UNESCO Protected Heritage Site, The City of Stone, birth city of our most famous writer Ismail Kadare, and our most famous dictator, Enver Hoxha, Gjirokastra is our destination. After meet and greet at the port, we take a comfortable couch to travel for approx. 1 hour to one of the most beautiful Albanian cities. First stop at the old bazaar, with the characteristic houses, the artisan shops and cafe-bars, for a coffee before taking the cobbled streets to the castle. Visit at the antinuclear refugee bunker, built by the communist regime in case of attack from Anglo-American or even Russian aggressors. It is like an underground complex with rooms and even conference hall. Then we visit the castle, the weapons museum inside it, the clock tower and we will enjoy the amazing scenery of Drino valley. The tour will continue to the ethnographic museum, a characteristic house that happens to be the very house where Enver Hoxha was born. Now it has been turned into a museum because it was very well preserved during communism era and it has all the elements of a traditional Gjirokastrit house. With the approaching lunch time, we take the couch to Viroi Lake where we will enjoy traditional food with fantastic scenery. Bonus point, next to the lake there is an underwater cave with very clear water. After lunch back to Saranda and we end the tour packed with great experiences from this journey back in time.
- Gjirokastra Castle
- Antinuclear Bunker
- Old Bazaar
- Ethnographic Museum
- Viroi Lake and Underwater Cave