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      G006            8 Days Albania - Ohrid

      A trip through ancient historical sites; medieval towns and magic natural landscapes between Albania and North Macedonia

      Day 01: Tirana Airport – Kruja – Durres (70 km  - 2hrs.)
      Welcome in Albania! Meet the guide and driver at the airport and transfer to   Included:
      the first site, Kruja. Upon your arrival, start touring the medieval fortress of Kruja   • Accommodation in 4* hotels
      hill town.  The walking tour will take you through the cobble stone pathway of   • Breakfast
      Ottoman bazaar, with wooden shops and displays of various gifts and antique   • Guide English speaking
      household items.                                         • Private transport
      Continuation to Durres                                                          ALBANIA
      Overnight in Durres: Hotel Arvi 4* or similar

      Day 02: Durres – Ardenica – Apollonia – Vlora (180km – 3h30min)
      Today, after breakfast, we’ll start walking along the Venetian Tower and the                     NORTH
      Byzantine stretch of wall, “the old-and-new-in the same time” promenade of        Kruja       MACEDONIA
      Durres. We’ll explore the ruins of town forum, roman baths, city center, town hall,
      Roman Amphitheatre and Venetian tower a panoramic display of discoveries   Durres  Tirana
      and urban planning of this once important city.
      Afterwards, we’ll board the coach and drive for one hour to Ardenica Monastery.
      Visit of St. Mary Church, one of the most beautiful Byzantine churches in
      Albania, dating back to XIII century.                             Apollonia          Berat
      After a delicious lunch, at a local restaurant, we’ll head to Apollonia Archaeologic
      Site. The walking tour of the Apolonia Archaeological Park includes the encircling
      wall, the monuments of Agonothetes, the Library, the Odeon, the Portico,   Vlora
      Archaeological Museum and the Church of St. Mary.

      One more hour drive to the hotel in Vlora                                              Gjirokaster
      Overnight in Vlora: Hotel Partner 4*- or similar
      Day 03: Vlora – Butrint – Saranda (170 km – 5h30min)                       Sarande
      Today we’ll have a long drive along the breathtaking Albanian Riviera. Enjoy   Butrint
      the scenic mountain ride, descending the rocky shore and pristine beaches of
      Ionian Sea, offering photo opportunities of the natural landscape, unique village
      settings, Himara beach town and fortress of Porto Palermo.
                                                             Overnight in Saranda: Hotel Oasis or Brilant 4*- or similar
      Upon arrival to Saranda, lunch and then visit of Butrinti Archaeological Park,
      a UNSECO World Heritage Site and a Ramsar Wetland Site of International   Day 04: Saranda – Gjirokastra – Berat (250km – 4h30min)
      Importance (two very important titles).                After breakfast at the hotel, board the bus and head to Gjirokastra, on the way
      This impressive walking tour will stir your imagination about the ancient word   stop for visit Blue Eye, a wonderful karst spring located on the western slopes
      during the peak of the Roman power and the classical Greek mythology.  Start   of Mount Mali Gjerë.
      with the Asclepius temple, theatre, Roman portico and baths, early Christian   Our journey will continue to Gjirokastra. Upon arrival, start with the visit.
      baptistery, byzantine basilica, defensive walls and their impressive gates. Drive   Gjirokastra earned the nickname “Town of the Stones”. Visit of the Castle
      back for 30 min to Saranda.

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