Highlights Albania Tour

Highlights Albania Tour 7 Nights / 8 Days

What's Included?

• Breakfasts, lunches and dinners for the duration of the trip as scheduled.
• 7 nights in a standard double room with 4-star Hotels in services in selected locations
• Meals as in program - water 0.33 l. and 1 glass of wine or soft drink and bitter p.pax.caffè excluded
• For the Italian local guide service for the whole trip.
• Internal transport by bus as indicated in the program.
• Visits and excursions mentioned in the program (including inputs);
• Durres Archaeological Museum and the Roman amphitheater
• Shkodra: Castle and museum Marubi,
• Berat Castle, Onufri Museum, Ethnographic Museum
• Ardenica. Monastery Ardenica
• Apollonia: Apollonia Archaeological Site (accompanied by a site official guide - speaking Italian) and archaeological museum
• Saranda: Archaeological Site of Butrint (accompanied by an official guide of the Italian speaking site-)
• Mesopotam Monastery Mesopotam
• Gjirokastra Castle and National Museum
• Driver and group leader free

Duration

8 days

Destination Covered

Albania

Best Suited

All, Budget, Families, Groups, Honeymoon, Kids, Luxury, Solo travellers
Day 1: Airport "Nene Teresa" -Tirana - Durres - (80 KMT)
Arriving at "Mother Teresa", Tirana International Airport at 11:00 am and meeting with the guide. Start of the service. Transfer to Tirana, lunch in the restaurant and around the city (Tirana the capital of Albania, has almost one million inhabitants, so alone nearly a third of the Albanian population. Business city excellence, the western city for quality of life and the way of life of Tirana. The night activity is in fact that of any other European city quite different from all other Albanian cities, we are talking about common Italian and especially the English) in the afternoon round-tour of the city (Piazza Skanderbeg, Ethem Bey Mosque, Clock Tower, Taiwan park). Visit to the Catholic Cathedral of St. Paul the Apostle (inaugurated in 2000) with the depiction of the Blessed Mother Teresa and St. John Paul II. Visit to the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus built in 1865 and donated by Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria to the Albanian Catholics. Transfer to Durres (Albania's second city) arrangement with the group in 4* hotel on the seaside in Durres. Dinner in hotel.

Day 2: Durres - Scutari - Sanctuary Of Sant Antonio A Lac - Durres (235 kmt)
Time 8.00 , breakfast at hotel then departure by bus to Scutari, with a stop at the Sanctuary of Sant Antonio in Lac 10.15 ( because of the time can not be done on foot, as a pilgrimage, the stretch of the stairway up to the top then you arrive and it parks in the square). This sanctuary is a true example of the Albanian Catholic faith, but not only, as much frequented by people of other religions including Muslims. This Sanctuary (actually visited by people all over the world, is called the "Albanian Medjugorje") and is unexpected for most people, and for the extension, but especially for the devotion that the Albanian people has for Sant Antonio despite 50 years of harsh communist repression during which profess any faith was to be deported in the fields of "work" if not worse. 12.00 arrival in Shkodra and its symbolic monument that is the castle situated on the hill outside the city, at the bridge over the river Drino, called "Rozafa" (the Rozafa legend that gives its name to the castle is very impressive and will be told you from driving on the way), it was built in the fourth century BC and it is now a museum, not far from it is the sanctuary of Our Lady of Good Counsel. 13.30 lunch in a restaurant. Walk in the boulevard, visit the cathedral, the prison of the martyrs, and the first cathedral ruins dedicated to St. Stephen, Marubi photo library and masks factory. Return to Durres, return at 20:00 for dinner and overnight at the hotel 4*.

Day 3: Durres - Kruje (Kruja) - Durres. (98 kmt)
8.00 Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Kruja and visit of this charming town (only 13,500 inhabitants) on the side of a mountain, Kruje is the most important city of the Albanian resistance under the leadership of Gjergj Kastrioti "Skanderbeg" in the 15th century fought the Ottomans successfully for over 25 years. Visit to the Skanderbeg Museum in the castle and the Ethnographic Museum, shopping in the beautiful old bazaar. Climb up to the tower where you can admire a splendid panorama of Kruja and the surrounding area. Lunch in a restaurant with Albanian specialties. The Cruia castle was built in the fourth century A.D. on the remains of a former Illyrian settlement of the III century BC Lunch. In the afternoon return and visit the city of Durres.
DURRES Albania's second city (220,000 inhabitants) is the largest port in the country, a transit mandatory for various Albanian cities. Durres was founded by the Illyrians in the thirteenth century BC, it expanded greatly thanks to the tribe of Taulanti in the ninth century BC, who made it the capital, it became an important port of the Roman period (by the Romans was also known as the "Tavern of the Adriatic") of which period has an interesting amphitheater of (the largest in the Balkans), in this period of greatest splendor of the city thanks to "Via Egnatia" which connected the Adriatic with Constantinople became a strategic transit point for merchants and goods. visit to the amphitheater of the Roman era (the largest in the Balkans), to the historic sites of the city (Venetian tower, ottomanne walls etc ..) and visit to the modern city (Piazza Baskhja, Promenade, Boulevard). Dinner and overnight in 4* hotel in Durres.

Day 4: Berat (BERAT) (80 KMT).
8.00. Breakfast at hotel and departure to the city. Berati is the city of a thousand windows (special status of UNESCO constraint). In this city there are as many as 42 churches, many of which the IV -Vsecolo of which few have maintained the original tracks. Visit to the old, historic part of the city and the Onufri museum housed in the "Dormition of the Virgin Mary ancient Orthodox Cathedral". Lunch in a restaurant in Berat. In 2008 the old town of Berat was declared from UNESCO World Heritage Site, as a "rare example of a well-preserved Ottoman town". We will visit the old quarter of Mangalemi with typical houses of the Ottoman era, the Berat Castle, the museum Onufri (by the painter of the Albanian name of the sixteenth century icons) and ancient Orthodox churches, the Ethnographic Museum. Visit to the Diocesan Mission guided by Don Giuseppe. Return to Durres for dinner and overnight at the hotel 4*.

Day 5: Durres – Ardenizza - Apollonia - Saranda (280 kmt.)
7:30 breakfast. Departure for Ardenizza, arrival and visit of the monastery. The Monastery was built in the thirteenth century Ardenizza century on the promontory of a hill in a dominant position not far from the Via Egnatia (Via Egnatia, natural continuation of the Appian Way) or the port of Durres communication route with Constantinople at the time of Roman rule. The church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and is famous as the place where the Albanian national hero Giorgio Castriota Scanderbeg channeled to a wedding with Andronika Ardaniti.
Since 1780 there is an Orthodox theology school for monks still present. Beautiful interior of the church rich in precious frescoes and icons of the era. 11.45 departure to Apollonia, lunch in a restaurant. After lunch visit of the park and the archaeological museum until 15:00. APOLLONIA (founded in 588 BC by Greek colonists from Kerkyra (modern Corfu) and Corinth, Apollonia was one of the most important commercial centers of the time and was described by Cicero: "magna urbs et gravis" - or - big city and majestic. The ancient beauty has been brought to light in the early twentieth century by the French team, even though many of its treasures were hidden. Departure to Saranda, stopping along the way to Porto Palermo and visit the castle. Arrival at 20:00 around Saranda. Dinner and overnight at the hotel 4*.

Day 6: Saranda - Butrint - Ksamil - Mesopotam -SARANDA (60 KMT)
8:30 breakfast. Starting at 9:30 (arrival at 10.00) for the Butrint site, (World Heritage - UNESCO) flagship Albanian archeology. Butrint dates back to the 7th century BC and according to Virgil was founded by Helenus son of King Priam of Troy, the Greeks make Butrint a fortified commercial city (the acropolis ruins are still visible). Its fortification 6th century BC evokes all the military power of the city and is a symbol of a rich culture and an important and flourishing city. From then became an important Roman colony. Then falls under the dominion of the Venetians and Turks lost over the centuries its importance began to decline. The newfound city (partly excavated only) is a very important microcosm of almost 3,000 years of Mediterranean history. Amphitheater exploration, Venetian tower, mosaic, Lion's Gate. The visit to the site of Butrint is carried out with an official guide of the site. Visit to the precious antiquarium (museum) on the spot. 12.30 Lunch at local restaurant. 14.00 Visit the village of Ksamil "The Albanian Maldives" where beach and sea are certainly the most beautiful in all of Albania. 15:30 am departure for Mesopotam (kmt 25) visit to Mesopotam Monastery, located in a bend of the river Disentangles correspondence. The complex is characterized from the large wall that encompasses the area where stands the katholikon dedicated to St. Nicholas, the only architectural element reached us intact. It shows a very particular architecture. Return to the hotel in Saranda. Dinner and overnight at the hotel 4*.

Day 7: Saranda -BLUE EYE -Gjirokastra - FIER -DURRES (ABOUT 250 KM)
8:00 am Breakfast. Later departure to Gjirokastra with the Eye Blu break, natural monument of a karst spring. Its depth goes beyond the 100m; still remain shrouded in mystery her generatrici. Visiting sources to Gjirokastra (World Heritage - UNESCO) (Gjirokastra, his name in greek means Fortress Silvery and the city shows clearly the meeting of cultures Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Turkish and Albanian) visiting the old city, shopping in the various shops selling local crafts, visit to the castle on the hill and at the National Museum of Weapons. At 12.00 lunch in a restaurant with ethnic menu. 13.30 departure to Fier. 18.00 arrival at the hotel in Durres. Overnight stay and dinner in 4 * hotels in Durres. End of our guide services.

Day 8: Durres - Airport "Nene Teresa" Tirana (45 KMT)
07.30 Departure by bus from hotel to airport for flight back to Italy.
Notes:
• For entry in Albania it is sufficient to show an identity card valid
• The mentioned distances are approximate and indicative
• The prices for the above mentioned groups refer to the groups with complete closed number, if the group is higher or lower than the price will go up or down and will be quoted on the basis of the actual number of participants.

Prices:
For 6 pax = €. 863
For 9 pax = €. 794
For 20 pax = €. 578
For 30 pax = €. 505
For 40 pax = €. 466
For 50 pax = €. 433
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