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MACEDONIA & ALBANIA TOUR

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Duration

11 days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

Arabic, English, Turkish

Overview

General information: We trace the scene of medieval Europe with nationalities originating from Albania & Macedonia. Not to forget that these 2 nationalities also had consid- erable influence from the long reign of the Ottoman Turks. It is this churning energy and passion that will never be forgotten. This is... More

General information:
We trace the scene of medieval Europe with nationalities originating from Albania & Macedonia. Not to forget that these 2 nationalities also had consid- erable influence from the long reign of the Ottoman Turks. It is this churning energy and passion that will never be forgotten. This is a journey into medieval Europe at its best, relived. You could find your self better than ever in this tour.

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Day 01:Airport Mother Theresa - Tirana

Arrival in the airport Mother Theresa in Tirana. Borders proce- dures. Please send us in advance all the passports and flights details. Enjoy the welcome dinner in the hotel and overnight. Acco-
modation in the hotel in Tirana.

Day 02: Tirana - Elbasan - Ohrid

After breakfast meet the group at the lobby and departure for sightseeing tour in Tirana city. Tirana - “The Albanians” - a mosaic
on the face of the national Historical Museum, Statue of Skanderbeg in Skanderbeg Square, Et’hem Bey Mosque at the south east corner of Skanderbeg Square - The Clock Tower next to the Et’hem Bey Mosque, Government buildings: at the south end of Skenderbeg Square . Roman Catholic Church of Saint Paul: The Tabakëve and Terzive bridges (respec- tively in front of the Parliament building and on Elbasani Street) date from the beginning of the 20th century. The Palace of Culture (Pallati I Kulturës), where the Theatre of Opera and Ballet and the national Li- brary stand, The monument to Mother Albania, 12 metres high, was inau- gurated in the Dëshmoret e Kombit cemetery in 1971. The Academy of Sciences building , The Gallery of Figurative , The International Cultur- al Centre, Popularly referred to as ‘the Pyramid’.The Palace of Congress, and President Resident, all this wonderful buildings, extended, along the Bulevard Deshmoret e Kombit, After tour in Tirana continue the trip along the old road Egnatia to Elbasan city, If Tiem permites a brief City Tour with panorama to the Turkish bath, mosque and st. Mary Church. We can have and free time for optional lunch. Leaving Elbasan and driv- ing to border Qafa Thane, way to Ohrid. Late afternoon arrival in Ohrid. Enjoy the dinner and overnight. Accommodation in the hotel in Ohrid

Day 03: Ohrid - Skopje

After breakfast meet the group at the lobby and departure for sightseeing tour in Ohrid city. We will enjoy the panorama of St.
Sofia church, St. Klimant Cathedral, Icon museum, Caneo Cathedral If time permeates, and depending the weather Boat Ride on the lake will be a relaxation. After tour in Ohrid driving in the afternoon to Skopje the capital of Macedonia. On way a short stop to Monastery of St. Jovan Bigorski. Late afternoon arrival in Skopje. Check in the hotel. Enjoy the dinner and overnight. Accommodation in the hotel in Skopje

DAY 04: SKOPJE - BITOLA – OHRID

After breakfast, meet the group at the lobby and departure for a brief sightseeing tour in Skopje. Visit Museum of Macedonia and St. Pan- thelemon. Leaving Skopje we continue the way to Bitola with a short stop in Strobe where we will visit the ruins sight. During the lunch time arriving to Bitola. Continue the tour with a visit to the Hellcat Ruins of Bitola. Late afternoon transfer to Ohrid. Check in hotel and enjoy the dinner and overnight. Accommodation in the hotel in Ohrid.

DAY 05: OHRID – KORCA

After breakfast, meet the group at the lobby and departure to Alba- nia. Driving to border St. naum after continue to Korca city. Free time for Lunch. Afternoon city tour of the French style and ancient city of Korca. Visit the Museum of Medieval Art, The Orthodox new building Church in Korca, and nice panoramas. Check in hotel, enjoy the dinner and over- night. Accommodation in the hotel in Korca.

DAY 06: KORCA - GJIROKASTRA – SARANDA

After breakfast, meet the group at hte lobby and departure to Gjiro- kastra city.(Please inform the client that this is a long driving trip up in the mountains). On the way panoramic view and landscape. Free time for Lunch in local restaurant, and continue the tour in Gjirokastra. Gjirokastra - Many houses in Gjirokastër have a distinctive local style that has earned the city the nickname “Town of the Stones”, because most of the old houses have roofs covered with stones. Of a great importance and interesting to be visit, are The Museum of Weapons (inside the cas- tle)The Ethnographic Museum or known as the Enver Hoxha house, The Castle of Gjirokastra, The characteristic house of zekate, an important family in Gjirokastra. After tour in Gjirokastra transfer to Saranda city. Check in hotel, enjoy the dinner and overnight. Accommodation in the hotel in Saranda.

DAY 07: SARANDA - BUTRINTI – SARANDA

The morning after the breakfast meet with the group at the lobby for departure trip. Driving to Butrinti, the ancient city just 20 min far. The ancient city Butrinti Archaeological artefacts prove that during the 7th and the 6th centuries BC Butrint was a proto-urban centre, but it was only during the 5th century BC that it turned into a full city. The complex of the theatre and other buildings like Asklep’s temple, portico, baths, etc. form the most magnificent part of the ancient city. The construc- tion of the baptistery, which is the most important monument of the early Christian period, dates from this time. The baptistery, which has a round shape with a diameter of 13.50 m, is laid with multicoloured geo- metric and animal mosaic motifs and bears special artistic values. The hall has two rows of granite colonnades upon which the roof rests. After tour back in Saranda. Afternoon free time in the city center.(Possibility to enjoy the dinner in Lekursi Castle, an interesting traditional restau-
rant). Accommodation and overnight in the hotel in Saranda

DAY 08: SARANDA – VLORA

the morning after the breakfast, meet the group at hotel lob- by for departure trip. This is a wonderful panoramic tour that passes through the Jonian Riviera. Some brief visits to traditional villages, as Llogara, Dhermi, Vunoi,. We will stop to have lunch (Fac- ultative) to Llogara area, enjoying the nice scenery among the pine- woods. Afternoon arrive in Vlora city and check in the hotel. En- joy the dinner and overnight. Accommodation in the hotel in Vlora

DAY 09: VLORA – BERAT

After breakfast in the hotel, meet the group at hotel lobbies for de- parture trip. On the way to Fier, stop to the ancient sight of Apol- lonia. Apollonia - Situated 12 km from the city of Fier and 1 hour and 45 min far from Durres city. Of great interest to be visited are; The Encir- cling Wall, the monuments of Agonothetes, the Library, the Odeon, the Portico, the house with mosaics, The Museum of Apollonia, the Church of St. Mary. Those remaining are displayed in the museum, which is housed in the monastery. The monastery courtyard enclosed a Byzan- tine church dating back to the 14th century. After tour in Apollonia con- tinue driving to Berat city. Upon arrival, check in the hotel, and if time permits free time for brief tour. Berat - The town is still renowned for its historic architecture and scenic beauty and is known as the “Town of a Thousand Windows”, due to the many large windows of the old deco- rated houses overlooking the town.Modern Berat consists of three parts divided by the Ossum River: Goritsa (“little mountain” in Old Slavonic, Mangalem and Kalaja, the latter being a residential quarter within the old Byzantine citadel that overlooks the town. The town also has a 15th century mosque and a number of churches of the Albanian Orthodox Church. Of inters it is also the Onufri Museum in the city. Enjoy the dinner and overnight. Accommodation in the hotel in Berat

DAY 10: BERAT - DURRES - KRUJA – TIRANA

After breakfast in the hotel, meet the group at hotel lobby for de- parture trip. Transfer to Durres city. Upon arrival a short sight- seeing tour. Durres - Some important buildings in Durrës include the main library, the cultural center with the Aleksander Moisiu theater, the Estrada Theater, the puppet theater, the philharmonic orchestra, etc. There are also several museums such as Byzantine Forum, Venetian Tor- ra (small castle open as a bar), Ancient city wall, Archaeological Museum
. The city’s beaches are also a popular destination for many foreign and local tourists. Leaving Durres and continue to Kruja city, situated only 35 km far. Kruja - is a tourist attraction alongside a panoramic mountain- side location. Some of the main points of interest include the restored Castle and Citadel, the Skanderbeg museum located inside the castle, and the Old Restored Bazaar. The citadel includes a restored house from the Ottoman epoch that serves as the Ethnographic Museum. Af- ter the tour in Kruja driving to Tirana. Upon arrival check in the hotel. Enjoy the dinner and overnight. Accommodation in the hotel in Tirana

DAY 11: TIRANA OUT

After breakfast in the hotel, meet the group at hotel lobby, and transfer to Airport Mother Theresa.

Languages

Arabic
English
Turkish

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