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7-Day North to South Albania Tour from Tirana and Durres

The Albanian Highlands have much to offer when it comes to hiking but for those of you short on time that want to get a taste of the Albanian Alps, its gorgeous landscapes and delicious food, this tour is for you.
The Albanian Riviera has so many heaven beaches that you start to forget the names.
In this laid-back tour, immerse yourself in inimitable culture, amazing food and natural wonders. Sunbathe in deserted beaches and relax in seaside villages. Get ready to dine surrounded by pine trees in Llogara National Park, sip coffee listening to the music of waterfalls in Borsh and firm your eyes in the natural spring lake of “Blue Eye”.

HIGHTLIGHTS

– The bustling capital of Tirana
– UNESCO's cities of Berat & Gjirokaster
– National Archeological Park of Butrint - UNESCO
– A hypnotic spring and a coffee break in the middle of waterfalls
– Shala River on Lake Koman Boat Ride
– The Albanian Riviera

per adult from

$1,663

AUD

Duration

8 days

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  • What's included :
    • 7x Breakfast
    • 1x Dinner
    • 2x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 7 nights
    • 1 Wine Tasting Tour
    • Expert Tour Director & local guides
    • Private deluxe motor coach
    • 4 guided sightseeing tours and select entrance fees
    • Boat ride x 1
    • Entry/Admission - Komani Lake
    • Entry/Admission - Berat Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Butrint National Park
    • Entry/Admission - Ali Pasha Castle
    What's excluded :
    • Anything else not mentioned in inclusions
    • Single supplement is not included €.150
    • Gratuities (optional)

  • Day 1: Travel day & Tirana

    Pass By: Tirana, Tirana, Tirana County
    Airport pick-up service available throughout the day (included).

    Welcome to Albania! Transfer to Tirana and settle in to your hotel. For those of you not too tired, there is a guided walking tour of the city center, including Skanderbeg Square, Et’hem Bey Mosque, the Pyramid and the Blloku area.

    Then, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

    Meals included:
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Tirana, a 3-star hotel

    Day 2: Kruja & Shkoder

    Stop At: Kruje, Kruje, Durres County
    We start our journey from Tirana, directly to the city of Kruja.

    Set off on a guided tour of Dollma Bektashi Teqe, the surroundings and the Castle itself, the Skanderbeg Museum and the National Ethnographic Museum.
    You will have planty of free time for lunch and to wander around the Old Bazaar, with beautiful cobblestone alleys and lovely old architecture.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Shkoder, Shkoder, Shkoder County
    En route to Shkodra, a small city situated at the foot of the Albania Alps, stop and visit the hilltop Rozafa Castle.

    Enjoy its amazing views and the fortress’s fascinating history.
    Get settled in the hotel in Shkoder and experience the Old Town, St. Stephen’s Catholic Cathedral and the Ebu Bekr Mosque on a guided tour.
    Enjoy free time in the “Pedonalja”, the beating heart of Shkodra. Equipped with everything you need to relax, it’s a great street to wander around, shop and drink something.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Shkodra, a 3-star hotel

    Day 3: Koman Lake to Shala River through Koman Lake boat ride

    Stop At: Komani Lake, Koman Albania
    Early morning transfer to Koman, where you will take a scenic boat ride passing by rocky mountains and vivid green hills towards Shala River, a hidden paradise called also the “Albanian Thailand”.

    Enjoy lunch with the view of the mirror river, the quietness of the mountains and nature around you.

    Leave this idyllic spot in the afternoon and transfer to the seaside city of Durres.

    Please note that if the water level of Shala River is very low, there will be a boat ride in Koman Lake instead and lunch on a lake-view restaurant.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Durres, a 3-star hotel

    Day 4: Berat (UNESCO) & Vlore

    Stop At: Berat Castle, Rruga Mihal Komnena, Berat 5001 Albania
    Transfer to Berat passing through suggestive hills full of olive trees.

    Set out for a guided tour with the local guide admiring the citadel / castle of Berat with the Red Mosque, recognized by its solitary minaret. The White Mosque, the Church of the Holy Trinity and the arched bridge of Gorica, built in 1780 are the other attractions that await you after the Castle.
    Step in the Onufri National Iconographic Museum, built in 1986. The Museum’s name honours the Albanian master painter of the 16th century, Onufri, who is responsible for a rich legacy of iconography in the country. The museum contains an immense collection of one-hundred and seventy-three select objects from Albanian churches and monasteries.
    Enjoy free time for lunch with the city as the view and wander in the two main districts of Mangalem and Gorica.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Vlore, Vlore, Vlore County
    Visit the city of Vlore in the afternoon.
    – Hometown to the National Independence movement, visit the Flag Square with its Independence Monument right in the center, the Muradie Mosque and Vlore’s Lungomare.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Vlore, a 3-star hotel

    Day 5: Saranda via Gjirokaster (UNESCO)

    Stop At: Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster County
    Transfer to Gjirokaster to discover the city of “a thousand steps”, driving through small villages.

    Step into Skenduli house, the nicest Ottoman tower house and listen to its history and details from the 10th generation of Skenduli family.
    Soak up to the rich history of the castle and enjoy the view of the “city of stone” from above.
    Pass by the Ottoman Bazaar and historic wooden houses and visit Gjirokastra Obelisk dedicated to the first school of Gjirokastra and enjoy the 360º view from there.
    Enjoy some free time in the "Neck of the Bazaar" for lunch and to wander around the local shops.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Saranda, Saranda, Vlore County
    Travel to the "Blue Eye" and marvel at the spring’s shades of blue and nature around it, before reaching Saranda in the late afternoon.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Sarande, a 3-star hotel

    Day 6: Butrint National Park (UNESCO) & Ksamil

    Stop At: Butrint National Park, SH81, Butrint Albania
    Transfer to Butrint for a guided tour of the UNESCO Archaeological site where a local guided explains 2500 years of history embedded in the Amphitheater, the Castle, the Churches and the Lion’s Gate.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Ksamil, Ksamil, Saranda, Vlore County
    Set off for a beach day at Ksamil Islands where you will have them to explore, swim, sunbathe and enjoy food and drinks at small cafés and restaurants on the Islands.

    Spend your afternoon in Ksamil and on the way back to Saranda visit the Lekursi Castle overseeing the city.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Sarande, a 3-star hotel

    Day 7: Ali Pasha Castle & Llogara National Park

    Stop At: Ali Pasha Castle, Sh8 Porto Palermo, Porto Palermo Beach, Vlore Albania
    Head to Porto Palermo and explore the Ali Pasha Castle with your Tour Director.

    Marvel at the architecture and listen to entertaining legends about the man who build it, Ali Pashe Tepelena.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Llogara National Park, Llogara National Park, Vlore County
    En route to Tirana, stop at Llogara “balcony” for a stunning view from above of the South Coast beaches and then head for lunch to Llogara National Park freshened by the mountain breeze and pine trees.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Tirane, a 3-star hotel

    Day 8: Departure Day

    Pass By: Tirana, Tirana, Tirana County
    Please note that the airport drop off is not included on tour. If you want to include this service, you can book it during your reservation.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Tirana City Center ( Airport/Hotel Pickup) TiranaDurres City Center ( Hotel Pickup) DurresAirports
    • Rinas Airport, Tirana Albania
    Ports
    • Durres Port, Rruga Pavaresia 66, Durrës, Albania
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

12

Organised by Good Albania

Activity ID: V-75059P18

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