Discovering the land of the Illyrians, where the history and the culture of the West and East are interweaved. A country so near, yet so far away, that finally opened to the world after years of isolation.
Arrival at Tirana airport. Meeting with the guide. Departure for Shkodra on the shores of Shkodra Lake. Hotel accommodation. Visit the city and its cathedral. Visit the art gallery Marubi. Free time for dinner.
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Rosafa castle. Departure for Kruja. Time for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the historic town of Kruja, located in northeast of Tirana, 560 m above sea level and. Kruja has been inhabited since the third century B.C. It was accredited for the first time as a Christian religious center in the year 879. The famous English painter Edward Lear, who visited Kruja in 1848, wrote: “Kruja, a charming little town nestled in the sky.” Visit of the castle, its typical Ottoman bazaar, the Museum of Skanderbeg and the Ethnographic Museum.
Departure to Durres. Explore the city of Durres, one of the most ancient cities in Albania, which has the largest port in the country and is the second largest industrial center after Tirana. Durres is located on a small peninsula on the Adriatic coast. The city was colonized by the Greeks in 627 B.C. and was named Epidamnos, later becoming known as Dyrrachium. From the Venetian Tower near the harbor, the medieval city walls take you to the Roman amphitheater (capacity 15,000 spectators), the largest in the Balkans, dating back to the 2nd century B.C. The amphitheater contains a Christian crypt with a rare mosaic. Durres has Roman and Byzantine ruins and a beautiful archaeological museum. Overnight in the hotel.
Depart to Berat, followed by free time for lunch. Berat is called the “city of a thousand windows”, divided into an “upper town” of 14th century origin, rich in Byzantine churches; and a “low town”. adorned with numerous ancient mosques. Its famous districts are the Castle, Mangalemi, and Gorica. Even today, its citadel is inhabited by more than a thousand families. There are countless places of interest in and around the Castle, including early Christian churches, the Cathedral of Santa Maria, and the many mosques built in the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries. Overnight at hotel.
Departure to Gjirokastra, the ” museum city” of Albania, dominated by a fortified citadel. Visit of the city and its castle. Visit of the Ethnographic Museum. Free time for lunch. Continue to Sarande. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Butrint, mentioned by Virgil in the Eneid. The city is located in front of the Greek island of Corfu, and is one of the most important archaeological sites in the Mediterranean, declared “World Heritage” by UNESCO. The city retains Greek ruins; imposing Roman monuments; an early Christian Church and an Ottoman fort. Butrint was inhabited almost continuously, from the eighth century a.c. and played an important role in the first Peloponnesian War. Arrival in Vlora in the evening. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Apollonia, another archaeological site of great relevance. The city of Apollonia was founded in the fifth century BC by Greeks from Corfu and Corinth. Aristotle considered it an important political and social example of oligarchic state. The Apollonia decline began in the third century, following an earthquake that changed the riverbed of Viosa, complicating its navigability. After the arrival, visit to the archaeological area. Return to Tirana. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast in hotel. Full day dedicated to visit Tirana.
Breakfast in hotel. Departure to the airport. End of services
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