Discover unique cultural traditions, historic sites, rich cuisine of North Greece, Macedonia and Albania. Immerse yourself to the performance of the local artists in Albania of the polyphonic songs, revealing the hidden secrets of their folklore. Visit the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE sites in this area. We have picked Igoumenitsa port, if you are travelling with your own coach. We provide service from any sea entry point.
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11:30 – Arrival in Igoumenitca port with Greek local time. After port pro- cedures, continue to MAQEDOnIA via BITOLA
13.00 First stop IOAnnInA - Free time f Lunch and walking tour of the city centre. The highlights of the city include the city centre, Fort- ress kale, Fethye mosque, Ethnographic museum, the Jewish Synagogue, the Cathedral of St. Athanasius and the Arcade Loulis, the commercial centre.
14.30 Departure via GREVEnA to the border Macedonia
15.45 Walking tour of BITOLA city centre. Visit Magnolia square, statue of Philip the 2nd and the pedestrian street with an ottoman architecture feel, the Clock tower and St Demetrius church. Proceed to Heraklea ar- chaeological site. Discover the well preserved ruins of the Roman baths, the baptistery and the Episcopal church, the Jewish temple, Portico and an ancient theatre. Accommodation and overnight in Ohrid
08:00 – Breakfast in the hotel
09:00 – Meet the guest and continue to Ohrid full day city tour. The highlight of the Ohrid tour include Church of St. Sophia, St.Bogorodica Perivlepta, St.Jovan Kaneo, St.Pantelejmon – Plaosnik, Old Bazaar, Meso- kastro Settlement, Kaneo Settlement, Ohrid Fortifications, King Samoil Fortress, Antique Theatre, Ohrid Traditional Architecture, Icon museum 15:30 Afternoon tour St.naum
This journey will take you to a monastic complex, known for its rich his- tory of orthodox religion, some of the painting achievements and wood carving, displayed within the church of St. naum, a priest and scholar with a famous legacy. Tucked away in a middle of a natural wonder of water spring, this site is a must for any traveller.
Accommodation and overnight in Ohrid.
08:00 – After breakfast in the hotel, meet the group and continue to Border way to Albania
09:00 – Border procedures and continue to Elbasan. The panoramic tour includes the remains of the medieval castle, Clock tour and the city centre.
14:00 – Upon arrival in Tirana check in hotel. We shall explore the capital city of Albania, including some of the historical highlights, as city centre, Skanderbeg Statue, Et’hem bey mosque, Clock tower, Italian buildings and Martyr’s of the nation Boulevard. Visit the ex-communist buildings, painted with vibrant colours and the expansion of city.
DInnER, Accommodation and overnight in Tirana
09:00 – After breakfast in the hotel, meet the guest and continue to Kruja city
09:50 – Upon arrival in Kruja start the city tour. The walking tour of Kru- ja will take you through the cobble stone pathway of Ottoman bazaar, with wooden shops and displays of various gifts and antique household items. Visit within the walls of the castle will include the historic mu- seum dedicated to Scanderbeg and his resistance against the Ottoman invasion. An old house turned to an ethnographic museum will invite you to a unique cultural aspect of life in northern Albania.
13.45 – Drive to Shkodra city. Shkoder(Skadar) is an ancient city with a rich history; The tour will give insights of the old characteristic houses where wood and other traditional motifs are used. The leaden Mosque, Catholic cathedral, and a walking tour of Rozafa castle are main attrac- tions of the city. After the tour check in and prepare for dinner . Accom- modation and overnight in Shkoder.
08:30 – After breakfast in the hotel, meet the guest and depart to Durres city
10:30 – Upon arrival in Durres brief city tour. Explore the ruins of town forum, roman baths, city centre, town hall, Roman Amphitheatre, byzan- tine walls, Venetian tower and archaeological museum, a panoramic dis- play of discoveries and urban planning of this once important city.
13.30 Leave Durres and drive to Apollonia way to Fier
15:00 – Upon arrival in Apollonia start the tour The walking tour of the ancient Apollonian site includes the Encircling Wall, the monuments of Agonothetes, the Library, the Odeon, the Portico, the house with mo- saics, Archeological museum and the Church of St. Mary. Transfer to Fier city and check in hotel. Dinner included. Accommodation and overnight in Fier
08:00 – After breakfast in the hotel, meet the guest and drive to Vlora city 09:00 – Upon arrival in Vlora a brief panoramic tour to the city Upon arrival in Vlora, the panoramic city tour includes old town, independence square and Muradie Mosque.
10:30 – Drive along the Albanian Riviera to Saranda city Continue driving along the high mountain and fascinated view of Albanian beauty and arriving to LLogara national park, stop for refreshments and continue southward to Albanian Riviera, passing by villages of Dhermi Himara, and Porto Palermo bay, with its long history buffs, from the Mediterranean pirates to the stronghold of Ali Pasha.
15.00-17.30 Upon arrival in Saranda, continue to Butrinti national Park. This impressive walking tour will stir your imagination about the ancient word during the peak of the Roman power and the classical Greek my- thology. Start with the Asclepius temple, theatre, Roman portico and baths, early Christian baptistery, byzantine basilica, defensive walls and their impressive gates.
Accommodation and overnight in Saranda
09:00 – After breakfast in the h tel meet the group and depart to GJIRO- KASTRA Known for its unique architecture, this UnESCO WORLD HERI- TAGE SITE, will offer something interesting for everyone. The highlights of the Old Town include the castle, its weapons museum and breathta- king views, the bazaar area, the ethnographic museum.
WHAT TO VISIT:
Traditional music and dance performance – not to be missed! This city is known as the cultural cradle of the southern Albania. A music show with the typical polyphonic songs and traditional dances, performed by artists dressed in their folk costumes, can be arranged for your pleasure. Your local guide and a folklore specialist will be also present to give you details and answers questions. not only a memorable experience, but an event, that is featuring team building for the travelers. After the visit return back to Saranda. Dinner included.
DInnER, Accommodation and overnight in Saranda
After breakfast in the hotel, check out and depart to IGOUMENICA