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Classic Tour of Albania

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  • Date: March
  • Destination: Albania
  • Duration: 9 nights
  • Price: 1429
Destination Albania
From Dublin
Date March – November 2019
Duration 8 Nights
Price From €1,429 pp
Flight Details Dublin to Albania via London Gatwick

Details are for guidance only and are subject to change

Introduction to Albania

Although Albania forms part of the Balkan Peninsula, the attraction is its remoteness and isolation from the rest of the region. The language is tantalising, sounds and words that seem familiar and which indeed reflect Albania’s past influences: Greek, Latin, Turkic, Slav, but retaining its own notes, which date back to its distant Illyrian origins.

While the coastal areas are attractively familiar, the mountains of Albania reveal Ottoman fortresses, prehistoric dwellings, ancient citadels, the sites of battles both ancient and recent, monasteries, mosques, tombs cut into the rock side, finds from the Illyrian period, theatres from the ancient world and the fascinating city and museum of Apollonia.

After its unsettled political situation in the past the infrastructure of tourism has improved, but thankfully, the country remains unspoilt, offering an array of treasures to explore.

What makes Albania so seductive is its relative remoteness and recent isolation from the rest of the region. While the coastal areas are attractively familiar, we will also open your eyes to the riches further inland.

The mountains of Albania conceal Ottoman fortresses, historic villages, monasteries, mosques, tombs cut in the rock side and ancient Illyrian sites so it would be a shame to while away your entire trip on a beach, as scenic as they are.

Unlike so many travel destinations, much of the country remains unspoilt so there is still an array of treasures to explore. It’s not just what you’ll see that will make a tour through Albania special – the language is tantalising with its Greek, Latin, Turkic and Slav influences, as well as its own unique notes.

Special Offer:
NO single supplement on the 6th November departure


Day 1 Fly from London Gatwick to Tirana. Transfer to Kruja, a previous capital during the resistance against the Turks under the national hero Skanderbeg, for overnight at the 3-star Hotel Panorama.

Day 2 Visit the Skanderbeg Museum inside Kruja castle, the Ethnographic museum and the Old Bazaar. Travel to Berat, a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to some of the best examples of Ottoman architecture outside Turkey. Explore Berat Castle and the Onufri Museum. Overnight at the 3-star Hotel Mangalemi. (B, D)

Day 3 Drive to Apollonia, a city which flourished in Roman times, for a visit. Travel to Vlora, visit the Independence Museum, continue along the breathtaking Albanian Riviera, over the Llogara Pass, and stop at Ali Pasha’s Fort, Port Palermo. Spend two nights at the 4-star Hotel Brilant. (B)

Day 4 Visit Butrint, a UNESCO site situated amongst dense vegetation. Continue to Lekuresi castle for a spectacular view of the bay of Saranda and the island of Corfu. (B)

Day 5 Drive via the Blue Eye spring to the hillside ‘Museum City’ of Gjirokastra. Visit to the castle and Ethnographic Museum. Lunch at a village home in Dhoksat. Overnight at the 4-star Hotel Argjiro. (B, L)

Day 6 Drive via the ancient site of Bylis to Durres to visit the amphitheatre and archaeological museum. Continue to Tirana and stay two nights at the 4-star Hotel Opera or Theranda. (B)

Day 7 Visit the World Headquarters of Bektashi liberal sect of Islam. Ascend Dajti Mountain (1,613 metres) by cable car for a spectacular view of Tirana. Return to Tirana to visit Bunk’Art, a unique anti-nuclear bunker built into a hill. (B, D)

Day 8 Walking tour of Bllok area, followed by visits to National History Museum and National Gallery of Arts. Farewell dinner at an organic farm. Flight from Albania to London Gatwick where you will stay in an airport hotel overnight. (B, D)

Day 9 You will be transferred from the hotel to London Gatwick airport for the flight to Dublin.

  • Key: B – Breakfast L – Lunch D – Dinner

Kruja – 1 night
Berat – 1 night
Saranda – 2 nights
Gjirokastra – 1 night
Tirana – 2 nights

This is a full itinerary with many visits on foot including some uneven surfaces and inclines.
The Albanian hotels outside Tirana are to a simple but comfortable standard and equate to one category lower by British standards. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer and satellite TV. Most of the travelling is along a well-established road network which is in good condition but some selected minor roads may be in poor repair. The sightseeing programme may be rearranged depending on local conditions and flight schedules.

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Price Inclusions

  • Flights from Dublin to Tirana, Albania, via London Gatwick
  • All transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation in 3*& 4* hotels in Albania (see Itinerary (above) or Accommodation Details (below) for further details
  • Breakfast daily (in Albania), 1 lunch and 3 dinners
  • Escorted tours with guide as per itinerary
  • Meals as outlined in itinerary
  • Flight from Albania to London Gatwick
  • 1 night in a Gatwick Airport hotel
  • Flight from London Gatwick to Dublin
  • Taxes, hand luggage and 1 item of 15kg baggage per person

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Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes as indicated
  • Single room supplement from €280
    • No single room supplement on 5th November departure
  • Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit 10% per person
  • Full payment due 12 weeks before departure
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • Taxes, fees or compulsory charges introduced after publication are not included in the above price

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Accommodation details

Hotel Panorama – Kruja
A traditional 3-star hotel in the centre of Kruja, with great views to the castle. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and 75 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-fridge and satellite TV.

Hotel Mangalemi – Berat
A 3-star hotel built on the ruins of Turkish mansions in the historic centre of Mangalem Quarter, close to the town centre. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and 19 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Hotel Brilant – Saranda
This 4-star hotel is close to the town’s main boulevard. Bar, WiFi (free) and 33 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Argjiro – Gjirokastra
A modern 4-star hotel in traditional style. It is close to the castle and Ethnographic Museum. Restaurants, bar, WiFi (free) and 30 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer and satellite TV.

Opera – Tirana
An elegant 4-star hotel close to Skanderbeg Square. Restaurant, WiFi (free) and 52 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Theranda – Tirana
This stylish 4-star boutique hotel is close to the Bllok district with bars and restaurants. Breakfast room, bar, WiFi (free) and 14 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV.

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Dates and Prices

Date Price
19 March 2019 €1,539
02 April 2019 €1,539
23 April 2019 €1,599
30 April 2019 €1,599
14 May 2019 €1,639
28 May 2019 €1,699
04 June 2019 €1,639
18 June 2019 €1,639
10 September 2019 €1,639
17 September 2019 €1,639
24 September 2019 €1,719
01 October 2019 €1,569
15 October 2019 €1,569
29 October 2019 €1,499
05 November 2019* €1,429

* No single supplement.

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