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Albania: Land of the Eagle

Private Travel | General interest 8 Days & 7 Nights Lead-in price: £1775

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

  • Explore BunkArt - Europe's must unusual art gallery
  • Tour the well-preserved Roman sites of Butrint & Apollonia
  • View the world’s largest icon museums in Ohrid & Korca
  • Uncover the architectural legacies of the Ottoman empire & Communist era
  • Small group size - average 17 people (max 26)
  • Stay in 3- & 4-star accommodation
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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. Enjoy a welcome drink. (N)

Day 2: Tirana

This morning, visit 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. Your afternoon is at leisure. (B)

Day 3: 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 to visit Muradie Mosque and the headquarters of Albania’s first independent government. Finish the day at the scenic Llogara National Park. Stay at Llogara Village(or similar) for 1 night. (B)

Day 4: Butrint

Depart for the ancient city of Butrint, travelling along the spectacular Albanian Riviera. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the country’s most important archaeological museum. After lunch in a recommended restaurant, transfer to Gjirokastër for check-in at Hotel Fantasy (or similar) for 2 nights. (B)

Day 5: Gjirokastër

Spend the morning touring Gjirokastër, famous for its Ottoman architecture, grand fortress and being the birthplace of notorious dictator, Enver Hoxha. Visit Hoxha’s place of birth and learn more about Albania’s recent history. In the afternoon, head out into the countryside to a traditional sheep farm for lunch with a local family. Return to Gjirokastër in time for dinner. (B, L)

Day 6: Berat

After breakfast, depart for Berat – another UNESCO-listed town – where you visit the Onufri Museum and the town castle. Berat castle is of particular interest as people still live within its walls in traditional houses. In the afternoon, meet a local family and learn how to prepare raki and traditional coffee. Stay overnight in Berat at Hotel Onufri (or similar) for 1 night. (B)

Day 7: Durrës - Skanderbeg winery

Transfer to Durrës, one of Albania’s oldest towns and the site of the first and perhaps most important of the country’s Greek colonies. In the afternoon, visit the award-winning Skanderbeg winery and brandy producer, famous throughout the Balkans. After, drive to Kruja, the hometown of Skanderbeg, Albania’s national hero. Stay at the Hotel Panorama (or similar) for 1 night. (B)

Day 8: Kruja - Fly to London

Kruja was the centre of Albanian resistance – led by local feudal lord, Skanderbeg – against the Ottomans. Visit the museum dedicated to Skanderbeg’s life, as well as Kruja’s centuries-old Bazaar, before returning to Tirana Airport. Fly to London or continue to your extension destination. (B)

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

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 020 3411 2135.

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 Guaranteed Departures Click to Book
6 May 2022 - 13 May 2022 £1,045 £0 £0 Reserve
3 Jun 2022 - 10 Jun 2022 £1,075 £0 £195 Reserve
2 Sep 2022 - 9 Sep 2022 £1,075 £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

Guaranteed Departures This departure is guaranteed to run.

Terms & Conditions: Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the FCDO or entry restrictions relating to Covid preclude travel.

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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