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Duration

18 Hours

Tour Type

City trips

Group Size

30 persons

Location

Albania

Overview

DAY 1

Ohrid

Arrival at the airport. The tour continuous with the visit of the Church of Saints Clement and Panteleimon, above Lake Ohrid on an archaeological site called Plaošnik.

After the visit you can enjoy lunch at the nearby restaurants. (Suggestion: KANEO - Letna Bavcha & Restaurant).

After lunch the tour continuous to the Church of Sveti Jovan, one of the most magnificent churches of the 5th-century in Macedonia, a complex of basilica ruins and a garden of mosaic relics. Here you can enjoy the sunset overlooking Lake Ohrid.

After the visit continuous by walking to Tsar Samuel’s Fortress, to the Ancient Theater of Ohrid, Icon Gallery  and than visit to the Robevi family house: today the house is a protected cultural monument and belongs to the Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments and National Museum.

Following to Millenium Hotel. After some hours of relax continuation of the tour by the Park Bay Macedonia to enjoy a drink at the bars by the bay of the lake. Dinner in restaurant (Suggestion: Belvedere Restaurant) and overnight at Millenium Hotel.

DAY 2

Orhid - Matka Canyon - Vodno Mountain - Ohrid

Breakfast at the hotel. Continuation to the Matka canyon, an oasis near Skopje and one of the most popular outdoors destinations in the surrounding of Skopje where you can hike and visit the Vrelo Cave, St. Andrea Monastery. After the visits lunch in restaurant (Suggestion: Canyon Matka Restaurant).

Continuation toward Vodno Mountain in Skopje. A cable car system or by hiking the mountain you will arrive up to the Millennium Cross on the top of Mount Vodno, for a spectacular panoramic view of Skopje.

After the visit at the Millenium Cross the tour follows back to Ohrid. Dinner in restaurant and overnight at Millenium Hotel.

DAY 3

Orhid  - Bitola - Ohrid

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Bitola, the second largest city in Macedonia with a history dating back to the middle of the 4th century B.C. The real highlight in Bitola is the wonderful ruins of Heraclea Lyncestis on the edge of the city. The ruins are of the ancient city of Heraclea that was founded by Philip II of Macedon in the 4th century BC and later expanded upon by the Romans and Byzantines.

After the visit to Heraclea Lynceststis, drive by the City Park to the City Museum from where you embark on a walking tour along the pedestrian street of Shirok Sokak. The tour continues to the Old Bazaar passing by historic sites as the Clock Tower and Yeni Mosque.

Lunch in restaurant (suggestion: Villa Dihovo –from here it’s easy to access the nature trails and hiking paths of Pelister National Park).

After the visit continuation towards Ohrid. Dinner in the restaurant and overnight at Millenium Hotel.

DAY 4

Orhid  - Korce - Tirane

Breakfast at the hotel. Panoramic tour of Ohrid including, a drop off at the Bay of Bones for a visit at the Museum on Water and then continuation to the famous Monastery of Saint Naum. After the visit continuation towards Korca in Albania. Korca is known for its typical quarters, composed of low houses and villas, which are paved with cobblestone. Lunch in the restaurant (suggestion: Find Four Restaurant). After lunch continuous to a panoramic tour of the city including the Museum of Art and the Orthodox Church. The trip follows to Tirana. Dinner in the restaurant (suggestion: Vila Ferdinand) and overnight at Brilant Antik Hotel.

DAY 5

Tirane – Durres – Berat

Breakfast at the hotel. Panoramic tour of Tirana including Ethem Bey Mosque, National Historical Museum of Tirana and Scanderbeg Square. The city, symbol of the new Albania, has changed several times and is rich of fashionable venues, art galleries and cultural centers. Departure to Durres, the second bigest city in Albania. Lunch at the restaurant (suggestion: Pastarella Restaurant). After lunch visit of the Amphitheatre and the Archelogical Museum. At arrival visit of old Town and the city center.

Dinner in restaurant (suggestion: Castle Parrk). Overnight at Desaret Hotel.

DAY 6

Berat – Vlore – Porto Palermo - Sarande

Breakfast at the hotel.  The tour begins with the visit of the Berat Castle, the Orthodox Church inside the castle and the "Onufri" National Museum of the icons with a rich iconographic collection. Continuation to Vlora. Lunch In restaurant (suggestion: Pulbardha Restaurant).

Panoramic tour of the city including a walk to the pedestrian area. The tour follows to Saranda towards the bay of Porto Palermo where we will be able to visit the suggestive fortress of Ali Pasha that rises on a small peninsula lapped by crystal clear waters and connected to the mainland by a thin cliff. Dinner in restaurant (suggestion: Paradise Restaurant). Overnight at Bougainville Bay Resort.

DAY 7

Sarande – Butrint – Ksamil - Sarande

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Butrint, a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at the southern end of the country that still obtains many testimonies of its past. After the visits, continuation towards Ksamil which has the most beautiful beach in Albania. Lunch at the restaurant (suggestion: Guvat Restaurant). On the afternoon, panoramic city tour. Dinner in the restaurant (suggestion: Agimi) and overnight at Bougainville Bay Resort.

DAY 8

Sarande – Gjirkoaster – Blue Eye - Apolloni – Tirane

Breakfast at the hotel and departure to Gjirokaster with a stop at the unique Blue Eye which is one of the most beautiful sights in Southern Albania. Continuation towards Gjirokaster, part of the UNESCO World Heritage List and is one of the most attractive tourist sites of the country. Upon arrival, lunch in the restaurant. On the afternoon, visit of the Castle, the Museum of Arms and promenade at the old Bazzar.

Continuation to Apollonia, an ancient town and one of the most important archaeological sites of the country. At the end of the visit, departure for Tirana. Dinner in restaurant (suggestion: Living Restaurant). Overnight at Brilant Antik Hotel.

DAY 9

Tirane – Kruje – Theth

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Kruje, the ancient capital of Albania and the symbol of anti -Ottoman resistance. Visit of the Ethnographic and George Castriot Skanderbeg Museum. Promenade to the characteristic bazaar, one of the oldest in the Balkan Peninsula. Lunch in the restaurnat (suggestion: Bardhi). The tour continues to Theth, a wonderful village in northern Albania’s Shkodra region set among the peaks of the Shala Mountains. Theth was declared a Protected Historic Center by the Albanian Government. The community is at the centre of the Theth National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Then, a brief stop at Qafë Thore, a mountain pass that offers spectacular views of the Theth Valley. Arrival in Theth, accommodation to the guest house and lunch with traditional dishes. On the afternoon, time in disposal to enjoy the charm of the village known for its stunning nature and traditional woodentiled houses. Dinner and overnight at the guest house Vila Gjecaj.

DAY 10

Theth – Theth

Breakfast at the guest house. Departure from the guest-house and visit of the attractions near the village. There will be visited the local church and the Kulla e Ngujimit, the tower used in the past by men as a shelter from those involved in vendetta known as 'blood feud'. The trip continues to the Grunasi Waterfall, one of the most exceptional natural beauties in the Albanian Alps. The Grunasi waterfall with its thin body over 30 meters high, and it’s one of the most interesting places to be visited in Theth. The waterfall’s most particular feature is the fact that all its water derives entirely from melting of winter accumulations of snow. For mountain climbers who can visit the source is a special miracle that is not found in any waterfall in Europe. Continuation to the village of Nderlysaj and time at your disposal for lunch. After lunch, the following visit will be that of the “Blue Eye” one of the rarest beauties of the entire country. Dinner and overnight at the guest house Vila Gjecaj.

DAY 11

Theth – Valbone

Breakfast at the guest house. Continuation towards Valbona one of the most beautiful region in Albania full of traditional houses that create a picturesque view in symmetry with the natural wonders of the valley. The 7-8 hour hike will give you the possibility to explore Valbona’s natural and amazing landscapes, traditions and undoubtedly its characteristic regional cooking. A brief stop before arriving at Vlabona’s Valley. Continuation towards the valley. Time at your disposal for lunch. After lunch, the trip continues through the valley which offers breathtaking vistas with rich colors of both spring life and of the snow that covers the nearby craggy peaks. Dinner and overnight at the guest house.

DAY 12

Valbone – Fierze - Koman – Podgorice

Breakfast at the guest house. Departure in the early morning to Fierze where we will do a boat trip along Koman Lake which stretches along the bed of the Drini River. The 3h ferry trip is an outstanding and unforgettable experience. Time at your disposal for lunch and then continuation towards Podgorica. At arrival time at your disposal for some rest. Dinner and overnight at Ramada Hotel.

DAY 13

Podgorica – Kortor – Tivat – Podgorica

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Kotor, a beautiful town, surrounded by walls and well know for its fjord which is Europe's southernmost fjord. The mouths of Kotor, as they are called in memory of the Venetian domination, are a fascinating natural sightseeing, bordered by mountains and covered by dense vegetation. Due to its cultural and historical value, the region has been listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Visit of the old city and, after that continuation towards Tivat, a town located in The Mouths of Kotor. Lunch in the restaurant. Time at your disposal for a walk through the most famous streets of the town. Return to Podgorica. Dinner in a restaurant and overnight at the hotel.

DAY 14

Podgorica – Budva - Sveti Stefan – Podgorica

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Budva known for its beautiful beaches and lively nightlife. Upon arrival, visit of the old town and lunch in the restaurant. Time at your disposal for a walk and then departure to Podgorica with a stop along the way to the beautiful island of Sveti Stefan, probably the most glamorous place in Montenegro connected to the Montenegrin coast by a small strip of land. Upon arrival to Podgorica dinner in restaurant and overnight at the hotel.

DAY 15

The north of Montenegro – National Park Durmitore – Tara River Canyon – Moracha River

Departure to Zabljak. Arrival at Zabljak and visit of the Black lake (National park Durmitor). Departure to the famous Djurdjevica Tara bridge and visit for sighseeing, taking pictures and free time to have a coffee. Departure and drive through the Tara river canyon (second deepest in the world) and after the visit lunch at a restaurant. We will continue through the Tara river canyon before proceeding to the Canyon of river Moracha for sightseeing and visit to the old beautiful Monastery Moracha from 13 century. Arrival at Podgorica at evening hours. Dinner in restaurant and overnight at the hotel

DAY 16

Podgorice – Tirane

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Tirana. Upon arrival visit of the city attractions which includes the "New Pazar" and Bunk'art, the museum dedicated to the victims of communism during the regime of the dictator Enver Hoxha. After the visit continuation towards the Mountain of Dajti by car-cable. Lunch in a restaurant. On evening time at your disposal for some rest. Dinner in the restaurant and overnight at the Brilant Antik Hotel.

DAY 17

Tirane – Pogradec – Skopje

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Skopje with a stop along the way to Pogradec. Upon arrival visit of Driloni’s Park. Continuation toward Skopje. On arrival panoramic tour of the city including Visit of the old Turkish bazaar, Mahmut Pasha Hammam, the memorial house of Mother Teresa, stone bridge and the Macedonia Plaza. Lunch in the restaurant.

DAY 18

Breakfast at the hotel. Free time until departure.

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