Albanian Riviera Tour

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ALBANIAN RIVIERA TOUR – 6 DAYS 🏄🏊‍♀️🛥🛳⛵️🛶 Departure every Sunday! 📌Limited Seats!

If you’re planning to visit Albania, the best beaches of the southern coast, then be part of our 6 days tour. Adrenaline, Amazing Places, Boat Rides, Paragliding, Speed Boats, Diving, Parasailing and many other unforgettable activities and experiences.

🌟Chosen as the best tour for 2015 from Travel Magazine. 
🌟99.5% of the 2016 participants suggested is as the best option for vacations.

🛎🔔📣 DATES 🔔📣:

📪 9 – 14 July 2017
📪 16 – 21 July 2017
📪 23 – 28 July 2017
📪 30 July – 04 August 2017
📪 05 – 11 August 2017
📪 13 – 18 August 2017
📪 20 – 25 August 2017
📪 27 August – 01 September 2017
📪 03 – 08 September 2017
📪 10 – 15 September 2017

Did you know how many amazing places are there between Vlore and Ksamil? About how many of them have you heard of? How many have you visited so far?

• Karaburun Peninsula
• St. Basil’s Beach
• St John’s Bay
• Haxhi Ali’s Cave
• Gjuza Cape
• Dhërmi Beach
• Drymades Beach
• Perivolos Beach
• St. Andrea’s Beach
• Palasë Beach
• Grama Bay
• Ngjipe Beach/Canyon
• Pirates Cave
• Jalë Beach
• Aquarium Bay
• Himara Castle
• Himarë Beach
• Llaman Bay
• Porto Palermo Castle
• Sarandë
• Ksamil Beach
• Kakome Bay
• Krorëz Beach
• Butrint (UNESCO Protected World Heritage Site)
• Blue Eye Spring
• Etc (many small hidden gems that we will visit by boat)

☎ Contact: 📱 +355696009060 | 📱 +355676066677
[email protected] or message us on FaceBook
📫 Adress: Rr. Ibrahim Rugova 29, Tirane 1001, Albania

Program:
Day 1
08:30 Departure from Tirana
⛵Coffee break along the journey
Arrival and accommodation in Vlore
⛵Boat ride to inner Karaburun where we will see Haxhi Ali’s Cave and St’ John’s Bay. 
⛵Swimming at St. Basil’s Beach
⛵Return by boat to Vlore
Dinner at hotel
Welcome Party after dinner

Day 2
Breakfast at hotel
⛵After arriving in Dhermi, accommodation in hotel and then departure by boat to Drymades, Palase, St. Andrea’s Bay and Grama Bay.
Free time / Swimming
Dinner in Dhermi
Fire by the beach, wine and time for new friends.

Day 3
⛵Breakfast at hotel
⛵Boat ride to Pirates Cave and Ngjipe Bay / Canyon. Optional – You can stay in Jale and do scuba diving and then free time in Dhermi beach.
⛵Free time
Dinner
Group activities (games, animations, fire, Mafia game, Tarakos game)

Day 4
⛵Breakfast at hotel
⛵Optional – Either paragliding from Llogara Mountain or Speed Boat ride to Grama Bay. 
Departure to Saranda with stop for swimming in Jale Beach
Visit to Himara’s Castle
Lunch at Llaman’s Bay
Visit Ali Pasha’s Castle in Porto Palermo
Arrival in Saranda and accommodation in hotel
Free time and dinner at one of the seaside restaurants.

Day 5
⛵Breakfast at hotel
⛵Boat ride to Kakome Bay and one of the most beautiful beaches of Albania, that of Krorez. 
Free time for swimming in Kakome and Krorez
Return to hotel, free time.
Dinner at one of the seaside restaurants.

Day 6
⛵Breakfast at hotel
Visit to Ksamil and Butrint
Optional– Either Paragliding or boat ride to Kakome and Krorez.
Free time for relax in Ksamil
⛵Visit to Blue Eye Spring.
Stop for coffee and relax along the journey
⛵Return to Tirane

☎ Contact: 📱 +355696009060 | 📱 +355676066677
[email protected] or message us on FaceBook
📫 Adress: Rr. Ibrahim Rugova 29, Tirane 1001, Albania

🔔 Price per Person 320 EUR.
Price Includes:
🌟 Transport with comfortable couch throughout the journey (Sprinter)
🌟 5 nights hotel accommodation on Half Board basis (Breakfast + Dinner).
🌟 Boat ride to Karaburun
🌟 Boat ride (Dhermi – Pirates Cave – Ngjipe – Jale)
🌟 Boat ride (Dhermi – Perivolos – Drimadhes – Palas – St. Andrea’s Bay – Grama Bay)
🌟 Boat ride (Sarande – Kakome – Krorez – Kakome – Sarande)
🌟 Guide along the journey
🌟 Photos along the journey
🌟 Entrance tickets to Ali Pasha’s Castle.
*Optional:
🌟 Paragliding from Llogara +50 euro
🌟 Scuba Diving in Jale +20 euro
🌟 Paragliding in Sarande +25 euro
🌟 Flyeboard + 30 euro

Albania – Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Visit

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Ten Reasons to visit Albania

1. Albania is in the belly of Europe. Above Greece, next to Italy. Easily accessible.

While Albania is not accessible by train, although there is a functional railroad connecting us with Montenegro, you can come here by car, boat or plane. We have an international airport called Mother Teresa Airport and three ports connecting us with Italy and Greece, that of Durres, Vlore and Saranda, with Durres being the largest one. If flight tickets are expensive, you can also check the neighboring airports of Skopje, Ohrid (both in Macedonia) or Podgorica in Montenegro. Sometimes, the price difference could save you  money for a rental car while you’re here.

2. It is still sort of virgin compared to other touristy destinations.

The coastline is half sandy and half rocky, sometimes more than a couple km long. The best thing is that most of those beaches are almost empty, without people or sunbeds or umbrellas. Just you, your towel and snorkeling gear.

3. The Albanian language is unlike any other.

First, we have our own branch on the tree of Indo-European languages, like Greek and Armenian. Second, our alphabet has 36 letters. Third, in Albanian there is a one-to-one relationship between sounds and letters, and reading and writing Albanian is relatively easy if you know some simple rules

4. People are very welcoming, especially caring toward tourists, without being intrusive.

We have a big heart, it fits everyone. Our motto is, bread and salt. It has a very profound meaning for us. It means everyone is welcomed. Even if there isn’t enough food, we will share it with you. We will also go to extremes to protect you. This is based on the Besa (faith/word of honor) concept. Having said that, we will also respect your privacy. We won’t drag you from your sleeve if you take a look at shops or restaurant menus.

5. The coastline is one of the sunniest in Europe.

Such weather, the British would pay it with gold ducats. The average temperature on the coastline during summer months is 29-30 degrees. Take a look at the map, most of Europe needs more vitamin D.

6. Stunning geographical features, like mountains next to seaside, glacial and alpine lakes, plus a ton of diversity of natural beauty.

Look at the green waters, now look at the mountains in the far distance, now look back at the sandy beach and the cave, now again at the mountains in the background. Although one of the smallest countries of Europe, we have a very diverse geographical position. Look back at the photo, can you say no to that?

7. Plenty of archaeological sites, medieval castles and UNESCO Protected World Heritage Sites. Let’s thrown some communist era remnants to spice the historical aspect.

There are a lot of archaeological sites from the Greek and Roman era, well preserved ones like Buthrotum, Bylis, Apollonia, Amantia, Antigonea, Phoenice, Lower Selca, Durres Amphitheatre etc. A lot of castles like the one in Gjirokaster, Tepelene, Lezhe, Kruje, Shkoder, Berat etc. There are also protected old cities like the Stone City (Gjirokastra) or the City of 1000 Windows (Berat). As a result, we have everything for everyone.

8. Delicious and organic food, from sea products to meats and home grown veggies.

We might not have rich cooking books with thousands of recipes but we do have tasty and healthy veggies, simple cooking methods and you’ll excuse me while I lick my fingers.

9. Still very cheap compared to neighboring countries.

If you click on the above image, you’ll see Albania listed as the 49th country with the most expensive being the first. If you can’t find it, it’s because it is so damn cheap here, we don’t even make it to that list.

10. Albania was the first officially atheist state in the world.

Thanks to this guy, we made it to the history books as the first officially atheist state in the world. This guy, now dead, is Enver Hoxha, our ex-dictator. He was also paranoid. While we could pave our roads 10 times over, we decided to build bunkers. We also destroyed most of the churches and mosques but we still managed to save some, and those are pretty impressive. We also have other religious sites like pagan ones, albeit difficult to find if you don’t have a local guide.

 

If the above reasons are not enough, follow our blog, plenty of interesting things coming in the near future.

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Weekend in Fier & Vlore

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Fieri (Albanian: Fier or Fieri) is a city in southwest Albania, in the district and county of the same name. Fier is 8 km (5 mi) from the ruins of the ancient city of Apollonia. This district is also rich in other archaeological sites and post Byzantine monuments.
Apollonia was an ancient city in Illyria, located on the right bank of the Aous River (the modern-day Vjosë River). It was founded in 588 BCE by Greek colonists from Corfu and Corinth, on a site initially occupied by Illyrian tribes. Apollonia flourished during the period of Roman rule in the area and was home to a renowned school of philosophy. The city began to decline in the 3rd century CE when its harbor began silting up as a result of an earthquake. Cicero, the famed Roman Orator, was captivated by the beauty of Apollonia and in his Philippics, referred to it as “magna urbs et gravis,” or “great and important city.” Archaeological excavations have shown that Apollonia achieved its zenith around the 4th-3rd centuries BC. Sources depict a flourishing culture, with a busy harbor along this active trading route. Apollonia, like Dyrrachium further north, was an important port on the Illyrian coast as the most convenient link between Brundusium and northern Greece, and as one of the western starting points of the Via Egnatia leading east to Thessaloniki and Byzantium in Thrace. It had its own mint, stamping coins that have been found as far away as the basin of the Danube. The city has a 4 km long wall encircling an area of 137 hectares. It has been estimated that during the peak of civilization in Apollonia as many as 70,000 inhabitants lived inside the city gates. Among the most interesting sights are the city council building with its surviving facade, the library, the triumphal arch, and the temple of Artemis. Also noteworthy are the Odeon, which dates from the 2nd century BC and once accommodated approximately 10,000 spectators, and the two-story, 77 meter long covered walkway, or “stoa.” An earthquake in the 3rd century CE altered the path of the Vjosë River and caused severe infrastructure damage. The harbor eventually filled with silt, effectively ending trade. The once proud city declined until it was nearly uninhabited. It was “rediscovered” in the 1700’s, and archaeological efforts have continued intermittently throughout the 20th century. Today the site can easily be accessed from the nearby city of Fier and offers both unique views of the Adriatic coastline as well as an extensive collection of historical and archaeological items of interest.

Called the “City of the flag” or “City with two seas” Vlora is regarded as the pearl of the Albanian tourism, with its shores, Karaburun, Sazan, Llogora, Castle of Kanina, Narta Lagoon, numerous beaches, monuments, people, land and sea.

Vlora (alb. Vlorë), known also as Valona, is located in south-western Albania where the two seas, Adriatic and Ionian, meet. Vlora enjoys a beautiful position beacause it is the gatway to the Albanian Riviera , which is the gem of Albanian Tourist places. The town with its wide boulevards decorated by huge palm trees has a real southern Mediterranean feel to it. It is located in front of Karaburuni peninsula and Sazani Island, close to various sandy and rocky beaches and the scenic nearby mountains. Vlora is Albania’s second largest port, having regular ferry boat connections with Italian ports of Bari and Brindisi. The oldest traces of civilization in the area of Vlora date back to the 6th century B.C. In ancient times the city started as a port, and was known under the name of Aulona, famous for its olive groves and vineyards. During the 4th century AD was frequently mentioned as a landing port for ships of goods from the ports of Otranto and Brindisi, as well as an important stop over between the prosperous ancient cities of Apollonia and Butrint. After the fall of Apollonia and Orichum, it became the principal port of Illyria. In the fifth century Aulona was the centre of diocese. The emigrations of barbarians damaged it badly and brought the withdrawal of the city deeper in land. During the Middle Ages the city was fused into one with the fortress of Kanina, which is situated a few kilometres to the south-east. At the fourteenth century, Vlora became an important trading and handicraft centre noted apart from wines and salt, for its swords, its ships and its silk. The Turks invasion took place in 1417. In 1531 Sultan Sulejmani built a fortress, which is believed to have been designed by the architect Sinani. By the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Vlora had again become an important economic centre and port it was taken by Ali Pasha Tepelena in 1812. Although an important town throughout history its claim to fame came on November 28th, 1912, when the National Assembly of Albania declared the independence of Albania in Vlora, to end a five century Ottoman rule. The town was the first capital of independent Albania.

Highlights of the tour

  • Apollonia Archaeological Park
  • Vlora City Center.
  • Kuzum Baba.
  • Muradi Mosque.
  • Riviera
  • Llogora National Park
  • Zvernec Monastery.

Meeting and greeting with the group at hotel lobby and then drive to Fier, approx. 120 km from Tirana. After a short driving through the city center, we take the road to Apollonia Archaeological Park where we will visit the famous Church of St. Mary and the ruins of the once famous city of Apollonia. Then we proceed to Vlora, 35 KM from Fier. Lunch by the seaside. Accomodation in hotel and in the afternoon we start to explore the city center, the Muradi Mosque and the Kuzum Baba holy place. This is on top of a hill, with a panoramic view of the city and the bay in general. The next morning we drive to Llogora National Park where we will have lunch in the middle of a forest, on top of the mountain. The road to Llogora goes by the seaside, the bay of Vlora, one of the most beautiful parts of the Albanian riviera. After lunch we will have a coffee on the exit of the national park, with a panoramic view of the Ionian sea, a couple of Greek islands in the distance and some of the most famous beaches of Albania down below. Then we return to Tirana, end of the tour.
Price includes: Transport with comfortable couch, hotel accomodation, professional guide throughout the program.
Entrance fees, where applicable, are not included. Food, drinks and tips not included.

Full Day Tour of Kruja

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Kruja (alb. Krujë) is a medieval town located 32 km northwest of Tirana and 20 minutes by car from the international Airport of Rinas. It is built 560 meters above sea level, on the slopes of Sari-Salltiku mountain. The name of Kruja derives from the Albanian word krua, meaning ‘water spring’. The citadel have become the main Illyrian fortress in the area in the 4th century AD. In the year 879, Kruja was mentioned for the first time as a Christian religious center. The first Albanian feudal state was created here circa 1190.The ottomans occupied Kruja two times, in 1396 and 1415. Town reached its zenith on the 28th of November 1443 when the Kruja castle was taken by Gjergj Kastrioti (Skanderbeg), who then organized the long anti-Ottoman resistance. From this time on, under the leadership of Skanderbeg, Kruja repelled three Ottoman sieges in 1450, 1457 and 1466. Only ten years after the death of Skanderbeg, in 1478, were the Ottomans able to capture the castle and destroy the town.

Highlights of the tour

  • Kruja Castle.
  • Scanderbeg Museum.
  • Ethnographic Museum.
  • Old Town Bazaar.
  • The Old Hamam.
  • The Sari-Saltik Holy Site.

Meeting and greeting with the group at the hotel lobby and then drive to Kruje, approx. 30 km from Tirana. The program starts with a visit at the Scanderbeg Museum and the remaining parts of the old castle. We continue with the Ethnographic Museum and after that, free time to explore the old bazaar to buy souvenirs. Then we drive to the top of the mountain, to Sari Saltik holy place to enjoy the scenery. Lunch on the way back down the mountain. End of the tour.
Entrance fees, where applicable, are not included. Food, drinks and tips not included.

Full Day Tour of Berat

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Berat – 2400 year old town located in southcentral Albania is known as “the town of a thousand windows, also the Museum City”. It is one of the oldest and most beautiful towns of Albania, with a settlement having existed there since at least the 6th century BC, when it was a fortress-settlement of the Greek Dassaretae tribe on the old border between Illyria and Epirus. The old town was inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage List in July 2008. Berat lies on the right bank of the river Osum, a short distance from the point where it is joined by the Molisht river. The Osumi river has cut a 915-metre deep gorge through the limestone rock on the west side of the valley to form a precipitous natural fortress, around which the town was built on several river terraces. It is remarkable Ottoman town, with a wealth of beautiful buildings of the highest architectural and historical interest. According to legend, the Tomorr mountain was originally a giant, who fought with another giant, called Shpirag over a young woman. They killed each other and the girl drowned in her tears, which then became the Osum river.

Highlights of the tour

  • The Old Quarters of Mangalem and Gorica.
  • Berat Castle.
  • Ethnographic & Onufri Museum.
  • The city’s beautiful mosques and churches.
  • The Bridge of Gorica.

Meeting and greeting with the group at the hotel lobby and then drive to Berat, approx. 70 km from Tirana. The program starts with a visit at the old quarters of Mangalemi and Gorica where we will see the famous old bridge of Gorica too. We stop for a short break to enjoy the scenery and the thousand windows of the old city. Then we proceed to the castle where we will visit the Ethnographic Museum, the Onufri Museum, the various churches and the mosque. Then we will visit the rest of the castle. After that, we descend toward city center where we will visit the city’s cathedral and to finish this amazing tour with a meal from the traditional tasty cuisine of Berat. End of the tour.
Entrance fees, where applicable, are not included. Food, drinks and tips not included.

Full Day Tour of Tirana

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Tirana, the Republic of Albania’s largest city, is blessed with a mild Mediterranean climate, a plethora of beautiful churches and lush parks. Founded in 1614, some striking Mussolini-era architecture dots the city center. Walk between sights such as Skanderbeg Square’s 1789 Et’hem Bey Mosque, the 1830 Sahat-Kulla (Clock Tower) and the Puppet Theater, once home to King Zog’s puppet parliament. Visit the Peace Bell, built with old cartridge shells, a reminder of Tirana’s stormy past. Tirana is a city of contrast, therefore a great travel destination.

Highlights of the tour

  • “Zog the 1st” Boulevard.
  • Scanderbeg Square.
  • The Pyramid.
  • Mother Teresa Square.
  • The Artificial Lake.
  • The Bllok Area.
  • Dajti Mountain.

Itinerary

Meeting with the group at hotel lobby. Depending on hotel’s location, we drive or walk toward city center. We start with an intro about Tirana’s history through the centuries and start walking toward the main attractions, starting from Mother Teresa square at Tirana’s Polytechnic University. Walking the main boulevard, we will take a look at the most important institutions as the Presidential Palace, the Congresses Palace, the Prime Minister’s office and the Parliament offices. Then we continue with the Pyramid (Enver Hoxha’s ex-museum), Dajti Hotel, the Arts Gallery, Rinia Park, Independence Monument and then we reach the main square of Tirana, Scanderbeg Square. We will continue with the City Hall, Et’Hem Bey’s Mosque, the Clock Tower, the Opera Palace, the National Library and the National Museum.

If weather conditions permit, we will walk and have a coffee in the Bllok area, next to Enver Hoxha’s Villa. Then we head toward Mother Teresa square to take the couch toward Dajti Mountain where we will take the cable car for a lunch with a view.

Entrance fees, where applicable, are not included. Food, drinks and tips not included. Cable car ticket not included.