This Albania is a 7 days cultural tour around this highly underrated Mediterranean country which is packed with Byzantine and Roman history, just as its neighboring Greece is, and yet so much further off the cultural tourist’s radar. As well as its ancient civilizations, architecture and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Albania also has its own Alps, known as the Accursed Mountains, with remote villages bearing little change since times when blood feuds were the norm and small family farms tucked into exquisite valleys still are.
Itinerary and prices for Corfu to Albania Adventure:
The tour starts at Saranda Port where you will be met by the local guide who will escort you in Albania throughout the trip. Travel to Gjirokastra, listed in the Unesco Heritage Sites. On the way we will make a short break to the Blue Eye water springs. In Gjirokastra we visit the castle of Gjirokastra and Ethnographic Museum. The journey continues to Permet called as well as the city of roses, through the beautiful Kelcyra canyon. Overnight in Përmet.
After breakfast we drive to Korca city but first we travel through Ersekë and the Gërmenj Park were will do some rest stops. In the afternoon we reach Korçë where we visit the city center, Mirahori Mosque and Icon’s Museum. Overnight in Korca.
After breakfast we travel toward Elbasan and visit the medieval castle dating back to the 15th century. There we visit the castle, King Mosque and Saint Mary church. Lunch is organized as well inside the castle. After lunch we travel to Tirana where upon arrival we visit the Scanderbeg square, Et’hem Bey Mosque, National History Museum and the Boulevard. Overnight in Tirana,
After breakfast in we visit Kruja, the castle and Scanderbeg Museum. Kruja was the most important town for the Albanians during the 15th century which withstood successfully to at least 3 major sieges by the Ottoman Empire. The museum we will visit, is dedicated to the Albanian medieval hero Gjergj Kastrioti or ‘Scanderbeg’. He is considered the most important figure for all the Albanians wherever they live. After lunch we drive to Berat, a city protected by UNESCO. In the afternoon we walk through Mangalem and Gorica neighborhoods to finish in grandeur with a photo shooting of Mangalem quarter by night. Overnight in Berat.
In the morning we visit the castle of Berat. Lunch in the castle of Berat. We continue traveling to Ardenica monastery, the place where our National Hero Scanderbeg was married in the 15th century. We visit the castle and Onufri museum. Next stop is Vlora where we learn about the important role it played in 1912 as the city of Albanian Independence from the Ottoman Empire. In the afternoon we reach the National Park of Llogara were will be accommodated. Overnight in Llogara.
After breakfast we travel along the Albanian Riviera, a hidden gem in the Ionian Coast. As we go through we will stop to along the way and visit the Castle of Ali Pasha Tepelena. The castle has a beautiful strategic location along the coast. Reconstructed by a prominent Albanian ruler of Southern Albania and Northern Greece during the 18-19 century it served as a residential area and a fort for a long time. We continue toward the picturesque village of Borsh where will have lunch. After this relaxing time we head to the city of Saranda. Overnight in Saranda.
After breakfast we visit National Park of Butrint (UNESCO) and than we drop off at Saranda Port. End of our service.
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