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Albania tours the land of the eagle with cox & kings

  1. 1. 23/1/2014 Print page - Cox & Kings Send to Printer Albania: The Land of the Eagle Tour Type :group Tour Code :ALE2014 Durations :9 Days / 8 Nights Known as the ‘Cradle of the Balkans’,​ Albania and Macedonia are home to a​ wealth of natural and historic sites from​ Lake Ohrid and the well‐ preserved​ Ottoman town of Gjirokaster to the​ important but lesser‐known Roman​ ruins at Butrint and Apollonia. Travelling​ through spectacular mountain and​ coastal scenery, explore these two​ countries that are emerging after years​ relative isolation. of Itinerary Day 1 – To Tirana: Afternoon flight from London Gatwick to Tirana with British Airways. Transfer and stay at the Theranda Hotel / Tirana International for 2 nights. (N) Day 2 – Tirana: Morning tour of Kruja and the Skanderbeg Museum. Afternoon tour of the Albanian capital, including visits to the National Museum, Gallery of Arts, the main square and its clock tower. (B) Day 3 – To Lake Ohrid: Travel east to Elbasan, stopping en route at the remains of a Turkish fort. Continue into Macedonia and the town of Ohrid, situated on the east shore of Lake Ohrid. This Unesco world heritage site is known as the ‘Macedonian Jerusalem’ due to its large number of churches. The enormous lake is renowned for the clarity of its water. Afternoon tour of the town. See St Sophia Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in Macedonia, the Church of St Clement at Plaoshnik, where the first university in Europe was founded, and the Gallery of Icons, which has the largest collection of icons in the world. Stay at the Hotel Royal View for 1 night. (B) Day 4 – To Korca: Morning visit to the Monastery of St Naum. Its position on a rocky overhang provides excellent views across the lake. Cross the border back into Albania and continue south to Korca, historically an important trade town. Visit the Museum of Medieval Arts, which displays more than 150 icons and the Mirahor mosque, which is the oldest mosque in Albania. Stay at the Regency Hotel for 1 night. (B) Day 5 – To Gjirokaster: See the Tumulus at Kamenica, where the biggest ancient burial mound to be excavated in the Balkans is located. Continue to Gjirokaster, the birthplace of Enver Hoxha, the former leader of Albania. Visit his house museum and the city’s fortress, perched high above the town and one of the largest castles in the Balkans, formerly a political prison. Stay at the Cajupi Hotel for 1 night. (B) 1/3
  2. 2. 23/1/2014 Print page - Cox & Kings Day 6 – To Saranda: Drive through scenic mountains to the coastal resort of Saranda. Morning tour of the Unesco world heritage site of Butrint. Explore the extensive ruins of this Greco‐Roman town and view the 3rdcentury BC theatre, bathhouses and baptistery. Stay overnight at the Hotel Brilant. (B) Day 7 – To Vlora: Travel to Vlora, a seaport and the gateway to Italy. Stay overnight at the Hotel Vlora International / Partner Hotel. (B) Day 8 – To Berat: Morning tour of the Greek and Roman ruins at Apollonia, an important trading port for the Roman Empire until the 3rd century AD. Drive to Berat and visit the Museum of Icons and the castle, which has the remains of 42 churches within its walls. Stay overnight at the Mangalemi Hotel. (B) Day 9 – To London: Morning drive to Durres to explore the largest amphitheatre in the Balkans. Afternoon at leisure. Evening transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B) Meal Basis: (B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner, (N) = No Meals Discovery Tour: Cox & Kings uses the best available accommodation and transport. However, outside Tirana, facilities should be regarded as tourist class. The tour involves some long drives and walking over uneven terrain. Tour Cost Departure‐Return date 22 Apr 2014‐ 30 Apr 2014 13 May 2014‐ 21 May 2014 10 Jun 2014‐ 18 Jun 2014 24 Jun 2014‐ 02 Jul 2014 16 Sep 2014‐ 24 Sep 2014 30 Sep 2014‐ 08 Oct 2014 14 Oct 2014‐ 22 Oct 2014 Original Price(£) 984 1004 994 1014 1034 1014 1014 Single Supp 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 Additional Information What's Included • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable) • UK departure and overseas airport taxes • Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described 2/3
  3. 3. 23/1/2014 Print page - Cox & Kings • Local Transfers in an air‐conditioned vehicle • Fully escorted by an English‐speaking guide throughout • Entrance fees unless otherwise stated Cox & Kings Travel ~ Reservations: 020 7873 5000 ~ Brochure Request: 0870 2250322 ~ Website: 3/3