Must see places in Albania (8 d / 7n)

Albania, also known as "The Last Secret of Europe" or "Pearl of the Balkans" is a country with many assets : fantastic scenery, an unspoiled environment, turquoise blue seas, a rich past and friendly locals.

During this journey you will visit the must –sees like: the capital, some archaeological sites, the UNESCO cities, the Ionian and the Adriatic seas. Get ready to discover what an incredible and beautiful country is Albania!

 

Our classic tour. Perfect to discover the best of the country!

 

Jour1

Arrival in Tirana

Tirana

Once arrived at the airport, an Ecotour Albania agent will be there waiting to take you to your hotel.

Night in a 3 * hotel in Tirana.

Jour2

Visit of the capital

Tirana

We will start the discovery of Albania with a visit of the capital!

A city since 1614 and the capital of Albania since 1920, Tirana is the country's main cultural hub. You will be able to discover a city famous for the colourful facades of its buildings and the harmony between the various religions in the country.

The visit of the National Museum located on Skanderbeg Square will be a nice introduction to the rich Albanian history !

 

Close to this square, we will be able to see the mosque "Et'hem Bey", which has been preserved even during the communist era for its historical value , the opera, the clock tower and the palace of culture. We will then discover the superb Orthodox Cathedral as well as the Catholic Cathedral.

You will also see the pyramid (the Museum of the former dictator, Enver Hoxha) and, weather permitting, you will have a walk in the park of the Artificial Lake of Tirana.

 

In the evening, we recommend you to enjoy the night life of the capital in the district of Blok: Once reserved to the communist nomenclature is now a trendy neighborhood and the place where you can have a drink or find a nice restaurant to relax after your first day.

Night in a 3 * hotel in Tirana.

Jour3

Ardenice, Apollonia and Vlora

Vlora, Ardenica, Apollonia

We will then visit the Orthodox monastery of Ardenica, the only one still operating in Albania ! The quality of its frescoes attracts many visitors each year. From there you will have a spectacular view all over the fields up to the sea. 

 

Then we will go to Fier to visit the archaeological site of Apollonia. A former massive antique city, Apollonia is the country's largest archaeological park. You will see some relics of the city such as the Bouleterion, the Odeon or the library (the one in which the emperor Octavius studied!). By going further, you also will see the theatre, the old fountain and even bunkers from the communist era!

 

After these sites visited, you will go to Vlora.

Vlora is known as the city in where was declared the Independence of Albania in 1912. You can learn more about this major event by visiting the Independence Museum of Vlora.

In the main city of the Ionian coast,part of the Albanian Riviera, you can make the most out of the small but wonderfull beaches.

 

Night in a 3 * hotel in Vlora.

Jour4

The site of Butrint and Saranda

Saranda, Butrint

We will then go down the Riviera. We will have the opportunity to travel between typical albanian villages like Dhermi, Borsh and Qeparo. We will stop in Porto Palermo to visit the fortress of Ali Pasha. Located on a small peninsula, this abandoned building is now surrounded by lush vegetation. You will be able to visit yourself building to discover its octagonal room and its dome.

 

After this visit we recommend a small coffee break in the village of Qeparo. You will visit the village and from up there you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the coast.

 

We will then visit the site of Butrint, which is near the Greek border. Butrint is an ancient Greek city on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1992. You will discover a historic landmark, an open ancient city testifying of centuries of human occupation.

In the evening you will come back to the coastal city of Saranda, where you can enjoy an afternoon on the beach and a fish dish menu.

Night in a  3 * hotel in Saranda.

Jour5

Visit of Gjirokastra

Gjirokastër

We will then go to the city of Gjirokaster. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005, this city is full of distinctive districts and shaded terraces. But its main touristic sites are the ethnographic museum and its citadel, which will take us back in time, years ago, through the history of Albania

Gjirokastra has retained its characteristic “old Albanian houses” architecture. In one of these houses that we will stay for the night.

 

Night in an old large house transformed in a hotel in Gjirokaster.

Jour6

Berat, the city of 1000 windows

Berat

We will then discover another Albanian city, on the UNESCO list for its characteristic architecture: The city of Berat. Best known as "The city of 1000 windows" you will be charmed by its white houses and steep streets that  offer you a special promenade . During a walk, you will see the Castle , many mosques in the citadel, the National Museum and the Ethnographic Museum.

 

Night in a 3 * hotel in Berat.

Jour7

The city of Durres and back to Tirana

Tirana, Durrës

We then go to the seaside, in the city of Durres. In the antiquity Durres was as an important city, especially for merchants, since it was the beginning of the Egnatia Road, which connected Rome to Constantinople. You will see the relics of these times, such as the amphitheatre and the city walls. Nowadays, the city is the main port of the country and you can walk along the promenade. We also recommend you to visit its steep streets near the amphitheatre. You can also visit the archaeological museum, which will allow you to discover the history of this commercial town.

Later in the afternoon, you will go back to Tirana.

 

Night in a 3 * hotel in Tirana.

Jour8

Departure

Tirana

This is the last day of your trip to Albania!

One of our agents will accompany you to the airport according to your flight schedule.

We hope you had a great time during your visit and that you will come back to Albania one again!