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Cultural and Historical Tours

Local Food & Unesco Heritage

Tirana

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When asked about Albanian food and heritage, most people would not know much but between the all-natural, delicious food, ancient cities bursting with legends and people with unique personalities, falling in love with Albania is assured. On this rustic tour, you’ll cook, eat and drink with old ladies in the countryside, explore thousand-year-old cities like Berat, Gjirokaster and the Archaeological park of Butrint (all Unesco World Heritage sites), and discover the untouched nature of the South.

Arrival location:

Tirana

Departure Location:

Tirana

Included in your experience:

- 7 nights in historical-traditional hotels

- Breakfast daily, 7 three-course meals with beer or wine and 1 Wine Tasting Tour

- Multilingual Tour Director

- Private deluxe motor coach

- Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Ground Transportation, Gift bag, Airport transfers, English Speaking Guide, Internet
    None Available for this package
  • Day1 - 2
    Airport pick-up service available throughout the day (included). Welcome to Albania! Get settled in the hotel and for those of you not too tired, there is a guided walking tour of the city center before dinner in a traditional restaurant in the evening.
    3 Star Accommodations | Breakfast Included
  • Day2 - 3
    Transfer to Berat passing through striking hills full of olive trees. Get settled in the hotel and head for lunch in a local restaurant facing the city. Set out for a walking guide through the Unesco – recognized old town with our local guide, admiring the White Mosque, the Holy Trinity Church and Gorica Bridge. Enter into the Berat Castle for a guided tour. Enjoy a free evening in the city of “A Thousand and one windows”.
    3 Star Accommodations | Breakfast Included
  • Day3 - 4
    Transfer to Bogove and start your 30min walk towards the waterfall. Enjoy the exotic vibe of the fall. Head back to Bogove village and have a home made lunch on the river shore. Home – made wine and “Raki” are pleasant drinks to accompany your food. In the afternoon visit the town of Polican, famous for its Weapon Factories during the Communist time. The abandoned factories and people in this remote town are a strong reminder of the countrys’ past. With a short drive we arrive at Nurellari Winery. Enjoy a Wine Tasting tour in this family run Winery, walk around the vineyard and savor local products with 4 varieties of wine. Head back to the city and enjoy free time in the evening exploring the ancient neighborhood of Mangalem and Gorica.
    3 Star Accommodations | Breakfast Included
  • Day4 - 5
    Transfer to Gjirokaster to discover the city of “a thousand steps”, driving through small villages. Get settled in the hotel and head out for lunch in a small, local restaurant for a taste of the city’s authentic dishes. Step into Skenduli house, the nicest Ottoman tower house and listen to its history and details from the 10th generation of Skenduli family and your local guide. Soak up to the rich history of the castle and enjoy the view of the “city of stone” from above. Pass by the Ottoman Bazaar and historic wooden houses and visit Gjirokastra’s Obelisk dedicated to the first school of Gjirokastra and enjoy the 360º view from there.
    3 Star Accommodations | Breakfast Included
  • Day5 - 6
    Drive to Saraqinisht and experience a day in an Albanian countryside cottage. Step inside and learn about food, life and traditions of an Albanian family. Start cooking with three generation of Albanian ladies or drink raki with cheese and olives with “Grandpa” and listen to Commie stories. In the afternoon, there is the possibility of a 40min hike towards St. Mary Church built on the face of a cliff and its Monastery beneath. You will have the chance to enter in these two amazing 400 year old constructions. In the evening, transfer back to the city but not without visitng a bunker on the road. Enter and see what it feels like inside a Communist thick, concrete bunker.
    3 Star Accommodations | Breakfast Included
  • Day6 - 7
    Travel to the Blue Eye and marvel at the spring’s shades of blue and nature around it. Set off on a guided tour of Butrint National Park where a local guide explains 2500 years of history embedded in the Amphitheater, the castle, the churches and the Lion Gate. Drive to Ksamil and enjoy seafood next to turquoise waters On the way to Himare, stop for coffee-break at Borsh waterfalls and lend an ear to the sound of crystal cold water. Transfer to Himare and enjoy free time in this typical seaside city. Get together with your Tour Leader and group and enjoy an evening of raki drinking.
    3 Star Accommodations | Breakfast Included
  • Day7 - 8
    En route to Apollonia, explore the Ali Pasha Castle with your Tour Director Marvel at the architecture and listen to entertaining legends about the man who build it, Ali Pashe Tepelena. Stop at Llogara “balcony” for a stunning view from above of the South Coast beaches and then head for lunch to Llogara National Park freshened by the mountain breeze and pine trees. Set off a guided tour in Apollonia in the afternoon, where an on-site archeologist explains the history behind the temple of Artemis, the Odeon and the Triumphal Arch. On the way to Tirana, stop for the delicious “Byrek” in the city of Lushnje.
    3 Star Accommodations | Breakfast Included
  • Day8
    Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
    Departure | Breakfast Included
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Cultural and Historical Tours

Local Food & Unesco Heritage

Tirana

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