Upon arrival your tour escort and driver will await you at the airport Tirana. Check
in at your 4* hotel in Albanias capital. Remainder of the day at leisure. Dinner and
overnight in Tirana.
After breakfast you meet a local guide for a 3 hour city tour. Tirana is a mix of new and
old. You’ll have the opportunity to sample the delicious cuisine, which is a real mix of
Turkish, Greek and Italian influences, Afternoon free to discover the colourful city at
your own pace. Dinner and overnight in Tirana.
This morning you drive to Pogradec at the shores of famous lake Ohrid. After crossing
the North Macedonian border, you will visit St. Naum monastery, a refuge of tranquility
at the very southwestern corner of the Macedonian Republic. The monastic complex
and church of St. Naum were originally built at the turn of the tenth century by the
monk that beared the same name. Continuation to Ohrid, a picturesque village in the
north of the lake. Optional: Boat ride at Ohrid lake. Dinner and overnight in Ohrid.
Morning drive to Berat “The City of a Thousand Windows”, which is one of the oldest
continuously inhabited regions in the world. Geographically beautiful, Berat was
built around a precipitous river gorge, leading up to pine forests. Its UNESCO-listed
historic centre reveals cobbled streets, ancient churches and mosques, a fascinating
ethnographic museum and very pretty white, Ottoman buildings tumbling
down steep slopes. In the afternoon you continue to Vlore, located at the so called
Albanian Riviera. Vlore is a Greek city founded in the 6th century BCE. Dinner and
overnight in Vlore.
You should look forward to the ride you can expect today. We take the coastal road
from Vlore to Butrint which provides stunning views. This afternoon you visit UNESCO
listed Butrint, which is one of the great archaeological sites in the Balkans. The setting
is idyllic with the ruins nestling in the bend of the Vivari River. After spending time
exploring this fascinating site, you continue to the shores of the Mediterranean and
Saranda for the night. Dinner and overnight in Saranda.
Saranda is the unofficial capital of the Albanian Riviera, and, come the summer
months it seems like half Tirana relocates here to enjoy the busy beach and busier
nightlife along its crowd-filled seaside promenade. What was once a sleepy fishing
village is now a thriving city, and while Saranda has lost much of its charm in the past
two decades, it has retained much of its charisma. Dinner and overnight in Saranda.
Set off from Saranda for Delphi, a spectacular cliff-side amphitheatre. Of course,
what made Delphi most famous was its oracle: pilgrims would come from all over
the Greek world and beyond, to pay their respects at the Temple of Apollo and seek
guidance from the oracle. Dinner and overnight in Delphi.
Your city tour includes the Archaelogical Museum approached via the Sacred Way, the
Temple of Apollo. Also see the Stadium and the Castillian Fountain, where pilgrims
cleansed themselves in preparation for consulting the oracle. Your travels then continue
to the ancient city of Athens, the modern capital of Greece. In the evening, enjoy a
hearty celebration dinner at a local restaurant in true Greek style, complete with wine
and good cheer. Overnight in Athens.
Enjoy a guided city tour. You will see the Panathinaiko Stadium where the first Olympic
Games took place. The National Gallery, the Temple of Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, a monumental
gateway resembling a Roman triumphal, the Prime Minister‘s residence, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the former Royal Palace, guarded by the colorful
Evzons. Dinner at a traditional Greek tavern in the old part of Athens. Overnight in Athens.
After breakfast, continue the 00city tour with a visit of the Acropolis of Athens and its
monuments. They form the greatest architectural and artistic complex bequeathed by
Greek Antiquity to the world. Visit the most important monuments: the Parthenon, the
Erechtheon, the Propylaea, the monumental entrance to the Acropolis, designed by
Mnesicles and the small temple Athena Nike. Remainder of the day is free. Dinner and
overnight at your hotel in Athens.
Breakfast and coach transfer to Athens airport.
Our prices include:
- Deluxe motor coach as per itinerary
- English speaking tour escort throughout
- Accommodation in 4* hotels in double/twin room
- 2 nights with half board in Tirana
- 1 night with half board in Ohrid
- 1 night with half board in Vlore
- 2 nights with half board in Saranda
- 1 night with half board in Delphi
- 3 nights Athens (2 x BB, 1 HB)
- City tour in Tirana, Ohrid, Berat, Delphi, Athens (2 x HD)
- Admission to the following sights:
- St. Naum monastery
- UNESCO site in Butrint
- Archaelogical Museum Delphi
- Acropolis Athens
- Porterage at hotels in / out
- All taxes and charges