Shutterstock 62557927 Zvernec Monastery, Vlora

The covers are off and Albania is dusting itself down.and emerging as one of Europe’s best kept secrets.

Head “off the beaten path” for a holiday with a difference and discover the incomparable beauty of Albania. Our tour will take us through stunning mountain and coastal landscapes as we journey through this fascinating country.

Shutterstock 109694120 Himare Town

Why go to Albania?

  • Get a genuine insight into this mysterious country
  • Follow in the footsteps of Norman Wisdom – Albania’s ‘Clown’ Prince
  • Visit the amazing ruins at the ancient city of Butrint
  • Great value for money – a glass of wine still costs less than a £1
  • Try a Basbousa – a delicious local sweet cake

Itinerary

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On arrival in Corfu, you transfer to your hotel. 

  • Accommodation Albania Uncovered
  • MEALS Dinner included

Today we take a short but stunning cruise across to Agia Saranta in Southern Albania. From here we’ll take a spectacular drive along the Blue Eye National Park to the UNESCO Heritage town of Gjirokaster. Dating back to the Ottomans, this medieval town has a wonderful old quarter with a maze of narrow stone cobbled streets and a Turkish bazaar, perfect for some unusual souvenir spotting!

  • Accommodation Albania Uncovered
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

We drive along the Drino river towards Tepelene. Take in the 'UJI I FTOHTE' (cold water), a unique natural waterfall before reaching Tepelene, a medieval town with an impressive location once visited by Lord Byron. The landscapes, rivers and streams of natural beauty charmed him so much that it inspired him to write the beautiful 13th century poem 'Mother Albania'. After lunch in a typical local tavern (not included), we head for the ancient Roman site of Apollonia. We then head south to the beautiful coastal town of Vlore. 

 

  • Accommodation Albania Uncovered
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

We walk along the grand boulevard "Skele-Vlore" in the large pretty seaside town of Vlore bordered on both sides with elegant palm trees, many street merchants, little shops and restaurants towards "The Flag Square" with its enormous socialist-realist 1912 Independence Monument and visit the large Turkish Bazaar and 16th century Muradie Mosque. Late afternoon we reach the picturesque seafront village of Himare.

  • Accommodation Albania Uncovered
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Today we head up to a forgotten traditional shepherd's hamlet located high in the Cancella mountains. After coffee among the locals in the settlements, we can walk around this traditional shepherd village with very old stone houses and little goat farms, a medieval church between a historical beech park and agricultural fields and pastures. After a delicious meal, we slowly descend back to the coast.

  • Accommodation Albania Uncovered
  • MEALS All meals included

Our final day in Albania will take us to one of Europe’s best kept secrets, the ancient ruins at Butrint – a UNESCO World Heritage site, thought by many to be one of the finest ancient cities in Europe.

  • Accommodation Albania Uncovered
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Today is at leisure to shop for original souvenirs, relax on the terrace or join our guide for a walk through Agia Saranta along the pretty palm tree lined promenade. In the early afternoon, we head back to Corfu.

  • Accommodation Albania Uncovered
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Depart for Corfu Airport.

  • Accommodation
  • MEALS Breakfast included
APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

3 hours

TEMPERATURE

Average Daily Maximum: 
23°C May 21°C Oct

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT +1 hour

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Useful Information

Transfer Time

The transfer time from Corfu Airport to the hotel is approximately 30 minutes depending on traffic. The Ferry from Corfu across to Albania takes 1 hour.

Included Program

  • Listed below are the inclusions in your programme:
  • Entrances to classical sites/museums throughout the tour
  • Ferry from Corfu to Agia Saranta
  • Visit of the Blue Eye National Park and town of Gjirokaster
  • Tour of Tepelene
  • Visit of ancient Roamn site of Apollonia
  • Guided tour of Vlore
  • Visit to traditional shepherds hamlet
  • Tour of ancient city of Butrint

Gratuities

From the 1st January 2018 a new Overnight Stay Tax will be introduced by the Government of Greece. This will be payable locally by the individual tourist on checking in to accommodation in Greece and varies according to the official rating of the accommodation as follows: Apartments (all categories): 0.50 Euros per room per night Hotels: 1-2 star: 0.50 Cents per room per night 3 star: 1.50 Euros per room per night 4 star: 3.00 Euros per room per night 5 star: 4.00 Euros per room per night. Payment can be made by cash or card.

There is often confusion on the question of gratuities, since it frequently depends on the type of holiday, location and, of course, your attitude towards tipping, as to what is normally expected. In order to give you a rough idea, we have given appropriate guidance below.

Your Tour Leader will be on hand to offer advice or suggestions if required but gratuities are offered entirely at the sole discretion of the individual. We suggest a group collection to cover drivers, porters and hotel staff of €30.00. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate % to add on.

A reasonable level of fitness/mobility is required as we include plenty of sightseeing/travelling, sometimes with early starts.

Temperature (Average Daily Maximum)

May 23ºC, Oct 21ºC

Dress Code

Casual daytime wear is recommended. Comfortable shoes are a “must” for sightseeing. Smart casual clothes will be ideal for the evenings - the emphasis throughout being informality. A waterproof jacket is recommended.

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Depart Return Nights Age Group Price COMMENTS  
05 Oct 2018 12 Oct 2018 7 All Ages £ 1149 BOOK

What's included:

  • Charter return flights London Gatwick or Manchester/Corfu & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/double room for single use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Entrances to classical sites/ museums throughout the tour
  • Ferry from Corfu to Agia Saranta
  • Visit of the Blue Eye National Park and town of Gjirokaster
  • Tour of Tepelene
  • Visit of ancient Roman site of Apollonia
  • Guided tour of Vlore
  • Visit to traditional shepherd’s hamlet
  • Tour of ancient city of Butrint
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Solos Board: Breakfast and dinner daily, 1 Barbeque lunch

What's extra:

  • Insurance see here

NB:

  • A reasonable level of fitness/ mobility is required as we include plenty of sightseeing/travelling, sometimes with early starts.

 

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