Western Balkans Highlights

Western Balkans Highlights

In this Western Balkans Highlights Tour you will explore the best of Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro in 14 Days. We travel to Berat, Albania to visit the 2400 year old UNESCO city called as well: The city of Thousand Windows. We travel to Saranda to visit Butrinti Archeological Centre which dates back as a settlement in 12 century BC. We continue to Ohrid, Macedonia another UNESCO City considered as the Jerusalem of the Balkans. In Kosovo we visit the UNESCO Monastery of Decani dating back to 14th century with a rich legacy in the Serbian Orthodox Church. In Montenegro we visit another UNESCO City such as Kotor which as well attracts many visitors throughout the year.

Highlights:
• Visit UNESCO cities and immerse yourselves in their history
• Experience amazing hospitality as you travel in Western Balkans
• Taste delicious local products
• Meet interesting people.

Itinerary

Day 1: Airport – Tirana

Stop At: Tirana County, Tirana County
Visit Et’hem Beu Mosque, Mother Theresa square, the ex-residential area called the “Block”.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Accommodation in 3 stars hotel.

Day 2: Tirana –Krujë –Marikaj –Tiranë

Stop At: Kruja Castle, Near Tirana, Kruje 1501 Albania
Visit Kruja castle
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: National Museum George Kastrioti Skanderbeg, Kruja Castle, Rruga Kala, Krujë 1501, Albania
Visit Scanderbeg Museum
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 3: Tirana –Ardenicë –Berat

Stop At: Ardenica Monastery, Ardenice Albania
traveling to Ardenica monastery, the place where our National Hero Scanderbeg was married in the 15th century.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Berat, Berat, Berat County
Visit Berat castle
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Muzeu Kombëtar Ikonografik Onufri, Berat, Albania
Visit Onufri museum
Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Mangalem, Berat, Albania
In the afternoon walk through Mangalem and Gorica neighborhoods to finish in grandeur with a photo shooting of Mangalem quarter by night.

Meals included:
• Lunch: Lunch in the castle of Berat.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 4: Berat – Vlorë – Llogara – Himarë – Borsh – Sarande

Stop At: Vlore, Vlore, Vlore County
Stopover in Vlora, the city where the independence of Albania was proclaimed in 1912.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Saranda, Saranda, Vlore County
The journey continues to Saranda through Himara, Borsh and the other villages. Along the way, we will have several breaks in Himarë, Borsh, Porto Palermo, etc.
Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch: In Llogara N.P we will have lunch as we listen to Isopoliphonia, a traditional way of singing in Southern Albania.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 5: Saranda –Butrint –Gjirokastër –Përmet

Stop At: Butrint National Park, SH81, Butrint Albania
Tour Butrint archeological center
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Gjirokaster Castle, Gjirokaster Albania
visit the Castle and the Ethnographic Museum.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Permet, Permet, Gjirokaster County
A Folk Group who will perform for us traditional melodies called: Kaba from the Përmet region.
Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight to Permet 3 stars hotel

Day 6: Përmet –Germenj N.P –Korçë

Stop At: Erseke, Erseke, Korce County
Visit Erseka city
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Gërmenj, Albania
Visit Germenji Park
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Korce, Korce, Korce County
Visit the city center, Mirahori Mosque and Icon’s Museum.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch: Picnic lunch to Germenji Park
Accommodation included: Overnight to a 3 stars hotel at Korca City

Day 7: Korçë –Pogradec –Saint Naum –Ohrid

Stop At: Tushemisht, Tushemisht, Korce County
Visit a beautiful place like Tushemisht and enjoy a coffee in Drilon, a place which attracted very often even the Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Ohrid, North Macedonia
We cross the border between Albania –Macedonia through Tushemisht border check-point and visit the venerated monastery of Saint Naum
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch: Lunch to Drilon
Accommodation included: Overnight at a 3 stars hotel to Oher

Day 8: Ohrid

Stop At: Lake Ohrid, Ohrid Republic of North Macedonia
Ohrid is one of the oldest cities of the Balkans, an important center of the Episcopal Church of Rome and Byzantium. Today will visit Samuel castle, Saint John Caneo, the amphitheater, etc. Next(all optional) we can take a boat and sail through Ohrid.
Duration: 3 hours

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 9: Ohrid –Skopje

Stop At: Skopje, Skopje, Skopje Region
Visit in Skopje the: Macedonian Square, Stone Bridge, Old Bazaar, Mother Theresa memorial house, Old train station, etc.
Duration: 3 hours

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 10: Skopje –Brezovica –Prizren

Stop At: Prizren, Prizren
Prizren is one of the few cities in Kosovo to have 3 religious communities cohabiting together (Catholic, Orthodox, and Muslim). It is known as well as for the Albanian National Weakening movement. On the way from Skopje to Prizren, we will stop several times to enjoy the nature.

Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch: Lunch will be organized in the vicinity of Prizren
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 11: Prizren –Gjakovë –Deçan –Pejë

Stop At: Gjakova, Gjakova
Travel to Gjakova and visit the Ottoman bazaar, one of the longest in the Balkan.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Visoki Decani Monastery, Rruga Sali Ceku the Prokletije Mountains, Decan 51000 Kosovo
Visit the Serbian Orthodox Monastery protected by UNESCO. VisokiDečani is one of the largest medieval churches in the Balkan beautifully preserved nowadays. It stores many frescos dating to the 14th century.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Patriarchate of Pec, Pec Kosovo
Visit another important religious site for the Serbian people, that of PejaPatriarchate. The Serbian Patriarchate of Peja is considered a place of exceptional importance for the Serbian people because it is the place from where the Serbs through their Archbishops all crowned here, preserve their National and Spiritual Identity.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch: Rugova
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 12: Pejë –Rožaje –Kolašin –Cetinje –Budva

Stop At: Rozaje, Rozaje, Rozaje Municipality
Driving through Rozaje –Kolasin –Cetinje –Budva. Along the way we make several short breaks combined with walking and photo stops.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Cetinje, Cetinje
In Cetinje, a city walks through the old Montenegrin Capital and its historic buildings. From Cetinje, drive to Budva as one of the most interesting coastal towns of the Adriatic sea.
Duration: 2 hours

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 13: Budva –Kotor –Shkodër

Stop At: Петровац замак “Лазарет”, Petrovac, Montenegro
Visit the castle of Budva and the old town.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Kotor, Kotor, Kotor Municipality
Transfer to Kotor a city part of the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Shkoder, Shkoder, Shkoder County
Proceed to Shkodër, Albania through Budva –Bar –Muriqan (PKK) –Shkodër
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Lunch: Lunch to a traditional restaurant near Kotor to experience true Montenegrin cuisine.
Accommodation included: Overnight at 3 stars hotel in Shkoder

Day 14: Shkodër –Mother Theresa Airport

Stop At: Shkoder, Shkoder, Shkoder County
Walkthrough the pedestrian street renovated recently. The pedestrian street leads us to the Catholic Cathedral one of the biggest in the Balkan. Next, we drive to the castle of Rozafa and visit this imposing castle which dates back to the 4th century BC. Transfer to the airport.
Duration: 4 hours

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Informacion Adicional
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Children must be accompanied by an adult"
"Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately"
"This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate"



Hora de Inicio: 8:30 AM
Duración: 14 Days
Lugar de comienzo: Traveler pickup is offered

Airports

  • Rinas Airport, Tirana Albania



Cancelaciones y devoluciones: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Incluye

  • 1x Dinner
  • 8x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 5 nights
  • 5 dinners in hotels or traditional restaurants.
  • 8 lunches in traditional restaurants.
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Entry/Admission - Kruja Castle
  • Entry/Admission - National Museum George Kastrioti Skanderbeg
  • Entry/Admission - Ardenica Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Muzeu Kombëtar Ikonografik Onufri
  • Entry/Admission - Butrint National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Gjirokaster Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Ohrid
  • Entry/Admission - Visoki Decani Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Patriarchate of Pec
  • Entry/Admission - Петровац замак “Лазарет”

No Incluye

  • 130 euro per single supplement
  • Everything else that is not mentioned above.
  • Gratuities

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