It’s still relatively unexplored country
Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old town of Gjirokaster
Visit the amazing ruins at the ancient city of Butrint
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.
On arrival in Corfu, you transfer to your hotel.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After breakfast we’ll have some free before our evening transfer to the airport for our return flight home.
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 Advce
British citizens can enter and remain in Albania for a maximum of 90 days in every 6-month period without a visa. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 3 months from the date of entry into Albania.
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.
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.
Major credit and debit cards are accepted in most banks, large supermarkets and international hotels. Smaller businesses and taxis often only accept cash. There are numerous ATMs in Tirana and the main towns, as well as bureaux de change where Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are widely accepted. Although street money-changers operate openly, they do so illegally. Only use banks or established bureaux de change.
It is difficult to get cash in small towns in Albania and during our information meeting you can exchange 100 Euros for the local currency. It is not compulsory and at your discretion.
A sightseeing programme is included in your touring package.
A reasonable level of fitness/mobility is required as we include plenty of sightseeing/travelling, sometimes with early starts. We would not recommend this holiday for those with walking difficulties.
The order of the itinerary and events may be subject to change
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.
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.
|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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