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Essential Albania: Up, Down and Around Albania

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Country cousin of Greece and Italy, little-known Albania has 225 miles of coastline, Greek and Roman ruins and vestiges of Ottoman heritage. Beginning in the capital, Tirana, travel overland up and down the Adriatic coast and through the mountains of the south.

Days 1-3: Tirana, Kruja, Shkodra, Durres, Apollonia

Visit the museums and mosques of the capital, the medieval hillside fortress of Kruja, striking lakeside Shkodra, the Roman amphitheater in coastal Durres and the ruins of Apollonia, mentioned by both Aristotle and Cicero.

Days 4-5: Vlora, Berat, Butrint, Saranda

Overnight in Vlora, an important port since the 6th century and visit UNESCO-listed medieval Berat and 6th century Butrint. Continue to coastal Saranda, within sight of Corfu.

Days 6-9: Gjirokastra, Permet, Korce, Pogradec, Elbasan, Tirana

Drive through the mountains to the UNESCO-listed Ottoman town of Gjirokastra and overnight in Permet, famed for its fiery raki. Continue to Korce, near the Greek border and then up to Pogradec, on the shores of UNESCO-listed Lake Ohrid. On the way back to Tirana, walk the castle walls of Elbasan.


Trip Details

Length of Trip: 9 Days

Your choice of dates - start on a Thursday
Land Tour Cost:  
2 traveler minimum From $2,995
Single Supplement From $365
Note: Call 800-424-7289 for more information about Essential trip pricing
Essential trip prices vary by season and are subject to hotel availability for your travel dates. Hotel upgrades, additional nights and solo traveler prices are available on request. Contact us for a descriptive itinerary and booking details.

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Day Activity  
Day 1: Tirana  
Day 2: Tirana, day trip to Kruja, Shkodra  
Day 3: Tirana, Durres, Apollonia, Vlora  
Day 4: Vlora, day trip to Berat  
Day Activity  
Day 5: Vlora, Butrint, Saranda  
Day 6: Saranda, Gjirokastra, Permet  
Day 7: Permet, Korca, Pogradec  
Day 8: Pogradec, Elbasan, Tirana  
Day 9: Tirana  

About Essential Trips

Flexible Essential Private Trips are compact, well-designed private tour itineraries - researched and ready to book on the dates you choose. They work perfectly as brief overviews of a country or as effortless extensions to group tours - great for solo travelers, couples, or private parties who prefer to travel independently but appreciate a savvy predesigned program.

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