Day 1: Tuesday
Take the ferry to Saranda – Albania. Departure at 09:00 local Greek time. Arrival 08:40 local Albanian time.(Albania is one hour later than Greek time).
Passport check in. In the morning drive to the Ancient City of Butrint. Guiding and return to Saranda to Lekuresi Castle. Lunch ( included ). After lunch drive to visit Blue Eye and overnight to Gjirokaster.( km 100).
Day 2: Wednesday
Guided walking tour of the old town including the castle and ethnographic museum.
Drive north to Berat. Walking tour of the old town and visit Onufri icon museum, the castle and the ethnographic museum. Lunch (included.) Overnight Berat (kms 105).
Day 3: Thursday
Drive towards Tirana. Lunch (included) in Durres. In afternoon arrival in Tirana. Sightseeing in town and visit the National museum, the mosque of Etem Bay,
and the opera house. Overnight in Tirana. (kms 190).
Day 4: Friday
Drive to the city Kruja and visit the castle of national hero Skenderbeu of Albania. Visit the city and old bazaar. Lunch in Kruja (included). Drive back to Tirana. Some free time and afterwards teleferic ride to the top of the hill Dajti (1100 mtrs).
Overnight in Tirana. (kms 100).
Day 5: Saturday
Turn west towards the sea. Visit Ardenica Monastery. After lunch (included) the famous site of Apollonia, head for the coastal town of Vlora for overnight stay.Overnight in Vlora. (kms 160).
Day 6: Sunday
Leave the hotel early in the morning at 08:00 and drive to Saranda.
Drive all long coast incl a stop to Himara town and arrive after mid-day to Saranda. Spent the lunch time ( included) in Saranda and take the ferry from Saranda at 16:00 to Corfu. Arrive to Corfu at 19:00 ( local Greek time).
Notes on towns and main sites
Saranda: Commercial port and main town in the south. It’s built directly over a
Roman town which surfaces here and there. Best views are from the castle call “Lekuresi” high above; the restaurant on top is an idea for evening dining.
Gjirokastra: This fascinating and historic small town is on UNESCO’s
World Heritage list. Largely medieval, with some lovely architecture to admire reflecting the town’s wealthy past, it is build on a hill overlooking valley and mountains. Excellent views from the large castle above, which houses a weapon museum! Some good restaurants in de narrow cobbled lanes of the old town.
Berat: Another member of the UNESCO club, Berat is called ‘the town of a thousand eyes’ because of the many-windowed old houses that crow above the river Osum and up the hill. High along the ridge is a 14th C citadel, its walls enclosing no fewer than fourteen small painted churches (hence the presence of the famous icon museum). The Turkish influence may be seen in the town’s three mosques and tekke, also worth visiting.
Tirana: The capital and main administration city of Albania since 1920, with 1 million habitants; A town with big contrasts. Tirana is the main institute of culture and town in which you can find good restaurants with specialties from a the different areas of the country. Around Tirana, several historical sites can be found in cities like Durres and Kruja.
Ardencia: 12th C monastery converted into an inn, it occupies the whole of a rocky outcrop amid pine and cypress trees and is a landmark visible for miles across the plain. The church, dedicated to the Virgin, is characteristically Greek, and has a magnificent iconostasis and high-quality wall-paintings.
Apollonia: Another most important archeological site. Founded in 588 BC by Greeks from Corinth, it rose to become a renowned cultural centre in the roman period. Memorable are the elegant façade of the Bouleuterion and the great Stoat. Below stands the beautiful 13th C church of Shen Mari, built out of the antique stone.
Himara: The main town in the coast area. The well known for the most beautiful beach in Albania. There is recommended area to spent longer beach and cultural holidays.
On the 6-day tour we confirm that: if one person is traveling completely alone, except 2 second( so without other party members), a supplement of 158 euros will be charged, for the low season and 210 for July/August.
On 6-days tour we confirm that the price for a third, fifth, seventh, ninth, or eleventh person is as for a single room.
Clients can stay for one extra week to Himara, or to Saranda
People can get money only in Albanian currency (called LEK ), from ATM machine using only VISA CARD. MAESTRO & MASTER CARD VISA.
For the six-days tour to Albania, for five evening meals, for drinks & coffee:
a person should calculate approx 150-200 euros.
We confirm that in Albania it is one hour later than in Greece,( people should put their watch one hour back ).
People are advised to use comfortable shoes during visiting museums and archeological places.
The climate & temperature in South Albania is similar to the climate on Corfu. (Mediterranean climate).
In Albania the representative of “SIPA TOURS” will be waiting for the guest and stay with them during all the tour.
What we need:
- First & last name like in passport.
- Date of Birth.
- Place of Birth.
- Passport Nr
- Date of issue
- Expire date
- Female or Macuale