Panoramic view on Traditional albanian house in Gjirokaster, Albania.

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
  • Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old town of Gjirokaster
  • Visit the amazing ruins at the ancient city of Butrint
  • When you visit Albania, you can splurge without breaking the bank!
  • It’s still relatively unexplored country

Itinerary

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On arrival in Corfu, you transfer to your hotel. 

  • Accommodation 3 * Hotel Livadi Nafsika or similar
  • MEALS Dinner included

Today we take a ferry 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 4 * Hotel Argjiro
  • 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 4 * Vlore International Hotel
  • 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 4 * Rapo's Hotel
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Today we head up to a forgotten traditional shepherd's hamlet located high in the Cancella mountains. We will 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 4 * Rapo's Hotel
  • MEALS All meals included

After breakfast at the hotel we will visit a local school of Old Himara village. We suggest bringing some small presents for the children such as coloured pencils, pens, notebooks or inflatable balls etc.

Our next stop is Porto Palermo Castle which served as the former Soviet submarine base during the communist regime in Albania. Later we will have a stop at a waterfall in the village of Borsh.

In the evening we will enjoy traditional Albanian folk music and a farewell dinner at Lekuresi Castle. Overnight Agia Saranta.

  • Accommodation 4 * Saranda Palace Hotel
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner 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.

We will have some free time for exploring the centre of Agia Saranta and maybe do some shopping before taking afternoon ferry back to Corfu. Dinner and overnight Corfu.

  • Accommodation 3 * Hotel Livadi Nafsika or similar
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

After breakfast we’ll have some free before our evening transfer to the airport for our return flight home.

  • Accommodation
  • MEALS Breakfast included

Added Value
1 Picnic lunch is included

APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

3 hours

TEMPERATURE

Average Daily Maximum:

Gjinokaster 23°C May, 16°C Sep, 15°C Oct

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT + 1 hours

What's included:

  • Charter return flights London Gatwick/Corfu & transfers (Regional flights are available on request)
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/double room for single use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • 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
  • Breakfast and dinner daily, 1 picnic lunch

What's extra:

  • Entrances to classical sites/ museums throughout the tour approx. €20 or 2500 Albanian Lek
  • Corfu tax €2.00 per room per night payable locally
  • Insurance see here

 

 

Useful Information

Passports and visas
A full 10-year passport is required valid for at least 6 months upon arrival into Albania. Holders of passports with the inscription “British Citizen” or “European Union” do not require a visa if staying less than 90 days.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct visa, a valid passport and any other travel documents for your holiday. All information provided relates to British citizens who hold or are entitled to apply for a British passport. For the most up-to-date visa information please visit; Albania Foreign Advice

If you are not a British citizen and do not hold a British passport, you must make your own enquiries as to the applicable requirements. Alternatively, you can apply for your Visa with our preferred partner the Travel Visa company by selecting the following link; Travel Visa Company.

Yellow fever certificate requirements
Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.

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.

Currency
Albanian lek

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
We suggest a Group Collection to cover guides, transfer drivers, and hotel staff of minimum £30.00 per person. 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.

Overnight Stay Tax
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.

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.

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

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Depart Return Nights Age Group Price From regional flights available COMMENTS  
24 Sep 2021 01 Oct 2021 7 All Ages £1,399 BOOK

What's included:

  • Charter return flights London Gatwick/Corfu & transfers (Regional flights are available on request)
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/double room for single use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • 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
  • Breakfast and dinner daily, 1 picnic lunch

What's extra:

  • Entrances to classical sites/ museums throughout the tour approx. €20 or 2500 Albanian Lek
  • Corfu tax €2.00 per room per night payable locally
  • Insurance see here

 

 

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