Tour of Albania & Montenegro

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Duration: 7 Nights/ 8 Days

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival Tirana (30 min)
Meet you at the Tirana International Airport and transfer to your hotel.Afterwards start the city tour of Tirana. As you take a walk in Tirana you will enjoy the look of the colorful buildings, fancy coffees and green parks. Start with a visit in the city center, Skanderbeg Square where you will see the statue of Skanderbeg, our National Hero. In front of it you can see the Clock Tower. 35 meters (115 ft) tall it has 90 stairs that go in a spiral fashion. Next you will see the Et’hem Beu Mosque. It’s frescos with trees, waterfalls and bridges, rare for the Islamic art. The National Library is located in front of the Mosque, and near the National Historic Museum. Overnight in Tirana

Day 2: Tirana – Durres ( 30min) - Apollonia Archeological Park (1 hrs) – Coastal City of Vlora (1 hrs)

Today we will visit the Archeological Site of Apollonia - Arriving in Apollonia we visit the Odeon, and the courtyard of the Monastery where there is a Byzantine style church believed to have been built in the 14th century. On the way stop for visit of Durres; the biggest seaport of the country.
Durres is the most ancient city in Albania, with almost 3000 years of history. The city is home to many ancient archeological sites and the Amphitheater of the Roman Emperor Adrian is the most known, also the second biggest amphitheater in the Balkans. Arriving in Apollonia we can see some monuments like the Encircling Wall, the Bouleterion, the Mosaics House and the Nymphaioum. In the afternoon we drive to Vlora by the sea, where we will check in our hotel. Overnight in Vlora
Day 3: Vlora – Llogara National Park – Albanian Riviera – Coastal City of Saranda – Butrint
Archeological Park UNESCO (4 hrs) – Gjirokastra old town UNESCO (1 hrs)

We start our day with a scenic drive west towards the coast where we begin with a scenic
drive along the Albanian Riviera on the Ionian. The landscape will dramatically change as
we climb up to 1100 meters above sea level, through the forest of Llogara National Park
to continue our drive south through the seven villages of Himara region. On the way to
Saranda we will admire the Panorami bay and the Ali pasha castle standing next to the old
submarine base and the Borshi springs.
Afterwards visit to the ancient city of Butrint, an UNESCO world heritage site. The city was
first settled by Greek colonists and was continuously inhabited for centuries forming
archaeological layers of different civilizations, making it an important discovery in the
Mediterranean, rich in ancient sites. It is situated in a beautiful peninsula among dense
vegetation, offering visitors more than just old ruins.
In the afternoon drive towards Gjirokatra UNESCO town for dinner & overnight

Day 4: Gjirokastra – Berat Old Town UNESCO (3 hrs)

This morning we visit the Fortress which is used as the venue for the National Festival of
Folk Song and Dance and has an arms museum with weapons from WW I. Next we visit
the Ethnographic Museum which is also the house the Albanian dictator was born in.
After the visits in Gjirokastra, we head towards another UNESCO town - Berat, the pride of
Albanian antiquity and architecture.
Berat forms a wonderful combination of eastern and western cultures, costumes and
traditions. The architecture of the old houses, with large windows that overlook the town,
is the first think that impresses the visitors. First stop: the Citadel. It overlooks the river
and the modern city as well as the old Christian quarter across the river. The citadel can be
reached by a steep road and is still inhabited. Inside the walls, you can visit ruined
mosques and several medieval Orthodox churches, all intact and with restored frescoes
and icons. Onufri National Museum is located in the inner part of “Saint Mary Church” in
Castle of Berat. This Museum offers a collection of 173 belonging to the found of Albanian
Churches and Monasteries. Afterwards you can visit the Ethnographic Museum, a two
storied residence, with a lobby on one side. This residence is equipped with non-moveable
furniture that serve for the preservation of the household objects, wooden case, wallclosets, chimneys, wells, etc.
Overnight in Berat

Day 5 – Berat – Historical town of Kruja (2.5 hrs)

This morning we continue with the visits of Berat, if left from the previous day.
Afterwards transfer to Kruja. Kruja is notable from its stony streets and traditional
buildings. The tour begins with the visit in the Castle, the citadel of the National hero,
Gjergj Kastriot Skanderbeg. It is build 548 m above sea level and gives a spectacular view
of the surroundings. Inside the fortes is build the National Museum “Gjergj Kastriot
Skenderbeu”, which counts such pavilions as antiquity and early middle age pavilion,
Albanian Princedom pavilion, pavilion of Ottoman Invasion and Resistance to this
invasion, Medieval Fortress pavilion, Albanian resistance, Scanderbeg's office equipment
and library. Placed in a characteristic urban building of 1764 you can also visit the
Ethnographic Museum of Kruja. After the visits it’s time to get closer to Albanian
traditions and lifestyle, by visiting the bazaar. It is a one street of shops, with wooden
buildings and a mixture of cafés and small souvenir and antique shops. Overnight In
Kruja,

Day 6 - Kruja – Legendary city of Shkodra (1 hrs) – The panoramic Sveti Stefan - Old town
of Budva (2.5 Hrs)

After breakfast drive to the northern city of Shkodra with the most important town of
north Albania and the Illyrian capital, in the 3rd century BC. we visit the Castle of Rozafa
where Queen Teuta of the Illyrians had her seed during the Illyro-Roman Wars of the III
century B.C. Enjoy the panoramic view of the city from above.
Afterwards proceed towards Montenegro. Panoramic stop at the Sveti Stefan.
Afternoon arrival in Budva, where we take a guided tour of the old town.
Dinner and overnight in Budva.

Day 7: Budva – Old town of Kotor (UNESCO) – Capital city of Montenegro, Podgorica

This is an intensive day of visits rich in nature culture and heritage of Montenegro.
First the Old City of Kotor, a UNESCO site built between the 12th and 14th century in
the wonderful bay with the same name. Throughout the centuries, many empires
battled for control of the city which leaving their mark through a variety of buildings.
The largest and most impressive of these is the St Tryphon Cathedral.
Continue towards Podgorica, where we take a guided tour, visiting the King Palace,
the waterfall, and the pedestrian area of bars and restaurants.
Dinner and overnight in Podgorica.

Day 8: Podgorica – Return Flight

Free morning until airport transfer. Transfer to the airport for the return flight. End of
the service