9. Albania: Local Food & Unesco Heritage - 6 Days
Day 1: Travel day
We start our journey in Tirana with guided walking tour of the city center, including Skanderbeg Square, Ethem Bey Mosque, National Historical Museum, the Pyramid, Blloku area.
Day 2: The Old Capital of Kruja & Mrizi i Zanave Agrotourism
We start our journey from Tirana, directly to the city of Kruja.
Set off on a guided tour of Dollma Bektashi Teqe , the surroundings and the Castle itself, the Skanderbeg and Ethnographic Museum.
Transfer in the village of Fishte and its Albanian Slow Food excellence, you will spend a couple of hours visiting the surrounding and tasting the best Albanian food there is.
Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Gjirokaster
Transfer to Gjirokaster to discover the city of “a thousand steps”, driving through small villages.
Step into Skenduli house, the nicest Ottoman tower house and listen to its history and details from the 10th generation of Skenduli family
Soak up to the rich history of the castle and enjoy the view of the “city of stone” from above
Pass by the Ottoman Bazaar and historic wooden houses
Day 4: The Blue Eye Spring, Butrint National Park & Mussel Tour Boat Ride
Continue to Butrint for a guided tour of the Unesco Archaeological site where a local guided explains 2500 years of history embedded in the Amphitheater, the Castle, the Churches and the Lion’s Gate. But before we stop at Blue Eye and marvel at the spring’s shades of blue and nature around it.
Set off for a beach day at Ksamil Islands and on the way back to Saranda visit the Lekursi Castle overseeing the city.
Day 5: Berat via Porto Palermo Bay & Albanian Riviera Road
En route to the city of Berat via the scenic Riviera road, explore the Ali Pasha Castle with your Tour Director.
Marvel at the architecture and listen to entertaining legends about the man who build it, Ali Pashe Tepelena.
Stop for lunch at a rustic local restaurant along Shushica river.
Reach Berat, get settled in the hotel and enjoy an evening in the lights and promenade of this pretty Unesco town.
Day 6: Walking Tour & Local Food in Berat (Unesco)
This morning set out for a walking guide of “City of Thousand Windows”, where you will admire the Red Mosque, the White Mosque, the Church of the Holy Trinity and the arched bridge of Gorica. In the afternoon Alpeta Winery will welcome you for a cellar and vineyard visit. enjoy lunch with their seasonal home-grown and locally sourced organic delights and their fine wine.
Day 7: Departure
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.