Welcome to Apollonia


The quirky Museum of Popular Art at the central junction contains a fun confusion of old costumes, textiles and photographs. Hours are erratic.

The main vehicular road cuts right through the centre of town, but park at the large free car park downhill from the village and walk up and into the warren of streets. At the central junction you’ll find all the services: banks, post office, pharmacy, bookshop, taxis and so on.


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$557.17 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Four Days Hiking Tour of South Albania

Day 1Our professional tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in Tirana or Tirana Airport. Right after the group gets together we start our journey toward Sothern Albania. On our way to Llogara National Park we will visit the ancient ruins of Apollonia, its Odeon Theatre, the Church of Saint Mary, the ancient statues of Illyrian times and the mosaic. Our tour continues towards Vlora where the Adriatic and Ionian Seas meet. Free afternoon at Llogara National Park.Day 2 We start our hiking adventure early in the morning. Our objective is summiting the top of Mount Çika, the highest peak of South-western Albania. The hike during this day would be an intense one, requiring a good physical condition and proper hiking outfit, however, the view from the top is a breath-taking corner of the world. Our day would be characterised by imposing mountain peaks blanketed in deep green forests, crystal clear seas fringed by long white beaches inviting you to dive in. After a panoramic picnic lunch we had back to Llogara National Park.Day 3We will wake up, early in the morning, with an innate sense of wonder and desire to explore more. Our destination will be Grama Bay, considered by many a hidden gem of Albania. To reach this hidden beach (only reachable by approximately 8 hours hiking or by boat) we will walk through an ancient path, used by emperor Cesar during the Roman times. The “Cesar Path” passes through top of Karaburun Peninsula reaching from 800m up to 1240m altitudes, where we start our descending trekking to Grama Bay. This is where things get interesting; we will set up a tent camp (equipment’s will be brought to bay with a boat), light up a fire by the beach, wait for the sunset, count the stars and taste wild seafood grilled on the fire.Day 4There is no better feeling than waking up from the sound of calm waves hitting the shore. After breakfast with a seaside view, we enjoy a final swim in the crystal clear waters of Grama Bay. We pack up our tents and get ready to explore the rest of Karaburun Peninsula by boat. We will discover empty beaches, isolated old churches and hidden caves used by pirates back in the days. Our boat will stop us Palasa beach where the vehicle will be waiting for us. We will enjoy a traditional lunch with a panoramic view of the Albanian Riviera from the “balcony” of Llogara. We arrive in Tirana in late afternoon.

$699.88 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Five Days Hiking Tour of South Albania

Itenerary:Tirana – Apolloni – Llogara National Park – Mount Çika – Llogara National Park – Grama Bay – Drymades Beach – Llogara - TiranaDay 1Our professional tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in Tirana or Tirana Airport. Right after the group gets together we start our journey toward Sothern Albania. On our way to Llogara National Park we will visit the ancient ruins of Apollonia, its Odeon Theatre, the Church of Saint Mary, the ancient statues of Illyrian times and the mosaic. Our tour continues towards Vlora where the Adriatic and Ionian Seas meet. Free afternoon at Llogara National Park.Day 2 We start our hiking adventure early in the morning. Our objective is summiting the top of Mount Çika, the highest peak of South-western Albania. The hike during this day would be an intense one, requiring a good physical condition and proper hiking outfit, however, the view from the top is a breath-taking corner of the world. Our day would be characterised by imposing mountain peaks blanketed in deep green forests, crystal clear seas fringed by long white beaches inviting you to dive in. After a panoramic picnic lunch we had back to Llogara National Park.Day 3We will wake up, early in the morning, with an innate sense of wonder and desire to explore more. Our destination will be Grama Bay, considered by many a hidden gem of Albania. To reach this hidden beach (only reachable by approximately 8 hours hiking or by boat) we will walk through an ancient path, used by emperor Cesar during the Roman times. The “Cesar Path” passes through top of Karaburun Peninsula reaching from 800m up to 1240m altitudes, where we start our descending trekking to Grama Bay. This is where things get interesting; we will set up a tent camp (equipment’s will be brought to bay with a boat), light up a fire by the beach, wait for the sunset, count the stars and taste wild seafood grilled on the fire.Day 4There is no better feeling than waking up from the sound of calm waves hitting the shore. After breakfast with a seaside view, we enjoy a final swim in the crystal clear waters of Grama Bay. We pack up our tents and get ready to explore the rest of Karaburun Peninsula by boat. We will discover empty beaches, isolated old churches and hidden caves used by pirates back in the days. Our boat will stop us in Drymades beach (one of the most beautiful ones in Albania). Free afternoon by the beach. Overnight in Drymades.Day 5After waking up with an amasing view by the seaside, we start exploring some of the most beautiful hidden rocky beaches between the white roads and Drymades. Our next destination is the balcony of the Albanian Riviera where we enjoy a traditional lunch with a panoramic view. We arrive in Tirana in late afternoon.

$992.16 Cultural & Theme Tours

3 UNESCO sites Culture & History tour Albania & Kosovo in 8 Days

ItineraryDay 1: Tirana - Kruja - ShkodërStop At: Kruja Castle, Kruje, Durres CountyOur professional tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in Tirana. Right after the group gets together we start our journey toward northern Albania. On our way to Shkodra we will visit the historic town of Kruja, its medieval castle and the Scanderbeg National Museum.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Shkoder Historical Museum, Shkoder, Shkoder CountyOvernight in Shkodra, where we visit Rozafa castle, and the Venetian style pedestrian street “pedonale”.Duration: 12 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Shkodra - Komani Lake - Valbona ValleyStop At: Komani Lake, Koman, Shkoder CountyKomani Lake journey is described as “one of the World’s greatest boat trips”. As we take the turn from the main road the area becomes more rural, with fewer cars but more wild nature and amazing landscapes. We will stop for a short break by Vau i Dejes Lake, a beautiful and tranquil setting. At 09:00 we get on a ferry that will take us through Komani Lake offering spectacular views of the Albanian Alps, waterfalls, rural villages and wild forests.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Valbona Valley National Park, Valbona, Kukes CountyOur next destination will be Valbona Valley National Park. After a delicious traditional lunch, we hike to Kukaj, explore the area and admire the so-called Crown of the Albanian Alps. Duration: 20 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 3: Valbona Valley - Prizren (Kosovo) - TiranaStop At: Albanian League of Prizren Museum [Muzeu Lidhja Shqiptare e Prizrenit], PrizrenOur journey continues towards Prizren (Kosovo). This town played an important role in the region firstly as an Illyrian settlement and as a crossroad for the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, contributing to the unique architecture of the city. Prizren is considered as the cultural capital of Kosovo, mixing its’ rich history, incredible nature, religious tolerance and gastronomic delights. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Skanderbeg Square, Tirana, Tirana CountyOur final destination for the day will be the capital of Albania, Tirana. Duration: 12 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 4: Tirana - Durrës - Berat UNESCO site Stop At: Durres Amphitheatre, Durres, Durres CountyWe head to the ancient town of Durres to explore the amphitheatre, the Roman ruins and the Venetian Tower. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Berat Castle, Berat, Berat CountyThe town of 1001 windows Berat (UNESCO world heritage) is our next destination. Berat has it all; a beautiful medieval castle, ancient churches and mosques, a lively lower town consisting of grand old houses draped on steep hillsides, an old stone bridge, great museums and remains from the communism era in Albania. Duration: 20 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 5: Berat - Zvërnec - VloraStop At: Zvernec Monastery, Vlore, Vlore CountyOn our way to Vlora we visit the Narta Lagoon, the island of Zvërnec and its ancient Monastery of Saint Mary (XIII century). Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Independence Monument, Vlore, Vlore CountyOur tour continues towards Vlora where the Adriatic and Ionian Seas meet. Free afternoon by the seaside. Duration: 12 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 6: Vlora - Llogara National Park - Butrint - SarandaStop At: Llogara National Park, Llogara National Park, Vlore CountyWe drive along the coastline known as Albanian Riviera. We will shortly stop at Llogara National Park offering a spectacular view of the Palasa Beach. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Butrint National Park, Butrint, Vlore CountyOur next stop will be the beautiful castle of Ali Pasha at Porto Palermo. The ancient site Butrint, is our next destination. Part of the UNESCO world heritage, Butrinti is the most important archaeological site in Albania.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Sarande Museum, Saranda, Vlore CountyIn the evening we take a city tour of Saranda, including the synagogue and Lekursi castle. On the ruins of the old castle there is a bar with a breath taking view of Saranda and Corfu Island. Duration: 12 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 7: Saranda - Blue Eye - Gjirokastër UNESCO Stop At: The Blue Eye - Syri i Kalter, AlbaniaOn our way to Gjirokastra we will visit the natural wonder of Blue Eye. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Gjirokaster Castle, Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster CountyGjirokastra is also known as “The Stone City”, part of UNESCO World heritage. The origin of the city starts with the castle of Gjirokastra, built in IV century AD, and is considered one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the Balkans. Right before entering the castle of Gjirokastra you would have to pass by the medieval bazar. The atmospheric old town cascading down in graceful hill crammed full of beautiful narrowed stone decorated streets, where you would be amazed by the wide variety of hand made crafts from local artisans and producers. Overnight in GjirokasterDuration: 12 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 8: Gjirokastër - Apollonia - Tirana Stop At: Apollonia, Fier, Fier CountyAfter breakfast we head back to Tirana our final destination for this tour. On our way to Tirana we visit the ruins of the ancient city of Apollonia the Odeon Theatre, the Church of Saint Mary, the ancient statues of Illyrian times and the mosaic. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Choose Balkans - Albania Tour OperatorThis marks the end of this amazing experience through history and adventure. Duration: 10 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$985.31 Cultural & Theme Tours

4 UNESCO sites: Albania & Macedonia in 7 Days Tour

ItineraryDay 1: Tirana - Ohrid UNESCO (Macedonia) Stop At: Lake Ohrid, Ohrid, Southwestern RegionOur professional tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in Tirana. Right after the group gets together we start our journey toward Ohrid (Macedonia) which is one of the most seductive destinations in Macedonia, indicated as one of the oldest human settlements in all Europe. Ohrid city and Ohrid Lake are part of UNESCO World Heritage since 1980. Ohrid Lake and its surroundings where inhabited by the Illyrian Tribe of Enkeleys. Ohrid became an important centre for the Orthodox believers during the Byzantine Empire and is famous for it’s 365 Orthodox churches, said to have one church for each day of the year. The houses where built with a very specific architecture that created narrowed streets, tunnels and tiny yards on the hilly terrain, making it possible for every house to have a good view of the lake. Overnight in Ohrid. Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Ohrid - Berat UNESCO (Albania)Stop At: Berat Castle, Berat, Berat CountyOur next destination is Berat, also known as the 1001 windows city, part of UNESCO world heritage. Walking through the narrowed stone streets offers a fantastic view of the medieval old houses, with windows that seem to stand above each other. Berat has it all; a beautiful medieval castle, ancient churches and mosques, a lively lower town consisting of grand old houses draped on steep hillsides, an old stone bridge, great museums and remains from the communism era in Albania. Berat is also known as the birthplace of Onufri, the famous churches’ painter all-over the Balkans, distinguished for creating a specific reddish colour still difficult to imitate. Overnight in Berat.Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 3: Berat - Gjirokastër UNESCOStop At: Gjirokaster Castle, Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster CountyOur next destination is Gjirokastra, also known as “The Stone City”, part of UNESCO World heritage. The origin of the city starts with the castle of Gjirokastra, built in IV century AD, and is considered one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the Balkans. Right before entering the castle of Gjirokastra you would have to pass by the medieval bazar. The atmospheric old town cascading down in graceful hill crammed full of beautiful narrowed stone decorated streets, where you would be amazed by the wide variety of hand made crafts from local artisans and producers. Overnight in GjirokasterDuration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 4: Gjirokastër - Blue Eye - Butrint UNESCO - SarandaStop At: The Blue Eye - Syri i Kalter, AlbaniaOn our way to Saranda we will visit the natural wonder of Blue Eye. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Butrint National Park, Butrint, Vlore CountyThe ancient site Butrint, is our next destination. Part of the UNESCO world heritage, Butrinti is the most important archaeological site in Albania. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Sarande Museum, Saranda, Vlore CountyIn the evening we take a city tour of Saranda, including the synagogue and Lekursi castle. On the ruins of the old castle there is a bar with a breath taking view of Saranda and Corfu Island. Overnight in Saranda.Duration: 12 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 5: Saranda - Dhërmi - Llogara National Park - VloraPass By: Dhermi Beach, Dhermi, Vlore CountyWe drive along the coastline known as Albanian Riviera. Our next stop will be the beautiful castle of Ali Pasha at Porto Palermo. Wile driving by the Albanian Riviera we will pass by some of the most beautiful beaches of Albania; Borsh, Llamani and Dhermi beaches. We will pass one by one small villages clinging to rock faces by the seaside, all tumbledown stone walls and narrow pathways, overhung with vines full of grapes, and trees heavy with figs and walnuts. Stop At: Llogara National Park, Llogara National Park, Vlore CountyWe will shortly stop at Llogara National Park offering a spectacular view of the Palasa Beach. Overnight in VloraDuration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 6: Vlora - Apollonia - TiranaStop At: Apollonia, Fier, Fier CountyAfter breakfast we head back to Tirana our final destination for this tour. On our way to Tirana we visit the ruins of the ancient city of Apollonia the Odeon Theatre, the Church of Saint Mary, the ancient statues of Illyrian times and the mosaic. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Skanderbeg Square, Tirana, Tirana CountyTirana, the capital of Albania would be our final destination for the day, where we have brief city tour. Colourful, lively, vibrant, dynamic, 24/7 and crazy nightlife, these are some of the words that better describe this city where the communist and capitalist-era buildings battle on daily basis. Not to be missed is Tirana’s delicious food varieties, from the tasty and cheap street food to the finest gourmet options Overnight in Tirana. Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 7: Tirana City Tour Stop At: BunkArt 1, Tirana, Tirana CountyAfter breakfast we see more of Tirana; a great combination of very interesting museums, historic sites, national parks and mountains, ottoman, Italian and communist style architecture all clashing between each other, offering however a great pleasure to wander. This marks the end of this amazing experience through history and adventure.Duration: 6 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$2597.44 Cultural & Theme Tours

Albania to Kosovo

Highlights: • Wander in the beautiful bazaars • Be enchanted by the well preserved monasteries • Admire the medieval Mosques • Learn about the independence of Kosovo  What you can expectDay 1. TiranaTransfer from Mother Theresa Airport – visit the Historic Museum. Day 2. TiranaCity tour in Tirana – visit the ex- communist residential area – house of Enver Hoxha (former dictator ) – underground tunnels. Day 3. Tirana – Durrës – BeratVisit the city of Krujë and castle of Scanderbeg, Durrës and the Roman Amphitheatre, visit the castle of Berat. Day 4. Berat – Fier – VlorëVisit Berat and the ex – Textile Mill “Mao Ce Dun”. Continue to the archeological center of Apollonia in Fier. Day 5. Vlora – Orikum – Porto Palermo – SarandëWe start in Vlorë to visit the square where the Independence of Albania was proclaimed in 1912. Another interesting archeological site is the old city of Orik dating back to 4th century BC. Day 6. Saranda – Butrint – GjirokastërVisit the archeological center of Butrint one of the most visited sites in Albania. In Gjirokastër we visit the house of Enver Hoxha. Day 7. GjirokastërVisit the castle of Gjirokastra and Weapons Museum, visit the house of the renowned writer Ismail Kadare. Day 8. Gjirokastër to ShkodërVisit the castle of Ali Pasha in Tepelena and Rozafa castle in Shkodër. Day 9. Shkodër to KosovëDrive to Kosovo and visit the infamous prison of Spac. Pass the border with Kosovo and accommodate in Prizren. Day 10. Prizren to PejëVisit the Albanian League of Prizren and ottoman bazaar in Gjakovë. Travel to Deçan to visit the Serbian monastery. Day 11. Pejë to PrishtinaVisit the historic center of Peja, excursion in Rugova canyon, visit the memorial of Resistance in Prekaz. Day 12 Prishtina – Mitrovica.Take a walk in the center of Prishtina then continue to Mitrovica and visit the dividing bridge between the Albanians and Serbian communities. Day 13. Prishtina to FerizajVisit the Gadima Cave in Janjevëa nd continue the journey to Ferizaj to visit the American military camp “Bondstill”. Day 14. PrishtinaFree time – tranfer to Prishtina Airport. Departure.

$1741.14 Cultural & Theme Tours

Albania to Macedonia

Highlights: • Visit the colorful churches of Berat and Ohrid • Learn more on the art of Iconography in Korcë. • Enjoy the panorama from St. Jovan Caneo church in Ohrid • Learn about the Greek and Roman culture in Apollonia. What you can expectDay 1. DurrësArrival in Mother Theresa Airport. Travel to Durrës where we can visit one of the biggest Roman Amphitheaters in the Balkan dating back to 2nd century AD and holding about 15 000 spectators.Day 2. Berat – VloraGuided visit in the archeological center of Apollonia renowned for its school of philosophy during the 1st century. Today there are is still a larger part of the site to be excavated. Our next visit is Berat enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites for its interesting architecture and religious tolerance.Day 3. Vlora – SarandëGuided visit in Vlora, the city where the Albanian Independence was proclaimed in 1912. We reach Sarandë in the afternoon.Day 4. SarandëTravel to the archeological center of Butrint, one of the most visited sites of Albania.Butrinti is one of the most preserved and restored archeological sites in Albania.Day 5. Gjirokastër – KorçëVisit Gjirokastër known for its impressive architecture and cobbled streets. Our next stop is Korça the city of serenades.Day 6. OhridOur visits continue in Saint Naum Monastery and the Byzantine Churches of Ohrid, Unesco World Heritage Site.Day 7. Elbasan – TiranaTravel to Elbasan to see the Castle built by Sultan Mehmet II and King Mosque on of the oldest in Albania. In Tirana we visit the National Historic Museum where we can have a comprehensive look on the Albanian History.Day 8. Kruja – AirportKruja was the chief town of our National Hero Scanderbeg, an important Albanian leader of the 15 century. We can learn more about his history in Kruja Museum. After the museum we can have free time for shopping in the Bazaar a beautiful cobbled street with lots of souvenirs to buy. Travel to Mother Theresa Airport and departure.