This journey is a fantastic opportunity to take a break for a few days under the Mediterranean sun exploring castles, archaeological parks and the beach, while tasting some of the most delicious meals of the traditional Albanian cuisine.
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Tour of Tirana (Albanian Capital) 60 minutes
Start your visit in Albania with a city tour of Tirana to get a fast preview of the country's culture and history. During this tour, we will visit the best city attractions. We start with the mosaic of the National Museum on Skanderbeg Square, Et’hem Bey Mosque towards the elegant government buildings at the end of the square housing various ministries (built in the 1930s during the rule of King Zog), Fine Arts Gallery, Hotel Dajti, and Rinia Park. Walk across the next wide streets (Bulevardi Zhan D’Ark; Bulevardi Bajram Curri) and we across Lana River’s bridge, (Photo stops) and we arrive at the ‘Pyramid’.
Transfer to Apollonia Archaeological Park. 90 minutes
Apollonia is one of the ancient Greek colonies, dedicated to God Apollo. Founded in the turn of the 6th century BC by Greek colonists from Corinth and Corfu, Apollonia became one of the most important city-states in the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. In antiquity it has been famous for the production of tasty wines, olive oil and for its philosophy school, where Emperor Augustus of Rome studied. Artefacts have been found from both Greek and Roman influence and today, in the remains of the mighty city that once stood, you can see many of the parts of the ancient Apollonia depicting both periods.
Transfer to Vlora Beach City. Staying overnight
After Apollonia you'll have the opportunity to relax and enjoy the deep crystal blue waters of Mediterranean Sea. We recommend rent of a sunbed for maximum comfort and beverage service. Sunset is marvellous! In the evening you can enjoy a walk through Vlora's promenade, and indulge in slow cooked meals from many choices of traditional local restaurants. Accommodation in Vlora.
Llogara National Park 30 minutes
After hotel check out will pass through Llogara National Park, 1040 meters high directly above the sea. 40 minutes’ drive from Vlora, at the top of Llogara pass, we'll stop for coffee or tea to enjoy the spectacular view that can see all way to the Greek island of Corfu. After the break we'll drive through a scenic road towards the most beautiful part of Albania, - Albanian Riviera.
Dhermi town Albanian Riviera (short stop)
A short stop at picturesque town of Dhermi. Beautiful balcony looking on the Mediterranean Sea, full of narrow streets, stone houses with orange shingle roofs and wood windows.
Himare Beach 3 hours
Beach option 2: A stop on Himara Beach. Undoubtedly, it’s one of the best beach towns along Albanian’s beautiful coastline, with a distinct Greek culture influence and excellent food.
Porto Palermo Castle 30 minutes
Visit of Porto Palermo Castle, built by Ali Pash Tepelena (Albanian infamous ruler during Ottoman invasion) for his young bride. This venetian style castle stands on top of a small island looking west on the Mediterranean sea, surrounded by crystal blue waters.
Sranda City beachside. Staying overnight
Arival and check in the hotel in Saranda. Saranda is perhaps the most international city in Albania, frequented by more tourists than any other area in the country. Free evening to visit the city center and promenade. Many choices of coffee shops, bars and restaurant.
Visit Butrint Archaeological Park 2 hours
We'll start the morning with a visit of Butrint Archaeological Park. The city is considered as one of the most important archaeological sites in Albania. On the strength of the immense wealth of cultural, historical and natural value with a considerable history, Butrint was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992 and further a National Park in 2000. A walking tour of the ruins and the museum inside will take you back to more than 2700 years of history, tragedy and triumph.
Gjirokaster Castle and Bazaar 120 minutes
On the way back to Tirana, a visit of Gjirokaster castle and old bazaar paved with cobble stones full of artisans’ shops. The castle has a military museum featuring captured artillery from WWII and memorabilia of the Communist resistance against Nazi Germans, as well as a captured United States Air Force plane to commemorate the Communist regime's struggle against the imperialist western powers.
- Guide and Driver
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Hotel accommodation 2 nights +3* or 4*
- Entry/Admission - Apollonia Archaeological Park
- Entry/Admission - Porto Palermo Castle
- Entry/Admission - Butrint National Park
- Entry/Admission - Gjirokaster Castle
- sunbeds and umbrellas
- Traveler pickup is offered.
- Returns to original departure point
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Infants seat on lap (no baby seat available)