7 Days History and Culture

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This is an introduction of Albanian History ,Nature and Culture and food

  • 1 Week
  • Apollonia, Ardenica, Berat, Butrint, Bylis, Durres, Gjirokaster, Kruje, Saranda, Tirane, Vlore
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About this tour

This is an introduction of Albanian History ,Nature and Culture and food

Be part of Albanian Prehistory . Walk into nature parks untouched by humans. Visit old towns and enjoy the architecture . Try the best food and learn more for Albanian Hospitality. Learn about communist antiquity ,medieval and modern  Albania.

Included in price

  • Professional tour Guide for all itinerary
  • Professional Driver for all itinerary
  • Transport for all itinerary
  • Breakfast for all itinerary
  • Dinners for all itinerary
  • Wine tasting
  • Accommodation on 3 or 4 stars hotel twin or double room
  • Entrance fee for all attractions we are going to visit
  • City tax Vat tax

Exluded

  • Drinks per all itinerary
  • Extra attractions which are not in this itinerary
  • Single supplement room +155 euro total

Additional information

Attractions covered on this tour Apollonia ,Vlore ,Llogara Pass, Albanian Coast ,Sarande , Butrint ,Ksamil , Blue eye, Gjirokaster ,Labova Church ,Ardenica Monastery ,Berat ,Durres ,Tirane ,Kruje ,Lezhe ,Shkoder

Day 1Tirana Airport – Apollonia – Vlora Introduction with Albanian History

Pick up at Tirana airport and transfer to Vlora. Stop at 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, the town of Albania’s Independence for the overnight stay.

• Visit Ancient city of Apollonia one of the oldest archaeological sites in Albania
• Visit vlora cente
• Visit the House of the independence ( in 1912 the independence of Albania was proclaimed from this house )
• Walk into vlora coast

Day 2Vlora – Butrint – Saranda A beautiful day combined with Nature ,History

After an early breakfast we depart for Saranda. Drive on the Albanian Riviera looking at the Ionian Sea. Stunning sceneries await us at the Llogara pass, about 1000 meters above sea level. Continue to Saranda, visit the ancient city of Butrint a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city was first settled by Greek colonists and was continuously inhabited for centuries forming archaeological layers of passing civilizations. It is situated in a beautiful peninsula among dense vegetation. Dinner in a muscle farm Overnight in Saranda

• Drive in Albanian coast ,known for the best views of Albanian Villages
• Stop at llogara pass 1071 m over sea level
• Visit Porto Palermo Castle
• Sever stops to see the old villages of Riviera
• Visit Ancient town of Butrint famous also for its natural park
• Walk in Saranda Coast
• Dinner in a Muscle farm on Lake Butrint Shore

Day 3Saranda – Gjirokastra Explore one of the biggest natural parks and walk into the stone city of gjirokastra

After an early breakfast we drive to Gjirokastra. Stop in Blue eye one of the biggest nature parks in Albania. Famous for its spring . Start driving to Gjirokastra, a UNESCO site and museum town with very distinct architecture. Visit the Fortress used as the venue for the National Festival of Folk Song and Dance and has an Arms’ Museum with weapons from WWII. Next visit the Ethnographic Museum which is also the house where the Albanian dictator was born. Visit Labova Church ,one of the oldest in Balkans The history says that a piece of true cross was part of this church. Justinan one of the greatest roman emperor order to build this church.

• Visit the Blue eye one of the biggest natural parks in Albania famous for its Spring and nature
• Visit Labova Church one of the oldest in Albania ,build by emperor of Rome Justian ( historians believes that a piece of true cross was here
• Visit Gjirokastra Castle
• Visit Enveroxha House ( the dictator of Albania Enver Hoxha was born in Gjirokastra )
• Walk into Gjirokastra Bazaar
• Free time to explore Bazaar and buys some crafts

Day 4Gjirokastra – Ardenica monastery overnight Berat Visit one of the oldest monasteries of Albania and Meet Berat one of the most historic Albanian towns

After breakfast we start driving on Berat direction . After 3 h drive visit the monastery of Ardenica Built by Byzantine Emperor, Andronikos II Palaiologos in 1282 after the victory against the Angevins in the Siege of Berat, the monastery is famous as the place where, in 1451, was celebrated the marriage of Skanderbeg, the national hero of Albania, with Andronika Arianiti. In 1780 the Monastery started a theological school to prepare clerics in Greek Orthodoxy. It had an important library with 32,000 volumes that got completely burned by a fire in 1932. The Church of Saint Mary within the monastery contains frescoes from brothers Kostandin and Athanas Zografi. Wine tasting and food tour close to the monastery and after proceed to Berat 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 many churches of which 7 still remain, including one turned into Onufri Museum. Onufri was an Albanian Icon master painter of the 16th century who painted many orthodox churches in Albania and Greece. Proceed with Berat Old Town. Berat is famous for its architecture known also as the city of 1001 windows . Dinner in a traditional restaurant or inside of a local house

• A short stop for a tea or café in Uji I ftohte Tepelene ,a nature attraction
• Visit Ardenica Monastery
• Lunch and wine tasting in Ardenica
• Visit Berat castle the biggest in Albania ,several monuments here like old churches ,museum

After breakfast and this interesting experience we depart for Durres one of the oldest (founded in 627 B.C.) and most important cities in Albania. We take a sightseeing tour of the Amphitheatre situated in the middle of the modern city in an inhabited area. We have the possibility also for a tour in Karavasta Lagoon ( the biggest in Albania ) Continue to Tirana and take a sightseeing tour there and visit Bunkart. A cold war bunker build to protect Albanian politicians in case of an Atomic Bomb from the westerns. About 105 rooms inside this secret Bunker. In 2013 the government decide to make public and visitable.

• Visit the house of Lushnja League – From here the patriot of Albania in 1921 decided that Tirana will be the capital of Albania
• Visit Archaeological museum of Durres ,the biggest in Albania. Hundreds of archeological remains
• Visit Amphiteatre of durres the Bigest in Europe
• Walk into Italian part of Durres – See the Italian architecture
• Walk into Durres coast
• Visit Tirana centre
• Visit Ethem Beu mosque one of the nicers

Day 6Tirana Kruje – Overnight Shkoder History ,Tradition and Culture

After breakfast we start driving to Kruje famous as the centre of Albanian resistance against the ottomans .Visit the old bazaar one of the biggest in Albania . Famous for crafts traditional carpets and different type of costumes. If you want to buys something the perfect place is Kruja Bazaar . We proceed on Historic Museum to learn more about the Albanian national Hero Scanderbeg ,visit the ethnography museum ,an old house of VII century . A short brake for a café in Kruja than start driving to Shkoder. A stop at the Scanderbeg tomb in Lezhe. See the place where is the monumental tomb of Scanderbeg Shkoder or Shkodra is the biggest North city of Albania. Famous for its tradition ,culture . Is known also as the city of bicycles and Humor. On a big hill nearby city is Rozafa castle. Situated in one of the most beautiful spots and from there you can enjoy the view of River ,Lake and Sea.

• Visit Kruja Castle ,build on a scenic hill with view of Adriatic sea
• Visit Ethnography Museum ,an old house of XVII century
• Visit Scanderbeg Museum there we will understand better the history of Albanian national Hero Scanderbeg
• Visit Kruja Bazaar the biggest bazaar in Albania
• Free time to buy souvenirs or explore craft shops
• Visit Rozafa castle ,its located in a scenic hill with perfect view of Lake ,Rivers and Adriatic sea
• Visit Shkodra promenade ,see Italian architecture
• Visit Marubi Museum – A photography museum dedicated to Marubi
• Visit Central mosque in Shkoder
• Visit Francescian monastery

Day 7 Shkoder – Airport Say goodbye to Albania

This is the last day in Albania. It depend from Departure time. If we will have time on our way to durres we will stop in Lezhe Lunch in one of the best agro tourism farms and a visit at the Scanderbeg tomb.

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