Albanian foodie tour
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Join Albania Food Tour and explore the finest local cuisines Albania has to offer
- 1 Week
- Berat, Durres, Elbasan, Korce, Pogradec, Shkoder, Tirane
- People in Group
About this Tour
Join Albania Food Tour and explore the finest local cuisines Albania has to offer. This gastronomic adventure is especially designed for food lovers by food lovers. Enjoy amazing views and sunsets over the seas, relaxing strolls through some of the most beautiful towns of Southern Albania, stunning coastal locations, and exciting culinary adventures. There will be late night dinners and long leisurely lunches with some of the most delicious foods you have ever tasted, and of course Albanian Raki. You will stay in comfortable lodging with the extravagance focused on the environment, gardens, food, and hospitality. Albania has a delicious cuisine influenced by the Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine. For people interested in a different kind of taste from grilled meat to in a special way boiled vegetable, this tour will be something for you! We take you to local farms, traditional grill restaurants, fish restaurants, a winery, a beer factory, a cognac factory and at the house of a local family where you can try the real taste of Raki. This tour will let you explore the culinary diversity of Albania.
- Food tasting, food lecture, tea tasting
- Market visit, farm visit, cooking experiences
- Enjoy typical cuisine in different parts of Albania
- 4 historic landmarks Unesco site tours
- Meals with wines and beverages
- Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 1Fly to Tirana
Reception and meeting of the group with our representative at Tirana International Airport and transfer to hotel. Visit the National Historic Museum in Tirana offering an in depth introduction to Albanian history from prehistoric times to present day. Dinner in a traditional restaurant with a rustic setting and a first taste of Albania’s culinary delights. The cuisine of mid-Albania has strong Ottoman influences and therefore meats on charcoal grill, as well as grilled vegetables and yogurt sauces prevail. Overnight in Tirana.. Overnight in Tirana.
Day 2Tirana - Elbasan - Belsh Overnight Berat
Depart from Tirana
15th century. After Ardenica we proceed to Apollonia, situated on the famous Via Egnatia. Apollonia was founded at the beginning of the 7th century BC by the Greek colonists and in Roman times, it was a large and flourishing city (with 50.000 residents in the second century BC) near Aos river (today Vjosa). The monastery (which houses the museum) courtyard enclosed a Byzantine church dating back to the 14th century. We will have a characteristic lunch of the “Muzeqe” region with small hens baked in the oven with rice on a beautiful terrace of the Leon Rey restaurant overlooking Apollonia. After lunch we continue our trip to Berat, which is also known as “the city of thousand windows”. After the check in into the hotel, we will have a walk in the neighbourhood called “Mangalem” and visit a local family where we will have some special Raki. Dinner in the Mangalemi traditional family restaurant. Overnight in Berat.
Day 3Berat to Korca
After breakfast we will explore the town of Berat. We visit the ethnographic museum and continue our tour to the Castle and the Onufri museum. People are still living within the walls of the castle, just like their ancestors did. Onufri was an Albanian Icon master painter of the 16th century who painted many orthodox churches in Albania and Greece. After these visits we depart for Korca, but before we arrive here, we will have some wine tasting on the way to taste the delicious Albania wine and to have a tour around the winery. After this great experience we will continue our way to Korca with on the way a delicious lunch in the central mountains of Albania. In the afternoon there will be some free time to stroll around the city before we will have a traditional dinner in a local restaurant serving qofte (or kernacka), kolloface and lakror (byrek). Overnight in Korca.
Day 4Korca ( visit factory of Birra Korca ) - Pogradec
Today, a special trip to the “Korca” beer factory will be waiting for us, but before arriving here we will visit the Museum of Medieval Arts, The first school of Albania, the Mosque of Mirahori, one of the oldest in the country, and the Orthodox Cathedral. After this we start our tour to Birra Korça. They make 'blond' beer and is also the only brewery in the Balkans to make dark beer, using the latest Czech and Italian technology and employing 125 people. Highlight of the factory tour is the brewing room where the massive steel brewing tanks are surrounded by tile tableaus depicting the brewing process and the consumption of the end product. After this beer, it is time for the real qofte from Korca served with “salce kosi” and bread. In the afternoon we have a short ride to Pogradec where we can enjoy some free time overlooking lake Ohrid. For dinner, we have something special for you, Koran and Belushke fish, a real speciality from Pogradec which only occur in rare deep tectonic lakes like Ohrid and Baikal. (prohibitited to catch and eat on the other part of the lake in Macedonia) Overnight in Pogradec.
Day 5Pogradec to Durres ( visit the factory of Skenderbey Cognac ) - Tirana
After breakfast we depart for Durres (one of the oldest and most important cities of Albania) where we will have lunch in a fish restaurant at the beach. After lunch we visit the Skenderbeu factory, where the famous Skenderbeu cognac is produced and where we can taste this delicious drink. Afterwards we head back to Tirana where we will spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure before a dinner in a special venue overlooking the capital. Overnight in Tirana.
Day 6Tirana - Shkodra - Tirana
After breakfast we drive to Shkodra, the most important city of North Albania. Here we visit the Rozafa castle with an amazing view all around the lake of Shkodra, the city of Shkodra and the countryside.Afterwards we visit the Mesi Bridge, an old bridge built in the mid 18th century with beautiful mountains on the background. After these visit we stop at the village of Fishte to visit a sustainable agro-tourism local family restaurant. We will taste some delicacies of this region such us pickles, local cheeses, bio olive oil, several kinds of bread etc. in their rustic form; the main specialty of the restaurant is young goats’ meat done in a traditional way. In Tirana we will have a special goodbye dinner. Overnight in Tirana.
Day 7Tirana to Airport
After breakfast transfer to airport