Meet and greet with the guide at the airport. Depending on time of arrival we may do a short city tour before or after check in at the hotel. In the evening, we'll have dinner at a traditional restaurant and then explore the nightlife of Tirana, walking in the ex-block area known as "the forbidden town" where the villas of the communist’s leaders are still standing next to trendy boutiques, expensive jewelry shops and active local pubs. Overnight in Tirana.
Begin with a full day city tour. Tirana is located on the site of a Byzantine fortress and has been the capital of Albania since 1920.
• Scanderbeg Square
• City's Clock Tower
• Et’hem Bey Mosque
• National Historical Museum
• Art Gallery
We then depart for Dajti Mountain by cable car, enjoying the beautiful scenery, climbing with the Cable Car for 15 min on the top of the mountain. The tour continues with a walking tour in green area of mountain with stops for breath taking. Lunch will be served in one of the popular restaurants. After lunch, will take some walking & hiking around there for few hours. Late afternoon return to Tirana for the night.
Today we will drive to Kruja–one of the biggest cities in Northern Albania is the “city of history” and the best known as hometown of Albanian’s National Hero Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg. 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. Overnight in Durres.
After breakfast we will drive to Berat, also known as the “City of one Thousands Windows”. Ahead we will stop and visit the Cobo Winery, were we can try the best red and white wine in Albania. Before we visit the castle we will have lunch in a local restaurant inside castle. The town is composed of 3 parts; Gorica, situated on the far side of the river; Mangalem, situated on the fortress side of the river and the residential quarter within the fortress (known as Kalaja). The old part of the city has some religious buildings like mosque and Byzantine churches. Overnight in Hotel Magalemi Berat.
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After breakfast we proceed to the ancient Greek settlement of Apollonia – (founded in 588 BC). After visiting to Apollonia we continue to Vlora, an historical and coastal city. Following with a sightseeing tour of Vlora, visit Independence House. Overnight in Vlora