Discover the Cultural&Natural Heritage of Albania

  • Location: Albania
  • Capacity: 1
  • Class: Economy
  • Availability: Yes
  • Tour Customizable: Yes

 

Description

These tour is specifically designed for first time visitors to the previously undiscovered destination - Albania. Tour is flexible to meet with the individual and group requirements. The tour allows the visitor to experience the fabulous historical and cultural aspects of the country, mixed with some of the most beautiful parts of Montenegro and Macedonia and at the same time view some of the most breathtaking scenery in southern Europe.
Through its intimity parts, this tour provides a spectacular opportunity to go back in time, experiencing special and unforgetable feelings in different places around Albania. Participants of the tour will “travel in a paint“ with spectacular sunsets and views during the evenings sky but also during the days with a lot of sun shine, a good opportunity for those who love “Photosafari“  or taking pictures.
For those who like tasting the traditional food this tour is also a good chance to trye the Albanian traditional cooking, with fresh and complitely natural products made at locals farms or homes.
The experiences meeting with local people, the Theth to Valbona hike, navigating through the Albanian mauntines by ferry, trecking in Dragoc, caves to be visited, relaxing experiences, folcloric and ancient music performed live, cultural heritage, all this is composed to give to the participants special and unfurgettable feelings.

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Day-0  Welcoming
Organized welcoming in Tirana Airport from the Albanian tour guide, Accomodation at the hotel in Shkodra, Presentation with the program for the next day

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Schedule:3
Arrival in Shkodra in the afternoon
Dinner  and accomodation at a hotel in good standarts.

Highlights of the day:
Free time around  the City,
Dinner
Cultural eavning, live music

 

 

 

Day-1  Montenegrin Pearls4

On the way to Cetinje, former capital of Montenegro, we will stop in a impressive place, from where you can see Skadar Lake; then we will taste the Montenegrin specialties in the restaurants nearby.


Walk in the city of Cetinje, where you will see the Monastery, the National Library  and the old embassies. Situated near Lovcen Mountain, Cetinje is a treasure of5

cultural and historical heritage of Montenegro. The architecture of 18th and 19th century is very particular; it comes from the rich greenery of this small town.Cetinje is the capital of Montenegro and Crnogorsko - primorska Mitropolija. During the regime of King Nicholas, there were built many embassies, which give today a unique view to the city. Two of the most significant buildings are the monasteries of Cetinje and Biljarda. Cetinje Monastery was built in 1701 and, although the Turks destroyed it several times, people built again. There are saved some relics of Saint Petar of Cetinje, such as illustrations of the Patrons of Montenegrin History. Cetinje Monastery reflects the political and religious roles of the Montenegrin people. Njegos built Biljarda for state purposes, a building (monastery), whose name is based on the billiard game. This poet, metropolitan, philosopher and extraordinary statesman liked to play this game. In Cetinje there are many museums, parks, there is also the Academy of Arts, and from Orlov  there is a great view of the city and the mountain of Lovcen.


Start with a panoramic walk along the slopes of Jezerski Mount in the National Park Lovcen. We will stop in a bar in Njegusi to make a break. Lovcen National Park is situated in the rocky region of Dinara Alps. Lovcen mountain slopes rise from the coastal region of Budva to the western part in Cetinje. The park is bordered on South with the highway Budva-Cetinje and on North with the old Kotor road. Montenegro (Black Mountain), after which the state of Montenegro took its name, is 1749 meter high.

Then we continue our travel going to the Bay of Kotor in a winding road, enjoying the impressive views of the bay of Kotor, which is one of the most beautiful bays in the world.6

 

Town of Kotor, a walk in the romantic old center of town. The old town of Kotor has preserved the urban center of the Medieval Era in Montenegro, typical for cities established in 12th and 14th century. The Medieval architecture and numerous monuments of this cultural heritage have positioned Kotor in the list of
UNESCO, of  "Countries with Cultural and Natural Heritage in the World".
Departure to Hotel in Shkodra.

 

 

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Day-2 Albanian Alps
Schedule
Morning:
Breackfast at a traditional restorant,
Depardure from Shkodra to Theth,
Lunch and acomodation in guest houses in Theth
Afternoon:
Theth village
Waterfuls of Theth
Canyon of Grunas
Dinner at guest houses
Highlights of the day
Entering the Albanian Alps by minibus
Boga village
Theth village which is the village positionated in the heart of the „Bjeshket e Namuna“.
Meeting with some local people.
National park of Theth the so called “Bjeshket e Namuna“

Day-3  Nderlys hidden places

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Schedule
Morning:
Traditional breakfast at the guest house
Nderlys village
Cave of Nderlys
Blue Eye
Afternoon:
Free time to relax at the natural pools
Traditional dinner outside the house

 

Hilights of the day
On our third day we have the chance to discover wonderful hidden places passing the valley of Nderlyse. The mountain streams wend their way through sunken bathtubs created by tempers of nature. Arriving at the village of Nderlys the feeling of desolation and loneliness becomes tangible. Going from one abandoned house to another we hear about difficulties of life in former times. On the way back the courageous of the group can have the possibility to take a bath in the clear could water of the mountain streams.

Day-4 Valbona Valley

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Schedule
Morning:
Departure from Theth
Hiking from Theth to Valbona (6-7h)
packed lunch on the way
Afternoon:
Acomodation in the local guest houses
Dinner at the guest house in Rrogam
Highlights of the day
National park of Valbona Valley
The pass of Valbona
The sourse of Valbona River

 

komankoman2Day-5 Lake of Koman
Schedule:
Morning:
Departure from Rragam to Shkoder
Lunch in Koman

                                  Afternon:
Meeting with some local people from the Koplik region
Dinner at a farmer’s house
Back to hotel in Koplik

Highlights of the day

Lake of Koman, going through the thick and high mountains by ferry
Valbona River, Valbona Canyon
Meeting with local people, farmers
Cultural eavning

 

 

Day-6 Shkodra’s local life, cultural and natural sites

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Schedule
 Morning:
Cave of “Pellumbave“
Drisht Castle
Meeting with some local people in Dragoc
Small walk in Dragoc
Afternoon:
Buna bridge-city town,  Shkodra lake,
Visit at an artizan workshop in Shiroke village
Lunch at a restorant
Meeting with some local people
Night club, or life music

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Day-7 Shkodra City
Schedule
Morning:
The so called “big” Church
Pedestrian zone
Marubi phototeque
Museum
Visit at the workshop where Venecian masks are produced 
Rozafa Castle
Afternoon:
Dinner
Cultural evening

 

Highlights of the day
A diamond-shaped city wedged between the Rozafa Citadel, the magnificent Albanian Alps, deep blue Lake Shkodra, a 30-kilometre sand beach of Velipoja and the serene Buna river delta reservation - Shkodra is a diamond in the rough with plenty of potential. Shkodra’s turbulent 3400-year history has left plenty of interesting relics that make a stay in Albania’s cultural capital worthwhile.

 

 

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Day-8  Macedoniancity of Struge
Schedule
Morning:
Group transfer to Struge
Afternoon:
Free walk around the city
Accomodation
Dinner at the restorant

 

 

Highlights of the day
Struga city in Western Macedonia, nicknamed "city of poetry."

 

Struga has always been in the shadow of Ohrid, as Ohrid has more monuments and better preserved houses. But Struga can still be a fun daytrip from Ohrid if one combines it with a trip to the villages on the west coast of lake Ohrid where main sight, aside from the nice quiet beaches, are the cave churches. Unlike Ohrid which is situated on hills, Struga is flat, spread around Drim river. It is a great place to relax with a cup of coffee by the river.

 

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Day-9 Ohrid   
Schedule
Morning:
Guided tour in Ohrid city
The Bazar in Ohrid
Afternoon:
Transfer to Durres old city Dyrrah
Dinner
Accomodation
Cultural evening

 

Highlights of the day
A town of vast history and heritage, it was made a UNESCO heritage site in 1980. Nestled between high mountains up to 2,800 m and Lake Ohrid, it is not only a place of historic significence but also of outstanding natural beauty. Ohrid is the jewel in Macedonia's crown.

 

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Day 10 Dyrrah
Schedule:
Morning:
Relaxing at the beach
Lunch
Afternoon:
Visit city of durres
Amphitheatre, pedestrial road, museum
Free time
Dinner
Accomodation at a hotel in the middle of pines 30m from sea
Cultural eavning
Highlights of the day

Durres Amphitheater, the biggest in the Balkans it also features renovated iconography works. Durres Ancient City Wall, Medieval Hammam and the Tophane Well located inside and around the wall. Venetian Tower (Rotonda) is a circular

tower at the city center built in the 16th century. Visit the many museums such as the Archaeological Museum, Popular Culture Museum, Alexander Moissi Museum House and the World War II Relics Hall. Churches and mosques have been renovated and are located at the city center. These include: Fatih Mosque built in 1503, Shen Lucia Catholic Church built in 1907, Shen Gjergji Orthodox Church built in the 19th century, New Mosque built in 1937, and the 2001 built Shen Asti and Pali Orthodox Church. Shkembi or Petra Hill where a battle between Pompey and Julius Caesar is said to have taken place. Shen Mehilli Hill (Kodra e Shen Mehillit) where on 18 October 1801, Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos confronted Norman adventurer Robert Guiscard. A basilica built in the 6th century AD with a beautiful mosaic is found here. Byzantine Forum (Macellum) built in the 5th century AD and Public Baths around and beneath Alexander Moissi Palace of Culture. Prince Karl Topia's Residence (known as Tower). Koloseo Art Gallery, showcasing the best of Durres natives paintings.

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Day 11 Transfer to Saranda
Schedule:
Morning:
Departure from dures to Apollonia
Apollonia old cultural center 3000 years old
Lunch in Vlora
Afternoon:
Accomadation at the hotel
Highlights of the day:
Ancient ruins of Apollonia, Museum in Apollonia, Wonderful views during the way to Saranda
Highlights of the day
In antiquity, Saranda was known as Onchesmus. Located opposite the island of Corfu, Saranda is characterized by a Mediterranean climate and warm sea waters. Saranda typically has over 300 sunny days a year. Due to its location and warm weather Saranda is one of the most attractive tourist towns on the Albanian Riviera, where honeymooners traditionally spend their holidays. Fronting the sea and along the main promenade there are some hotels and restaurants which offer you catering facilities and accommodation.

 

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Day 12 Ancient city of Butrint
Schedule
Morning:
Visit at the ancient cultural centre of butrint
The magic amphitheatre
The Blue Eye
Lunch under the trees and near the fresh water of the river
Afternoon:
Way back to hotel in Saranda

Life music of the region

Despite being one of the greatest classical cities of the Mediterranean, Butrint remains largely unknown. The current archaeological site includes an impressive amphitheater, a Basilica (the largest in the world after Hagia Sophia in Istanbul), a temple with mosaic floor, a beautifully carved lion's gate as well numerous constructions built throughout the periods. Furthermore, what you see is just 15 per cent of what lies beneath.

 

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Day 13 Relaxing at Dhermi beach
Schedule
Morning:
At the beach
Lunch
Afternoon:
Free time spending
Dinner
Cultural evening

 

 

Day 14 End of the tour
Way back to the Tirana airport

 

 

 

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