Albania: Land of the Eagles

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  • Itinerary
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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 Touch signs.

Highlights
  • Visit Tirana, Albania’s capital
  • Excursions to the UNESCO listed Berat, Onufri Museum, and Butrinti
  • Travel through the Llogara National Park
  •  Wine tasting at the Cobo Winery
  • Cross the border into Macedonia for a walking tour of Ohrid
Destinations
  • Albania
  • Macedonia
  • Europe
Tour Types
  • Cultural
Departure Points
  • London (Gatwick)

Saturday 9th May 2020 (D)
Provisional Flights:
British Airways BA2648
Departs London Gatwick 15:25
Arrives Tirana 19:20
On arrival in Tirana, transfer to your hotel, a stone’s throw from Skanderbeg Square. Due to the late arrival, a light dinner will be provided.
Overnight: Boutique Hotel Lot, Tirana (or similar)


Sunday 10th May 2020 (B,L,D)
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: Boutique Hotel Lot, Tirana (or similar)


Monday 11th May 2020 (B,L,D)
Depart to the Macedonian town of Ohrid.
After arrival at Lake Ohrid, enjoy 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: Royal View Hotel, Ohrid (or similar)


Tuesday 12th May 2020 (B)
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: Royal View Hotel, Ohrid (or similar)


Wednesday 13th May 2020 (B,L,D)
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)

Thursday 14th May 2020 (B,D)
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)


Friday 15th May 2020 (B,L,D)
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)


Saturday 16th May 2020 (B,L,D)
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. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, before departing to today’s second UNESCO site — Butrint.
Dinner in a local restaurant.
Overnight: Hotel Santa Quarante, Saranda (or similar)


Sunday 17th May 2020 (B,L,D)
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 lunch in Vlora.
Overnight: Hotel Royal G, Durres (or similar)

Monday 18th May 2020 (B,L,D)
Explore Durres and visit the historic core of the town, including the second largest Roman amphitheatre in the Balkans.
Return to Tirana for lunch and 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 Boutique Lot, Tirana (or similar)


Tuesday 19th May 2020 (B)
Spend your final day on tour exploring Tirana at your leisure before an evening transfer to the airport for your return flight.
Provisional Flights:
British Airways BA2649
Departs Tirana 21:10
Arrives London Gatwick 23:10

  • Return flights with British Airways from London Gatwick to Tirana
  • 23kg hold luggage per person
  • All accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary with some beverages included
  • All excursions and entrance fees
  • All overseas transport and English-speaking guides
  • Services of a Prestige Holidays Tour Manager

Dates Price Single Availability
09-May-2020 for 10 Nights Flight Included Visit Website

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Accommodation:4 star
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Meals:Daily breakfast, seven lunches and nine evening meals.
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