Albania, North Macedonia & Kosovo - 11 Days

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, Kosovo and North Macedonia is assured.

HIGHTLIGHTS

– Saint Naum Monastery & Lake Ohrid
– Mother Teresa Square & UNESCO Berat
– The views of Gjirokastra Fortress - UNESCO
– Memorial Complex of Prekaz (Kosovo)
– Roshnik village wine tasting
– Rahovec wine region in Kosovo
– The “ottoman” town of Prizren
– National Parks of Butrint & Matka
– The Thermal Baths of Benje
– The Natural Spring of "The Blue Eye"

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$2,436

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Duration

12 days

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  • What's included :
    • 11x Breakfast
    • 2x Dinner
    • 5x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 11 nights
    • 2 Wine Tasting experiences
    • Expert Tour Director & local guides
    • Private deluxe motor coach
    • 7 Guided sightseeing Tours and select entrance fees 
    • Boat Tour of Matka
    • Entry/Admission - Kantina e Veres Alpeta.
    • Entry/Admission - The Blue Eye
    • Entry/Admission - Butrint National Park
    • Entry/Admission - Gjirokastra Bazaar
    • Entry/Admission - Benja Thermal Baths
    • Entry/Admission - Monastery of Saint Naum
    • Entry/Admission - Bay of the Bones Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Matka Canyon
    • Entry/Admission - Gracanica Monastery
    • Entry/Admission - Memorial Complex Adem Jashari
    • Entry/Admission - Bodrumi i Vjeter
    What's excluded :
    • Anything else not mentioned in inclusions
    • Single Room addition 240 €
    • Gratuities (optional)

  • Day 1: Travel day & Tirana

    Stop At: Tirana, Tirana, Tirana County
    Airport pick-up service available throughout the day (included).

    Airport pick-up service available throughout the day (included).

    Welcome to Albania! Transfer to Tirana and settle in to your hotel. For those of you not too tired, there is a guided walking tour of the city center, including Skanderbeg Square, Et’hem Bey Mosque, the Pyramid and the Blloku area.
    Then, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Tirana, a 3-star hotel

    Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Berat (UNESCO) & Wine Tasting

    Stop At: Berat, Berat, Berat County
    Transfer to Berat passing through suggestive hills full of olive trees.

    Get settled in the hotel and head out for a guided tour with the local guide admiring the citadel / castle of Berat with the Red Mosque, recognized by its solitary minaret. The White Mosque, the Church of the Holy Trinity and the arched bridge of Gorica, built in 1780 are the other attractions that await you after the Castle.
    Step in the Onufri National Iconographic Museum, built in 1986. The Museum’s name honours the Albanian master painter of the 16th century, Onufri, who is responsible for a rich legacy of iconography in the country. The museum contains an immense collection of one-hundred and seventy-three select objects from Albanian churches and monasteries.
    Enjoy free time for lunch with the city as the view and wander in the two main districts of Mangalem and Gorica.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Kantina e Veres Alpeta., Berat 4002 Albania
    This afternoon, head to Roshnik wine region and visit Alpeta Winery.
    -The tour of the facilities includes a complete view of the process of vinification and detailed explanations by a member of the family. Follow him on a short walk through the vineyard to see "Pules" and "Merlot" grapes that are used to create the winery’s signature red and white wines.
    - After the visit to the cellar and vineyard, sampe some of the wines and raki, and exchange stories with a member of the Alpeta family while enjoying a variety of homemade Albanian cheeses and locally grown olives.
    Return in Berat for a free evening.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: Wine Tasting
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Berat, a 3-star hotel

    Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Gjirokaster (UNESCO)

    Stop At: Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster County
    Transfer to Gjirokaster to discover the city of “a thousand steps”, driving through small villages and making a visit in Ardenica Monastery on the way.

    Get settled in the hotel and have free time for lunch following your Tour Leader's suggestions on small, local restaurants for a taste of the city’s authentic dishes.
    Embark on a guided tour of the "Silver City".

    Step into Skenduli house, the nicest and very well preserved Ottoman tower house and listen to its history and details from the 10th generation of Skenduli family.
    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 Obelisk dedicated to the first school of Gjirokastra and enjoy the 360º view from there.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Gjirokastra, a 3-star hotel

    Day 4: Blue Eye Spring & Butrint National Park (UNESCO)

    Stop At: The Blue Eye, Gjirokaster 9701 Albania
    Travel to the Blue Eye and marvel at the spring’s shades of blue and nature around it.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Butrint National Park, SH81, Butrint Albania
    Set off on a guided tour of the UNESCO - recognized Butrint National Park where a local guide explains 2500 years of history embedded in the Amphitheater, the castle, the churches and the Lion Gate.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Ksamil, Ksamil, Saranda, Vlore County
    Head for lunch in Ksamil and enjoy seafood at the Mussel House and then transfer to Saranda to enjoy free time in this typical seaside city.
    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Gjirokastra Bazaar, Old town, Gjirokaster Albania
    In the evening, transfer back to Gjirokaster and celebrate your day with a Raki or wine with locals in the “Neck of the Bazaar”.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Gjirokastra, a 3-star hotel

    Day 5: Korca via Permet & The Natural Pool of Benje

    Stop At: Benja Thermal Baths, Near The Stonebridge, Permet Albania
    Transfer to the natural thermal baths of Benje, driving through the wonderful Kelcyra gorge following the magnificent valley of Vjosa river and the lush forests of Leskovik.
    – Dive in these geothermal waters divided in two natural pools. You will have few locals that usually come here for the health benefits of these healing waters.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Erseke, Erseke, Korce County
    Head for lunch to Sotira Bio Farm situated in the green and mountainous region of Permet/Kolonje.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Korce, Korce, Korce County
    Drive towards the romantic city of Korca, also known as “Le Petit Paris”.
    Get settled in the hotel and have a panoramic walking tour.

    Head out for an exploration of Korca’s Old Bazaar, the Orthodox Cathedral and the National Museum of Education (the first Albanian school).

    Free time for dinner with Korca beer and Korca’s famous meatballs called Kernacka and to wander in the city.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: Sotira Bio Farm
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Korce, a 3-star hotel

    Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Ohrid (UNESCO)

    Stop At: Pogradec, Pogradec, Korce County
    Transfer to Ohrid via Pogradec where we will have a coffee break on the shores of Ohrid lake and stop for a visit at the picturesque village of Lin. Get settled in the hotel and had out for lunch.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Ohrid, Ohrid, Southwestern Region
    Get settled in the hotel and enjoy free time for lunch with the lake as your view.

    Take in all that the UNESCO–recognized charming city of Ohrid has to offer on a guided tour with a local guide.

    Pass by the glorious Church of Saint Sophia and the National Workshop for a handmade paper-making demonstration.
    Enter Samuil’s Fortress and walk along its historic 4th-centrury walls.
    Discover the Ancient Theatre of Ohrid, built in the Hellenistic style.
    Walk up to the cliff-top Church of Saint John at Kaneo for panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

    Please note: Travelers should be prepared to show their passports at the border crossing between Albania and North Macedonia
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Ohrid, a 3-star hotel

    Day 7: Local Elshani Village, St. Naum Monastery & Bay of Bones

    Stop At: Elshani, Elshani, Southwestern Region
    We transfer in the village of Elshani to a local family’s house.
    – Head out for a short hike to enjoy wonderful views of Lake Ohrid and return for lunch in the house surrounded by gardens, trees and with wonderful views of the Lake Ohrid, finding the hospitality of people being the highlight.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Monastery of Saint Naum, Ohrid Republic of North Macedonia
    In the afternoon we head for a visit to Saint Naum Monastery for some fairytale sceneries of the forest and Black Drim’s springs, besides the monumental Byzantine church of St. Naum.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Bay of the Bones Museum, Gradiste, Ohrid Republic of North Macedonia
    Be amazed at the prehistoric pile-dwelling settlements in the Bay of Bones (Museum on Water) before heading back to Ohrid.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: Cooking class
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Ohrid, a 3-star hotel

    Day 8: Matka Canyon & Sightseeing tour of Skopje

    Stop At: Matka Canyon, Street 1, Skopje 1000 Republic of North Macedonia
    Transfer to Skopje and on the way stop in Matka Canyon known for its butterfly colonies.

    Here we embark on a private boat ride for a short exploration of the Vrelo Cave, one the deepest in the world.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Skopje, Skopje, Skopje Region
    Drive to Skopje, get settled in the hotel and have free time for lunch.

    Set out to explore the beautiful capital city of Macedonia with a local as your guide.

    Some of the highlight are Mother Teresa Memorial House, opened in 2009 to pay tribute to the life of the celebrated humanitarian, the old railway station and the Stone Bridge, which dates back to 1451.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Skopje, a 3-star hotel

    Day 9: Gracanica Monastery (UNESCO) & Sightseeing tour of Prishtina

    Stop At: Gracanica Monastery, Gracanica Kosovo
    We transfer to Gracanica Monastery, a UNESCO recognized site.
    – Discover its tumultuous history, the architectural composition and the icons and frescoes of this now convent, taken care of by 24 nuns (sisters).
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Pristina, Pristina
    With a short drive we arrive in Prishtina. Get settled in the hotel and enjoy some free time for lunch in the capital of Kosovo.

    In the afternoon, meet your local guide to have a walking tour of Prishtina. Discover the city with its many mosques, cathedrals and markets.

    Please note: Travelers should be prepared to show their passports at the border crossing between North Macedonia & Kosovo.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Pristina, a 3-star hotel

    Day 10: Prizren via Prekaz Village, Gjakova & Rahovec Wine Region

    Stop At: Memorial Complex Adem Jashari, Adem dhe Hamez Jashari, Prekaz 41000 Kosovo
    Today we drive to the village of Prekaz, home of Adem Jashari, considered one of the founders of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and the leader of the armed resistance against the Serbian president Slobodan Milošević and his regime.
    – Visit the Memorial Complex and Museum. For the “political tourist” this is a chilling view of what was left from the Serbian attack on the Jashari’s houses. After three days of continuous shelling, Adem and more than fifty members of his extended family (including women, children, and the elderly) were killed; only one survived. Besarta, Adem’s niece, who was ten years old at the time, was the only one to live through the attack.
    Duration: 1 minute

    Stop At: Gjakova, Gjakova
    The tour continues to Gjakova dating back to the Ottoman Empire.
    – Have lunch and explore Kosovo’s oldest bazaar with first-class craft shops , known for its gold-plated wedding attire. In one of the shops you will see how the clothes are sewn.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Bodrumi i Vjeter, Rr. Gzim Hamza PN, Rahovec 21010 Kosovo
    In the afternoon we travel to the viticulture area of Rahovec, part of southern subregion in the broader viticulture region of Kosovo and the most prominent areas of Kosovo vineyards and winery. Our wine tour and tasting experience takes place in the “Bodrumi I Vjeter (Old Cellar) Winery”.
    Transfer to Prizren, get settled in the hotel and enjoy your evening in the prettiest town of Kosovo.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: wine tasting
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Prizren, a 3-star hotel

    Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Prizren & Tirana transfer

    Stop At: Prizren, Prizren
    The “Ottoman” town of Prizren is surrounded by mountains and crossed by Bistrica river.

    Set out for a walking tour with your local guide into the ancient streets of Prizren, with its picturesque and historic building, churches, mosques such as Sinan pasha Mosque and Church of Our Lady of Ljevis (UNESCO).
    Enjoy free time for lunch and to wander around this charming city
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Tirana, Tirana, Tirana County
    In the afternoon transfer to Tirana, get settled in the hotel and in the evening gather with your group to celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner.

    Please note: Travelers should be prepared to show their passports at the border crossing between Albania and Kosovo.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner: Farewell Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Tirana, a 3-star hotel

    Day 12: Departure Day

    Pass By: Tirana, Tirana, Tirana County
    Please note that the airport drop off is not included on tour. If you want to include this service, you can book it during the process of reservation.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Rinas Airport, Tirana Albania
    Ports
    • Durres Port, Rruga Pavaresia 66, Durrës, Albania
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

12

Organised by Good Albania

Activity ID: V-75059P19

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