Explore the past history of Meteora Greece and Montenegro and “Be Prepared” for the hospitality of Albania
Day 1. AIRPORT - BUDVA (Montenegro)After arrival, we start our tour to Budva (Montenegro). We will visit the old town of Budva and then we will visit, St. Mary's of Punta dating from 840 and the third The Holy Trinity, which was built in 1804. Overnight in Budva.DAY 2. BUDVA - KOTOR - SCUTARI - TIRANAAfter breakfast we drive from Budva to Kotor - a visit to the old town of Kotor. The Old City of Kotor - Kotor Stari Grad - is one of the best preserved medieval towns in the Adriatic. After visit of Kotor we will drive to Shkodra. In Shkodra we will visit the city of Shkodra and the castle of Shkodra (ROZAFA) and then proceed to TIRANA. Overnight in Tirana.DAY 3. TIRANA - APOLLONIA - VLORAAfter breakfast we will visit the city of Tirana,capital of Albania. We visit The Museum of History, Skanderbeg Square, Et'hem Bey Mosque, The Clock Tower, Government buildings, Roman Catholic Church of Saint Paul completed in 2001, the largest church in Tirana. The Palace of Culture (Pallati Kulturës). Departure towards the ancient city of Apollonia. After the visit Apollonia we drive to Vlora one of the most important historical city because it was here that in 1912 the National Assembly declared Albania an independent state. Dinner and overnight in Vlora.DAY 4. VLORA - BUTRINT (Unesco) - SARANDAWe depart for Saranda. Drive on the spectacular Albanian Riviera looking down at the Ionian Sea. On the way stop in Porto Palermo for a visit of Ali Pasha Castle, one of the most picturesque fortress of the 18th century, built by Ali Pasha the famous ruler of southern part of Albania. Lunch at Lekuresi Castle(optional) with marvelous view of Corfu island and Saranda. After lunch proceed for the visit to the ancient city of Butrint a world heritage site. Overnight in SarandaDAY 5. SARANDA - METEORA (Greece)After breakfast we will proceed to Meteora (Greece). Meteora is an area in Thessaly (Central Greece) and Kalampaka is the city under the rock towers of Meteora. We will visit the Holy Monastery of the Great Meteor or (the Transfiguration of Jesus), the Varlaam Monastery, the Saint Stephen Monastery, the Holy Trinity Monastery, the Saint Nicolas Anapafsas Monastery and the Roussano Monastery. All these monasteries are on the top of Meteora rocks.DAY 6. KALAMBAKA (Greece) - GJIROKASTA (UNESCO)After breakfast we return to Albania. We drive to Gjirokastra a UNESCO. Visit the Fortress which is used as the venue for the National Festival of Folk Song and Dance. Next we visit the Ethnographic Museum. Overnight in Gjirokastra.DAY 7. GJIROKASTRA (Unesco – BERAT (Unesco)After breakfast proceed to Berat and we will visit the Castle and the Onufri Museum. Overinight in Berat.DAY 8. BERAT - “Mother Theresa” AIRPORTAfter breakfast, free to explore until time of transfer to Airport.