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Southern Albania Cultural Tour

7 Days
A 7-day cultural tour of Albania offers an immersive experience into the country's rich history, diverse cultural heritage, and stunning natural landscapes. This tour typically covers major cities, historical landmarks, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and provides opportunities to engage with local traditions and cuisine. This 7-day cultural tour of Albania provides a comprehensive overview of the country's historical and cultural richness, coupled with stunning natural landscapes. It’s an ideal itinerary for travelers looking to delve deep into the heritage and beauty of this often-overlooked Balkan gem.

Itinerary

Day 1 :
Tirana

After the airport pickup & Hotel Check-in we will start the journey at Skanderbeg Square, the central plaza of Tirana. Take in the statue of national hero Skanderbeg and the vibrant atmosphere. Then we will Visit the House of Leaves, Albania’s Museum of Secret Surveillance, for a glimpse into the country's recent past from the communist era. Then we will try traditional Albanian cuisine at a nearby restaurant for authentic dishes like Fërgesë and Tavë Kosi.

In the afternoon we will Explore Blloku, the trendy district once reserved for the communist elite. Now, it’s a bustling area full of cafes, boutiques, and nightlife. Then Spend a relaxing afternoon at the Grand Park. Enjoy a leisurely walk around the artificial lake, visit the Botanical Garden, or simply unwind in the green spaces.

Later in the evening we will end the day with dinner at one of the many excellent restaurants in Blloku.

Day 2 :
Tirana

After breakfast, we will start the day by driving up Dajti Mountain, Once at the top, we will explore the hiking trails, enjoy the fresh mountain air, or try activities like horseback riding. Have lunch at one of the restaurants on Dajti Mountain, offering panoramic stunning views and delicious food. Then we will Take a ride on the Dajti Ekspres cable car to back to Tirana enjoying panoramic views of Tirana as we descend.

Descend back to the city and visit the National History Museum. Spend about an hour exploring its exhibits, which showcase Albania's rich history from ancient times to the present day. Then we will Visit the newly renovated Pyramid of Tirana, an iconic and controversial structure, explore its surroundings and learn about its history.

In the vening we will head to the New Bazaar area, a lively market district with colorful stalls selling fresh produce, local delicacies, and handicrafts.
Enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants or eateries around the bazaar, for seafood or for traditional Albanian grilled meats.

08:00: Departure from Tirana

10:00: Arrival in Berat
We will begin our visit at the Berat Castle (Kalaja e Beratit). Explore the ancient fortress, which offers stunning views of the city and houses within its walls.

11:30: Onufri Iconographic Museum
Located within the castle grounds, this museum is housed in a former church and displays beautiful Byzantine art and icons.

12:30: Walk through Mangalem and Gorica Quarters
Stroll through the historic Mangalem and Gorica neighborhoods. Cross the Gorica Bridge and take in the iconic view of Berat’s white Ottoman houses climbing up the hill.

13:30: Ethnographic Museum
Visit this museum to learn about traditional Albanian life and culture. It's located in a beautifully preserved Ottoman-era house.

14:30: Lunch in Berat
Enjoy a traditional Albanian lunch at a local restaurant.

15:30: Departure for Gjirokastër
It’s about a 2.5-hour drive from Berat to Gjirokastër.

18:00 PM: Arrival in Gjirokastër

Old Bazaar (Pazari i Vjetër)
Head straight to Stroll through the Old Bazaar, a vibrant area with traditional shops and cafes. This is a great place to buy local crafts and souvenirs.

20:00 PM: Dinner in Gjirokastër

Day 4 :
Himare

08:00: Breakfast in Gjirokaster

09:00: Kalaja e Gjirokaster
Visit the Gjirokastër Castle. This imposing fortress offers panoramic views of the city and contains a military museum and old weaponry.

11:00: Zekate House
Visit the Zekate House, another excellent example of a grand Ottoman residence with stunning views and intricate woodwork.

12:00: Departure from Gjirokastër

12:30: Blue Eye (Syri i Kalter)
Make a quick stop at the Blue Eye, a natural spring and a stunning natural phenomenon with crystal-clear blue water. Take a short walk around the area to admire the beauty of the spring.

13:30: Lunch

14:30: Porto Palermo Castle
Make a stop at Porto Palermo to visit the historic castle located on a small peninsula. The castle offers beautiful views and a glimpse into Albania’s history.

15:00 PM: Himarë
Arrive in Himarë, a charming coastal town known for its beautiful beaches and relaxed atmosphere.

17:00 PM: Beach Time
Relax and unwind at one of Himarë’s beaches, such as Livadhi Beach or Potam Beach. Take a swim in the clear waters or lounge on the sand.

19:00 PM: Dinner in Himarë
Enjoy dinner at a seaside restaurant. Try local specialties like fresh seafood, grilled meats, and Mediterranean dishes.

20:00 PM: Sunset and Evening Stroll
Watch the sunset over the sea from the beach or a scenic viewpoint. Take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront promenade to soak in the evening ambiance.

Day 5 :
Vlore

08:00: Breakfast

09:00: Boat Trip
A boat trip in Himarë, a picturesque coastal town in southern Albania, is a delightful experience that combines stunning coastal scenery, crystal-clear waters, and the charm of the Ionian Sea. This adventure offers a unique perspective of the Albanian Riviera, showcasing hidden beaches, historical landmarks, and the region's natural beauty. A boat trip in Himarë is a memorable and enchanting way to explore the Albanian Riviera, offering a perfect blend of relaxation, adventure, and cultural exploration. Whether you're looking to swim in pristine waters, discover hidden beaches, or simply enjoy the scenic beauty of the coastline, this experience promises an unforgettable day on the Ionian Sea.

14:00: Lunch in Himare

15:00: Departure to Vlore
A road trip from Himarë to Vlorë is a captivating journey along the Albanian Riviera, offering breathtaking coastal views, charming villages, and the chance to experience the natural beauty and cultural richness of southern Albania. As we leave Himarë, heading north we will ascend to Llogara Pass, a mountain pass that offers some of the most spectacular views on the Albanian Riviera. The winding road climbs through the Llogara National Park, surrounded by lush pine forests.

17:30: Arrival in Vlore

20:00: Dinner in Vlore

Day 6 :
Kruja

08:00: Breakfast

09:00: Visit Zvërnec
A visit to Zvërnec is a captivating experience that offers a blend of natural beauty, historical significance, and serene tranquility. Zvërnec is a small island located in the Narta Lagoon, near the city of Vlorë in southwestern Albania. It is best known for its picturesque monastery and lush surroundings, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a peaceful and culturally enriching escape.

10:00: Drive to Kruja
A visit to Kruja, a historic town in Albania, is a journey through time, offering rich cultural heritage, stunning views, and a deep connection to the country’s past. Known as the birthplace of national hero Skanderbeg, Kruja is a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts and travelers seeking a unique and immersive experience.

12:30: Arrival in Kruja

13:00: Lunch

14:00: Kalaja e Kruja
Start your visit at the Kruja Castle, an ancient fortress that played a pivotal role in the resistance against the Ottoman Empire. It was the stronghold of Skanderbeg, who defended Albania from Ottoman invasions in the 15th century. Walk through the castle’s stone walls and towers, explore its courtyards, and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The castle's elevated position offers breathtaking vistas of the Adriatic Sea and the town below.

16:00: Old Bazaar (Pazari i Vjetër):
Just outside the castle, the Old Bazaar of Kruja is a lively and historic market street lined with shops selling traditional Albanian crafts, souvenirs, antiques, and handmade goods. Browse through the stalls and boutiques to find unique items such as embroidered textiles, silver jewelry, traditional costumes, and woodwork. The bazaar’s atmosphere, with its cobblestone streets and wooden buildings, adds to the charm of the shopping experience.

20:00: Dinner

Day 7 :
Tirana

080:00: Breakfast

10:00: Departure back to Tirana

  • Transportation
  • Accommodations
  • 3 Meals per day
  • Entry Fees
  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Personal Expenses
What should I pack for this tour?

We recommend packing:

  • Comfortable clothing and walking shoes
  • Swimwear and a towel for beach days in Himare and Vlore
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat
  • A light jacket or sweater for cooler evenings
  • Camera or smartphone for photos
  • Any necessary medications and toiletries

Is this tour suitable for children?

Yes, this tour is family-friendly and suitable for children. However, please note that some historical sites may involve a lot of walking and stairs.

What kind of transportation will be used?

Transportation will be provided depending on the number of participants by a comfortable, air-conditioned car, van or bus. All transfers and intercity travel during the tour are included.

Will there be free time to explore on my own?

Yes, there will be some free time allocated in each city for you to explore, shop, or relax at your leisure.

Will there be free time to explore on my own?

Yes, we can accommodate most dietary restrictions. Please inform us of any dietary needs or allergies when you book the tour.

What historical sites will we visit?

  • Full refund for cancellations made 30 days or more before departure
  • 50% refund for cancellations made 15-29 days before departure
  • No refund for cancellations made less than 15 days before departure

How do I book this tour?

You can book the tour through our website or by contacting our customer service team at +355 68 497 5392 or info@bznomad.com. A deposit is required at the time of booking to secure your spot.

Is travel insurance required?

While travel insurance is not required, it is highly recommended to protect against unexpected events such as trip cancellations, medical emergencies, or lost luggage.

What currency is used in Albania?

The official currency of Albania is the Albanian Lek (ALL). Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels and larger restaurants, but it is advisable to carry some cash for smaller establishments and markets.

Do I need a visa to enter Albania?

Visa requirements vary by country. Many nationalities can enter Albania visa-free for up to 90 days. Please check with your local Albanian embassy or consulate for the most current visa information.

What is the best time of year to take this tour?

The best time to visit Southern Albania is during the spring (April to June) and fall (September to October) when the weather is mild and pleasant. The summer months (July and August) are also popular, especially for beach activities, but can be quite hot.

Southern Albania Cultural Tour
    From €1,500
    / Adult
    From €1,050
    / Child
    From €0
    / Infant
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    • Historical and Cultural Landmarks: Visits to castles, museums, and ancient ruins that highlight Albania’s rich history and cultural diversity.
    • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Exploration of Berat and Gjirokastra, showcasing well-preserved historical architecture and ruins.
    • Scenic Landscapes: Journey through picturesque countryside, coastal regions, and the Albanian Riviera, offering breathtaking views and natural beauty.
    • Sunbathing and swimming in the picturesque Albanian Riviera beaches.
    • Local Cuisine and Traditions: Opportunities to savor traditional Albanian dishes and engage with local customs and artisans.