4-day Albania Mini UNESCO Tour

On the 4-day Mini UNESCO Tour of Albania, you will see the most beautiful historical sights of the country in only 4 days.

Highlights:
⦁ Berat UNESCO city. Berat is a historical town with little white hillside houses and cobblestone streets.
⦁ Apollonia archaeological park. In Apollonia, you can see the impressive ruins of an ancient Greek & Roman city.
⦁ Butrint UNESCO sight. Butrint is an impressive archaeological park, which combines centuries of history with stunning nature.
⦁ Gjirokaster UNESCO city. In Gjirokaster, you will visit the hilltop castle and walk through the city to admire the traditional Ottoman-style houses.

Every day, you will see new historical sights and you will have plenty of time to explore. Then in the late afternoon, you will have some free time in the city or at the beach. Hotel pick-up and drop of in Tirana included. Three nights of accommodation and breakfast included.

per adult from

$610

AUD

Duration

4 days

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  • What's included :
    • 3x Breakfast
    • Accommodation included: 3 nights
    • Private transport with a/c vehicle
    • 1 x overnight stay in a 3-star hotel in Berat
    • 2 x overnight stays in a 3-star hotel in Saranda
    • Hotel pick-up and drop off in Tirana
    • Private tour guide
    • Entrance fees to attractions described in the Itinerary
    • Entry/Admission - Durres Amphitheatre
    • Entry/Admission - Venetian Tower
    • Entry/Admission - Berat Castle
    • Entry/Admission - National Iconographic Museum Onufri
    • Entry/Admission - National Ethnographic Museum Berat
    • Entry/Admission - Apollonia Archaeological Park
    • Entry/Admission - Ali Pasha Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Butrint National Park
    • Entry/Admission - The Blue Eye
    • Entry/Admission - Gjirokaster Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Skenduli House
    • Entry/Admission - The Cold War Tunnel
    • Entry/Admission - Zekate House
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
    • Lunch & Dinner
    • Entry/Admission - Kisha Shen Triadha (Holy Trinity Church)

  • Day 1: Durres and Berat UNESCO sight

    Stop At: Durres Amphitheatre, Rruga Kalase, Durrës, Albania
    The Roman Amphitheater of Durres was build in the 2nd century AD. At the time, Durres was called "Dyrrachium" and it was a part of the Roman empire. The Roman Emperor Trajan was leading the empire and Rome was flourishing. The Roman Amphitheater of Durres used to host gladiator spectacles and other events. It was an attraction for the citizens, travelers and merchants. The theater could seat approximately 15000 to 18000 spectators. The theater was re-discovered only recently in 1966. There is a Byzantine chapel in the amphitheater with beautiful mosaics. And you can walk along the pathway above the theater and look down onto the arena.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Venetian Tower, Rruga Anastas Durrsaku, Durrës, Albania
    The Venetian Tower of Durres is a large round tower and it is the remainder of the former Durres Castle. The castle was initially build in the 5th century by the Byzantine Emperor Anastasius. The Venetians extended the castle in the first half of the fifteenth century, when Durres was ruled by the Republic of Venice. Today, few structures of the castle remain, only the tower and one ancient wall can be seen. There is a little coffee house on top of the Venetian tower.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Berat Castle, Rruga Mihal Komnena, Berat 5001 Albania
    The Berat Castle is an enormous castle on the top of the hill in Berat. From the castle, you will have amazing views in all directions and see the historical town and river below. Within the castle walls, you will see a village-like neighborhood, called Kala. Until this day, the local people are still living within the castle walls. The castle dates back to the 13th century and there are many Byzantine churches within the walls and one Ottoman mosque.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Kisha Shen Triadha (Holy Trinity Church), Berat Albania
    The Holy Trinity Church is one of the most well-preserved churches inside the Berat castle. It will be one of the first buildings you see, as you walk up the hill towards the upper castle. The church is very beautiful and quite an eye-catcher. It was build in the 14th-century and still remains beautiful until this day.
    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: National Iconographic Museum Onufri, Located in the Inner Part of Saint Mary Church in Berat Castel, Berat Albania
    The Museum of Iconography is a museum, which displays religious painting from several Albanian monasteries. The museum is located within the castle walls in the largest church on the premises, called "the Church of the Dormition of St. Mary". The museum is named "Onufri" after the famous Albanian fresco and icon-painter.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: National Ethnographic Museum Berat, Lagja 13 Shtatori Mangalem, Berat Albania
    Just down the hill from the Berat castle, we will visit the National Ethnographic Museum of Berat. The museum is located inside a beautiful 18th-century Ottoman house. On the ground floor, you can see a traditional medieval bazaar with embroidery, woodcarving and metalworking shops. On the second floor, you can visit a traditional house with a guest room, a kitchen and a work room.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Mangalem, Berat, Albania
    Then in the late afternoon, we will visit the Mangalem & Gorica Quarters. These are the traditional neighborhoods build on the side of the hill. You will see hundreds of little white Ottoman-style houses. From the bottom of the hill, it looks like the little houses are stacked on top of each other. Therefore, Berat is called "the city of a thousand windows". In short, Berat is a very romantic city with an Italian atmosphere.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Berat, Berat, Berat County
    After visiting the sights of Berat, you will have some free time to stroll through the old neighborhoods of Berat. You can buy souvenirs, sit down on one of the many terraces, take stunning pictures on the bridge and try some local food. Berat has many beautiful architecture and traditional houses, which have been turned into restaurants, shops and hotels. After seeing this beautiful city, you will no doubt understand why Berat was awarded the status of museum city and labeled an UNESCO Heritage Site.
    Duration: 1 hour

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight stay in Berat in a 3-star hotel.

    Day 2: Apollonia UNESCO, Llogara Pass and Ali Pasha Castle

    Stop At: Apollonia Archaeological Park, Pojan, Albania
    Apollonia is an archaeological park in center of Albania. In the ancient times, Apollonia was an important Greek city. The city was founded in 588 BC by Greek colonists from Corfu and Corinth. However, it was during the Roman period that the city of Apollonia really flourished. In the 4th century AD, Apollonia was an important economic city and trade center. The city was known for its famous school of philosophy. Cicero, a famous Roman public speaker, called Apollonia "a great and important city". And the city was also one of the most important gateways to the Via Egnatia, which was a Roman trade route through the Balkans. The ruins of Apollonia were re-discovered in the beginning of the 19th century. The park is set of a hilly plateau and it is surrounded by calming nature.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Llogara Pass, Palase Albania
    The Llogara Pass is a mountain pass on the coastal road along the Albanian Riviera. The Albanian Riviera is the coastal area with the most beautiful beaches in Albania. The coastal road starts in Vlore city and and leads to the South Albanian city of Sarande. The Llogara Pass is the highest point on the main coastal road, at a height of 1027 meters. It is a beautiful viewpoint, where we will make a stop for a coffee break. From the pass, you will have a spectacular view of Palase beach, the Dhermi village and the Ionian Sea. After visiting the Llogara Pass, we will drive down the winding road towards the most beautiful beaches of the Albanian Riviera. The Albanian Riviera has Mediterranean villages, historical castles, Orthodox churches, white beaches, hidden caves and hundreds of olive threes.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Dhermi Beach, Dhermi Albania
    Dhermi beach is one of the most famous beaches in the Albanian Riviera. Dhermi is a lovely little village with hillside houses and a long stretch of beach. During the summer months, it attracts young people and it has a vibrant atmosphere.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Jale Beach, Rruga Jali, Himare Albania
    Jale beach is a little beach village in the middle of the Albanian Riviera. The beach of Jale is known for its incredibly clear water. Jale is for people, who like a relaxed atmosphere and a pretty beach.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Himare, Himare, Vlore County
    Himare is a larger village in the middle of the Albanian Riviera. There is a traditional village on the hillside, from where you can look down onto the beach and sea. There are several nice beaches surrounding the village.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Ali Pasha Castle, Sh8 Porto Palermo, Porto Palermo Beach, Vlore Albania
    Porto Palermo is a large blue bay in the Albanian Riviera. In the middle of the Bay of Porto Palermo, you can visit the Castle of Ali Pasha. The castle of Ali Pasha is a triangular-shaped fortress on a little island in the Bay of Porto Palermo. The castle is very picturesque and from the rooftop, you have a stunning view of the sea. Although many guidebooks state that the castle was build by Ali Pasha, the Albanian governor during the Ottoman empire. It is actually not true, and the castle was build by the Venetians. Because it gave the Venetians easy access by sea and it has the same triangular design as the Venetian castle in Butrint. It is very likely that the written history was changed during the communist period. The communists wanted to believe that the Albanian Ali Pasha constructed the castle. Because it is more in line with the communist nationalist ideas. During the communism, the castle was used as a Soviet submarine base.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Saranda, Saranda, Vlore County
    Saranda is a vibrant coastal city in the south of Albania, close to the Greek border. The city is often called "the unofficial capital of the Albanian Riviera". The large coastal city has a variety of restaurants, bars, clubs and coffee houses. In the evening, the entire city lights up and you can walk along the promenade by the water. You will have some free time in the evening to explore Saranda.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight stay in a 3-star hotel in Saranda

    Day 3: Butrint UNESCO sight and Ksamil beach

    Stop At: Butrint National Park, SH81, Butrint Albania
    Butrint is the most impressive UNESCO Heritage site in Albania. Throughout history, Butrint was a Greek city, a Roman city and a Biscopic. What makes Butrint special is the unique combination of archaeological ruins, which are surrounded by water and nature. The nature has integrated itself in the historical sight, which makes it a beautiful place to visit. Butrint is an archaeological park, where you can see ruins and historical buildings from all the different periods throughout history. Butrint was initially a prehistoric site, with its first occupation dating back to 50 000 BC. Then from 800 BC, it became a Greek colony. In 44 BC, it was taken over by the Romans, who built an aqueduct across the Vivari channel to the main land. Then in the 5th century AD, Butrint was ruled by the Church and its Bishop. In the 9th century, it was reconstructed by the Byzantine empire. In the 14th century, the Venetians controlled the site and strengthened the defensive works.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Ksamil Beach, Ksamil, Saranda Albania
    Ksamil beach is a paradise-like beach in the South of Albania. Therefore, the Albanian people describe Ksamil beach as "the pearl of the Albanian Riviera". Without a doubt, Ksamil beach is the prettiest beach in the country. The beach is set on a little peninsula with perfect white sand. And the water in the bay is a bright green color and the clearest water you have ever seen.
    At Ksamil beach, there are four little islands in the sea close to the beach. The most famous are the twin islands, which are connected to each other by a narrow strip of land. If you have always wanted to visit an uninhibited island, this is your chance. From the beach, you can swim to the nearest island. Or you can rent a boat or kayak to visit the islands, which are further away.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight stay in a 3-star hotel in Saranda

    Day 4: The Blue Eye of Albania & Gjirokaster UNESCO sight

    Stop At: The Blue Eye, Vlore 9706 Albania
    The Blue Eye of Albania is one of the most beautiful places to see in Albania. The Blue Eye is a natural fresh water spring. The natural spring pumps bright blue water to the surface of the river. The Blue Eye has become a touristic attraction, since the water of the spring is a magical blue color. The water is so bright, that you won't believe it is all natural. Moreover, the spring resembles a human eye. The dark underwater cave looks like the black pupil of a human eye. And the bright blue water looks like the iris of a human eye. If you dare, you can jump into the Blue Eye spring, which is more than 50 metres deep. But bare in mind that the water is ice cold all year long.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster County
    Gjirokaster is a historical city, which is on the UNESCO heritage list. Walking through Gjirokaster gives you an insight into what the city was like during the Turkish Ottoman Empire. The city has typical stone houses and cobble stone streets. Therefore, Gjirokaster is also knows as the "stone city". The city of Gjirokaster is known in Albania as a "museum city", because it has beautiful historical buildings everywhere. It is a lovely city to stroll through.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Gjirokaster Castle, Gjirokaster Albania
    The Gjirokaster Castle is a large fortress on the top of a hill in the city. The fortress has a spectacular view of the historical city and the traditional stone houses of Gjirokaster. It is one of the biggest hilltop castles in the Balkans and it dominates the city. The castle was originally build in the 12th century by the local Byzantine government. But it was renovated and additions were made during the Ottoman empire and the government of King Zog. From the 1930 onward, it was mainly used as a prison for people who were resistant against the government.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Rruga Pazari i Vjetër Pllake, Gjirokaster, Albania
    The Old Bazaar of Gjirokaster is the traditional market place in Gjirokaster. The bazaar was originally build in the Middle Ages. There are a variety of craftsmen, souvenir shops and coffee houses along the Bazaar. You can buy handmade wooden pieces, handwoven rugs and delicate lace items. The street of the Bazaar is made of cobblestones and it set on a steep hillside.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Skenduli House, Rruga Sokaku i Te Mareve, Gjirokaster Albania
    Skenduli House is a highlight for visitors to Gjirokaster. It is an original family house, which is more than 300 years old. During your visit, you will get a unique insight into what life was like for a rich family during the Ottoman period. The house has 9 fireplaces, 6 bathrooms, 12 rooms, 44 doors, 64 windows and 4 hamam Turkish baths. The house has been owned by the same family for generations. The family will show you around the house and tell you stories about it's history. One of the highlights is the room used for wedding ceremonies, with beautiful stained glass windows, carved wooden ceilings and a fireplace decorated with pomegranates, which symbolize fertility.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: The Cold War Tunnel, Cerciz Topulli Square, Gjirokaster 6001 Albania
    The Cold War Tunnel is a gigantic bunker underneath the castle of Gjirokaster. It was build by the former communist dictator Enver Hoxha. The dictator was paranoid about a foreign invasion or a nuclear attack. In fact, he was so convinced an attack was eminent he constructed 750.000 bunkers all over Albania. The Cold War Tunnel bunker was constructed in secret in the 1960s, and it remained a secret for the locals until the 1990s. The Cold War Tunnel is 800 m long and it has 59 rooms, therefore, it could hold up to 300 people if needed. The bunker is empty, but the use of the rooms have been displayed on the doors. There were rooms for government ministries, interrogators, party elites, power generation, water storage, sleeping, decontamination and air filtration.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Zekate House, Gjirokastra, short hike form main bazaar, Gjirokaster Albania
    Zekate House is a historical town house in Gjirokaster city. It is a beautiful example of a traditional tower house. The house was build in 1812, and it said to be "one of the greatest examples of Gjirokaster architecture in the Ottoman style". Impressive houses like Zekate House, used to belong to the wealthy people, like government officials and merchants. Inside the house you can see the original interior and imagine what it was like to live there during the Ottoman period. There are beautiful stained-glass windows, wooden ceilings and wall frescoes.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Gjirokastër Obelisk, Gjirokaster, Albania
    The Obelisk is a monument located on the highest peak of the city of Gjirokaster. The monument is a symbol of education in the Albanian language. For many centuries, Albania was a part of the Turkish Ottoman empire. Therefore, education in the Albanian language was forbidden for a long period of time. The Obelisk monument is located near the location of the first Albanian language school in Gjirokaster, which was opened in 1908. At the time it was very dangerous to open an Albanian language school, particularly for the teachers, who worked there. Since the Obelisk monument is located on the highest peak in the city of Gjirokaster, it has amazing views. You can see the old city and the typical stone houses below.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Çerçiz Topulli Square, Sheshi Çerçiz Topulli, Gjirokastër, Albania
    Cerciz Topulli Square is a historical square in Gjirokaster. It is named after the national hero Cerciz Topulli, who fought against the Ottoman Turks in the early 20th century. He was mainly known for killing the Ottoman commander Bimbashi in 1908. Shortly after in 1912, Albania became independent and he fought to protect the Albanian territory from the foreign invasion. There is a statue of the hero on the square.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Rinas Airport, Tirana Albania
    Departure Time :
    8:30 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Albania Tour Guide

Activity ID: V-252565P15

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