Hiking + Culture in Albania (2)

Day 1: Arrival in Albania
Arrival in Tirana. Depending on the time of the arrival, transfer at the hotel in Tirana. In the afternoon a short presentation tour of Tirana. Dinner and overnight in Tirana.

Day 2: Tirana and the surroundings
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Dajti mountain (1612m) by cable car. Dajti is the mountain that overshadows Tirana and it is declared a national park. The trip by cable car takes 15 minutes to get to e certain height of the mountain. Arrival at the upper cable car station and start the hiking there. The group will hike around 500 m to the summit of the mountain. Lunch will be at the mountain. In the afternoon, turn back to Tirana for the sightseeing tour of the capital, 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. Dinner and overnight in Tirana.
Hiking hours to Dajti mountain : around 4 hours.

Day 3: Kruja hiking + culture
In the morning transfer to Kruja for the hike at “Sari Salltiku” mountain. Altitude :1176 m. This place has been considered a sacred mountain for decades by the Bekthashi believers in Albania. It is a very nice feeling to reach the top and visit the mystic cave found at the summit. Descend and lunch in the court yard of the castle. Afterwards visit of castle and Skanderbeg museum and Ethnographic museum. Dinner and overnight in Tirana.
Hiking hours : 4 – 5 hours
Tirana – Kruja : 50 km (45 – 60 min by bus)

Day 4: Durres & Vlora culture
In the morning transfer to the coastal town of Durres. There visit to the remaining of the Roman Amphitheatre, the biggest in the Balkan Peninsula. Afterwards visit to the Archeological museum with a nice collection of objects from antiquity which proves the antiquity of this town. After Durres transfer to Vlora. In Vlora, sightseeing of the town and possibility for a walk at Kanina castle in the afternoon located around 6 km from Vlora (380 m above sea level). After the short walk, dinner and overnight in Vlora.
Tirane – Durres : 40 km (45 min by bus)
Durres – Vlore : 147 km (20 h:30 min)
Hiking hours at Kanina castle : 1: 30 min

Day 5: The Albanian Riviera
After breakfast to the hotel, depart to Saranda traveling along the seashore. Stop in Llogara national park for some free time or some short hiking. Then continue to travel along one of the most picturesque areas in Albania called the “Albanian Riviera”. 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 which was build by him in 1804. 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, Borsh and Lukova. Arrive in Saranda and 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. Dinner and overnight in Saranda.
Vlore – Sarande : 133 km (4 hours )
Hiking hours : optional (depends if the clients would like to walk at Llogara National Park and the conditions of the group members)

Day 6: Gjirokastra culture
After breakfast to the hotel transfer to Gjirokastra, which is a UNESCO world site. This town is called also “the stone town” because most of the houses in the old part are built with stone and the architecture of the houses is unique in Albania. Visit to the castle of the town and the Ethnographic museum (ex-house of ex-dictator of the Albanians Enver Hoxha). Afterwards travel from Gjirokastra to Berat. Dinner and overnight in Berat.
Saranda – Gjirokaster : 61 km ( 1 hour and 30 min)
Gjirokaster – Berat : 155 km (5 hours)

Day 7: Berat culture + hiking
In the morning transfer by minivan to the point where the hike will start. The clients will hike in this day at the so-called Shpiragu mountain. It is not e very difficult hike, but it takes around 5 – 6 hours to walk gradually. Lunch will be at the mountain. In the afternoon back to Berat UNESCO protected for visiting 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 wooden-engraved iconostasis, housing the “Onufri” museum. Visit to the other objects: Lead Mosque, Bachelor’s Mosque, Gorica Bridge and many dwelling houses of the 18th and 19th centuries. Dinner and overnight in Berat.
Hiking hours : 5 – 6 hours

Day 8: Leave Albania
Check out from the hotel and transfer at the airport.

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