Albania and Macedonia

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Step back in time as you explore rich cultural treasures of this intriguing corner of Europe. Albania and Macedonia make the perfect combination.

Do you remember when a visit to Eastern Europe felt different? There was a kind of frisson about countries where the feel of a former Communist ruled region remained in the air.  Cities like Budapest and Prague still bore the hallmarks of their pasts.  Cars were different, shops were different, restaurants were different, and international brands were thin on the ground. Now, as stunning as the countries of Eastern Europe are, a homogeneity and standardisation has spread and many places have sadly lost some of their individuality. The frisson has gone, as Starbucks, Zara and Benetton expand on the high streets.  Little feels different now.

Albania possesses some of the most wonderful cultural heritage in Europe. The country was under Communist rule for 45 years, and within that time, there was an enforced period of atheism for some 24 years. 800,000 bunkers were built to protect the country from attack from USSR. Around 200,000 bunkers remain (some in surprising places), and goats graze among historic ruins where anywhere else they would be protected by security officials amid Do Not Touchsigns.  Tirana, the capital, is a delightful time-warp itself with not a Burger King or McDonalds in sight; instead, there are local restaurants, individual boutique shops and a Communist style main square, containing possibly the biggest monuments of a national hero you may have ever seen!

  • Visit Tirana, the capital of Albania
  • Excursions to the UNESCO listed Berat, Onufri Museum, and Butrinti
  • Travel through a section of the Llogara National Park
  • Wine tasing at the Cobo Winery
  • Cross the border into Macedonia for a boat trip and a visit to its historical sites
  • Europe
  • Albania
  • Macedonia
Tour Types
  • Cultural
  • Scenic
  • Small Group
  • History
  • Adventure

Day 1

On arrival in Tirana, transfer to Hotel Tirana International, overlooking Skanderberg Square. Due to the late arrival, a snack will be provided en route.

Overnight: Hotel Tirana International, Tirana (or similar)

Meals: Dinner


Day 2

Depart to Kruja, the medieval capital of Albania, which will give you your first sight of the famous Albanian bunkers — originally, there were some 800,000. Visit the historical museum and Kruja Castle (from where, on a clear day, you can see the Adriatic). Enjoy your first experience of a bazaar, with some eclectic shopping opportunities.

Overnight: Hotel Tirana International, Tirana (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


Day 3

Depart to the Macedonian town of Ohrid. After arrival at Lake Ohrid, take a light lunch before check in. Depart for a guided tour of Ohrid Old Town, exploring this beautiful UNESCO listed area, and visiting two Orthodox churches.

Overnight: Hotel Park Lakeside, Ohrid (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


Day 4

Enjoy a boat trip across Lake Ohrid and take the remainder of the day at leisure. Your Tour Manager will be on hand with suggestions.

Overnight: Hotel Park Lakeside, Ohrid (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast


Day 5

Visit Sveti Naum and its impressive Orthodox cathedral. After a lunch stop in Struga, a delightful Macedonian town with cafes and shops on its riverfront, continue to Berat.

Overnight: Hotel Mangalemi, Berat (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


Day 6

Start the day with a visit to the old town followed by time at leisure. This afternoon, visit the famous Cobo Winery for tasting and snacks.

Overnight: Hotel Mangalemi, Berat (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner


Day 7

Spend the morning visiting the UNESCO listed town, Berat, one of the oldest cities in Albania. Visit the castle, the old town, and the Onufri Museum. After a lunch stop in Fier, continue to Apollonia to explore its archaeological sites, including the acropolis and temple ruins. This evening, transfer to Gijrokaster. Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Overnight: Hotel Argjiro, Gjirokaster (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


Day 8

Explore the UNESCO site of Gjirokaster, visiting the castle perched above the city, and the museum, which has some interesting relics from the Cold War. No house here is the same, and we visit a traditional one. Depart for Saranda, which has an almost Riviera-feel, with some good fish restaurants and a pleasant seaside promenade. Take a light lunch in a local restaurant, before departing to today’s second UNESCO site — Butrint. Dinner in a local restaurant.

Overnight: Hotel Butrinti, Saranda (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


Day 9

Visit Saranda, including the ruins of the biggest synagogue in the Balkans, and the castle of Ali Pasha. Continue to Durres, passing through parts of Llogara National Park, before a light lunch at Vlora.

Overnight: Hotel Adriatik, Durres (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


Day 10

Explore Durres and visit the historic core of the town, including the second largest Roman amphitheatre in the Balkans. Return to Tirana, and enjoy a light lunch. Take a short guided walk of some of Tirana’s sights, followed by some free time for last-minute shopping.

This evening, enjoy a rather special farewell meal.

Overnight: Hotel Tirana International, Tirana (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


Day 11

Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Meals: Breakfast

  • Return British Airways flights from London Gatwick to Tirana
  • 10 nights’ accommodation in good standard hotels
  • Daily breakfast, seven lunches and nine evening meals
  • All excursions and entrance fees
  • All overseas transport and English speaking guides
  • Escorted throughout by a Prestige Holidays Tour Manager

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Group Size:16 - 26
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Accommodation:4 to 5 star
Meals:Daily breakfast, seven lunches and nine evening meals
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