Tirana – Berat (UNESCO)
Meet at the airport and transfer to depart for Berat, one of the most visited and characteristic towns in Albania under the protection of UNESCO as a patronage of humanity for its architectural uniqueness. Berat castle is of particular interest as people still live within its walls in their traditional houses, as have their ancestors have done for centuries. The castle used to have over 40 churches of which 7 still remain including St. Mary’s church turned into Onufri Museum. We visit the Castle and the Onufri Museum. Accommodation in characteristic house turned hotel in the old district. Overnight in Berat.
Distance: 145 km
Duration: 2.5 hours
Berat – Vlore – Butrint (UNESCO) – Saranda
Drive through the spectacular Albanian Riviera with its traditional villages. At the Llogara National Park we stop at around 1100 meters where spectacular views of the Ionian Sea can be admired. Afterwards continue along the wonderful coast to the ancient city of Butrint another UNESCO World Heritage considered the best archaeological site in Albania and probably one of the most important in the Balkans. The city was first settled by Greek colonists and was continuously inhabited for centuries forming archaeological layers of passing civilizations, giving archaeologists the possibility to study continuity through time. It is situated on a beautiful peninsula among dense vegetation. The site has been occupied since at least the 8th century BC, although myths associated with its origins speak of the city’s foundation by Trojan exiles. After a thorough visit of the site return to Saranda for overnight.
Distance: 245 km
Duration: 5 hours
Saranda – Blue Eye – Gjirokastra (UNESCO)
In the morning we depart for Gjirokastra a museum town under the protection of UNESCO as a World Heritage Site with beautiful and very distinct architecture. On the way we will stop at the beautiful Blue Eye spring shaped like an eye with beautiful blue and turquoise green colors among old maple trees. Afterwards drive to Gjirokastra where we will visit the fortress of Gjirokastra, part of which was turned into a political prison for dissidents of the regime and the Arms Museum. Visit to the Ethnographic Museum, which is also the house the Albanian dictator was born in, as well as a 300 year old house next to it, where the grandeur of Gjirokastra’s master builders can be observed.
Overnight in Gjirokastra.
Distance: 65 km
Duration 1.5 hours
Permet – Korça – Pogradec
Depart for Pogradec through one of the most breathtaking roads of Albania, following the valley of river Vjosa. A combination of gorges, mountains colorful fields, river canyons and forests accompanies us in this long but with amazing natural beauty. In the picturesque city of Korça will visit the Museum of Medieval Art in and the Mirahori mosque, one of the oldest in the country. Then continue for the town of Pogradec, situated on the shores of Lake Ohrid, the deepest and most beautiful lake in the Balkans. Overnight in Pogradec.
Distance: 240 km
Drive: 6 hrs
Pogradec – Ohrid (UNESCO) – Skopje
Crossing the border first stop at St. Naum Monastery. Then driving to the city of Ohrid visiting the Cathedral of St. Sofia built between the 11th and 14th century, which was the seat of the Archbishop. St. Clement, a classic Orthodox Byzantine church which demonstrates the link between Byzantine and Italian Renaissance art, and the Ancient Theatre. After these visits we depart to Skopje for a tour of the main sites. Visit the old Turkish bazaar, Mahmud Pasha Hammam, the memorial house of Mother Teresa, Stone Bridge and the Macedonia Plaza. Overnight in Skopje.
Distance: 230 km
Duration: 4 hours
Skopje – Prizren – Decani Monastery (UNESCO) – Peja
After crossing the border driving through the beautiful Sharri Mountains. Prizren is a true open air museum, one of the most beautiful towns of Kosovo which has best preserved the architectural style of the past. The craftsmen of Prizren are well known for their beautiful gold and silver articles and other folk handcrafts. Take a short tour and we suggest traditional lunch here in the old town. Afterwards continue towards Peja through the magnificent Rugova Gorge to the Decani Monastery near it. This monastery complex is a wonderful example of the Orthodox religious architecture and art part of UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must for anyone visiting Kosovo. Overnight in Peja.
Distance: 180 km
Duration: 4 hours
Peja – Kolashin – Budva
A long drive through magnificent natural beauty of the North West Kosovo and Montenegro takes us to Kolašin, small town which is Montenegro’s most famous ski resort, and its capital Podgorica. We will take a driven tour of the capital Podgorica, and continue on another panoramic drive toward west. After reaching Budva will visit the fortified ancient town. A nice walk through old cobbled narrow streets, old houses and churches. Overnight in Budva.
Distance: 250 km
Duration: 5 hours
Budva – Kotor (UNESCO) – Cetinje- Shkoder
Drive to visit the Old City of Kotor a well preserved urbanization typical of the Middle Ages, built between the 12th and 14th century. Medieval architecture and numerous monuments of cultural heritage have made Kotor a UNESCO listed “World Natural and Historical Heritage Site”. Cetinje is a town of immense historical heritage, founded in the 15th century. It became the center of Montenegrin life and both a cradle of Montenegrin and an Eastern Orthodox Church. It is because of its heritage as a long term Montenegrin capital that it is today the honorary capital of Montenegro. Crossing the border in direction of Shkoder, center of Roman Catholicism in Albania and a city with long historic roots, the only mentioned capital of the Illyrian Kingdom. Visit the pedestrian area with Italian influences and the Castle. Overnight in Shkoder.
Distance: 280 km
Duration: 5.5 hours
Shkoder – Kruja – Tirana
Drive to Kruja the center of Albanian resistance against the Ottomans led by our national hero Scanderbeg who defeated them in 25 battles including one of the most warrior like sultans Mehmet the Conqueror and resisted the Ottoman occupation for 25 years. We visit the Castle with two great Museums and the Old Ottoman style bazaar. Afterwards drive to the capital Tirana where we take a driven tour of the major sites of Tirana, including the colorful buildings for which the Albanian capital is now popular for. The dull grey communist architecture buildings have been transformed into modern art canvases through splashes of bright colors and abstract shapes. An ingenious way of uplifting the facades and the moods of the inhabitants. Overnight in Tirana.
Distance: 130 km
Duration: 2.5 hours
Transfer to Airport. End of our service.
|Overview||This tour gives the possibility to the participants having a better view and understanding of four Balkan Countries as Albania, Northern Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro. Visiting the highlights of these States, most beautiful nature, amazing landscape, UNESCO Sites, Museums, Religious Buildings, Archeological parks and old towns. A region full of diversity but also with many things in common.Sharing same history, values and especially hospitality.|
|Type||Guided walking holiday|
|Duration||9 night/10 days|
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|Accomodations||9 nights in 3/4 star hotel|
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