Transfer from airport to Tirana. We might do a short city tour depending on your arrival time. Overnight in Tirana.
After breakfast we start with a visit to city center, Scanderbeg Square. followed by a stop at Et`hem Bey Mosque built in 1830, Opera House (National Theatre of Opera and Ballet) that looks over the Scanderbeg Square.
A walk in the main boulevard provides a close sight of the City Hall and a number of Governmental buildings which were built by the italians in ’30. You cannot miss the National Gallery of Arts along this walk. We will continue the tour with the visit to Kruja–one of the biggest cities in Northern Albania, also known as the "city of history". It was in this city that the Albanian’s National Hero, Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg, fought most of his historical battles against the Ottomans in 15th century . Visit to the Castle, Skanderbeg Museum and Ethnographic Museum. After the visit of the castle, is free for you to explore Kruja’s old bazaar with authentic and antique shops. The route continues to Durres– the ancient Greco-Roman port city of Dyrrachium.
You will visit the Amphitheatre (2nd, century AD)and the Archaeological Museum, Overnight in Durres.
Departure to Vlora, a very nice city built along the Adriatic and Ionian coast. A short city tour which includes the Independence Museum, Monument of Independence, erected in Sheshi i Flamurit (The Square of the Flag), will introduce you the history of this city. This coastal city offers a beautiful relaxing atmosphere where you can enjoy a lot of activities. After spending the day enjoying and discovering the beauties of this city, there will a nice traditional meal waiting for you at the restaurant. Overnight in Vlore
Departure to Dhermi. Stop at National Park of Llogara. The park starts at 470 m above sea level and climbs to 2018 m and it is considered one of Albania’s most valuable tourist attractions that offers possibilities of eco-tourism, air sports, hiking and picnics. Continuing to Dhermi, a large and beautiful village with about 30 old churches picturesquely placed on the rough mountainside. Overnight in Beach Hotel Dhermi
Now it’s time for sun-bathing. Enjoy the sun.
After Breakfast we carry on traveling towards Himara, small city located in the seaside offers beautiful beaches. Ali Pasha’s Castle-Porto Palermo Bay is a small castle located on a lovely peninsula in the bay of Porto Palermo, built by Ali Pasha in honour of his wife Vasiliqi. Continuing to Saranda.
Time for sun-bathing again. Another relaxing day in one of the best beaches in Saranda.
After breakfast we drive to Butrint where we will visit the well preserved ruins of the ancient city of Butrint and its museum hosted in the Venetian castle, Butrint: is a National park that includes a very well preserved archaeological area, an uncontaminated vegetation area of Mediterranean, and has also a lake that is connected to the Ionian sea by a natural channel.
The wetlands around the lake are shelter for different animals and aquatic species in danger of extinction. The excavations and studies has proved that during the VII and the VI centuries BC. Butrint was a protourban centre. By the V century BC Butrint has got the full form of an ancient city.
During the VI century the city was equipped with new buildings such as the theatre, the agora, the small, temple and the stoa. The complex of the sanctuary of Asclepius forms the most magnificent part of the city. The main importance and magnificence of the Site was in the Roman period when the City was proclaimed a Roman Colony and used by the roman aristocracy as a holiday destination. Even during late antiquity Butrint maintained its importance. The construction of the Great Basilica and of the baptistery dates to this period. The baptistery has the floor surface covered by a mosaic decoration of a very fine processing, which is very well preserved.
After visiting Butrint, we will continue to the most beautiful seaside village of Ksamil, free time for optional lunch in Fish restaurant
10 m from the sea. Continue to Saranda. Overnight in Saranda
After breakfast we will depart to Gjirokastra known as “Museum City”. On the way we will make a stop and visit, Visit the “Blue Eye” spring, formed by underground springs. We continue to Gjirokastra city where the dwelling houses have the form of medieval towers constituting a building ensemble with a characteristic architecture.
Visit the Castle and the Museum of Weapons. Drive to the museum city of Gjirokastra, birthplace, of the former iron-fisted dictator of Albania, Enver Hoxha. Gjirokastra is a strikingly picturesque town, perched on the side of a mountain above the Drino River. The tour includes the district museum, housed in the building in which Enver Hoxha was born and the pre-Ottoman citadel, a former political prison and now a weapons museum. Continue to Tirana for an overnight stay.
Transfer from Tirana to airport.
We hope you had a wonderful time and look forward to seeing you again!
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