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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$561.32 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.

$705.10 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.

$2616.80 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.

$1754.12 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.

$1948.22 Cultural & Theme Tours

Albanian Coast Tour

Highlights: • Enjoy the sunset in Zvernec • Swim in the crystal clear waters of the Ionian Sea • Soak up the quiet atmosphere of the beach in southern Albania • Experience the amazing view of the coast from Llogara National Park  What you can expectDay 1. ShkodërEnter Albania through the Muriqan border checkpoint. Visit Shkodër and Apollonia archeological site. In the afternoon arrive in Vlorë, a city dating back to the 6th century BC. Day 2. Vlorë – RadhimëWe will visit Narta lagoon and Zvërnec island. The rest of the day we will relax and swim in the turquoise waters of the Ionian sea. Day 3. Vlorë – SarandaBreakfast in Vlorë. We will pass through the cities of Llogara, Himara, Borsh and finally to Saranda where we will be accommodated. Day 4. Saranda – ButrintBreakfast in Sarande. We will visit the archeological and cultural centers of Butrint, Ksamil, Lekures and Syri i Kalter. Day 5. SarandaWe will visit the city of Saranda itself. The rest of the day will be spent at leisure on Saranda beach. Day 6. Saranda - DurrësBreakfast in Saranda. We will return to the city of Durres. On our way back we will visit the cities of Gjirokaster and Berat as well as their castles and museums. In the afternoon we arrive in Durres. The remainder of the day is spent at leisure. Day 7. DurrësWe will visit the city of Durrës, spending most of the day at leisure on the beach. Day 8. Tirana – KrujaWe will make a day trip to the cities of Tirana and Kruja where will see different historic and archeological sites, among other attractions. Day 9. DurrësThe group will travel to the Airport where our tour will end..

$630.33 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Classical Highlights of Albania 7-Day Tour

Day 1Tirana- Pick up at Tirana airport and transfer to Hotel. Visit the National Historic Museum in Tirana which offers an in depth introduction to Albanian history. Traditional Albanian restaurant suggestions for dinner will be given. Overnight in Tirana.Day 2Tirana – Shkodra - Kruja – Tirana (3.5 hours driving time). After breakfast we drive to Shkodra. Visit Rozafa Castle from where spectacular views all around can be admired. Proceed to Kruja - the centre of Albanian resistance against the Turks under our national hero Scanderbeg. Return and overnight in Tirana.Day 3Tirana – Ardenica – Apollonia – Vlora (3.5 hours driving time). Depart to Vlora where Albanian Independence was proclaimed. On the way we stop at the Monastery of Ardenica, supposed to have been built in the middle ages. Proceed to the ancient city of Apollonia situated on the famous Via Egnatia - one of the most important cities in Roman times. Afterwards we continue to Vlora.Day 4Vlora – Butrint (UNESCO) – Saranda (4.5 hours driving time). After an early breakfast we depart for Saranda. Drive on the spectacular Albanian Riviera looking down at the Ionian Sea.Then we continue past Saranda, to the ancient city of Butrint a UNESCO world heritage site and the most important archaeological discovery in Albania. Apart the beautiful antique ruins it has the added benefit of being situated in a beautiful peninsula, rich in flora and fauna. After the visits we return to Saranda for overnight.Day 5Saranda – Gjirokastra (UNESCO) – Berat (4.5 hours driving time).Drive to Berat. On our way lays Gjirokastra, a UNESCO site and museum town with beautiful and very distinctive architecture. Visit the medieval Castle which used to be a political prison during the communist dictatorship and the Ethnographic Museum which is also the house the Albanian dictator was born in. Overnight in Berat is a unique experience staying in houses up to 300 years old turned hotels.Day 6Berat (UNESCO) – Durres-Tirana (2.5 hours driving time).Visit the Castle and the Onufri Museum. Berat castle is of particular interest as people still live within its walls in their traditional houses, as have their ancestors for centuries. The castle used to have over 40 churches of which 7 still remain, including one turned into Onufri Museum. After this interesting experience we depart for Durres one of the oldest (founded in 627 B.C.) where we have lunch by the sea (optional). After lunch we take a sightseeing tour of the Amphitheatre situated in the middle of the modern city in an inhabited area, and the Archaeological museum. Tirana overnight.Day 7 Tirana-Airport