Adventure, nature and culture in Albania

Duration : 8 days

Albania

Level : intermediate

from 680 € / p. from 2 to 20 persons

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Description

Albania is undoubtedly the most little-known gem of the Adriatic. The visitors who go there today are in a way pioneers because tourism is still relatively confidential. Located on strategic routes connecting the West and the East, Albania has been since ancient times at the heart of the lusts of the great Mediterranean powers which have left their mark there.

Don't wait to come and discover this amazing country!

According to disponibility, the guide could also be local.

Program

Day 1. Paris France - Tirana, Albania

Meet your guide upon arrival at Tirana International Airport and depart for the city center of the Albanian capital. Capital of Albania, Tirana is a city in constant evolution. Formerly dull and gray, the city experienced an international post-communism boom, becoming a lively, colorful and very lively metropolis thanks to its unique atmosphere. Fascinating, Tirana represents both the past and the future of Albania.

Free dinner and overnight in Tirana.


 Day 2. Tirana - Berat - Permët, Albania

After breakfast, departure early in the morning for Berat or the "city of a thousand windows".
Another example of a city with an architectural style typical of the Ottoman period. Visit of Berat which is characterized by the coexistence of different religious and cultural communities over the centuries.

Then start an ascent to the heights of the city to reach the "Kala" fortress of Berat built in the 13th century and classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Church of the Holy Trinity overlooking the city.

Continue your exploration in the Albanian lands and join the picturesque village of Permët.
On the road, go to a family vineyard for a wine tasting in the cellar "Çobo Winery" and discover the wine heritage of Albania.

Arrival in Permët and deposit your luggage in your hotel where you will spend 3 nights.
The town of Përmet, crossed by the Vjosa river, is located in the eastern part of Albania and is known for its many tourist attractions, both cultural and natural, including its thermal springs.
The city of Permët is an example of agrotourism in Albania for its ecological farms, its production of local products like rakia or honey, and for its commitment to the environment.

You will enjoy a change of scenery in the heart of rural Albania and may have the chance to attend traditional events such as the summer festival which takes place every year from March 13 to 14 and which presents local Albanian traditions. with its gastronomic specialties, its costumes and its traditional dances.

Free dinner and overnight in Permët.

 

Day 3. Permët, Albania

After breakfast, meet your local instructor and gear up for a morning rafting trip on the Vjosa River.
Enjoy a descent on the river through sumptuous landscapes of rural Albania.
Lunch at the end of the excursion.

Join the Langarica Canyon.
Start a waterfront hike through the canyon.

You will reach the hot springs at the end of the walk and can take the opportunity to bathe in the thermal baths or simply enjoy this sublime postcard landscape.

At the end of the afternoon, head towards a new agritourism farm and discover a cheese dairy located in a "Cheese Factory Bunker" bunker.
You will discover the traditional making of Albanian cheeses such as cottage cheese (feta), goat and mutton cheese and kaçkavall (ripened rind with washed rind and traditional semi-hard paste from the Balkans).
Then switch to tasting local products during dinner and enjoy its many varieties of cheeses, wines and rakias.

Overnight in Permët.


Day 4. Permet - Gjirokastra - Butrint - Saranda, Albania

After breakfast, join Gjirokastra and start a guided city tour.
Admire the architecture of a series of “remarkable” two-story houses dating from the 17th century, a site that gives the impression of looking at a painting with thousands of windows.
Visit the Citadel of Gjirokastra overlooking the city. You will also visit the Skenduli house, a typical Ottoman house dating from the 18th century. Lunch at Gjirokastra.

Join the Albanian Riviera and set off for Saranda, the largest seaside resort in Albania,
Arrival in Butrint and start the visit of an archaeological site of an ancient ancient city built by the Trojans after the fall of Troy. UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit this ancient city occupied by the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines and the Venetians. This archaeological site presents ruins of the ancient civilizations of this historic city.
Then continue to Saranda and drop your luggage at the hotel.

Free dinner and overnight in Saranda.

 

Day 5. Saranda - Jeep in the Albanian nature, Albania

After breakfast, start a day of Jeep adventure through the sumptuous landscapes of the Albanian Riviera.

You will leave for your first destination, the village of Borsh and join its waterfall, where you will take a break for a coffee and take pictures.

You will then continue to the old village of Pilur to discover rural Albania. Traditional lunch in the village.
Depending on the weather, you will reach LLamani beach, where you can relax, sunbathe or snorkel on a magnificent beach. Return to Saranda at the end of the day.

On the way back, stop at Ali Pasha Castle. Famous governor of the region on behalf of the Ottoman Empire, often compared to Napoleon for his military strategies and alliances.
Return to Saranda at the end of the day. Free dinner and overnight in Saranda.

Option: Traditional dinner accompanied by Albanian dances and music in a castle located on the heights of Saranda (15 € / person)


Day 6. Saranda - Dhermi - Hiking in Gjipe - Dhermi, Albania

After breakfast, head towards the charming seaside resort of Dhermi.

Arrival in Dhermi and drop off your luggage at your hotel.

Go on a hike to discover the wonders of the Albanian Riviera. Discover the Gjippe canyon and its secluded beach. You will continue your day with a boat trip to discover the pirate caves.

After your boat trip, return to Dhermi and free afternoon to relax on the seafront or enjoy the city beaches.
Dinner and overnight in Dhermi subject to availability.


Day 7. Dhermi - Divjake - Kruje, Albania

After breakfast, depart for northern Albania and stop at the Karavasta Lagoon in Divjakë, the largest lagoon in Albania with a large concentration of flora and fauna.
You can climb up a panoramic tower to enjoy a splendid view of the lagoon. Lunch at Karavasta. Embark on a boat for a short ride on the lagoon.

Then leave for Kruje, one of the oldest European cities.


Visit the town with its old bazaar and the medieval fortress of Skanderbeg. Compared to Alexander the Great, Skanderbeg is a hero in the Balkans for having resisted the invasion of the Ottoman Empire.
Visit to the Ethnographic Museum which traces the life and objects used by the Albanians for generations. It represents one of the best ethnographic museums in Albania.

Deposit your luggage in your hotel and take advantage of the outdoor swimming pool located on the hotel roof. Dinner and overnight in Kruje.

 

 Day 8. Saturday July 25, 2020 - Kruje, Albania - Paris France

Breakfast and free time until your transfer to the airport for your return flight.

The price includes

  • Transfer from airport to Tirana (return)
  • All transport
  • Supervision by the french speaking guide
  • Nights in 3* and 4* hotels (local standards, subject to availability)
  • Half board (breakfasts and lunches)
  • Entrances to monuments
  • All the activities mentioned in the program
  • Wine tasting in Berat
  • Rafting in Permët
  • Hiking in Langarica canyon
  • Cheese tasting in Permët with dinner
  • Jeep tour of rural Albania
  • Dhermi's boat trip
  • Boat trip on Karavasta lagoon

The price does not include

  • All additional expenses not mentioned in the program
  • Drinks
  • Dinners (except dinner on day 3)
  • Tips
  • Insurance
  • Round trip flight
  • Single room: extra 120€ per person

Accommodation

  • 3* and 4* hotels (local norms)
Next departures :

No scheduled departure, but you can contact me to book your dates.

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