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Albania: Land of the Eagle

Group Tour | General Interest 9 Days & 8 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)
  • Stay in 3- & 4-star accommodation
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Standard Group Tour in brief

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.

No meals included

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.

Meals: Breakfast

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.

Meals: Breakfast

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.

Meals: Breakfast

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.

Meals: Breakfast

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.

Meals: Breakfast

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.

Meals: Breakfast

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).

Meals: Breakfast

Ardenica - Durrës - Tirana

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.

Meals: Breakfast

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.

  • Hotel Colosseo Tirana
    Hotel Colosseo Tirana

    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 & suites, Wi-Fi, restaurant, bar/cafe. Room amenities: Balcony or patio, air conditioning, television, safe, hairdryer.

Standard group tour extensions

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Dates & prices

ALE2022

Main Costs
Departure-Return date Original Price Special Offer(£) Single Supplement Click to Book
6 May 2022 - 14 May 2022 £1,045 £70 £195 Reserve
3 Jun 2022 - 11 Jun 2022 £1,075 £0 £0 Reserve
2 Sep 2022 - 10 Sep 2022 £1,075 £0 £0 Reserve
23 Sep 2022 - 1 Oct 2022 £995 £0 £195 Reserve
 

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
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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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