Day-1 Tirana – Kruja – Shkodra
You arrive in Albania from Mother Theresa airport in Rinas, close to the capital, Tirana. From there, you drive to the historical town of Kruja. Visit the museum of Gjergj Kastriot Scanderbeg, our national hero, who fought heroically against the ottoman invasion. Proceed to visit the Ethnographic museum, where are exposed folk dresses, objects and other things.You live Kruja by visiting the bazaar, where you will have the opportunity to purchase souvenirs, wool carpets, wooden-made objects etc. After sightseing all the spots of Kruja, you will have a delightful traditional lunch at a restaurant nearby the castle, to get a better Albanian taste. The rest of the afternoon will be at your leisure to explore other parts of Kruja.
After your experience with an old city, try another pretty old city, Shkodra. You will depart north heading to Shkodra, the most important city of northern Albania. The Rozafa Castle, with all it’s glory, history and legends, is the first landmark you should visit atop of the hill overlooking the city and the whole region. A short walk to the pedestrian street, the street of all Shkodra’s culture and famous buildings.
If all the day was not enough, you will also get to spend the night in Shkodra as you will be for dinner and overnight there.
Day-2 Shkodra – Valbone – Gjakovo
From Shkodra, you depart to the heart of the Albanian Alps, to Theth. Theth is really one of a kind natural wonder. The view of the mountains in every side is so breathtaking that you will never want to leave it. Nevertheless, after the lunch with local products from the villages, you will depart to Gjakovo, accross the border with Kosovo.
The trip to Gjakovo is special as well, as it passes in mids of mountains that you can’t imagine passable in maps, with stunning beauties each.
Upon your arrival in Gjakovo you will once again get back to the centuries of the Ottoman Empire in the old quarter, the Carshia, where you will also visit the King Mosque, the old bazaar, etc. Dinner and overnight are in Gjakovo, so you will have quite some free time during the afternoon to explore the city.
Day-3 Gjakovo – Rugova – Decan – Peja
For starters, you will head to the Gorge of Rugova, a special canyon created out of a few million years of river erosion streching for about 25 kilometers. The gorge is not only a place of awe, but also a pretty good spot for alpinists.
After the natural wonders of this side of Kosovo, you will go to Peja, where you will be for lunch.
After the lunch with traditional food from Kosovo, you will take a stroll around Peja, on the main boulevard and in the old quarter of Peja.
The next destination is the Decan Monastery, where is located one of the most special Serbian Orthodox monasteries. Build in the 14th century with the request of the Serbian Sing Stephan Uros III, buried in the monastery, you will truly feel the spiritual atmosphere differently.
After your guided tour of the day, you will have the afternoon free in the city of Peja and also you are for dinner and overnight there.
Day-4 Peja – Prishtina
The day today is almost full of breathtaking sights. The first spot you will visit is the marvellous Drini Waterfall, which is actually the begining of one of the main branches of the river. Sorrounded with nothing but forests of the mountains, the waterfall is a true hidden jewel of Kosova nature.
Following, you depart for Prishtina, but on the way you will be for a stop in Rahovec, where you will be for wine tasting. The winery of Rahovec is quite well known for the tasteful wines from the vineyards of Central Kosovo.
In Prishtina, firstly a lunch is expecting you before starting the visit of the city.
Since entering the city, you will notice its special grim and style. Your visit includes a walk in the old town, recognized for it’s Ottoman cobled stone street and with it’s Ottoman houses, the Scanderbeg Square where also the statue of the Albanian people is located, the governmental and international buildings around the square, the old clocktower, the King Mosqu, and more. Also, why wouldn’t you take a selfi at the symbol of Kosovo independency, the New Born monument? All these are not enough to give you the full spirit of Prishtina, and so you also have some free time in the afternoon for more experiences.
After all these, you will stay in Prishtina for dinner and overnight.
Day-5 Prishtina – Gadime – Ulpiana – Prishtina
The day today will throw you all around history. The first destination of the day is the Gadime Cave. Discovered in 1966 just by accident, the walls of the cave are of marble and go around underground for more than 1500 meters. The cave is evaluated to be over 80,000 years old from it’s crystals and in there you will see many shapes and formations.
Leaving your heart inside the Gadime Cave, you will depart to the other side of the District of Prishtina, to Ulpiana. Along the way you will stop for the lunch break before entering the antiquity.
Ulpiana used to be the an important Roman city that fell with the Roman Empire but Justinian I rebuild it and the castle of the city. During the last century there has been excavated most of the old city and the sorrounding walls. A walk at the archaeological site will bring you almost two thousand years back in history.
After the walk through centuries, you will go back to Prishtina where the afternoon is free at your leisure. For dinner and overnight you will be in Prishtina.
Day-6 Prishtina – Prizren – Durres
After waking up from Prishtina, you will depart south heading to Prizren, the city of culture in Kosovo. Prizren is another city that will remain in your heart. The river Lumbardha divides the city in two parts that both have churches, both have mosques but one side has the Castle of Prizren, atop the hill, and the other one has the complex of the League of Prizren, an important event of the Albanian Renescance in late 19th century. After lunch you will head to the border with Albania.
You will be heading to the ancient city of Durres, founded in 627 B.C. Today is one of the biggest towns and most important seaport in Albania. Visit the fortress of the city, the amphitheatre, and the archaeological museum.
Depending on the arrival time in Durres you will also have some free time in the city and you will be in Durres for dinner and overnight.
Day-7 Durres – Tirana
After breakfast, you will head to the capital, Tirana. You will start the visit greeting Scanderbeg, our National Hero, at the Scanderbeg Square, where our his statue stands strong like he stood agains the Ottoman invaders, sorrounded by the historical buildings of the Ministries, the Opera, the Tirana International Hotel, the National Historic Museum, Bank of Albania and Et’hem Beg Mosque. Each of these buildings are symbolic representatives of the era of their construction. Your stroll continues south along Martyrs of the National Boulevard, passing other important landmarks and ending up to Mother Theresa Square at the Polytechnic University. The lunch will be served in the Block area, the once forbidden residential area in communism. Afterward you will have have some free time in Tirana.
Overnight in Tirana.
Day-8 Tirana – Berat – Gjirokastra
Your adventures of the day start with Berat. You will depart towards the city of a thousand and one windows, Berat. The exploration of this 2400 year old town starts of course, with the citadel, located on a hilltop overlooking the whole area. Besides quite a few landmarks inside the castle, you will go for a visit to Onufri museum, well known for it’s special style in paintings, and you will also step into a few of the many churches that Berat has.
A traditional Albanian lunch follows after the visit and then you depart to Gjirokastra, the stone city. Being for a long time under Ottoman occupation, Gjirokastra really got an Ottoman face, with the cobblestone, the houses in that specific architecture, the bazaar and above all, like a guardian in centuries, the castle overlooking the whole city, hometown of our ex-dictator Enver Hoxha, and Valley of Drin.
Dinner and overnight in Gjirokastra.
Day-9 Gjirokastra – Butrint – Saranda
From the stone city, today you depart for Butrint, where lie the ancient ruins of another Greek colony. You will surely be stunned in every turn after tree to see a new mancion, another religions spot, another wall, another piece of history. The ampitheatre is probably one of the views you will always keep in your mind.
Lunch time will be not far from there, will be in Ksamil, right in front of three small wonders of nature, the Islets of Ksamil, the best place to digest the big chunk of history that Butrint is.
After lunch in crysal clear waters of Ionian Sea, you will follow it’s shore heading to Saranda, once called Porto Edda from Musolini and meaning “the city of forty saints” in Greek. In Saranda you will feel like in a tropical paradise; the half-horseshoe bay, the islands around, the mountains overlooking the great island of Corfu and all encompassed by a pretty nice beach with peebles that hides the modern city. After visiting the highlights of the city you will have free time in Saranda to explore it even more and will be there for dinner and overnight.
Day-10 Saranda – Himara – Llogara – Vlora
The journey starts with the departure to Llogara, the famous National Park of Llogara, where nature has put a special consideration for this area. Before starting the ascend, you will take a short visit of Ali Pashe Tepelena castle, a rare triangle military castle of 2 centuries ago dedicated to his wife.
Continuing, the forest of Llogara is probably with the purest air you’ve seen and the mountains that go 90 degrees into the sea are really breathtaking. In Llogara you will be for lunch and will also take a walk among the trees of the forest.
Leaving behind the National Park, you head towards Vlora, the city of independency, the most important city of the south. There you will start your tour with a walk around the city, visiting firstly the historical Independency Square, where the flag of Albanian independency was raised in 1912. You will also take a look at the grandious Muradie Mosque and will make your way accross the city to get to the port.
For dinner and overnight you will be in Vlora.
Day-11 Vlora – Apolonia – Ardenica – Tirana
After meeting your guide, you depart up north to Apolonia, a Greek colony of more than 2000 years ago where now stand the ruins of the old city, once in such importance and development, that Ceazar studied there.
Lunch will be served in along the way to Ardenica. In Ardenica, is located the Monastery of Ardenica, special not only for it’s age, size and history, but also because our national hero, Scanderbeg, had his weeding there. From there, the last drive is to Tirana, where the afternoon is free to explore the last of the city.
Day-12 Tirana – Onward
This is the day of conclusion of your Albanian adventure.Depending on the flight time, you will have some free time and then departure to the airport.