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Albania, Montenegro, Meteora (Greece) Tour

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Explore the past history of Meteora Greece and Montenegro and “Be Prepared” for the hospitality of Albania.

DAY 1. “Mother Theresa” AIRPORT – BUDVA (Montenegro) (166 km)

After arrival, we start our tour to Budva (Montenegro) through Shkodra. Accommodation in hotel. After hotel accommodation, we will visit the old town of Budva. The Old Town in Budva has many different tales and stories of its origin. Scholars and historians believe it to have originally been an island, which later joined the shore to form a sand isthmus. The Old Town, along with the city of Budva was said to have been discovered by a Greek sailor by the name of Boutoua. Eventually the Roman Empire took over the whole Montenegrin coast influencing it greatly. Much of the architecture in the Old Town is of Venetian design. Doors, hinges, windows, balconies and many other small but noticeable things seem to hold the Roman style of theRepublic of Venice. There are also three main churches in the old town. The first is St. Ivan’s which was built in the 7th century; second St. Mary’s of Punta dating from 840 and the third, The Holy Trinity, which was built in 1804. The Venetian walls of the Old town are a famous tourist attraction. City tour with a local guide. Overnight in Budva.

DAY 2. BUDVA – KOTOR – SHKODRA – TIRANA (225 km)

After breakfast we drive from Budva to Kotor – a visit to the old town of Kotor. The Old City of Kotor – Kotor Stari Grad – is one of the best preserved medieval towns in the Adriatic. The Old City is surrounded by an impressive city wall, known as bulwarks, which was built by the Republic of Venice and still retains much of Venetian architectural influence. Explore a great number of monuments of medieval architecture: churches, cathedrals, palaces and museums. After visit of Kotor we will drive to Shkodra. After lunch in a traditional restaurant in Shkodra we will visit the city of Shkodra one of the most important city in the north of Albania and the Illyrian capital in the third century AD and then we will visit the castle of Shkodra (ROZAFA) and then proceed to TIRANA. Overnight in Tirana.

DAY 3. TIRANA – APOLLONIA – VLORA (158 km)

After breakfast we will visit the city of Tirana, capital of Albania. The Museum of History, Skanderbeg Square, Et’hem Bey Mosque, The Clock Tower, Government buildings, Roman Catholic Church of Saint Paul completed in 2001, the largest church in Tirana. The Palace of Culture (Pallati Kulturës). Departure towards the ancient city of Apollonia. Apollonia is located on the famous Via Egnatia, one of the most important cities in Rome times. The Roman emperor Augustus Octaviano studied there. Visit the city and the Orthodox Monastery converted into Archaeological Museum in the area. After the visit Apollonia we drive to Vlora one of the most important historical city because it was here that in 1912 the National Assembly declared Albania an independent state. Overnight in Vlora.

DAY 4. VLORA – BUTRINT (Unesco) – SARANDA (160 km)

We depart for Saranda. Drive on the spectacular Albanian Riviera looking down at the Ionian Sea. Breathtaking sceneries await us at the Llogara pass – 1000 m above sea level. Stop for coffee and refreshment at the top of Llogara. On the way stop in Porto Palermo for a visit of Ali Pasha Castle, one of the most picturesque fortress of the 18th century, built by Ali Pasha the famous ruler of southern part of Albania. Lunch at Lekuresi Castle (optional) with marvelous view of Corfu Island and Saranda. After lunch proceeds for the visit to the ancient city of Butrint a world heritage site. The city was first settled by Greeks and was continuously inhabited for centuries forming archaeological layers of passing civilizations. Check in at the hotel and afternoon free to walk around. Overnight in Saranda.

DAY 5. SARANDA – METEORA, KALABAKA (Greece) (210 km)

After breakfast we will proceed to Meteora (Greece). Meteora is an area in Thessaly (Central Greece) and Kalampaka is the city under the rock towers of Meteora. The thing that makes Meteora so special is the monasteries on the top of the rock towers. The monasteries, the amount of peaks to climb and the paths for hiking brings in Meteora the whole year many tourists. Historians and geologists started to be interested in the creation of these rocks (Meteora) about 1000 years ago, expressing several theories. The prevailing theory about Meteora creation is that one of the German geologist Philipson, who came to Greece in the late 19th century. According to his theory, a large river had his estuary in this area which for millions of years was covered by a narrow and deep part of the sea .The river waters place matter, stones and generally several materials that were transferred by its waters at the estuary from Northern parts of primordial central Europe. From the accumulation of these materials deltaic cones were formed. At the cavities, fissures and peaks of Meteora rocks, the people of that place found protection from the raids of several conquerors and of those who passed from the area. Today, the tradition of Orthodoxy is continued uninterrupted for over 600 years by the Holy Monastery of the Great Meteoro or (the Transfiguration of Jesust), the Varlaam Monastery, the Saint Stephen Monastery, the Holy Trinity Monastery, the Saint Nicolas Anapafsas Monastery and the Roussano Monastery. All these monasteries are on the top of Meteora rocks. Overnight in Kalambaka

DAY 6. METEORA, KALAMBAKA (Greece) – GJIROKASTA (Unesco) (197 km)

After breakfast we return to Albania. We drive to Gjirokastra a UNESCO site and museum town with beautiful and very nice architecture. Visit the Fortress which is used as the venue for the National Festival of Folk Song and Dance. Next we visit the Ethnographic Museum the house where the Albanian dictator was born in and a traditional house of Gjirokastra. Overnight in Gjirokastra.

DAY 7. GJIROKASTRA (Unesco – BERAT (Unesco) (171 km)

After breakfast proceed to Berat and we will visit the Castle and the Onufri Museum. Berat castle is of particular interest as people still live within its walls in their traditional houses, as have their ancestors for centuries. The castle used to have over many churches of which 7 still remain including one turned into Onufri Museum. Onufri was an Albanian Icon master painter of the 16th century who painted many orthodox churches in Albania and Greece. Overnight in Berat.

DAY 8. BERAT (Unesco) – “Mother Theresa” AIRPORT (125 km)

After breakfast, free to explore until time of transfer to Airport. End of our services.

 

  • 700 Euro per person sharing a double or twin room for minimum 6 participants
  • 900 Euro per person sharing a double or twin room for minimum 4 participants
  • 1490 Euro per person sharing a double or twin room for minimum 2 participants

 

Supplement single occupancy of a double room will be 120 Euro.

The rate for this tour varies depending on the size and type of group.

For additional information, please contact us at : info@albaniaexpresstravel.com

 

Includes:

Accommodation in good 3* 4* standard hotels with breakfast.

Transportation with comfortable a/c vehicle.

English speaking guide/driver

All taxes

Excludes:

Flight Tickets

All entrance fees

All other meals apart from breakfast