8 day trip in Albania (2)
Day 1: Arrival Albania
Arrival in Mother Teresa Airport. Meet the local Albanian tourguide, transfer and accommodation in the hotel in Tirana. Dinner and overnight in Tirana.
Day 2: Tirana - Kruja
After breakfast in the hotel, depart for the sightseeing tour of Tirana, starting from the Skanderbeg square. Visit in the National History Museum, E`them Bey Mosque, Clock Tower etc. Then continue to the main boulevard where are found the different ministries, Academy of Fine Arts, Main University etc. After Tirana departure to Kruja medieval town, located on the slope of a mountain. (Lunch can be organised in Kruja). An old bazaar leads you up to the castle of the National Hero Skanderbeg. Visit in the castle of the city, housing the Skanderbeg Museum and the Ethnographic museum. In the afternoon, travel to Durres for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Durres – Berat
In the morning trip to the ancient city of Durres, that is also the most important seaport in Albania. Visit the Amphitheatre, the biggest in the Balkan Peninnsula (capacity 15.000 spectators) with a rare wall mosaic, which belongs to the 2nd century A.D and the Archeological Museum. Depart towards Berat (Unesco protected) in midday. While you approach the centre of the city, the typical buildings impress you. Visit to the castle, built up on a rocky hill 260m above the sea level. Churches here have survived within its powerful stony walls. With interest, is the church, which preserves woodenengraved iconostasis, housing the “Onufri” museum. Lunch can be organised in Berat. Visit to the other objects: Lead Mosque, Bachelor’s Mosque, Gorica Bridge and some of the dwelling houses of the 18th and 19th centuries. Travel for dinner and overnight to Vlora
Day 4: The Albanian Riviera – Butrint
After breakfast in the hotel, depart to Saranda traveling along the seashore. On the way on is to be visited the castle of Porto Palermo placed near Himara, also called as the castle of Ali Pashe Tepelena. The walls of the castle are 1.6m thick. After visiting this castle, the road along the seashore passes many beautiful villages such as Qeparo, which is a very large and sunny beach, Borsh village, which has a sandy sea, and the flora is the similar to that of Qeparo, Lukova a very wide beach too. Arrive in Saranda for lunch time. After lunch, depart to Butrint. A scenic narrow leads you to the ancient city of Butrint. Visit to the Old Amphitheatre, the Temple of Aesculapius, the Baptistery with colorful mosaics and the ancient city walls. An old fortress housing a small museum watches over the entire site, which is one of the last unspoiled natural and ancient historical areas in Mediterranean. Back to the city of Saranda for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Gjirokastra - Permet
After breakfast, we have the departure to Gjirokastra, which is a “Museum City” and Unesco protected. On the way possibility for visiting the magical Blue Eye (alternative bus transport because the road to reach the site is in poor conditions). When we go to Gjirokastra, the characteristic houses resemble the towers and are build one above the other. They have only one common element, the stone. All the homes have the form of medieval towers. Lunch in Gjirokastra. Then, visit to the castle, which stands out above the city as a balcony, providing the possibility for visitors to enjoy the beautiful landscape. The castle houses the National Museum of Weapons, which preserves all the kinds of weapons used and produced by the Albanians from antiquity. As we leave Gjrokastra, travel towards Permet for dinner and overnight. OR/ overnight in Gjirokastra where there is better standart of accommodation.
Day 6: Permet - Korce
In the morning travel from Permet to Korce, located in the southeastern part of Albania (the trip takes around 5 hours drive). It is one of the biggest cities in Albania, known for the Albanian carnivals. Lunch can be in one of the villages near Korca, Boboshtica for ex. Arrival and visit in the first Albanian school (the education museum) and the Icon’s museum. Dinner and overnight in Korca.
Day 7: Back to Tirana
After breakfast, depart towards Tirana. Please note that the trip takes around 5 -6 hours drive. Stop on the way to Elbasan. Walk a bit around the ramparts of the old castle and free time for coffee. Time for lunch. Then depart towards Tirana. Free afternoon in Tirana to relax.
Day 8: Airport
In the morning, check out from the hotel and transfer to the airport.