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£1045

Classical Tour of Albania

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
(limited dates/availability)

Unspoilt, uncrowded, and unique in its culture, Albania is a treasure chest of ancient cities, mystical mountains, museums, castles and coastline, its feast of Ottoman architecture the jewel in its crown. This tour lifts the lid on its riches, of heritage and of nature

Layer upon layer of eras and civilisations have created the culture, character, and language of Albania, from its 6th century BC Illyrian origins, to Greek and Roman, Turkic and Slav settlement. Travelling through its past and present, amid splendidly scenic landscapes, the route covers every facet of this fascinating country, from ancient citadels to an astonishing anti-nuclear bunker, from medieval tower-houses to water’s edge cafés in coastal villages, from fortresses to rock hewn tombs. The tour takes in atmospheric Berat, with its Byzantine churches and medieval citadel; Gjirokastra’s stone-paved streets and 600 examples of Ottoman architecture; the mountainous forests and alpine meadows of Llogara National Park, and the nearby forest ruins of ancient Butrint. With the fortresses of Porto Palermo and of Kruja, home of the 15thcentury nobleman and national hero Skanderbeg; it spends time too in the Illyrian sites of Apollonia and Bylis; and in the capital, Tirana’s broad boulevards, brightly painted buildings, utilitarian architecture and modernist museum.

Overview

  • Kruja  - 1 night
  • Berat  - 2 nights
  • Llogara National Park  - 1 night
  • Gjirokastra  - 2 nights
  • Tirana  - 1 night
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Tour Highlights

  • Cultural & Countryside Tour
  • Jules Verne Sightseeing
  • 2 UNESCO Heritage Sites
  • Local Expert Guide

Unspoilt, uncrowded, and unique in its culture, Albania is a treasure chest of ancient cities, mystical mountains, museums, castles and coastline, its feast of Ottoman architecture the jewel in its crown. This tour lifts the lid on its riches, of heritage and of nature

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.

Accommodation

Hotel Mangalemi - Berat

A 3-star hotel built on the ruins of Turkish mansions in the historic centre of Mangalem Quarter, close to the town centre. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and 19 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Hotel Onufri - Berat

Hotel Onufri - Berat A 3-star hotel built in traditional style in the historic centre of Mangalem Quarter, close to the town centre. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and 22 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Lllogara Tourist Village – Llogara

A 4-star hotel in the heart of the national Park, in a beautiful forest setting. Restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 34 rooms with mini-bar, satellite TV and balcony.

Hotel Bineri – Gjirokastra

A traditional 4-star hotel in the centre of Gjirokastra. Restaurant, bar and WiFi (free). 19 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-fridge and satellite TV.

Hotel Fantasy - Gjirokastra

A comfortable 4-star hotel in the centre of Gjirokastra. Restaurant, bar and WiFi (free). 25 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, mini-fridge and satellite TV.

Hotel Opera - Tirana

An elegant 4-star hotel close to Skanderbeg Square. Breakfast room, WiFi (free) and 52 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Panorama Hotel - Kruja

A traditional 3-star hotel in the centre of Kruja, with great views to the castle. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and 75 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, mini-fridge and satellite TV.

Hotel Rezisenca Desaret - Berat

A small traditional 3-star hotel in the historic centre of Mangalem Quarter, close to the town centre. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and 15 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, mini-fridge and satellite TV.

Extension Options

Durrës Extension

Stay in the seaside town of Durrës along the Albanian coast, 30 minutes from Tirana. Stay at the 4-star Hotel Epidamn. Breakfast daily.

Hotel Epidamn – Durrës

A comfortable 4-star hotel in the centre of Durrës, close to Currila Beach. Restaurant, bar, spa and WiFi (free). 17 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Extra Nights

Stay in Kruja before you start your tour, or spend extra nights in Tirana before flying back to the UK

Extra nights are on request, please call to discuss your requirements

Panorama Hotel
(per night) £35
Single supplement £25

Opera Hotel
(per night) £45
Single supplement £30

Departure transfer add £20

Panorama Hotel - Kruja

A traditional 3-star hotel in the centre of Kruja, with great views to the castle. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and 75 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, mini-fridge and satellite TV.

Hotel Opera - Tirana

An elegant 4-star hotel close to Skanderbeg Square. Breakfast room, WiFi (free) and 52 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow

March
March 20 (Wednesday)
  • On Request: Please Call
April
April 16 (Tuesday)
  • 2 Places Remaining
May
May 8 (Wednesday)
  • Sold out
May 22 (Wednesday)
June
June 11 (Tuesday)
  • 4 Places Remaining
September
September 3 (Tuesday)
September 17 (Tuesday)
  • 3 Places Remaining
October
October 1 (Tuesday)
October 15 (Tuesday)
October 30 (Wednesday)
November
November 6 (Wednesday)
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, transfers, 8 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 2 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.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • 2024: Apr, Nov
  • £175
  • 2024: May, Jun, Sep, Oct
  • £195
Flight Options
  • British Airways Club Europe
  • On request, please call
Tour Only
  • Save
  • £225
  • Arrival transfer
  • £30
  • Departure transfer
  • £22
Extension Options
  • Durres Extension (2 nights)
  • 2024: May
  • £110
  • 2024: Jun
  • £175
  • 2024: Sep, Oct
  • £145
  • Single Supplement
  • 2024: May
  • £37
  • 2024: Jun
  • £95
  • 2024: Sep, Oct
  • £55

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