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Albania: Land of the Eagle

Group Tour | General interest 8 Days & 7 Nights
Known as the 'Cradle of the Balkans', Albania is home to a wealth of natural and historic sites. Beyond the gritty capital of Tirana, the country is home to spectacular mountain and coastal scenery and dotted with pretty Ottoman towns like Gjirokastër and Kruja. It is also home to many important Greek and Roman ruins including Butrint and Apollonia. Travelling through this almost forgotten corner of the Mediterranean is both informative and a total delight.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Lunch with a local sheep herder
  • Wine and brandy tasting at Skanderbeg
  • Visit one of Europe's most unique art galleries, BunkArt
  • Tour the well-preserved Roman sites of Butrint & Apollonia
  • Explore the architectural legacies of the Ottoman empire & Communist era
  • Small group size - average 14 people (max 18)

Durres

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1254 1355 1661 1966 2475 2882 3188 3188 2882 2272 1763 1355
Min temp (C)(F) 337 439 643 948 1355 1559 1864 1864 1661 1254 846 541
Sunshine hours 4 4 5 6 8 10 11 10 8 6 4 4
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 15 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1436 1255 1114 1004 763 532 311 452 853 1205 1667 1496
Rainy Days 13 12 13 12 9 7 5 5 7 10 13 13
Humidity L L M H VH VH VH VH H M L L
UV 2/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 9/VH 8/VH 6/H 4/M 2/L 1/L
Sea temp (C)(F) 1457 1457 1457 1559 1966 2272 2475 2577 2373 2170 1966 1661

Gjirokaster

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 846 948 1254 1661 2170 2577 2882 2882 2475 1966 1355 948
Min temp (C)(F) -130 32 236 541 948 1254 1457 1457 1152 846 439 134
Sunshine hours 4 4 5 6 8 10 11 10 8 6 4 4
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 15 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1727 1556 1215 904 703 392 261 341 703 1446 2169 2259
Rainy Days 13 13 13 14 12 9 6 7 7 10 13 14
Humidity L M M H VH VH VH VH H M L L
UV 2/L 2/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 9/VH 8/VH 6/H 4/M 2/L 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) 1457 1457 1457 1559 1864 2170 2475 2577 2373 2170 1864 1661

Korca

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 439 643 948 1457 1966 2373 2679 2679 2272 1661 1152 643
Min temp (C)(F) -425 -327 32 439 846 1152 1355 1355 1050 643 236 -228
Sunshine hours 4 4 5 6 8 9 11 10 8 6 4 3
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 843 763 723 643 723 462 351 331 472 833 1134 1134
Rainy Days 13 12 13 14 13 10 7 8 8 10 13 14
Humidity L M M H VH VH VH VH H M L L
UV 2/L 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 9/VH 8/VH 6/H 4/M 2/L 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) 1457 1457 1457 1559 1864 2170 2475 2577 2373 2170 1864 1661

Ohrid

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 541 745 1152 1559 2170 2475 2781 2781 2475 1864 1254 745
Min temp (C)(F) -228 -130 134 541 948 1254 1457 1457 1152 745 337 32
Sunshine hours 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 10 8 6 4 3
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 15 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 783 733 683 562 643 402 281 331 442 733 1044 954
Rainy Days 13 12 12 13 12 9 6 6 7 9 12 14
Humidity N N N N N N L L N N N N
UV 2/L 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 9/VH 8/VH 6/H 4/M 2/L 1/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Saranda

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1050 1254 1457 1864 2373 2781 3188 3188 2781 2170 1661 1254
Min temp (C)(F) 134 236 439 745 1152 1457 1661 1661 1355 1050 643 337
Sunshine hours 4 4 5 7 9 10 12 10 8 6 4 3
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 2018 1857 1375 964 643 301 181 291 783 1677 25510 26811
Rainy Days 14 13 13 13 10 7 4 5 7 11 14 15
Humidity L M M H VH VH VH VH M M L L
UV 2/L 3/M 3/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 9/VH 8/VH 4/M 4/M 2/L 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) 1559 1457 1457 1661 1966 2272 2475 2577 2475 2272 1966 1763

Vlora

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1152 1254 1559 1864 2373 2781 3086 3086 2679 2272 1763 1355
Min temp (C)(F) 337 439 541 846 1254 1559 1763 1763 1559 1254 846 541
Sunshine hours 4 5 5 7 8 10 11 10 8 6 4 3
Daylight hours 10 12 12 13 14 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1436 1185 944 713 562 321 191 311 612 1195 1707 1626
Rainy Days 14 13 13 12 9 6 4 5 7 10 13 14
Humidity L M M H VH VH VH VH H M L L
UV 2/L 4/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 9/VH 8/VH 6/H 4/M 2/L 1/L
Sea temp (C)(F) 1559 1457 1457 1559 1864 2272 2475 3188 2373 2272 1966 1763
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Standard Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Tirana

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Tirana with British Airways. Transfer and stay at the Hotel Theatro (or similar) for 2 nights. Welcome drink. (N)

Day 2: Tirana

Morning visit to the National Historical Museum, followed by BunkArt, an anti-nuclear bunker built under the city, that is now a museum and modern art gallery. Afterwards visit Bektashi World Centre, a dervish sect that fuses elements of Shia and Sufi Islam. Afternoon at leisure (B)

Day 3: Tirana - Apollonia - Vlora - Llogara

En route to Vlora visit the most important Roman site in Albania – Apollonia, where the nephew of Julius Caesar once studied. Continue to Vlora and visit the home of the first independent Albania government, and Muradie Mosque. Finish the day in the beautiful Llogara National Park. Stay at Llogara Village (or similar) for 1 night. (B)

Day 4: Llogara - Butrint - Gjirokaster

Depart for the ancient city of Butrint, travelling along the spectacular Albanian Riviera. The town is a Unesco World Hertiage site and home to the country’s most important archaeological museum. Lunch suggested in a restaurant near Butrint. After the visits we drive for overnight in Gjirokaster at Hotel Fantasy (or similar) for 2 nights. (B)

Day 5: Gjirokastër

Morning tour of the town, famous for its Ottoman architecture, fortress and being the birthplace of the notorious dictator Enver Hoxha. Visit his place of birth and lean more of this country’s recent history. In the afternoon leave the town to learn about rural life in Albania on a traditional sheep farm and have lunch with the family. Return to the town in time for dinner. (B, L)

Day 6: Gjirokastra - Berat

After breakfast depart for Berat another UNESCO town, where we visit the castle and the Onufri Museum. Berat castle is of particular interest as people still live within its walls in their traditional houses. In the afternoon meet with a local family and master the art of making raki and traditional coffee. Overnight in Berat at Hotel Onufri (or similar) for 1 night. (B)

Day 7: Berat - Durres - Kruja

Depart to Durres one of the oldest towns in Albania and the site of the first and perhaps the most important of the Greek colonies in the country. In the afternoon visit the Skanderbeg winery and brandy factory, winner of several international medals and famous throughout the Balkan peninsular. After the visit drive to Kruja the hometown of Scanderbeg Albania’s National Hero. Stay at the Hotel Panorma (or similar) for 1 night (B)

Day 8: Kruja - Tirana Airport

Kruja was the centre of Albanian resistance against the Turks under our national hero Scanderbeg. He kept them from crossing into Western Europe for 25 years, thus earning the title “Champion of Christ” given by the Pope of the time. Visit the museum dedicated to his life as well as the local Bazzar before returning to Tirana Airport. Fly to London. For those wishing to stay longer a transfer to the centre can be arrange. (B)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Standard tour

This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.

Private & tailor-made travel:

This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Standard group tour accommodation

  • Hotel Kalemi
    Hotel Kalemi

    Located in the heart of the city and close to the major attractions, the Hotel Kalemi is styled on a traditional Ottoman house. All rooms are ensuite with air-conditioning and there is a restaurant that serves breakfast only.

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  • Hotel Colosseo
    Hotel Colosseo

    Hotel Colosseo is centrally located in the Albanian capital, Tirana. The hotel is stylish and is just a 10-minute walk from Skanderbed Square. Rooms are modern and well appointed. The restaurant serves fresh, local produce and a European menu.Features: 45 rooms &amp; suites, Wi-Fi, restaurant, bar/cafe.<br>Room amenities: Balcony or patio, air conditioning, television, safe, hairdryer.

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Dates & prices

ALE2021

Main Costs
Departure-Return date Original Price Special Offer(£) Single Supplement Click to Book
7 May 2021 - 14 May 2021 £1,095 £0 £0 Tour Cancelled
4 Jun 2021 - 11 Jun 2021 £1,095 £0 £0 Tour Cancelled
3 Sep 2021 - 10 Sep 2021 £1,095 £0 £0 Reserve
24 Sep 2021 - 1 Oct 2021 £995 £50 £0 Reserve
 

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

 
  • What's Included
    • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
    • Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
    • Entrance fees unless otherwise stated

Destinations on this tour

  • Tirana

    Tirana was founded in 1614 by Sulejman Pasha of Mulleti. The city experienced...

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  • Gjirokaster

    Gjirokaster, in the southern part of Albania, is an ancient cit...

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  • Berat

    Berat Granted World Heritage status in 2008, this large Albanian town is on...

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  • Kruja

    Located north of Tirana, Kruja is often seen as the gateway to the north of...

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