik. Take the recently reopened cable car to or relax on the green island of Lokrum. In the evening, embark on a sunset cruise by private launch to the nearby fishing village of Cavtat, and savor a dinner of fresh local seafood No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight in Dubrovnik
Day 2: Dubrovnik- Kotor - Budva, Sanit Stephan-Durres Pass By: Old Town, Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Dalmatia The Old Town is full of fantastic architecture and is probably the most well preserved medieval town to see during your travels. Though crowded, it’s truly breathtaking and a must visit. From the churches to narrow alleyways and everything in between, you won’t even have time to put away your camera. Pass By: Kotor Old City, Kotor, Kotor Municipality You can stop and visit Kotor Bay in Montenegro, Budva , have lunch in Saint Stephan a gorgeous place to visit before heading Albanian Border . No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight at Budva Montenegro
Day 3: Durres old city – Roman Amphitheater – Venetian Tower – Royal Vila – Fatih Mosque – Archaeological museum Stop At: Durres Castle, Durres, Durres County After meeting at Adriatik Hotel lobby, we will start our walking tour at the main square "Liria”. At the beginning of the tour, you will come across some fine specimens of the city's architecture dating back to the 1930's. Visit the Roman Amphitheatre from the 2nd century AD. Built during the reign of Emperor Trajan, this is one of the biggest amphitheaters in the Balkans. On your way to the Archaeological Museum of Durres, you will come across the Byzantine Wall, an engineering masterpiece built during the reign of Emperor Anastasius. Walk down the seaside promenade enjoying the fresh air and the view of the largest bay in Albania. The Byzantine Chapel is our next stop. An early Christian chapel built on the side of the Amphitheatre, the chapel's western alcove preserves a unique polychromatic mosaic representing old, Christian iconography. Learn more about the city's and the country's history in the Durres Archaeological Museum. Then head to the Venetian Tower, where a flight of stairs will take you to the roof and give you some of the best views of this old city, there you can relax and have a coffee break. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Durres Amphitheatre, Durres, Durres County Visit the Roman Amphitheatre from the 2nd century AD. Built during the reign of Emperor Trajan, this is one of the biggest amphitheaters in the Balkans. Duration: 40 minutes Pass By: Fatih Mosque, Durres, Durres County The Fatih Mosque (Albanian: Xhamia e Fatihut) is a Cultural Monument of Albania. 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. Stop At: Durres Castle, Durres, Durres County Learn more about the city's and the country's history of the Castle. Then head to the Venetian Tower, where a flight of stairs will take you to the roof and give you some of the best views of this old city, there you can relax and have a coffee break Duration: 1 hour Pass By: Royal Villa of Durres, Durres, Durres County Royal Villa of Durrës, also known as Zog's Villa of Durrës ) 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: Durres Archaeological Museum, Durres, Durres County The Durrës Archaeological Museum (Albanian: Muzeu Arkeologjik‎) in Durrës, Albania, established in 1951, is the largest archaeological museum in the country. The museum is located near the beach and north of the museum are the 6th-century Byzantine walls, constructed after the Visigoth invasion of 481. Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Adriatik Hotel
Day 4: Kruja city- Old Bazaar – Skanderbeg’s Museum – Holy Mountain Stop At: Kruja's Shop, Kruje, Durres County Leave Durres in morning by traveling to Kruja. Walking tour to the narrow streets of the medieval well preserved Old Bazaar, which has a wonderful selection of authentic antiques and souvenirs were you can buy traditional Albanian costumes, books, musical instruments, and different items from the communist days Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Kruja Castle, Kruje, Durres County Then we will Skanderbeg’s museum, which contains objects dating back to Skanderbeg’s time. There nearby you can visit the Holy Mountain of Sari Salltik and have some holy water from their fountain, up in the mountain Duration: 2 hours Pass By: Ethnographic Museum of Kruja, Kruje, Durres County Museum houses one of the best ethnographic museums in the country. Set in an original 19th-century Ottoman house that belonged to the affluent Toptani family, the museum shows the level of luxury and self-sufficiency the household maintained by producing its own food, drink, leather and weapons. Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Adriatik Hotel
Day 5: Tirana city – Clock Tower – Et’hem Bey Mosque – Blloku area –Petrala Castle –BunKart- Museum -Pazari i Ri Stop At: Petrela Castle, Petrele, Tirana County Petrelë Castle: The Castle, the prominent wooden structure is a restaurant, is perched on a rocky hill, above the village with the same name. Duration: 40 minutes Stop At: BunKart 2, Tirana, Tirana County BunKart is an underground bunker that was constructed for Tirana's communist-era politicians and military top brass in case of nuclear war. Duration: 40 minutes Pass By: Et`hem Bey Mosque, Tirana, Tirana County Et’hem Bey Mosque this historic religious structure is one of the oldest in the nation and somehow managed to escape destruction when an atheist movement took hold in Albania during the 1960s. Pass By: Clock Tower, Tirana, Tirana County Clock Tower of Tirana, built by the Ottoman Turks and originally had a bell from Venice that marked the time every hour. Pass By: Tanners' Bridge, Tirana, Tirana County Tanners’ Bridge is a newly restored, elegant Ottoman stone footbridge, with colourful Soviet style housing serving as a backdrop Pass By: Pazari i Ri, Tirana, Tirana County The New Bazaar hosts some contemporary painted buildings, but it respects tradition, and is giving back to the city the beauty and authenticity. Pass By: Blloku, Tirana, Tirana County Blloku: Take the lunch break in Blloku where you can find the best restaurants, trendy bars, pubs, and cafes in Albania Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Adriatik Hotel 5 star
Day 6: Old town of Berat – Onufri Ethnographic Museum – Gorica Bridge – Red Mosque – Mangalemi Neighborhood - Stop At: Berat Castle, Berat, Berat County The tour starts at 8:30 am from Adriatik Hotel and it will take approximately 2 hours to reach Berat city. Once 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. Duration: 2 hours Stop At: National Ethnographic Museum Berat, Berat, Berat County Our walk in the castle will take us to Onufri Museum, which is set up inside the cathedral of Saint Mary, renovated in the 18th century. Besides the beautifully carved iconostasis, you can also admire the icons of the renowned Albanian painter Onufri. Duration: 30 minutes Pass By: Gorica Bridge, Berat, Berat County Our next stop is in the old quarters of Mangalem and Gorica that connect with each other by the Gorica Bridge over the Osumi River The bridge was built in XVIII century. It was originally made of wood, and in 1780, during the ruling of Ahmet Kurt Pasha, it was rebuilt with stones. The Bridge of Gorica had a complete reconstruction during the years 1920-1930. Pass By: The King Mosque, Berat, Berat County The King Mosque also known as the Sultan's Mosqueor Sultan Bayezid Mosque is a mosque and a Cultural Monument of Albania.It was built in the 15th century by the Ottoman sultan Bayezid II. Stop At: Cobo Winery, Berat, Berat County On the way back to the hotel, we will stop for tasting Albanian wine in the charming Çobo Winery. The tour will include an oversight of the wine making process and detailed explanations that paint a glowing picture of the family's history and the origins of their wines.(Optional) Read more about BERAT- DAILY TOUR 2019 - Albania - https://www.viator.com/tours/Albania/DAILY-TOUR-BERAT/d4471-119183P1?mcid=56757 Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Adriatik Hotel 5 star
Day 7: Rozafa Castle – Shkordra Lake – Agro tourism farmhouse – Italian Pedestrian – St. Stephen's Cathedral – Ebu Beker Mosque Stop At: Rozafa Castle, Shkoder, Shkoder County Visiting Rozafa castle we will not only experience the supremacy the Illyrians would have feel over their enemies standing in such an imposing Castle, but will also admire breathtaking views 360 degrees. Duration: 1 hour Pass By: Marubi National Museum of Photography, Shkoder, Shkoder County Marubi Virtual Museum went live today with around forty thousand pictures. Created by the Italian photograph Pietro Marubi, the Marubi archives are considered one of the most important photographic heritages in the Balkans. The oldest photos date back to 1858. Pass By: Venice Art Mask Factory, Shkoder, Shkoder County The mask exhibit at the Venice Art Mask Factory contains the most diverse and exquisite collection of Venetian masks. Stop At: St Stephen's Catholic Cathedral (Shkoder Cathedral), Shkoder, Shkoder County Visit of the Shkodra Cathedral also known as St Stephen’s Catholic Cathedral. The Roman Catholic cathedral is dedicated to Saint Stephen and was built in 7 April 1858 (the largest in the Balkans). Duration: 20 minutes Pass By: Ebu Bekr Mosque, Shkoder, Shkoder County Known more commonly to locals as the Great Mosque, this impressive centrepiece to the city actually dates from the 18th century, but was fully renovated and refaced in 1995 with donations from Saudi Arabia Pass By: Shkodra Lake, Shkoder, Shkoder County Lake Shkodra lies on the border of Albania and Montenegro, and is the largest lake in Southern Europe Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Adriatik Hotel 5 star
Day 8: Old town of Prizren–Stone Bridge-Sinan Pasha Mosque–Halveti Tekke- Museum of Albanian League -Handicrafts filigree Shops Pass By: Sinan Pasha Mosque, Prizren The Sinan Pasha Mosque is an Ottoman mosque in the city of Prizren, Kosovo. It was built in 1615 by Sofi Sinan Pasha, bey of Budim. The mosque overlooks the main street of Prizren and is a dominant feature in the town's skyline, Pass By: Mehmet Pasha's Turkish bath, Prizren Gazi Mehmet Pasha's Mosque is one of the oldest monuments of Islamic art in Prizren. The inscription above the entrance states it was built in 1561. This mosque has a square base and numerous windows, while the main veneration niche and the pulpit are made of marble Pass By: The Halveti’s Tekke, Prizren The Tekke of the Halveti tarikat was established in 1605 by Sheikh Osman Baba Tekke in the neighborhood of Saraqhan. It is the main Tekke of Prizren. Pass By: Emin Pasa Camii (Emin Pasha Mosque), Prizren The Mosque characterized by the drawings it has. Built in 1831 by Mehmet Emini. Pass By: Marash Park, Prizren Marash lies on the east side of Prizren. Its name comes from the Persian language which means “breeze place”. Pass By: Albanian League of Prizren Museum [Muzeu Lidhja Shqiptare e Prizrenit], Prizren The Albanian League of Prizren today is a museum, where on June 10, 1878 the Assembly of Prizren was gathered to discuss the program that would consolidate Albanian leaders to unite and protect the country against foreign threats. The museum is now home to photographs, documents, objects and clothing that date from the time of the Assembly. Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Adriatik Hotel 5 star
Day 9: Vlora – Waterfall – Narta Lagoon – St. Mary’s Monastery-Independence- Monument-Muradie Mosque-Ethnographic Museum Stop At: Zvernec Monastery, Vlore, Vlore County Zvernec Monastery – is an old byzantine monastery dedicated to Virgin Mary and situated no more than 20 minutes away from the city center, in one of the small islands of Vlora coastline Duration: 40 minutes Pass By: Ethnographic Museum, Vlore, Vlore, Vlore County As the building which hosted the operations of the very first Albanian government, the Museum of Independence in Vlorë is strategically positioned in a location that testifies to its significance, near the port, with a beautiful view of the sea. This modest, two-story house is filled with the weight of history! Founded in 1936, this museum is considered to be the first one in Albania before the ’90s. This national museum offers the most comprehensive information regarding the most culminating events in the life of a country. It was in the famous balcony of this bright yellow, traditional house that Ismail Qemali raised the Albanian flag in 1912. Stop At: Muradie Mosque, Vlore, Vlore County The Muradie Mosque (Albanian: Xhamia e Muradies) is a Cultural Monument of Albania, located in Vlorë. Initially, the now called "Muradie Mosque," was a Byzantine Church. The Byzantine architectural elements are evident with the Dome and its supporting polygon raised base, the arched windows, the classical triangular forms topping the side walls, and most importantly the brick work which is quite characteristic of the church buildings of the byzantine and renaissance period. Duration: 15 minutes Pass By: Independence Monument, Vlore, Vlore County The Monument of Independence is a monument in Vlorë, Albania, dedicated to the Albanian Declaration of Independence and worked by Albanian sculptors, Stop At: The Castle of Himara, Himare, Vlore County We spend time visit Ali Pasha Castle in Himara, which was once one of the most important military bases during the cold war. We will take a coffee break at Kanina Castle and know more about the story of the Kanina castle which has a major historical importance, being once the fortress of Gjergj Arianiti, Prince of Kanina. In the 6th century BC it was rebuilt by Emperor Justinian and after a long period, in the 14th century, the castle represented the residence of the Principality of Vlore Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Adriatik Hotel 5 star
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