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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. (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
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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.<br>Room amenities: Balcony or patio, air conditioning, television, safe, hairdryer.
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|Available||ALE2021||Albania: Land of the Eagle||24 Sep 2021 - 1 Oct 2021||£995||£0||£0||9/24/2021 12:00:00 AM||10/1/2021 12:00:00 AM||Reserve||Available||0||Available|
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