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Tirana: 4-Day Albanian Heritage Highlights Trip

1. Tirana: 4-Day Albanian Heritage Highlights Trip

Explore Albania's top attractions in the hands of an expert tour director during a 4-day, 3-night sightseeing tour. Sample authentic Albanian food and visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Berat, Gjirokastra, and Butrint. Day 1: Durres and Berat Start the tour with a hotel or airport pickup in Tirana and head to Durres for a short guided walking tour and coffee break. Alternatively, you can start with a hotel pickup in Durres. Transfer to Berat, the "city of a thousand windows." Get settled in your picturesque hotel before enjoying lunch in a restaurant with city views. In the afternoon, follow your expert local guide on a guided tour of this fascinating city. Visit Berat Castle/Citadel and explore the upper town with churches, mosques, and 27 watchtowers packed inside its walls. Admire the Ottoman houses, where people still live as they have done for centuries. In the evening, your tour director will guide you to the best restaurants to sample Berat’s typical dishes. Day 2: Gjirokaster After breakfast, admire small villages during your transfer to Gjirokaster. Once you arrive in this “city of a thousand steps,” settle into your hotel before heading for lunch in a small local restaurant for a taste of the city’s authentic dishes. Next, visit Skenduli House, the best-preserved Ottoman house in the old city of Gjirokaster. Hear about its past from your local guide and the house’s owner, a descendant of the Skenduli family. Then, soak up the castle's rich history and enjoy the view of the “city of stone” from above. Explore the Ottoman Bazaar and historic wooden houses before visiting the Gjirokaster Obelisk dedicated to the town's first school. Enjoy its 360º views. Spend a relaxing evening in the streets of Gjirokaster. Day 3: “Blue Eye” and Butrint Travel to the “Blue Eye” spring. Admire the shades of blue and surrounding nature before heading to Butrint. There, marvel at 2,500 years of history on a guided tour with a local guide. See the highlights, such as the amphitheater, castle, churches, and Lion Gate. Drive to Ksamil and enjoy lunch by the lake at the Mussel House. Spend your afternoon in Ksamil before heading to Saranda via Lekursi Castle, which overlooks the city. Day 4: Llogara National Park and Vlore Transfer to the city of Vlore via Ali Pasha Castle, which you will explore with your tour director. Marvel at the architecture and listen to entertaining legends about the man who built it, Ali Pasha of Tepelenë. Head to the Llogara “balcony” for a stunning view of the South Coast beaches before indulging in lunch at Llogara National Park surrounded by pine trees and a fresh mountain breeze. Visit the city of Vlore, the hometown of the Albanian nationalist movement, in the afternoon. See sights such as Flag Square with its Independence Monument right in the center, the Muradie Mosque, and Vlore Lungomare. After you have explored Vlore, you will get transferred back to Tirana.

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From Tirana: Full-Day Berat Tour

2. From Tirana: Full-Day Berat Tour

Travel to Berat in the morning at 08:30. Once you get to the city, you will learn that it was invaded three times by Ottomans, Romans and Bulgarians and then became a big principality under the rule of the Albanian noble family of Muzaka in the 14th century. Your will walk on well preserved cobblestone streets. Explore the Onufri Museum inside of the Cathedral of the Saint Mary Assumption (18th century) and admire the icons of the mysterious work of the Onufri painter. Visit the castle, one the most marvelous sights of the city and one of the biggest inhabited castles with many Byzantine churches, as well as some mosques built under the Ottoman era which began in 1417. You will also visit the King Mosque and Helveti Teke. Your next stop will be the old quarters of Mangalem and Gorica connected with each other by the Gorica Bridge over the Osumi River. Both quarters take pride in their architecture and the rare shapes of their houses. Finally, return to Tirana.

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Albania: UNESCO Heritage & Local Food Tour with Nature

3. Albania: UNESCO Heritage & Local Food Tour with Nature

Day 1: Travel day You'll be picked up from the airport. Welcome to Albania! Get settled in the hotel and for those of you not too tired, there is a guided walking tour of the city center before dinner in a traditional restaurant in the evening. Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Berat Transfer to Berat, passing through hills full of olive trees. Get settled in the hotel and head for lunch in a local restaurant facing the city. Set out for a walking guide through the UNESCO listed old town with your local guide, admiring the White Mosque, the Holy Trinity Church and Gorica Bridge. Enter into the Berat Castle for a guided tour. Enjoy a free evening in "the city of a thousand and one windows.” Day 3: Rural Berat, Bogova Waterfall & Wine Tasting Transfer to Bogove and take a 30min walk towards the impressive waterfall. Head back to Bogove village and have a homemade lunch on the river shore, with homemade wine and raki (fruit brandy). In the afternoon, visit the town of Polican, famous for its weapon factories during Communist times. The abandoned factories and people in this remote town are a strong reminder of the country's’ past. After a short drive, you'll arrive at Nurellari Winery.  Enjoy a wine tasting tour in this family-run winery, walk around the vineyard and savor 4 varieties of wine. Head back to the city and enjoy free time in the evening exploring the ancient neighborhoods of Mangalem and Gorica.   Day 4: Sightseeing tour of Gjirokaster Transfer to Gjirokaster to discover "the city of a thousand steps.” Get settled in your hotel and head out for lunch in a small, local restaurant for a taste of the city’s authentic dishes. Step into Skenduli house (an Ottoman tower house) and listen to its history and details from the 10th generation of Skenduli family and your local guide. Soak up to the rich history of the castle and enjoy the views! Pass by the Ottoman Bazaar and historic wooden houses and visit Gjirokastra’s Obelisk. Day 5: Typical food from Rural Gjirokastra Drive to Saraqinisht and experience a day in an Albanian countryside cottage. You'll learn about the food, life, and traditions of an Albanian family. Start cooking with three generations of Albanian ladies or drink Raki with cheese and olives with “Grandpa” and listen to his Commie stories. In the afternoon, you can take a 40-minute hike to visit 400-years old St. Mary's Church, built on the face of a cliff and with its monastery beneath. In the evening, transfer back to the city, visiting a Communist bunker on the way back.  Day 6: Sightseeing tour of the Blue Eye Spring and Butrint Travel to the Blue Eye Spring and marvel at this beautiful natural area. Then, set off on a guided tour of Butrint National Park where a local guide explains the 2500 years of history of the Amphitheater, the castle, the churches, and the Lion Gate. Drive to Ksamil and enjoy seafood next to turquoise waters. On the way to Himare, stop for a coffee break at Borsh waterfalls. What a sight! Transfer to Himare and enjoy free time in this typical seaside city. Finish the day with your tour leader and group and enjoy an evening of raki drinking.  Day 7: Apollonia via Llogara National Park En route to Apollonia, explore the Ali Pasha Castle. Marvel at the architecture and listen to entertaining legends about the man who built it, Ali Pasha Tepelena. Stop at Llogara balcony for a stunning view of the South Coast beaches and then head for lunch to Llogara National Park freshened by the mountain breeze and pine trees. Set off a guided tour in Apollonia in the afternoon, where an on-site archeologist explains the history behind the temple of Artemis, the Odeon and the Triumphal Arch. On the way to Tirana, stop for the delicious byrek (pastries) in the city of Lushnje. Day 8: Departure Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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Tirana: 8-Day North to South Albania Tour

4. Tirana: 8-Day North to South Albania Tour

Day 1: Travel Day and Tirana An airport pickup service is available throughout the day, following which you can get settled in your hotel. If you are not too tired, there is a guided walking tour of the city also available. Day 2: Kruja and Shkoder You'll begin your journey from Tirana directly to the city of Kruja. From there you will set off on a guided tour of the castle, the Skanderbeg Museum, and the National Ethnographic Museum. You'll transfer for lunch in Shiroke, with Lake Shkoder well known for its fish cuisine. Following lunch, visit the Rozafa Fortress and enjoy amazing views whilst learning the fortress’s fascinating history. Afterwards, get settled in to your hotel in Shkoder and experience the Old Town, St. Stephen’s Catholic Cathedral, the Ebu Bekr Mosque, and Marubi Museum throughout a guided tour. Later, enjoy free time in the evening in the Pedonalja area. Day 3: Koman Lake to Shala River through Koman Lake boat ride Transfer to Koman in the early morning, where you will take a scenic boat ride passing by rocky mountains and vivid green hills towards the Shala River. This river is a hidden paradise which is also referred to as “Albanian Thailand”. Later, enjoy lunch with views over the Mirror River whilst surrounded by the quietness of the mountains and nature. You'll eventually leave this idyllic spot in the afternoon, at which point you will transfer to the seaside city of Durres. Day 4: Berat and Vlore On your fourth day you will transfer to Berat, passing through scenic hills full of olive trees. You'll later take a guided tour to admire the citadel/castle of Berat complete with a Red Mosque, White Mosque, the Church of the Holy Trinity, and the arched bridge of Gorica. Following that, enjoy lunch with city views and take some free time to wander the two main districts of Mangalem and Gorica. In the afternoon you'll visit the city of Vlore, which is the hometown to the National Independence Movement. There you can visit Flag Square, the Muradie Mosque, and Vlore’s Lungomare. Day 5: Saranda via Gjirokaster Transfer to Gjirokaster to discover this "city of a thousand steps” whilst driving through small villages. Once arrived, settle into your hotel before soaking up the rich history of the castle and enjoying the view of the “city of stone” from above. Explore the Ottoman Bazaar and historic wooden house before stopping for lunch in a small local restaurant for a taste of the city’s authentic dishes. On the road to Saranda, you will later stop at the “Blue Eye” spring. Day 6: Butrint and Ksamil Transfer to Butrint for a guided tour of the UNESCO archaeological site. Following that you will have free time for a beach day at the Ksamil Islands, before returning to Saranda in the evening. Day 7: Ali Pasha Castle & Llogara National Park Visit Porto Palermo Castle with your guide, before spending the day at the beach in the bay of Porto Palermo. Along the way you'll stop by Tirana, as well as the Llogara “balcony” to try local products of the area. Day 8: Departure Day Following breakfast on your final day, your tour will conclude.

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from Tirana: 3 Days in Kosovo and UNESCO Medieval Monuments

5. from Tirana: 3 Days in Kosovo and UNESCO Medieval Monuments

Explore everything Kosovo has to offer as you visit Prizren, a real treasure hidden in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula, and The Museum of Prizren League. Discover the Ottoman Old Town known for its gold and silver filigree craftsmen. Begin your tour by arriving in Prizren, a charming town surrounded by mountains. Enter the Sinan Pasha Mosque painted inside with floral patterns and Qur'an verses, and The Church of Our Lady of Ljevis, a 14th-century Serbian Orthodox church. After lunch, head to the capital of Kosovo, Prishtina. In the afternoon, wander around Prishtina with your expert guide and delve into the city’s many mosques, cathedrals, and markets. Spend the night in Prishtina before your next exciting day. Start your second day by driving to the village of Prekaz, home of Adem Jashari, considered one of the founders of the Kosovo Liberation Army. Visit the Memorial Complex and Museum. Hear about the chilling attack on his family and the armed resistance against the Serbian president Slobodan Milošević. Go for lunch in a local restaurant at the White Drin Waterfall. Then, make your way to the Serbian Orthodox Church of Peja, dating back to the 12th century. Admire its many frescoes and the peaceful atmosphere. Reach the town of Peja and get settled in the hotel. Enjoy a relaxing evening in Peja. Spend your morning in the Old Bazaar of Peja. Next, travel to the Monastery Visoki Decani, a stunning 14th-century white building with a small cupola. Go inside the church to admire the frescoes with various scenes from the Bible. Learn about the Orthodox monks that still live in the Monastery and produce fresh organic foods like cheeses and wines. Have the chance to buy some of their homemade products including candles and incense. Continue the tour to Gjakova, which dates to the Ottoman Empire. Enjoy lunch and explore Kosovo’s oldest bazaar, featuring first-class craft shops known for their gold-plated wedding attire. Travel to Tirana in the late afternoon and finally be dropped off at your accommodation.

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From Tirana: Private Day Trip to Apollonia and Berat

6. From Tirana: Private Day Trip to Apollonia and Berat

Explore the ancient Greek, Roman, and medieval ruins at the Apollonia Archaeological Park on this day trip from Tirana. Take a tour of the Mangalem and Gorica neighborhoods in the UNESCO world Heritage town of Berat.  Be picked up from your accommodation in Tirana and sit back and relax on the drive to the ruins at Apollonia. Explore this 6th century BC Greek trade colony which is surrounded by soft, picturesque hills and rolling olive groves. Uncover the Greek, Roman, and medieval heritage of this ancient city. View monuments from the classical period such as Doric columns, an obelisk, and the Gate of Temenos. Admire a well-preserved 13th century monastery complex.  Continue to the ruins of the Castle of Berat which was built in the 13th century and has Byzantine and Ottoman influences. Learn about what daily life was once like in Berat at the Ethnographic Museum of Berat. See how local styles fused with Ottoman styles at the museum.  Head to the Mangalem neighborhood of Berat. Snap pictures of the layered houses with large windows that overlook the river. Uncover how this place earned the name 'town of a thousand windows' as you explore the neighborhood of Gorica. Return to your accommodation in the city of Tirana.

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From Kotor: Cetinje, Budva, and Lovcen National Park

7. From Kotor: Cetinje, Budva, and Lovcen National Park

Spend a day exploring Montenegro in the company of a local guide who will show you the best of the country. Travel through coastal towns and then inland to enjoy stunning landscapes, Balkan culture, and the rich history of Montenegro. Meet your guide in the Old Town of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its Medieval architecture. Wander around the city before hopping in an air-conditioned bus for a 30-minute drive to Budva, where you will be guided through the Old Town. After visiting Budva, continue to Cetinje to visit the Royal capital of Montenegro. Stop along the way at a viewpoint for breathtaking vistas of Sveti Stefan Island below. Cetinje was, and still is, an important cultural center of Montenegro, so enjoy plenty of time to visit its main sights, museums, the royal theater, and churches. Next, travel through Lovcen National Park and catch a glimpse of Mount Lovcen, the inspiration behind the name Montenegro (Black Mountain). Stop in Njegusi Village, known as the birthplace of the Petrovic dynasty, to taste the best prosciutto (smoked ham) in the region. Continue along serpentine roads to Kotor stopping on the way to enjoy stunning views of Boka Bay from more than 1,000 meters above sea level.

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From Tirana: Guided Day Trip to Ohrid with Transfer

8. From Tirana: Guided Day Trip to Ohrid with Transfer

Head to the border of North Macedonia to reach Ohrid. Discover the best of this ancient city with your guide. Ohrid is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its art, history, architecture, and nature. Begin your day trip with a hotel pickup in a comfortable air-conditioned ride. Explore your first stop in North Macedonia, the Samoil's Fortress. Learn about the rich history of the medieval fortress and the city. Take a turn to visit the Church of St. John, located on the cliff over Kaneo Beach. Enjoy amazing views of the city and Lake Ohrid from here. Make your way to the city center to enjoy the sights and sounds of the old bazaar. Take a leisurely stroll through the Mezokastro district. Step inside to the Monastery of St. Naum, an enchanting Byzantine-style building along Lake Ohrid. Make your journey back to Tirana memorable with a stop at the Albanian side of Lake Ohrid.

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From Tirana: Day Tour to Pristina and Prizren in Kosovo

9. From Tirana: Day Tour to Pristina and Prizren in Kosovo

Departing from Tirana, travel north to cross the border into the Stone Age city of Pristina. Visit and tour a medieval Orthodox monastery before continuing to the architectural marvel of the National Library in Pristina, home of 15th-century material literature. In Pristina, a city tour will also explore 14th-century mosques. Leaving Pristina we will head toward Prizren, sometimes called the cultural capital of Kosovo. The city played a major role in Albanian history and politics of the 19th century. Continue to Prizren, where the UNESCO World Heritage Church of Our Lady Ljevis resides. Visit the House of the Prizren League, one of the most important buildings of the 19th century in Albanian history. End the day with a relaxing journey back to Tirana.

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The tour was awesome! I have been lucky to have Andi as a guide. Both the tour and the guide were amazing! The landscape is astonishing. Andi knows a lot about the region and the surrounding territories. Go for it, you won’t regret it and that will surely stay a memory for life.