Albanian Riviera dubbed by some as “the last secret of Europe”, boasts stunning Mediterranean beaches of the Ionian coast. It’s a 120 km stretch of coastline between Vlore and Sarande in the south-west Albania. This part of the coastline is regarded as the most beautiful in this country and it should not be confused with the rest of the Albania’s Adriatic coast. Vlore is the biggest city in the Albanian Riviera and lies at a strategic location where the Adriatic and Ionian seas meet. Sarande, on the other hand is arguably the most beautiful entry point into the country. The town is clearly visible above its lovely horseshoe bay not long after your hydrofoil or ferry leaves the Greek island of Corfu. The Albanian Riviera has an excellent climate, with hot dry summers and mild rainy winters. Some places average 290 sunny days a year with pleasantly warm temperatures, which only during summer months exceed 30 degrees C (85 degrees F).
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We will pick you up from the airport and drive you to your hotel. Settle down and take some rest. In case we have time and you not too tired we will walk around Tirana’s city center. The tour, start from Skanderbeg Square, (photo stop at Skanderbeg’s Monument), National Museum (the huge mosaic on front represent the Albanian history development and the stages of this development are presented on respective pavilions) then you continue to see other important buildings: Palace of Culture, Opera House, National Library, Mosque of Ethem Bey, the Clock Tower, Tirana Castle, Parliament, Ura e Tabakeve, National Art Gallery, mean government buildings, catholic and orthodox cathedrals, the Pyramid, Prime Minister building, Palace of congresses, Mother Teresa Square, Archaeological Museum (there are presented many archaeological discoveries since the Stone Age up to the Medieval), Presidential palace, Ex-Blloku (which used to be the most beautiful and protected zone were the ex-communist leaders families lived). Visit the Cold War corner (one Bunker, part of famous Spac Political Prison, and a piece from Berlin Wall). Overnight in Tirana.
After breakfast, we start our journey from Tirana, directly to the city of Kruja. Set off on a guided tour of Dollma Bektashi Teqe, the surroundings and the Castle itself, the Skanderbeg Museum and the National Ethnographic Museum. You will have free time to wander around the Old Bazaar, with beautiful cobblestone alleys and lovely old architecture. Now we head to Preza Castle. The castle is situated above the village of Preza, in the hill’s crest. This is a small castle which started to be constructed in the beginning in XIV century and finished in the beginning of XV century from the feudal family of the region, called Topiajve. The castle is announced ‘culture monument’. In her corners the castle has four roundly towers. The watching tower is built around years 1800 – 1850. It’s distinguished for its beautiful position that sees over Tirana field. Also in front of the tower it is situated Kruja Castle. This Castle it is situated near by the International Airport of “Tirana Airport “. Then we travel to Durrës for our last “digestive” stop. Set off on a guided tour of the City Walls, Byzantine Forum, Roman Thermal Baths, and the Amphitheater and enjoy the city’s street art around the ancient ruins. Overnight in Durres.
After breakfast we drive to Berat passing through suggestive hills full of olive trees. Berat is one of the oldest cities and the pride of Albanian architecture. The three major neighborhoods of the old city are Mangalemi, Gorica, and the Kala where the castle itself is located. We will start our tour with the castle area. Visiting the ‘Castle’ involves a steep walk up a cobbled path, but those who make it to the top will be rewarded with a fine view of the surrounding area. You will visit the Museum of Iconography ‘Onufri’ which bears the name of the renowned fresco and icon-painter Onufri, who has left a rich inheritance. This museum is located within the cathedral of St. Mary’s Assumption. We will also visit the Red Mosque, recognized by its lonely minaret and St. Trinity Church. After the fortress you will visit the Mangalemi quarter and the National Ethnographic Museum. This museum is located in one of the most characteristic and interesting houses of the town, a rich assemblage of traditional objects (more than 1000) and is one of the greatest examples of Berat’s long history and culture. Across the Osumi River lies the Gorica neighborhood, whose houses face those of Mangalemi. The arched bridge of Gorica, built in 1780, is a beautiful architectural monument constructed to link Gorica with Mangelemi. Enjoy some free time to stroll on the bridge. Overnight in Berat.
After breakfast we drive to Gjirokaster to discover the city of “a thousand steps” or “The city of the Stone” part of UNESCO from 2005. Step into Skenduli house, the nicest Ottoman tower house and listen to its history and details from the 10th generation of Skenduli family. Soak up to the rich history of the castle and enjoy the view of the “city of stone” from above. Pass by the Ottoman Bazaar and historic wooden houses and visit Gjirokastra Obelisk dedicated to the first school of Gjirokastra and enjoy the 360º view from there, then we will visit the Fortress of Gjirokastra. Overnight in Gjirokastra.
After breakfast we will drive to the Blue Eye. A spot of natural beauty, Blue Eye (water spring) is located on the road between the cities of Saranda and Gjirokastër. The Blue Eye is a 45-metre deep water spring set amid a forest of hazelnuts, walnuts, cherries, pines and fir trees. Set off on a guided tour of Butrint National Park where a local guide explains 2500 years of history embedded in the Amphitheater, the castle, the churches and the Lion Gate. Drive to Ksamil and enjoy the beauty of the most beautiful beach in Albania. En route to the Dhermi Beach, explore the Ali Pasha Castle. The castle build in 1804, has a triangular shape with tree pentagonal towers at the corners, which were built out of limestone. The walls itself are made of regularly set stone blocks and are between 3.2 and 3.5 meters thick. Inside the walls of the castle, several paintings are displayed, among which is one of Ali Pasha himself. On the ground floor is the prison, which was centrally located and oriented towards the sea. Guards used to patrol the several passageways. Then we will drive to Dhermi. Overnight in Dhermi.
Relax on the Beach
Relax on the Beach
After breakfast we drive to Tirane but first we will visit the city of Vlore. Hometown to the National Independence movement, visit the Flag Square with its Independence Monument right in the center, the Muradie Mosque and Vlore’s Lungomare. Have a free afternoon in the capital of Albania, Tirana. Overnight in Tirana.
After breakfast we drive to the Airport. End of our Service.
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