Pick up from the Tirana Airport. Accommodation and a short break before we start the city tour. First we visit the National Museum of History which is a great introduction to the history of the country and its people. Walking the central avenue and the central square, we next visit the Ethem Bay Mosque and the Clock-Tower and the remains of the Castle of Tirana. We also go deep underground to visit the Enver Hoxa bunker, a former communistic leader of Albania. We walk on to the Pyramid - mausoleum of the late Enver Hoxha, designed from his daughter. We will end the tour at Enver Hoxha house in Blloku. Free evening and overnight in a hotel in Tirana.
Day 2Tirana – Durres – Kruja - Tirana (130 km) (B)
After the breakfast in the hotel, we leave to the ancient town and port of Durres, a UNESCO site. We walk along the Adriatic Sea and visit the remains of the ancient amphitheatre, that once hold 20.000 people making it the largest in the Balkans. Possibility to visit the City museum of Durres. In the noon we can advise lunch at a sea side restaurant for outdoor delicious seafood dishes, other dishes possible. In the afternoon, we drive on to once medieval capital of Albania, Kruja. High in the mountain cliffs, we will visit the castle of the national hero of Albania, Skender-beg. Exploring the narrow streets, we will walk through the unique Ethno bazaar. After a short break, we drive back to Tirana. Free evening and overnight in Tirana.
Day 3Tirana – Apollonia - Vlore – Gjirokaster (285 km) (B, L)
After the breakfast we drive for two hours to reach our next stop - Apollonia, archaeological park. The ancient city of Apollonia was established by Greek colonists from Corfu and Corinth and developed into one of the most important ancient Greek cities in Illyria. The city reached its biggest development during the Roman period, but it was abandoned in late antiquity. After that we will visit the city Vlore, the third most populous city in Albania. City is famous for being the place where Albania declared independence on 28.11.1912. Lunch in a restaurant. After the lunch we will drive to Gjirostaster. Arrival in Gjirokaster and accommodation in a hotel. Small orientation walk around the authentic city streets and possibility for organized dinner in a traditional Albanian restaurant. Overnight.
Day 4Gjirokaster - Saranda - Butrint – Gjirokaster (160 km) (B, L)
After the breakfast, we drive for the ancient city of Butrint, another UNESCO World Heritage site considered one of the most interesting archaeological sites in Albania. Inhabited since prehistoric times, Butrint has been a Greek colony, a Roman city and a bishopric. Following a period of prosperity under Byzantine administration, then a brief occupation by the Venetians, the city was abandoned in the late Middle Ages. The island of Corfu is just in front of your eyes. The next stop will be the coastal town of Saranda, close to the Greek border. Lunch in a fish restaurant. Orientation walk along the sea side and free time for enjoying. We leave Saranda and drive to Gjirokastro for overnight.
Day 5Gjirokaster – Permet - Dhoksat – Gjirokaster (150 km) (B, L)
After the breakfast, we will drive for Permet, the greenest and the cleanest town in Albania, also known as the "city of roses". The small town of Permet is famous for its folk music. Our next destination will be the small village, Dhoksat, where we will enjoy home-hosted lunch in local family’s home. After that we will come back to Gjirokaster. Dinner on your own. Overnight.
Day 6Gjirokaster – Berat – Tirana (260 km) (B, D)
After the breakfast at the hotel, we start a walking tour in Gjirokaster, a museum town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site with very distinct architecture. We will visit the fortress of Gjirokaster, part of which was turned into a political prison for dissidents of the communistic regime, and the Arms Museum as well. About noon, we continue driving to Berat, one of the most visited and characteristic towns in Albania, the last UNESCO site in our trip. After visiting the fortress of Berat, we will stroll down to the center through the narrow streets of the old part of the town. There we will have free time for lunch on your own. Than we depart to Tirana. Tonight we have a farewell dinner in the Albanian capital. Overnight in Tirana.