Culture & Culinary Trip to Unesco Sites

If you’re a castle and ruins-aholic, then Albania’s UNESCO World Heritage sites are a dream. An unexpected hive of history; castles peak out over mountain ranges, Greek and Roman-influenced ruins face the Ionian sea. The settings are as memorable as the remnants of the buildings they’re famous for. On this 5 days trip you will visit Albania’s UNESCO World Heritage sites – Berat, Gjirokaster and the Greek/Roman ruins of Butrint and taste delicious fresh local food
ALBANIA
All year long

Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Tirana (TIA)

Highlights

  • Visit of the cities of Berat, Gjirokastra, Saranda, Vlore
  • Visit of the Amphitheatre of Butrint and Archeological Park of Apollonia
  • Tasting local food

General Trip Information

Best season to experience All year long

Level of difficulty (1-5) 1

For the present activity you should own good health condition and have consulted the doctor during the year. Kids over 5 years old are very welcomed. Previous experience or skill is not required.

Meeting point – Tirana

We can organize the pick up from any other hotel or guest house in Tirana and from any other city in Albania upon request.

Length of tour

5 days, 4 nights

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Need To Know

Instructions

 

You should have worn:

  • Hat, sunglasses
  • Very sport light wear (short trousers, t-shirt and if possible rain protection jacket)
  • Sandals / sneakers for walking, strong and non-slippery
  • A smile

You should take with you:

  • Sunlight protection cream
  • Extra pair dressing and underneath

Location

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Day 1

Tirana -  Berat

Berat’s Castle dates from the 4th century, though most of the structure is from the 13th. It’s a schlep up the cobbled hill from the main highway, and the castle is a neighbourhood in itself. The very pleasure is in ambling through the narrow streets, clambering around the walls, and admiring the outlook from 360 viewpoints.

Visit of the Castle, Onufri and Etnographic Museum. Meat based local lunch at restaurant Castle Park. Wine tasting and dinner to a local winery.

Accommodation in Berat.

Day 2

Berat – Apollonia – Vlore

Apollonia was an ancient city in Illyria, located on the right bank of the Aous River (the modern-day Vjosë River). Its ruins are situated in the Fier region, near the village of Pojani.

Apollonia was founded in 588 BCE by Greek colonists from Corfu and Corinth, on a site initially occupied by Illyrian tribes. Apollonia flourished during the period of Roman rule in the area and was home to a renowned school of philosophy.

Vlore is a harbour city that holds special meaning for Albanians, as this is where the country declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire at the start of the 20th century. So you can take a whistle-stop tour of monuments and museums celebrating the statesman Ismail Qemali’s first government, and in doing so get to know a little more about what it means to be Albanian. Relaxing beaches with clear waters are just a handful of kilometres away, and we will follow the coastal road south in a string of charming little hotel punctuated by the vast mountainscapes of the Llogora National Park.

Fresh fish lunch in Radhime and meat based dinner in Llogara.

Accommodation in Llogara.

Day 3

Llogara – Sarande

The Albanian Riviera runs from the city of Vlore, down south to the city of Saranda. The Llogara pass is a fantastic drive and at the top of the pass, you get the most magnificent breath-taking view. Dhermi has beautiful beaches, coves and hidden bays.  Porto Palermo Castle:  This impressive castle is regularly said to be built in the 19th century but it has been found that this castle was mentioned by ancient Greek and Roman authors in text dating back to the 5th century BC. Borsh:  This is the longest strip of unbroken beach in the Albanian Riviera, which means if you’re looking for a bigger scale beach then try this one!  There are a few restaurants here too.Lukove:  Lukove is worth the stopover.  The village itself is small but the beach is lovely, and you can catch some of the best sunsets from here.

We arrive in Saranda town and we will get accommodated in a hotel Later we will have local lunch in Ksamil. Ksamil is absolutely stunning though and with (artificial) sand beaches.  You can also swim in the nearby 3 islands.

After lunch we will visit Butrint:  Only 20km from Saranda is the UNESCO site Butrint, which dates to prehistoric times.  It has been the site of a Greek colony, a Roman city and a bishopric.  

Day 4

Saranda Blue Eye – Gjirokastra

After breakfast we start our travel lo Gjirokastra town with a stop in Blue Eye during our way. Known locally as Syri and Kalter, this tremendous and extensive source of fresh water, often referred to by locals as the ‘blue hole’,  is beautiful, colorful, and unique. The Blue Eye also represents the largest source of drinking water in this part of the world, which is currently explored only up to 50 m of depth.

We have local lunch in Gjirokastra and we are ready for a visit in the Castle of Gjirokastra.

Traditional dinner and accommodation in Gjirokastra.

Day 5

After breakfast departure to Tirana and we will stop in Durres for a fish based lunch.

 

Accomodation

The whole program costs 520 Eur/person.
Accommodation is provided in double rooms.

Not Included

The trip fare doesn’t include coffee and any kind of drink except water and the lunch on day 5. You’ll probably feel like tipping your guides at the end of a fabulous trip, though you won’t need to pull out your wallet every few minutes on your Active Albania adventure tour!

Flexibility

We’re really flexible and none of our itineraries are written in stone, so if you have a particular interest you’d like to include or you need to leave a trip earlier or join later (at a pro-rated fare), just let us know and we can almost always make it happen. Likewise, all adventure travel requires a certain amount of flexibility and we sometimes have to make minor changes to the activities because of weather and availability, but we have plenty of options up our sleeve.

Dates & Prices

Price: 520 €

Available Dates
  • May 23, 2019
E.g., 11/17/2019
Please choose the date of your tour from the allowed dates in the left.

 

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Active Albania offers pickup service from the airport and back after you finish your trip if preferred. Contact Us for more information.

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