MACEDONIA & ALBANIA
LEND PROGRAM 5 DAYS - BUS + AVIO
1 day: FROM ROMANS TO OTHOMANS…….Skopje-BitolaOhrid
Meeting your Macedonian guide in Skopje, the city where the Orient
meets the West. Guided city tour in the Old Bazaar built in Ottoman
style. On the way to Bitola visit of Stobi, once one of the most
important Roman cities in the Balkans. Drive through the Tikves
vine region with possible visit of a vinery&vine tasting. Bitola-the
city of Consuls was the culture and political center from Ancient to
Ottoman times. Guided city tour, also visiting the archaeological
site of Heraclea Lyncestis, with Roman theater and colorful floor
mosaics. Arriving in Ohrid the evening. Check in the hotel. Dinner
2 day: UNESCO's BYZANTINE TREASURES……Ohrid
Guided tour around Ohrid lake (possible panoramic boatcruising). Visit of the springs of Crni Drim river and the
monastery church of St.Naum. In the Old town visit some of the
many Byzantine churches, which frescoes and icons are among
the most artistic valuable ones in the world. Also visiting the
Ancient theater and the site of Plaosnik, with remainings of early
Christian basilicas and St.Clament's first Slavic University.
After lunch, getting familiar with the local crafts and tradition,
such as: The manufacture of the “Ohrid Pearls”, woodcarving
and silver jewelry. Dinner with live folk music in traditional
3 day: ON THE VIA IGNACIA TRAIL…Ohrid-Stuga-ElbasanDurres
On the way to Albania, short visit of Struga. Meeting your
Albanian guide at the border. Coffee (or lunch) break in the
Elbasan fortress. Arriving in Dures, one of the most important
ports in the Adriatic from Archaic times to now days. Check in the
hotel. Guided tour, visiting the legendary City Walls and the Old
Bazaar. Dinner and overnight.
4 day: THE BEAUTY OF ALBANIA……Durres-Berat
Guided tour through the wild and picturesque scenery of central
Albania. Visit of Berat, the most significant traditional 18-19
century town in Albania. Free time for individual exploring and
lunch. Your guide will help to choose from the tasty local meny.
Back to Dures in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight.
5day: ROMANTIC HEROISM & REALSOCIALISM...DurresKruje-Tirana
Departure to Kruje, the birth place of the Albanian National heroSKENDERBEY. Due to his great heroism and skills, he managed to
keep the Ottomans outside his kingdom until his death in late 15 cent.
After visiting the Old Bazaar and the Fortress, continue to Tirana. City
tour in the Albanian Capitol, visiting also the National Museum. Free
afternoon in the city center. Our program ends with transfer to the
Tirana Airport …
TOUR HIGHLIGTS :
Skopje: In the Old Bazaar can be seen different types of medieval Ottoman buildings, like: Mosques, Caravan Sarays,
Hammams and Hans. Still in their original shape, some of them are still in use for the purposes they were built more than 5
Stobi: Large archaeological site, with remainings of several Roman palaces, Basilicas and Theater. The vine production and
trade was the traditional occupation in this region for centuries. Numerous vineries today are offering the best Macedonian
vines to the market and it is a good opportunity to taste some.
Heraclea Lyncestis: The remaninings from the Roman and Early Byzantine time show the importance of this city founded by
Philip II. Well preserved Roman Theater and numerous areas paved with colorful mosaics are its main attributes. Nearby lays
Bitola, once the diplomatic and cultural center of the Ottoman Empire in the Balkans. Having a coffee on Sirok Sokak Street is
more than a century long tradition, which together with the rich night life, reflects the “good old bohemic times”.
Ohrid (UNESCO): Situated on the shores of Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid is one of the oldest human settlements in Europe.
Built mainly between the 7th and 19th centuries, it has the oldest Slav monastery (St Pantelejmon) and more than 800
Byzantine-style icons dating from the 11th to the end of the 14th century. In the Cathedral St. Sophia some frescos from the 11th
century have strong Renaissance elements that couldn't be seen in Europe before 14th century.
Berat (UNESCO): “the town with thousand windows” is looking the same as it was 200 years ago.
Kruje: Impressive fortress and picturesque bazaar with traditional old crafts.
Tirana: It is interesting to see the mix of the Real Socialism architecture from Hoxha's time and the new, modern
Duration: 5 days
Length: 750 km
2 UNESCO Sites
2 Archaeological Sites
1 Natural Rarity
Experienced tourism personnel
Tasty local food&drinks
High Edutainment value
The price includes:
Accommodation in 3* / 4* hotels;
4 halfboards including dinner in traditional restaurant;
All the sightseeings and visits mentioned above;
Guiding services by experienced&licensed National guides;
Gratis 1/20 for the group personnel;
All transfers by high class tourist bus
The price doesn’t include:
Lunches, drinks, entrances at the visited sights&museums, flight tickets, airport taxes.
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