Arrival & Departure Point: Tirana, Albania (TIA)
Destinations Covered: Tirana, Pogradec, Germenj, Gjirokaster, Saranda, Himara, Berat
Highlights: Amazing views and sunsets over the seas, stunning coastal locations and exciting culinary adventures, Relaxing strolls through some of the most beautiful towns of Southern Albania, Late night dinners and long leisurely lunches with some of the most delicious foods you have ever tasted (and of course Albanian Raki), Comfortable lodging with the extravagance focused on the environs, gardens, food and hospitality, Flexibility to explore on your own and define your own adventures, And you will become a local at the end of this tour and gain the ability to travel comfortably like a local?throughout Albania when you visit next time.
Duration: 7 Nights & 8 Days.
Day 1: Tirana
On arrival at Tirana aiport you will met get picked for transfer to the hotel located in the city centre. And take your time to freshen up before you meet your multi lingual guide at the hotel lobby. The programme starts with a walking tour in the city. Back to the hotel for your welcome dinner. After dinner we take you for a drink and enjoy Albania’s night life, which is filled with the sounds and sights of the Tirana’s friendly people singing and playing. Spend the night at Tirana.
Day 2: Pogradec
After a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel we take you to visit the Nacional Museum. After the visit at the museum you will stop at the local market when you can see local foodstuffs, fresh fruits and vegetables. And have lunch at a restaurant located in the center of Tirana where you can try our traditional Albanian food. In the afternoon we will board our vehicle for a 3 hours’ drive to arrive in the beautiful city of Pogradec where is Lake Ohrid lies on the UNESCO Site. We will eat dinner at the hotel located near the lake and try some of the local fish and wine. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Germenj
Have an Albanian traditional breakfast from the Hotel near the lake with the wonderful view. The breakfast will be with fresh eggs, milk, honey and a lot of fresh and bio fruits of pogradec. We give you a morning lecture/power point presentation of the region’s food culture, edible Vegetation and growing seasons, non veg items growing in Pogradec. Then we will board our vehicle for 1 hour drive to arrive in the city of Korca for lunch.We will stop at a local restaurant featuring fresh local foods. It is even better when every thing is accompanied with home made wine. After lunch we drive through the country side and landscape, before arriving to our destination at the fish farm when we will taste how the locals like to eat their fish. Today we can try to cook the fresh fish that the farmer grows with a lot of local vegetables and spices. Overnight stay at Germenj.
Day 4: Gjirokaster
Today after breakfast we will continue to Permet and visit the thermal springs of Benje for a sunbath. For lunch we will stop 4 km from the springs. Head to Gjirokaster, the 2nd UNESCO site. We will visit the castle and the house of the dictator Enver Hoxha and then for dinner we will be at the hotel Cajupi located in the city center. The traditional Albanian tea– mountain tea will be served and the local music will be take place after dinner at the center. Spend the night at hotel in Gjirokaster.
Day 5: Saranda
We will be leaving from Gjirokastr after a delicious breakfast and we will arrive at the blue Eyeand take a walking tour at this charming water spring.We will take a packed picnic lunch and enjoy the mount air the blue wonderful water and have lunch. After lunch we will drive to visit-Butrint National Park the ancient Buthrotum a port from Hellenistic to Ottoman time, 3rd UNESCO site. Then we drive to Saranda and check in to your hotel. Then we go to a seaside restaurant for today’s special dinner with lot of sea food.
Day 6: Himara
Rise up with the sun get ready for a morning drive to one of the most beautiful Albanian beach, Himara beach and we will have lunch in a quaint home–style restaurant, here we try the fresh seafood and the extra virgin olive oil. After lunch you will have free time to wander the narrow streets of Himara to see the shops, rest in the coffee shops and try some delicious ice creams….. Toady you can buy the seafood that the fisherman sell at the port of Himara cook for the dinner with the help of the local cook. You can have dinner from the hotel near the beach with the wonderful view of the sea! Spend the night at hotel
Day 7: Berat
Today we will have the opportunity to sea how an Albanian typical Pan cakes is made.With fresh honey and milk of local farmer. After breakfast we will visit the national park of Llogara and make a walking tour and see the wonderful view from the mountain to the sea. For lunch we will try the fresh lamb meat and some Albanian typical vegetables food and one of the best pies in Albania. After lunch we will drive to Berat, the 4th UNESCO site also named city of thousand windows. We will visit the castle of Berat. Todays dinner will be from the hotel, here yo savour the typical and delicious food of Berat. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 8: Departure Transfer
Our program ends today. After breakfast you will be driven to Tirana airport for the connecting flights.
- Arrival transfer to hotel,
- 7 nights’ accommodation with all meals,
- All intercity transfers,
- Multilingual guide service,
- Walking tours,
- Wines & Albania’s renowned Raki,
- Albanian Cuisines expeditions,
- Tasting renowned Albanian Raki,
- Departure transfer to Tirana airport,
Price as per Request