Overview 

Kruja - 1 night 

Berat - 1 night

Saranda - 2 nights

Gjirokastra - 1 night

Tirana - 2 nights

Classical Tour of Albania

Exploring Albania's 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: 5 - 25

 

Special Events

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, the Ethnographic museum and the Old Bazaar. Travel to Berat, a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to some of the best examples of Ottoman architecture outside Turkey. Explore Berat Castle and the Onufri Museum. Overnight at the 3-star Hotel Mangalemi. (B, D)

Day 3 Drive to Apollonia, a city which flourished in Roman times, for a visit. Travel to Vlora, visit the Independence Museum, continue along the breathtaking Albanian Riviera, over the Llogara Pass, and stop at Ali Pasha’s Fort, Port Palermo. Spend two nights at the 4-star Hotel Brilant. (B)

Day 4 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 5 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 6 Drive via the ancient site of Bylis to Durres to visit the amphitheatre and archaeological museum. Continue to Tirana and stay two nights at the 4-star Hotel Opera or Theranda. (B)

Day 7 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, D)

Day 8 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 selected minor roads may be in poor repair.

15 October & 14 May departure will stay at Hotel Desaret instead of Mangalemi in Berat.

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. Visit the Skanderbeg Museum inside Kruja castle, the Ethnographic museum and the Old Bazaar.

Day 2 Drive to Durres to visit the amphitheatre and archaeological museum. Travel to Berat, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore Berat Castle and the Onufri Museum. Overnight at the 3-star Hotel Mangalemi or Onufri. (B, D)

Day 3 Drive to Apollonia, a city which flourished in Roman times, for a visit. Travel to Vlora, visit the Independence Museum, continue along the breathtaking Albanian Riviera, over the Llogara Pass, and stop at Ali Pasha’s Fort, Port Palermo. Spend two nights at the 4-star Hotel Brilant. (B)

Day 4 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 5 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 6 Drive via the ancient site of Bylis to Tirana. Walking tour of the Bllok area. Stay two nights at the 4-star Hotel Opera or Theranda. (B, D)

Day 7 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, D)

Day 8 Visit to National History Museum. 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 selected minor roads may be in poor repair.

 

2019

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

Date Price
March 19 £875
April 2 £945
April 23 £925
April 30 £925
May 14 £945
May 28 £995
June 4 £945
June 18 £945
September 10 £945
September 17 £945
September 24 £925
October 1 £895
October 15 £925
October 29 £895
November 5 £795
November 12 £795
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Solo Group Departure

12 November 2019

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Limited availability, on these dates:
Nov 5

Solo Group Departure - 12 Nov 2019

Single supplement £155
(Mar-Apr 23/Oct 29/Nov 5 £140)

Flight Options

British Airways Club Europe from £395

Extension Options

Extension - Durres
(Apr 30-Oct 1)
Hotel Palace
3 nights £165
(May 28-Sep 17 £185)
Single supplement £105
(May 28-Sep 17 £125)

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

Extra Nights - Tirana
Theranda hotel (per night) £40
Single supplement £30

Departure transfer add £20

Privately Guided

Add £595 per person

Independent Arrival

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

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 7 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 3 dinners, 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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