Classical Tour of Albania

Exploring Albania’s classic sites and undiscovered heritage including the hillside ‘Museum City of Gjirokastra, Ottoman architecture in Berat, Roman Apollonia and modern Tirana

Although Albania forms part of the Balkan Peninsula, the attraction is its remoteness and isolation from the rest of the region. The language is tantalising, sounds and words that seem familiar and which indeed reflect Albania's past influences: Greek, Latin, Turkic, Slav, but retaining its own notes, which date back to its distant Illyrian origins.

While the coastal areas are attractively familiar, the mountains of Albania reveal Ottoman fortresses, prehistoric dwellings, ancient citadels, the sites of battles both ancient and recent, monasteries, mosques, tombs cut into the rock side, finds from the Illyrian period, theatres from the ancient world and the fascinating city and museum of Apollonia.

After its unsettled political situation in the past the infrastructure of tourism has improved, but thankfully, the country remains unspoilt, offering an array of treasures to explore.

One thing we promise is that you can be sure to see and visit captivating castles, mountain scenery and some of the best Ottoman architecture examples you'll find anywhere on Earth.

Key Features

Cultural & Countryside Tour

Jules Verne Sightseeing

2 UNESCO Heritage Sites

No Single Supplement

Local Expert Guide 

Group Size: 6  25

Special Event

Lunch at a Local Home

Visit an Albanian family in Dhoksat and learn about their life and history followed by a home cooked lunch.

Day 1 Fly from London Gatwick to Tirana. Transfer to Kruja, a previous capital during the resistance against the Turks under the national hero Skanderbeg, for overnight at the 3-star Hotel Panorama.

Day 2 Visit the Skanderbeg Museum inside Kruja castle and the Ethnographic Museum. Travel to Durres to visit the amphitheatre and archaeological museum. Continue to Berat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to some of the best examples of Ottoman architecture outside Turkey, for two nights at the 3-star Hotel Mangalemi or similar. (B, D)

Day 3 Explore Berat Castle and the Onufri Museum. (B)

Day 4 Drive to Apollonia, a city which flourished in Roman times. Travel to Vlora, visit the Independence Museum, continue along the breathtaking Albanian Riviera, over the Llogara Pass, and stop at Ali Pasha’s Fort. Spend two nights at the 4-star Hotel Brilant or similar in Saranda. (B)

Day 5 Visit Butrint, a UNESCO site situated amongst dense vegetation. Continue to Lekuresi castle for a spectacular view of the bay of Saranda and the island of Corfu. (B)

Day 6 Drive via the Blue Eye spring to the hillside ‘Museum City’ of Gjirokastra. Visit to the castle and Ethnographic Museum. Lunch at a village home in Dhoksat. Overnight at the 4-star Hotel Argjiro. (B, L)

Day 7 Drive via the ancient site of Bylis to Tirana and stay two nights at the 4-star Hotel Opera or Oxford Hotel. (B)

Day 8 Visit the World Headquarters of Bektashi liberal sect of Islam. Ascend Dajti Mountain (1,613 metres) by cable car for a spectacular view of Tirana. Return to Tirana to visit Bunk’Art, a unique anti-nuclear bunker built into a hill. (B)

Day 9 Walking tour of Bllok area, followed by visits to National History Museum and National Gallery of Arts. Farewell dinner at an organic farm. Return flight. (B, D)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner

Notes

This is a full itinerary with many visits on foot including some uneven surfaces and inclines.
Most of the travelling is along a well-established road network but some minor roads may be in poor repair.
The order of sightseeing might change depending on flight schedule.

Day 1 Fly from London Gatwick to Tirana. Transfer to Kruja, a previous capital during the resistance against the Turks under the national hero Skanderbeg, for overnight at the 3-star Hotel Panorama.

Day 2 Visit the Skanderbeg Museum inside Kruja castle and the Ethnographic Museum. Travel to Durres to visit the amphitheatre and archaeological museum. Continue to Berat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to some of the best examples of Ottoman architecture outside Turkey, for two nights at the 3-star Hotel Mangalemi or similar. (B, D)

Day 3 Explore Berat Castle and the Onufri Museum. (B)

Day 4 Drive to Apollonia, a city which flourished in Roman times. Travel to Vlora, visit the Independence Museum, continue along the breathtaking Albanian Riviera, over the Llogara Pass, and stop at Ali Pasha’s Fort. Spend two nights at the 4-star Hotel Brilant or similar in Saranda. (B)

Day 5 Visit Butrint, a UNESCO site situated amongst dense vegetation. Continue to Lekuresi castle for a spectacular view of the bay of Saranda and the island of Corfu. (B)

Day 6 Drive via the Blue Eye spring to the hillside ‘Museum City’ of Gjirokastra. Visit to the castle and Arms Museum. Lunch at a village home in Dhoksat. Overnight at the 4-star Hotel Argjiro. (B, L)

Day 7 Drive via the ancient site of Bylis to Tirana and stay two nights at the 4-star Hotel Opera or Oxford Hotel. Visit the National History Museum. (B)

Day 8 Visit the World Headquarters of Bektashi liberal sect of Islam. Ascend Dajti Mountain (1,613 metres) by cable car for a spectacular view of Tirana. Lunch at an organic farm. Return to Tirana to visit Bunk’Art, a unique anti-nuclear bunker built into a hill and walking tour of Bllok area. (B, L)

Day 9 Return flight. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

This is a full itinerary with many visits on foot including some uneven surfaces and inclines.
Most of the travelling is along a well-established road network but some minor roads may be in poor repair.

 

2021

Mondays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Gatwick

Date Price
March 15 £845
April 19 £895
May 10 £895
May 24 £915
May 31 £945
June 14 £945
September 13 £925
September 20 £895
October 4 £895
October 18 £865
November 1 £845
November 8 £845
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Solo Group Departure

8 November 2021

Prices Reduced

Save up to £50
(all 2021 dates)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
(limited availability)
2021: Mar 15, Nov 1

Solo Group Departure
(No Single Supplement)
2021: Nov 8

Single supplement £155

Flight Options

British Airways Club Europe from £395

Extension Options

Extension - Durres
Royal G Hotel and Spa (2021)
3 nights £195
(May/Oct  £165)
Single supplement £85
Extension available:
May – Oct

Extra Nights - Kruja
Panorama hotel (per night) £30
Single supplement £20

Extra Nights - Tirana
Oxford Hotel (per night) £40
Single supplement £30

Departure transfer add £20

Privately Guided

Add £795 per person
(not available on 8 Nov 2021)

Independent Arrival

Save £225
Arrival transfer add £20
Departure transfer included with group

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 8 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 lunch (2 lunches Mar/Nov 2021) and 2 dinners (1 dinner Mar/Nov 2021), itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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