Albania Uncovered

7 Nights in Albania
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What you can expect

Unexplored country

It’s still relatively unexplored country

Gjirokaster

Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old town of Gjirokaster

Butrint

Visit the amazing ruins at the ancient city of Butrint

About the trip

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.

What's included?

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/double room for single use
  • Welcome drink
  • Breakfast and dinner daily plus 1 picnic lunch
  • Tours as per itineray
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Fully Financially Protected

Itinerary

  • London – Corfu
  • Gjirokastro (+/- 55km)
  • Tepelene & Apollonia (+/-165km)
  • Vlore (+/- 72km)
  • Eagles Nest's (+/-35 km)
  • Himara - Agia Saranta (+/- 55km)
  • Agia Saranta - Butrint (+/- 40 km)
  • Corfu – London

Extras

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

What you’ll be doing

DAY 1

London – Corfu

On arrival in Corfu, you transfer to your hotel.

  • Hotel Livadi Nafsika 3* or similar (Corfu)
  • Dinner Included
DAY 2

Gjirokastro (+/- 55km)

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!

  • Hotel Argjiro 4* or Similar (Albania)
  • Breakast and Dinner Included
DAY 3

Tepelene & Apollonia (+/-165km)

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.

  • Vlore International Hotel 4* or Similar (Albania)
  • Breakast and Dinner Included
DAY 4

Vlore (+/- 72km)

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.

  • Rapo’s Hotel 4* or Similar (Albania)
  • Breakast and Dinner Included
DAY 5

Eagles Nest's (+/-35 km)

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.

  • Rapo’s Hotel 4* or Similar (Albania)
  • Breakast, Lunch and Dinner Included
DAY 6

Himara - Agia Saranta (+/- 55km)

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.

  •  Saranda Palace Hotel 4* or Similar (Albania)
  • Breakast and Dinner Included

 

DAY 7

Agia Saranta - Butrint (+/- 40 km)

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.

  •  Hotel Livadi Nafsika 4* or Similar (Corfu)
  • Breakast and Dinner Included

 

DAY 8

Corfu – London

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

  • Breakast Included

 

Accommodation

Albania Uncovered

We stay in comfortable hotels throughout as detailed below (or similar)

  • Hotel Livadi Nafsika
  • Hotel Argjiro
  • Vlore International Hotel
  • Rapo’s Hotel
  • Saranda Palace Hotel

Frequently Asked Questions

Average Temperatures

Month(s) Highest temperature Lowest temperature
January - February 14 °C 5 °C
March 18 °C 7 °C
April 22 °C 9 °C
May 28 °C 14 °C
June 33 °C 19 °C
July 36 °C 21 °C
August 34 °C 21 °C
September 31 °C 18 °C
October 31 °C 18 °C
November 21 °C 10 °C
December 16 °C 7 °C

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