WEST TOUR (7 day tour)

Itinerary: Tirana - Lezhe - Shkoder - Kruja - Durres - Tirane – Fier - Berat - Tirana

Day 1: TIRANA Welcome  at Mother Teresa Airport. Assistance and transfer to Tirana. Check in at the hotel dinner and overnight.
Day 2: LEZHE-SHKODER Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to visit the city of Lezha.
-Visit the Scanderbeg tomb, the cathedral of Saint Nicholas and the hunter’s lodge 7km away from the city. The visitors may enjoy the forest and the big hunting ground of the tourist site. The lodge has a special and original architecture.       
-Lunch in a local tradition restaurant.
-Continuing to Shkodra to visit the Rozafa Fortress and the catholic Church. A monument worthy to be seen is the Mesi Bridge on the Kiri River, 8km away from the city of the Medieval period
-Back to Tirana for dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: KRUJE-DURRES Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to visit Kruja.
-Visit Kruja Castle, housing the museum of national hero Gjergj Kastriot Scanderbeg situated on a very strategic position offering an impressive landscape and magnificent view to the visitors.
-Sightseeing of this town continues walking through the narrow path, formerly used as a characteristic medieval bazaar which leads to the Citadel of Kruja which was built by the local population after the invasions of the Goths.
-Lunch at a local restaurant with a panoramic view.
-Afternoon, continue to Durres the ancient Greco-Roman port city of Epidamnus-Dyrrachium. Visit the Byzantine city walls, Roman Amphitheater and the Archaeological Museum. A short stroll along the seaside.
-Back to Tirana for dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: TIRANA Breakfast at the hotel.
-The sightseeing tour of Tirana the capital of Albania, which since 1920 includes the busy Scanderbeg Square, the Clock Tower (35m high) built in 1830, the Mosque of Ethem Bey, the National Museum, the Archeological Museum, the National Gallery of Fine Arts, the Palace of Congresses, etc.
-Lunch in Petrela Castle (15km southeast of Tirana). After lunch a short visit in Petrela village and its fortress built on a rocky hill which dates back to 4th century B.C.
Back to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: After breakfast, travel to Apolonia, located 12km from Fier. It is one of the most  well known  archeological sites in the country and recently a national archaeological park.  Visit the odeon, and the courtyard of the Monastery where there is a Byzantine style church believed to have been built in the 14th century. Here you can see some monuments like the Encircling Wall, the Bouleterion, Stoa, the Mosaics House and the Nymphaioum.
Lunch. Leisure time. Back to Tirana. Overnight in Tirana.

Day 6: Departure to Berat city, known as the “city of one thousand windows“. Visit the castle which stands predominantly over the city. Within its walls there are dwelling houses and the “Onufri Museum”, his paintings and his son Nikolla are exhibited there. Visit also the old part of the city where there are some religious buildings like Mosques and Byzantine Churches.
Lunch. Trip to Tirana. Overnight in Tirana.

Day 7: After breakfast travel by bus from the hotel to Rinas Airport.
Last Updated ( Monday, 27 March 2006 )