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Local Food & UNESCO Heritage tour | 7 Days

When asked about Albania food and hiretage must people would not know much. On this rustic tour, you’ll cook, eat and drink with old ladies in the countryside, and explore thousand you old cities like Berat, Gjirokastrer and the archeological park of Butrint (all Unesco World Hiretage), and discover the untouched nature for the south.

HIGHLIGHTS

– Tirana's Skenderbeg Square
– The Roman Ruins of Durres
– The pretty Berat & Alpeta Wine Tasting
– City of Stone – Gjirokaster
– The UNESCO Archeological Park of Butrint
– The hospitality of families in the countryside
– The Albanian Riviera

per adult from

$1,509

AUD

Duration

8 days

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

Voucher

Mobile ticket

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  • What's included :
    • 7x Breakfast
    • 1x Dinner
    • 6x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 7 nights
    • Cooking Lesson x 1
    • Wine Tasting experiences x 1
    • Private deluxe motor coach
    • 5 Guided sightseeing tours and select entrance fees 
    • Expert Tour Director & local guides
    • Entry/Admission - Berat Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Kantina e Veres Alpeta.
    • Entry/Admission - Skenduli House
    • Entry/Admission - Gjirokaster Castle
    • Entry/Admission - The Blue Eye
    • Entry/Admission - Butrint National Park
    • Entry/Admission - Ali Pasha Castle
    What's excluded :
    • Anything else not mentioned in inclusions
    • Single supplement is not includet €145
    • Gratuities (optional)

  • Day 1: Travel Day & Tirana

    Stop At: Tirana, Tirana, Tirana County
    Airport pick-up service available throughout the day (included). Welcome to Albania!

    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, Preza Castle & Durres

    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 free time to wander around the Old Bazaar, with beautiful cobblestone alleys and lovely old architecture.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Pass By: Preze, Preze, Tirana County
    Now we head for lunch in a restaurant in Preza Castle, with a tremendous view of the city and valley of Tirana and Kruja and Tirana International Airport. ( Fresh ingredients guaranteed ).

    Stop At: Durres, Durres, Durres County
    After lunch, we travel to Durrës for our last “digestive” stop.
    Set off on a guided tour of the City Walls, Byzantine Forum, Roman Thermal Baths, the Venetian Tower and the Amphitheater and enjoy the city’s street art around the ancient ruins.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Pass By: Berat, Berat, Berat County
    Transfer to Berat passing through striking hills full of olive trees. Get settled in the hotel and enjoy a free evening in the city of “A Thousand and one windows”.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Berat, a 3-star Hotel

    Day 3: Walking Tour & Wine Tasting in Berat (UNESCO)

    Stop At: Berat Castle, Rruga Mihal Komnena, Berat 5001 Albania
    This morning set out for a walking guide through the Unesco – recognized old town with our local guide.

    Admire the White Mosque, the Holy Trinity Church, Gorica Bridge and the Berati citadel/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.
    Head for lunch in a local restaurant facing the city.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Kantina e Veres Alpeta., Berat 4002 Albania
    This afternoon, head to Roshnik wine region and visit Alpeta Winery.

    The tour of the facilities includes a complete view of the process of vinification and detailed explanations by a member of the family. Follow him on a short walk through the vineyard to see "Pules" and "Merlot" grapes that are used to create the winery’s signature red and white wines.
    After the visit to the cellar and vineyard, sampe some of the wines and raki, and exchange stories with a member of the Alpeta family while enjoying a variety of homemade Albanian cheeses and locally grown olives.
    Return in Berat for a free evening.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Berat, a 3-star Hotel

    Day 4: Sightseeing tour of Gjirokaster (UNESCO)

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

    Get settled in the hotel and head out for lunch in a small, local restaurant for a taste of the city’s authentic dishes.

    Stop At: Skenduli House, Rruga Sokaku i Te Mareve, Gjirokaster Albania
    Step into Skenduli house, the nicest Ottoman tower house and listen to its history and details from the 10th generation of Skenduli family.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Gjirokaster Castle, Gjirokaster Albania
    Soak up to the rich history of the castle and enjoy the view of the “city of stone” from above.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: Gjirokastra Bazaar, Old town, Gjirokaster Albania
    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.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Gjirokastra, a 3-star Hotel

    Day 5: Typical food from Rural Gjirokastra

    Stop At: Gjirokaster County, Gjirokaster County
    Drive to a village close to Gjirokaster and experience a day in an Albanian countryside cottage.

    Step inside and learn about food, life and traditions of an Albanian family. Start cooking with three generation of Albanian ladies or drink raki with cheese and olives with “Grandpa” and listen to Commie stories.
    In the evening, transfer back to the city but not without visiting a bunker on the road. Enter and see what it feels like inside a Communist thick, concrete bunker.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Gjirokastra, a 3-star Hotel

    Day 6: Blue Eye Spring & Butrint National Park (UNESCO)

    Stop At: The Blue Eye, Vlore 9706 Albania
    Travel to the Blue Eye and marvel at the spring’s shades of blue and nature around it.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Butrint National Park, SH81, Butrint Albania
    Set off on a guided tour of Butrint National Park where a local guide explains 2500 years of history embedded in the Amphitheater, the castle, the churches and the Lion Gate.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Pass By: Ksamil, Ksamil, Saranda, Vlore County
    Drive to Ksamil and enjoy a treat of a lunch at The Mussel House.

    Stop At: Saranda, Saranda, Vlore County
    On the way to Saranda, stop for coffee-break Lekursi Castle for a view from above of the city of Saranda.
    Get settled in the hotel and enjoy free evening in this typical seaside city.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Himara, a 3-star Hotel

    Day 7: Vlore via Porto Palermo & Llogara National Park

    Stop At: Ali Pasha Castle, Sh8 Porto Palermo, Porto Palermo Beach, Vlore Albania
    En route to the city of Vlore, 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: 1 hour

    Pass By: Llogara National Park, Llogara National Park, Vlore County
    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.

    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 Lungomare.
    Transfer to Tirana and get settled in the hotel.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Himara, 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 the process of 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
    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-75059P16

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