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    • { BERAT }2 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 3
    • HOW TOGET TO ALBANIA nia with Plava and Gucia (Gusinje) in Montenegro. Visa From Macedonia Procedures All the foreigners* from the countries Through Qafe Thana pass leading to in the table below, can enter the Re- Pogradec, Librazhd and Elbasan. From public of Albania without a visa, with Tushemisht, at the Southeastern end of the passport and by paying 10 Euros. Lake Ohrid, leading to Pogradec. From The foreigners that enter without a Bllata, leading to Peshkopi or Bulqiza visa have the right to stay in Albania and Burrel. From Gorica the road leads only 30 days for an entry and they may to the northern shores of Lake Prespa. stay up to 90 days within the calendar year. Montenegro Kosovo From Kosova Through Morina pass, which links Visas Kukes, Albania, with Pristina, Koso- Entry by air The citizens of the following countries vo. may obtain a visa at any entry point by All international air arrivals enter Macedonia payment: FYR Macedonia (10 euros; through Mother Theresa Interna- at the Embassy 5 euros), Montenegro tional Airport, located 25 km north- From Greece (free of charge), Israel (30 euros). west of Tirana. Linkage with the Albania Through Kapshtica leading to Korça. The citizens of other countries are re- city is provided through a shuttle From Kakavija Leading to Gjirokastra. quired to obtain visas at the missions bus service, the Tirana Rinas Ex- At Qafe Boti Konispol is connected to of the Republic of Albania that cover press, running between Skanderbeg Filat, and at Tre Urat, connecting Per- the country of residence. These mis- Square and Mother Theresa Airport. met with Konica. sions can also provide them with the Shuttle buses depart every hour at the Greece necessary information about Albania. top of the hour, with an approximate The Albanian Ministry of Foreign Af- cost of 2 euros. Taxi service available Entry by sea fairs web site carries information in at all times, taxi fares mounting to ap- English and Albanian about visa re- proximately 20 euros. quirements and where to apply. Albania can be accessed by sea through its main ports: Durres: the Italian ports of Ancona, Entry by Bari, Brindisi and Trieste Phone: 052 220 28 roadways Vlora: the Italian port of Brindisi Northern City of Shkodra and Lake Phone 033 245 21 / 294 18 Shkodra, while the second links From Montenegro Shkodra with Ulcinj Montenegro. Re- Shengjin: the Italian port of Bari Through Hani i Hotit and Murriqan- cently opened is Vermoshi, which Saranda: the Greek Island of Corfu Sukobina. The first road leads to the links the region of Kelmendi in Alba- Phone 0732 2734 4 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 5
    • your trip { ABOUT ALBANIA } begins here MONTENEGRO KOSOVO ABOUT US Our agency was established 13 years ago. We promote indi- vidual and group programs: incoming and outgoing tours. Our staff is qualified,multilingual and very dynamic. RM Agency offer to tourists the whole necessary information and assistance to see and visit the most beautiful and fascinat- ing places in Albania.We offer a vari- ety of packages and tours in order to discover the best of Albania. We offer a numerous of destinations the main Albania is a small, mountainous of which are: Italy, Switzerland, Slove- country in the Balkan MACEDONIA nia, Prague, Moscow, Munich, Dubai, peninsula, with a long Adriatic Montenegro,Turkey, Egypt, Greece, and Ionian coastline. Croatia… etc. Your ideal vacation are our commitment and our main goal. The most interesting destinations for ADRIATIC SEA summer holidays are: Antalya, Mon- tenegro, Sharm el Sheikh, Greece and its islands, Croatia, Spain whereas for GEOGRAPHY winter holidays we suggest and offer Albania is situated on the eastern shore destinations with beautiful alpine re- of the Adriatic Sea, with Montenegro sorts as Switzerland, Kolashin (Monte- and Kosovo to the north, Macedonia to the east, and Greece to the south. negro), Mavrove (Macedonia)… etc. Albania is composed of two major re- Our agency provides these services : gions: a mountainous highland region (north, east, and south) constituting •  Summer and winter tour pack 70% of the land area, and a western ages coastal lowland region that contains •  Thermal vacations nearly all of the country’s agricultural •  Cruise tour IONIAN SEA land and is the most densely populat- •  Car Rentals GREECE ed part of Albania. •  Transfers •  Professional guide •  Casino ( exclusive at Hotel Splendid 5* , Montenegro) Climate •  Vip Services Albania is characterized by hot sum- •  Exchange mer, bright sunny days, generally •  Hotels booking mild winter and abundant rainfalls. •  Meeting planning The period from June to September is •  Airline and ferry tickets hot, while from October to May it is cool and wet. ALBANIA6 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 7
    • Albanian { ABOUT ALBANIA } History tribes, but the Illyrians resisted their advances and preserved their lan- country profile guage and culture. Between this time and about the 17th • Full name: The Republic of Albania century AD, the name Illyria gradual- • Type: Parliamentary republic ly was transformed onto the name we • Population: 3.2 million (UN, 2010) know now, Albania. The Albanians re- • Capital: Tirana ferred to their land as Shqiperi, mean- • Area: 28 748 sq. km ing “Land of Eagles”. • Major language: Albanian The Byzantine Empire was not power- • Major religions: Islam, Christian- ful enough to prevent Albania from be- ity ing invaded by outsiders, and in 1347 • Life expectancy: 74 years (men), Albania was conquered and occupied 80 years (women) (UN) by Serbs. • Monetary unit: 1 lek = 100 qindars • Main exports: Chromium and Turkey invaded Albania at the end of chrome products, processed food- the 14th century. The Albanians waged stuffs a successful 25-year struggle against • GNI per capita: US $3,950 (World Turkish occupation, under Scander- Bank, 2009) beg. However, Albania eventually • Internet domain: .al became part of the Ottoman Empire. • International dialling code: +355 During this period, large numbers of • Border countries: Greece, Macedo- Albanians migrated to Italy, and the nia, Rep. of, Montenegro, Kosovo majority of the population converted • Kruja Castle Museum to Islam. The Albanian League was founded in Albanian History In October 1912, the Balkan States declared 1878, with the aim of unifying all Alba- nian territories (and thus win autono- my from Turkey), and also to promote All the evidence seems to suggest that Albanians are the Albanian language, literature and war on Turkey. In education. The Turks suppressed the descended from the Illyrian tribes that occupied the League in 1881. November 1912, the western region of the Balkan Peninsula in the 12th and people of Albania 11th centuries BC. proclaimed the country’s The Illyrians established their own the 1st century AD onwards, Christi- independence. At the states during the 5th and the 3rd cen- anity started to replace the old Illyrian turies BC. religion. London Conference of In the late 3rd century BC, the Romans In 395 AD, the Roman Empire was December 1912, the defeated Illyria and began occupation divided and the area that now consti- Allied Powers recognized of the region. During this period of tutes modern Albania became part of occupation, the Illyrians maintained the Byzantine Empire. The area was Albania’s independence. their own culture, though from about subject to regular invasions by various »»»8 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 9
    • Albanian History { ABOUT ALBANIA } During World War 1, Albania became a battlefield between the Allied and the Central Powers (a coalition of German and Austro-Hungarian allies). At the end of the war, Albania again faced the prospect of fragmentation. The Paris Peace Conference of 1919, however, stopped this from happening. In 1928, King Zog I was crowned, fol- lowing various internal conflicts be- tween different factions. His reign lasted until the Italians occupied Alba- nia in 1939. Following World War 2, Albania fell under the control of the man who led war time resistance in Albania, a com- munist dictator called Enver Hoxha. In January 1946, the People’s Republic of Albania was declared. During his time, Hoxha tried to form al- cASTLES & FORTS liances with Yugoslavia, Soviet Union and China, all of which were eventu- ally broken. Hoxha died in 1985. At the time of his death, entry to Alba- nia by foreigners was extremely dif- Albania has a number of castles and forts from the early ficult, travel abroad by Albanians was antiquity to the Middle Ages. Some of them continue restricted, and religion was banned. Communism fell throughout eastern to be inhabited to this day. Europe in the late 1980’s, and the re- gime collapsed in Albania in March major castles in Albania and the most 1992. important tourist attraction in Shkodra. The castle dates back to Illyrian times and Latin historian Titus Livius called it "stronghold of the Labeats" (Illyrian tribe on the shores of Lake Shkodra). Illyrian queen, Teuta, used it as a base in the wars against Rome. Kalaja e Ro- zafes Shkoder The name Rozafa first Rozafa Castle appeared in the Middle Ages. The The Rozafa Castle rises on a rocky hill name is linked to the legend of the to the west of Shkodra. It is surround- kept promise which is common in one ed by the waters of three rivers, Buna, form or another to all Balkan peoples. Drini and Kiri. Rozafa is one of the According to the legend, Rozafa, the10 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 11
    • CASTLES & fORTS { ABOUT ALBANIA } wife of the youngest of three brothers, towers. Although it was first built in accepted to be buried alive in the walls ancient times, the present building of the castle. The brothers had been dates back to the 15th century. building the castle in the day only to The Petrela Castle was part of the sig- find that the walls had collapsed dur- naling and defense system of the Kru- ing the night. At the entrance to the ja Castle. The castles signaled to each castle one can see the Rozafa bas-relief. other by means of fires. During Skan- According to popular imagination, the derbeg’s fight against the Ottomans, lime water that leaks at the main en- the Petrela Castle used to be under the trance is the milk running from Roza- command of Mamica Kastrioti, Skan- fas breast which was left outside the derbegs sister. Today there is a restau- wall so that she could feed her newborn rant inside the castle. The castle offers baby. The castle assumed the shape it spectacular views of the Erzen valley, has today from the time of the Balsha the hills, olive groves, and surround- family rule in the 14th century. Most ing mountains. of the remaining walls of the castle be- long to the Venetian period. However Preza Castle one can also find traces of the Ottoman The Preza Castle overlooks the village times (16th and 17th centuries) and the Is a castle in the city of Krujë, Albania with the same name and is located on a Bushatlli period (18th and 19th centu- and the center of Skanderbegs battle Petrela Castle hilltop. It is a small castle the construc- ries). The walls of the Rozafa castle are against the Ottoman Turks. The castle The Petrela Castle is located off the tion of which started in the 14th centu- 880 meters long and encircle an area of withstood three massive sieges from Tirana-Elbasan national road, 18 km nine hectares. from the capital. It is one of the tourist After a strong resistance, Rozafa fell locations close to Tirana that attracts a under Ottoman occupation in 1479. great number of visitors. The Castle is Other objects of interest inside the cas- perched on a rocky hill, above the vil- tle are the water tanks from the 15th lage with the same name. It has a tri- century and the 13th century chapel, angular shape with two observation which after the Ottoman occupation was turned into a mosque. Within the walls of the castle is also the Rozafa museum that explains the various pe- riods in the life of the castle. The Krujë castle the Turks, with garrisons usually no ry and was completed in the early 15th larger than 2,000-3,000 men. Mehmed century and belonged to the Topias, a II "The Conqueror" himself could not local feudal family. The castle has been break the castles small defenses. To- declared a monument of culture. It day it is a center of tourism in Albania, has four towers, one in each corner. and a source of inspiration to Alba- The clock tower was erected around nians. 1800-1850. It is known for its beautiful location, overlooking the Tirana plain. The castle is quite close to the Mother Theresa International Airport. A res- taurant and other service facilities are12 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 13
    • CASTLES & fORTS { ABOUT ALBANIA } found inside the castle. visit are the ruins of the Ottoman build- ment covers an area of 3,625 hectares. ings inside the castle, the mosque, the tower of the south-eastern wall with a Lezha Castle Roman arch, and the Illyrian tower on Lëkurës Castle The Lezha Castle is located on top of the southern wall. The Lezha castle is a This castle is located on a strategic a 186 meter high hill, to the east of cultural monument. The castle offers a hill point overlooking the town of Sa- beautiful view of the Lezha fields and randa. From here one can control the the Adriatic Sea. whole town as well as the islands of Kanina Castle Ksamil. Kanina VloreThis castle was built in the The castle of Lëkurës was built on the village with the same name which is sixteenth century. It is supposed that it about 6 km from Vlora. The castle rises was built on 1537 by Sultan Suleyman who attacked Corfu and needed to control the harbor of Saranda and the road that connected It with Butrint. The castle is built on the ruins of Lëkurës village. It has a square shape- with two round towers on its north- western and south-eastern corners. To climb up to the castle, visitors need to leave the main road on Qafë Gjashtë and go up the town hill from the other side of the town. On the ruins of the old castle, tourists on the side of the Shushica Mountain, can enjoy a meal in the local restaurant about 380 meters above the sea level. which is build in the style and with The castle was built on the site of an similar materials to the castle. town. The castle originates from Illyr- ancient settlement, one of the oldest in ian times. In 1440 it was reconstructed the Vlora region. The castle is believed by the Venetians, and in 1522, after the to have been erected in the 3rd century Ottoman conquest, it was also rebuilt B.C. In the 4th century B.C. the castle by the latter. The castle bears traces of was transformed into a fortress town. Illyrian, Roman, Byzantine and Otto- In the 5th century A.D. the castle was man architecture. Interesting places to reconstructed by Justinian I. The settle-14 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 15
    • TRAVEL & { TIRANA } TOUR GUIDES Discover Albania, a land of great natural beauty and romantic remoteness. Places of interest: Korça, Berat, Durres, Kruja, Gjirokastra, Sara- nda, Shkodra, Pogradec, Tirana, and Vlora. Tirana is the capital and the largest city of Albania. Modern Tirana was founded as an Ottomantown in 1614 by Sulejman Bargjini ,a local ruler from Mullet ,al- though the area has been continuously inhabited since antiquity .Tirana be- tirana came Albania’s capital city in 1920 and now it has a population of more than • Tirana Castle (Kalaja e Tiranes) ,the Shopping in historical core of the capital Tirana 800.000.The city is home to many uni- versities and is the center of the politi- • The Clock Tower of Tirana (Kulla e cal, economical, and cultural life of the Sahatit) Shopping as a hobby is the newest Al- country. banian import. In the last few years • Tirana’ s Mosque of Et’hem Bej (Xha- The area now occupied by the city of mia e Tiranes ) with an increase in the personal wealth Tirana has been populated since Pa- of the population many new style • Tabak Bridge (Ura e Tabakeve) shopping malls have started spring- leolithic times dating back 10,000 to 30,000 years ago , as evidence by tools • Terzi Bridge (Ura e Terzive) ing up both in the capital itself and its that were found near Mount Dajt’s • Skanderbeg Square as a monumen- fringes. These have started becoming quarry terrain ,as well as inside the tal ensemble important gathering places for the lo- Cave of the Pellumba .As argued by cals who use the occasion of a day off various archaeologists Tirana and its • Church of Kroi of Shengjin (Kisha e for shopping, window shopping or suburbs are filled with Illyrian top- Kroit te Shengjinit ) simply having a coffee with friends. onyms and legends as the city’s pre- • Preze Castle (Kalaja e Prezes ) Most of the merchandise in the shops cincts are some of the earliest regions contained within this malls especially • Petrele Castle (Kalaja e Petreles) in Albania to be inhabited. textiles and leather come from Italy • Kapllan Pasha’s Grave (Varri I Kapl- and Greece. Tirana is home to historical and cul- lan Pashes) Eating and drinking tural sites:16 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 17
    • TRAVEL & { TIRANA } TOUR GUIDES Shoping centres QTU (Qendra Tregtare Univers) A modern shopping mall about 7 km from Tirana on the highway Tirana- Durres with tens of shops including brand names such as Zara, Mexx, Es- prit etc. The mall offers a free shuttle bus from the centre of Tirana. Casa Italia A smaller shopping mall on the out- skirts of the city offering several shops rESTORANT PUSI including the Italian electronics super mall Trony, the Ikea style Danish su- perstore Jysk and the Italian super- Albanian cuisine market, Conad. reflects a mixture of influences from the Turkish, Balkan, and European ETC (European Trade Center ) cuisine. It is known for its high nutri- A shopping mall in the centre of the tional values and its delicious taste. city with several boutiques and caffes Every area offers distinct specialties. worth a visit. Meat prepared on the skewer and the City Park Tirana different kinds of pies are well known in the whole country. Southern and It a large shopping mall ,about 9 km Central Albanian cuisine is known for from Tirana on the highway Tirana- the extensive use of vegetables, olive Durres, it has many t a large shopping oil, herbs, and lemon in its cooking. mall ,about 9 km from Tirana on the Shkoder (carp casserole), Pogradec (al- highway Tirana-Durres, it has many coran casserole with walnuts) and the modern shops. It is more than a shop- coastal area of the Ionian and Adriatic ping mall. are known for their fish dishes. Kristal Center is the only shopping center with a Restaurants in Tirana movie theatre. It is inside the city but “King House” not in the downtown. It is an interest- ing shopping center in which you can “Pusi” have nice time . “Casa di Pasta” “Juvenilja Castle’’ Souvenires shops Albsouvenir , at 9-Kateshe Complex “Sarajet” PIRRO Souvenir – Street of Durresi “Pizza Time” Old Baazar – City of Kruja18 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 19
    • TRAVEL & { POGRADEC } { KORCA } TOUR GUIDES Pogradec is a city in southeastern Albania, situated on the shores of Ohrid lake. It is the capital of the District of Pogradec, in the County of Korçë, with a population of around 30,000. Korça This city is surrounded by hills on the ▪ The National Museum of Medieval southern and western side. Drilon ,the name of the river that flows into the KorçA Art of Albania, has a rich archives of is a city in lake near Tushemisht ,is mentioned in ca. 6500 icons and 500 other objects in early texts of antiquity. The hill over- textile, stone and metal. looking Pogradec is the site of old cas- tle ruins dating back to 5th century . southeastern ▪ The National Museum of Archeol- ogy is located in Korçë. Albania and the capital of the The first Albanian School Korçë district as well as the house of the painter Vangjush Mio and It has a population of his gallery function as mu- around 105,000 people , making it the sixth largest city in Albania. It stands seums. on a plateau some 850 m above sea level, surrounded by the Morava ▪ Another museum in Korçë is the Mountains. Korça is called the city of Bratko Museum and the Oriental Mu- museums. seum20 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 21
    • TRAVEL & { SARANDA} TOUR GUIDES { DURRES } Durrës is the second largest city of Albania . It is the most ancient and one of the most economi- cally important cities of Al- bania. It is located on the central Albanian coast, about 33 km west of the capital Tirana. It is situated at one of the narrower Saranda points of the Adriatic Sea, opposite the Italian ports of Bari, (300 km/186 It is situated on an open gulf of the Io- nian Sea in the Mediterranean , 2 nau- mi away) and Brindisi (200 km /124 mi away). It has a population of around SarandA tical miles from the Greek island of Corfu. 202,000. There are several museums such as the Archaeological Museum, is the capital of Near Sarande are the remains of the Ahmet Zogu’s Villa of Durres and the Museum of History. The city’s beach- the District of ancient city of Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage site . es are also a popular destination for many foreign and local tourists, with Sarande and is an estimated 600.000 tourists visiting annually. Many Albanians from Tira- one of the most na and elsewhere spend their summer vocations on the beaches of Durres. important tour- The largest amphitheatre in Balkans is ist attractions located in the city close to the harbour. This first - century construction is cur- of the Albanian Riviera . rently under consideration for inscrip- tion as a UNESCO World Heritage site .22 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 23
    • TRAVEL & TOUR GUIDES { VLORA } { BERAT} VlorA is the second largest port city of Albania, after Durres. It is the city where the Al- banian Declaration of Inde- pendence was proclaimed on November 28, 1912. The city was for a short time the capi- tal of Albania. Vlore is situated on the Bay of Vlore, an inlet on the Adriatic Berat Sea, almost surrounded by mountains. windows of the old decorated houses Berat The town is surrounded by gardens and olive groves . overlooking the town . The Citadel overlooks the river and the modern is a town city as well as the old Christian quarter across the river .It is a well preserved located in south area containing narrow streets ,Turk- ish houses and Orthodox churches. central Albania. Modern Berat consists of three parts divided by the Osum River : Gorica ( “little mountain” in Old Slavonic) The old town was inscribed Mangalem and Kalaja , the latter be- ing a residential quarter within the old on the World Heritage List Byzantine citadel that overlooks the in July 2008. town .The town also has a 15th century mosque and a number of churches of It is the capital of both the District of the Albanian Orthodox Church,whose Berat and the larger County of Berat. autocephaly was proclaimed there The town is still renowned for its his- in 1922.Several of the churches house toric architecture and scencic beauty works by the renowned 16th century and is known as the “Town of a Thou- painter Onufri. sand Windows”, due to the many large24 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 25
    • TRAVEL & { KRUJA } { GJIROKASTER} TOUR GUIDES KrujË is best known as the hometown of Albania’s na- tional hero, Skanderbeg from where the Ottomans were suc- cessfully resisted for nearly 35 year from 1443 until 1478. The castle of Kru- je was successfully defended in four sieges conducted by Ottoman forces before final capitulation shortly after the death of Gjergj Kastrioti (Skander- beg). The city’s name comes from the Alba- nian word for water source. Kruje is Gjirokaster a tourist attraction alongside a pan- oramic mountainside location. Some of the main points of interest include GjirokastËr, is a the Gjirokaster Castle. Many houses in Gjirokaster have a distinctive lo- the restored castle and citadel, the Skanderbeg Museum located inside city in southern cal style that has earned the city the nickname “City of the Stone", because the castle, and the old restored bazaar. The citadel includes a restored house Albania. Lying in most of the old houses have roofs cov- ered with stones. The city, along with from the Ottoman epoch that serves as the Ethnographic Museum. the historical Berat, were among the few Albanian cities that were preserved in the 1960s region of Epirus and 1970s from modernizing building programs. Both cities gained the status Gjirokaster is also the capital of both of “ museum town” and are UNESCO the Gjirokaster District and the larger World Heritage sites. Gjirokaster County. Its old town is in- scribed on the World Heritage List as “A rare example of well – preserved Ot- toman town, built by farmers of large estate.” Gjirokaster is situated in a val- ley between the Gjere mountains and the Drino River, at 300 meters above sea level. The city is overlooked by26 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 27
    • TRAVEL & {SHKODER} TOUR GUIDES Shkoder is one of the oldest and most historic towns in Albania. It is an important cultural and economic centre . The city and the surrounding area The most recognizable me- are blessed with a large variety of natural and cultural elements. The morial is the legendary cas- most attractive quarters of the city tle of Rozafa known also as are commonly thought to be Pjaca, identifiable as the main city centre be- Rozafati. tween statues of Mother Teresa and Lake Skadar is the biggest lake of Bal- Luigj Gurakuqi, and Gjuhadol, the SHKODER kans peninsula. It is a major summer neighborhood around one of the most attraction for tourists and inhabitants. scenic streets connecting the Cathe- dral on the east side of town with the middle of the city.28 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 29
    • TOP 10 MUSEUMS {MUSEUMS} National Photo National Museum of Gallery Marubi Scanderbegs Grave - Shkoder - Lezha Indipendence Museum - Vlore Indipendence Museum National Ethnographic - Vlore Museum -Berat30 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 31
    • TOP 10 MUSEUMS {MUSEUMS} National Museum of National Museum Onufri Medieval Arts - Berat - Korca National Education National Ethnographic Museum Museum - Korce - Kruje32 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 33
    • TOP 10 MUSEUMS {MUSEUMS} National Museum Gjergj Kastrioti Skenderbeu -Kruja National Historic Museum - Tirana34 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 35
    • TOP 10 {BEACHES} beaches VLORA VELIPOJA This is an industrial and touristic port on the shores where the Adriatic and It is situated in Adriatic coastline in north Albania. The beach is surrounded by Ionian Seas meet. It has majestic mountains surrounding the town. Swimming is forest with pine trees. great here on this sandy beach. SHENGJIN HIMARA After the construction of a new road the access to the beach is easier nor and It is located half an hour south of Dhermi and offers the same clear waters and some ferries from nearby Italy are operating. shale beaches. The small town is surrounded by olive and citrus trees.36 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 37
    • TOP 10 {BEACHES} beaches DHERMI SARANDA It is located south of Vlora over the Llogora Pass National Park. It is a small piece It is located on the southern part of Albania, directly opposite to the Greek Island of paradise and people are starting to talk about it and it is also getting coverage of Corfu. It takes half an hour by ferry to ride between the two countries.Saranda from important travel publications. is a neat sand and pebble beach with crystal clear waters. Saranda Beach is be- coming very popular lately. Saranda Beaches in Albania are only 25 minutes from Corfu Greece. MALI I ROBIT SPILLE This one is one of the most popular beaches in the country attracting big crowds It is located south of Tirana west of Kavaje. This is a vast sandy beach and an during the high season. It is located less than an hour drive from the Capital city amazing pine forest near the beach. The waters are crystal clear, this beach is cre- of Tirana. ating lots of interest in new visitors.38 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 39
    • TOP 10 {BEACHES} beaches KSAMIL Some say that Ksamil Beach belongs among the Caribbean islands because of its powdery white sands and clear waters. It is located about 25 minutes drive south of Saranda Beach making it even closer to the Island of Corfu, Greece. Very close to this beach is located the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Butrinti. BORSH This is a small village with a breathtaking beach south of Saranda surrounded by olive groves.The waters are turquoise clear.40 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 41
    • HOTELS {TIRANA} IN ALBANIA TIRANA *** Chateaux Linza Chateau Linza Resort (Hotel & Res- taurant) is located just in the midst of a dynamic "Spectacular by Nature" . It offers a stunning environment that embodies the classic "Art of a Fine Ho- tel". **** On arrival to the hotel, it is apparent Situated in the very center of the capi- that Chateau Linza is a sanctuary that tal Tirana International Hotel & Con- Tirana International soothes the senses with its spectacular ference Center is the largest and the view, and a combination of traditional most flexible de-luxe hotel and Con- Hotel styled stones and wood work, with ference Center in Albania. modern art of construction of marble, stone, wood and glass, thus providing a dramatic counterpoint to the hotels stunning architecture and innovative design. *** Hotel Stela Hotel Stela a 3* Star property offering comfortable lodging for business trav- 4* Service. is located in the heart of Ti- elers and tourists alike. Located close rana, just 100m distance from the Scan- to the centre, this nice hotel offers you derbeg Square. This hotel has been the opportunity to explore better the carefully renovated and offers now delights of the capital Tirana.42 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 43
    • HOTELS {TIRANA} IN ALBANIA **** *** Diplomat Nirvana Hotel Hotel The Diplomat Hotel is located in the Nirvana Hotel offers a great many ser- heart of the city center,within easy reach vices and facilities,including a restau- of the business districts,government rant ,bar and conference rooms.The offices and embassies. staff are exceptionally friendly and **** helpful. Mondial Hotel **** Hotel Mondial Hotel is ideally situated just a promenade from the business and commercial districts.Recognized as one of the city’s warmest hotels and Doro City unique landmark,the Mondial Hotel offers guests an exceptional experience A hotel that defines tradition, prestige of Albania’s finest culture and service. and hospitality in a peaceful atmo- sphere. Hotel Doro City is the warm- **** est destination in Tirana. The hotel is ideally situated just a walking distance Monarc Hotel from the centre, cultural and tourist attractions. We offer a unique blend Is one of the most typically luxurious of Albanian hospitality and friendly Boutique Hotels frequented in Tirana. service which makes it the Inspired This hotel is located across the street Choice for Business or Pleasure. from Albania’s Parliament .It also of- fers views of Lana River.. ***** ***** Hotel Hotel Rogner Situated on the main boulevard of Ti- Sheraton rana with the many ministry build- ings, the Presidential Palace and major Tirana embassies within walking distance, The only branded five stars Sheraton the hotel has long become a meeting Tirana Hotel in Albania. Located with- place for the international world of in a shopping and entertainment com- business, politics and art. There are ex- plex in the heart of Tirana, it is also in ecutive hotels, and then there is Hotel easy reach of the citys many embas- Europapark in Tirana. sies and businesses.44 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 45
    • HOTELS IN ALBANIA DURRES SHKODRA Grand Hotel Adriatik Europa Hotel Grand Hotel Europa is a prestigious Adriatic Hotel –Once upon a time just luxury hotel situated in the heart of a dream.Lying by the sea.Close to har- Shkodra offering its guests the atmo- bour ,airport and Tirana. Now an ide- sphere of a grand hotel with every al place for your vocation, events and modern amenity. conferences. Vila Colosseo Belvedere Hotel Spectacular Comfort,exceptional ser- Colosseo Hotel offers a wonderful vice and gracious people.Visit Vila combination of high standards,central Belvedere Hotel to make a world-class location and the traditional Albanian experience in the best Adriatic Resort. hospitability, it offers all modern com- forts associated with this rating .At Colosseo hotel you can relax in a quiet and comfort ambiance and enjoy ex- cellent quality food and service. Tropical Complex KUKES This hotel is located above the Adriatic Sea and presents a picture of breath- taking natural beauty, is a new com- plex in the Durres beach, in the area known as Plepa. america Hotel This charming hotel is centrally locat- ed in the heart of Kukes town.It offers Oaz Hotel relax,comfort and perfect service, so you will always be satisfied at Amer- The Oaz Hotel is located in a quite ica Hotel. area where you can relax and reorga- nize yourself in peace. You will find our staff very friendly.46 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 47
    • HOTELS IN ALBANIA FIER HIMARA Hotel Fieri Rapos Resort Hotel is located in the heart of Fier.Is the biggest and the most recognized Hotel hotel in this city. It offers an unmatched Rapos Resort hotel is situated one km service. from the seaside town of Himara in the Albanian Riviera where the or- SARANDA ange groves combine with the beauti- ful deep blue colour of the sea. Butrinti Hotel KORÇA The five star Butrinti Hotel lies on the beautiful Albanian coast at Saranda, on the Ionian Sea. It is a luxury hotel Regency which offers a great service and many facilities. Hotel The Regency hotel in Korca is a three BERAT star hotel fully decorated with modern furniture and accessories that offers in- ternational standards.It is a charming Castle Park full service hotel located in the center of Korca. Hotel POGRADEC Castle Park Hotel is perched on top of a hill ,is fully of charm. It is nestled in the heart of a beautifulforest and of- fers truly spectacular views of Tomori Milenium mountain and the city of Berat. Hotel VLORA Millenium hotel is a new modern look- ing hotel situated right on the shores of Ohrid Lake. The hotel is surrounded Vlora by a beautiful nature. GJIROKASTER International HOTEL Located on the main boulevard Kalemi Hotel extremity,near the main Port of South Kalemi hotel is a beautifully restored Albania,the hotel offers the most sce- hotel featuring balconies with sweep- nic views of Vlora Bay. ing views of the fortress.48 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 49
    • HOTELS IN ALBANIA FIER HIMARA Hotel Fieri Rapos Resort Hotel is located in the heart of Fier.Is the biggest and the most recognized Hotel hotel in this city. It offers an unmatched Rapos Resort hotel is situated one km service. from the seaside town of Himara in the Albanian Riviera where the or- SARANDA ange groves combine with the beauti- ful deep blue colour of the sea. Butrinti Hotel KORÇA The five star Butrinti Hotel lies on the beautiful Albanian coast at Saranda, on the Ionian Sea. It is a luxury hotel Regency which offers a great service and many facilities. Hotel The Regency hotel in Korca is a three BERAT star hotel fully decorated with modern furniture and accessories that offers in- ternational standards.It is a charming Castle Park full service hotel located in the center of Korca. Hotel POGRADEC Castle Park Hotel is perched on top of a hill ,is fully of charm. It is nestled in the heart of a beautifulforest and of- fers truly spectacular views of Tomori Milenium mountain and the city of Berat. Hotel VLORA Millenium hotel is a new modern look- ing hotel situated right on the shores of Ohrid Lake. The hotel is surrounded Vlora by a beautiful nature. GJIROKASTER International HOTEL Located on the main boulevard Kalemi Hotel extremity,near the main Port of South Kalemi hotel is a beautifully restored Albania,the hotel offers the most sce- hotel featuring balconies with sweep- nic views of Vlora Bay. ing views of the fortress.50 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 51
    • tours {5 DAYS TOUR} 5 Days 4th Day. Kruja Breakfast at the hotel tour Departure to Tirana, accommodation at the hotel, Lunch and then free time at leisure. Tirana-Berat- Saranda- In the afternoon departure to Kruja city. We will visit : Kruja • “The Museum of our National Hero Scanderbeg”. 2nd Day. Berat 3rd Day. Sarande 1st Day. Tirana • “Ethnographic Museum”. Breakfast at the hotel. Breakfast at the hotel. Arrival in "Mother Teresa" airport • Old Bazaar with characteristic meeting with our representative, trans- Departure from Tirana to Berat city. Departure to Saranda. streets. fer andaccommodation at 4* hotel. Return to Tirana. During the trip you will admire Located in central Albania, Be- the beautiful view of Albanian Dinner and overnight in Tirana. After lunch, city tour of Tirana: rat bears witness to the coexis- Riviera. tence of various religious and Saranda, the gateway to the • Scanderbeg Square, Scanderbeg cultural communities down the southern Albania, is a small 5th Day Tirana statue, the Clock Tower built in centuries. It features a castle, town located between high 1830. Breakfast at the hotel . locally known as the Kala, most mountain and the Ionian Sea. • Visit to the National History Mu- of which were built in the 13th It offers a unique atmosphere Free time until the transfer to the air- seum which offers to see its 4750 century, although its origins and style that steels the heart of port. historical objects. date back to the 4th century all its visitors. • A visit in the Gallery of Fine Arts, BC. All the houses have “many Accomodation at hotel Butrinti which End of our services! then a city walk through Boulevard windows” therefore it is called is a five stars hotel. “ Deshmoret e Kombit”(main sight- “the thousand windows city “ seeing) The Palace of Congresses, Departure to visit Butrinti. Mother Teresa square. A picturesque road links Sa- Accommodation at the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Tirana. randa with the archaeological centre of Butrint. The city of The tour starts with the visit of Berat Butrinti (Bothrota) is one of the city: fragments which form the fab- ric of Albanias ancient cultur- • Berat Castle( 2400 yrs old). al landscape.Butrint is a major • Characteristic houses. archeological site in Albania. It • Iconographic Museum "Onufri". has been included in the World Heritage list of UNESCO. 5th Day Tirana • Ethnographic Museum and St. Ma- ria Cathedral After lunch , proceed to visit the Cas- Breakfast at the hotel . tle of Lekuresi. Free time until the transfer to the air- • After Lunch, optional trip to the canyons of Osumi River. port. Dinner and overnight in Berat. Dinner and overnight in Saranda. End of our services!52 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 53
    • tours {4 DAYS TOUR} Butrinti (Bothrota) is one of the 4 Days fragments which form the fab- ric of Albanias ancient cultur- tour al landscape. Butrint is a major archeological site in Albania. It has been included in the World Heritage list of UNESCO. Tirana-Fieri- Vlora- Saranda After lunch visit “The Castle of Lekuresi.” 1st Day. Tirana Dinner and overnight in Saranda. Arrival in "Mother Teresa" airport meeting with our representative, trans- • Proceed in a panoramic walking fer andaccommodation at hotel. at the side of “Uji i Ftohte” (Cold Water) • We will visit also “The Ethno- After lunch, city tour of Tirana: graphic Museum” • Scanderbeg Square, Scanderbeg Tourists visit its numerous objects Dinner at the hotel with traditional statue, the Clock Tower built in very frequently. Among these are: food. 1830. • Marvelous Façade of Bouleterion Overnight in Vlora. • Visit to the National History Mu- Theatre seum which offers to see its 4750 historical objects. • Nympheum (monumental foun- tain) 3rd Day. Saranda • A visit in the Gallery of Fine Arts, • The Museum of Apolonia Breakfast at the hotel. then a city walk through Boulevard “ Deshmoret e Kombit”(main sight- Museum of Apolonia has 7 pa- Departure to Saranda. seeing) The Palace of Congresses, vilions, a gallery and 2 porticos. During the trip you will enjoy Mother Teresa square. Here are exhibited different ob- the beautiful view of Albanian Dinner and overnight in Tirana. jects that testify to the history Riviera. Saranda, the gateway of Apolonia. In the ancient city to the southern Albania, is a of Apolonia there are many an- small town located between cient mosaics. In the complex high mountain and the Ionian 2nd Day. of Apolonia there is also the Sea. It offers a unique atmo- Monastery of Saint Mary. sphere and style that steels the Fier - Vlore Lunch in a local restaurant. heart of all its visitors. Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed to Vlora city. • Accomodation at hotel Butrinti, 4th Day. Tirana Departure to visit an ancient city. which is a five stars hotel. Vlora enjoys a beautiful posi- Breakfast at the hotel. Apolonia which is situated 12 tion because it is the gateway Departure to visit Butrinti. • Departure to Tirana city. km away from Fieri, It was to the Albania Riviera,which A picturesque road links Sa- founded in 588 BC on a hill is the gem of Albania Tourist • Transfer to the airport. randa with the archaeological near the sea. places. centre of Butrint. The city of End of our services !54 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 55
    • tours {4 DAYS TOUR} 4 Days The guide will take you to visit one of the oldest castles in Al- bania, only 5 miles away from tour Tirana city. The Castle of Pe- trela. (Optional) Dinner and overnight in the most fre- Tirana-kruja- durres- quented zone in Tirana , at “Bllok”. fier 1st Day. Tirana Arrival in "Mother Teresa" airport meeting with our representative, trans- fer andaccommodation at hotel. 3rd Day. Fier-Tirane Breakfast at the hotel. After lunch, city tour of Tirana: Departure to Fier to visit another an- • Scanderbeg Square, Scanderbeg cient city. statue, the Clock Tower built in 1830. Apollonia which is situated 12 km away from Fieri, It was • Visit to the National History Mu- At first we visit the: founded in 588 BC on a hill near seum which offers to see its 4750 the sea, and near what was then historical objects. • “Museum of our National Hero the course of Vjosa river by set- • A visit in the Gallery of Fine Arts, Scanderbeg”. tlers from Corfu and Corinth. then a city walk through Boulevard • “Ethnographic Museum” and the Tourists visit its numerous objects “ Deshmoret e Kombit”(main sight- Old Bazaar with characteristics very frequently. Among these are: seeing) The Palace of Congresses, streets. Mother Teresa square. • Marvelous Façade of Bouleterion The lunch in a local restaurant. Theatre. Dinner and overnight in Tirana. Proceed to Durres city. • Nympheum (monumental foun- Durrës is the second largest tain). city of Albania. And one of the • The Museum of Apolonia . 2nd Day. most ancient cities of Albania. The tour includes a promenade Museum of Apolonia has 7 pa- Kruja-Durres-Tirana through the city. vilions, a gallery and 2 porticos. Here are exhibited different ob- Breakfast at the hotel . Then we will visit : jects that testify to the history Departure to Kruja. • Amphitheater of Durresi, (2700- of Apolonia. In the ancient city Kruja is a city of “History, is year old), of Apolonia there are many an- best known as the hometown of • Castle of Durres. cient mosaics. In the complex 4th Day. Tirana Albania’s national hero, Skan- of Apolonia there is also the Breakfast at the hotel. derbeg. Kruja is also a tour- Monastery of Saint Mary. Free time until the transfer to the air- ist attraction in a spectacular The dinner in Durres Lunch in a local restaurant. port. mountainside location. Overnight in Tirana. Return to Tirana. End of our services!56 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 57
    • tours {4 DAYS TOUR} 4 Days Tourists visit its numerous objects 3rd Day. very frequently. Among these are: Korca-Voskopoja-Tirana tour • Marvelous Façade of Bouleterion. • Theatre. Breakfast at the hotel • Nympheum (monumental foun- • The tour start with a visit to the Tirana-fier-pogradec- tain). Medieval Art Museum and Arche- korca-voskopoja • The Museum of Apolonia . ological Museum. Museum of Apolonia has 7 pa- Proceed to Voskopoja vilions, a gallery and 2 porticos. The lunch in a local restaurant. 1st Day. Tirana Here are exhibited different ob- Arrival in "Mother Teresa" airport jects that testify to the history meeting with our representative, trans- of Apolonia. In the ancient city Continue with the visit of Voskopoja. fer andaccommodation at hotel. of Apolonia there are many an- Voskopoja churches constructed cient mosaics. In the complex during 16th- 18th century, and After lunch, city tour of Tirana: of Apolonia there is also the famous or their mural paint- • Scanderbeg Square, Scanderbeg Monastery of Saint Mary. ings. statue, the Clock Tower built in 1830. Lunch in a local restaurant. • Visit to the National History Mu- seum which offers to see its 4750 historical objects. The tour proceed to Pogradec, visit • A visit in the Gallery of Fine Arts, the Lin. then a city walk through Boulevard A special village along Ohrid “ Deshmoret e Kombit”(main sight- Lake. The houses are built just seeing) The Palace of Congresses, beside the lake shore and in the Mother Teresa square. bottom of the hill. Dinner and overnight in Tirana. • Continue with the visit of the Lin mosaic on the top of the hill. Return to Tirana. 2nd Day. • Then visit the picturesque site of Accomodation at the hotel . Drilon. Fier-Pogradec-Korca Dinner and overnight in Tirana Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Korca(accomodation at Departure to Fier to visit another an- the hotel). cient city. 4th Day. Tirana Apollonia which is situated Breakfast at the hotel . 12 km away from Fieri, It was Dinner and overnight in Korca. founded in 588 BC on a hill near Free time until the transfer to the air- the sea, and near what was then port! the course of Vjosa river by set- End of our services ! tlers from Corfu and Corinth.58 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 59
    • tours {5 DAYS TOUR} In north Albania & • Watch Tower dated century XIX. • Monument of Isa Boletini. Montenegro 5 Days • Monument of Luigj Gurakuqi. • Monument of 4 Democracy Mar- tour tyrs. • Big Church ,which for a certain period of time in the century XIX Tirana-shkodra- was the biggest catholic cathedral budva-lezha in Balkan. • Then continue with the visit at Ro- zafa Castle and its museum. 1st Day. Tirana It is built up in century XIV, on Arrival in "Mother Teresa" airport an Illyrian basement dated cen- meeting with our representative, trans- tury II B.C. fer andaccommodation at hotel. After lunch we start the tour visiting: After lunch, city tour of Tirana: • National Photo Gallery “MARU- • Scanderbeg Square, Scanderbeg BI” with authentic pictures since statue, the Clock Tower built in 1858,one of the most important in 1830. Europe. • Visit to the National History Mu- • Then we see and enjoy a drink or a • Church of Sveti Stefan Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine pe- seum which offers to see its 4750 coffe at Kafja Madhe or Grand Café riod. which is serving as café since 400 The Sanctified, with the rem- historical objects. nants of frescoes and inscrip- The visit includes: years ago. • A visit in the Gallery of Fine Arts, tions from mid 12th century. • The National Museum of Scander- then a city walk through Boulevard • The dinner and overnight in Bud- beg. va. ( Montenegro) • Church of the Holy Trinity. “ Deshmoret e Kombit”(main sight- • Then proceed to visit The Archeo- • The tomb of Scanderbeg. seeing) The Palace of Congresses, Mother Teresa square. logic & Ethnographic Museum and • The Castle. Dinner and overnight in Tirana. 3rd Day. Budva Modern Gallery. Lunch in a local restaurant . • Return to the hotel. Montenegro • Dinner and overnight in Budva. Departure to Tirana and accommoda- tion at the hotel. Breakfast at the hotel , 2nd Day. • Tour: Discover Budva. You will Dinner and overnight in Tirana. Tirane-Shkoder- Budva (ME) enjoy a beautiful view of Montene- 4th Day. Breakfast at the hotel grin Riviera and landscapes of Bar, Petrovac, Saint Stefan. Budva-Lezha-Tirana 5th Day. Tirana Proceed to north Albania, to Shko- After lunch, drive to Budva city, we Breakfast at the hotel. Breakfast at the hotel dra. will visit: Return to Albania. Free time until the transfer to the air- Accommodation at the hotel. • The town’s fortress of Citadella port. Then City tour of Shkodra. Continue the tour with Lezha, an Il- and the Port of City, lyrian settlement that flouished in the End of our services! We can see and visit:60 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 61
    • Grand {8 DAYS 7 NIGHTS TOUR} tours Grand tour of Albania Other places to visit in Elbasan are: Lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch departure to Tepelena. 8 Days, • The Monastery of Saint John Vladi- Departure to Korca (accomodation at Tepelena was founded on the mir. hotel). shores of Vjosa River.It’s the 7 Nights Dinner and overnight in Korca. birthplace of Ali Pashe Tepel- • The roman road station of Ad ena. In Tepelena you can visit Quintium. the Castle of Ali Pashe Tepel- • The church of Saint Nicolas. ena and proceed in a panoram- Day 3. ic walking at the side of Uje i • The Ethnographic Museum. 1st Day. Tirana city tour Korce-Permet Ftohte Tepelene (Cold Water). Arrival in "Mother Teresa" airport Departure to Gjirokastra. meeting with our representative, trans- Tepelene-Gjirokaster Known as the City of Stone, fer andaccommodation at hotel. After breakfast we start a panoramic Gjirokastra is a developing cen- After lunch, city tour of Tirana: city tour of Korca. tre for cultural heritage tour- • Visit the Medieval Art Museum ism. This city of the thounsand • Scanderbeg Square, Scanderbeg steps’comprises hundreds tower statue, the Clock Tower built in and Archeological Museum . houses with stone roofs, wood- 1830. • Then drive to Voskopoja and after en balconies and whitewashed • Visit to the National History Mu- lunch there, continue with the visit stone wall. seum which offers to see its 4750 of Voskopoja churches constructed during 16th - 18th century, and fa- There is much to in Gjirokastra: historical objects. Departure to Pogradec. mous for their mural paintings. • The Bazaar of Gjirokastra. • A visit in the Gallery of Fine Arts, The road to Pogradec passes Departure to Permet. • The Church of Saint Mary. then a city walk through Boulevard near the shore of Lake Ohrid, “ Deshmoret e Kombit”(main sight- Permeti, is known for its beau- • The Libovoha Castle. the deepest lake in the Balkans seeing) The Palace of Congresses, tiful flowers, unique songs, and at 285 m. This lake has declared • The Tekke of Melani. Mother Teresa square. tranquility. It’s famous for the a protected site by UNESCO Dinner and overnight in Tirana. good cooking, especially sweets, due to the unique species that also good wine and raki.Very call it home. The tour proceed near to the center of town you to Pogradec ,visit the Lin ,a spe- can have a panoramic walking cial village along Ohrid Lake. Day 2. The houses are built just beside the rock of Permet and Vjosa river. the lake shore and in the bottom Elbasan-Pogradec-Korce of the hill. Continue with the Breakfast at the hotel visit of the Lin mosaic on the Departure to Elbasan Country. top of the hill. It’s a field castle in city of El- • Then visit the picturesque site of basan.The castle has quadran- Drilon. gular shape with 308 x 48 m dimensions.During the late an- tique period the city within the castle named Skampini, started its life as inhabited centre in so called “Egnatia” street.62 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 63
    • Grand {8 DAYS 7 NIGHTS TOUR} tours Day 4. Departure to Llogara. • Proceed in a panoramic walking at century, although its origins the side of “Uji i Ftohte” (Cold Wa- date back to the 4th century Gjirokaster-Sarande- The Llogara National Park lies ter). BC. All the houses have “many approximately 40 km south of Llogara the city of Vlora.It is situated • And then continue with the visit of windows” therefore it is called After breakfast at the hotel. Ethnographic Museum. (optional) “the thousand windows city “ on the Mount Llogara and has Departure to Saranda. a surface of 810 hectares Alti- After breakfast, we leave Vlora to vis- Saranda, the gateway to the tudes within the park range it an ancient city, Apollonia. southern Albania, is a small from 470-2018 m above sea lev- Apollonia which is situated town located between high el.Here you will find a beauti- 12 km away from Fieri, It was mountain and the Ionian Sea. ful, dynamic setting where the founded in 588 BC on a hill near It offers a unique atmosphere sea meets the mountains. the sea, and near what was then and style that steels the heart of Dinner and overnight in Llogara. the course of Vjosa river by set- all its visitors. tlers from Corfu and Corinth. Departure to visit Butrinti. Tourists visit its numerous objects A picturesque road links Sa- very frequently. Among these are: randa with the archaeological • Marvelous Façade of Bouleterion. centre of Butrint.The city of Theatre. The tour starts with the visit of Berat Butrinti (Bothrota) is one of the city. • Nympheum (monumental foun- fragments which form the fab- • Berat Castle( 2400 yrs old). tain). ric of Albanias ancient cultur- al landscape. Butrint is a major • The Museum of Apolonia . • Characteristic houses. archeological site in Albania. It Museum of Apolonia has 7 pa- • Iconographic Museum “Onufri”. has been included in the World vilions, a gallery and 2 porticos. • Ethnographic Museum and St Ma- Heritage list of UNESCO. Here are exhibited different ob- Day 5. ria Cathedral. jects that testify to the history Dinner and overnight in Berat . of Apolonia. In the ancient city Vlore-Fier-Berat of Apolonia there are many an- During the trip we will enjoy the beau- cient mosaics. In the complex tiful albanian riviera, will have a stop of Apolonia there is also the Day 6. in Vlora city. Monastery of Saint Mary. Berat-Durres-Kruje- Vlora enjoys a beautiful posi- Lunch in a local restaurant. tion because it is the gateway Lezhe-Shkodra to the Albania Riviera, which Breakfast at the hotel. is the gem of Albania Tourist Departure to Berat. Departure to Durres. places. Located in central Albania, Be- Durrës is the second largest city rat bears witness to the coexis- of Albania. Durresi is one of the tence of various religious and most ancient cities of Albania. cultural communities down the The tour includes a promenade centuries. It features a castle, through the city, visit the Am- • After lunch, proceed to visit the locally known as the Kala, most phitheater of Durresi, (2700- Castle of Lekuresi. of which were built in the 13th year old), Castle of Durres.64 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 65
    • Grand tours After Durres we will visit Kruja Day 7. Kruja is a city of “History”, Shkoder-Razem is best known as thehome- town of Albania’s national hero,Skanderbeg. Kruja is also Breakfast at the hotel. a tourist attraction in a spec- City tour of Shkodra. tacular mountainside location. There we are going to see and visit: At first we visit the: • Watch Tower dated century XIX. • “Museum of our National Hero • Monument of Isa Boletini. Scanderbeg”. • Monument of Luigj Gurakuqi. • “Ethnographic Museum”. • Monument of 4 Democracy Mar- • “The Old Bazaar” with character- tyrs. istics streets. • Big Church, which for a certain Then we start the tour in north Alba- period of time in the century XIX nia, next stop will be Lezha, the main was the biggest catholic cathedral sightseeing: in Balkan. • Lezha Castle. • Then continue with the visit at Ro- • The memorial of Scanderbeg. zafa Castle and its museum: it is built up in century XIV, on an Illyr- ian basement dated century II B.C. • We will visit National Photo Gal- lery “MARUBI” with authentic pictures since 1858, one of the most important in Europe. • Then we see and enjoy a drink or a coffe at Kafja Madhe or Grand Café which is serving as café since 400 years ago. Dinner and overnight in Razem. Day 8. Razem-Tirane-Airport Breakfast at the hotel. Adresa: Departure to Tirana and transfer to the Pranë ish-Kinema “17 Nëntori” airport. Dinner and overnight in Shkodra. End of our services! Mob: +355 (0) 69 40 77 001 E-mail: rm.dizajn@gmail.com66 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 67
    • Grand {9 DAYS 8 NIGHTS TOUR} tours Grand tour of its life as inhabited centre in so • Then drive to Voskopoja and after Day 4. called “Egnatia” street. lunch there, continue with the visit Albania - Montenegro of Voskopoja churches constructed Gjirokaster-Sarande- 9 Days, Other places to visit in Elbasan are: • The Monastery of Saint John Vladi- during 16th - 18th century, and fa- Llogara mous for their mural paintings. 8 Nights mir. After breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Permet. • The roman road station of Ad Departure to Saranda. Quintium. Permeti, is known for its beau- Saranda, the gateway to the tiful flowers, unique songs, and • The church of Saint Nicolas. southern Albania, is a small tranquility. It’s famous for the town located between high 1st Day. Tirana city tour • The Ethnographic Museum. good cooking, especially sweets, mountain and the Ionian Sea. also good wine and raki.Very Arrival in "Mother Teresa" airport • Departure to Pogradec. It offers a unique atmosphere near to the center of town you meeting with our representative, The road to Pogradec passes and style that steels the heart of can have a panoramic walking transfer andaccommodation at Tirana near the shore of Lake Ohrid, all its visitors. the rock of Permet and Vjosa International Hotel 4* . the deepest lake in the Balkans river. Free time, afternoon, city tour of Ti- at 285 m. This lake has declared Departure to visit Butrinti. rana: a protected site by UNESCO due to the unique species that After lunch departure to Tepelena. A picturesque road links Sa- • Scanderbeg Square, Scanderbeg call it home. The tour proceed randa with the archaeological statue, the Clock Tower built in Tepelena was founded on the to Pogradec ,visit the Lin ,a spe- centre of Butrint.The city of 1830. shores of Vjosa River.It’s the cial village along Ohrid Lake. Butrinti (Bothrota) is one of the birthplace of Ali Pashe Tepel- • Visit to the National History Mu- The houses are built just beside fragments which form the fab- ena. In Tepelena you can visit seum which offers to see its 4750 the lake shore and in the bottom ric of Albanias ancient cultur- the Castle of Ali Pashe Tepel- historical objects. of the hill. Continue with the al landscape. Butrint is a major ena and proceed in a panoram- visit of the Lin mosaic on the archeological site in Albania. It • A visit in the Gallery of Fine Arts, ic walking at the side of Uje i top of the hill. has been included in the World then a city walk through Boulevard Ftohte Tepelene (Cold Water). Heritage list of UNESCO. “ Deshmoret e Kombit”(main sight- • Then visit the picturesque site of seeing) The Palace of Congresses, Drilon. • After lunch, proceed to visit the Mother Teresa square. Departure to Gjirokastra. Castle of Lekuresi. Lunch in a local restaurant. Dinner and overnight in Tirana. Known as the City of Stone, Departure to Korca (accomodation at Gjirokastra is a developing cen- hotel) Departure to Llogara. tre for cultural heritage tour- Dinner and overnight in Korca. ism. This city of the thounsand The Llogara National Park lies Day 2. steps’comprises hundreds tower approximately 40 km south of Elbasan-Pogradec-Korce houses with stone roofs, wood- the city of Vlora.It is situated en balconies and whitewashed on the Mount Llogara and has After breakfast we leave Tirana to visit Day 3. stone wall. a surface of 810 hectares Alti- Elbasan Country. Korce-Permet tudes within the park range There is much to in Gjirokastra: It’s a field castle in city of El- from 470-2018 m above sea lev- basan.The castle has quadran- Tepelene-Gjirokaster • The Bazaar of Gjirokastra. el.Here you will find a beauti- gular shape with 308 x 48 m After breakfast we start a panoramic • The Church of Saint Mary. ful, dynamic setting where the dimensions.During the late an- city tour of Korca. sea meets the mountains. tique period the city within the • The Libovoha Castle. • Visit the Medieval Art Museum Dinner and overnight in Llogara. castle named Skampini, started and Archeological Museum . • The Tekke of Melani.68 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 69
    • Grand {9 DAYS 8 NIGHTS TOUR} tours Day 5. Departure to Berat. Day 6. • Monument of Luigj Gurakuqi, Vlore-Fier-Berat Located in central Albania, Be- Berat-Durres-Kruje- • Monument of 4 Democracy Mar- rat bears witness to the coexis- tyrs, During the trip we will enjoy the beau- tence of various religious and Lezhe-Shkodra-Razem • Big Church, which for a certain tiful albanian riviera, will have a stop cultural communities down the Breakfast at the hotel. period of time in the century XIX in Vlora city. centuries. It features a castle, Departure to Durres. was the biggest catholic cathedral Vlora enjoys a beautiful posi- locally known as the Kala, most in Balkan. tion because it is the gateway of which were built in the 13th Durrës is the second largest city to the Albania Riviera, which century, although its origins of Albania. Durresi is one of the • Then continue with the visit at Ro- is the gem of Albania Tourist date back to the 4th century most ancient cities of Albania. zafa Castle and its museum: it is places. BC. All the houses have “many The tour includes a promenade built up in century XIV, on an Illyr- windows” therefore it is called through the city, visit the Am- ian basement dated century II B.C. • Proceed in a panoramic walking “the thousand windows city “. phitheater of Durresi, (2700- • We will visit National Photo Gal- at the side of “Uji I Ftohte” (Cold year old), Castle of Durres. lery “MARUBI” with authentic Water) The tour starts with the visit of Berat city. pictures since 1858, one of the most • And then continue with the visit of important in Europe. Ethnographic Museum. (optional) •  Berat Castle( 2400 yrs old). After Durres we will visit Kruja . • Then we see and enjoy a drink or a Departure to visit an ancient city, •  Characteristic houses. Kruja is a city of “History”, coffe at Kafja Madhe or Grand Café Apollonia. is best known as thehome- •  Iconographic Museum “Onufri”. which is serving as café since 400 town of Albania’s national Apollonia which is situated •  Ethnographic Museum and St years ago. hero,Skanderbeg. Kruja is also 12 km away from Fieri, It was Maria Cathedral. Dinner and overnight in Razem. a tourist attraction in a spec- founded in 588 BC on a hill near Dinner and overnight in Berat . tacular mountainside location. the sea, and near what was then the course of Vjosa river by set- At first we visit the: tlers from Corfu and Corinth. • “Museum of our National Hero Tourists visit its numerous objects Scanderbeg”. very frequently. Among these are: • “Ethnographic Museum”. • Marvelous Façade of Bouleterion. • “The Old Bazaar” with character- • Theatre. istics streets. • Nympheum (monumental foun- Then we start the tour in north Alba- tain). nia, next stop will be Lezha, the main sightseeing: • The Museum of Apolonia . • Lezha Castle Museum of Apolonia has 7 pa- vilions, a gallery and 2 porticos. • The memorial of Scanderbeg. Here are exhibited different ob- The lunch at a local restaurant. jects that testify to the history of Apolonia. In the ancient city of Apolonia there are many an- Proceed toward Shkodra where we cient mosaics. In the complex are going to see and visit. of Apolonia there is also the • Watch Tower dated century XIX Monastery of Saint Mary. • Monument of Isa Boletini, Lunch in a local restaurant.70 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 71
    • Grand tours Day 7. • Proceed to Kotor a picturesque city of Montenegro. Razem-Budva Visit The Church of St Luke. Breakfast at the hotel. Its a 12th-century Romanesque Departure to Budva. building with original frescoes Accomodation at hotel. remaining. One of the most City tour of Budva. interesting things about this church is that it has two altars: Budva is one of the oldest settle- a Catholic one and an Orthodox ments in the Adriatic. The as- one, showing the historic close- cent of Mediterranean cultures ness of these two faiths and the marked the spirit of this town religious tolerance of the Kotor which is felt even today, when area. Budva has become a unique tourist pearl of this part of The St Tryphon Cathedral, Adriatic. As a tourist destina- originally built in the 11th tion this town has been known century, has since been recon- for a long time - the first tour- structed several times, due to ists arrived here back in 1923. damage by a number of severe Now, Budva is often called a earthquakes. "metropolis of tourism" be- Lunch at a local restaurant . cause it is the most visited des- Afternoon at leisure. tination in Montenegro and one of the most visited destinations Dinner and overnight in Budva. in the Adriatic. The great value of Budva is its cultural and his- torical heritage: monuments, Day 9. fossils, fortifications, monaster- ies and churches. Budva-Tirane Breakfast at the hotel. We can see and visit : Departure to Tirana and transfer to the • The Old Town of Budva airport. • The Resort Town of Sveti Stefan End of our services! • Ancient Necropolis • Milocer Forest Park • Praskvica Monastery Dinner and overnight in Budva . Day 8. Budva-Kotor-Budva Breakfast at the hotel.72 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 73
    • Grand {6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS TOUR} tours Grand tour of Albania • Iconographic Museum “Onufri”. Day 4. 6 Days, Among these are: • Marvelous Façade of Bouleterion. • Ethnographic Museum and St Ma- Sarande-Vlore-Tirane ria Cathedral. 5 Nights Theatre. After breakfast at the hotel, we start- • Nympheum (monumental foun- Lunch at a local restaurant. ing city tour. Saranda. tain). Departure to Gjirokastra. Saranda is the gateway to the • The Museum of Apollonia . Known as the City of Stone, southern Albania, is a small Which has 7 pavilions, a gal- Gjirokastra is a developing cen- town located between high 1st Day. Tirana city tour lery and 2 porticos.m Here are tre for cultural heritage tour- mountain and the Ionian Sea.It Arrival in "Mother Teresa" airport exhibited different objects that ism.This city of the thounsand offers a unique atmosphere and meeting with our representative, testify to the history of Apol- steps’comprises hundreds tower style that steels the heart of all transfer andaccommodation at Tirana lonia.In the ancient city of houses with stone roofs, wood- its visitors. International Hotel 4* . Apolonia, there are many an- en balconies and whitewashed Departure to visit Butrinti. Free time, afternoon, city tour of Ti- cient mosaics. In the complex of stone wall. A picturesque road links Sa- rana: Apolonia there is also the Mon- There is much to in Gjirokastra: randa with the archaeological astery of Saint Mary. • Scanderbeg Square, Scanderbeg • The Bazaar of Gjirokastra centre of Butrint. The city of statue, the Clock Tower built in Lunch in a local restaurant. Butrinti (Bothrota) is one of the • The Libovoha Castle 1830. Departure to Berat. fragments which form the fab- • The Tekke of Melani ric of Albanias ancient cultur- • Visit to the National History Mu- Dinner and overnight in Berat. seum which offers to see its 4750 al landscape. Butrint is a major historical objects. archeological site in Albania.It has been included in the World • A visit in the Gallery of Fine Arts, Day 3. Heritage list of UNESCO. then a city walk through Boulevard “ Deshmoret e Kombit”(main sight- Berat-Gjirokaster-Sarande • After lunch, proceed to visit the seeing) The Palace of Congresses, After breakfast , city tour of Berat. Castle of Lekuresi. Mother Teresa square. Located in central Albania, Be- • During the trip we will enjoy the Dinner and overnight in Tirana. rat bears witness to the coex- beautiful albanian riviera , will istence of variousreligious and have a stop in Vlora city. cultural communities down the Vlora enjoys a beautiful posi- Day 2. centuries. It features a castle, tion because it is the gateway locally known as the Kala, most to the Albania Riviera, which Tirana-Fier-Berat of which were built in the 13th is the gem of Albania Tourist After breakfast, we leave Tirana to vis- century, although its origins places. it an ancient city, Apollonia date back to the 4th century • Proceed in a panoramic walking at BC. All the houses have “many the side of “Uji i Ftohte” Apollonia is situated 12km windows” therefore it is called away from Fieri, It was found- “the thousand windows city “. • And then continue with the visit of ed in 588 BC on a hill near the Ethnographic Museum. (optional) sea, and near what was then the The tour starts with the visit of Berat city: Arrival in Tirana. course ofVjosa river by settlers from Corfu and Corinth. • Berat Castle( 2400 yrs old). Accomodation at hotel, rest of the day at leisure. Tourists visit its numerous objects • Characteristic houses. very frequently. Dinner and overnight in Tirana.74 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 75
    • Grand {6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS TOUR} tours Day 5. • The tour continue visiting National Grand tour of Photo Gallery “MARUBI” with au- Tiranë-Krujë- thentic pictures since 1858, one of Albania - Montenegro Shkodër-Tiranë the most important in Europe. • Then we see and enjoy a drink or a 6 Days, 5 Nights After breakfast, we leave Tirana proo- ceed through north Albania.First stop coffe at Kafja Madhe or Grand Café will be in Kruja. which is serving as café since 400 years ago. Kruja is a city of “History”, is best known as the home- Arrival in Tirana. town of Albania’s national 1st Day. Tirana city tour hero,Skanderbeg. Kruja is also Arrival in "Mother Teresa" airport a tourist attraction in a spec- Day 6. meeting with our representative, Tourists visit its numerous objects tacular mountainside location. very frequently. Among these are: Tirana- Durrës transfer andaccommodation at Tirana At first we visit the: International Hotel 4* . • Marvelous Façade of Bouleterion. Breakfast at the hotel. • “Museum of our National Hero Free time, afternoon, city tour of Ti- Theatre. Scanderbeg” Free time until the transfer to the air- rana: port. • Nympheum (monumental foun- • “Ethnographic Museum” and the • Scanderbeg Square, Scanderbeg tain). Old Bazaar with characteristics End of our services! statue, the Clock Tower built in • The Museum of Apollonia . streets. 1830. Which has 7 pavilions, a gal- Lunch at a local restaurant. • Visit to the National History Mu- lery and 2 porticos.m Here are seum which offers to see its 4750 exhibited different objects that historical objects. testify to the history of Apol- Departure to Shkodra. • A visit in the Gallery of Fine Arts, lonia.In the ancient city of Then proceed with a panoramic visit then a city walk through Boulevard Apolonia, there are many an- in the city. During the visit you will “ Deshmoret e Kombit”(main sight- cient mosaics. In the complex of admire : seeing) The Palace of Congresses, Apolonia there is also the Mon- • Watch Tower dated century XIX. Mother Teresa square. astery of Saint Mary. • Monument of Isa Boletini. Dinner and overnight in Tirana. Lunch in a local restaurant. • Monument of Luigj Gurakuqi. Departure to Berat. • Monument of 4 Democracy Mar- Located in central Albania, Be- tyrs. Day 2. rat bears witness to the coex- • Big Church ,which for a certain Tirana-Fier-Berat-Sarandë istence of variousreligious and cultural communities down the period of time in the century XIX After breakfast, we leave Tirana to vis- centuries. It features a castle, was the biggest catholic cathedral it an ancient city, Apollonia locally known as the Kala, most in Balkan. Apollonia is situated 12km of which were built in the 13th Dinner and overnight in hotel. away from Fieri, It was found- century, although its origins • Then continue with the visit at Ro- ed in 588 BC on a hill near the date back to the 4th century zafa Castle and its museum: It is sea, and near what was then the BC. All the houses have “many built up in century XIV, on an Illyr- course ofVjosa river by settlers windows” therefore it is called ian basement dated century II B.C. from Corfu and Corinth. “the thousand windows city “.76 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 77
    • Grand {6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS TOUR} tours Scanderbeg”. Proceed to Montenegro, dinner and Butrinti (Bothrota) is one of the overnight in Budva. fragments which form the fab- • “Ethnographic Museum”. ric of Albanias ancient cultur- • “The Old Bazaar” with character- al landscape. Butrint is a major istics streets. archeological site in Albania.It The lunch at a local restaurant. has been included in the World Heritage list of UNESCO. Departure to Shkodra, where we are going to see and visit. • After lunch, proceed to visit the Castle of Lekuresi. • Watch Tower dated century XIX • During the trip we will enjoy the • Monument of Isa Boletini, beautiful albanian riviera , will • Monument of Luigj Gurakuqi, have a stop in Vlora city. • Monument of 4 Democracy Mar- Vlora enjoys a beautiful posi- tyrs, The tour starts with the visit of Berat tion because it is the gateway city: • Big Church, which for a certain to the Albania Riviera, which period of time in the century XIX • Berat Castle( 2400 yrs old). is the gem of Albania Tourist was the biggest catholic cathedral • Characteristic houses. places. in Balkan. • Iconographic Museum “Onufri”. • Proceed in a panoramic walking at • Then continue with the visit at Ro- the side of “Uji i Ftohte” • Ethnographic Museum and St Ma- zafa Castle and its museum: it is ria Cathedral. • And then continue with the visit of built up in century XIV, on an Illyr- Ethnographic Museum. (optional) ian basement dated century II B.C. After Lunch, optional trip to the can- yons of Osumi River. Arrival in Tirana. • We will visit National Photo Gal- Accomodation at hotel, rest of the day lery “MARUBI” with authentic Departure to Saranda. pictures since 1858, one of the most Day 5. at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Saranda. important in Europe. Dinner and overnight in Tirana. Budva • Then we see and enjoy a drink or a Breakfast at the hotel. Day 3. Day 4. coffe at Kafja Madhe or Grand Café City tour of Budva. Sarandë-Vlorë-Tiranë which is serving as café since 400 Tiranë-Kruja years ago. Budva is one of the oldest settle- After breakfast at the hotel, we start- ing city tour. Saranda. Shkodër-Budva ments in the Adriatic. The as- Breakfast at the hotel. cent of Mediterranean cultures Saranda is the gateway to the marked the spirit of this town southern Albania, is a small Transfer to Kruja. which is felt even today, when town located between high Kruja is a city of “History”, Budva has become a unique mountain and the Ionian Sea.It is best known as thehome- tourist pearl of this part of offers a unique atmosphere and town of Albania’s national Adriatic. As a tourist destina- style that steels the heart of all hero,Skanderbeg. Kruja is also tion this town has been known its visitors. a tourist attraction in a spec- for a long time - the first tour- Departure to visit Butrinti. tacular mountainside location. ists arrived here back in 1923. At first we visit the: Now, Budva is often called a A picturesque road links Sa- "metropolis of tourism" be- randa with the archaeological • “Museum of our National Hero cause it is the most visited des- centre of Butrint. The city of78 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 79
    • Grand {6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS TOUR} tours tination in Montenegro and one Grand tour of Departure to Berat . Day 3. of the most visited destinations Albania - Montenegro Located in central Albania, Be- Berat-Sarandë-Vlorë-Tiranë 6 Days, in the Adriatic. The great value rat bears witness to the coex- of Budva is its cultural and his- After breakfast at the hotel. istence of variousreligious and torical heritage: monuments, Departure to Saranda. 5 Nights cultural communities down the fossils, fortifications, monaster- centuries. It features a castle, Saranda is the gateway to the ies and churches. locally known as the Kala, most southern Albania, is a small We can see and visit : of which were built in the 13th town located between high 1st Day. Tirana city tour century, although its origins mountain and the Ionian Sea.It • The Old Town of Budva Arrival in "Mother Teresa" airport date back to the 4th century offers a unique atmosphere and • The Resort Town of Sveti Stefan meeting with our representative, BC. All the houses have “many style that steels the heart of all • Ancient Necropolis transfer andaccommodation at Tirana windows” therefore it is called its visitors. International Hotel 4* . “the thousand windows city “. • Milocer Forest Park Free time, afternoon, city tour of Ti- The tour starts with the visit of Berat • Praskvica Monastery rana: city: Dinner and overnight in Budva . • Scanderbeg Square, Scanderbeg • Berat Castle( 2400 yrs old). statue, the Clock Tower built in • Characteristic houses. 1830. • Iconographic Museum “Onufri”. • Visit to the National History Mu- seum which offers to see its 4750 • Ethnographic Museum and St Ma- historical objects. ria Cathedral. • A visit in the Gallery of Fine Arts, Dinner and overnight in Berat then a city walk through Boulevard . “ Deshmoret e Kombit”(main sight- seeing) The Palace of Congresses, Mother Teresa square. Dinner and overnight in Tirana. Day 2. Korcë-Berat Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Korca. Day 6. • Visit the Medieval Art Museum Budva-Tiranë-Airport and Archeological Museum . Breakfast at the hotel. • Then drive to Voskopoja and after Departure to visit Butrinti. Departure to Tirana. lunch there, continue with the visit A picturesque road links Sa- Free time until the transfer to the air- of Voskopoja churches constructed randa with the archaeological port. during 16th - 18th century, and fa- centre of Butrint. The city of mous for their mural paintings. Butrinti (Bothrota) is one of the End of our services! fragments which form the fab-80 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 81
    • Grand {6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS TOUR} tours ric of Albanias ancient cultur- Day 4. • Then we see and enjoy a drink or a al landscape. Butrint is a major coffe at Kafja Madhe or Grand Café archeological site in Albania.It Tiranë-Kruja which is serving as café since 400 has been included in the World years ago. Shkodër-Budva Heritage list of UNESCO. Departure to Budva, during the trip Proceed to Budva, dinner and over- • After lunch, proceed to visit the will have a stop to Kruja. night in Budva. Castle of Lekuresi. Kruja is a city of “History”, is best known as thehome- Day 5. town of Albania’s national Budva-Kotor-Tiranë hero,Skanderbeg. Kruja is also Breakfast at the hotel. a tourist attraction in a spec- tacular mountainside location. Start the day with city tour of Budva. At first we visit the: Budva is one of the oldest settle- ments in the Adriatic. The as- • “Museum of our National Hero cent of Mediterranean cultures Scanderbeg”. marked the spirit of this town • “Ethnographic Museum”. which is felt even today, when Visit The Church of St Luke. • “The Old Bazaar” with character- Budva has become a unique Its a 12th-century Romanesque istics streets. tourist pearl of this part of building with original frescoes Adriatic. As a tourist destina- remaining. One of the most Proceed to north Albania, we will tion this town has been known interesting things about this have a stop in Shkoder. for a long time - the first tour- church is that it has two altars: During the visit you will admire : ists arrived here back in 1923. a Catholic one and an Orthodox Now, Budva is often called a one, showing the historic close- • Watch Tower dated century XIX "metropolis of tourism" be- ness of these two faiths and the Return to Tirana. • Monument of Isa Boletini, cause it is the most visited des- religious tolerance of the Kotor • During the trip we will enjoy the • Monument of Luigj Gurakuqi, tination in Montenegro and one area. beautiful albanian riviera , will of the most visited destinations • Monument of 4 Democracy Mar- The St Tryphon Cathedral, have a stop in Vlora city. in the Adriatic. The great value tyrs, originally built in the 11th of Budva is its cultural and his- Vlora enjoys a beautiful posi- • Big Church, which for a certain century, has since been recon- torical heritage: monuments, tion because it is the gateway period of time in the century XIX structed several times, due to fossils, fortifications, monaster- to the Albania Riviera, which was the biggest catholic cathedral damage by a number of severe ies and churches. is the gem of Albania Tourist in Balkan. earthquakes. places. We can see and visit : Lunch at local restaurant. Departure to Tirana. • Proceed in a panoramic walking at • The Old Town of Budva • Then continue with the visit at Ro- Dinner and overnight in Tirana. the side of “Uji i Ftohte” • The Resort Town of Sveti Stefan zafa Castle and its museum: it is • And then continue with the visit of built up in century XIV, on an Illyr- • Ancient Necropolis Day 6. Ethnographic Museum. (optional) ian basement dated century II B.C. • Milocer Forest Park Tiranë Arrival in Tirana. • We will visit National Photo Gal- Breakfast at the hotel. • Praskvica Monastery Accomodation at hotel, rest of the day lery “MARUBI” with authentic Transfer to the airport. Proceed to Kotor a picturesque city of at leisure. pictures since 1858, one of the most Montenegro. End of our services! important in Europe. Dinner and overnight in Tirana.82 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 83
    • Grand {6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS TOUR} tours Grand tour of Day 2. Day 3. Dinner and overnight in Tirana. Albania - Montenegro Berat-Sarandë-Vlorë-Tiranë Korcë-Berat Day 4. 6 Days, Breakfast at the hotel . Departure to Korca . After breakfast at the hotel. Tiranë-Kruja 5 Nights Departure to Saranda. • Visit the Medieval Art Museum Saranda is the gateway to the Shkodër-Budva and Archeological Museum . Departure to Budva, during the trip southern Albania, is a small • Then drive to Voskopoja and after will have a stop to Kruja. 1st Day. Tirana city tour town located between high Kruja is a city of “History”, lunch there, continue with the visit mountain and the Ionian Sea.It Arrival in "Mother Teresa" airport of Voskopoja churches constructed is best known as thehome- offers a unique atmosphere and meeting with our representative, during 16th - 18th century, and fa- town of Albania’s national style that steels the heart of all transfer andaccommodation at Tirana mous for their mural paintings. hero,Skanderbeg. Kruja is also its visitors. International Hotel 4* . a tourist attraction in a spec- Departure to Berat. Visit Butrinti. tacular mountainside location. Free time, afternoon, city tour of Ti- Located in central Albania, Be- A picturesque road links Sa- At first we visit the: rana: rat bears witness to the coex- randa with the archaeological • Scanderbeg Square, Scanderbeg istence of variousreligious and • “Museum of our National Hero centre of Butrint. The city of statue, the Clock Tower built in cultural communities down the Scanderbeg”. Butrinti (Bothrota) is one of the 1830. centuries. It features a castle, fragments which form the fab- • “Ethnographic Museum”. • Visit to the National History Mu- locally known as the Kala, most ric of Albanias ancient cultur- • “The Old Bazaar” with character- seum which offers to see its 4750 of which were built in the 13th al landscape. Butrint is a major istics streets. historical objects. century, although its origins archeological site in Albania.It date back to the 4th century has been included in the World • A visit in the Gallery of Fine Arts, BC. All the houses have “many Heritage list of UNESCO. then a city walk through Boulevard windows” therefore it is called “ Deshmoret e Kombit”(main sight- • After lunch, proceed to visit the “the thousand windows city “. seeing) The Palace of Congresses, Castle of Lekuresi. Mother Teresa square. The tour starts with the visit of Berat Return to Tirana. city: Dinner and overnight in Tirana. • During the trip we will enjoy the • Berat Castle( 2400 yrs old). beautiful albanian riviera , will • Characteristic houses. have a stop in Vlora city. • Iconographic Museum “Onufri”. Vlora enjoys a beautiful posi- • Ethnographic Museum and St Ma- tion because it is the gateway ria Cathedral. to the Albania Riviera, which is the gem of Albania Tourist Dinner and overnight in Berat. Proceed to north Albania, we will places. have a stop in Shkoder. • Proceed in a panoramic walking at the side of “Uji i Ftohte” During the visit you will admire : • And then continue with the visit of • Watch Tower dated century XIX Ethnographic Museum. (optional) • Monument of Isa Boletini, Arrival in Tirana. • Monument of Luigj Gurakuqi, Accomodation at hotel, rest of the day • Monument of 4 Democracy Mar- at leisure. tyrs,84 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 85
    • Grand {6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS TOUR} tours • Big Church, which for a certain of Budva is its cultural and his- period of time in the century XIX torical heritage: monuments, was the biggest catholic cathedral fossils, fortifications, monaster- in Balkan. ies and churches. Lunch at local restaurant. We can see and visit : • Then continue with the visit at Ro- • The Old Town of Budva zafa Castle and its museum: it is • The Resort Town of Sveti Stefan built up in century XIV, on an Illyr- • Ancient Necropolis ian basement dated century II B.C. • Milocer Forest Park • We will visit National Photo Gal- lery “MARUBI” with authentic • Praskvica Monastery pictures since 1858, one of the most Proceed to Kotor a picturesque city of important in Europe. Montenegro. • Then we see and enjoy a drink or a Visit The Church of St Luke. coffe at Kafja Madhe or Grand Café which is serving as café since 400 Its a 12th-century Romanesque years ago. building with original frescoes remaining. One of the most Proceed to Budva, dinner and over- interesting things about this night in Budva. church is that it has two altars: a Catholic one and an Orthodox one, showing the historic close- Day 5. ness of these two faiths and the Budva-Kotor-Tiranë religious tolerance of the Kotor Breakfast at the hotel. area. Start the day with city tour of Budva. The St Tryphon Cathedral, originally built in the 11th Budva is one of the oldest settle- century, has since been recon- ments in the Adriatic. The as- structed several times, due to cent of Mediterranean cultures damage by a number of severe marked the spirit of this town earthquakes. which is felt even today, when Budva has become a unique Departure to Tirana. tourist pearl of this part of Dinner and overnight in Tirana. Adriatic. As a tourist destina- tion this town has been known Day 6. for a long time - the first tour- ists arrived here back in 1923. Tiranë Now, Budva is often called a "metropolis of tourism" be- Breakfast at the hotel. cause it is the most visited des- Transfer to the airport. tination in Montenegro and one End of our services! of the most visited destinations in the Adriatic. The great value86 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 87
    • { ABOUT KOSOVO } KOSOVO kosovo History were assumed by the European Union Religion, Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EU- LEX) in December 2008. Places of Worship, and Cultural Institutions Kosovo is a disputed territory in the Occupation before becoming an au- Balkans. The partially recognised Re- public of Kosovo a self-declared in- tonomous province of the SR Serbia under the Constitution of the Socialist GEOGRAPHY Prishtina has houses of worship for the Islamic, Serb Orthodox and Catho- dependent state, has de facto control over most of the territory, with North Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. After the Kosovo War and the 1999 NATO and climate lic religions. Religious landmarks of Kosova is a small territory located in the city include the Imperial (Fatih) Kosovo being the largest Kosovo Serb bombing of Yugoslavia, the territory Mosque, built in 1461 by the Turk- the center of Balkan Peninsula. Koso- enclave. Serbia does not recognise the came under the interim administra- ish Sultan Mehmet II Fatih, the 13th va borders Macedonia, Serbia, Monte- unilateral secession of Kosovo and tion of the United Nations Mission in century Gračanica Serb Orthodox negro, and Albania. Its area is 10,877 considers it a United Nations-gov- Kosovo (UNMIK), most of whose roles church and monastery, and the Cath- Km2, and that is the size of one third erned entity within its sovereign ter- olic Church in the Ulpiana district of of Belgium. The largest city and the ritory, the Autonomous Province of In February 2008, the Assem- Prishtinë. capital of Kosovo is Pristina while Kosovo and Metohija according to the bly of Kosovo declared Kosovos other cities include Peja, Prizren, Gja- 2006 Constitution of Serbia. kova and Mitrovica. Kosova is densely Prishtina city. During classical antiquity, the terri- independence as the Republic of populated with about 200 persons per Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church tory roughly corresponding to pres- sq. km. was destroyed during the violence of ent-day Kosovo was inhabited by the Kosovo. Its independence is rec- Dardani. Subsequently, Dardani were ognised by 72 UN member states conquered by the Roman, Byzantine, Bulgarian and Serbian empires. As a and the Republic of China (Tai- region within the Serbian medieval wan). On 8 October 2008, upon state, Serbs came to consider Kosovo as the cradle of Serbian culture, re- request of Serbia, the UN Gen- ligion and national identity despite eral Assembly adopted a reso- the fact that medieval Serbia did not evolve from Kosovo itself. lution asking the International Following the Battle of Kosovo in 1389, Court of Justice for an advisory it became part of the Ottoman Empire; opinion on the issue of Kosovos this brought the region into close con- tact with the Middle East and subse- declaration of independence. On quently introduced Islam to the pop- ulation. During the late 19th century, 22 July 2010, the ICJ ruled that Kosovo was the centre of the Albanian Kosovos declaration of indepen- national awakening. In 1912, the Ot- toman province was divided between dence did not violate interna- Montenegro and Serbia, both of which tional law, which its president became part of Yugoslavia in 1918. During World War II, the majority of said contains no "prohibitions on Kosovo was part of Italian-occupied declarations of independence". Albania, followed by a Nazi German88 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 89
    • { ABOUT KOSOVO } KOSOVO March 2004 and at present has not been reconstructed. One of the main Islamic Prizren religious leaders in the municipality is Prizren is a town with around 70,000 the Mufti of Kosovo and the President inhabitants, and it is a true open air of the Islamic Community of Kosovo. museum, one of the most beautiful He has twice met the head of the Or- towns of Kosova. It is situated on the thodox Church in Kosovo, informally slopes of the Sharr Mountains and on establishing cooperation between Ko- the banks of the river Bistrica. Thanks sovo’s two main religious communi- to its preserved architecture, this town ties. with houses built under the Kalaja is a special curiosity. In terms of culture At the foot of the gigantic Damned Prishtina offers a variety of activities, Mountains on the river Bistrica and ranging from the fine and performing the entrance of the Rugova Gorge lies arts to cinemas and sports. Peja. Peja Peja a town with around 85,000 inhab- itants, the main economic and cultural center of northern Dukagjin region of Kosova. Because of its exceptional position in regards to communica- tion, the natural attractiveness of the mountainous hinderland and richness Main cities of Kosovo in cultural and historical monuments, Prishtina is located at the north-east Peja is one of the best known tourist edge of the Kosova plain in the centre resorts of the region. Gjakova of Kosova. It is on the route between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and Serbia prop- Gjakova is situated in western Kosova. er. Prishtina is the economic, cultural, It is a town with around 60,000 people, political, and administrative centre of situated on the banks of the river Ere- Kosova. Comprising a territory of 854 nik, in the proximity of the Malsia e km2, Prishtina is the most populous Gjakovs (Mountainside of Gjakova), municipality in Kosova, which dou- the largest part of which is in the terri- bled after the conflict. tory of Albania. In 1991 the city was home to about Gjakova is a Kosova town with a some- 200,000 inhabitants, but presently, it is what combined oriental and modern estimated that approximately 550,000, appearance. The old shopping center including 200,000 internally displaced situated near the old mosque and the persons (IDPs) from other areas of Ko- Grand Dervish Ritual Hall (Tekia e sova. Furthermore, Prishtina is home Madhe) is full of quaint old shops and to a large international presence. crafts workshops.90 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 91
    • Grand { 3 DAYS TOUR} tours Grand tour of Kosovo • It is situated on the slopes of Sharr 3 Days mountains and on the banks of the river Bistrica. • City tour of Prizren, then free time. Dinner and overnight in Prizren. 1st Day. 3rd Day. Departure to Kosovo. After breakfast at the hotel ,departure • Our stop will be in the beautiful city to Tirana. of Gjakova. End of our services! • Accomodation at the hotel ,then a city tour to see its beauties and to know its history . Gjakova is a city with some- what combined oriental and modern appearance. • We will visit the old shopping center which is situated near the mosque and the Grand Dervish Ritual Hall 2nd Day. (Tekia e Madhe) In the morning we leave Gjakova- Dinner at a restaurant with live music. towards Pec richness in cultural and Overnight in Gjakova. historical monuments. We will see : • The houses of Albanian feudal lords, interalia is the famous Tahir Bey’s Palace and Jashar Pasha’s house. • The Sheremet Tower although built during the Turkish rule ,in fact is a true type of Albanian Dukagjin tower ,a stone house with a small windows. • In the center of the town is the old arshia (shopping street) with shops of various craftsmen. The attrac- tive Bajrakli mosque built in the 15 th century ranks among the older structures of Islamic architecture. • Then proceed towards Prizren, which is one of the beautiful cities in Kosovo.92 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 93
    • Grand { 2 DAYS TOUR} tours Grand tour of Kosovo 2nd Day. 2 Days Breakfast at the hotel , then proceed to Prizren city, which is one of the most beautiful cities in Kosovo ,the tour includes : 1st Day. • The castle of Prizren Meeting with our guide ,departure to • Gazi Mehmet Pasha Mosque Kosovo, the newest state in Europe. • Sinan Pasha Mosque Arrival in Pristina, accomodation at the hotel, after a short break, a sight- • Home of the League of Prizren seeing tour in the city. • The church of Saint Mary . We will see and visit : Then free time for lunch . • The mosque of the city Return to Tirana. • The Gracani’s Monastir End of our services! • The National Museum • The National Library • The publishing house • Then free time for shopping . Dinner and overnight in Pristina94 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 95
    • MONTENEGRO Montenegro of Montenegro, including Velika Plaza, Ada Bojana, and the Hotel Mediteran of Ulcinj, as among the "Top 31 Places to Go in 2010" as part of a worldwide Montenegro is a country located in ranking of tourism destinations. Southeastern Europe . It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea to the south-west Montenegro was also listed in "10 and is bordered by Croatia to the west, Top Hot Spots of 2009" to visit by Ya- Bosnia and Herzegovina to the north- hoo Travel, describing it as "Currently west, Serbia to the northeast and Al- ranked as the second fastest growing bania to the southeast. Its capital and tourism market in the world (falling largest city is Podgorica. just behind China)". On the basis of a referendum held on It is listed every year by prestigious 21 May 2006, Montenegro declared in- tourism guides like Lonely Planet as dependence on 3 June of that year. top touristic destination along with Greece, Spain and other world touris- Internationally, Montenegro borders tic places. Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, and Albania. It lies It was not until the 2000s that the tour- between latitudes 41° and 44° N, and ism industry began to recover, and the longitudes 18° and 21° E. country has since experienced a high rate of growth in the number of visits Montenegro has both a picturesque and overnight stays. The Government coast and a mountainous northern re- of Montenegro has set the develop- gion. The country was a well-known ment of Montenegro as an elite tourist tourist spot in the 1980s. Yet, the Yu- destination a top priority. I t is a naion- goslav wars that were fought in neigh- al strategy to make tourism a major bouring countries during the 1990s contributor to the Montenegrin econ- crippled the tourist industry and de- omy. A number of steps were taken to stroyed the image of Montenegro as a attract foreign investors. tourist destination. Some large projects are already under The Montenegrin Adriatic coast is way, such as Porto Montenegro, while 295 km (183 mi) long, with 72 km (45 other locations, like Jaz Beach, Buljari- mi) of beaches, and with many well- ca, Velika Plaža and Ada Bojana, have preserved ancient old towns. National perhaps the greatest potential to attract Geographic Traveler (edited once in- future investments and become pre- decade) features Montenegro among mium tourist spots on the Adriatic. the "50 Places of a Lifetime", and Mon- tenegrin seaside Sveti Stefan was used as the cover for the magazine. The coast region of Montenegro is consid- ered one of the great new "discoveries" among world tourists. In January 2010, The New York Times ranked the Ulcinj South Coast region96 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 97
    • DUBAI { CITY TOUR } City Tour Evening Dhow Cruise : DUBAI The evening will find you stepping on board a typically Arab boat called a Dhow for a dhow dinner cruise in Orientation tour of Dubai, which will Dubai. Cruising along Dubai Creek , commence with a photo opportunity these sturdy boats are fantastic for a at the Burj Al Arab hotel. Dubai’s un- romantic dinner or simply for relax- official symbol, the landmark hotel is ation. During the cruise, you will come a hotel in a league of its own with its across spectacularly illuminated struc- stupendous sailboat-style architecture tures like the National Bank of Dubai. and luxurious fittings. Jumeirah, the address favored by palaces and opu- lent residences is next on the itinerary The picturesque Jumeirah Mosque is Abu Dhabi Tour one of the most beautiful modern Is- This comprehensive tour is the ideal lamic constructions the city can boast introduction to the city and the island of and is a dash of the new before you on which it stands.Departing early can visit Al Bastakiya . This locality is morning, we include a visit to the fish- part of Dubai’s quaint old quarter and ing harbor and the dhow yard, where houses the famous Al Fahidi Fort, now these sturdy vessels are still built in converted into a museum. the traditional way, before continuing to the Heritage Village, which houses a small museum and depicts the tradi- Desert Safari Tour tional daily activities of the Arab com- munity prior to the discovery of oil. A desert safari drive is organized in the evening to round off an exciting day spent in shops and malls. The routes are noted for their captivating views of We visit: the deserts outlying Dubai, especially during sunsets and make for an enjoy- • The Petroleum Exhibition and gain able ride. Our tour organizers also in- an intriguing insight into the histo- clude a photo halt at any camel farms ry and in this city of dramatic con- in the vicinity. A typical Bedouin camp- trasts; we look at the ancient, ren- site is arranged in the desert with Ara- ovated Al Husn Fort and the Abu bian carpets, low tables and cushions Dhabi Cultural Foundation. for tourists to lounge about. Tourists • From here we drive along the spec- can enjoy camel rides, henna tattoos tacular Corniche, the beautiful Vol- and sheesha among other sightseeing cano Fountain, past gleaming white & activities at the camp area; mosques glass-clad offices and ele- Dinner buffet consisting of traditional gant high-rise apartments to the tip fare like barbecued meats, herb salads of the breakwater for a superb view and desserts is set under the night sky of the city’s magnificient skyline. performance by belly dancers.98 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 99
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