4 Days UNESCO Towns and Albanian Riviera Tour

4 Days UNESCO Towns and Albanian Riviera Tour

This tour is perfect for those who are interested in discovering the most famous castles national parks, archeological sites, and a lot of free time in the amazing beaches of Albanian Riviera in 4 days/5 overnights.

You will visit 5 ancient Castles (2 of them protected by UNESCO), 2 archeological sites one national park and a lot of exotic beaches, the Adriatic and Ionian seaside, taste traditional meals and sightseeing in old towns.

Itinerary

Day 1: Tirana - Belsh - Berat - Gjirokastra (Lake and History day)

Stop At: Skanderbeg Square, At the center of Tirana, Tirana Albania
In Tirana you will visit the main Boulevard in the center, the Gallery of Arts, the Skanderbeg square, the main Boulevard, the
Mosque, the Bunker, the Pyramid, Mother Theresa square, blloku area which is also the most frequented area of the city, the national park of Tirana, and the Mosaic of Tirana. you will visit the National Historical Museum if you would like.


Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Belsh, Albania
The small town of Belsh sits in the middle of many small lakes. It is mainly agricultural land, and there seems to be no immediate reason for the tourists to venture here. But sometimes, when the weather is not quite good enough to visit dramatic mountains, or if one tires of the beach…
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Enver Hoxha Pyramid, Boulevard Deshmoret e Kombit, Tirana Albania
Designed by Enver Hoxha's daughter and son-in-law and completed in 1988, this monstrously unattractive building was formerly the Enver Hoxha Museum and more recently a convention centre and nightclub. Today, covered in graffiti and surrounded by the encampments of Tirana's homeless, its once-white marble walls are now crumbling, but no decision on whether to demolish or restore it has yet been reached.

The pyramid is during our sightseeing and we will stop 10 minutes for explanation
Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Pazari i Ri, Shenasi Dishnica, Tirana 1001 Albania
The New Bazaar (Pazari i Ri), one of the oldest and most historical residential neighbourhood in the city of Tirana, has undergone renovation and re-invigoration of late. Many of the traditional elements of the old town have been preserved whilst the square has been refreshed with an updated and more modern look. The name derives from the local farmer’s marketplace situated at the center, where more than 300 farmers of the surrounding areas come to sell their fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood, and spices to name but a few.
You will spend here some free time if you would like to buy some typical Products
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: National Ethnographic Museum Berat, Lagja 13 Shtatori Mangalem, Berat Albania
Transfer to the fortress of Berat and visit The Interior: Berati fortress, Onufri museum Berat is one of the most visited and characteristic cities of Albania under the protection of UNESCO as the patronage of the humanity for its unique architectural character. In Berat, we visit the castle and the Onufri museum. Berat Castle is particularly interesting because people still live within its walls in their traditional houses, just like their ancestors for centuries. The castle had more than 40 churches, of which 7 remain, including the Sainte-Marie church, transformed into an Onufri museum. Onufri was a famous 16th-century Albanian icon painter who painted many orthodox churches in Albania and Greece, using a special red color. The visit, you will have free time in the old town. You will spend around 2 hours in the castle depending on your request
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast in the Hotel
• Lunch: Traditional 3 course Menu in Berat
• Dinner: 3-course menu Traditional Menu in Gjirokastra
Accommodation included: 4 or 3 stars Hotel in the center of Gjirokastra

Day 2: Gjirokastra - Blue eye - Saranda

Stop At: Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster County
The lovingly restored Ottoman-era Skenduli House has been in the hands of the same family for generations (apart from a few years during the communist period when the government took it over), and you'll most likely be shown around by a member of the family. Dating from the early 1700s, but partially rebuilt in 1827, the house has many fascinating features, including a room used only for wedding ceremonies and which has 15 windows, many with stained glass. You will visit the house with a guide.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Skenduli House, Rruga Sokaku i Te Mareve, Gjirokaster Albania
The lovingly restored Ottoman-era Skenduli House has been in the hands of the same family for generations (apart from a few years during the communist period when the government took it over), and you'll most likely be shown around by a member of the family. Dating from the early 1700s, but partially rebuilt in 1827, the house has many fascinating features, including a room used only for wedding ceremonies and which has 15 windows, many with stained glass.

You will visit the house with a guide.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Gjirokastra Bazaar, Old town, Gjirokaster Albania
the Castle of Gjirokastra is all that can be seen, rising majestically over the city. Like a giant ship made of stone, it extends across the 1100-foot-high hillside on which it was built during the 4thcentury. A monument to nearly two thousand years of Albanian history, this castle is nowadays one of the most visited places in Albania.
You will spend around 2 hours in the castle including the time to go and to come back.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Butrint National Park, SH81, Butrint Albania
After lunch, you will start visiting the top archaeological sites of Butrint inside: Butrint (Butrint in Albanian) from ancient Greek was an ancient Greek city and later Roman and a bishopric in Epirus. Inhabited since prehistoric times, Buthrotum was a city of the Greek Chaonian tribe, later a Roman
colony and a bishopric. It went into decline at the end of Antiquity, before being abandoned in the Middle
Ages after a major earthquake flooded most of the city.

Hotel check-in and free time by the sea Saranda, which is
the unofficial capital of the Albanian Riviera, and over the summer months, it seems like half of Tirana is moving here to enjoy the lively beach and the lively nightlife along its crowded seaside promenade.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast: at the hotel
• Dinner: 3-course menu Dinner in saranda
Accommodation included: Hotel in Saranda

Day 3: Saranda - Albanian Riviera - Llogara - Vlora

Stop At: Qeparo Beach, Qeparo Albania
Setting off from Himara, the road is only 13 km long and full of the beautiful Mediterranean views for which the Ionian Coast is so famous for. The locals say that Qeparo’s name comes from the cypress tree, which are so common in this area. Unlike the many rocky beaches of the south, Qeparo Beach has fine sand, and the sea is shallow for the first few meters, making it different from the immediate depths of Dhërmi and Jali. It’s for this reason that Qeparo is such a family favorite. There’s also a very quaint old pier which has been built on the large rocks that lay there.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Porto Palermo Castle, Himare Albania
On the way to Himara near the Ionian sea, in a picturesque bay just south of Himara, this 19th-century fortress, also known as the Castle of Ali Pasha, makes for an interesting stop-off along the coastal road. The fortress itself is eerily dark inside, but it's well worth paying to wander around and explore the battlements, which have superb sea views.
Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Llogara Pass, Palase Albania
The Llogara Pass is a high mountain pass within the Ceraunian Mountains along the Albanian Riviera. It connects the Dukat Valley in the north with Himarë in the south.
You will have a short stop for pictures of the amazing Albanian Riviera.

Stop At: Vlore, Vlore, Vlore County
The Monument of Independence is a monument in Vlorë, Albania, dedicated to the Albanian Declaration of Independence and worked by Albanian sculptors, Muntaz Dhrami and Kristaq Rama. It is found in the Flag's Plaza, near the building where the first Albanian government worked in 1913.
You will have one 10 minutes stop on this historical center of Vlora.
Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast: breakfast in the hotel
• Dinner: 3-course menu in Vlora
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 4: Vlora - Apollonia - Durres - Tirana (Beach and History Day)

Stop At: Apollonia Archaeological Park, Pojan Albania
In the morning time you will depart for the Apollonia archeological site. If we could choose the one place where you will have your most memorable encounter with history in Albania, it would have to be the ancient city of Apollonia, founded in the sixth century B.C. Situated in southwestern Albania, about 13 miles from the city of Fier, this city was built by Greek colonizers on the lands of the Taulantii Illyrian tribe. It was considered to be one of the most prominent cities at the time, selected from over twenty other cities throughout the Mediterranean, to receive the glorious name of Apollo, the god of music and poetry.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Durres Amphitheatre, Rruga Kalase, Durres Albania
The Amphitheater of Durrës remains one of the most majestic of the ancient world and one of ten most beautiful Roman amphitheaters. Widely recognized among enthusiasts of Antiquity, it is a pearl of the Balkans that is slowly making its way out of the shell. Discovered relatively recently, in 1966, its unearthing occurred in a slightly comical way by Vangjel Toçi. Legend has it that Vangjel, an archaeologist and resident of Durrës, happened upon a fig tree which had fallen a few meters below ground level. Curious and inquisitive, he insisted that the area undergo excavations. Rightly so, for underneath was lying the long-sought-after Amphitheater.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Durres Castle, Durres Albania
On the way to the Amphitheater, the visitor cannot miss the City Walls, built-in blocks that have managed to survive until this very day. Those who have governed the city throughout the ages have left their mark on the way the surrounding walls were used as, ultimately, they were a security system that protected the city from various conquests throughout history. The massive walls seen today were built by Anastasius I, the Byzantine emperor of the 4th century A.D, who defended the city from invaders. The walls’ original height of 18 meters and considerable breadth provided an advantage against enemies of the time. Later, it was emperor Justinian who reinforced the surrounding walls by placing small observation towers above them
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Lunch: 3-course menu Lunch in Durres
No accommodation included on this day.

Informacion Adicional
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
"Wheelchair accessible"
"Near public transportation"
"Infants must sit on laps"
"Infant seats available"
"Most travelers can participate"
"This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate"
"Face masks required for travelers in public areas"
"Face masks required for guides in public areas"
"Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff"
"Social distancing enforced throughout experience"
"Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas"
"Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized"
"Guides required to regularly wash hands"
"For any new information that the government will decide on covid19 protection measures, the client will be notified in an advance"



Hora de Inicio: 8:00 AM
Duración: 4 Days
Lugar de comienzo: Traveler pickup is offered
Usually, we pick up Travellers from the airport or port. The guide will be waiting for you holding a letter that writes the name of our company. If there are other requests from customers for the location, our staff is flexible and the passenger will be informed in advance for all the details.

Airports

  • Tirana International Airport, Ruga Nene Tereza, Rinas 1504, Albania


Ports

  • Durrës Port, Rruga Pavaresia 66, Durrës, Albania



Cancelaciones y devoluciones: If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Incluye

  • 3x Breakfast
  • 3x Dinner
  • 2x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 2 nights
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Full-Day Driver
  • Fuel for the vehicle
  • Accommodation
  • Entry/Admission - National Ethnographic Museum Berat
  • Entry/Admission - Skenduli House
  • Entry/Admission - Butrint National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Porto Palermo Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Apollonia Archaeological Park
  • Entry/Admission - Durres Amphitheatre

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