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Tirane - Durres - Vlore - Sarande - Gjirokaster - Berat - Tirane

Day 1: Arrival at Tirana Airport. Transfer and accomodation in the hotel. Dinner. Overnight in Tirana. Day 2: Breakfast in the hotel. Trip to Durres, which is the most important seaport in Albania and it is an ancient city. Visit the Amphitheatre the biggest in the Balkan Peninnsula (capacity 15.000 spectators) with a rare wall mosaic, which belongs the 2nd century A.D, the Archeological Museum, many mosaics, ancient public baths, etc. Lunch in a nice restaurant. Overnight in Durres.

Day 3: After breakfast travel to Vlora, a coastal city which lies in the southwestern part of the country. Vlora is one of the major cities of the country and an important seaport and tourist site. Visit to the Historical Museum of Independence, which is the building where the independence of Albania was proclaimed on November 28, 1912. A monument, which commemorates this event, rises high at the Flag Square. Lunch.
After lunch is the trip to Zvernec Isle known by its church. There is a Monastery built in the 10th century A.C which still holds the name “The rest of Saint Mary”. The Monastery is a place with incredible beauty, isolated from the world, perfect to rest and meditate. Back to Vlora for dinner. Overnight in Vlora.

Day 4: After breakfast travel to Saranda. Along the seashore to arrive to Saranda you can visit the castle of Porto Palermo placed near Himara. It is also known as the castle of Ali Pashe Tepelena. The walls of the castle are 1.6m thick and offer great views over the bay. After visiting this castle, the road  along the seashore passes many beautiful villages such as Qeparo which is a very large and sunny beach, Borsh which has a sandy sea and the flora is the similar to that of Qeparo, Lukova a very wide beach too. Lunch. After arriving in Saranda, a scenic narrow overlooking the sea and marshes leads you to the ancient city of Butrint. Visit to the ancient theatre, the temple of Aesculapius, the baptistery with colorful mosaics and the ancient city walls. An old fortress housing a small museum watches over the entire site, which is one of the last unspoilt natural and ancient historical areas in Mediterranean. Dinner, overnight in Saranda.

Day 5: After breakfast we have the departure to Gjirokastra, which is a “Museum City”. The characteristic houses resemble the towers and have been built one above the other. They have only one common element, the stone. All the homes have the form of medieval towers. Visit to the castle which stands out above the city as a balcony, providing the possibility for visitors to enjoy the beautiful landscape. The castle houses the National Museum of Weapons, which preserves all the kinds of weapons used and produced by the Albanians from antiquity. Lunch.
Trip to Berat. Overnight in Berat.

Day 6: After breakfast, visit to Berat. While you approach the centre of the city you will be impressed by the typical buildings. Visit to the castle, which has been built up on a rocky hill 260m above the sea level. Churches here have survived within its powerful stony walls. With interest is the church, which preserves wooden-engraved iconostasis, houses the “Onufri” Museum. Visit to the other object: Lead Mosque, Bachelor’s Mosque, Gorica bridge and many dwelling houses of the 18th and 19th centuries. Lunch.
Transfer to Tirana. Visit the Historical and National Museum in the center, Exhibition of Folk Culture, the Archeological Museum, The Gallery of Fine Arts. Dinner. Overnight in Tirana.

Day 7: After breakfast, return by bus to Rinas Airport.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 March 2006 )
 
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