From Ohrid to Albania

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This kind of tour its for you to explore the history of Albania starting from Archeological sites . National Historical Monuments and also UNESCO world Heritage archeological sites and Enjoying the Ionian coast , the ohrid lake in the summertime.

This tour is made for History lovers, concentrated on historical information about Al

banian territory and more .Starting from the Artifacts and archeologists conclusions, Albania had a lot of Influences from most known Civilizations in the world: Illyrian

and Hellenistic culture, Rome culture, Byzantine and the most

recent ottomans culture.

You will be assisted by a professional guide, which is

specialized in Historical Information of this Very interesting and still undiscovered country.

 

Included

  • 8 nights` accommodation
  • Breakfast Daily
  • 8 Dinners
  • 8 Lunches in Guesthouse
  • Licensed Guide Included
  • 8 guided sightseein tours and select entrance fees
  • Transport and Driver Included

Description

Day 1

 

Visit of Tirana, Kruja castle and Durrës Ancient city

 

This is the first day of your trip. After picking you up at the airport or hotel you will have a general introduction of the tour From the tour guide. Then you will depart to the city of Kruja, which is 45 minutes away from Tirana. Arrive in Kruja for full day sightseeing in the city.

​You will Visit The Castle of Skenderbeg the ottoman bazaar and ethnographic museum in the old town.

 

The ancient city of Kruja was the stronghold of Albania’s national hero, Skanderbeg, who successfully fought off the Ottomans for 25 years in the 15th century. A museum dedicated to Skanderbeg, designed by Enver Hoxha’s daughter, sits within the citadel walls. The small bazaar is probably the best place to buy handmade products & objects- wooden carpets, handcrafted pots, in Albania.

After visiting Kruja city have lunch at a traditional restaurant. Depart to Durrës city.

You will visit one of the most famous Amphitheaters in Albanian region. Compared with Colosseum of Rome.

 

Durrës was once, albeit briefly, Albania’s capital. It’s now virtually an extension of Tirana, joined to the capital by a ceaseless urban corridor full of hypermarkets and car dealerships. Blessed with a reasonable 10km stretch of beach, Durrës is a pleasant escape from Tirana and has a charmingly Mediterranean air once you get off the seafront, which can be very crowded, noisy, and a bit tacky during the summer months. The town has a long and impressive history, and for international visitors, the main reason for coming to Durrës isn’t for the beaches but for the interesting Roman amphitheater and superb archaeological museum. You will spend some time in the Ancien part of Durres and also enjoy the adriatic seaside

That’s why if you are history lover, it’s important for you to visit this city.

You will spend 1 night in Durrës and you will enjoy this ancient and exotic city of Albania.

 

Dinner and overnight in Durrës.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2

 

Visit Archeological site of Apollonia and the Exotic city of Vlora

 

After Breakfast in the hotel you will depart to city of ancient Apollonia (Fieri).

 

This city is situated on the famous Apia – one of the most important cities in Roman times. Due to its fame and importance, it is known as Apollonia Prima out of 16 ancient cities built to honor Apollo. Caesar chose to send his nephew Augustus Octavian to study oratory in Apollonia revealing the importance of this ancient city.

 

After the city visit you will have some free time for coffee and discuss about the history.

Depart to Vlora city.

Vlora its around 1 Hour driving time away from Apollonia.

 

Vlora is also very exotic city located near the Adriatic and Ionian sea. This city its frequented a lot especially in the summer time because of the very nice beaches nearby.

The Historical importance of this city is:

 

As the building, which hosted the operations of the very first Albanian government, the Museum of Independence in Vlora is strategically positioned in a location that testifies to its significance, near the port, with a beautiful view of the sea. This modest, two-story house is filled with the weight of history!

Founded in 1936, this museum is considered to be the first one in Albania before the ’90s. This national museum offers the most comprehensive information regarding the most culminating events in the life of a country. It was in the famous balcony of this bright yellow, the traditional house that Ismail Qemali raised the Albanian flag in 1912.

 

Dinner and overnight in Vlora.

 

 

 

 

Day 3

 

Enjoy the Riviera Region

 

​After Brekfast in the Hotel you will depart to the Riviera along the coastal road from Orikum to Dhermi you will pass through the famous Llogara Pass, a spectacular winding road, rising up to 1,027m and overlooking the Ionian coast of the Albanian Riviera. This is the highest point on the main coastal road between Vlore and Sarande.

Llogara Pass (Qafa e Llogarasë – in Albanian) sits at the height of 1027m and is nestled in the middle of the Çika Mountain range, which is part of the Llogara National Park.

You will pass by to some amassing view points and also there is possibility of sunbathing.. Driving near the Ionian sea and making many breaks for coffee or for enjoying the panoramic view to the small beaches

 

You will stop for lunch in Himara, which is the central city in Riviera and also possibility of visiting the Ali Pasha castle. (Located on a island)

Late in the afternoon you will arrive in Saranda and you will visit the main pedestrian area.

This day you will enjoy the city by yourself.

 

Dinner and overnight in Sarande.

 

 

 

Day 4

 

Visit the most important archeological site in Albania and Greece “Butrint” and the Blue Eye Natural Monument.

 

After breakfast meet the guide and start the tour to the amazing Butrinti site.Butrint is located in 15 minutes away from Saranda city center.

It’s a UNESCO world heritage site and the most important archaeological discovery in Albania. Legend associates this city with Trojan settlers who fled Troy under the leadership of Aeneas. In fact, the city was first settled by Greek colonists and was continuously inhabited for centuries forming archaeological layers of several eras of civilization. Apart from the beautiful antique ruins, it has the added benefit of being situated in a beautiful peninsula, rich in flora and fauna

 

After visit you will drive direction of another city called Gjirokastra. First stop will be at the Magical Blue eye spring natural Monument. Very visited by tourists because of the special blue color.

Arrive in Gjirokastra after 1 hour driving you will be a part of a completely different kind of architecture that has to do mostly with ottoman culture.

 

You will visit Gjirokastra castle and Skendulaj house (traditional house ).

 

The fortress of Gjirokastra, part of which was turned into a political prison for dissidents of the regime and the Arms Museum. Visit to the Ethnographic Museum, which is also the house the Albanian dictator was born in, as well as a 300-year-old house next to it, where the grandeur of Gjirokastra’s master builders can be observed.

 

Dinner and overnight in Gjirokastër.

 

 

Day 5

 

Visit Gjirokastra Old town and the White city “Berat”

 

 

After breakfast in the hotel depart to Berat. The trip will be mostly highway and you will have some stops for coffee on the way.

 

Arrive in Berat and start visiting this of UNESCO Old town.

Berat is one of the most visited and characteristic towns in Albania under the protection of UNESCO as a patronage of humanity for its architectural uniqueness. In Berat, we visit the Castle and the Onufri Museum.

Berat castle is of particular interest as people still live within its walls in their traditional houses, as have their ancestors for centuries. The castle used to have over 40 churches of which 7 still remain including St. Mary’s church turned into Onufri Museum. Onufri was a famous Albanian Icon master painter of the 16th century who painted many orthodox churches in Albania and Greece, using a special red color.

After the visit you will have free time for pictures and for relaxing in the pedestrian area.

 

Dinner and overnight in Berat.

 

 

 

Day 6

 

Visit the Castle of Elbasan and Pogradec city.

 

After breakfast depart to another beautiful and rich country in history and culture. Depart to Pogradec.

On the way to Pogradec you will stop in Elbasan where you will pass by a natural Landscape and you will enjoy the beauty of Albanian central Hills region. Pass by the eco Village of “Belsh” you will check 5 natural different Lakes.

Arrive in Elbasan. You will have Lunch at a traditional restaurant and after lunch start the visit of the Elbasan Fortress (Real Scami) very important during the Roman and Ottoman Time. In Elbasan, you will visit the castle of Elbasan which was very important in Roman times and which also has a view of Via Egnatia, which was the “road” between the old city of Rome and Kostandinopoja. You will also see a fortress of Elbasan, Saint Mary’s Church and the king Mosque inside the fortress. After sightseeing you will have free time in the castle. Duration: 1 hour

After the visit depart to Pogradeci, which is also, another interesting town near the most ancient Lake in Europe (Ohrid lake).

 

Pogradec, the city of artists, resting on the shores of Lake Ohrid, is certainly one of these. It’s an ideal place for the romantic soul, who seeks and relishes nature’s peace and tranquillity. You will overnight near this lake in Pogradec.

Dinner and overnight in Pogradec.

 

 

 

Day 7

 

Visit of the Magical Ohrid City

 

Today you will cross the border to Macedonia and visit one of the most known city in Balkan. Ohrid.

You will visit, the old city, St Sophia church, St Kaneo church, the theatre, Ohrid Lake.

After Sightseeing have some free time in the old town. Lunch at a traditional restaurant in Ohrid.

 

Ohrid (Macedonian:  a city in North Macedonia and the seat of the Ohrid Municipality. It is the largest city on Lake Ohrid and the eighth-largest city in the country, with over 42,000 inhabitants as of 2002. Ohrid once had 365 churches, one for each day of the year, and has been referred to as a “Jerusalem of the Balkans”.[2][4] The city is rich in picturesque houses and monuments, and tourism is predominant. It is located southwest of Skopje, west of Resen and Bitola. In 1979 and in 1980 respectively, Ohrid and Lake Ohrid were accepted as Cultural and Natural World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Ohrid is one of only 28 sites that are part of UNESCO’s World Heritage that are Cultural as well as Natural sites.

 

Dinner and overnight in Ohrid.

 

Day 8

Back toTirana

 

Leave the hotel and drive to Tirana. During the way stop for coffee breaks and photo shots.

Arrive in Tirana. Late in the afternoon visit “ Pazari i Ri” is located in the center of the city where you can buy handmade souvenirs, meat, fish, vegetables and fruits in Tirana.

Dinner and overnight in Tirana.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This kind of tour its for you to explore the history of Albania starting from Archeological sites . National Historical Monuments and also UNESCO world Heritage archeological sites and Enjoying the Ionian coast , the ohrid lake in the summertime.

This tour is made for History lovers, concentrated on historical information about Albanian territory and more .Starting from the Artifacts and archeologists conclusions, Albania had a lot of Influences from most known Civilizations in the world: Illyrian and Hellenistic culture, Rome culture, Byzantine and the most recent ottomans culture.

You will be assisted by a professional guide, which is specialized in Historical Information of this Very interesting and still undiscovered country.

Day 9

 

Transfer to the airport for the homebound flight.

This is the end of our service.

Additional information

Tour type

Cultural, Summer Beach Tour

Level

Begginer

Nights

8 Nights

Hiking Days

3 days Optional

Accomodation

Hotel 4 stars