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8 Days Culture tour itinerary for albania: Experience Old World Charm Of Albania, Greece And Macedonia

Tirana, Durres, Berat, Sarande, Gjirokaster, Kruje, Ohrid, Bitola, Ioannina, Kalamata

Archeology
Archeology Tour
Culture
Culture Tour
History
History Tour

Learn the traditions and lifestyle of the Balkans in Albania, hear the stories about the ancient monasteries in Greece and walk the ancient streets of Macedonia as you embark on this special journey to experience this triad. 

DAY 01

tirana AIRPORT-KRUJa-DURRES

  • Upon arrival at Mother Teresa airport in Tirana, meet our local guide.

  • Depart for Kruja, which is a small town inhabited since the 3rd-century B.C. and was accredited as a Christian religious centre in 879. 

    • Visit the Kruja castle- the centre of Skanderbeg's rebellion against the Ottoman empire. 

    • Then explore the typical oriental-looking Ottoman Bazaar overflowing with a variety of goods.

    • Revel in 20th-century Albania's history in the Skanderbeg National Museum, which exhibits numerous original objects, documents and bibliographies.

    • Continue to see the National Ethnographic Museum, set in an original 19th-century Ottoman house belonging to an affluent Toptani family.

  • Now you will be transferred to your hotel in Durres.

DAY 02

DURRES-BERAT-VLORa

  • 09:00-11:00- After breakfast, our local guide will take you on an exploration of Durres, one of the most ancient cities in Albania boasting of the largest port in the country.

    • Visit Venetian Castle, which is an extension of the Byzantine fortress of Durres. The tower houses a bar and has antique cannons and heroic statues in the foreground.

    • Then go and see the Roman amphitheatre- the largest one in Balkan peninsula with a capacity of almost 20,000 people.

    • Explore the past through the Roman and Byzantine ruins found in this city.

    • Take a visit to the Archaeological Museum, the largest one in the country.

  • Depart for Berat, the city of a thousand windows, and have lunch there. 

    • Visit Berat Castle-a fortress landmark overlooking the downtown. There are numerous places around the castle including early Christian churches, the Cathedral of Santa Maria and mosques.

    • Revel in the beauty of Mangalemi, an old-world hotel located at the foot of the castle hill.

    • Visit the beautiful old quarters of Gorica along with Gorica bridge.

  • Depart for Vlora

  • 18:30-19:00- Take a little tour of the old town of Vlora and visit Independence square, which is dedicated to Albanian declaration of independence.

  • 19:00- Check-in at the hotel.






DAY 03

VLORA-GJIROKASTER-SARANDa

  • 9:00-11:20- After breakfast at the hotel, our tour guide will take you to the ancient city of Gjirokaster.

  • 11:30-15:30- Take a tour of this city where many houses have their roofs covered in stone slabs, giving it a name 'City of Stones'. Here, you will visit-

    • National Museum of Armaments, which displays Albanian arms from their independence to the end of the second world war.

    • The Ethnographic Museum erected on the site of the birth home of communist dictator Enver Hoxha.

    • Zekate House built in Ottoman style. 

    • Cajupi restaurant, overlooking the ancient city, to have lunch.

  • 16:00-17:00- You will be transferred to your hotel in Saranda. On your way, you will visit a Christian Byzantine church in Mesopotam.

DAY 04

sARANDA-BUTRINTI-SARANDA

  • 08:00- After breakfast, you will be taken to visit the archaeological park of Butrint.

  • 09:30-13:00- You will take the tour of the archaeological area dotted with Greek ruins, imposing Roman monuments, an Ottoman fort and an early Christian church. 

  • 13:00-15:00- Have lunch at a local restaurant near Ksamil Park before beginning to explore the city of Saranda.

  • Stay at a hotel in Saranda.

DAY 05

SARANDA-IOANNINA-KALAMBAKA

  • 07:30- After breakfast, you will be transferred to Ioannina by our local guide, crossing the border into Greece.

  • 11:30-12:30- Take the tour of Ioannina, which is a tranquil old quarter built on the shore of Pamvotis lake.

  • 12:30-13:30- Have lunch in Ioannina followed by a journey to Kalambaka- a gateway to Meteora.

  • 16:00-18:30- Take the tour of the beautiful landscape of Meteora brimming with numerous Byzantine churches and monasteries.

  • Stay at a hotel in Kalambaka.

DAY 06

KALAMBAKA-BITOLA-OHRID

  • 08:10-12:40: Our local guide will take you to Bitola in Macedonia and you will have lunch at a restaurant on reaching there.

  • 14:10-16:00- Take a tour of Heraklea, which is popular for its mosaics, Roman baths and ancient theatres.

  • 16:10-17:00- Take a short tour of Bitola city famous for its churches, mosques and bells.

  • 17:00-18:20- You will be transferred to a hotel in the ancient city of Ohrid.

DAY 07

OHRID-TIRANA

  • 08:00- Our local guide will take you to visit following places in Ohrid-

    • Church of St. Sofia, which was used as a cathedral in the past. It boasts of magnificent Byzantine frescoes and paintings.

    • Church of St. Clement- a Macedonian orthodox cathedral church. Here you can witness the icon of Annunciation.

  • 12:30-14:00- Have lunch at one of the restaurants on Lake Ohrid.

  • 14:00-16:30- You will be transferred to Tirana to explore Albania's capital.  Stay at a hotel there.

DAY 08

Tirana-Mother Teresa Airport

  • Depart to the Mother Teresa airport

  • 590 EUR Per Adult (* Per person sharing a double or twin room for minimum 6 participants.)
  • Accommodation in 4-star or 5-star hotels in half board with breakfast and dinner.

  • Coach and guide at disposal throughout the tour.

  • Lunch.

  • Beverages or extra expenses of the hotel mini-bar.

  • Gratuities.

  • Entrance fee in museums or archaeological sites.

  • Supplement single occupancy of a double room will be 120 Euro.

  • The rate for this tour varies depending upon the size and type of group.

Tirana, Durres, Berat, Sarande, Gjirokaster, Kruje, Ohrid, Bitola, Ioannina, Kalamata

Archeology
Archeology Tour
Culture
Culture Tour
History
History Tour
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