9 Days Jeep Tour Albania Highlights

Gjirokastra
Special Tour 9 days 8 nights Availability: 2017-04-06
Albania Albania Tour Guide: English

Highlights tours of Albania combines history, man-made wonders, natural springs, and as well the Albanian hospitality. Begin your trip roaming the palaces and castle of Skanderbeg in Kruja 14th century, castle of Rozafa in Shkoder build 350 BC and the castle of Ali Pasha in early 19th century, till to ancient cities architecture & fortes.

From the amazing natural spring of Blue Eye to the one of the biggest underground bunkers of communism time. Our Group Leader will show you the Roman theater, the ancient city of Butrint and make sure your trip burns brightly in your memory long after you’ve left Albania.


DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION
Tirana & On request

DEPARTURE TIME
Please arrive at least 15 minutes before departure.

INCLUDED
  • 8 breakfasts
  • Private 4WD
  • Small group experience; Avg 18
  • Hotel 3* (8 nights)
  • Professional guide
  • Local Taxes

NOT INCLUDED
  • Airfare
  • Pick up & Drop Off (Add 10€)
  • Individual daily expenses/gratuities
  • 8 Lunches (add 120€, optional)
  • 8 Dinners (add 120€, optional)

 

What to Expect

 

Travel across Albania and discover this little country with incredible history set impressively against a wild and rugged landscape. The real highlight is the warm hospitality received all over this wonderfully undiscovered country.

 

  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Butrint, Berat and Gjirokaster
  • Journey through the beautiful Albanian Riviera
  • Discover historical monuments including Durres Amphitheatre
  • Local experience

Day 1: AIRPORT – TIRANE

Airport transfer. Depending on your arrival time you may want to enjoy a stroll around Tirana.

Day 2-3: TIRANE – KRUJE – SHKODER

The first stop on this tour is the birthplace of an Albanian National Hero, Kruja. Visit the Castle. After our visit at the castle we walk to the bazaar which features many traditional handmade items. Once we are finished in beautiful Kruja, we head to the beach of Shengjin, one of the most beautiful sandy beaches on the Adriatic Sea. From there we drive to Shkodra, the largest city in the north. Here we visit the Rozafa Castle and take in the superb view of Shkodra Lake sur-rounded by mountains. Dinner and accommodations are in Shkodra. After Shkodra departure to  to the port of Durrës , the second largest city in Albania and famed for housing the largest amphitheater in the Balkans. The amphitheater dates back to the 2nd century AD, seats 15,000 people and contains an early Christian crypt with rare wall mosaics. Here we will also visit the city fortress. Dinner and accommodations are in Durres.

Day 4-5: VLORE -HIMARE-SARANDA

After breakfast, we departure to Vlora, here we will visit the monastery of Narta, which is an important cultural monument on the Zvernec Island in the Narta Lagoon. The Byzantine church, build in the 13th century is a spiritual oasis for Christians in the area. From here we drive to Llogara National Park stopping along the coast on the way and the old village of Vuno. Overnight in Llogara. Next day we visit the Porto Palermo to enjoy the architecture of the Castle of Ali Pasha. Optional is diving at the Wall of Jar underwater. City walk in Saranda. Traditional Albanian restaurant for dinner.Overnight in Saranda.

Day 6-7: BUTRINT-BLUE EYE-GJIROKASTER

After breakfast we depart to Butrint, a long stop to visit the ancient city of Butrint, the roman theater and guided walk throughout. After Butrint we go for a visit to the powerful natural spring of Blue Eye (Syri Kalter). And last the typical city of Gjirokaster. Gjirokastra is also known as the “city of stone” and for its architectural value. Castle visit and traditional local meals.

Day 8-9: BERAT-TIRANE

Departure to Tepelene the city of Ali Pasha. After the visit of the city of Berat and the castle. Stop at the winery farm. Departure to Tirana to visit one of the biggest underground bunker of communism time. This bunker was to protect the government from and atomic attack. After the bunker and hanging on to the city of Tirana transfer to Airport depending on flight times.

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