Albania & Montenegro Tour - 10 Days

Albania & Montenegro Tour - 10 Days

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Jorge and your team

We are a team of adventurers that will help you discover the best places in the world. We'll guide you throughout the adventures so you can live unique and life changing experiences.

We are a team of adventurers that will help you discover the best places in the world. We'll guide you throughout the adventures so you can live unique and life changing experiences.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Travel day & Tirana

Stop At: Tirana, Tirana, Tirana County
Airport pick-up service available throughout the day (included).

Welcome to Albania!
– Get settled in the hotel and for those of you not too tired, there is a guided walking tour of the city center, including Skanderbeg Square, Ethem Bey Mosque, National Historical Museum, the Pyramid, Blloku area.
Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at the hotel.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Tirana, a 3-star hotel

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Berat (UNESCO)

Stop At: Berat Castle, Rruga Mihal Komnena, Berat 5001 Albania
Get settled in the hotel and head out for a guided tour with the local guide admiring the citadel / castle of Berat with the Red Mosque, recognized by its solitary minaret. The White Mosque, the Church of the Holy Trinity and the arched bridge of Gorica, built in 1780 are the other attractions that await you after the Castle.

Enjoy lunch with the city as the view and have free time wandering in the two main districts of Mangalem and Gorica.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Kantina e Veres Alpeta., Berat 4002 Albania
In the afternoon we transfer to the scenic Alpeta Winery located among the rolling hills that surround the city. The tour of the facilities includes a complete view of the process of vinification and detailed explanations by a member of the family.

After the visit to the cellar and vineyard, guests are invited to share 2 glasses of wine and other 2 of Raki, and exchange stories with a member of the Alpeta family while enjoying a variety of homemade Albanian cheeses and locally grown olives.

Return in Berat for a free evening.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Overnight at Berat, a 3-star hotel

Day 3: Saranda via Gjirokaster (UNESCO) & Blue Eye Spring

Stop At: Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster County
Transfer to Gjirokaster to discover the city of “a thousand steps”.
– Soak up to the rich history of the castle and enjoy the view of the “city of stone” from above.
– Pass by the Ottoman Bazaar and historic wooden houses and visit Gjirokastra Obelisk dedicated to the first school of Gjirokastra and enjoy the 360º view from there.

Stop for lunch in a small, local restaurant for a taste of the city’s authentic dishes.

Step into Skenduli house, the nicest Ottoman tower house and listen to its history and details from the 10th generation of Skenduli family.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: The Blue Eye, Vlore 9706 Albania
Travel to the Blue Eye and marvel at the spring’s shades of blue and nature around it, before reaching Saranda in the late afternoon.
Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Overnight at Saranda, a 3-star hotel

Day 4: Ksamil & Butrint National Park (UNESCO)

Stop At: Butrint National Park, SH81, Butrint Albania
Transfer to Butrint for a guided tour of the Unesco Archaeological site where a local guided explains 2500 years of history embedded in the Amphitheater, the Castle, the Churches and the Lion’s Gate.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Ksamil Beach, Ksamil, Saranda Albania
Set off for a beach day at Ksamil Islands where you will have them to explore, swim, sunbathe and enjoy food and drinks at small cafés and restaurants on the Islands.

Spend your afternoon in Ksamil and on the way back to Saranda visit the Lekursi Castle overseeing the city.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at Saranda, a 3-star hotel

Day 5: Ali Pasha Castle & Llogara National Park

Stop At: Ali Pasha Castle, Sh8 Porto Palermo, Porto Palermo Beach, Vlore Albania
Head to Porto Palermo and explore the Ali Pasha Castle with your Tour Director.
– Marvel at the architecture and listen to entertaining legends about the man who build it, Ali Pashe Tepelena.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Llogara National Park, Llogara National Park, Vlore County
En route to Durres, stop at Llogara “balcony” for a stunning view from above of the South Coast beaches and then head for lunch to Llogara National Park freshened by the mountain breeze and pine trees.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Overnight at Durres, a 3-star hotel

Day 6: Kruja & Shkoder

Stop At: Kruja Castle, Near Tirana, Kruje 1501 Albania
We start our journey from Durres, directly to the city of Kruja.
– Set off on a guided tour of Dollma Bektashi Teqe, the surroundings and the Castle itself, the Skanderbeg Museum and the National Ethnographic Museum.
– You will have free time to wander around the Old Bazaar, with beautiful cobblestone alleys and lovely old architecture.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Shiroka, Albania
We transfer for lunch in Shiroke. This small town on the shores of lake Shkoder is well known for its fish cuisine, quietness and natural beauty.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Rozafa Castle, Rozafa, Shkoder Albania
Visit the Rozafa Fortress and enjoy amazing views, the fortress’s fascinating history.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Shkoder, Shkoder, Shkoder County
Get settled in the hotel in Shkoder and experience the Old Town, St. Stephen’s Catholic Cathedral and the Ebu Bekr Mosque on a guided tour.

Enjoy free time in the “Pedonalja”, the beating heart of Shkodra. Equipped with everything you need to relax, it’s a great street to wander around, shop and drink something.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Overnight at Shkoder, a 3-star hotel

Day 7: Koman Lake to Shala River boat ride

Stop At: Komani Lake, Koman Albania
Early morning transfer to Koman, where you will take a scenic boat ride passing by rocky mountains and vivid green hills towards Shala River, a hidden paradise called also the “Albanian Thailand”.

Enjoy lunch with the view of the mirror river, the quietness of the mountains and nature around you.

Leave this idyllic spot in the afternoon and transfer to the seaside city of Shkodra.
Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Overnight at Shkoder, a 3-star hotel

Day 8: Podgorica, Virpazar & Wine Tasting

Stop At: Podgorica, Podgorica, Podgorica Municipality
Explore Independence Square and the Roman Bridge, where the Moraca and Ribnica rivers converge.

Our tour continues with lunch and wine Tasting in a local family-run Winery.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Virpazar, Montenegro
From the new capital we will make our to the old market town of Virpazar, where the whole country in the past came to trade.
– We go toward Skadar lake natural park (UNESCO) and the old fortress town of Zabljak Crnojevica one of the oldest cities of this region. Enjoy beautiful panoramas of Skadar Lake.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Budva, Budva, Budva Municipality
Continue for Budva one of the most important seaside bases of Montenegro where we take a walk through the old town.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch: Wine Tasting
Accommodation included: Overnight at Budva, a 3-star hotel

Day 9: Boka Kotorska | Kotor & Perast (UNESCO)

Stop At: Kotor Old City, Stari grad, Kotor, Kotor Municipality 85330 Montenegro
Today we explore the beautiful city of Kotor on a guided walking tour.
– Learn about the walled city’s history, architecture, culture, and cuisine from your guide.
– Visit its most important historical monuments and buildings in town: Square of Arms, Bizanti Palace, Beskuca Palace, Pima Palace, St. Tryphon Cathedral, Maritime Museum, St Nicholas Church, Blessed Osanna Church as well as the north gate.

Enjoy free time for lunch before boarding on the boat tour around the Bay of Kotor.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Perast, Perast, Kotor Municipality
Admire the panoramic views of the Bay of Kotor as you cruise on the boat.
– Visit Our Lady of the Rock island and church and the peaceful town of Perat, in which the spirit of past times is truly felt. Explore the old town Perast with its many traditional palaces and churches built in the 16th century that still keep their authentic looks.

Return to Budva in the late afternoon.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at Budva, a 3-star hotel

Day 10: Cetigne, Njeguški & Lovćen National Park

Stop At: Cetinje, Cetinje
Visit Montenegro’s former capital of Cetinje, the lovely old town which was the Capital of Montenegro from the 15th century until 1918.
– This city is known as the Cetinje Old Royal Capital Old Capital or the ‘Museum Town of Montenegro.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Njegusi, Njegusi, Cetinje
Afterwards we head for lunch through a spectacular mountain drive to Njeguški. A village best known as the birthplace of the Petrović dynasty, which ruled Montenegro from 1696 to 1918.
– The village is also known for its traditional folk architecture as well as its local forms of cheese and prosciutto made solely in this area.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Lovcen National Park, Cetinje 81250 Montenegro
Head for Lovcen National Park, where Njegos tomb’ is positioned at its top.
– Visit the tomb and admire the stunning views of the summits of Montenegro, Skadar lake, (the largest lake in the Balkans) with the Albanian Alps in the background as well as Cetinje, the Adriatic coast and Boka Kotorska Bay.

Return to Budva for the last night on tour.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Overnight at Budva, a 3-star hotel

Day 11: Departure Day or Return to Tirana (Optional)

Pass By: Tirana, Tirana, Tirana County
Depending on your flight back home, you can choose either to get your flight home from Montenegro or drive back to Tirana with your driver and Tour Leader without any additional cost.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.