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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.
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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 includedKruja - 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: BreakfastLake 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.
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.
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: BreakfastSaranda - 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.
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: BreakfastApollonia - 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: BreakfastArdenica - 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.
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 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.
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|Available||ALE2022||Albania: Land of the Eagle||3 Jun 2022 - 11 Jun 2022||£1,075||£0||£0||6/3/2022 12:00:00 AM||6/11/2022 12:00:00 AM||Reserve||Available||0||Available|
|Available||ALE2022||Albania: Land of the Eagle||2 Sep 2022 - 10 Sep 2022||£1,075||£0||£0||9/2/2022 12:00:00 AM||9/10/2022 12:00:00 AM||Reserve||Available||0||Available|
|Available||ALE2022||Albania: Land of the Eagle||23 Sep 2022 - 1 Oct 2022||£995||£0||£195||9/23/2022 12:00:00 AM||10/1/2022 12:00:00 AM||Reserve||Available||0||Available|
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