Ethnic Albania

7 Nights
Category: Tour in Albania
   

 

Overview
Ulcinj 1Nts, Shkodra 1Nts, Prizren 1Nts, Prishtina 1Nts, Skopje 1Nts, Ohrid 1Nts, Tirana 1Nts

Week long tour of all the interesting places in region of Ethnic Albania

 

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    Itinerary
    Meet & Assist on arrival

    Arrival to Tirana airport and transfer to the city of Ulcinj in Montenegro. (overnight in Ulcinj)



    Tour - | 4+1 or 8+1 or 16+1+1

    Overnight Stay at Hotel Hotel Dolcino (Option 1) (Meal Plan - Bed and Breakfast) 

    Breakfast at the Hotel - Hotel Dolcino

    After breakfast, we will start our tour of the historic city of Ulcinj. As one of the oldest settlements in the Adriatic coast, it was founded in 5th century BC. It was captured by the Romans in 163 BC from the Illyrians. With the division of the Roman Empire, it became part of the Byzantine Empire. During the Middle Ages, it was under South Slavic rule for a few centuries. In 1405 it became part of Republic of Venice and in 1571 part of Ottoman Empire. Ulcinj was ceded to the Principality of Montenegro in1880. Ulcinj is a famous destination for tourists, because of its Long Beach, Lake Šas, Ada Bojana Island and for its two-millennia-old Ulcinj Castle. After the city tour, we will take a short ride along the Long beach to the Island of Ada Bojana. The name Ada means river island in Montenegrin.

    The island is created by a river delta of the Bojana River.Legend says it was formed by gathering river sand around a ship sunk at the mouth of Bojana river, but it is more likely to be a delta in formation. It is located on the southernmost tip of Montenegro, with only the Bojana river separating it from Pulaj and Velipoja in the Albanian territory. We can enjoy here lovely meal at a restaurant overlooking the delta and take a short cruise along the river.

    We will have accommodation in the city of Shkodra.


    Overnight Stay at Hotel Hotel Tradita(Option 1) (Meal Plan - Bed and Breakfast) 

    Breakfast at the Hotel - Hotel Tradita

    In the morning, we will start our day by a walk along the beautiful streets of Shkodra, where is the largest 19th century catholic cathedral in the Balkans. Optional is a visit to the Ethnographic and Archaeological Museum in a traditional wooden building, typical for the region.

    The main pedestrian promenade, created in the early 20th century in neoclassical style, will allow you to explore the city's modern face. Gives the city feeling of European spa towns.

    We will also see the Rozafa fortress, an Illyrian castle from the 3rd AD. The fortress majestically towers over the city on a rocky hillside, which offers a picturesque view of the surrounding area and the surrounding three rivers: Drin, Bruna and Kiri.

    For a short break we can stop on the shores of lake Skadar, which is prime spot for birds watching.

    After relaxing by the lake, we will stop in Lezha, which is small town, where is a memorial tomb of the Albanian national hero, Scanderbeg. It was in Lezha, in 1444, that Scanderbeg summoned the leaders of the Albanian clans and led them to unite their forces in the struggle against the Turks. After 24 years of fighting against their waste armies, he died here of malaria.


    Citadel of Rozafa :  

    Overnight Stay at Hotel Hotel Centrum (Option 1) (Meal Plan - Bed and Breakfast) 

    Breakfast at the Hotel - Hotel Centrum

    In the morning, we continue our tour to Gjakova which lies on the banks of the Erenik River. Visit its main sites including the old bazaar and Clock tower. Then we drive to Junik where we visit the famous Kullat e Junikut (Junik Towers). The towers are castle-like houses with a special architecture built in white rock, where Albanians have for centuries sheltered to survive wars and conflicts. We visit Decani monastery (UNESCO). The medieval church houses some of the most preserved fresco decorations in the Balkans and the grounds are also a delight. Finally, we continue on to the city of Peja. After arrival in to Peja we explore the Ottoman sites of the town including the Haxhi Beu Mosque and the old house of Jashar Pasha as well as the Sheremet Tower and the old bazaar.

    Later in the afternoon we drive to Pristina. Accommodation is in hotel in the city.


    Overnight Stay at Hotel Hotel Prima (Option 1) (Meal Plan - Bed and Breakfast) 

    Breakfast at the Hotel - Hotel Prima

    At first, we will explore the city visiting its main sites such as the Orthodox Church and the Carshi Mosque, dating back to the early 15th century. Later we visit the spectacular Gracanica Monastery, one of Kosovo’s most beautiful sites and containing some impressive frescoes.

    We continue to Macedonia stopping first at the Gadime Cave. The Marble Cave is a karst limestone cave in the village of Gadime e Ulët, in the municipality of Lipljan. Much of it is still unexplored. The cave was found in 1966 by a villager, who was cutting stone. We can see the beauty of this cave.

    We cross the border and head to its capital Skopje. Upon arrival, we will visit to the capital’s old town, where the Kale Fortress stands overlooking the Vardar River and the modern city below. We can spend some time in the old bazaar before looking on at the Daut Pasha Hamam and crossing the 15th century stone bridge connecting the Ottoman Bazaar (Čaršija) with the north bank with contemporary Macedonia Square to the south. In this part of the town we can visit the Memorial house of Mother Teresa. Accommodation in Skopje.


    Gadime Cave :

    Overnight Stay at Hotel Hotel Ambasador(Option 1) (Meal Plan - Bed and Breakfast) 

    Breakfast at the Hotel - Hotel Ambasador


    Before heading to Lake Ohrid we can enjoy a visit to the Matka Canyon. Cruise down the river admiring the large rock walls towering beside the water. Keep an eye out for the fascinating caves that are found within the canyon. We then travel on to the gorgeous lake side town of Ohrid, perched on the border of Macedonia and Albania. This unassuming, picturesque settlement has been the setting of thousands of years of human history and the ancient churches, fortress walls, bazaars and old quarters are testimony to its past. Lake Ohrid itself is Europe’s oldest lake having formed over three millions years ago. Wander the streets and squares of its compact centre before hiking up to the ancient walled fortress that overlooks the day to day life of the city and explore the famous old churches, monasteries and basilicas. We will stay overnight in Ohrid.

    Matka Canyon - Cruise :

    Overnight Stay at Hotel Hotel Pela (Option 1) (Meal Plan - Bed and Breakfast) 

    Breakfast at the Hotel - Hotel Pela

    On the way to Tirana we stop off at the small town of Pogradec on Albanian site of lake Ohrid. Continuing on wards we past through the town of Elbasan, once the most important industrial town of the communist era. After, we arrive in Tirana, the trendy capital and largest city of Albania, which has transformed from a grey, dismal ex-communist city, isolated by the regime until the 1990s, to a colorful capital buzzing with life. While the city has a long history, you can enjoy its modern outlook, with fashionable bars, and wander boulevards lined with relics of the city from Ottoman past, clubs and boutiques, from Italian and communist past. Tirana’s massive main square, Scanderbeg square, is bordered by the National History Museum, the Palace of Culture,the National Bank, the Et'hem Bey Mosque and Skanderbeg's statue. And the newest museum Bunk Artwhich is an old Bunker. It is built on three parts and provides an overview of the police force looking as far back as the 1913, a few months after thproclamation of Independence up to 1991, it is a history markeby violence, torture, imprisonments anmartyrs. Our accommodation for the last night of our tour will be in the capital.


    Bunk Art 2 :

    Overnight Stay at Hotel Hotel White Dream(Option 1) (Meal Plan - Bed and Breakfast) 

    Breakfast at the Hotel - Hotel White Dream

    Departure to the airport of Tirana and end of service.

     

     

    Tour Cost
    Travel Date Between 01/01/2018 - 31/12/2019
    Option 1 - Tirana ( Hotel White Dream(Suite on Half Board for 1nts) OR Similar) , Shkodra ( Hotel Tradita(Double Room on Half Board for 1nts) OR Similar) , Ulcinj ( Hotel Dolcino(Double Room on Half Board for 1nts) OR Similar) , Prizren ( Hotel Centrum(Double Room on Half Board for 1nts) OR Similar) , Prishtina ( Hotel Prima(Double Room on Half Board for 1nts) OR Similar) , Skopje ( Hotel Ambasador(Double Room on Half Board for 1nts) OR Similar) , Ohrid ( Hotel Pela(TWIN ROOM on Half Board for 1nts) OR Similar)

      Pax Range SINGLE TRAVELLER DOUBLE / TWIN SHARING  
    2 Pax
      Pax Range SINGLE TRAVELLER DOUBLE / TWIN SHARING  
    5 Pax
      Pax Range SINGLE TRAVELLER DOUBLE / TWIN SHARING  
    8 Pax
    SGL : Single Traveller
    DBL/TWIN : Per person in double/twin sharing
    TPL : Per Person in triple sharing
    CWB : Child with bed
    CWOB : Child without bed

    Inclusions

    Meal plans as indicated on the itinerary Premium services of Bi-lingual Tour Director Entrances to sightseeing’s and excursions as per the itinerary

    Exclusions

    • Items of personal nature viz. telephone calls, drinks, laundry bills, lunch etc.
    • Visa charges
    • Any cost of beverages, alcohols with the set meals.
    • Other meals, drink
    • Travel insurance
    • Personal Laundry, beverages and other personal expenses
    • Other services not listed in inclusive item
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