Northern Albania is a scenic wonderland where the incredible landscape of the ‘Accursed Mountains’ dominates and the rich and independent mountain culture strongly flavours all journeys.
Highlights of the tour
- Durres Amphitheatre.
- Kruja Bazaar, Castle.
- Lezha Castle, Scanderbeg Memorial.
- Rozafa Castle.
- Razma National Park.
- Theth, Blue Eye, Nderlyse Stone Formations.
- Theth-Valbona Pass.
- Bajram Curri.
- Komani Lake Ferry.
Meet and greet with the group at hotel lobby. We’ll start the tour with Durres where we will visit The Amphitheatre, The Roman Baths, The Forum and the Old City Walls. After a short stop for coffee we will depart to Kruje where we will have lunch and then we’ll visit the old bazaar and Scanderbeg’s castle. Then we drive to Shengjin, where we will have free time to relax by the seaside. Overnight in Shengjin. The second day starts with a visit of Lezha’s Castle and Scanderbeg’s Tomb. Then we drive to Shkodra where we will have lunch in a traditional restaurant and in the afternoon we will visit Rozafa’s Castle. Overnight in Shkoder. The third day we drive to Razem National park, overnight in Razem. The fourth day starts with Theth. After arrival, accommodation at a guesthouse and lunch. In the afternoon we will visit the Theth Waterfall and the Grunas Canyon. On the way back, we will visit the Ethnographic Museum of Theth, the Kulla e Ngujimit (Tower of Isolation), and the Saint John’s Church. Dinner with Theth specialties and bio-organic food. Overnight in Theth. The fourth day starts with a visit at the stone formations/pools of Nderlyse and the Blye Eye of Kaprre. Lunch in picknick style. The stone formations are 2.5 hours away, walking on an unpaved automobile road. After arriving in Nderlyse village, we will visit the Mill of Nderlyse and then we will continue to Black Well’s Bridge, to enjoy one of the most fantastic views of Theth. After the bridge we will visit the stone formations, water pools in rose colour. After a short stop for lunch, we will visit the Blye Eye, further 2 hours roundtrip. Overnight in Theth. On the fifth day we will take the Theth-Valbone pass, one of the most beautifull places in Albania. The pass is done by foot, and it takes some 6 hours. On the other side we will take the couch to Bajram Curri where we will visit the Museum. Overnight in Bajram Curri. The 6th day we will drive to Koman Lake to take the ferry back to Shkoder. The ferry trip is considered one of the most beautiful on earth, comparable to Norway’s fjords. After we reach the end of the trip we take the couch back to Tirana. End of the program.
‘Land of Albania! Let me bend mine eyes on thee, thou rugged nurse of savage men’. Lord Byron
Highlights of the tour
- Durres Amphitheatre.
- Berat Castle.
- Apollonia Archaeological Park.
- Kuzum Baba Vlore. Llogora National Park.
- Lekursi Castle, Butrint, 3 Islands, Blue Eye Spring.
- Gjirokastra Castle. Viroi Lake.
- Tepelena Cold Water Spring.
- Rock of Permeti. Benja Hot Springs.
- Vjosa River Canyons.
- Erseke, Leskovik, Shelegur Lake.
- Korca Old Quarter, Birra Korca Brewery.
- Ohri Lake. Drilon Park
- Elbasan Castle.
Meet and greet with the group at hotel lobby. We’ll start the tour with Durres where we will visit The Amphitheatre, The Roman Baths, The Forum and the Old City Walls. After a short stop for coffee we will depart to Berat, about an hour away. Lunch in Berat and then we start exploring the old quarters and the castle. Overnight in Berat. The second day morning starts with a visit at Apollonia Archaeological Park in Fier, approximately 1.5 hours away from Berat. Then we continue to Vlore where we will have lunch by the seaside. In the afternoon we will visit the Murad Mosque, The Jewish Quarter, The Kuzum Baba Holy Shrine and Vlora’s boulevard, famous for its long walks in the afternoon. Overnight in Orikum. The thir day morning we start driving up the Llogora mountain, to explore one of the most beautiful parts of the Albanian coast. After a short break for coffee in Llogora National Park, we start descending from the other side of the mountain, where old villages stuck in time make up the Albanian Riviera. We will pass through them and stop in Himara for lunch by the seaside. Then we proceed to Saranda where we will visit the Lekursi Castle and have a coffee in one of the most picturesque parts of Albania. Free time to enjoy the sea breeze and overnight in Saranda. The fourth day starts with a visit at Butrint Archaeological Park, some 30 minutes away. Return to Ksamil for lunch by the seaside, in the famous 3 Islands beach. After lunch we continue to Blue Eye Spring, famous for its surreal bluish colours. Then we drive up the Muzina pass to reach Gjirokaster. Free time to stroll around the old part of the city. The fifth day starts with a visit at the castle and then a short stop at Viroi lake. Then we proceed to Tepelena Cold Water spring, where we will stop for lunch. Then we proceed to Permet, some 45 minutes away. We will visit the Rock of Permet and then we will proceed to Benja Hot Springs. Then we proceed to Farma Sotira Hotel where we will pass the night. The 6th day morning starts with a drive to Erseke and then to Korce, approx. 2 hours away. We will visit the old quarter of Korca and its famous boulevard. Lunch in Korce, next to Birra Korca Brewery. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight in Korce. The 7th day we drive to Pogradec where we will visit Drilon Park and then we take the road to Elbasan. Lunch before leaving the Ohri Lake, by its side. After one hour we reach Elbasan where we will stop inside the old castle for a coffee break. Then we will visit the old quarter. Then we take the road to Tirane, approx. 45 minutes away. End of the program.