Travel to Albania and Macedonia with
expert Dr William Taylor to discover
a rich variety of archaeological and
historical sites, along with spectacular
mountain scenery. This tour explores
the wonderful Ottoman museum cities
of Berat and Gjirokaster, the impressive
Roman ruins at Butrint and Apollonia,
historic mosques, as well as Byzantine
and Orthodox churches. Access to sites
not normally open to the general public
and meetings with senior clerics will also
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Fly from London (regional connections
available) to Tirana with British Airways.
Transfer to Durrës, founded in 627BC and one
of Albania’s oldest towns. Welcome dinner and
stay overnight at Hotel Bleart (or similar). (D)
Visit the amphitheatre in Durrës, the largest
amphitheatre in the Balkans. Continue to Berat
and visit the Museum of Icons and the castle,
which contains the remnants of 42 churches
within its walls. Special access to the King’s
Mosque and adjacent Halveti Tekke, containing
some excellent Ottoman paintings, has also
been arranged. In the afternoon, explore the
Graeco-Roman ruins of Apollonia, an important
trading port for the Roman empire until the
third century AD. Continue to Vlora and stay
overnight at the Hotel Vlora International (or
Morning drive through the mountains and along
deserted stretches of coastline to the resort
town of Saranda. Afternoon tour of the Unesco
world heritage site of Butrint. Explore the ruins
of this Graeco-Roman town on the shores of
Lake Butrint and view the third-century BC
theatre, bath houses and the remains of the
largest baptistry in the Balkans. Stay overnight
at the Jaroal Hotel (or similar) in Saranda. (B)
Drive to Gjirokaster, stopping en route at St
Nicholas’ monastery and the church of Labova,
one of Albania’s oldest and best-preserved
Orthodox churches, dating from the sixth
century. In Gjirokaster see the birthplace of
Enver Hoxha and Zekate House, an example of
Ottoman-style architecture. Stay at the Cajupi
Hotel (or similar) for 1 night. (B)
In the morning, travel through mountainous
landscapes to Korca, historically an important
trade town. Continue to the Mirahori mosque,
one of the oldest mosques in Albania. Stay at
the Regency Hotel (or similar) for 1 night. (B)
Visit the Museum of Medieval Arts, which
displays more than 150 icons, then drive to
Voskopojë, stopping en route to see the Shen
Kolli (St Nicholas) church, which contains some
of the best preserved 18th-century ecclesiastical
art in the Balkans. Drive to Ohrid in Macedonia,
via the monastery of St Naum. Its position on
a rocky overhang provides excellent views over
Lake Ohrid and Ohrid itself, listed by Unesco as
natural and cultural world heritage sites. Stay at
the Hotel Royal View (or similar) for 2 nights. (B)
Morning tour of the town known as the Macedonian Jerusalem due to its large number
of churches. See St Sophia cathedral, the oldest
cathedral in Macedonia; the church of St Clement
at Plaoshnik; and the Gallery of Icons. Also visit
the National Museum, housing works of art dating
from 1863; the ethnological museum; Samuil’s
Fortress; and the antique theatre, the oldest such
building in Macedonia. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Travel to Elbasan to see the Ottoman fort.
Continue to Tirana for an afternoon tour of
the Albanian capital, including visits to the
National Museum, the mosque, the main
square and its clock tower. End the day with
a visit to the Bektashi World Centre to learn
about this Islamic Sufi order. Stay at the Tirana
International Hotel (or similar) for 1 night. (B)
Morning drive to Shkodër, one of the most
historic towns in Albania, and visit St Stephen’s
Catholic Cathedral. Return to Tirana via Kruja,
visiting the fortress of Kruja, the Skanderbeg
Museum, ethnographic museum, and the old
bazaar. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant
before transferring to the airport for a flight to
London. (B, D)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a lecturer who has specialist
knowledge of the destination and its culture, as
well as an experienced local guide.
This tour is based in 3- and
Cox & Kings uses the best available
accommodation and transport. However,
outside Tirana facilities should be regarded as
tourist class. The tour involves some long drives
and walking over uneven terrain.
Dr William Taylor is an
Anglican priest, chairman
of the Anglican and Eastern
Churches Association, a
writer, and broadcaster on
the Islamic world and the
Orthodox churches. He has
worked and lived in Jordan, Cairo and Turkey,
and travelled and lectured in the Middle East
and Central Asia.
Hotel Bleart is located on a private beach on the coast of the Adriatic sea, only 9km from the ruins of the 2nd-century AD Durres Amphitheatre. The spacious rooms have contemporary decor and offer modern facilities.
Features: Restaurant, terrace bar, gym, outdoor swimming pool, indoor hot tub, sauna, steam room.
Room amenities: Television, air conditioning, minibar, safety deposit box, hairdryer, coffee/tea maker, complimentary...
Hotel Cajupi has an ideal location in the centre of Gjirokaster. It is situated on the centre square, the Cerciz Topulli, and is within walking distance of the fortress. The property has 40 guest rooms and public amenities include a restaurant, which serves regional cuisine, and a...
The Regency Hotel is located in the centre of Korca, offering views of the city and the surrounding mountains. It is a 3 star property, featuring modern décor and furniture and the facilities of an international hotel. All of the 18 rooms and suites have television and telephone, a private bathroom including shower and are fully heated or air-conditioned year round with individual room controls. There is a full service restaurant and the coffee shop and bar provides ample opportunity for relaxation after a day's...
The Hotel Vlora International is modern in style. Its 63 en-suite rooms have flat screen televisions, minibar, safe and wireless internet connection. There are two restaurants, a bar and an indoor swimming pool at the...
Hotel Jaroal has its own private beach and is located a 20-minute walk from the centre of Saranda. The spacious rooms offer modern amenities while the restaurant features a large terrace with sea views.
Features: 20 rooms, restaurant, bar with terrace, garden, private beach.
Room amenities: Balcony, air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite television, minibar,...
This small 31 room property is located on the shores of the lake and within walking distance of the old town. The Royal View Hotel guestrooms include a balcony, television, direct dial telephone and en suite facilities. Public amenities include a restaurant, which serves a mixture of Macedonian and international cuisine, and has a summer terrace with views over Lake...
Situated just off the main square of the capital, the Tirana International Hotel is a 154-room property. All rooms are en suite with air-conditioning, satellite television and safe. Public facilities include a bar, a restaurant and a wellness centre with...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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