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This fourteen days tour program is tailored to offer its participants the best combination of historical sites of Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo and Macedonia with some of the most important national parks and tourist attractions of these four Balkan countries.
ItineraryDay 1: Tirana - Kruja - Shkoder Stop 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: Rozafa Castle, Shkoder, Shkoder CountyOvernight in Shkodra, where we visit Rozafa castle, and the Venetian style pedestrian street “pedonale”. Overnight in Shkoder. Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Shkodër - Podgorica (Capital city of Montenegro) - Fishtë Stop At: Museum and Gallery of Podgorica, Podgorica, Podgorica MunicipalityOn our way to Montenegro you would be invited by Shkodra’s lake glistening in the sunshine. Within 1 hour we arrive in Podgorica, capital city of Montenegro, where we explore the city’s most important attractions. Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Mrizi i Zanave AgriturizëmOur next destination is a slow food farm in a rural village in Northern Albania. Overnight at the agro – tourism. Duration: 12 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 3: Fishtë - Komani Lake - Valbona Valley Stop 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: 4 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: 12 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 4: Valbona Valley - Prizren (Kosovo) Stop 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. Overnight in Prizren. Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 5: Prizren - Tirana (Capital city of Albania) Stop At: National History MuseumTirana, the capital of Albania would be our final destination for the fifth day, where we have full day 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. Tirana offers 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. 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 6: Tirana to Ohrid (UNESCO site, Macedonia) Stop At: Lake Ohrid, Ohrid, Southwestern RegionOhrid (Macedonia) 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 7: Ohrid - Korça (Albania) - DrilonStop At: Korca Old Bazaar, Korce, Korce CountyWe continue our journey towards Korça in the southeastern region of Albania, one of the most beautiful and important cities in the country. Because of its beauty, French-style villas and coffee culture, Korça is also called the ‘little Paris of Albania’. We will take a city tour of this lovely enchanting town. Not to be missed “Pazari i Vjetër”, the most charming neighborhood in Korça and an area that looks like it was pulled straight from a fairy tale; narrow streets, colored buildings, nice cafés and small boutiques can be found everywhere you look. Duration: 6 hoursStop At: Driloni National Park, Pogradec, Korce CountyLate in the afternoon we head to Pogradec. Drilon national park was the favorite place of dictator Enver Hoxha, who used to come here to relax. Today Drilon is an attractive summer destination, thanks to its beauty, sandy beaches and delicious cuisine. Overnight in Drilon. Duration: 12 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 8: Drilon - Berat (UNESCO site) 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 9: Berat - Zvërnec - Vlora Stop 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: Ethnographic Museum, Vlore, Vlore, Vlore CountyOur tour continues towards Vlora where the Adriatic and Ionian Seas meet. Free afternoon by the seaside. Overnight in Vlora.Duration: 12 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 10: Vlore - Llogara National Park - HimaraStop 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: 1 hourStop At: Porto Palermo Castle, Himare, Vlore CountyOur next stop will be the beautiful castle of Ali Pasha at Porto Palermo. Himara would be our final destination for this day. Himara town is next to imposing mountain peaks blanketed in deep green forests, crystal clear seas fringed by long white beaches and sparkling springs inviting you to dive in. Overnight in Himara. Duration: 2 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 11: Himara - Butrint (UNESCO site) - SarandaStop 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: 4 hoursStop At: Lekuresi Castle, 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 12: Saranda - Blue Eye - Gjirokaster (UNESCO site) Stop At: The Blue Eye - Syri i Kalter, AlbaniaOn our way to Gjirokastra we will visit the natural wonder of Blue Eye. Duration: 2 hoursStop 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 13: Gjirokastër - Permet Stop At: Benja Thermal Baths, Permet, Gjirokaster CountyPërmet, our next destination, is the greenest and the cleanest town in Albania, also known as the "city of roses." The small town of Permet is famous for its folk music, literature personalities, and the good cooking, especially sweets, the so called 'gliko', or preserves. The area is also famous for good wine and strong raki. Very near to Përmet is Bënja, a natural hot thermal spring with a spectacular mountainous view. Overnight in Përmet. Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 14: Permet - 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. This marks the end of this amazing experience through history and adventure. Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • HB (Accommodation, Breakfast, Dinner) for 13 overnights
  • Comfortable AC minibus or private car depending on the size of the group
  • Museums’ tickets (mentioned on the tour program)
  • Professional tour guide
  • Airport or hotel pickup and drop off in Tirana
  • Office’s Assistance during the whole trip
  • Tourist City taxes
  • Road Taxes
  • Fuel for the car
  • Entry/Admission - Kruja Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Rozafa Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Museum and Gallery of Podgorica
  • Entry/Admission - Mrizi i Zanave Agriturizëm
  • Entry/Admission - Komani Lake
  • Entry/Admission - Valbona Valley National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Albanian League of Prizren Museum [Muzeu Lidhja Shqiptare e Prizrenit]
  • Entry/Admission - National History Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Ohrid
  • Entry/Admission - Korca Old Bazaar
  • Entry/Admission - Driloni National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Berat Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Zvernec Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Ethnographic Museum, Vlore
  • Entry/Admission - Llogara National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Porto Palermo Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Butrint National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Lekuresi Castle
  • Entry/Admission - The Blue Eye - Syri i Kalter
  • Entry/Admission - Gjirokaster Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Benja Thermal Baths
  • Entry/Admission - Apollonia

What’s not included

  • Lunch, Drinks & Snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Personal spending
  • All what is not mentioned in the included
  • * Please note that prices are calculated on triple or quadruples room occupancy.
  • Double or single room occupancy is possible on extra charge.
  • Double room occupancy is possible on 10 Euros extra charge per night per person.
  • Single room occupancy is possible on 20 Euros extra charge per night per person.

Itinerary

Day 10: Vlore - Llogara National Park - Himara Stop At: Llogara National Park, Llogara National Park, Vlore County We 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: 1 hour Stop At: Porto Palermo Castle, Himare, Vlore County Our next stop will be the beautiful castle of Ali Pasha at Porto Palermo. Himara would be our final destination for this day. Himara town is next to imposing mountain peaks blanketed in deep green forests, crystal clear seas fringed by long white beaches and sparkling springs inviting you to dive in. Overnight in Himara. Duration: 2 hours No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 11: Himara - Butrint (UNESCO site) - Saranda Stop At: Butrint National Park, Butrint, Vlore County The ancient site Butrint, is our next destination. Part of the UNESCO world heritage, Butrinti is the most important archaeological site in Albania. Duration: 4 hours Stop At: Lekuresi Castle, Saranda, Vlore County In 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 hours No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 12: Saranda - Blue Eye - Gjirokaster (UNESCO site) Stop At: The Blue Eye - Syri i Kalter, Albania On our way to Gjirokastra we will visit the natural wonder of Blue Eye. Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Gjirokaster Castle, Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster County Gjirokastra 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 Gjirokaster Duration: 12 hours No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 13: Gjirokastër - Permet Stop At: Benja Thermal Baths, Permet, Gjirokaster County Përmet, our next destination, is the greenest and the cleanest town in Albania, also known as the "city of roses." The small town of Permet is famous for its folk music, literature personalities, and the good cooking, especially sweets, the so called 'gliko', or preserves. The area is also famous for good wine and strong raki. Very near to Përmet is Bënja, a natural hot thermal spring with a spectacular mountainous view. Overnight in Përmet. Duration: 1 day No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 14: Permet - Apollonia - Tirana Stop At: Apollonia, Fier, Fier County After 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. This marks the end of this amazing experience through history and adventure. Duration: 3 hours No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 1: Tirana - Kruja - Shkoder Stop At: Kruja Castle, Kruje, Durres County Our 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 hours Stop At: Rozafa Castle, Shkoder, Shkoder County Overnight in Shkodra, where we visit Rozafa castle, and the Venetian style pedestrian street “pedonale”. Overnight in Shkoder. Duration: 1 day No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 2: Shkodër - Podgorica (Capital city of Montenegro) - Fishtë Stop At: Museum and Gallery of Podgorica, Podgorica, Podgorica Municipality On our way to Montenegro you would be invited by Shkodra’s lake glistening in the sunshine. Within 1 hour we arrive in Podgorica, capital city of Montenegro, where we explore the city’s most important attractions. Duration: 4 hours Stop At: Mrizi i Zanave Agriturizëm Our next destination is a slow food farm in a rural village in Northern Albania. Overnight at the agro – tourism. Duration: 12 hours No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 3: Fishtë - Komani Lake - Valbona Valley Stop At: Komani Lake, Koman, Shkoder County Komani 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: 4 hours Stop At: Valbona Valley National Park, Valbona, Kukes County Our 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: 12 hours No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 4: Valbona Valley - Prizren (Kosovo) Stop At: Albanian League of Prizren Museum [Muzeu Lidhja Shqiptare e Prizrenit], Prizren Our 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. Overnight in Prizren. Duration: 1 day No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 5: Prizren - Tirana (Capital city of Albania) Stop At: National History Museum Tirana, the capital of Albania would be our final destination for the fifth day, where we have full day 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. Tirana offers 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. 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 day No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 6: Tirana to Ohrid (UNESCO site, Macedonia) Stop At: Lake Ohrid, Ohrid, Southwestern Region Ohrid (Macedonia) 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 day No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 7: Ohrid - Korça (Albania) - Drilon Stop At: Korca Old Bazaar, Korce, Korce County We continue our journey towards Korça in the southeastern region of Albania, one of the most beautiful and important cities in the country. Because of its beauty, French-style villas and coffee culture, Korça is also called the ‘little Paris of Albania’. We will take a city tour of this lovely enchanting town. Not to be missed “Pazari i Vjetër”, the most charming neighborhood in Korça and an area that looks like it was pulled straight from a fairy tale; narrow streets, colored buildings, nice cafés and small boutiques can be found everywhere you look. Duration: 6 hours Stop At: Driloni National Park, Pogradec, Korce County Late in the afternoon we head to Pogradec. Drilon national park was the favorite place of dictator Enver Hoxha, who used to come here to relax. Today Drilon is an attractive summer destination, thanks to its beauty, sandy beaches and delicious cuisine. Overnight in Drilon. Duration: 12 hours No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 8: Drilon - Berat (UNESCO site) Stop At: Berat Castle, Berat, Berat County Our 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 day No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 9: Berat - Zvërnec - Vlora Stop At: Zvernec Monastery, Vlore, Vlore County On our way to Vlora we visit the Narta Lagoon, the island of Zvërnec and its ancient Monastery of Saint Mary (XIII century). Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Ethnographic Museum, Vlore, Vlore, Vlore County Our tour continues towards Vlora where the Adriatic and Ionian Seas meet. Free afternoon by the seaside. Overnight in Vlora. Duration: 12 hours No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
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