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Dear Fellow Traveler,
The Mediterranean is the birth place
of today’s tourism, the best place on
Earth to discover and ...
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Welcome

to Key Tours Albania

Key Tours Albania is an IATA accredited tour operator and member of the
Albanian Union o...
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Airlines
As a tour operator, Key Tours Albania offers special rates
for flights in and out “Nene Teresa” airport in Tir...
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Grand Tour of Albania
10 Days/9 Nights

This is a particularly appealing tour for visitors. It provides access to a var...
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houses Berat has been proclaimed
as a Living Museum Town. Inside the
fortress you will visit the Cathedral
of St Nichol...
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DAY 5: BUTRINT
After breakfast continue on a half
day guided tour to the archeological
site of Butrint. Butrint was foun...
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Treasures of Albania & Greece
12 Days /11 Nights

DAY 1: TIRANA-ARRIVAL
Meet and greet at Mother Teresa
airport and tr...
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DAY 5: BUTRINT
After breakfast continue on a half
day guided tour to the archeological
site of Butrint. Butrint was fou...
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Best of Albania & Greece
15 Days /14 Nights
DAY 1: TIRANA-ARRIVAL
Meet and greet at “Mother Teresa” airport and transf...
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the first Albanian principality named
Arberia during the 15 century. Before
reaching the gate of the fortress you
will ...
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street of the Old Bazaar. Lunch at a
lakefront restaurant. After lunch cross
the border at Kakavija into Greece
and co...
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Highlights of Greece
7 Days/6 nights
2 NIGHTS IN ATHENS/FIRST CLASS HOTEL + DINNER W/LIVE TRADITIONAL GREEK
MUSIC + PA...
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Croatia - Montenegro - Albania & Macedonia
13 Days/12 Nights
DAY 1 - ZAGREB- ARRIVAL
Upon arrival at Zagreb Airport,
t...
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Zagreb has grown out of the two
medieval settlements, Kaptol and
Gradec, which for centuries developed
on neighbouring...
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charm of today’s Split bustling with
activity and spreading around the old
Palace.
Overnight in Split.
DAY 6 - SPLIT -...
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with Europe’s third oldest pharmacy,
Rector’s palace and the Cathedral.
Dubrovnik, the city of glorious past,
once the ...
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sites from all over the country. After
lunch depart for Ohrid. Coffee break
at the fortress in Elbasan. Continue
to the...
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On The Steps of the Ottoman Empire

ALBANIA & TURKEY
10 Days/9 Nights

DAY 1: TIRANA-ARRIVAL
Meet and greet at Mother ...
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DAY 3: BERAT-ARDENICAAPOLLONIA
After breakfast depart on a full day
guided tour to Berat. Visit Old Town
inside the wal...
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Meet & greet at Ataturk Int’l airport
in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel.
Remaining of the day free at leisure.
Be...
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Highlights Of Albania & Montenegro
9 Days/8 Nights
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DAY 1: TIRANA-ARRIVAL
Meet and greet at “Mother Theresa”
Int’l airport and transfer to your hotel.
Afternoon visit the...
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and continue toward the capital of
Montenegro Podgorica. Upon arrival
check in at your hotel. Remainder
of day is at le...
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Highlights of Albania & Macedonia
8 Days / 7 Nights
DAY 1: TIRANA-ARRIVAL
Meet and greet ...
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Lunch at St. Naum Monastery
at a traditional restaurant with
Macedonian cuisine. After lunch
continue to Skopje. Upon ...
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Jewels of the Aegean
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Port of call

Arrival

Departure

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Piraeus, Greece

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Mykonos, Greece

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About
Albania
Welcome to Albania, the country
where everyone can admire and taste
the beautiful pristine nature.
The b...
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History
Albania has been inhabited as early as
100.000 years ago. At the beginning
of the third millennium BC that an ...
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Geography

Political system

Albania borders Montenegro and Kosova in the north and
northeast, FYR of Macedonia in the...
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Economic profile
From the period before the First World War, Albania
inherited a backward and nearly feudal country, i...
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Climate
Albania has a Mediterranean climate,
but given its mountainous character
and broken relief, it varies througho...
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Religion
There are three official religions in Albania: Muslim, Orthodox and Catholic.
Under the Roman Empire the prac...
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How to get to

Albania

- By Air
“Mother Theresa” International Airport is situated 25 km northwest of Tirana.
From th...
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Librazhd
and
Elbasan,
from
Tushemisht at the South-Eastern
extreme of Lake Ohrid leading to
Pogradec, from Bllata, lead...
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Design & Layout Grafika ELZANA
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  3. 3. 3 Dear Fellow Traveler, The Mediterranean is the birth place of today’s tourism, the best place on Earth to discover and explore. Right at the heart of the Western Balkans, stands Albania, with its remarkably beautiful nature with its scenic soaring mountains, turquoise waters, glistening sands of sun-drenched beaches, with its amazing historic, architectural and artistic heritage. In this corner of the Mediterranean You will find extraordinary tastes, sounds, aromas, sights, friendly people and much more. The journey will remain forever in your memory and will make you come again! To make it happen, Key Tours Albania delivers to all customers first hand knowledge, a wealth of timely service information, full attention to every detail, insistence on quality and uncompromising commitment to total customer satisfaction. We will offer you the very best in the Albanian market and in the area. That’s a promise that we will keep. Welcome and enjoy your unforgettable journey! Agim Sinoimeri President
  4. 4. 4 Welcome to Key Tours Albania Key Tours Albania is an IATA accredited tour operator and member of the Albanian Union of Travel Operators. As a wholesale tour operator, Key Tours Albania offers a wide variety of travel services at very competitive rates. We provide the very best in the local market. Our staff management has many years of experience in the travel business in the United States, Canada and Europe. Our guides are knowledgeable and experienced with North American and European clients. Our office offers and prepares trips for individuals or any group size seeking services in Albania and in the surrounding area: Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, etc. As a wholesale tour operator, Key Tours Albania offers a wide variety of travel services at very competitive rates. We provide the very best in the local market. Our staff management has many years of experience in the travel business in the United States, Canada and Europe. • Customized group tours • Individual travel arrangements • Meeting planning • Hotel and rental car reservations • Shore excursions and private tours
  5. 5. 5 Airlines As a tour operator, Key Tours Albania offers special rates for flights in and out “Nene Teresa” airport in Tirana with Austrian Airlines, Alitalia, British Airways, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, Albanian Airlines, Olympic Airways, Malev, Belle Air, Adria Airways, JAT Airways. Local Guides Key Tours Albania truly understands the importance of guide services for the success of our travel business. We provide the very best. Our guides are fully committed to total customer satisfaction. Tour Buses For groups of 14 or more and for the escorted tour itineraries, all buses are equipped with air conditioning and often include onboard emergency toilets. With smaller groups we are using air-conditioned mini-buses. Quality Control Key Tours Albania is most interested in comments and feedback from our clients for the quality of our services. We politely request our guests to complete our evaluation forms.
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  7. 7. 7 Grand Tour of Albania 10 Days/9 Nights This is a particularly appealing tour for visitors. It provides access to a variety of archeological sites, old towns, fortresses, landscapes, lagoons, beaches, forests, rugged mountains, with striking monumental valley and more. DAY 1: TIRANA-ARRIVAL Meet and greet at Mother Theresa airport and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon visit the National Museum of History. Welcome dinner at a traditional Albanian restaurant with live music. Overnight at Hotel Tirana (D). DAY 2: KRUJA & DURRES After breakfast check out from your hotel and depart on a full day guided tour, to Kruja & Durres. Kruja, a charming little town all up in the sky has been the capital of the first Albanian principality named Arberia during the 15 century. Before reaching the gate of the fortress you will walk through the narrow streets of the medieval well preserved Old Bazaar. Once inside the walls you will visit the fortress and the Museum of George Kastriot Skanderbeg, the Albanian National Hero. After visiting the Ethnographic Museum you’ll take a coffee break in a traditional medieval tea-house inside the walls of the fortress. Continue to Durres the main resort area in Albania along the Adriatic Sea. Lunch at a fish restaurant on the beach. In the afternoon continue to Durres for a city tour including the beach area of Golem. Visit the amphitheatre (2nd century AD) and the Archaeological Museum. Dinner and overnight in Durres (BLD). DAY 3: BERAT-ARDENICAAPOLLONIA After breakfast depart on a full day guided tour to Berat. Visit Old Town inside the walls of medieval fortress on top of the hill overlooking the river Osumi river. For its traditional characteristic architecture of its
  8. 8. 8 houses Berat has been proclaimed as a Living Museum Town. Inside the fortress you will visit the Cathedral of St Nicholas which hosts the museum of Onufri the most wellknown painter of icons in Albania of the XVI-th century. After lunch in a traditional restaurant with Albanian cuisine continue to Ardenica. Visit the 13 century Byzantine monastery of Ardenica and continue to Apollonia, founded during the 6th century B.C. Visit the archaeological site, rich in monuments, the museum & the Byzantine Church of St. Mary. After a coffee break continue to Vlora for a city tour. Visit the Monument of Independence, and its Museum, the Mosque of Muradie, built 1452. Late afternoon check in at your hotel in Vlora. Dinner with live traditional local polyphony songs (BLD). DAY 4: VLORA-LLOGARA-HIMARASARANDA After breakfast check out from your hotel and depart for Saranda. On your way stop for a coffee break at the National Park of Llogara. Continue to Himara a charming fish village along the Albanian Riviera for a photo break. After arriving in Saranda, lunch and check in at your hotel. Free afternoon. Enjoy shopping or walking along the Belvedere of this nice coast town situated just a few miles across the beautiful Greek island of Corfu (BLD).
  9. 9. 9 DAY 5: BUTRINT After breakfast continue on a half day guided tour to the archeological site of Butrint. Butrint was founded by the Trojans (inhabitant of Troy) during the first millennium BC. Visit the amphitheater, the remains of the Thermal Bath, the Baptistery, the Lion’s Gate, the walls of a basilica dating from the 4th century and more. After the tour lunch at a restaurant inside the walls of a medieval fortress on top the hill overlooking the town of Saranda with a breathtaking view. Return to your hotel. Free afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Saranda (BLD). DAY 6: SARANDA-GJIROKASTRATIRANA After breakfast check out from your hotel and continue to Gjirokastra the town of one thousand steps or the stone town. Visit the biggest fortress in Albania, built during the 4 century and the National Museum of Weapons. Walk through the narrow street of the Old Bazaar. Lunch at a lakefront restaurant. After lunch continue to Tirana for dinner and overnight (BLD). DAY 7: TIRANA-LEZHA-SHKODRA After checking out from your hotel departure for Lezha were you’ll visit the memorial of George Kastriot Scanderbeg the Albanian National Hero. Continue to Shkodra. Visit the fortress of Razafa and coffee break. After lunch you’ll take a city tour and return to Tirana for overnight. DAY 8: TIRANA-POGRADEC-KORCA After checking out from your hotel depart for Elbasan were you’ll visit the fortress and have a coffee break. Continue to Pogradec. Lunch at front lake fish restaurant. Upon arriving in Korca check in at your hotel. Riminder of your time is free at leisure. Dinner with Albanian cuisine and traditional LIVE MUSIC. DAY 9: KORCA-BOBOSHTICE-TIRANE After checking out from your hotel continue on city tour. Visit the Museum of the Medieval Art, the Museum of the First Albanian School, the studio of the well known Albanian artist Vangjush Mio, the plant of “KORCA BEER” production. Lunch in Boboshtice village near Korca with traditional Albanian meals (byrek & kernacka, karidhato). After lunch return to Tirana for overnight. DAY 10: TIRANA-RETURN HOME After check in out from your hotel transfer to the Int’l airport “Mother Tereza” for your flight back home.
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  11. 11. 11 Treasures of Albania & Greece 12 Days /11 Nights DAY 1: TIRANA-ARRIVAL Meet and greet at Mother Teresa airport and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon visit the National Museum of History. Welcome dinner at a traditional Albanian restaurant with live music. Overnight at Hotel Tirana (D). DAY 2: KRUJA & DURRES After breakfast check out from your hotel and depart on a full day guided tour, to Kruja & Durres. Kruja, a charming little town all up in the sky has been the capital of the first Albanian principality named Arberia during the 15 century. Before reaching the gate of the fortress you will walk through the narrow streets of the medieval well preserved Old Bazaar. Once inside the walls you will visit the fortress and the Museum of George Kastriot Skanderbeg, the Albanian National Hero. After visiting the Ethnographic Museum you’ll take a coffee break in a traditional medieval tea-house inside the walls of the fortress. Continue to Durres the main resort area in Albania along the Adriatic Sea. Lunch at a fish restaurant on the beach. PM continue to Durres for a city tour including the beach area of Golem. Visit the amphitheatre (2nd century AD) and the Archaeological Museum. Dinner and overnight in Durres (BLD). DAY 3: ARDENICA-APOLLONIA After breakfast depart on a full day guided tour to Ardenica. Visit the 13 century Byzantine monastery of Ardenica and continue to Apollonia, founded during the 6th century B.C. Visit the archaeological site, rich in monuments, the museum & the Byzantine Church of St. Mary. After a coffee break continue to Vlora for lunch at a fish restaurant. After lunch take a city tour. Visit the Monument of Independence, and its Museum, the Mosque of Muradie, built 1452. Late afternoon check in at your hotel in Vlora. Dinner with live traditional local polyphony songs (BLD). DAY 4: VLORA-LLOGARA-HIMARASARANDA After breakfast check out from your hotel and depart for Saranda. On your way stop for a coffee break at the National Park of Llogara. Continue to Himara a charming fish village along the Albanian Riviera for a photo break. After arriving in Saranda, lunch and check in at your hotel. Free afternoon. Enjoy shopping or walking along the Belvedere of this nice coast town situated just a few miles across the beautiful Greek island of Corfu (BLD).
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  13. 13. 13 DAY 5: BUTRINT After breakfast continue on a half day guided tour to the archeological site of Butrint. Butrint was founded by the Trojans (inhabitants of Troy) during the first millennium BC. Visit the amphitheater, the remains of the Thermal Bath, the Baptistery, the Lion’s Gate,the walls of a basilica dating from the 4th century and more. After the tour lunch at a restaurant inside the walls of a medieval fortress on top the hill overlooking the town of Saranda with a breathtaking view. Return to your hotel. Free afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Saranda (BLD). granite rocks. Afternoon free at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka (BD). DAY 10: OLYMPIA-MYCENAEATHENS After checking out from your hotel depart to Nauplia. Drive through the plain of Argos and arrive to Mycenae. Visit the archaeological site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Continue to Epidaurus visit the ancient theatre. Return to Athens through the Corinth Canal for overnight (B). DAY 6: SARANDA-GJIROKASTRAKAKAVIJA/GREEK BORDER After breakfast check out from your hotel and continue to Gjirokastra the town of one thousand steps or the stone town. Visit the biggest fortress in Albania, built during the 4 century and the National Museum of Weapons. Walk through the narrow street of the Old Bazaar. Lunch at a lakefront restaurant. After lunch cross the border at Kakavija into Greece and continue to Yoannina for dinner and overnight (BLD). DAY 7: YOANNINA-KALAMBAKAMETEORA After checking out from your hotel continue to Kalambaka. Visit Meteora among impressive scenery, ageless Byzantine Monasteries, containing priceless historical & religious treasures, standing suspended between earth and sky, on top of DAY 9: DELPHI-OLYMPIA After checking out from your hotel continue to Olympia. Drive through the coastal road to The Corinthian bay on the new state of art suspended bridge, considered to be the longest and most modern in Europe. Upon your arrival visit the archaeological site, the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera, the altar of the Olympic flame, the Stadium and the archaeological museum. Afternoon free at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Olympia (BD). DAY 8: KALAMBAKA-DELPHI After checking out from your hotel continue to Delphi. Upon arrival enjoy the spectacular visit of the archaeological site of Delphi and its museum. Afternoon free at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Delphi (BD). DAY 11: ATHENS-VISIT PARTHENON & THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ARCHEOLOGY After breakfast visit the Parthenon and its museum. Continue with the visit of the National Museum of Archeology. Afternoon free at leisure. Shop & explore the narrow streets of Old Plaka quarter. Farewell dinner and overnight in Athens (BD). DAY 12: ATHENS-RETURN After checking out from your hotel transfer to the airport for your flight back home (B).
  14. 14. 14 Best of Albania & Greece 15 Days /14 Nights DAY 1: TIRANA-ARRIVAL Meet and greet at “Mother Teresa” airport and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon visit the National Museum of History and panoramic city tour. Welcome dinner at a traditional Albanian restaurant with live music. Overnight in Tirana (D). DAY 2: KRUJA & DURRES After breakfast check out from your hotel and depart on a full day tour to Kruja & Durres. Kruja, a charming little town all up in the sky has been the capital of
  15. 15. 15 the first Albanian principality named Arberia during the 15 century. Before reaching the gate of the fortress you will walk through the narrow streets of the medieval well preserved Old Bazaar. Once inside the walls you will visit the fortress and the Museum of George Kastriot Skanderbeg, the Albanian National Hero. After visiting the Ethnographic Museum you’ll take a coffee break in a traditional medieval tea-house inside the walls of the fortress. Continue to Durres the main resort area in Albania along the Adriatic Sea. Lunch at a fish restaurant on the beach. In the afternoon continue to Durres for a city tour including the beach area of Golem. Visit the amphitheatre (2nd century AD) and the Archaeological Museum. Dinner and overnight in Durres (BLD). DAY 3: ARDENICA-APOLLONIA After breakfast depart on a full day tour to Ardenica. Visit the 13 century Byzantine monastery of Ardenica and continue to Apollonia, founded during the 6th century B.C. Visit the archaeological site, rich in monuments, the museum & the Byzantine Church of St. Mary. After a coffee break continue to Vlora for lunch at a fish restaurant. After lunch continue on a city tour. Visit the Monument of Independence, and its Museum, the Mosque of Muradie, built 1452. Late afternoon check in at your hotel in Vlora. Dinner with live local polyphony songs (BLD). DAY 4: VLORA-LLOGARA-HIMARASARANDA After breakfast check out from your hotel and depart for Saranda. On your way stop for a coffee break at the National Park of Llogara. Continue to Himara a charming fish village along the Albanian Riviera for a photo break. After arriving in Saranda, lunch and check in at your hotel. Free afternoon. Enjoy shopping or walking along the Belvedere of this nice coast town situated just a few miles across the beautiful Greek island of Corfu (BLD). DAY 5: BUTRINT After breakfast continue on a half day guided tour to the archeological site of Butrint. Butrint was founded by the Trojans (inhabitants of Troy) during the first millennium BC. Visit the amphitheater, the remains of the thermal bath, the baptistery, the Lion’s Gate, the walls of a basilica dating from the 4th century and more. After Butrint tour lunch at Lekursi Fortress. The restaurant is located inside the walls of a medieval fortress on top the hill overlooking the town of Saranda with a breathtaking view of the surrounding area. Return to your hotel. Free afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Saranda (BLD). DAY 6: SARANDA-GJIROKASTRAKAKAVIJA/GREEK BORDER After breakfast check out from your hotel and continue to Gjirokastra “the stone town”. Visit the biggest fortress in Albania, built during the 4 century and the National Museum of Weapons. Walk through the narrow
  16. 16. 16 street of the Old Bazaar. Lunch at a lakefront restaurant. After lunch cross the border at Kakavija into Greece and continue to Yoannina for dinner and overnight (BLD). Afternoon free at leisure. Shop & explore the narrow streets of Old Plaka quarter. Dinner at a Greek taverna with live music & traditional dances. Overnight in Athens (BD). DAY 7: YOANNINA-KALAMBAKAMETEORA After checking out from your hotel continue to Kalambaka. Visit Meteora among impressive scenery, ageless Byzantine Monasteries, containing priceless historical & religious treasures, standing suspended between earth and sky on top of granite rocks. Afternoon free at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka (BD). DAY 10: ATHENS-VISIT PARTHENON & THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ARCHEOLOGY After breakfast visit the Parthenon and its museum. Continue to the National Museum of Archeology. Afternoon free at leisure. Overnight in Athens (B). DAY 8: KALAMBAKA-DELPHI After checking out from your hotel continue to Delphi. Upon arrival enjoy the spectacular visit of the archaeological site of Delphi and its museum. Afternoon free at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Delphi (BD). DAY 9: DELPHI-ATHENS After breakfast departure for Athens. Upon arrival check in at your hotel. DAY 11: ATHENS-PIRAEUSMYKONOS (SHIP DEPART EVERY MONDAY) After checking out from your hotel transfer to Piraeus for your 4 day cruise on board of LOUIS CRUISE www.louiscruises.com. Ship departs every Monday at 11am out of Piraeus. Late afternoon arrive in Mykonos the famous island known for its windmills. OPTIONAL SHORE EXCURSION (BDL). DAY 12: CRUISE-KUSADASIPATMOS Arrive in the morning in Kusadasi the gateway of the ancient city of Ephesus. OPTIONAL SHORE EXCURSION. In the afternoon cruise to the island of Patmos home of the Grotto where St John wrote the Book of Revelation. OPTIONAL SHORE EXCURSION (BDL). DAY 13: CRUISE-RHODES Arrive in the morning in Rhodes. Explore the Old Town on your own or take an OPTIONAL SHORE EXCURSION to visit the Old Town & ancient site of Lindos with its acropolis (BDL). DAY 14: CRUISE-CRETE-SANTORINI Arrive in the morning in Heraklion, Crete where you can explore on your own the city or join an OPTIONAL SHORE EXCURISON to the Palace of Knossos.In the afternoon continue your cruise to Santorini the island of the fabled Atlantis (BDL). DAY 15: ATHENS-RETURN Early morning disembark from your ship and transfer to Athens Int’l airport for your flight back home (B).
  17. 17. 17 Highlights of Greece 7 Days/6 nights 2 NIGHTS IN ATHENS/FIRST CLASS HOTEL + DINNER W/LIVE TRADITIONAL GREEK MUSIC + PARTHENON VISIT + 4 DAY CRUISE ON BORD OF LOUIS CRUISES + ROUND TRIP AIR FROM TIRANA TO ATHENS. Day 1 Saturday fly from Tirana to Athens Upon arrival transfer to Herodion Hotel (First Class). This modern hotel overlooks the Acropolis and is situated just 200 meters from many of the city’s ancient sites, such as the historic amphitheatre and temple, and the Plaka old quarter. The 90 air-conditioned guestrooms include satellite television, direct-dial phones with voicemail and high-speed internet connections, all feature marble bathrooms and more. Welcome dinner at Plaka Taverna with live traditional greek music (d). Day 2 Sunday – after breakfast visit Parthenon and its museum. Afternoon free at leisure. Shop & explore the narrow streets of Plaka old quarter (b). Day 3 Monday transfer on your own by taxi or subway (metro station is 5 minutes walk from the hotel) to Piraeus Port for your embarkation on the 4 day Louis Cruise itinerary jewels of the aegean. Ship departs at 11:00am (bld). Day 7 Friday disembark at Piraeus Port. Ship arrives around 6 am. Transfer on your own by taxi or subway to the airport for your flight back to Tirana (b). Day Port of call Arrival Departure Mon Piraeus, Greece Mon Mykonos, Greece 18:00 23:00 Tue Kusadasi, Turkey 07:00 12:00 Tue Patmos, Greece 16:00 21:00 Wed Rhodes, Greece 07:00 18:00 Thu Heraklion,Crete Creece 07:00 11:30 Thu Santorini,Greece 16:30 21:00 Fri Piraeus, Greece 06:00 11:00
  18. 18. 18 Croatia - Montenegro - Albania & Macedonia 13 Days/12 Nights DAY 1 - ZAGREB- ARRIVAL Upon arrival at Zagreb Airport, transfer by motor coach to your hotel. Overnight at Hotel in Zagreb. DAY 2 - ZAGREB Morning city tour of Zagreb Fortified Upper Town - the city’s historical center, St Mark’s church with its multicolored roof, the Cathedral, the Croatian National Theater and University.
  19. 19. 19 Zagreb has grown out of the two medieval settlements, Kaptol and Gradec, which for centuries developed on neighbouring hills. The twentieth century brought the Secession style to its public buildings, parks and fountains emanating the lofty spirit of the Austro- Hungarian Empire. Take a stroll through its Tkalciceva street with numerous galleries, share the its colourful open market, coffee houses, fine restaurants and parks? Rest of the day at leisure. DAY 3 - ZAGREB - PLITVICE Plitvice National Park Morning departure to Plitvice Lakes, tour the 16 crystal-blue lakes lying at a different level and linked together by spectacular cascading waterfalls. The largest national park in Croatia, the park was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979 in recognition of its “outstanding natural beauty, and the undisturbed production of travertine (tuff) through chemical and biological action”. The lakes are situated on the eponymous Plitvice plateau, between the mountains. The Plitvice Lakes national park is heavily forested, mainly with beech, spruce, and fir trees, and features a mixture of Alpine and Mediterranean vegetation. Lunch at Licka kuca, a typical restaurant with specialties cooked under iron bell and covered with hot coals. Here you can try meat prepared on traditional way, and great Lika’s cheese. You will spend great time in wonderful ambient, after long day enjoying in Plitvice National Park. Overnight at hotel at Plitvice. DAY 4 - PLITVICE - ZADAR After breakfast, departure to Zadar. Sightseeing tour of Zadar including the Roman Forum, St Donatus Church, magnificent monument of Romanesque architecture and the Cathedral of St Anastasia. For centuries the capital city of Dalmatia and today the centre of the region. A city with a rich heritage of world importance, visible at every step. The Roman Forum from the 1st century, St. Donatus. Church from the 9th century is the most famous medieval basilica and trademark of the city. Despite its turbulent past Zadar succeeded to preserve its heritage, between the 11th and the 14th century, a golden age of art and culture that flourished behind the protective walls encircling the city. Overnight at hotel in Zadar. DAY 5 - ZADAR - TROGIR - SPLIT Morning departure to Trogir where we visit the Cathedral of St Lawrence. Continue to Split, walking tour of Split including the Diocletian’s Palace on UNESCO`s List of World Cultural Heritage with Diocletian basements, Peristyle, Jupiter’s Temple and the Cathedral. We invite you to discover the Mediterranean atmosphere and
  20. 20. 20 charm of today’s Split bustling with activity and spreading around the old Palace. Overnight in Split. DAY 6 - SPLIT - DUBROVNIK After breakfast, departure to Dubrovnik, drive along the Adriatic beautiful coats line to Mali Ston. You will visit and tour an oyster farm escorted by the farm supervisor. STON is well known for it’s medieval walls that circle the town itself. Ston is also well known for it’s oyster production in Ston Channel as well as for it’s salt works in the near vicinity that produce sea salt for centuries. Overnight in Dubrovnik DAY 7 - DUBROVNIK In the morning sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik included on UNESCO`s List of World Cultural Heritage. You will visit the Franciscan Monastery
  21. 21. 21 with Europe’s third oldest pharmacy, Rector’s palace and the Cathedral. Dubrovnik, the city of glorious past, once the seat of the small but powerful Dubrovnik Republic skilfully governed by its wise aristocracy that lasted for four centuries. This precious jewel of the Adriatic Coast boast today of its remarkable architecture and works of arts well preserved over centuries. Take a stroll through its cobblestone streets and squares;; discover the atmosphere of its palaces, churches and old monasteries with orange tree gardens. Rest of the day at leisure Overnight in Dubrovnik DAY 8 - DUBROVNIK-PODGORICA/ MONTENEGRO VIA SVETI STEPHAN. Departure for Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro. On your way you vill visit Sveti Stefan, a town hotel, located on an island connected to the mainland by a narrow strip that has two red colored sandy beaches. Originally built by traders and fishermen in the XV century, it became a town hotel in 1960 as a old place with a potential tourist attraction. After arriving in Podgorica check in at your hotel and after lunch continue on a city tour of Podgorica the official commercial and cultural centre of Montenegro. The name originates in 1326 and it is built amongst five rivers, the Zeta, Moraca, Ribnica, Cijevna and Sitnica. The cultural and historic monuments in and around Podgorica are Sahatkula Adzi-pasa Osmanagica, the ruins of Nemanjica Grad, remnants of the city of Doclea, Stara Varos, and Vezirov. Dinner and overnight in Podgorica. DAY 9 - PODGORICA / MONTENEGRO - SHKODRA - KRUJA - DURRES / ALBANIA KM 200 Departure for Tirana we drive inland crossing the Albanian border to Shkodra, once the capital of the Illyrian Kingdom (3rd century B.C.). Visit the fortress of Rozafa and coffee break. Continue to to Kruja, a charming little town all up in the sky which has been the capital of the first Albanian principality named Arberia during the 15 century. Before reaching the gate of the fortress you will walk through the narrow streets of the medieval well preserved Old Bazaar. Once inside the walls you will visit the fortress and the Museum of George Kastriot Skanderbeg, the Albanian National Hero. After visiting the Ethnographic Museum you’ll have lunch in a very traditional medieval restaurant inside the walls of the fortress. Continue to Durres the main resort area in Albania along the Adriatic Sea. PM continue on a city tour including the beach area of Golem. Visit the fortress, the amphitheatre (2nd century AD) and the Archaeological Museum. Dinner at a fish restaurant and overnight in Durres. DAY 10 - DURRES - TIRANA - OHRID / MACEDONIA KM 195 After checking out from your hotel depart for Tirana, the capital of Albania. Upon arrival continue on a city sightseeing tour including Skenderbey Square, Ethem Bey`s Mosque, the National Museum featuring the course of Albania`s History. The museum also houses the findings from archeological
  22. 22. 22 sites from all over the country. After lunch depart for Ohrid. Coffee break at the fortress in Elbasan. Continue to the Albanian-Macedonian border at Qafe Thana. Upon arrival in Ohrid/ Macedonia dinner and overnight. DAY 11 - OHRID KM 60 Full day at the lakeside resort Ohrid classified as UNESCO`s World Cultural Heritage site . Thanks to the activity of St. Clement and St Naum of Ohrid, the first Pan-Slavic University in Europe, the famous Ohrid Literary Schoolwas founded here. Morning sightseeing tour includes the church of St Sofia (11th century), the most eminent medieval monument in Macedonia with magnificent Byzantine fresco paintings, and St Clement`s Church with its icon of Annunciation. Afternoon short drive to St Naum Monastery built on the shores of the Ohrid Lake in 900 A.D., dedicated to the Slavic missionary and educator St. Naum of Ohrid. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight. Korca. After crossing the Macedonian border into Albania at Tushemisht continue to the lakeside town of Pogradec for a coffee break. Continue to Korca for a city tour and visit the Medieval Museum of Arts. Lunch in Korca in a traditional restaurant with Albanian cuisine. Depart for Tirana, upon arrival cheking in at your hotel. In the evening farewell dinner with live music. Overnight. DAY 12 - OHRID / MACEDONIA - TIRANA KM 160 After checking out from your hotel depart for Tirana via Pogradec & DAY 13 - TIRANA - RETURN After checking out from your hotel transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
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  24. 24. 24 On The Steps of the Ottoman Empire ALBANIA & TURKEY 10 Days/9 Nights DAY 1: TIRANA-ARRIVAL Meet and greet at Mother Theresa airport and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon visit the National Museum of History. Welcome dinner at a traditional Albanian restaurant with live music. Overnight at Hotel Tirana (D). DAY 2: KRUJA & DURRES After breakfast check out from your hotel and depart on a full day guided tour, to Kruja & Durres. Kruja, a charming little town all up in the sky has been the capital of the first Albanian principality named Arberia during the 15 century. Before reaching the gate of the fortress you will walk through the narrow streets of the medieval well preserved Old Bazaar. Once inside the walls you will visit the fortress and the Museum of George Kastriot Skanderbeg, the Albanian National Hero. After visiting the Ethnographic Museum you’ll take a coffee break in a traditional medieval tea-house inside the walls of the fortress. Continue to Durres the main resort area in Albania along the Adriatic Sea. Lunch at a fish restaurant on the beach. PM continue to Durres for a city tour including the beach area of Golem. Visit the amphitheatre (2nd century AD) and the Archaeological Museum. Dinner and overnight in Durres (BLD).
  25. 25. 25 DAY 3: BERAT-ARDENICAAPOLLONIA After breakfast depart on a full day guided tour to Berat. Visit Old Town inside the walls of medieval fortress on top of the hill overlooking the river Osumi river. For its traditional characteristic architecture of its houses Berat has been proclaimed as a Live Museum Town. Inside the fortress you will visit the Cathedral of St Nicholas which hosts the museum of Onufri the most wellknown painter of icons in Albania of the XVI-th century. After lunch in a traditional restaurant with Albanian cuisine continue to Ardenica. Visit the 13th century Byzantine monastery of Ardenica and continue to Apollonia, founded during the 6th century B.C. Visit the archaeological site, rich in monuments, the museum & the Byzantine Church of St. Mary. After a c offee break continue to Vlora for a city tour. Visit the Monument of Independence, and its Museum, the Mosque of Muradie, built 1452. Late afternoon check in at your hotel in Vlora. Dinner with live traditional local polyphony songs (BLD). DAY 4: VLORA-LLOGARA-HIMARASARANDA After breakfast check out from your hotel and depart for Saranda. On your way stop for a coffee break at the National Park of Llogara. Continue to Himara a charming fish village along the Albanian Riviera for a photo break. After arriving in Saranda, lunch and check in at your hotel. Free afternoon. Enjoy shopping or walking along the Belvedere of this nice coast town situated just a few miles across the beautiful Greek island of Corfu (BLD). DAY 5: BUTRINT After breakfast continue on a half day guided tour to the archeological site of Butrint. Butrint was founded by the Trojans (inhabitant of Troy) during the first millennium BC. Visit the amphitheater, the remains of the Thermal Bath, the Baptistery, the Lion’s Gate,the walls of a basilica dating from the 4th century and more. After the tour lunch at a restaurant inside the walls of a medieval fortress on top the hill overlooking the town of Saranda with a breathtaking view. Return to your hotel. Free afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Saranda (BLD). DAY 6: SARANDA-GJIROKASTRATIRANA After breakfast check out from your hotel and continue to Gjirokastra the town of one thousand steps or the stone town. Visit the biggest fortress in Albania, built during the 4 century and the National Museum of Weapons. Walk through the narrow street of the Old Bazaar. Lunch at a lakefront restaurant. After lunch continue to Tirana for dinner and overnight (BLD). DAY 7: TIRANA-AIRPORT-ISTANBUL After checking out from your hotel transfer to the Mother Theresa Int’l airport for your flight to Istanbul (1:15 hour flight time).
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  27. 27. 27 Meet & greet at Ataturk Int’l airport in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel. Remaining of the day free at leisure. Begin exploring on your own Turkey’s cultural capital or relax in an outdoor Turkish coffee. Welcome dinner with live traditional music and Belly Dancing. Overnight (BD). DAY 8: ISTANBUL-FULL DAY CITY TOUR After breakfast continue on a classic city tour of Hagia (St.) Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Blue Mosque, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. Hippodrome, center of sportive (chariot races, athletics) events and political activities of the Old city. Obelisk of Theodosius, Serpentine Column, German Fountain of Wilhelm II is the monuments decorating Hippodrome. After lunch, continue with Topkapi Palace, the largest and oldest of the remaining palaces where Ottoman Sultans used to live;; admire the gardens, kitchens, the Treasury Section and terraces overlooking the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. Last, shop in the labyrinth tunnels of the Grand Bazaar and Antic Art and Carpet Gallery. Dinner and overnight (BLD). DAY 9: ISTANBUL-HALF DAY CITY TOUR-BOSFORUS CRUISE In the morning, Dolmabahce Palace, the last residence for Ottoman Sultans with 365 rooms and 22 saloons. Famous with the great collection of European antiquity, furniture and 4.5 tons chandelier. Bosphorus cruise, through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia. After lunch, continue with Galata Tower a Genoese construction of 1348, rises 62 meters high over the Golden Horn. Free time at BeyogluIstiklal. Dinner and overnight (BD). DAY 10: ISTANBUL-RETURN After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
  28. 28. 28 T h e w i l d b e a u t y Highlights Of Albania & Montenegro 9 Days/8 Nights
  29. 29. 29 DAY 1: TIRANA-ARRIVAL Meet and greet at “Mother Theresa” Int’l airport and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon visit the National Museum of History and the National Art Gallery . Welcome dinner at a traditional Albanian restaurant with live music. Overnight at Hotel Tirana (D). DAY 2: KRUJA & DURRES After breakfast check out from your hotel and depart on a full day tour, to Kruja & Durres. Kruja, a charming little town all up in the sky has been the capital of the first Albanian principality named Arberia during the 15 century. Before reaching the gate of the fortress you will walk through the narrow streets of the medieval well preserved Old Bazaar. Once inside the walls you will visit the fortress and the Museum of George Kastriot Skanderbeg, the Albanian National Hero. After visiting the Ethnographic Museum you’ll take a coffee break in a traditional medieval tea-house inside the walls of the fortress. Continue to Durres the main resort area in Albania along the Adriatic Sea. Lunch at a fish restaurant on the beach. In the afternoon continue to Durres for a city tour including the beach area of Golem. Visit the amphitheatre (2nd century AD) and the Archaeological Museum. Dinner and overnight in Durres (BLD). DAY 3: BERAT-ARDENICAAPOLLONIA-TIRANA After breakfast depart on a full day tour to Berat. Visit Old Town inside the walls of medieval fortress on top of the hill overlooking the river Osumi river. For its traditional characteristic architecture of its houses Berat has been proclaimed as a Live Museum Town. Inside the fortress you will visit the Cathedral of St Nicholas which hosts the museum of Onufri the most well-known painter of icons in Albania of the XVI-th century. After lunch in a traditional restaurant with Albanian cuisine continue to Ardenica. Visit the 13 century Byzantine monastery of Ardenica and continue to Apollonia, founded during the 6th century B.C. Visit the archaeological site, rich in monuments, the museum & the Byzantine Church of St. Mary. After a coffee break return to Tirana for overnight (BLD). DAY 4: TIRANA-LEZHA-SHKODRAPODGORICA After breakfast check out from your hotel and depart for Lezha. Visit the Memorial of the National Hero of Albania, George Kastriot Skanderbeg. Continue to Shkodra. Visit the Fortress of Razafa. Lunch at a traditional Albanian restaurant “Shqiponja” on the bank of Drini River. After lunch cross the border into Montenegro
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  31. 31. 31 and continue toward the capital of Montenegro Podgorica. Upon arrival check in at your hotel. Remainder of day is at leisure. Welcome dinner with live music. Overnight in Podgorica(BLD). DAY 5: PODGORICA After breakfast continue on a sightseeing tour of the capital Podgorica. Visit bridges, galleries, Stara Varos-old part of the Podgorica. Lunch at a traditional restaurant with local dishes. After lunch visit the National park of Shkodra lakeVirpazar and Plavnica. Return to your hotel for dinner & overnight (BLD). DAY 6: PODGORICA-CETINJE After breakfast check out from your hotel and depart for Cetinje the former capital of Montenegro. Upon arrival continue on a city tour and lunch. In the afternoon visit the Monastery of Cetinje where two most sacred relics of Christianity are kept-hand of St. John the Baptist and a part of the Holly Cross. Visit the museum of King Nikola. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight (BLD). DAY 7: CETINJE-BOKA KOTORSKABUDVA After breakfast depart for the bay of Boka Kotorska. Sightseeing tour of the Old Town Kotor, Perast with island, the lade of the rock. After lunch continue to Budva. Upon arrival check in at your hotel. Remainder of the day free at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Budva (BLD). DAY 8: BUDVA-SVETI STEFANTIRANA After breakfast check out from your hotel and continue to Old Town Budva for half day tour. After coffee break at the marina continue to Sveti Stefan for a photo break. Depart for Albania. After crossing the border continue to Tirana. Upon arrival check in at your hotel. Farewell dinner and overnight (BLD). DAY 9: TIRANA-RETURN After check out from your hotel transfer to the airport for your flight back home (B).
  32. 32. 32 THE JEWE LKANS L OF THE BA Highlights of Albania & Macedonia 8 Days / 7 Nights DAY 1: TIRANA-ARRIVAL Meet and greet at Mother Teresa airport and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon visit the National Museum of History. Welcome dinner at a traditional Albanian restaurant with live music. Overnight at Hotel Tirana (D). century BC, the Byzantine Church of St Mary of Vllaherna, the Church of the Holy Trinity and the Medieval Museum of Iconostasis. Return to your hotel in Durres for dinner and overnight (BLD). DAY 5: OHRID DAY 4: DURRES-ELBASAN-OHRID/ MACEDONIA by a tour of the Roman Amphitheatre. In the afternoon, shop for authentic artisan crafts and Ohrid pearls. Lunch at a traditional Macedonian restaurant. Return to your hotel. Free evening. Overnight in Ohrid (BL). After breakfast, the guided sightseeing begins at the historic part of town and leads to Samuel’s Fortress and St. clement’s church in Plaoshnik, followed DAY 2: KRUJA & DURRES After breakfast depart on a full day tour to Kruja & Durres. In Kruja walk through the narrow streets of the Old Bazaar. Visit the fortress and the Museum of George Kastriot Skanderbeg, the Albanian National Hero and the Ethnographic Museum After coffee break continue to Durres the main resort area in Albania. Lunch at a fish restaurant. Visit the amphitheatre (2nd century AD) and the Archaeological Museum. Dinner and overnight in Durres (BLD). DAY 3: APOLLONIA-ARDENICA & BERAT After breakfast full day tour to Apollonia founded during the 6th century B.C. Visit the archaeological site, the museum & the Byzantine Church of St. Mary. After a coffee break continue to Ardenica for lunch. Visit the 13 century Byzantine monastery of Ardenica and continue to Berat, one of the oldest town in Albania proclaimed Living Museum Town due to its unique architecture. Visit the fortress dating from 3rd After checking out from your hotel depart for Ohrid in Macedonia. Coffee break in Elbasan. Continue to Pogradec for lunch at a lakefront fish restaurant. Late afternoon cross the border into Macedonia and continue to Ohrid (city of UNESCO). Upon arrival check in at your hotel. Welcome dinner with live music. Overnight in Ohrid (BLD). DAY 6: OHRID-SKOPJE After breakfast continue on a half day guided boat tour to the 9th century Monastery of St Naum.
  33. 33. 33 Lunch at St. Naum Monastery at a traditional restaurant with Macedonian cuisine. After lunch continue to Skopje. Upon arrival check in at your hotel. Free evening and overnight in Skopje (BL). DAY 7: SKOPJE After breakfast full day guided tour of the capital of Macedonia, Skopje. Visit the more significant cultural, historical and religious monuments in town. Walk through the narrow streets of the Old Bazaar, visit the Church of St. Spas (St. Savior, 17th century with unique woodcarving), and the Citadel Kale, which dates from the 10th century, built over the remains of an early Byzantine fortress. You will visit also the 12th century monastery of St. Panteleimon in the village of Nerezi, on Mt. Vodno. A professional guide will show and lector you about the remarkable fresco painting dating from the early renaissance period and well known for the exceptional artistic & historic values. Lunch at a local restaurant. Return to your hotel. Farewell dinner with live traditional Macedonian music (BLD). DAY 8: SKOPJE-RETURN After breakfast check out from your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight back home (B).
  34. 34. 34 Jewels of the Aegean Day Port of call Arrival Departure Mon Piraeus, Greece Mon Mykonos, Greece 18:00 23:00 Tue Patmos, Greece 06:30 11:00 Tue Kusadasi, Turkey 15:00 20:00 Wed Rhodes, Greece 07:00 18:00 Thu Heraklion,Crete Creece 07:00 11:30 Thu Santorini,Greece 16:30 21:00 Fri Piraeus, Greece 07:00 4 Day 11:00 For LOUIS CRUISES RESERVATIONS, please contact us: Tel: +355 4 2271644 Email: info@keytoursalbania.com
  35. 35. 35 About Albania Welcome to Albania, the country where everyone can admire and taste the beautiful pristine nature. The brightness and warmth of the sun, the clean air and healthy climate, Albanian hospitality, oldest traditions. Its natural and cultural heritage will become unforgettable memories. General Information - Area : 28.748 sq. km. - Population: 3.500.000 - Local time : GTM +1 ( GTM+2 between the end of April and the end of October ) - Capital : Tirana ( population 553.435 ) - Language : Albanian ( branch of Indo-European family) - Political System : Parlamentary Republic - Religion : Muslim, Orthodox and Catholic - Airport : Rinas ( Mother Teresa) - Railways : 447 km
  36. 36. 36 History Albania has been inhabited as early as 100.000 years ago. At the beginning of the third millennium BC that an Indo -European population settled in this territory. As a result of the mixture, a population incorporating the unique cultural and linguistic characteristics of the whole Balkan Peninsula (pellazgs) was created. Based on this ancient population, the Illyrian people developed through the second millennium and the first century B.C. After its fall in the year 30 B.C. Illyria came under the control of Roman Empire. With the division of the Roman Empire (395 A.D), Illyria became a part of the Byzantine Empire. The country has suffered continuous invasions over the last 1000 years and by the end of the 14th century Albania was occupied by the Ottoman Empire. The subsequent efforts and insurrections for independence eventually brought about the proclamation of the independence of Albania in 1912. After 1912 till the end of the First World War, the country was attacked by neighboring countries. After eleven years of monarchy the country was occupied by Mussolini forces in1939, putting an end to the monarchy. In 1943 the armies of Hitler occupy the country. The resistance against foreign invasion was known as the Anti - Fascist National Liberation front. The Communist party took power in November 1944, when the foreign armies were expelled. Shortly thereafter, a totalitarian regime was established under the communist leader Enver Hoxha. For about 50 years, the regime applied the policy of self-isolation, leaving the country in great economic poverty when it finally emerged from isolation in 1991. The principle of selfreliance applied by the Communist regime prohibited foreign loans, credits and investment. From 1992 until 1997 The Democratic Party lead the country. After the unrests of 1997 due to the failure of pyramidal schemes the Socialist Party with its coalition is in power.
  37. 37. 37 Geography Political system Albania borders Montenegro and Kosova in the north and northeast, FYR of Macedonia in the east, and Greece in the south. It is washed by the Adriatic and Ionian seas to the west and separated from Italy by the straight of Otranto, 82 km in width. The national flag has a black two- headed eagle on a red background. Albania surprises visitors with the diversity of its landscapes, which change quickly and dramatically. Albania is a Mediterranean country, but due to its particular geographical and geological features, a variety of landscapes intertwine. The highest legislative body is the Assembly of the Republic of Albania. Members of Parliament are elected every four years through direct democratic ballot. The Assembly has its Presidency, composed of a Chairman and two Vicechairmen elected from the ranks of the deputies. The Assembly elects, by secret ballot the President of the Republic, who then nominates the Prime Minister. Landscapes range from typically Mediterranean in the west and southwest, to mixed in the central area, and mountainous in the inner part of the country. The coast has beautiful, virgin, and fine sandy and pebble beaches. The country is adorned with numerous charming inland lakes, natural lagoons, reservations, hunting grounds, and spas. Albanian territory is divided into 12 Regions. Each region has the head of region and the Regional Council. Each region comprises a number of Municipalities and Communes, which are the first level of local governance. Mayors and Head of Communes are elected through direct ballot.
  38. 38. 38 Economic profile From the period before the First World War, Albania inherited a backward and nearly feudal country, in which the industrial production represented only 6,6 percent of overall production. Agriculture, food and light industries were the most important branches. After the liberation in 1944, the country embarked the socialist road of development, with communally held property forming the basis of production. The economy developed according to a centralized state plan. The light and food industries developed alongside heavy industry (oil, natural gas, bitumen, iron nickel, chromium, copper, bauxite extraction and processing) metallurgy, chemicals, pharmaceutical, mechanical engineering, wood processing etc. whilst agriculture was orientated towards the production of cereal and industrial crops, such as cotton, tobacco, sugar beet, fodder, fruits and vegetables. Transport mainly developed after the liberation of the country with a total of 18.000 km of roads. The main railways lines cover 447 km. The Albanian railway system is connected with the neighboring countries through Montenegro. Albania has a long - standing tradition in the production of handicraft articles. The Illyrians and later the Arberesh of the medieval period developed handicrafts of high artistic and technical quality. During the phase of feudalism (13th-15th centuries), the main, urban centers (e.g. Shkodra, Durres, Berat, Prizren) specialized in more than forty kinds of handicraft, metal processing, cloth work, leather, wax processing and other unique materials. During the 17th - 19th centuries some eighty kinds of handicrafts developed in the main urban centers, among them arms production and decoration (Shkodra, Prizren, Elbasan) silver processing (Elbasan, Berat, Prizren), carpet weaving (Korça) and pottery (Kavaja). These handicraft products were distinguished also for their artistic values and national characteristics. It is expected that the future production of handicrafts increase with the development of tourism. Presently the country is facing many economic difficulties accompaying the transition period from a centralized socialist economy to a market economy.
  39. 39. 39 Climate Albania has a Mediterranean climate, but given its mountainous character and broken relief, it varies throughout the country. Albania is characterized by hot dry summers with bright sunny days, and generally mild winters with abundant rainfall. The winters are cold and the summers chilly in the Albanian Alps in the northern part of the country. Generally, the weather is sunny and hot from June to September, and cool and wet from October to May. Visitors can enjoy the wonderful Albanian sights throughout the year. Notwithstanding, the best months to visit Albania are April, May and June, as well as the period from mid-October. Required clothing: Casual and comfortable. light clothing, cotton fiber, a hat and sun glasses are most useful in summer. Warm clothes in winter, especially a good pair of boots, a pullover etc. During autumn and winter an umbrella is recommended. Please note: Going nude or topless in the beach is not allowed by Albanian law.
  40. 40. 40 Religion There are three official religions in Albania: Muslim, Orthodox and Catholic. Under the Roman Empire the practiced religion was Catholicism. After the fourth century, Orthodoxy replaced Catholicism, which survived only in the Northern and Northwestern part of Albania. Under the occupation of the Ottoman Empire, Islam was introduced and soon became predominant. After the Communist Era during which atheism was enforced by the Constitution of 1967 the religion life has experienced a full revival. Language Albanian is the official language. A branch of the Indo-European family. It is linguistically a distinct language not deriving or related to other Indo European languages. It is an individual branch of eastern languages (Satem), along with Indo-Iranian, Balto-Slavonic and Armenian. Deriving from the Illyrian, the Albanian language has preserved its originality and through the centuries has remained mostly uninfluenced by other languages. First written in 15-th century the Albanian language distinguishes two main dialects, Gegerishte spoken in the north and Toskerishte spoken in the south, river Shkumbin being the borderline between the two dialects. Albania is also spoken in Kosovo, FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro and Southern Serbia. It is known too in the northwestern part of Greece (Thesprotia). Many Albanians are proficient in Italian, English, French and some German.
  41. 41. 41 How to get to Albania - By Air “Mother Theresa” International Airport is situated 25 km northwest of Tirana. From the airport to downtown Tirana, by taxi, the rate is aproximately 20 Euros. Airlines operating in Albania By Sea Albania can be accessed by sea through its main ports: Durres, provides linkage with the Italian ports of Ancona, Bari, Brindisi and Trieste Vlora provides linkage with the Italian port of Brindisi Shen Gjin is linked with Bari in Italy Contacts: Port of Durres, Phone 355 52 22028 Port of Vlora, Phone 355 33 24521/ 29418 Port of Saranda, Phone 355 732 2734 Saranda provides daily connections with the Greek Island of Corfu “ADRIATICA” Durresi / “QUALITY LINE” / “AGOUDIMOS LINES” / “C/ F GRECIA” / “AGOUDIMOS LINES” / “KAD” Durres, “ DUNI”
  42. 42. 42 Librazhd and Elbasan, from Tushemisht at the South-Eastern extreme 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 From Kosovo, through Morina pass, which links Kukes (Albania) with Prizren (Kosovo) With Greece through Kapshtica. The road leads to Korça, while through Kakavija the road leads to Gjirokastra. Qafe Boti connecting Konispol with Filat and Tre Urat connecting Permet with Konica. By Road There is a regular bus services which travels the following lines: From Montenegro through Hani I Hotit and Murriqan-Sukobina. The first road leads to the Northern City of Shkodra and Shkodra Lake, while the second links Shkodra with Ulcinj. Tirana - Tetova (Macedonia) through Qafe Thane, Recently is open Vermoshi, which links the region of Kelmendi in Albania with Plava and Gucia ( Gusinje ) in Montenegro Korça - Thessaloniki through Kapshtica, From FYR Macedonia through Qafe Thane pass leading to Pogradec, Tirana to Sofia and Istanbul from Qafe Thana. Tirana - Prishtina and other towns in Kosovo through Morina, Tirana to Athens through Kakavija, Currency Lek (ALL) The Albanian currency is LEK. The banknotes are of 5000, 1000, 500, 200 and 100. Coins are in denominations of lek 100,50,20,10,5 and 1 Currency Exchange: Many exchange bureaus available throughout the country. The exchange rate is subject to daily exchange. Credit Cards: American Express, Diners Club, Visa, Master Card, Visa Electron are accepted. Banking Hours: Monday to Friday: 08.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
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