UNESCO and Riviera 

Albania and Corfu

8 days

Tour reference:AC1-8-UK

Description:

Discovery trip to sites listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. A journey of pleasure and beauty by offering an immersion in the Ionian Sea. This itinerary leads the traveler to landscapes, cities, places… all more surprising to each other. With his incursion into Corfu, the beauty of this journey will leave an indelible mark.

Day 1

Airport – Tirana


Reception at the airport “Mother Theresa” of Tirana. Handing over of the rental vehicle by a member of Savatours team (English speaking) or a member of the car rental company (English speaking) and the necessary documents for the whole trip. Departure to Tirana. Luggage deposit at the hotel.
Visit the House of Leaves Museum, which tells visitors about one of the darkest periods in Albanian history. The museum is dedicated to all those who have endured torture, assassinations, arrests and surveillance organised by the Albanian secret services.
Visit of the Bunk’Art2 museum dedicated to the preservation of the collective memory by telling the history of the communist regime and its horrors.
Visit of the city center and its famous “Block” via the Tabakëve bridge, built in the 18th century in the heart of Tirana.
Direction the cable car for the ascent of Mt Dajti. Gastronomic dinner at an altitude of about 1000 meters in the panoramic restaurant Ballkoni Dajtit, offering a sensational view of Tirana, its surroundings and on a clear day, the Adriatic Sea but also the sunset.
Return by cable car to Tirana and free late evening in the city center and its famous “Block”.
Dinner in a traditional restaurant and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2

Tirana – Durres - Berat


Departure to Durres, the second largest city in the country and which was once the departure of via Egnatia. It allowed to go to Byzantium by crossing Albania and Greece.
Visit of the Roman Amphitheatre built in the 2nd century. This site is considered the second most important in terms of importance in the Balkans and is inscribed on UNESCO’s list. Today, little work has been done to restore it, but it is possible to imagine the excitement that could reign there during its greatness. It is currently used as an open-air museum.
Visit the Archaeological Museum of Durres, which contains art objects from the Greek, Hellenistic and Roman periods.
Direction Berat, the city with 2400 years of history. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008, Berat, better known as “the city of 1000 windows”, is unique in its kind.
Visit of the fortress and the National Museum of the Icons of Onufri, a 16th century Albanian painter famous for having used pink – then rare – in his works. The museum is housed inside the Sainte Mary’s Church, built in the 10th century.
Visit of the Gorica district, then of the Mangalem district with its typical houses, which can be reached by crossing the Osum river.
Dinner in a traditional restaurant and overnight at the hotel.
Day 3

Berat – Gjirokaster


The birthplace of Ismail Kadaré, an Albanian writer often nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature, Gjirokaster is on UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites. Its winding and paved streets, its typical cluster-shaped houses and its particular roofs have given it the nickname of “stone city”. It is the exceptional testimony of a society and a way of life that has almost disappeared.
Visit of its citadel and its museum which houses remains of the Second World War, but also various exhibitions and the museum of photography. A repository of symbols of Albanian traditions and culture, the citadel has hosted festivals of polyphonic groups since 1986, whose interpretation has been adopted as a cultural heritage by UNESCO.
Visit of the Ethnographic Museum located in the former house of the dictator Enver Hoxha.
Head for the old bazaar in the city center, where you can immerse yourself in Albanian culture and discover a wide variety of local products.
Dinner in a traditional restaurant and overnight at the hotel.
Day 4

Gjirokastrer – The Blue Eye - Butrint – Saranda


On the way to admire a natural phenomenon. Called the Blue Eye or locally “Syri i Kaltër”, this spring of water gushes out of the bowels of the earth and gives birth to the Bistricë River which, 25 km further on, flows into the Ionian Sea. The Blue Eye, whose depth exceeds 50 meters, is an attraction for everyone and deserves a short stopover.
Butrint has been on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites since 1992 and has been inhabited from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages. The current site, combining archaeology and nature, is a true museum representative of each period of the city’s development. Its Roman theatre, baptistery, mosaic, basilica ruins and ancient fortifications give this place outstanding universal value.
Shortly before Saranda, it is recommended to visit the monastery of St. George. Dating from the 14th century, it is one of Albania’s cultural monuments. Its position allows you to admire the Ionian Sea on one side, and Lake Butrint on the other.
Saranda should be considered as a “relaxation” stage. Walk along the sea before dinner in a restaurant offering, as it should be, fish.
Dinner in a traditional restaurant and overnight at the hotel.
Day 5

Corfu


Several ferries serve the Greek island of Corfu from Saranda. Corfu, the great Lady of the Ionians is characterized by mythical images. From Ulysses to Mon Repos, passing by Sissi the Empress, from the Venetians to the French… many are those who have left traces or writings of legends there. Free visit and return to Albania.
Dinner in a traditional restaurant and overnight at the hotel
Day 6

Saranda – Himara - Llogara


On the way to Himara, located in the middle of the Albanian Riviera and close to the most beautiful white sandy beaches. The arrival by sea will allow you to admire this coast of limitless beauty.
A stop in the villages of Kudhes and/or Borsh or Qeparo is recommended. These typical villages of the region have a long history. As villages of farmers or sinners, they have managed to preserve their traditions and cultures despite the oppression exercised by communism.
Beautiful winding road to the Llogara. The itinerary winds along the Albanian Riviera, offering plunging views of a turquoise sea, a symphony of colours and rich landscapes where each moment of the day will unfold its nuances of colours like a painter in his canvas.

Arrival at Llogara pass at an altitude of more than 1000 meters. The place offers a breathtaking view of the Ionian Sea. Accommodation will be in the heart of the Llogara park and near the pass. While waiting for the sunset, perhaps a parachute experience will allow you to admire the beauty of the sea even more.
Dinner in a traditional restaurant and overnight at the hotel.

Day 7

Llogara – Vlora - Apollonia – Kruja


Welcomed in Vlora. Visit of its historic center, Independence Square, where Ismail Qemali raised the national flag and proclaimed Albania’s independence on 28.11.1912. Unfortunately, two years later, Italian troops invaded Albania.
Visit of the Independence Museum dedicated to the different stages of the liberation of Albania from the Ottoman Empire to today.
Visit of the archaeological site of Apollonia. Exceptionally preserved, it was built in the 6th century BC by Greek settlers from Corfu and Corinth. Apollonia was an obligatory crossing point for travellers taking the Via Egnatia. The city flourished in the 4th century, becoming an important place of exchange and trade that could accommodate up to 40,000 people. The site houses an archaeological museum, the Sainte Marie church and its monastery.
Drive to Kruja, an ancient medieval city. Visit the Skanderbeg Museum, one of the most visited places in Albania. Accessible via the bazaar, it is located in the heart of the historic citadel of Kruja and is dedicated to the Albanian national hero, Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg. The museum has collections of objects dating back to most of the wars that took place during the 15th century between the Albanians and the Ottomans.
Visit the Ethnographic Museum of Kruja, which is located in the citadel in a house that belonged to one of the richest families of the 18th century. Set against a backdrop of elaborate ceilings and sumptuous murals, it presents objects and scenes of life that help us understand how an Albanian family lived in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Dinner in a traditional restaurant and overnight at the hotel.
Day 8

Kruja – Rinas airport - Departure


Transfer to Rinas airport and delivery of the vehicle to the rental agency.

 

INCLUDED
Hotels: See list of hotels on the tab above 7* Breakfasts
7* Dinners Transportation – Car rental (See Car Rental tab above)
1* Cable car Cable car
1* Roadbook in English language 1* 24/24 hrs mobile number in case of emergency
All visits mentioned in this program All local taxes
A 0.5l bottle of water per person is served with meals
NOT INCLUDED
All personal expenses of participants All visits not mentioned in this program
Any expenses related to the car rental as per contract agreement between the hirer and the car rental company. Beverages not mentioned above, such as alcohols
Tips and gratuities Travel insurance
Air transport
  • Category 1: Up to 4/5 persons: Vehicle type Skoda Fabia, VW Polo or equivalent.
  • Category 2: Up to 4/5 persons: Vehicle type Skoda Rapid, Hyundai Accent, Hyundai Elantra or equivalent.
  • Category 3: Up to 4/5 persons: Vehicle type Skoda Octavia or equivalent.
  • Category SUV: Up to 4/5 persons: Vehicle type Skoda Yeti, Hyundai Tucson or equivalent.
  • Category minivan: Up to 6/9 persons: Minivan type Ford Transit, VW Transporter or equivalent.

Note: Vehicle models are given for information only. Another model can be proposed or given according to availability. No credit card will be requested to finalize the location of the car. Insurance included. Does not include fuel or any other fees such as parking…

  • Tour based on arrival and departure times before 11:30 am.
  • Depending on the season and/or the availability of the restaurants, dinners may be taken in the hotels.
  • Local guiding services (city private local tour) can be proposed upon request.
The Blue Eye by Mattias Hallberg
The Blue Eye by Mattias Hallberg
Traditionnal houses - Kruja 1. by Savatours Incoming

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