Known as the ‘Cradle of the Balkans’, Albania and Macedonia are home to a wealth of natural and historic sites, from Lake Ohrid and the well-preserved Ottoman town of Gjirokastër to the important but lesser-known Roman ruins at Butrint and Apollonia. Travelling through spectacular mountain and coastal scenery, explore these two countries that are emerging after years of relative isolation.
The four star Hotel Brilant has an enviable location in the centre of Saranda and is within 5 minutes' walk of the central beach. The hotel has a total of 31 guest rooms spread over four floors, each of which are equipped with balcony, air-conditioning, satellite television and safety deposit...
Hotel Cajupi has an ideal location in the centre of Gjirokaster. It is situated on the centre square, the Cerciz Topulli, and is within walking distance of the fortress. The property has 40 guest rooms and public amenities include a restaurant, which serves regional cuisine, and a...
Centrally located in the heart of the Albanian capital 10 minutes' walk from Skanderbed Square. The property has a boutique feel with just 45 rooms and suites. The restaurant and café on the ground floor offers outdoor seating and is the perfect place to relax after a day sightseeing. Rooms are a fresh and modern and all have recently been refurbished. Features: 45 rooms & suites, Wi-Fi in public areas, restaurant, bar/cafe Room amenities: Balcony or patio, air conditioning, television, safe, hairdryer,...
The 3 star Hotel Mangalemi was one of the first hotels to open after the fall of socialism in 1991. It offers comfortable guest rooms and is a great base from which to explore Berat and the castle. Each of the 7 rooms is equipped with an ensuite bathroom, air-conditioning, central heating, television and mini bar. The traditional woodwork in the dining areas is reminiscent of the old inns that once existed in Berat. Highly acclaimed traditional dishes are served either on the upper floor veranda or in one of the two private dining areas and there is also a bar in the...
Located in the centre of the seaport of Vlora, the Hotel Partner has 57 rooms and is a modern-style 4 star property. One of the centre points of the hotel's design is that all public areas are very brightly coloured. Guests may dine at the hotel's restaurant which offers a variety of Mediterranean and international...
The Regency Hotel is located in the centre of Korca, offering views of the city and the surrounding mountains. It is a 3 star property, featuring modern décor and furniture and the facilities of an international hotel. All of the 18 rooms and suites have television and telephone, a private bathroom including shower and are fully heated or air-conditioned year round with individual room controls. There is a full service restaurant and the coffee shop and bar provides ample opportunity for relaxation after a day's...
The Hotel Vlora International is modern in style. Its 63 en-suite rooms have flat screen televisions, minibar, safe and wireless internet connection. There are two restaurants, a bar and an indoor swimming pool at the...
This small 31 room property is located on the shores of the lake and within walking distance of the old town. The Royal View Hotel guestrooms include a balcony, television, direct dial telephone and en suite facilities. Public amenities include a restaurant, which serves a mixture of Macedonian and international cuisine, and has a summer terrace with views over Lake...
Fly from London (regional connections available) to Tirana with British Airways. Transfer and stay at the Colosseo Hotel (or similar) for 2 nights. Welcome drink. (N)
Morning tour of the town of Kruja and the Skanderbeg Museum. Afternoon tour of the Albanian capital, including visits to the National Museum, Gallery of Arts, the main square and its clock tower. (B)
Travel east to Elbasan, stopping en route at the remains of a Turkish fort. Continue into Macedonia and the town of Ohrid, situated on the east shore of Lake Ohrid. This Unesco world heritage site is known as the ‘Macedonian Jerusalem’ due to its large number of churches. Afternoon tour including St Sophia Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in Macedonia; the Church of St Clement at Plaosnik, where the first university in Europe was founded; and the Gallery of Icons, which has the largest collection of icons in the world. Stay at the Hotel Royal View for 1 night. (B)
Morning visit to the Monastery of St Naum. Its position on a rocky overhang provides excellent views across the lake. Cross the border back into Albania and continue south to Korca, historically an important trade town. Visit the Museum of Medieval Arts, which displays more than 150 icons, and the Mirahor mosque, which is the oldest mosque in Albania. Stay at the Regency Hotel for 1 night. (B)
See the Tumulus of Kamenica, the largest ancient burial mound to be excavated in the Balkans. Continue to Gjirokastër, the birthplace of Enver Hoxha, the former leader of Albania. Visit his house museum and also view the city’s fortress. Perched high above the town, it is one of the largest castles in the Balkans and formerly a political prison. Overnight at Argjiro Hotel. (B)
Drive through scenic mountains to the coastal resort of Saranda, via the monastery of Mesopotam. Late morning tour of the Unesco world heritage site of Butrint. Explore the extensive ruins of this Graeco-Roman town and view the third century BC theatre, bath houses and baptistery. Stay overnight at the Hotel Brilant. (B)
Travel to Vlora, a seaport and the gateway to Italy. En route, visit the Ali Pasha castle at Porto Palermo. Stay overnight at the Hotel Vlora International / Partner Hotel. (B)
Morning tour of the Greek and Roman ruins at Apollonia, an important trading port for the Roman empire until the third century AD. Drive to Berat and visit the Onufri Museum of Icons, the King's Mosque and the castle, which has the remains of 42 churches within its walls. Stay overnight at the Mangalemi Hotel (or similar). (B)
Morning drive to view the Ardenica monastery with its exquisite frescoes. Continue to Durrës to explore the largest amphitheatre in the Balkans and the accompanying Archaeological Museum. Return to Tirana to tour the Bektashi World Centre and the art gallery in the prime minister’s office. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B)
Morning at leisure. Early afternoon transfer to Dubrovnik airport and fly to London with British Airways. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.
• 3- & 4-star accommodation
• Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available
• Average group size - 17 people (max 26)
• Direct international flights with British Airways
• Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
• 8 breakfasts
• Experienced local tour manager
• Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
• Welcome drink
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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