Weekend in Pogradec & Korce

Pogradec, The Pearl By The Lake - Korca, The Cultural Capital City Of Albania.

The city of Pogradec and its surrounding area, as one of the Albanian beauty pearls, provides much to discover for its visitors. The region dominated by the fantastic Ohrid Lake, surrounded by fields nestled before picturesque mountains, will be your panorama throughout your holidays in Pogradec. The harmony of nature, and the friendliness of the inhabitants, will bring you back again and again. The sunny days at the beaches along the lake, the strolls along the promenade, as well as the various specialty dishes and local wine enjoyed in the restaurants will provide unforgettable moments for you. Pogradeci is one of the most charming tourist resorts in Albania because of its position near the Ohrid Lake, which distinguishes itself for clear water. Fish Koran, which is similar to the trout, is reared in this lake. Besides the beautiful beach, your staying in Pogradec is made more interesting by the excursion to the tourist center of Drilon (5 km eastward) with crystal clear fountains that fill the beautiful channels surrounded with trees and by ornamental plants. Lake Ohrid and its surrounding area shines as a splendidly unique ecosystem. Due to its historic culture and its unique flora and fauna, in 1980, Pogradec was declared by UNESCO as a place of worldwide natural and cultural heritage. For everybody, during all four seasons, this city offers opportunities to relax and have fun. This may be the reason why more and more people return again and again to Pogradec.

Korce (alb. Korçë or Korça) is the largest city of south eastern part of Albania. It is situated at the foot of Morava Mountain on a plateau 800 m above sea level, near the border with Greece. It has a population of around 62,900 people (2008 estimate), making it the seventh largest city in Albania. Korce is said to be the cleanest town in Albania. It has old buildings in various states of repair surrounding the Cathedral which was built in 1992. Quaint cobblestown streets run between and behind the main streets. Korce became an important trading and handicraft centre in the 18th century due to the development of trade with neighboring regions. It has been an important religious center for Orthodox Christians and Muslims for centuries. During the Ottoman period it became one of the centres of the growing Albanian identity. The first school teaching in the Albanian language was established there in 1887, followed by Albania’s first school for girls in 1891.

Highlights of the tour

  • Ohrid Lake
  • Drilon.
  • Tushemisht.
  • Korca Old Quarter.
  • St. George’s Orthodox Cathedral
  • Voskopoja

Meeting and greeting with the group at hotel lobby and then drive to Pogradec, approx. 130 km from Tirana. We will drive through Elbasan, Gramsh, Perrenjas and then via the Qafa e Thanes mountain pass. The program starts with an overview of Pogradec and it’s main landmarks. Then we drive to Drilon for a coffee break or lunch. Then we proceed to Tushemisht, a characteristic village where a famous Albanian movie has taken place. Then we drive to Korca to proceed with the hotel accommodation. A short walking on Korca’s famous boulevard with an oversight of Korca’s history. The next day we drive to Voskopoja, a very famous village for its old churches and a beautiful landscape. Return to Korca for lunch and a visit to St. George’s Cathedral. Then drive back to Tirana. End of the program.

Price includes: Transport with comfortable couch, hotel accomodation, professional guide throughout the program

Entrance fees, where applicable, are not included. Food, drinks and tips not included.

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