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  • 1. { BERAT } 2 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 3
  • 2. HOW TO GET TO ALBANIA nia with Plava and Gucia (Gusinje) in Montenegro. From Macedonia Through Qafe Thana pass leading to Pogradec, Librazhd and Elbasan. From Tushemisht, at the Southeastern end of Lake Ohrid, leading to Pogradec. From Bllata, leading to Peshkopi or Bulqiza and Burrel. From Gorica the road leads to the northern shores of Lake Prespa. Montenegro Kosovo Through Morina pass, which links Kukes, Albania, with Pristina, Kosovo. Entry by air Macedonia All international air arrivals enter through Mother Theresa International Airport, located 25 km northwest of Tirana. Linkage with the Albania city is provided through a shuttle bus service, the Tirana Rinas Express, running between Skanderbeg Square and Mother Theresa Airport. Greece Shuttle buses depart every hour at the top of the hour, with an approximate cost of 2 euros. Taxi service available at all times, taxi fares mounting to approximately 20 euros. Through Hani i Hotit and MurriqanSukobina. The first road leads to the 4 www.rm-agency.al From Greece Through Kapshtica leading to Korça. From Kakavija Leading to Gjirokastra. At Qafe Boti Konispol is connected to Filat, and at Tre Urat, connecting Permet with Konica. Entry by sea Albania can be accessed by sea through its main ports: All the foreigners* from the countries in the table below, can enter the Republic of Albania without a visa, with the passport and by paying 10 Euros. The foreigners that enter without a visa have the right to stay in Albania only 30 days for an entry and they may stay up to 90 days within the calendar year. Visas The citizens of the following countries may obtain a visa at any entry point by payment: FYR Macedonia (10 euros; at the Embassy 5 euros), Montenegro (free of charge), Israel (30 euros). The citizens of other countries are required to obtain visas at the missions of the Republic of Albania that cover the country of residence. These missions can also provide them with the necessary information about Albania. The Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs web site carries information in English and Albanian about visa requirements and where to apply. Durres: the Italian ports of Ancona, Bari, Brindisi and Trieste Entry by roadways From Montenegro From Kosova Visa Procedures Phone: 052 220 28 Northern City of Shkodra and Lake Shkodra, while the second links Shkodra with Ulcinj Montenegro. Recently opened is Vermoshi, which links the region of Kelmendi in Alba- Vlora: the Italian port of Brindisi Phone 033 245 21 / 294 18 Shengjin: the Italian port of Bari Saranda: the Greek Island of Corfu Phone 0732 2734 www.rm-agency.al 5
  • 3. your trip begins here { ABOUT ALBANIA } MONTENEGRO KOSOVO ABOUT US Our agency provides these services : •  Summer and winter tour pack ages •  Thermal vacations •  Cruise tour •  Car Rentals •  Transfers •  Professional guide •  Casino ( exclusive at Hotel Splendid 5* , Montenegro) •  Vip Services •  Exchange •  Hotels booking •  Meeting planning •  Airline and ferry tickets 6 www.rm-agency.al Albania is a small, mountainous country in the Balkan peninsula, with a long Adriatic and Ionian coastline. GEOGRAPHY Albania is situated on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea, with Montenegro and Kosovo to the north, Macedonia to the east, and Greece to the south. Albania is composed of two major regions: a mountainous highland region (north, east, and south) constituting 70% of the land area, and a western coastal lowland region that contains nearly all of the country’s agricultural land and is the most densely populated part of Albania. MACEDONIA ADRIATIC SEA Our agency was established 13 years ago. We promote individual 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 fascinating places in Albania.We offer a variety of packages and tours in order to discover the best of Albania. We offer a numerous of destinations the main of which are: Italy, Switzerland, Slovenia, Prague, Moscow, Munich, Dubai, Montenegro,Turkey, Egypt, Greece, Croatia… etc. Your ideal vacation are our commitment and our main goal. The most interesting destinations for summer holidays are: Antalya, Montenegro, Sharm el Sheikh, Greece and its islands, Croatia, Spain whereas for winter holidays we suggest and offer destinations with beautiful alpine resorts as Switzerland, Kolashin (Montenegro), Mavrove (Macedonia)… etc. IONIAN SEA GREECE Climate Albania is characterized by hot summer, bright sunny days, generally mild winter and abundant rainfalls. The period from June to September is hot, while from October to May it is cool and wet. ALBANIA www.rm-agency.al 7
  • 4. Albanian History { ABOUT ALBANIA } tribes, but the Illyrians resisted their advances and preserved their language and culture. country profile Between this time and about the 17th century AD, the name Illyria gradually was transformed onto the name we know now, Albania. The Albanians referred to their land as Shqiperi, meaning “Land of Eagles”. Full name: The Republic of Albania Type: Parliamentary republic Population: 3.2 million (UN, 2010) Capital: Tirana Area: 28 748 sq. km Major language: Albanian Major religions: Islam, Christianity • Life expectancy: 74 years (men), 80 years (women) (UN) • Monetary unit: 1 lek = 100 qindars • Main exports: Chromium and chrome products, processed foodstuffs • GNI per capita: US $3,950 (World Bank, 2009) • Internet domain: .al • International dialling code: +355 • Border countries: Greece, Macedonia, Rep. of, Montenegro, Kosovo • • • • • • • The Byzantine Empire was not powerful enough to prevent Albania from being invaded by outsiders, and in 1347 Albania was conquered and occupied by Serbs. • Kruja Castle Museum Albanian History All the evidence seems to suggest that Albanians are descended from the Illyrian tribes that occupied the western region of the Balkan Peninsula in the 12th and 11th centuries BC. The Illyrians established their own states during the 5th and the 3rd centuries BC. In the late 3rd century BC, the Romans defeated Illyria and began occupation of the region. During this period of occupation, the Illyrians maintained their own culture, though from about 8 the 1st century AD onwards, Christianity started to replace the old Illyrian religion. In 395 AD, the Roman Empire was divided and the area that now constitutes modern Albania became part of the Byzantine Empire. The area was subject to regular invasions by various www.rm-agency.al In October 1912, the Balkan States declared war on Turkey. In November 1912, the people of Albania proclaimed the country’s independence. At the London Conference of December 1912, the Allied Powers recognized Albania’s independence. Turkey invaded Albania at the end of the 14th century. The Albanians waged a successful 25-year struggle against Turkish occupation, under Scanderbeg. However, Albania eventually became part of the Ottoman Empire. During this period, large numbers of Albanians migrated to Italy, and the majority of the population converted to Islam. The Albanian League was founded in 1878, with the aim of unifying all Albanian territories (and thus win autonomy from Turkey), and also to promote the Albanian language, literature and education. The Turks suppressed the League in 1881. »»» www.rm-agency.al 9
  • 5. 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, following various internal conflicts between different factions. His reign lasted until the Italians occupied Albania in 1939. Following World War 2, Albania fell under the control of the man who led war time resistance in Albania, a communist dictator called Enver Hoxha. In January 1946, the People’s Republic of Albania was declared. During his time, Hoxha tried to form alliances with Yugoslavia, Soviet Union and China, all of which were eventually broken. Hoxha died in 1985. At the time of his death, entry to Albania by foreigners was extremely difficult, travel abroad by Albanians was restricted, and religion was banned. Communism fell throughout eastern Europe in the late 1980’s, and the regime collapsed in Albania in March 1992. cASTLES & FORTS Albania has a number of castles and forts from the early antiquity to the Middle Ages. Some of them continue to be inhabited to this day. major castles in Albania and the most Rozafa Castle The Rozafa Castle rises on a rocky hill to the west of Shkodra. It is surrounded by the waters of three rivers, Buna, Drini and Kiri. Rozafa is one of the 10 www.rm-agency.al 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 Rozafes Shkoder The name Rozafa first appeared in the Middle Ages. The name is linked to the legend 'of the kept promise' which is common in one form or another to all Balkan peoples. According to the legend, Rozafa, the www.rm-agency.al 11
  • 6. CASTLES & fORTS wife of the youngest of three brothers, accepted to be buried alive in the walls of the castle. The brothers had been building the castle in the day only to find that the walls had collapsed during the night. At the entrance to the castle one can see the Rozafa bas-relief. According to popular imagination, the lime water that leaks at the main entrance is the milk running from Rozafa's breast which was left outside the wall so that she could feed her newborn baby. The castle assumed the shape it has today from the time of the Balsha family rule in the 14th century. Most of the remaining walls of the castle belong to the Venetian period. However one can also find traces of the Ottoman times (16th and 17th centuries) and the Bushatlli period (18th and 19th centuries). The walls of the Rozafa castle are 880 meters long and encircle an area of nine hectares. { ABOUT ALBANIA } towers. Although it was first built in ancient times, the present building dates back to the 15th century. The Petrela Castle was part of the signaling and defense system of the Kruja Castle. The castles signaled to each other by means of fires. During Skanderbeg’s fight against the Ottomans, the Petrela Castle used to be under the command of Mamica Kastrioti, Skanderbeg's sister. Today there is a restaurant inside the castle. The castle offers spectacular views of the Erzen valley, the hills, olive groves, and surrounding mountains. Preza Castle Is a castle in the city of Krujë, Albania and the center of Skanderbeg's battle against the Ottoman Turks. The castle withstood three massive sieges from After a strong resistance, Rozafa fell under Ottoman occupation in 1479. Other objects of interest inside the castle are the water tanks from the 15th century and the 13th century chapel, 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 periods in the life of the castle. The Krujë castle 12 www.rm-agency.al Petrela Castle The Petrela Castle is located off the Tirana-Elbasan national road, 18 km from the capital. It is one of the tourist locations close to Tirana that attracts a great number of visitors. The Castle is The Preza Castle overlooks the village with the same name and is located on a hilltop. It is a small castle the construction of which started in the 14th centu- perched on a rocky hill, above the village with the same name. It has a triangular shape with two observation the Turks, with garrisons usually no larger than 2,000-3,000 men. Mehmed II "The Conqueror" himself could not break the castle's small defenses. Today it is a center of tourism in Albania, and a source of inspiration to Albanians. ry and was completed in the early 15th century and belonged to the Topias, a local feudal family. The castle has been declared a 'monument of culture'. It has four towers, one in each corner. The clock tower was erected around 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 restaurant and other service facilities are www.rm-agency.al 13
  • 7. CASTLES & fORTS found inside the castle. Lezha Castle The Lezha Castle is located on top of a 186 meter high hill, to the east of { ABOUT ALBANIA } visit are the ruins of the Ottoman buildings inside the castle, the mosque, the tower of the south-eastern wall with a Roman arch, and the Illyrian tower on the southern wall. The Lezha castle is a cultural monument. The castle offers a beautiful view of the Lezha fields and the Adriatic Sea. Kanina Castle Kanina VloreThis castle was built in the village with the same name which is about 6 km from Vlora. The castle rises ment covers an area of 3,625 hectares. Lëkurës Castle This castle is located on a strategic hill point overlooking the town of Saranda. From here one can control the whole town as well as the islands of Ksamil. The castle of Lëkurës was built on the sixteenth century. It is supposed that it 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 shapewith two round towers on its northwestern 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. town. The castle originates from Illyrian times. In 1440 it was reconstructed by the Venetians, and in 1522, after the Ottoman conquest, it was also rebuilt by the latter. The castle bears traces of Illyrian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman architecture. Interesting places to 14 www.rm-agency.al on the side of the Shushica Mountain, about 380 meters above the sea level. The castle was built on the site of an ancient settlement, one of the oldest in the Vlora region. The castle is believed to have been erected in the 3rd century B.C. In the 4th century B.C. the castle was transformed into a fortress town. In the 5th century A.D. the castle was reconstructed by Justinian I. The settle- On the ruins of the old castle, tourists can enjoy a meal in the local restaurant which is build in the style and with similar materials to the castle. www.rm-agency.al 15
  • 8. TRAVEL & TOUR GUIDES { TIRANA } Discover Albania, a land of great natural beauty and romantic remoteness. Places of interest: Korça, Berat, Durres, Kruja, Gjirokastra, Saranda, 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 ,although the area has been continuously inhabited since antiquity .Tirana became Albania’s capital city in 1920 and now it has a population of more than 800.000.The city is home to many universities and is the center of the political, economical, and cultural life of the country. The area now occupied by the city of Tirana has been populated since Paleolithic times dating back 10,000 to 30,000 years ago , as evidence by tools that were found near Mount Dajt’s quarry terrain ,as well as inside the Cave of the Pellumba .As argued by various archaeologists Tirana and its suburbs are filled with Illyrian toponyms and legends as the city’s precincts are some of the earliest regions in Albania to be inhabited. Tirana is home to historical and cultural sites: 16 www.rm-agency.al tirana • Tirana Castle (Kalaja e Tiranes) ,the historical core of the capital • The Clock Tower of Tirana (Kulla e Sahatit) • Tirana’ s Mosque of Et’hem Bej (Xhamia e Tiranes ) • Tabak Bridge (Ura e Tabakeve) • Terzi Bridge (Ura e Terzive) • Skanderbeg Square as a monumental ensemble • Church of Kroi of Shengjin (Kisha e Kroit te Shengjinit ) • Preze Castle (Kalaja e Prezes ) • Petrele Castle (Kalaja e Petreles) • Kapllan Pasha’s Grave (Varri I Kapllan Pashes) Eating and drinking Shopping in Tirana Shopping as a hobby is the newest Albanian import. In the last few years with an increase in the personal wealth of the population many new style shopping malls have started springing up both in the capital itself and its fringes. These have started becoming important gathering places for the locals who use the occasion of a day off for shopping, window shopping or simply having a coffee with friends. Most of the merchandise in the shops contained within this malls especially textiles and leather come from Italy and Greece. www.rm-agency.al 17
  • 9. TRAVEL & TOUR GUIDES { TIRANA } Shoping centres QTU (Qendra Tregtare Univers) A modern shopping mall about 7 km from Tirana on the highway TiranaDurres with tens of shops including brand names such as Zara, Mexx, Esprit etc. The mall offers a free shuttle bus from the centre of Tirana. Casa Italia A smaller shopping mall on the outskirts of the city offering several shops including the Italian electronics super mall Trony, the Ikea style Danish superstore Jysk and the Italian supermarket, Conad. ETC (European Trade Center ) A shopping mall in the centre of the city with several boutiques and caffes worth a visit. City Park Tirana It a large shopping mall ,about 9 km from Tirana on the highway TiranaDurres, it has many t a large shopping mall ,about 9 km from Tirana on the highway Tirana-Durres, it has many modern shops. It is more than a shopping mall. Kristal Center is the only shopping center with a movie theatre. It is inside the city but not in the downtown. It is an interesting shopping center in which you can have nice time . Souvenires shops rESTORANT PUSI Albanian cuisine reflects a mixture of influences from the Turkish, Balkan, and European cuisine. It is known for its high nutritional values and its delicious taste. Every area offers distinct specialties. Meat prepared on the skewer and the different kinds of pies are well known in the whole country. Southern and Central Albanian cuisine is known for the extensive use of vegetables, olive oil, herbs, and lemon in its cooking. Shkoder (carp casserole), Pogradec (alcoran casserole with walnuts) and the coastal area of the Ionian and Adriatic are known for their fish dishes. Restaurants in Tirana “King House” “Pusi” “Casa di Pasta” “Juvenilja Castle’’ Albsouvenir , at 9-Kateshe Complex “Sarajet” PIRRO Souvenir – Street of Durresi “Pizza Time” Old Baazar – City of Kruja 18 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 19
  • 10. TRAVEL & TOUR GUIDES { POGRADEC } { KORCA } 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 southern and western side. Drilon ,the name of the river that flows into the lake near Tushemisht ,is mentioned in early texts of antiquity. The hill overlooking Pogradec is the site of old castle ruins dating back to 5th century . KorçA is a city in southeastern Albania and the capital of the Korçë district It has a population of around 105,000 people , making it the sixth largest city in Albania. It stands on a plateau some 850 m above sea level, surrounded by the Morava Mountains. Korça is called the city of museums. 20 www.rm-agency.al ▪ The National Museum of Medieval Art of Albania, has a rich archives of ca. 6500 icons and 500 other objects in textile, stone and metal. ▪ The National Museum of Archeology is located in Korçë. The first Albanian School as well as the house of the painter Vangjush Mio and his gallery function as museums. ▪ Another museum in Korçë is the Bratko Museum and the Oriental Museum www.rm-agency.al 21
  • 11. TRAVEL & TOUR GUIDES { SARANDA} { DURRES } Durrës is the second largest city of Albania . It is the most ancient and one of the most economically important cities of Albania. It is located on the central Albanian coast, about 33 km west of the capital Tirana. It is situated at one of the narrower points of the Adriatic Sea, opposite the Italian ports of Bari, (300 km/186 mi away) and Brindisi (200 km /124 mi away). It has a population of around 202,000. There are several museums such as the Archaeological Museum, Ahmet Zogu’s Villa of Durres and the Museum of History. The city’s beaches are also a popular destination for many foreign and local tourists, with an estimated 600.000 tourists visiting annually. Many Albanians from Tirana and elsewhere spend their summer vocations on the beaches of Durres. The largest amphitheatre in Balkans is located in the city close to the harbour. This first - century construction is currently under consideration for inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage site . 22 www.rm-agency.al Saranda SarandA is the capital of the District of Sarande and is one of the most important tourist attractions of the Albanian Riviera . It is situated on an open gulf of the Ionian Sea in the Mediterranean , 2 nautical miles from the Greek island of Corfu. Near Sarande are the remains of the ancient city of Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage site . www.rm-agency.al 23
  • 12. TRAVEL & TOUR GUIDES { VLORA } { BERAT} VlorA is the second largest port city of Albania, after Durres. It is the city where the Albanian Declaration of Independence was proclaimed on November 28, 1912. The city was for a short time the capital of Albania. Vlore is situated on the Bay of Vlore, an inlet on the Adriatic Sea, almost surrounded by mountains. The town is surrounded by gardens and olive groves . Berat Berat is a town located in south central Albania. The old town was inscribed on the World Heritage List in July 2008. It is the capital of both the District of Berat and the larger County of Berat. The town is still renowned for its historic architecture and scencic beauty and is known as the “Town of a Thousand Windows”, due to the many large 24 www.rm-agency.al windows of the old decorated houses overlooking the town . The Citadel overlooks the river and the modern city as well as the old Christian quarter across the river .It is a well preserved area containing narrow streets ,Turkish houses and Orthodox churches. Modern Berat consists of three parts divided by the Osum River : Gorica ( “little mountain” in Old Slavonic) Mangalem and Kalaja , the latter being a residential quarter within the old Byzantine citadel that overlooks the town .The town also has a 15th century mosque and a number of churches of the Albanian Orthodox Church,whose autocephaly was proclaimed there in 1922.Several of the churches house works by the renowned 16th century painter Onufri. www.rm-agency.al 25
  • 13. TRAVEL & TOUR GUIDES { GJIROKASTER} { KRUJA } KrujË is best known as the hometown of Albania’s national hero, Skanderbeg from where the Ottomans were successfully resisted for nearly 35 year from 1443 until 1478. The castle of Kruje was successfully defended in four sieges conducted by Ottoman forces before final capitulation shortly after the death of Gjergj Kastrioti (Skanderbeg). The city’s name comes from the Albanian word for water source. Kruje is a tourist attraction alongside a panoramic mountainside location. Some of the main points of interest include the restored castle and citadel, the Skanderbeg Museum located inside the castle, and the old restored bazaar. The citadel includes a restored house from the Ottoman epoch that serves as the Ethnographic Museum. Gjirokaster GjirokastËr, is a city in southern Albania. Lying in the historical region of Epirus Gjirokaster is also the capital of both the Gjirokaster District and the larger the Gjirokaster Castle. Many houses in Gjirokaster have a distinctive local style that has earned the city the nickname “City of the Stone", because most of the old houses have roofs covered with stones. The city, along with Berat, were among the few Albanian cities that were preserved in the 1960s and 1970s from modernizing building programs. Both cities gained the status of “ museum town” and are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Gjirokaster County. Its old town is inscribed on the World Heritage List as “A rare example of well – preserved Ottoman town, built by farmers of large estate.” Gjirokaster is situated in a valley between the Gjere mountains and the Drino River, at 300 meters above sea level. The city is overlooked by 26 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 27
  • 14. TRAVEL & TOUR GUIDES {SHKODER} 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 are blessed with a large variety of natural and cultural elements. The most attractive quarters of the city are commonly thought to be Pjaca, identifiable as the main city centre between statues of Mother Teresa and Luigj Gurakuqi, and Gjuhadol, the neighborhood around one of the most scenic streets connecting the Cathedral on the east side of town with the middle of the city. 28 www.rm-agency.al The most recognizable memorial is the legendary castle of Rozafa known also as Rozafati. SHKODER Lake Skadar is the biggest lake of Balkans peninsula. It is a major summer attraction for tourists and inhabitants. www.rm-agency.al 29
  • 15. TOP 10 MUSEUMS {MUSEUMS} National Photo National Museum of Gallery Marubi Scanderbeg's Grave - Shkoder - Lezha Indipendence Museum - Vlore Indipendence Museum - Vlore National Ethnographic Museum -Berat 30 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 31
  • 16. TOP 10 MUSEUMS {MUSEUMS} National Museum of National Museum Onufri - Berat National Education Museum - Korce 32 www.rm-agency.al Medieval Arts - Korca National Ethnographic Museum - Kruje www.rm-agency.al 33
  • 17. TOP 10 MUSEUMS {MUSEUMS} National Museum Gjergj Kastrioti Skenderbeu -Kruja National Historic Museum - Tirana 34 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 35
  • 18. TOP 10 beaches VELIPOJA {BEACHES} VLORA It is situated in Adriatic coastline in north Albania. The beach is surrounded by forest with pine trees. SHENGJIN HIMARA After the construction of a new road the access to the beach is easier nor and some ferries from nearby Italy are operating. 36 This is an industrial and touristic port on the shores where the Adriatic and Ionian Seas meet. It has majestic mountains surrounding the town. Swimming is great here on this sandy beach. It is located half an hour south of Dhermi and offers the same clear waters and shale beaches. The small town is surrounded by olive and citrus trees. www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 37
  • 19. TOP 10 beaches DHERMI {BEACHES} SARANDA It is located south of Vlora over the Llogora Pass National Park. It is a small piece of paradise and people are starting to talk about it and it is also getting coverage from important travel publications. It is located on the southern part of Albania, directly opposite to the Greek Island of Corfu. It takes half an hour by ferry to ride between the two countries.Saranda is a neat sand and pebble beach with crystal clear waters. Saranda Beach is becoming 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 during the high season. It is located less than an hour drive from the Capital city of Tirana. 38 www.rm-agency.al It is located south of Tirana west of Kavaje. This is a vast sandy beach and an amazing pine forest near the beach. The waters are crystal clear, this beach is creating lots of interest in new visitors. www.rm-agency.al 39
  • 20. 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
  • 21. HOTELS IN ALBANIA {TIRANA} TIRANA *** Chateaux Linza Chateau Linza Resort (Hotel & Restaurant) 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 Hotel". Situated in the very center of the capital Tirana International Hotel & Conference Center is the largest and the most flexible de-luxe hotel and Conference Center in Albania. On arrival to the hotel, it is apparent that Chateau Linza is a sanctuary that soothes the senses with its spectacular view, and a combination of traditional styled stones and wood work, with modern art of construction of marble, stone, wood and glass, thus providing a dramatic counterpoint to the hotel's stunning architecture and innovative design. **** Tirana International Hotel *** Hotel Stela Hotel Stela a 3* Star property offering 4* Service. is located in the heart of Tirana, just 100m distance from the Scanderbeg Square. This hotel has been carefully renovated and offers now 42 www.rm-agency.al comfortable lodging for business travelers and tourists alike. Located close to the centre, this nice hotel offers you the opportunity to explore better the delights of the capital Tirana. www.rm-agency.al 43
  • 22. HOTELS IN ALBANIA **** Diplomat Hotel The Diplomat Hotel is located in the heart of the city center,within easy reach of the business districts,government offices and embassies. **** Mondial 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 unique landmark,the Mondial Hotel offers guests an exceptional experience of Albania’s finest culture and service. **** Monarc Hotel Is one of the most typically luxurious Boutique Hotels frequented in Tirana. This hotel is located across the street from Albania’s Parliament .It also offers views of Lana River.. ***** Hotel Rogner Situated on the main boulevard of Tirana with the many ministry buildings, the Presidential Palace and major embassies within walking distance, the hotel has long become a meeting place for the international world of business, politics and art. There are executive hotels, and then there is Hotel Europapark in Tirana. 44 www.rm-agency.al {TIRANA} *** Nirvana Hotel Nirvana Hotel offers a great many services and facilities,including a restaurant ,bar and conference rooms.The staff are exceptionally friendly and helpful. **** Hotel Doro City A hotel that defines tradition, prestige and hospitality in a peaceful atmosphere. Hotel Doro City is the warmest destination in Tirana. The hotel is ideally situated just a walking distance from the centre, cultural and tourist attractions. We offer a unique blend of Albanian hospitality and friendly service which makes it the Inspired Choice for Business or Pleasure. ***** Hotel Sheraton Tirana The only branded five stars Sheraton Tirana Hotel in Albania. Located within a shopping and entertainment complex in the heart of Tirana, it is also in easy reach of the city's many embassies and businesses. www.rm-agency.al 45
  • 23. HOTELS IN ALBANIA SHKODRA DURRES Adriatik Hotel Adriatic Hotel –Once upon a time just a dream.Lying by the sea.Close to harbour ,airport and Tirana. Now an ideal place for your vocation, events and conferences. Vila Belvedere Spectacular Comfort,exceptional service and gracious people.Visit Vila Belvedere Hotel to make a world-class experience in the best Adriatic Resort. Tropical Complex This hotel is located above the Adriatic Sea and presents a picture of breathtaking natural beauty, is a new complex in the Durres beach, in the area known as Plepa. Oaz Hotel The Oaz Hotel is located in a quite area where you can relax and reorganize yourself in peace. You will find our staff very friendly. 46 www.rm-agency.al Grand Hotel Europa Grand Hotel Europa is a prestigious luxury hotel situated in the heart of Shkodra offering its guests the atmosphere of a grand hotel with every modern amenity. Colosseo Hotel Colosseo Hotel offers a wonderful combination of high standards,central location and the traditional Albanian hospitability, it offers all modern comforts associated with this rating .At Colosseo hotel you can relax in a quiet and comfort ambiance and enjoy excellent quality food and service. KUKES america Hotel This charming hotel is centrally located in the heart of Kukes town.It offers relax,comfort and perfect service, so you will always be satisfied at America Hotel. www.rm-agency.al 47
  • 24. HOTELS IN ALBANIA HIMARA FIER Hotel Fieri Hotel is located in the heart of Fier.Is the biggest and the most recognized hotel in this city. It offers an unmatched service. SARANDA Rapos Resort Hotel Rapos Resort hotel is situated one km from the seaside town of Himara in the Albanian Riviera where the orange groves combine with the beautiful deep blue colour of the sea. Butrinti Hotel The five star Butrinti Hotel lies on the beautiful Albanian coast at Saranda, on the Ionian Sea. It is a luxury hotel which offers a great service and many facilities. BERAT Castle Park Hotel Castle Park Hotel is perched on top of a hill ,is fully of charm. It is nestled in the heart of a beautifulforest and offers truly spectacular views of Tomori mountain and the city of Berat. VLORA Vlora International HOTEL Located on the main boulevard extremity,near the main Port of South Albania,the hotel offers the most scenic views of Vlora Bay. 48 www.rm-agency.al KORÇA Regency Hotel The Regency hotel in Korca is a three star hotel fully decorated with modern furniture and accessories that offers international standards.It is a charming full service hotel located in the center of Korca. POGRADEC Milenium Hotel Millenium hotel is a new modern looking hotel situated right on the shores of Ohrid Lake. The hotel is surrounded by a beautiful nature. GJIROKASTER Kalemi Hotel Kalemi hotel is a beautifully restored hotel featuring balconies with sweeping views of the fortress. www.rm-agency.al 49
  • 25. HOTELS IN ALBANIA HIMARA FIER Hotel Fieri Hotel is located in the heart of Fier.Is the biggest and the most recognized hotel in this city. It offers an unmatched service. SARANDA Rapos Resort Hotel Rapos Resort hotel is situated one km from the seaside town of Himara in the Albanian Riviera where the orange groves combine with the beautiful deep blue colour of the sea. Butrinti Hotel The five star Butrinti Hotel lies on the beautiful Albanian coast at Saranda, on the Ionian Sea. It is a luxury hotel which offers a great service and many facilities. BERAT Castle Park Hotel Castle Park Hotel is perched on top of a hill ,is fully of charm. It is nestled in the heart of a beautifulforest and offers truly spectacular views of Tomori mountain and the city of Berat. VLORA Vlora International HOTEL Located on the main boulevard extremity,near the main Port of South Albania,the hotel offers the most scenic views of Vlora Bay. 50 www.rm-agency.al KORÇA Regency Hotel The Regency hotel in Korca is a three star hotel fully decorated with modern furniture and accessories that offers international standards.It is a charming full service hotel located in the center of Korca. POGRADEC Milenium Hotel Millenium hotel is a new modern looking hotel situated right on the shores of Ohrid Lake. The hotel is surrounded by a beautiful nature. GJIROKASTER Kalemi Hotel Kalemi hotel is a beautifully restored hotel featuring balconies with sweeping views of the fortress. www.rm-agency.al 51
  • 26. tours {5 DAYS TOUR} 5 Days tour 4th Day. Kruja Breakfast at the hotel Departure to Tirana, accommodation at the hotel, Lunch and then free time at leisure. Tirana-Berat- SarandaKruja 1st Day. Tirana Arrival in "Mother Teresa" airport meeting with our representative, transfer andaccommodation at 4* hotel. After lunch, city tour of Tirana: • Scanderbeg Square, Scanderbeg statue, the Clock Tower built in 1830. • Visit to the National History Museum which offers to see its 4750 historical objects. • A visit in the Gallery of Fine Arts, then a city walk through Boulevard “ Deshmoret e Kombit”(main sightseeing) The Palace of Congresses, Mother Teresa square. Dinner and overnight in Tirana. In the afternoon departure to Kruja city. We will visit : 2nd Day. Berat 3rd Day. Sarande Breakfast at the hotel. Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Tirana to Berat city. Departure to Saranda. Located in central Albania, Berat bears witness to the coexistence of various religious and cultural communities down the centuries. It features a castle, locally known as the Kala, most of which were built in the 13th century, although its origins date back to the 4th century BC. All the houses have “many windows” therefore it is called “the thousand windows city “ Accommodation at the hotel. The tour starts with the visit of Berat city: • Berat Castle( 2400 yrs old). • Characteristic houses. • Iconographic Museum "Onufri". • Ethnographic Museum and St. Maria Cathedral • After Lunch, optional trip to the canyons of Osumi River. Dinner and overnight in Berat. 52 www.rm-agency.al During the trip you will admire the beautiful view of Albanian Riviera. Saranda, the gateway to the southern Albania, is a small town located between high mountain and the Ionian Sea. It offers a unique atmosphere and style that steels the heart of all its visitors. Accomodation at hotel Butrinti which is a five stars hotel. • “The Museum of our National Hero Scanderbeg”. • “Ethnographic Museum”. • Old Bazaar with characteristic streets. Return to Tirana. Dinner and overnight in Tirana. 5th Day Tirana Breakfast at the hotel . Free time until the transfer to the airport. End of our services! Departure to visit Butrinti. A picturesque road links Saranda with the archaeological centre of Butrint. The city of Butrinti (Bothrota) is one of the fragments which form the fabric of Albania's ancient cultural landscape.Butrint is a major archeological site in Albania. It has been included in the World Heritage list of UNESCO. 5th Day Tirana After lunch , proceed to visit the Castle of Lekuresi. Breakfast at the hotel . Dinner and overnight in Saranda. End of our services! Free time until the transfer to the airport. www.rm-agency.al 53
  • 27. tours {4 DAYS TOUR} Butrinti (Bothrota) is one of the fragments which form the fabric of Albania's ancient cultural landscape. Butrint is a major archeological site in Albania. It has been included in the World Heritage list of UNESCO. 4 Days tour Tirana-Fieri- VloraSaranda After lunch visit Lekuresi.” 1st Day. Tirana Dinner and overnight in Saranda. Arrival in "Mother Teresa" airport meeting with our representative, transfer andaccommodation at hotel. • Proceed in a panoramic walking at the side of “Uji i Ftohte” (Cold Water) • We will visit also “The Ethnographic Museum” After lunch, city tour of Tirana: • Scanderbeg Square, Scanderbeg statue, the Clock Tower built in 1830. • Visit to the National History Museum which offers to see its 4750 historical objects. • A visit in the Gallery of Fine Arts, then a city walk through Boulevard “ Deshmoret e Kombit”(main sightseeing) The Palace of Congresses, Mother Teresa square. Dinner and overnight in Tirana. 2nd Day. Fier - Vlore Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to visit an ancient city. Apolonia which is situated 12 km away from Fieri, It was founded in 588 BC on a hill near the sea. 54 www.rm-agency.al “The Castle of Tourists visit its numerous objects very frequently. Among these are: Dinner at the hotel with traditional food. • Marvelous Façade of Bouleterion Theatre Overnight in Vlora. • Nympheum (monumental fountain) 3rd Day. Saranda • The Museum of Apolonia Breakfast at the hotel. Museum of Apolonia has 7 pavilions, a gallery and 2 porticos. Here are exhibited different objects that testify to the history of Apolonia. In the ancient city of Apolonia there are many ancient mosaics. In the complex of Apolonia there is also the Monastery of Saint Mary. Lunch in a local restaurant. Proceed to Vlora city. Vlora enjoys a beautiful position because it is the gateway to the Albania Riviera,which is the gem of Albania Tourist places. Departure to Saranda. During the trip you will enjoy the beautiful view of Albanian Riviera. Saranda, the gateway to the southern Albania, is a small town located between high mountain and the Ionian Sea. It offers a unique atmosphere and style that steels the heart of all its visitors. • Accomodation at hotel Butrinti, which is a five stars hotel. Departure to visit Butrinti. A picturesque road links Saranda with the archaeological centre of Butrint. The city of 4th Day. Tirana Breakfast at the hotel. • Departure to Tirana city. • Transfer to the airport. End of our services ! www.rm-agency.al 55
  • 28. tours {4 DAYS TOUR} 4 Days tour The guide will take you to visit one of the oldest castles in Albania, only 5 miles away from Tirana city. The Castle of Petrela. (Optional) Dinner and overnight in the most frequented zone in Tirana , at “Bllok”. Tirana-kruja- durresfier 1st Day. Tirana Arrival in "Mother Teresa" airport meeting with our representative, transfer andaccommodation at hotel. 3rd Day. Fier-Tirane Breakfast at the hotel. After lunch, city tour of Tirana: Departure to Fier to visit another ancient city. • Scanderbeg Square, Scanderbeg statue, the Clock Tower built in 1830. • Visit to the National History Museum which offers to see its 4750 historical objects. At first we visit the: • A visit in the Gallery of Fine Arts, then a city walk through Boulevard “ Deshmoret e Kombit”(main sightseeing) The Palace of Congresses, Mother Teresa square. • “Ethnographic Museum” and the Old Bazaar with characteristics streets. Dinner and overnight in Tirana. 2nd Day. Kruja-Durres-Tirana • “Museum of our National Hero Scanderbeg”. The lunch in a local restaurant. Proceed to Durres city. Durrës is the second largest city of Albania. And one of the most ancient cities of Albania. The tour includes a promenade through the city. Breakfast at the hotel . Then we will visit : Departure to Kruja. • Amphitheater of Durresi, (2700year old), Kruja is a city of “History, is best known as the hometown of Albania’s national hero, Skanderbeg. Kruja is also a tourist attraction in a spectacular mountainside location. 56 www.rm-agency.al • Castle of Durres. The dinner in Durres Overnight in Tirana. Apollonia which is situated 12 km away from Fieri, It was founded in 588 BC on a hill near the sea, and near what was then the course of Vjosa river by settlers from Corfu and Corinth. Tourists visit its numerous objects very frequently. Among these are: • Marvelous Façade of Bouleterion Theatre. • Nympheum (monumental fountain). • The Museum of Apolonia . Museum of Apolonia has 7 pavilions, a gallery and 2 porticos. Here are exhibited different objects that testify to the history of Apolonia. In the ancient city of Apolonia there are many ancient mosaics. In the complex of Apolonia there is also the Monastery of Saint Mary. 4th Day. Tirana Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch in a local restaurant. Free time until the transfer to the airport. Return to Tirana. End of our services! www.rm-agency.al 57
  • 29. tours 4 Days tour Tirana-fier-pogradeckorca-voskopoja 1st Day. Tirana Arrival in "Mother Teresa" airport meeting with our representative, transfer andaccommodation at hotel. After lunch, city tour of Tirana: • Scanderbeg Square, Scanderbeg statue, the Clock Tower built in 1830. • Visit to the National History Museum which offers to see its 4750 historical objects. • A visit in the Gallery of Fine Arts, then a city walk through Boulevard “ Deshmoret e Kombit”(main sightseeing) The Palace of Congresses, Mother Teresa square. Dinner and overnight in Tirana. 2nd Day. Fier-Pogradec-Korca Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Fier to visit another ancient city. Apollonia which is situated 12 km away from Fieri, It was founded in 588 BC on a hill near the sea, and near what was then the course of Vjosa river by settlers from Corfu and Corinth. 58 www.rm-agency.al {4 DAYS TOUR} Tourists visit its numerous objects very frequently. Among these are: 3rd Day. • Marvelous Façade of Bouleterion. Korca-Voskopoja-Tirana • Theatre. Breakfast at the hotel • Nympheum (monumental fountain). • The tour start with a visit to the Medieval Art Museum and Archeological Museum. • The Museum of Apolonia . Museum of Apolonia has 7 pavilions, a gallery and 2 porticos. Here are exhibited different objects that testify to the history of Apolonia. In the ancient city of Apolonia there are many ancient mosaics. In the complex of Apolonia there is also the Monastery of Saint Mary. Proceed to Voskopoja The lunch in a local restaurant. Continue with the visit of Voskopoja. Voskopoja churches constructed during 16th- 18th century, and famous or their mural paintings. Lunch in a local restaurant. The tour proceed to Pogradec, visit the Lin. A special village along Ohrid Lake. The houses are built just beside the lake shore and in the bottom of the hill. • Continue with the visit of the Lin mosaic on the top of the hill. • Then visit the picturesque site of Drilon. Departure to Korca(accomodation at the hotel). Dinner and overnight in Korca. Return to Tirana. Accomodation at the hotel . Dinner and overnight in Tirana 4th Day. Tirana Breakfast at the hotel . Free time until the transfer to the airport! End of our services ! www.rm-agency.al 59
  • 30. tours In north Albania & Montenegro 5 Days tour Tirana-shkodrabudva-lezha 1st Day. Tirana Arrival in "Mother Teresa" airport meeting with our representative, transfer andaccommodation at hotel. After lunch, city tour of Tirana: • Scanderbeg Square, Scanderbeg statue, the Clock Tower built in 1830. • Visit to the National History Museum which offers to see its 4750 historical objects. • A visit in the Gallery of Fine Arts, then a city walk through Boulevard “ Deshmoret e Kombit”(main sightseeing) The Palace of Congresses, Mother Teresa square. Dinner and overnight in Tirana. {5 DAYS TOUR} • Watch Tower dated century XIX. • Monument of Isa Boletini. • Monument of Luigj Gurakuqi. • Monument of 4 Democracy Martyrs. • Big Church ,which for a certain period of time in the century XIX was the biggest catholic cathedral in Balkan. • Then continue with the visit at Rozafa Castle and its museum. It is built up in century XIV, on an Illyrian basement dated century II B.C. After lunch we start the tour visiting: • National Photo Gallery “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. • The dinner and overnight in Budva. ( Montenegro) 3rd Day. Montenegro 2nd Day. Tirane-Shkoder- Budva (ME) Breakfast at the hotel Proceed to north Albania, to Shkodra. Accommodation at the hotel. Then City tour of Shkodra. We can see and visit: 60 www.rm-agency.al Breakfast at the hotel , • Tour: Discover Budva. You will enjoy a beautiful view of Montenegrin Riviera and landscapes of Bar, Petrovac, Saint Stefan. • Church of Sveti Stefan The Sanctified, with the remnants of frescoes and inscriptions from mid 12th century. • Church of the Holy Trinity. • Then proceed to visit The Archeologic & Ethnographic Museum and Budva Modern Gallery. • Return to the hotel. • Dinner and overnight in Budva. Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine period. The visit includes: • The National Museum of Scanderbeg. • The tomb of Scanderbeg. • The Castle. Lunch in a local restaurant . Departure to Tirana and accommodation at the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Tirana. 4th Day. Budva-Lezha-Tirana After lunch, drive to Budva city, we will visit: Breakfast at the hotel. • The town’s fortress of Citadella and the Port of City, Continue the tour with Lezha, an Illyrian settlement that flouished in the Return to Albania. 5th Day. Tirana Breakfast at the hotel Free time until the transfer to the airport. End of our services! www.rm-agency.al 61
  • 31. Grand tours Grand tour of Albania 8 Days, 7 Nights 1st Day. Tirana city tour {8 DAYS 7 NIGHTS TOUR} Other places to visit in Elbasan are: Lunch in a local restaurant. • The Monastery of Saint John Vladimir. Departure to Korca (accomodation at hotel). • The roman road station of Ad Quintium. Dinner and overnight in Korca. • The church of Saint Nicolas. Day 3. • The Ethnographic Museum. Arrival in "Mother Teresa" airport meeting with our representative, transfer andaccommodation at hotel. Tepelene-Gjirokaster After breakfast we start a panoramic city tour of Korca. After lunch, city tour of Tirana: • Visit the Medieval Art Museum and Archeological Museum . • Scanderbeg Square, Scanderbeg statue, the Clock Tower built in 1830. • Visit to the National History Museum which offers to see its 4750 historical objects. • A visit in the Gallery of Fine Arts, then a city walk through Boulevard “ Deshmoret e Kombit”(main sightseeing) The Palace of Congresses, Mother Teresa square. Dinner and overnight in Tirana. Day 2. Elbasan-Pogradec-Korce Breakfast at the hotel Departure to Elbasan Country. It’s a field castle in city of Elbasan.The castle has quadrangular shape with 308 x 48 m dimensions.During the late antique period the city within the castle named Skampini, started its life as inhabited centre in so called “Egnatia” street. 62 www.rm-agency.al Korce-Permet Departure to Pogradec. The road to Pogradec passes near the shore of Lake Ohrid, the deepest lake in the Balkans at 285 m. This lake has declared a protected site by UNESCO due to the unique species that call it home. The tour proceed to Pogradec ,visit the Lin ,a special village along Ohrid Lake. The houses are built just beside the lake shore and in the bottom of the hill. Continue with the visit of the Lin mosaic on the top of the hill. • Then drive to Voskopoja and after lunch there, continue with the visit of Voskopoja churches constructed during 16th - 18th century, and famous for their mural paintings. Departure to Permet. Permeti, is known for its beautiful flowers, unique songs, and tranquility. It’s famous for the good cooking, especially sweets, also good wine and raki.Very near to the center of town you can have a panoramic walking the rock of Permet and Vjosa river. After lunch departure to Tepelena. Tepelena was founded on the shores of Vjosa River.It’s the birthplace of Ali Pashe Tepelena. In Tepelena you can visit the Castle of Ali Pashe Tepelena and proceed in a panoramic walking at the side of Uje i Ftohte Tepelene (Cold Water). Departure to Gjirokastra. Known as the City of Stone, Gjirokastra is a developing centre for cultural heritage tourism. This city of the thounsand steps’comprises hundreds tower houses with stone roofs, wooden balconies and whitewashed stone wall. There is much to in Gjirokastra: • The Bazaar of Gjirokastra. • The Church of Saint Mary. • The Libovoha Castle. • The Tekke of Melani. • Then visit the picturesque site of Drilon. www.rm-agency.al 63
  • 32. Grand tours Day 4. Gjirokaster-SarandeLlogara {8 DAYS 7 NIGHTS TOUR} Departure to Llogara. The Llogara National Park lies approximately 40 km south of the city of Vlora.It is situated on the Mount Llogara and has a surface of 810 hectares Altitudes within the park range from 470-2018 m above sea level.Here you will find a beautiful, dynamic setting where the sea meets the mountains. After breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Saranda. Saranda, the gateway to the southern Albania, is a small town located between high mountain and the Ionian Sea. It offers a unique atmosphere and style that steels the heart of all its visitors. Dinner and overnight in Llogara. Departure to visit Butrinti. A picturesque road links Saranda with the archaeological centre of Butrint.The city of Butrinti (Bothrota) is one of the fragments which form the fabric of Albania's ancient cultural landscape. Butrint is a major archeological site in Albania. It has been included in the World Heritage list of UNESCO. Apollonia which is situated 12 km away from Fieri, It was founded in 588 BC on a hill near the sea, and near what was then the course of Vjosa river by settlers from Corfu and Corinth. • Nympheum (monumental fountain). • The Museum of Apolonia . Day 5. Vlora enjoys a beautiful position because it is the gateway to the Albania Riviera, which is the gem of Albania Tourist places. www.rm-agency.al After breakfast, we leave Vlora to visit an ancient city, Apollonia. • Marvelous Façade of Bouleterion. Theatre. During the trip we will enjoy the beautiful albanian riviera, will have a stop in Vlora city. 64 • And then continue with the visit of Ethnographic Museum. (optional) century, although its origins date back to the 4th century BC. All the houses have “many windows” therefore it is called “the thousand windows city “ Tourists visit its numerous objects very frequently. Among these are: Vlore-Fier-Berat • After lunch, proceed to visit the Castle of Lekuresi. • Proceed in a panoramic walking at the side of “Uji i Ftohte” (Cold Water). Museum of Apolonia has 7 pavilions, a gallery and 2 porticos. Here are exhibited different objects that testify to the history of Apolonia. In the ancient city of Apolonia there are many ancient mosaics. In the complex of Apolonia there is also the Monastery of Saint Mary. Lunch in a local restaurant. The tour starts with the visit of Berat city. • Berat Castle( 2400 yrs old). • Characteristic houses. • Iconographic Museum “Onufri”. • Ethnographic Museum and St Maria Cathedral. Dinner and overnight in Berat . Day 6. Berat-Durres-KrujeLezhe-Shkodra Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Berat. Located in central Albania, Berat bears witness to the coexistence of various religious and cultural communities down the centuries. It features a castle, locally known as the Kala, most of which were built in the 13th Departure to Durres. Durrës is the second largest city of Albania. Durresi is one of the most ancient cities of Albania. The tour includes a promenade through the city, visit the Amphitheater of Durresi, (2700year old), Castle of Durres. www.rm-agency.al 65
  • 33. Grand tours After Durres we will visit Kruja Kruja is a city of “History”, is best known as thehometown of Albania’s national hero,Skanderbeg. Kruja is also a tourist attraction in a spectacular mountainside location. At first we visit the: • “Museum of our National Hero Scanderbeg”. • “Ethnographic Museum”. • “The Old Bazaar” with characteristics streets. Then we start the tour in north Albania, next stop will be Lezha, the main sightseeing: • Lezha Castle. • The memorial of Scanderbeg. Day 7. Shkoder-Razem Breakfast at the hotel. City tour of Shkodra. There we are going to see and visit: • Watch Tower dated century XIX. • Monument of Isa Boletini. • Monument of Luigj Gurakuqi. • Monument of 4 Democracy Martyrs. • Big Church, which for a certain period of time in the century XIX was the biggest catholic cathedral in Balkan. • Then continue with the visit at Rozafa Castle and its museum: it is built up in century XIV, on an Illyrian basement dated century II B.C. • We will visit National Photo Gallery “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. Departure to Tirana and transfer to the airport. Dinner and overnight in Shkodra. 66 www.rm-agency.al Adresa: Pranë ish-Kinema “17 Nëntori” End of our services! Mob: +355 (0) 69 40 77 001 E-mail: rm.dizajn@gmail.com www.rm-agency.al 67
  • 34. Grand tours Grand tour of Albania - Montenegro 9 Days, 8 Nights {9 DAYS 8 NIGHTS TOUR} its life as inhabited centre in so called “Egnatia” street. Other places to visit in Elbasan are: • The Monastery of Saint John Vladimir. • The roman road station of Ad Quintium. • The church of Saint Nicolas. 1st Day. Tirana city tour Arrival in "Mother Teresa" airport meeting with our representative, transfer andaccommodation at Tirana International Hotel 4* . Free time, afternoon, city tour of Tirana: • Scanderbeg Square, Scanderbeg statue, the Clock Tower built in 1830. • Visit to the National History Museum which offers to see its 4750 historical objects. • A visit in the Gallery of Fine Arts, then a city walk through Boulevard “ Deshmoret e Kombit”(main sightseeing) The Palace of Congresses, Mother Teresa square. Dinner and overnight in Tirana. Day 2. Elbasan-Pogradec-Korce After breakfast we leave Tirana to visit Elbasan Country. It’s a field castle in city of Elbasan.The castle has quadrangular shape with 308 x 48 m dimensions.During the late antique period the city within the castle named Skampini, started 68 www.rm-agency.al • The Ethnographic Museum. • Departure to Pogradec. The road to Pogradec passes near the shore of Lake Ohrid, the deepest lake in the Balkans at 285 m. This lake has declared a protected site by UNESCO due to the unique species that call it home. The tour proceed to Pogradec ,visit the Lin ,a special village along Ohrid Lake. The houses are built just beside the lake shore and in the bottom of the hill. Continue with the visit of the Lin mosaic on the top of the hill. • Then visit the picturesque site of Drilon. Lunch in a local restaurant. Departure to Korca (accomodation at hotel) Dinner and overnight in Korca. Day 3. Korce-Permet Tepelene-Gjirokaster After breakfast we start a panoramic city tour of Korca. • Visit the Medieval Art Museum and Archeological Museum . • Then drive to Voskopoja and after lunch there, continue with the visit of Voskopoja churches constructed during 16th - 18th century, and famous for their mural paintings. Departure to Permet. Permeti, is known for its beautiful flowers, unique songs, and tranquility. It’s famous for the good cooking, especially sweets, also good wine and raki.Very near to the center of town you can have a panoramic walking the rock of Permet and Vjosa river. Day 4. Gjirokaster-SarandeLlogara After breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Saranda. Saranda, the gateway to the southern Albania, is a small town located between high mountain and the Ionian Sea. It offers a unique atmosphere and style that steels the heart of all its visitors. Departure to visit Butrinti. After lunch departure to Tepelena. Tepelena was founded on the shores of Vjosa River.It’s the birthplace of Ali Pashe Tepelena. In Tepelena you can visit the Castle of Ali Pashe Tepelena and proceed in a panoramic walking at the side of Uje i Ftohte Tepelene (Cold Water). Departure to Gjirokastra. Known as the City of Stone, Gjirokastra is a developing centre for cultural heritage tourism. This city of the thounsand steps’comprises hundreds tower houses with stone roofs, wooden balconies and whitewashed stone wall. There is much to in Gjirokastra: • The Bazaar of Gjirokastra. • The Church of Saint Mary. • The Libovoha Castle. • The Tekke of Melani. A picturesque road links Saranda with the archaeological centre of Butrint.The city of Butrinti (Bothrota) is one of the fragments which form the fabric of Albania's ancient cultural landscape. Butrint is a major archeological site in Albania. It has been included in the World Heritage list of UNESCO. • After lunch, proceed to visit the Castle of Lekuresi. Departure to Llogara. The Llogara National Park lies approximately 40 km south of the city of Vlora.It is situated on the Mount Llogara and has a surface of 810 hectares Altitudes within the park range from 470-2018 m above sea level.Here you will find a beautiful, dynamic setting where the sea meets the mountains. Dinner and overnight in Llogara. www.rm-agency.al 69
  • 35. Grand tours Day 5. Vlore-Fier-Berat During the trip we will enjoy the beautiful albanian riviera, will have a stop in Vlora city. Vlora enjoys a beautiful position because it is the gateway to the Albania Riviera, which is the gem of Albania Tourist places. • Proceed in a panoramic walking at the side of “Uji I Ftohte” (Cold Water) • And then continue with the visit of Ethnographic Museum. (optional) Departure to visit an ancient city, Apollonia. Apollonia which is situated 12 km away from Fieri, It was founded in 588 BC on a hill near the sea, and near what was then the course of Vjosa river by settlers from Corfu and Corinth. Tourists visit its numerous objects very frequently. Among these are: • Marvelous Façade of Bouleterion. • Theatre. • Nympheum (monumental fountain). • The Museum of Apolonia . Museum of Apolonia has 7 pavilions, a gallery and 2 porticos. Here are exhibited different objects that testify to the history of Apolonia. In the ancient city of Apolonia there are many ancient mosaics. In the complex of Apolonia there is also the Monastery of Saint Mary. Lunch in a local restaurant. 70 www.rm-agency.al {9 DAYS 8 NIGHTS TOUR} Departure to Berat. Located in central Albania, Berat bears witness to the coexistence of various religious and cultural communities down the centuries. It features a castle, locally known as the Kala, most of which were built in the 13th century, although its origins date back to the 4th century BC. All the houses have “many windows” therefore it is called “the thousand windows city “. The tour starts with the visit of Berat city. •  Berat Castle( 2400 yrs old). •  Characteristic houses. •  Iconographic Museum “Onufri”. •  Ethnographic Museum and St Maria Cathedral. Dinner and overnight in Berat . Day 6. Berat-Durres-KrujeLezhe-Shkodra-Razem Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Durres. Durrës is the second largest city of Albania. Durresi is one of the most ancient cities of Albania. The tour includes a promenade through the city, visit the Amphitheater of Durresi, (2700year old), Castle of Durres. After Durres we will visit Kruja . Kruja is a city of “History”, is best known as thehometown of Albania’s national hero,Skanderbeg. Kruja is also a tourist attraction in a spectacular mountainside location. • Monument of Luigj Gurakuqi, • Monument of 4 Democracy Martyrs, • Big Church, which for a certain period of time in the century XIX was the biggest catholic cathedral in Balkan. • Then continue with the visit at Rozafa Castle and its museum: it is built up in century XIV, on an Illyrian basement dated century II B.C. • We will visit National Photo Gallery “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. At first we visit the: • “Museum of our National Hero Scanderbeg”. • “Ethnographic Museum”. • “The Old Bazaar” with characteristics streets. Then we start the tour in north Albania, next stop will be Lezha, the main sightseeing: • Lezha Castle • The memorial of Scanderbeg. The lunch at a local restaurant. Proceed toward Shkodra where we are going to see and visit. • Watch Tower dated century XIX • Monument of Isa Boletini, www.rm-agency.al 71
  • 36. Grand tours Day 7. Razem-Budva Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Budva. Accomodation at hotel. City tour of Budva. Budva is one of the oldest settlements in the Adriatic. The ascent of Mediterranean cultures marked the spirit of this town which is felt even today, when Budva has become a unique tourist pearl of this part of Adriatic. As a tourist destination this town has been known for a long time - the first tourists arrived here back in 1923. Now, Budva is often called a "metropolis of tourism" because it is the most visited destination in Montenegro and one of the most visited destinations in the Adriatic. The great value of Budva is its cultural and historical heritage: monuments, fossils, fortifications, monasteries and churches. We can see and visit : • The Old Town of Budva • The Resort Town of Sveti Stefan • Ancient Necropolis • Proceed to Kotor a picturesque city of Montenegro. Visit The Church of St Luke. It's a 12th-century Romanesque building with original frescoes remaining. One of the most interesting things about this church is that it has two altars: a Catholic one and an Orthodox one, showing the historic closeness of these two faiths and the religious tolerance of the Kotor area. The St Tryphon Cathedral, originally built in the 11th century, has since been reconstructed several times, due to damage by a number of severe earthquakes. Lunch at a local restaurant . Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Budva. Day 9. Budva-Tirane Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Tirana and transfer to the airport. End of our services! • 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
  • 37. Grand tours Grand tour of Albania 6 Days, 5 Nights {6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS TOUR} Among these are: • Iconographic Museum “Onufri”. • Marvelous Façade of Bouleterion. Theatre. • Ethnographic Museum and St Maria Cathedral. • Nympheum (monumental fountain). Lunch at a local restaurant. • The Museum of Apollonia . 1st Day. Tirana city tour Arrival in "Mother Teresa" airport meeting with our representative, transfer andaccommodation at Tirana International Hotel 4* . Free time, afternoon, city tour of Tirana: • Scanderbeg Square, Scanderbeg statue, the Clock Tower built in 1830. • Visit to the National History Museum which offers to see its 4750 historical objects. • A visit in the Gallery of Fine Arts, then a city walk through Boulevard “ Deshmoret e Kombit”(main sightseeing) The Palace of Congresses, Mother Teresa square. Dinner and overnight in Tirana. Day 2. Tirana-Fier-Berat After breakfast, we leave Tirana to visit an ancient city, Apollonia Apollonia is situated 12km away from Fieri, It was founded in 588 BC on a hill near the sea, and near what was then the course ofVjosa river by settlers from Corfu and Corinth. Tourists visit its numerous objects very frequently. 74 www.rm-agency.al Which has 7 pavilions, a gallery and 2 porticos.m Here are exhibited different objects that testify to the history of Apollonia.In the ancient city of Apolonia, there are many ancient mosaics. In the complex of Apolonia there is also the Monastery of Saint Mary. Lunch in a local restaurant. Departure to Berat. Dinner and overnight in Berat. Day 3. Berat-Gjirokaster-Sarande After breakfast , city tour of Berat. Located in central Albania, Berat bears witness to the coexistence of variousreligious and cultural communities down the centuries. It features a castle, locally known as the Kala, most of which were built in the 13th century, although its origins date back to the 4th century BC. All the houses have “many windows” therefore it is called “the thousand windows city “. The tour starts with the visit of Berat city: • Berat Castle( 2400 yrs old). • Characteristic houses. Departure to Gjirokastra. Known as the City of Stone, Gjirokastra is a developing centre for cultural heritage tourism.This city of the thounsand steps’comprises hundreds tower houses with stone roofs, wooden balconies and whitewashed stone wall. There is much to in Gjirokastra: • The Bazaar of Gjirokastra • The Libovoha Castle • The Tekke of Melani Day 4. Sarande-Vlore-Tirane After breakfast at the hotel, we starting city tour. Saranda. Saranda is the gateway to the southern Albania, is a small town located between high mountain and the Ionian Sea.It offers a unique atmosphere and style that steels the heart of all its visitors. Departure to visit Butrinti. A picturesque road links Saranda with the archaeological centre of Butrint. The city of Butrinti (Bothrota) is one of the fragments which form the fabric of Albania's ancient cultural landscape. Butrint is a major archeological site in Albania.It has been included in the World Heritage list of UNESCO. • After lunch, proceed to visit the Castle of Lekuresi. • During the trip we will enjoy the beautiful albanian riviera , will have a stop in Vlora city. Vlora enjoys a beautiful position because it is the gateway to the Albania Riviera, which is the gem of Albania Tourist places. • Proceed in a panoramic walking at the side of “Uji i Ftohte” • And then continue with the visit of Ethnographic Museum. (optional) Arrival in Tirana. Accomodation at hotel, rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Tirana. www.rm-agency.al 75
  • 38. Grand tours Day 5. Tiranë-KrujëShkodër-Tiranë After breakfast, we leave Tirana prooceed through north Albania.First stop will be in Kruja. Kruja is a city of “History”, is best known as the hometown of Albania’s national hero,Skanderbeg. Kruja is also a tourist attraction in a spectacular mountainside location. At first we visit the: • “Museum of our National Hero Scanderbeg” • “Ethnographic Museum” and the Old Bazaar with characteristics streets. Lunch at a local restaurant. Departure to Shkodra. {6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS TOUR} • The tour continue visiting National Photo Gallery “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. Arrival in Tirana. Day 6. Tirana- Durrës Breakfast at the hotel. Free time until the transfer to the airport. End of our services! Grand tour of Albania - Montenegro 6 Days, 5 Nights 1st Day. Tirana city tour Arrival in "Mother Teresa" airport meeting with our representative, transfer andaccommodation at Tirana International Hotel 4* . Free time, afternoon, city tour of Tirana: • Scanderbeg Square, Scanderbeg statue, the Clock Tower built in 1830. • Visit to the National History Museum which offers to see its 4750 historical objects. • Watch Tower dated century XIX. • A visit in the Gallery of Fine Arts, then a city walk through Boulevard “ Deshmoret e Kombit”(main sightseeing) The Palace of Congresses, Mother Teresa square. • Monument of Isa Boletini. Dinner and overnight in Tirana. Then proceed with a panoramic visit in the city. During the visit you will admire : • Big Church ,which for a certain period of time in the century XIX was the biggest catholic cathedral in Balkan. Dinner and overnight in hotel. • Then continue with the visit at Rozafa Castle and its museum: It is built up in century XIV, on an Illyrian basement dated century II B.C. 76 www.rm-agency.al • Marvelous Façade of Bouleterion. Theatre. • Nympheum (monumental fountain). • The Museum of Apollonia . Which has 7 pavilions, a gallery and 2 porticos.m Here are exhibited different objects that testify to the history of Apollonia.In the ancient city of Apolonia, there are many ancient mosaics. In the complex of Apolonia there is also the Monastery of Saint Mary. Lunch in a local restaurant. Departure to Berat. • Monument of Luigj Gurakuqi. • Monument of 4 Democracy Martyrs. Tourists visit its numerous objects very frequently. Among these are: Day 2. Tirana-Fier-Berat-Sarandë After breakfast, we leave Tirana to visit an ancient city, Apollonia Apollonia is situated 12km away from Fieri, It was founded in 588 BC on a hill near the sea, and near what was then the course ofVjosa river by settlers from Corfu and Corinth. Located in central Albania, Berat bears witness to the coexistence of variousreligious and cultural communities down the centuries. It features a castle, locally known as the Kala, most of which were built in the 13th century, although its origins date back to the 4th century BC. All the houses have “many windows” therefore it is called “the thousand windows city “. www.rm-agency.al 77
  • 39. Grand tours {6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS TOUR} Butrinti (Bothrota) is one of the fragments which form the fabric of Albania's ancient cultural landscape. Butrint is a major archeological site in Albania.It has been included in the World Heritage list of UNESCO. • After lunch, proceed to visit the Castle of Lekuresi. • During the trip we will enjoy the beautiful albanian riviera , will have a stop in Vlora city. The tour starts with the visit of Berat city: • Berat Castle( 2400 yrs old). • Characteristic houses. • Iconographic Museum “Onufri”. • Ethnographic Museum and St Maria Cathedral. After Lunch, optional trip to the canyons of Osumi River. Departure to Saranda. Dinner and overnight in Saranda. Day 3. Sarandë-Vlorë-Tiranë After breakfast at the hotel, we starting city tour. Saranda. Saranda is the gateway to the southern Albania, is a small town located between high mountain and the Ionian Sea.It offers a unique atmosphere and style that steels the heart of all its visitors. Departure to visit Butrinti. A picturesque road links Saranda with the archaeological centre of Butrint. The city of 78 www.rm-agency.al Vlora enjoys a beautiful position because it is the gateway to the Albania Riviera, which is the gem of Albania Tourist places. • Proceed in a panoramic walking at the side of “Uji i Ftohte” • And then continue with the visit of Ethnographic Museum. (optional) Arrival in Tirana. Accomodation at hotel, rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Tirana. Day 4. Tiranë-Kruja Shkodër-Budva Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Kruja. Kruja is a city of “History”, is best known as thehometown of Albania’s national hero,Skanderbeg. Kruja is also a tourist attraction in a spectacular mountainside location. At first we visit the: • “Museum of our National Hero Scanderbeg”. • “Ethnographic Museum”. Proceed to Montenegro, dinner and overnight in Budva. • “The Old Bazaar” with characteristics streets. The lunch at a local restaurant. Departure to Shkodra, where we are going to see and visit. • Watch Tower dated century XIX • Monument of Isa Boletini, • Monument of Luigj Gurakuqi, • Monument of 4 Democracy Martyrs, • Big Church, which for a certain period of time in the century XIX was the biggest catholic cathedral in Balkan. • Then continue with the visit at Rozafa Castle and its museum: it is built up in century XIV, on an Illyrian basement dated century II B.C. • We will visit National Photo Gallery “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. Day 5. Budva Breakfast at the hotel. City tour of Budva. Budva is one of the oldest settlements in the Adriatic. The ascent of Mediterranean cultures marked the spirit of this town which is felt even today, when Budva has become a unique tourist pearl of this part of Adriatic. As a tourist destination this town has been known for a long time - the first tourists arrived here back in 1923. Now, Budva is often called a "metropolis of tourism" because it is the most visited des- www.rm-agency.al 79
  • 40. Grand tours tination in Montenegro and one of the most visited destinations in the Adriatic. The great value of Budva is its cultural and historical heritage: monuments, fossils, fortifications, monasteries and churches. We can see and visit : • The Old Town of Budva • The Resort Town of Sveti Stefan • Ancient Necropolis • Milocer Forest Park • Praskvica Monastery Dinner and overnight in Budva . {6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS TOUR} Grand tour of Albania - Montenegro Departure to Berat . Arrival in "Mother Teresa" airport meeting with our representative, transfer andaccommodation at Tirana International Hotel 4* . Located in central Albania, Berat bears witness to the coexistence of variousreligious and cultural communities down the centuries. It features a castle, locally known as the Kala, most of which were built in the 13th century, although its origins date back to the 4th century BC. All the houses have “many windows” therefore it is called “the thousand windows city “. Free time, afternoon, city tour of Tirana: The tour starts with the visit of Berat city: • Scanderbeg Square, Scanderbeg statue, the Clock Tower built in 1830. Day 3. Berat-Sarandë-Vlorë-Tiranë • Berat Castle( 2400 yrs old). 6 Days, 5 Nights 1st Day. Tirana city tour • Visit to the National History Museum which offers to see its 4750 historical objects. • A visit in the Gallery of Fine Arts, then a city walk through Boulevard “ Deshmoret e Kombit”(main sightseeing) The Palace of Congresses, Mother Teresa square. After breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Saranda. Saranda is the gateway to the southern Albania, is a small town located between high mountain and the Ionian Sea.It offers a unique atmosphere and style that steels the heart of all its visitors. • Characteristic houses. • Iconographic Museum “Onufri”. • Ethnographic Museum and St Maria Cathedral. Dinner and overnight in Berat . Dinner and overnight in Tirana. Day 2. Korcë-Berat Breakfast at the hotel. Day 6. Budva-Tiranë-Airport Departure to Korca. Breakfast at the hotel. • Then drive to Voskopoja and after lunch there, continue with the visit of Voskopoja churches constructed during 16th - 18th century, and famous for their mural paintings. Departure to Tirana. Free time until the transfer to the airport. End of our services! 80 www.rm-agency.al • Visit the Medieval Art Museum and Archeological Museum . Departure to visit Butrinti. A picturesque road links Saranda with the archaeological centre of Butrint. The city of Butrinti (Bothrota) is one of the fragments which form the fabwww.rm-agency.al 81
  • 41. Grand tours ric of Albania's ancient cultural landscape. Butrint is a major archeological site in Albania.It has been included in the World Heritage list of UNESCO. • After lunch, proceed to visit the Castle of Lekuresi. {6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS TOUR} Day 4. Tiranë-Kruja Shkodër-Budva Departure to Budva, during the trip will have a stop to Kruja. Kruja is a city of “History”, is best known as thehometown of Albania’s national hero,Skanderbeg. Kruja is also a tourist attraction in a spectacular mountainside location. At first we visit the: • “Museum of our National Hero Scanderbeg”. • “Ethnographic Museum”. • “The Old Bazaar” with characteristics streets. Proceed to north Albania, we will have a stop in Shkoder. During the visit you will admire : • Watch Tower dated century XIX Return to Tirana. • Monument of Isa Boletini, • During the trip we will enjoy the beautiful albanian riviera , will have a stop in Vlora city. • Monument of Luigj Gurakuqi, Vlora enjoys a beautiful position because it is the gateway to the Albania Riviera, which is the gem of Albania Tourist places. • Proceed in a panoramic walking at the side of “Uji i Ftohte” • And then continue with the visit of Ethnographic Museum. (optional) Arrival in Tirana. Accomodation at hotel, rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Tirana. 82 www.rm-agency.al • Monument of 4 Democracy Martyrs, • Big Church, which for a certain period of time in the century XIX was the biggest catholic cathedral in Balkan. Lunch at local restaurant. • Then continue with the visit at Rozafa Castle and its museum: it is built up in century XIV, on an Illyrian basement dated century II B.C. • We will visit National Photo Gallery “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. Proceed to Budva, dinner and overnight in Budva. Day 5. Budva-Kotor-Tiranë Breakfast at the hotel. Start the day with city tour of Budva. Budva is one of the oldest settlements in the Adriatic. The ascent of Mediterranean cultures marked the spirit of this town which is felt even today, when Budva has become a unique tourist pearl of this part of Adriatic. As a tourist destination this town has been known for a long time - the first tourists arrived here back in 1923. Now, Budva is often called a "metropolis of tourism" because it is the most visited destination in Montenegro and one of the most visited destinations in the Adriatic. The great value of Budva is its cultural and historical heritage: monuments, fossils, fortifications, monasteries and churches. We can see and visit : • The Old Town of Budva • The Resort Town of Sveti Stefan • Ancient Necropolis • Milocer Forest Park • Praskvica Monastery Proceed to Kotor a picturesque city of Montenegro. Visit The Church of St Luke. It's a 12th-century Romanesque building with original frescoes remaining. One of the most interesting things about this church is that it has two altars: a Catholic one and an Orthodox one, showing the historic closeness of these two faiths and the religious tolerance of the Kotor area. The St Tryphon Cathedral, originally built in the 11th century, has since been reconstructed several times, due to damage by a number of severe earthquakes. Departure to Tirana. Dinner and overnight in Tirana. Day 6. Tiranë Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport. End of our services! www.rm-agency.al 83
  • 42. Grand tours Grand tour of Albania - Montenegro 6 Days, 5 Nights 1st Day. Tirana city tour Arrival in "Mother Teresa" airport meeting with our representative, transfer andaccommodation at Tirana International Hotel 4* . Free time, afternoon, city tour of Tirana: • Scanderbeg Square, Scanderbeg statue, the Clock Tower built in 1830. • Visit to the National History Museum which offers to see its 4750 historical objects. • A visit in the Gallery of Fine Arts, then a city walk through Boulevard “ Deshmoret e Kombit”(main sightseeing) The Palace of Congresses, Mother Teresa square. Dinner and overnight in Tirana. {6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS TOUR} Day 2. Korcë-Berat Breakfast at the hotel . Departure to Korca . • Visit the Medieval Art Museum and Archeological Museum . • Then drive to Voskopoja and after lunch there, continue with the visit of Voskopoja churches constructed during 16th - 18th century, and famous for their mural paintings. Departure to Berat. Located in central Albania, Berat bears witness to the coexistence of variousreligious and cultural communities down the centuries. It features a castle, locally known as the Kala, most of which were built in the 13th century, although its origins date back to the 4th century BC. All the houses have “many windows” therefore it is called “the thousand windows city “. The tour starts with the visit of Berat city: • Berat Castle( 2400 yrs old). • Characteristic houses. • Iconographic Museum “Onufri”. • Ethnographic Museum and St Maria Cathedral. Dinner and overnight in Berat. Day 3. Berat-Sarandë-Vlorë-Tiranë After breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Saranda. Saranda is the gateway to the southern Albania, is a small town located between high mountain and the Ionian Sea.It offers a unique atmosphere and style that steels the heart of all its visitors. Visit Butrinti. A picturesque road links Saranda with the archaeological centre of Butrint. The city of Butrinti (Bothrota) is one of the fragments which form the fabric of Albania's ancient cultural landscape. Butrint is a major archeological site in Albania.It has been included in the World Heritage list of UNESCO. Dinner and overnight in Tirana. Day 4. Tiranë-Kruja Shkodër-Budva Departure to Budva, during the trip will have a stop to Kruja. Kruja is a city of “History”, is best known as thehometown of Albania’s national hero,Skanderbeg. Kruja is also a tourist attraction in a spectacular mountainside location. At first we visit the: • “Museum of our National Hero Scanderbeg”. • “Ethnographic Museum”. • “The Old Bazaar” with characteristics streets. • After lunch, proceed to visit the Castle of Lekuresi. Return to Tirana. • During the trip we will enjoy the beautiful albanian riviera , will have a stop in Vlora city. Vlora enjoys a beautiful position because it is the gateway to the Albania Riviera, which is the gem of Albania Tourist places. • Proceed in a panoramic walking at the side of “Uji i Ftohte” Proceed to north Albania, we will have a stop in Shkoder. During the visit you will admire : • And then continue with the visit of Ethnographic Museum. (optional) Arrival in Tirana. www.rm-agency.al • Monument of Luigj Gurakuqi, Accomodation at hotel, rest of the day at leisure. 84 • Watch Tower dated century XIX • Monument of 4 Democracy Martyrs, • Monument of Isa Boletini, www.rm-agency.al 85
  • 43. Grand tours {6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS TOUR} of Budva is its cultural and historical heritage: monuments, fossils, fortifications, monasteries and churches. • Big Church, which for a certain period of time in the century XIX was the biggest catholic cathedral in Balkan. Lunch at local restaurant. We can see and visit : • Then continue with the visit at Rozafa Castle and its museum: it is built up in century XIV, on an Illyrian basement dated century II B.C. • The Old Town of Budva • We will visit National Photo Gallery “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. • The Resort Town of Sveti Stefan • Ancient Necropolis • Milocer Forest Park • Praskvica Monastery Proceed to Kotor a picturesque city of Montenegro. Visit The Church of St Luke. It's a 12th-century Romanesque building with original frescoes remaining. One of the most interesting things about this church is that it has two altars: a Catholic one and an Orthodox one, showing the historic closeness of these two faiths and the religious tolerance of the Kotor area. Proceed to Budva, dinner and overnight in Budva. Day 5. Budva-Kotor-Tiranë Breakfast at the hotel. The St Tryphon Cathedral, originally built in the 11th century, has since been reconstructed several times, due to damage by a number of severe earthquakes. Start the day with city tour of Budva. Budva is one of the oldest settlements in the Adriatic. The ascent of Mediterranean cultures marked the spirit of this town which is felt even today, when Budva has become a unique tourist pearl of this part of Adriatic. As a tourist destination this town has been known for a long time - the first tourists arrived here back in 1923. Now, Budva is often called a "metropolis of tourism" because it is the most visited destination in Montenegro and one of the most visited destinations in the Adriatic. The great value 86 www.rm-agency.al Departure to Tirana. Dinner and overnight in Tirana. Day 6. Tiranë Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport. End of our services! www.rm-agency.al 87
  • 44. { ABOUT KOSOVO } KOSOVO kosovo History Kosovo is a disputed territory in the Balkans. The partially recognised Republic of Kosovo a self-declared independent state, has de facto control over most of the territory, with North Kosovo being the largest Kosovo Serb enclave. Serbia does not recognise the unilateral secession of Kosovo and considers it a United Nations-governed entity within its sovereign territory, the Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija according to the 2006 Constitution of Serbia. During classical antiquity, the territory roughly corresponding to present-day Kosovo was inhabited by the Dardani. Subsequently, Dardani were conquered by the Roman, Byzantine, Bulgarian and Serbian empires. As a region within the Serbian medieval state, Serbs came to consider Kosovo as the cradle of Serbian culture, religion and national identity despite the fact that medieval Serbia did not evolve from Kosovo itself. independence as the Republic of Following the Battle of Kosovo in 1389, it became part of the Ottoman Empire; this brought the region into close contact with the Middle East and subsequently introduced Islam to the population. During the late 19th century, Kosovo was the centre of the Albanian national awakening. In 1912, the Ottoman province was divided between Montenegro and Serbia, both of which became part of Yugoslavia in 1918. During World War II, the majority of Kosovo was part of Italian-occupied Albania, followed by a Nazi German 88 Occupation before becoming an autonomous province of the SR Serbia under the Constitution of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. After the Kosovo War and the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, the territory came under the interim administration of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), most of whose roles were assumed by the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) in December 2008. Religion, Places of Worship, and Cultural Institutions Court of Justice for an advisory www.rm-agency.al In February 2008, the Assembly of Kosovo declared Kosovo's Kosovo. Its independence is rec- GEOGRAPHY and climate Kosova is a small territory located in the center of Balkan Peninsula. Kosova borders Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Albania. Its area is 10,877 Km2, and that is the size of one third of Belgium. The largest city and the capital of Kosovo is Pristina while other cities include Peja, Prizren, Gjakova and Mitrovica. Kosova is densely populated with about 200 persons per sq. km. Prishtina has houses of worship for the Islamic, Serb Orthodox and Catholic religions. Religious landmarks of the city include the Imperial (Fatih) Mosque, built in 1461 by the Turkish Sultan Mehmet II Fatih, the 13th century Gračanica Serb Orthodox church and monastery, and the Catholic Church in the Ulpiana district of Prishtinë. Prishtina city. Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church was destroyed during the violence of ognised by 72 UN member states and the Republic of China (Taiwan). On 8 October 2008, upon request of Serbia, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution asking the International opinion on the issue of Kosovo's declaration of independence. On 22 July 2010, the ICJ ruled that Kosovo's declaration of independence did not violate international law, which its president said contains no "prohibitions on declarations of independence". www.rm-agency.al 89
  • 45. { ABOUT KOSOVO } KOSOVO March 2004 and at present has not been reconstructed. One of the main Islamic religious leaders in the municipality is the Mufti of Kosovo and the President of the Islamic Community of Kosovo. He has twice met the head of the Orthodox Church in Kosovo, informally establishing cooperation between Kosovo’s two main religious communities. In terms of culture Prishtina offers a variety of activities, ranging from the fine and performing arts to cinemas and sports. Prizren Prizren is a town with around 70,000 inhabitants, and it is a true open air museum, one of the most beautiful towns of Kosova. It is situated on the slopes of the Sharr Mountains and on the banks of the river Bistrica. Thanks to its preserved architecture, this town with houses built under the Kalaja is a special curiosity. At the foot of the gigantic Damned Mountains on the river Bistrica and the entrance of the Rugova Gorge lies Peja. Peja Main cities of Kosovo Prishtina is located at the north-east edge of the Kosova plain in the centre of Kosova. It is on the route between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and Serbia proper. Prishtina is the economic, cultural, political, and administrative centre of Kosova. Comprising a territory of 854 km2, Prishtina is the most populous municipality in Kosova, which doubled after the conflict. In 1991 the city was home to about 200,000 inhabitants, but presently, it is estimated that approximately 550,000, including 200,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) from other areas of Kosova. Furthermore, Prishtina is home to a large international presence. 90 www.rm-agency.al Peja a town with around 85,000 inhabitants, the main economic and cultural center of northern Dukagjin region of Kosova. Because of its exceptional position in regards to communication, the natural attractiveness of the mountainous hinderland and richness in cultural and historical monuments, Peja is one of the best known tourist resorts of the region. Gjakova Gjakova is situated in western Kosova. It is a town with around 60,000 people, situated on the banks of the river Erenik, in the proximity of the Mal'sia e Gjakov's (Mountainside of Gjakova), the largest part of which is in the territory of Albania. Gjakova is a Kosova town with a somewhat combined oriental and modern appearance. The old shopping center situated near the old mosque and the Grand Dervish Ritual Hall (Tekia e Madhe) is full of quaint old shops and crafts workshops. www.rm-agency.al 91
  • 46. Grand tours { 3 DAYS TOUR} Grand tour of Kosovo • It is situated on the slopes of Sharr mountains and on the banks of the river Bistrica. 3 Days • 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 to Tirana. • Our stop will be in the beautiful city 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 somewhat combined oriental and modern appearance. • We will visit the old shopping center which is situated near the mosque and the Grand Dervish Ritual Hall (Tekia e Madhe) Dinner at a restaurant with live music. Overnight in Gjakova. 2nd Day. In the morning we leave Gjakovatowards Pec richness in cultural and 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 attractive 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
  • 47. Grand tours Grand tour of Kosovo 2 Days 1st Day. Meeting with our guide ,departure to Kosovo, the newest state in Europe. Arrival in Pristina, accomodation at the hotel, after a short break, a sightseeing tour in the city. { 2 DAYS TOUR} 2nd Day. Breakfast at the hotel , then proceed to Prizren city, which is one of the most beautiful cities in Kosovo ,the tour includes : • The castle of Prizren • Gazi Mehmet Pasha Mosque • Sinan Pasha Mosque • Home of the League of Prizren • 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 Pristina 94 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 95
  • 48. MONTENEGRO Montenegro Montenegro is a country located in Southeastern Europe . It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea to the south-west and is bordered by Croatia to the west, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the northwest, Serbia to the northeast and Albania to the southeast. Its capital and largest city is Podgorica. On the basis of a referendum held on 21 May 2006, Montenegro declared independence on 3 June of that year. Internationally, Montenegro borders Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, and Albania. It lies between latitudes 41° and 44° N, and longitudes 18° and 21° E. Montenegro has both a picturesque coast and a mountainous northern region. The country was a well-known tourist spot in the 1980s. Yet, the Yugoslav wars that were fought in neighbouring countries during the 1990s crippled the tourist industry and destroyed the image of Montenegro as a tourist destination. The Montenegrin Adriatic coast is 295 km (183 mi) long, with 72 km (45 mi) of beaches, and with many wellpreserved ancient old towns. National Geographic Traveler (edited once indecade) features Montenegro among the "50 Places of a Lifetime", and Montenegrin seaside Sveti Stefan was used as the cover for the magazine. The coast region of Montenegro is considered one of the great new "discoveries" among world tourists. 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 ranking of tourism destinations. Montenegro was also listed in "10 Top Hot Spots of 2009" to visit by Yahoo Travel, describing it as "Currently ranked as the second fastest growing tourism market in the world (falling just behind China)". It is listed every year by prestigious tourism guides like Lonely Planet as top touristic destination along with Greece, Spain and other world touristic places. It was not until the 2000s that the tourism industry began to recover, and the country has since experienced a high rate of growth in the number of visits and overnight stays. The Government of Montenegro has set the development of Montenegro as an elite tourist destination a top priority. I t is a naional strategy to make tourism a major contributor to the Montenegrin economy. A number of steps were taken to attract foreign investors. Some large projects are already under way, such as Porto Montenegro, while other locations, like Jaz Beach, Buljarica, Velika Plaža and Ada Bojana, have perhaps the greatest potential to attract future investments and become premium tourist spots on the Adriatic. In January 2010, The New York Times ranked the Ulcinj South Coast region 96 www.rm-agency.al www.rm-agency.al 97
  • 49. DUBAI City Tour DUBAI Orientation tour of Dubai, which will commence with a photo opportunity at the Burj Al Arab hotel. Dubai’s unofficial symbol, the landmark hotel is a hotel in a league of its own with its stupendous sailboat-style architecture and luxurious fittings. Jumeirah, the address favored by palaces and opulent residences is next on the itinerary The picturesque Jumeirah Mosque is one of the most beautiful modern Islamic constructions the city can boast of and is a dash of the new before you can visit Al Bastakiya . This locality is part of Dubai’s quaint old quarter and houses the famous Al Fahidi Fort, now converted into a museum. Desert Safari Tour 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 the deserts outlying Dubai, especially during sunsets and make for an enjoyable ride. Our tour organizers also include a photo halt at any camel farms in the vicinity. A typical Bedouin campsite is arranged in the desert with Arabian carpets, low tables and cushions for tourists to lounge about. Tourists can enjoy camel rides, henna tattoos and sheesha among other sightseeing & activities at the camp area; Dinner buffet consisting of traditional fare like barbecued meats, herb salads and desserts is set under the night sky performance by belly dancers. 98 www.rm-agency.al { CITY TOUR } Evening Dhow Cruise : The evening will find you stepping on board a typically Arab boat called a Dhow for a dhow dinner cruise in Dubai. Cruising along Dubai Creek , these sturdy boats are fantastic for a romantic dinner or simply for relaxation. During the cruise, you will come across spectacularly illuminated structures like the National Bank of Dubai. Abu Dhabi Tour This comprehensive tour is the ideal introduction to the city and the island on which it stands.Departing early morning, we include a visit to the fishing harbor and the dhow yard, where these sturdy vessels are still built in the traditional way, before continuing to the Heritage Village, which houses a small museum and depicts the traditional daily activities of the Arab community prior to the discovery of oil. We visit: • The Petroleum Exhibition and gain an intriguing insight into the history and in this city of dramatic contrasts; we look at the ancient, renovated Al Husn Fort and the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation. • From here we drive along the spectacular Corniche, the beautiful Volcano Fountain, past gleaming white mosques glass-clad offices and elegant high-rise apartments to the tip of the breakwater for a superb view of the city’s magnificient skyline. www.rm-agency.al 99
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