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Albania: Land of the Eagle

Group Tour | General interest 9 Days & 8 Nights Lead-in price: £995 Current prices from: £995
Known as the ‘Cradle of the Balkans’, Albania and North Macedonia are home to a wealth of natural and historic sites, from Lake Ohrid and the well-preserved Ottoman town of Gjirokastër to the important but lesser-known Roman ruins at Butrint and Apollonia. Travelling through spectacular mountain and coastal scenery, explore these two countries that are emerging after years of relative isolation.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Stay one night on Lake Ohrid in North Macedonia
  • Tour the well-preserved Roman sites of Butrint & Apollonia
  • View the world’s largest icon museums in Ohrid & Korca
  • Explore the architectural legacies of the Ottoman empire & Communist era
  • Small group size - average 14 people (max 18)
  • Stay in 3- & 4-star accommodation

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 Colosseo Hotel (or similar) for 2 nights. Welcome drink. (N)

Day 2: Kruja • Tirana

Morning tour of the town of Kruja and the Skanderbeg Museum. Afternoon tour of the Albanian capital, including visits to the National Museum, Gallery of Arts, the main square and its clock tower. (B)

Day 3: Lake Ohrid

Travel east to Elbasan, stopping en route at the remains of a Turkish fort. Continue into North Macedonia and the town of Ohrid, situated on the east shore of Lake Ohrid. This Unesco world heritage site is known as the ‘Macedonian Jerusalem’ due to its large number of churches. Afternoon tour including St Sophia Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in North Macedonia; the Church of St Clement at Plaosnik, where the first university in Europe was founded; and the Gallery of Icons, which has the largest collection of icons in the world. Stay at the Hotel Royal View for 1 night. (B)

Day 4: Korca

Morning visit to the Monastery of St Naum. Its position on a rocky overhang provides excellent views across the lake. Cross the border back into Albania and continue south to Korca, historically an important trade town. Visit the Museum of Medieval Arts, which displays more than 150 icons, and the Mirahor mosque, which is the oldest mosque in Albania. Stay at the Regency Hotel for 1 night. (B)

Day 5: Gjirokastër

See the Tumulus of Kamenica, the largest ancient burial mound to be excavated in the Balkans. Continue to Gjirokastër, the birthplace of Enver Hoxha, the former leader of Albania. Visit his house museum and also view the city’s fortress. Perched high above the town, it is one of the largest castles in the Balkans and formerly a political prison. Overnight at Argjiro Hotel. (B)

Day 6: Saranda • Butrint

Drive through scenic mountains to the coastal resort of Saranda, via the monastery of Mesopotam. Late morning tour of the Unesco world heritage site of Butrint. Explore the extensive ruins of this Graeco-Roman town and view the third century BC theatre, bath houses and baptistery. Stay overnight at the Hotel Brilant. (B)

Day 7: Vlora

Travel to Vlora, a seaport and the gateway to Italy. En route, visit the Ali Pasha castle at Porto Palermo. Stay overnight at the Hotel Vlora International / Partner Hotel. (B)

Day 8: Apollonia • Berat

Morning tour of the Greek and Roman ruins at Apollonia, an important trading port for the Roman empire until the third century AD. Drive to Berat and visit the Onufri Museum of Icons, the King’s Mosque and the castle, which has the remains of 42 churches within its walls. Stay overnight at the Mangalemi Hotel (or similar). (B)

Day 9: Ardenica • Durrës • Tirana • Fly to London

Morning drive to view the Ardenica monastery with its exquisite frescoes. Continue to Durrës to explore the largest amphitheatre in the Balkans and the accompanying Archaeological Museum. Return to Tirana to tour the Bektashi World Centre and the art gallery in the prime minister’s office. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B)

Meal basis:

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

Important information

Travel to Vlora, a seaport and the gateway to Italy. En route, visit the Ali Pasha castle at Porto Palermo. Stay overnight at the Hotel Vlora International / Partner Hotel. (B)

Standard tour

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

Single supplement

From £170pp.
*25 September 2020 departure has no single supplement

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

  • Royal View Hotel
    Royal View Hotel

    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 Ohrid.

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  • Hotel Regency
    Hotel Regency

    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 touring.

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  • Hotel Partner
    Hotel Partner

    Located in the centre of the seaport of Vlora, the Hotel Partner has 57 rooms and is a modern-style 4 star property. One of the centre points of the hotel's design is that all public areas are very brightly coloured. Guests may dine at the hotel's restaurant which offers a variety of Mediterranean and international cuisine.

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  • Hotel Mangalemi
    Hotel Mangalemi

    The 3 star Hotel Mangalemi was one of the first hotels to open after the fall of socialism in 1991. It offers comfortable guest rooms and is a great base from which to explore Berat and the castle. Each of the 7 rooms is equipped with an ensuite bathroom, air-conditioning, central heating, television and mini bar. The traditional woodwork in the dining areas is reminiscent of the old inns that once existed in Berat. Highly acclaimed traditional dishes are served either on the upper floor veranda or in one of the two private dining areas and there is also a bar in the hotel.

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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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  • Hotel Brilant
    Hotel Brilant

    The 4-star Hotel Brilant has an enviable location in the centre of Saranda and is within five minutes' walk of the central beach. The hotel has a total of 31 guestrooms spread over four floors, each of which is equipped with a balcony, air conditioning and satellite television.

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  • Hotel Argjiro
    Hotel Argjiro

    Situated in the centre of the city, this 19th-century building has been completely refurbished to high standards. The reception features stone floors and extends into a comfortable bar and lounge area. The guestrooms are decorated in light colours, with wood floors and sleek bathrooms. As well as a bar and restaurant, the hotel has a roof garden with panoramic views across the city and nearby castle.Facilities: 30 rooms, bar, restaurant, roof garden, Wi-Fi.<br>Rooms: Air conditioning, television, Wi-Fi.

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Dates & prices

ALE2020

Guideline Prices

Low season from £2,010 per person

High season from £2,010 per person

Main Costs
Departure-Return date Original Price Special Offer(£) Single Supplement Click to Book
1 May 2020 - 9 May 2020 £1,175 £0 £175 Tour Cancelled
5 Jun 2020 - 13 Jun 2020 £1,175 £0 £175 Tour Cancelled
19 Jun 2020 - 27 Jun 2020 £1,175 £0 £175 Tour Cancelled
11 Sep 2020 - 19 Sep 2020 £1,095 £0 £175 Tour Cancelled
25 Sep 2020 - 3 Oct 2020 £1,175 £0 £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.

 
  • • 3- & 4-star accommodation
    • Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available
    • Average group size - 17 people (max 26)
    • No single supplement departure*
    • Direct international flights with British Airways
    • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
    • 8 breakfasts
    • Experienced local tour manager
    • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
    • Welcome drink

Destinations on this tour

    https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/europe/albania/korca
  • Korca

    Situated on a plateau in the eastern part of Albania. Korca is a medium sized...

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  • https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/europe/albania/gjirokaster
  • Gjirokaster

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

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  • https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/europe/albania/saranda
  • Saranda

    The coastal resort of Saranda is a popular tourist destination among Albanians...

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  • https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/europe/albania/vlora
  • Vlora

    An important maritime and commercial seaport with connections to Italy, the...

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  • https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/europe/north-macedonia/ohrid
  • Ohrid

    Located on the eastern shore of Lake Ohrid, is the town of Ohrid. This Unesco...

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  • https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/europe/albania/berat
  • Berat

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

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  • https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/europe/albania/vlora
  • Vlora

    An important maritime and commercial seaport with connections to Italy, the...

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  • https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/europe/albania/tirana
  • Tirana

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

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