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  1. 1. TOURS: 1) Archelogical sights 2) Central Albania 3) The wonders of Albania 4) Tour Albania & Macedonia
  2. 2. About us: UNLIMITED Travel Agency & Tour Operator is a travel company with limited liability with registration certificate -151423-04-12 SN and TIN L21605503U. We are an Albanian Travel Agency & Tour Operator that offers a variety of tourism products of a wide range of packages to suit every budget, from 5 star luxury hotels in the standards or apartments. We offer tours and excursions organized with professionalism both within the country and abroad with professional guides and comfortable vehicles. We offer competitive prices and demand quality in our travels. Our Tour Operator has its modest beginnings a few years ago, with a racket which consolidated and improved over time. Already tested in the Albanian market, currently with a qualified staff with more than 17 dedicated professionals and willingness to implement your ideas and wishes. The tourism sector was established in 2009 as a subsidiary of DUNI AGENCY representative since 1998 as a shipping company of the well-known "Ventouris Ferries" operating in Durres-Bari-Durres line with their ferry-boats. We are working with a network of 170 subagents in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia who decided not to stop in the services sector. What we offer to our customers?           Ferry tickets: Durres - Bari – Durres, Durres - Ancona – Durres. Plane tickets to anywhere in the world. Excursions Incoming & Outgoing. Winter and summer holidays. Thermal waters holidays. Hotel reservation with a credit card. Organization of seminars and conferences at home and abroad. Online Support - 24 hours. Help professional guide in several languages. Personalized service, tailored to customer needs. Our Vision and Mission: "Building travel through experience"
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  4. 4. Archelogical sights
  5. 5. Archelogical sights About the TOUR: The area of today’s Albania has been populated since prehistoric times. In antiquity, much of it was settled by the Illyrians, possible ancestors of present-day Albanians. The modern Albanian state comprises the southernmost part of ancient Illyria and the northern part of ancient Epirus. Surrounded by powerful, warring empires, Albania has experienced considerable violence and competition for control throughout its history. Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians and Ottomans swept through, leaving their cultural mark as well as their ruins. Archaeological research shows that the lands that are today inhabited by Albanians were first populated in the Paleolithic Age (Stone Age). The first areas settled were those with favorable climatic and geographic conditions. For all tourists, which will be mostly interested, to that kind of tourism, and focus to the archeology, come and enjoy the program shown below.Welcome to the antiquity of ALBANIA. Itinerary: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Day 01: Airport Mother Theresa – Tirana. Day 02: Tirana – Kruja – Durres. Day 03: Durres – Apollonia – Vlora. Day 04: Vlora – Saranda. Day 05: Saranda – Butrinti – Saranda. Day 06: Saranda – Finiq – Gjirokastra – Antigonea. Day 07: Gjirokastra – Bylis – Berat. Day 08: Berat – Tirana. Day 09: Tirana. Day 10: Tirana – Out. DAY 01: Airport Mother Theresa – Tirana Arrival in the Airport Mother Tereza. Airport procedures. Please send us in advance all the passport and arrival details. Meeting Guide & Driver and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner and overnight. Accommodation will be in a hotel in Tirana. -5-
  6. 6. Archelogical sights DAY 02: Tirana – Kruja – Durres After the breakfast meet the group at the lobby and departure for a sightseeing tour in Kruja city. Is situated only 90 min far from Tirana city. On this day, we will be mostly focused in the History along the Ottoman Empire. Kruja is exactly the city where the tradition and History are crossed together. Kruja, as the famous English painter Edward Lear quotes it as “..a charming little town all up in the sky”. Our guide will lead you through the ancient history of Kruja area, its people, culture and tradition. From the adobe type dwelling places to the Ottoman houses and communist flats, you’ll experience newly modern buildings, in the city center as well on the top of Sari-Salltik mountain. Get off the bus in the city center and start the walking tour toward the Bazaar. Enjoy the architectural values of the cobble stones and wooden shops. Proceed to the fortress through the main gate. Skenderbeg museum, build during communism, invites you to a wonderful historic insights of medieval period. Do not forget the ethnographic museum, which displays a lively exhibition of rich tradition and culture of the Kruja people and those, who used it as a stopover on their way to central or southern Albania. Leaving Kruja and driving to Durres city. Afternoon city tour in Durres, which is another site, with completely different sight and point of view. We will be mostly focused to the ruins and archeology in Durres area. Some important buildings in Durrës include  the main library,  the cultural center  the Aleksander Moisiu Theater,  the Estrada Theater,  the puppet theater,  the philharmonic orchestra, etc. There are also several museums such as  Byzantine Forum,  Venetian Torra (small castle open as a bar),  Ancient city wall,  The Exhibition of Folk Culture (open 8.00-13.00 for each day)  The mosaic of Arapaj,  Arapaj village (it can be opened only with special permit)  the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of History. Check in hotel. Enjoy the dinner and overnight. Accommodation in the hotel in Durres. -6-
  7. 7. Archelogical sights DAY 03: Durres – Apollonia – Vlora After the breakfast in the hotel, meet the group at the hotel lobby for departure program. This day we will have the possibility to enjoy sightseeing tour where the history interlaces with archeology in the different époque of Albanian tribe. First stop will be in Durres. Apollonia – An ancient city, one of the biggest in Adriatic basin and the most distinguished among 30 others that bore the same name during antiquity. It was built on a hill (whose tops are respectively 101 and 103 m above the sea level), a position that overlooks the whole area and leads through Vjosa River to Adriatic. During its first years of existence, Apollonia kept close contacts with Corfu and Corinth and played the part of a trade negotiator between Hellenians and Illyrians. During 5th century BC it became an advanced economic centre with numerous crafts and extended its relations with both the Illyrian world and Attica and later on with Magma Grecia (Southern Italy). The sight of Apollonia, is divided in to 2 parts. The visitors may have the chance to Visit the Ruins of the old city, and the second one is The Museum of Apollonia. After tour in Apollonia we drive to Vlora city. Late afternoon check in hotel. Enjoy the dinner and over night. Accommodation & overnight in the hotel in Vlora. DAY 04: Vlora – Saranda After the breakfast in hotel meet the group at the hotel lobby and departure trip. This is a wonderful panoramic tour that passes through the Jonian Riviera. Some brief visits to traditional villages, as  Llogara,  Dhermi,  Vunoi. We will stop to have lunch (Facultative) to Llogara area, enjoying the nice scenery among the pinewoods. Late afternoon we arrive in Saranda. Check in hotel, enjoy the dinner and overnight. Accommodation in the hotel in Saranda. -7-
  8. 8. Archelogical sights DAY 05: Saranda – Butrinti – Saranda In the morning, after the breakfast, meet the group at the hotel lobby for departure trip. Driving to Butrinti. The ancient city, just 20 min far. Butrinti – Archaeological artifacts prove that during the 7th and the 6th centuries BC Butrint was a proto-urban centre, but it was only during the 5th century BC that it turned into a full city. By the end of the 4th century the agora, the boulevard, a small temple and the theatre holding 1500 seats were built up, the latter one fortunately being preserved till our days. The complex of the theatre and other buildings like Asklep’s temple, portico, baths, etc. form the most magnificent part of the ancient city. During late antiquity and early Middle Ages, Butrint flourished greatly. The construction of the baptistery, which is the most important monument of the early Christian period, dates from this time. The baptistery, which has a round shape with a diameter of 13.50 m, is laid with multicolored geometric and animal mosaic motifs and bears special artistic values. The hall has two rows of granite colonnades upon which the roof rests. After tour back in Saranda. Afternoon free time in the city center (Possibility to enjoy the dinner in Lekursi Castle, an interesting sight nowadays combined to a traditional restaurant). Check in hotel, enjoy the dinner and overnight. Accommodation in the hotel in Saranda. DAY 06: Saranda – Finiq – Gjirokastra – Antigonea In the morning, after the breakfast, meet the group at the hotel lobby for departure trip. Transfer to Gjirokastra city. On way short stop to Finiq area. Finiq (Phoinike) – Declared an Archaeological Park, by the Council of Ministers decision No.396, on 31/03/2005. Phoinike is situated ca.8 km east of the modern city of Saranda and about 20 km from the Greek border. In antiquity the territory around the site belonged to Chaonia, part of the Epirus kingdom, and it is rich in finds from the Classical to the Byzantine period, while in the distance to the south of the ancient city lies the Butrint lake. Ancient sources mention the wealth of the city, especially during the Hellenistic period, between the 3rd and 2nd centuries B.C. when Phoinike was a leading city in the Epirote League. Within the walls of Phoinike was signed the end of the first Macedonian War, the document took of the name “the Peace of Phoinike”. The city’s prosperity continued also during the Roman imperial period, while during the Byzantine period the city records about 10 centuries of continuous life. -8-
  9. 9. Archelogical sights The Ottoman occupation of Phoinike came abruptly and the city declined by taking the form of a small village.  A thesaurus (a small prostylos temple),  the theatre,  Hellenistic houses,  several Roman water cisterns  Byzantine church can be seen while visiting Phoinike. After tour in Finiq, continue to Gjirokastra city, with a brief city tour. Gjirokastra – Many houses in Gjirokastër have a distinctive local style that has earned the city the nickname “Town of the Stones”, because most of the old houses have roofs covered with stones. Of a great importance and interesting to be visit, are The Museum of Weapons (inside the castle)The Ethnographic Museum or known as the Enver Hoxha house, The Castle of Gjirokastra, The characteristic house of Zekate, an important family in Gjirokastra Transfer down town and continue to another archeological site as Antigonea. Antigonea – lies on a hill about 600 meters above sea level The Agora of the city has been excavated and a Stoa, 59 meters long and 9 m wide has been brought to light. Coins from various city states have been found in excavations, arriving from Korkyra (modern Corfu), Apollonia, Dyrrachium, Oricum, Ambracia but also the Epirote League, most of them made of bronze and few in silver.A triconch Palaeo-Christian basilica has been found at the site, dated to the 6th century A.D., and decorated with a mosaic floor. The Egyptian god Anubis is represented on the central panel of the mosaic, and according to one interpretation it may depict Saint Christopher “the Dog-head”. Check in hotel, enjoy the dinner and overnight. Accommodation in the hotel in Gjirokastra. DAY 07: Gjirokastra – Bylis – Berat In the morning, after the breakfast, meet the group at the hotel lobby for departure trip. Transfer to Berat city. On way we will have a short stop to the archeological ancient site of Bylis. Bylis – (in today Mallakastra) which is a very important archeological center in Albania, is one of ancient Illyrian citys inhabited by the tribe of Bylliones. Established in the third century B.C., Bylis flourished as a political, economic, and cultural center of the community. The city was governed by an annual council of civil servants. In 230-146 B.C., it introduced bronze coins, which were used throughout this region. The handicrafts from the workshops of Bylis were competing with the handicrafts of Apollonia. -9-
  10. 10. Archelogical sights The surrounding wall of Bylis, built in the second quarter of the fourth century B.C., is very well-preserved. It is 2250 m long, 3.5 m wide and 8-9 m high and it surrounds an area of 30 ha. The wall is triangular. The city consisted of several quarters and objects, such as the agora, which sheltered the inhabitants of the villages and their wealth in the event of war. It is very interesting to see: The theatre, which is larger than that of Butrint and was built in the middle of the third century B.C. The monumental fountain of the 3rd century. – Several stadium elements. – Medieval cultural objects such as Basilica. In the Church of Bylis which was build on the IV-th century AD, the mosaics have Ilirian (Illyrian) motifs which for the church later where known as pagan ones. After tour in Bylis transfer to Berat. Check in hotel, enjoy the dinner and overnight. Accommodation in the hotel in Berat. DAY 08: Berat – Tirana In the morning, after the breakfast meet the group at the lobby and continue with a sightseeing tour in Berat. Berat – The town is still renowned for its historic architecture and scenic beauty and is known as the “Town of a Thousand Windows”, due to the many large 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. Modern Berat consists of three parts divided by the Ossum River: Goritsa (“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. Of inters it is also the Onufri Museum in the city. After tour transfer back to Tirana. Check in hotel, Free in leisure, enjoy the dinner and overnight. Accommodation in the hotel in Tirana. DAY 09: Tirana Morning after breakfast meet the group at the lobby and departure for a sightseeing tour in Tirana city. Tirana – “The Albanians” – a mosaic on the face of the  National Historical Museum,  Statue of Skanderbeg in Skanderbeg Square,  Et’hem Bey Mosque at the south east corner of Skanderbeg Square  The Clock Tower next to the Et’hem Bey Mosque, - 10 -
  11. 11. Archelogical sights           Government buildings: at the south end of Skenderbeg Square. Roman Catholic Church of Saint Paul: completed in 2001, the largest church in Tirana. Orthodox Church of St Prokop was built in 1780. The Tabakëve and Terzive bridges (respectively in front of the Parliament building and on Elbasani Street) date from the beginning of the 20th century. The Palace of Culture (Pallati I Kulturës), where the Theatre of Opera and Ballet and the National Library stand, was completed in 1963 on the site of the former Trade of Tirana building, with the first brick being placed by Soviet president Nikita Khruschev in 1959. The monument to Mother Albania, 12 meters high, was inaugurated in the Dëshmoret e Kombit cemetery in 1971. The Academy of Sciences building, The Gallery of Figurative, The International Cultural Centre, formerly the Enver Hoxha Museum, was inaugurated in 1988. Popularly referred to as ‘the Pyramid’, it was designed by a group of architects under the direction of the dictator’s daughter, Pranvera Hoxha, and her husband Klement Kolaneci. The Palace of Congress, President Resident, all this wonderfull buildings, extended, along the Bulevard Deshmoret e Kombit, the Bulevard of Albanian History. All this wonderful things you could get to our Capital along to panorama tour in Tirana. After tour transfer back to the hotel, enjoy the dinner and overnight. Accommodation in the hotel in Tirana. DAY 10: Tirana – Out After the breakfast, meet the group at the lobby and check out. Transfer to the Airport Mother Theresa. - 11 -
  12. 12. Central Albania
  13. 13. Central Albania About the TOUR: Geography and History mixed together with the its rich culture and tradition, made the Central of Albania one of the most visited places in our country. If you need to see the improvement, you may just visit central of Albania including in here our Capital, Tirana city. Everything has been transformed from a grey, dusty town in to colorful, vibrant city, a magic invitation for everyone. If you are interested to see and experience a country undergoing fast transformation, meet hospitable people and share, this will be your tour to remember. There is no surprise to see a local from a rural area, taking on the mobile phone, while riding a mule cart. Itinerary: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Day 01: Mother Thereza Airport – Durres. Day 02: Durres – Apollonia – Berat. Day 03: Berat – Kruja – Tirana. Day 04: Tirana. Day 05: Tirana – Mother Thereza Airport. Day 01: Mother Theresa Airport – Durres Arrival in the Airport Mother Theresa. Airport procedures. Please send us in advance all the passport and arrival details meeting Guide & Driver and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner and overnight. Accommodation will be in a hotel in Durres. Day 02: Durres – Apollonia and Berat After the breakfast in the hotel, meet the group at the lobby and depart to Durres. This day we will have the possibility to enjoy sightseeing tour where the history interlaces with archeology in the different stages of Albanian tribes. First stop will be in Durres. Some important buildings in Durres include     the main library, the cultural center with Aleksander Moisiu theater, the Estrada Theater, the puppet theater, 13
  14. 14. Central Albania  the philharmonic orchestra and  city hall. There are also several sites such as  Byzantine Forum,  Venetian Torra (small castle open as a bar),  Byzantine city wall, followed by  the Roman Amphitheater and  archeological museum. The city’s beaches are also a popular destination for many foregin and local tourists. After tour in Durres, we continue our trip to Apollonia, an ancient archeological park. Apollonia - An ancient city, one of the biggest in Adriatic basin and the most distinguished among 30 others that bore the same name during antiquity. It was built on a hill, 105m above the sea level, a position that overlooks the whole area and leads throught Vjosa River to Adriatic. During its first years of existence, Apollonia kept close with Corcyra and Corinth and played the part of a trade negotiator between Hellenians and Illyrians. During 5th century BC it became an advanced economic centre with numerous crafts and extended its relations with both the Illyrian world and Attica later on with Magna Grecia (Southern Italy). The sight of Apollonia, is divided in to 2 parts. The visitors may have the chance to Visit The Ruins of the old city, and the second one is The Museum of Apollonia. After tour in Apollonia we drive to Berat city. Late afternoon check in hotel. Enjoy the dinner and over night. Accommodation & overnight in the hotel in Berat. Day 03: Berat, Kruja and Tirana In the morning, after the breakfast, meet the group at the lobby and continue with a sightseeing tour in Berat. Berat - The town is still renowned for its historic architecture and scenic beauty and is known as the “Town of a Thousand Windows”, due to the many large 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. Modern Berat consists of three parts divided by the Ossum River: Goritsa (“little mountain” in Old Slavonic, Mangalem and Kalaja, the latter being a residential quarter within the old Byzantine citadel. 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. Onufri museum, located within the sorrunding walls of the citadel is a must for every visitor. Leaving Berat and continue to Kruja city, afternoon brief tour. 14
  15. 15. Central Albania Kruja - 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 rule that serves as the Ethnographic Museum. After visit in Kruja, transfer in Tirana. Enjoy the dinner and over night. Accommodation & overnight in the hotel. Day 04: Tirana After breakfast, join us for a morning city tour of Tirana Tirana - ”The Albanians” - a mosaic on the face of the  National Historical Museum,  Statue of Skanderbeg in Skanderbeg Square,  Et’hem Bey Mosque at the south east corner of Skanderbeg Square –  The Clock Tower next to the Et’hem Bey Mosque,  Government buildings: at the south end of Skenderbeg Square.  Roman Catholic Church of Saint Paul: completed in 2001, the largest church in Tirana.  Orthodox Church of St Prokop was built in 1780.  The Tabakëve and Terzive bridges (respectively in front of the Parliament building and on Elbasani Street) date from the beginning of the 20th century.  The Palace of Culture (Pallati i Kulturës)built in 1963, where the Opera House,  Ballet theater and the national Library, on the site of Tirana old bazaar, with the first brick being placed by Soviet president Nikita Khruschev in 1959. The monument to Mother Albania, 12 meters high, was inaugurated in “Dëshmoret e Kombit” cemetery in 1971.  The Academy of Sciences building,  Art Gallery,  The International Cultural Centre, formerly the Enver Hoxha Museum, was inaugurated in 1988. Popularly referred to as ‘the Pyramid’, it was designed by a group of architects under the direction of the dictator’s daughter, Pranvera Hoxha and her husband Klement Kolaneci. The Palace of Congres and President Residence, all this wonderful buildings, extended, along the Bulevard Deshmoret e Kombit, The Bulevard of Albanian History. All this wonderful things you could get to our Capital along to panorama tour in Tirana. Afternoon free time in leisure, or possibilities to buy souvenirs. After tour transfer back to the hotel, enjoy the dinner and overnight in Tirana. Day 05: Tirana – Mother Theresa Airport In the morning after the breakfast, check out and board your bus. Transfer to the Airport. 15
  16. 16. The wonders of Albania
  17. 17. The wonders of Albania About the TOUR: Ride the trail, where few have gone before, to discover the evolution of the Albanian capital, walk through the street of the medieval fortresses with a refined restoration of the Ottoman architecture. Experience the polyphonic songs of the south Albania and interact with the local singers. Uncover the cultural wonders of Ohrid and St. Naum monastery with our expert private guides by your side. Itinerary: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Day 01: Mother Theresa Airport – Tirana. Day 02: Tirana – Elbasan – Ohrid. Day 03: Ohrid. Day 04: Ohrid – Korca – Gjirokastra. Day 05: Gjirokastra – Saranda – Butrinti – Saranda. Day 06: Saranda – Vlora – Apollonia – Berat. Day 07: Berat – Durres – Kruja – Tirana. Day 08: Tirana – Out. Day 01: Mother Theresa Aiport – Tirana Arrival at Tirana airport. Please let us know the flight details in advance. Upon arrival we will do the check in, meet with our guide and driver and transfer to Tirana.Afternoon check in at hotel and overnight in Tirana. Day 02: Tirana – Elbasan – Ohrid Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast leave for a brief city tour of Tirana. We shall explore the capital city of Albania, including some of the historical highlights, as the city centre, the Skenderbeg Statue, the Et’hem bey mosque, the Clock Tower, Italian buildings and the Martyrs of the Nation Boulevard. Visit the ex-communist buildings, painted with vibrant colours and the expansion of the city. What to visit: 1. The National Historic Museum. 2. The Statue of Gjergj Kastrioiti Skenderbeg. 3. The center of Development of Culture and Business. 4. The Palace of Culture. 5. The Mosques of Haxhi Et’hem Bey. 6. The clock tower. Lunch will be a free choice at one of the restaurants in the Tirana. Leave Tirane for Ohrid. Stop en route to Elbasan for refreshments and a brief panoramic tour of the Ottoman castle. 17
  18. 18. The wonders of Albania Upon arrival in Ohrid, check in at the hotel. An orientation walking tour will be offered from the hotel to the lake shore. Enjoy the panoramic view of Ohrid lake. Dinner included. Spend two nights in Ohrid. Day 03: Ohrid Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast we start a full day tour in Ohrid The highlight of the Ohrid tour include the Church of St.Sophia, St.Bogorodica Perivlepta, St.Jovan Kaneo, St.Pantelejmon–Plaosnik, the Old Bazaar, Mesokastro Settlement, Kaneo Settlement, the Ohrid Fortifications, King Samoil Fortress, the Antique Theatre, Ohrid Traditional Architecture, the Icon museum etc. What to visit: 1. The Icon Museum. 2. The Kaneo Settlement. 3. The Sophia Church. 4. The boat ride in the lake.(Optional) After the tour we suggest a local restaurant, in the old town for an optional lunch or snack. We continue to St. Naum Monastery for an afternoon visit. This journey will take you to a monastic complex, known for its rich history of orthodox religion, some of the painting achievements and wood-carving, displayed within the church of St. Naum, a priest and scholar with a famous legacy. Tucked away in a middle of a natural wonder of water springs, this site is a must for any traveller. What to visit: 1. The Monastery of ST.Naum. Transfer back in at hotel and prepare for dinner. We suggest dinner at a local restaurant near the lake, and possibility to enjoy a traditional fish menu. Day 04: Ohrid – Korca – Gjirokastra Breakfast at the hotel. Meet the group and continue to Korca city. The panoramic city tour will introduce you to the cultural highlights and rich history of the area. The sightseeing tour will include the city centre, the Orthodox church, old town with its unique architecture, often referred as little Paris by the locals, the museum of Medieval Arts and the Literacy museum. What to visit: 1. The Museum of Medieval Arts. 2. The Literacy Museum. 18
  19. 19. The wonders of Albania After the tour there will be the possibility for lunch at local restaurant. After the lunch, continue to Gjirokastra via Permet town. It’s a long ride through river valleys and mountain passes. Have your cameras ready for a breathtaking scenic ride. Afternoon upon arrival in Gjirokastra check in and prepare for dinner. Accommodation and overnight in Gjirokaster. Day 05: Gjirokastra – Butrinti – Saranda Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, check out, meet the group and visit the old town. Known for its unique architecture, this UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE, will offer something interesting for everyone. The highlights of the Old Town, include the castle, its weapons museum and breathtaking views, the bazaar area and the ethnographic museum. What to visit: 1. The castle. 2. The Weapon Museum. 3. The Enver Hoxha birth house. 4. Zekati house. Board the bus and continue to Butrinti Park. On the way there is possibility for lunch at a local restaurant. Visit Butrinti, one of the best archeological attractions in the country. This impressive walking tour will stir your imagination about the ancient word during the peak of the Roman power and the classical Greek mythology. Start with the Asclepius temple, theatre, Roman portico and baths, early Christian baptistery, byzantine basilica, defensive walls and their impressive gates. What to visit: 1. The Ruins. 2. The ancient city of Butrinti. 3. The Tample of Aesculapius. 4. The Baptisery. 5. The Nympheum. 6. The gate with towers. Drive to Saranda. Get introduced to the town along the bay, its main highlights and venues. Check in at the hotel in town and prepare for dinner. Dinner is included. Accommodation and overnight in Saranda. Day 06: Saranda – Vlora – Apollonia – Berat Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast continue to Albania Riviera, on the way to Vlora city Upon arrival in Vlora, possibility for lunch in local restaurant and brief city tour. Leave Vlora and drive to Apollonia national park, via Fier town. The afternoon tour of archaeological park, the monastery and of the museum. The walking tour of the ancient Apollonian site includes the Encircling Wall, the monuments of 19
  20. 20. The wonders of Albania Agonothetes, the Library, the Odeon, the Portico, the house with mosaics, Archealogical museum and the Church of St. Mary. What to visit: 1. The Museum of Apollonia. 2. The excavations and the Momuments of Apollonia. 3. The Encirciling Wall. 4. The Tarraced Wall with the arched gates. 5. The Monumnet of Agonothetes. 6. The Library and the Odeon. 7. The Portico. 8. The house with mosaics. 9. The church of ST. Mary. Leave Apollonia and drive to Berat city. Upon arrival check in at the hotel and prepare for dinner. Dinner included. Accommodation and overnight in Berat. Day 07: Berat – Durres – Kruja – Tirana Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and meet the guests. Continue with the panoramic tour of Berat old town.Visit Mangalem quarter known as the ‘City of windows one over another’, still preserving some elements of the Ottoman architecture of the dwelling places and narrow pathways with cobblestones. Visit the unique mosques, monastery and the newly build orthodox church. Drive to the castle, located on the top of the hill.The walking tour of the castle will explore the ancient fortress, main gates, towers, orthodox churches, the typical architecture of the dwelling sites, bearing 2500 years of heritage and the tour of Onufri Museum, located within St. Mary’s church. What to visit: 1. The Fortess. 2. The Onufri’s Museum. Drive to Durres, with stop en route for refreshment and optional lunch at a local restaurant. Visit Durres city. Explore the ruins of town forum, Roman baths, the city center, the Town Hall, the Roman Amphiteatre, Byzantine walls, the Venetian tower and the archeological museum, a panoramic display of discoveries and urban planning of this once important city. What to visit: 1. The Roman Amphitheatre. 2. The Archaeological Museum. Leave Durres and drive to Kruja TOWN. Proceed with Kruja city tour. The walking tour of Kruja will take you through the cobble stone pathway of the Ottoman bazaar, with wooden shops and displays of various gifts and antique household items. Visit within the walls of the castle will include the historic museum dedicated to Skanderbeg and his resistance against the Ottoman 20
  21. 21. The wonders of Albania invasion. An old house turned to an ethnographic museum will invite you to a unique cultural aspect of life in northern Albania. What to visit: 1. The Fortess. 2. The Museum of Gjergj Kastrioti Skenderbeg. 3. The Ethnographic Museum. 4. The old Bazaar. Drive to Tirana. Check in at the hotel and enjoy dinner in one of the local restaurants. Accommodation and overnight in Tirana. Day 08: Tirana out After breakfast in the hotel, check out and transfer to the airport. 21
  22. 22. Albania & Macedonia
  23. 23. Tour in Albania & Macedonia Day 1 - Bari Appointment of participants and the trip and departure at 20.00 and processing of embarkation for departure by ferry to Durres. Dinner on board and accommodation in cabins. Departure at 23:00. Day 2 - Durres / Kruja (km 45) / Tirana (km 31) / Durres Breakfast on board and arrive in Durres for 07.00. Continue to Kruja to visit the Castle of Scanderbeg and the old bazaar. Departure for Tirana (31 km) In the morning, after breakfast, meet the group at the lobby and continue with a sightseeing tour in Kruja. Leaving Berat and continue to Kruja. Kruja - is a tourist attraction alongside a panoramic view of the mountains. Some of the main points of interest of the restored • Castle Hill and Citadel, • The Skanderbeg museum located inside the castle and • the Old Bazaar restored. After lunch, join us for a tour of the city of Tirana Tirana - a mosaic on the face of • National Historical Museum, • statue of Skanderbeg in Et'hem Bey Mosque, • The Clock Tower, • St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, the largest church in Tirana. • Orthodox Church of St Prokop was built in 1780. • Bridges and Tabakëve Terzive • The Palace of Culture • the Opera House, • dance theater • the National Library, • old bazaar • The monument to Mother Albania, 12 meters high, • The Academy of Sciences • art gallery, • The Cultural Center former Enver Hoxha Museum, was inaugurated in 1988. • The Congress, • Presidential residences, • the Bulevard Deshmoret and Kombit 23
  24. 24. Tour in Albania & Macedonia Day 3 - Durres / Apollonia (km 90) / Berat / Durres Breakfast at the hotel. Late morning departure to Berat. The second largest city of Albania museum with 2400 years of history. This day we will have the opportunity to enjoy sightseeing in which intertwines the history and archeology at different stages of the Albanian tribes. The first stop will be in Durres. Some important buildings in Durrës include • the main library, • the cultural, • theater Aleksander Moisiu • Theatre of Estrada, • City Hall. • The Venetian Tower (small castle open as a bar) • Byzantine city walls, • followed by the Roman Amphitheatre and • the archaeological museum. After the tour will last approximately 2 hours in Apollonia that we drive to the town of Berat. Modern Berat consists of three parts divided by the river Ossum: Goritsa ("little mountain" in Old Slavonic, and Mangalem Kalaja, it is a residential neighborhood in the old Byzantine citadel The city also has a mosque in the 15th century and a series of. churches of the Albanian Orthodox Church, Day 4 - Durres / MACEDONIA Struga and Ohird (170 km) Breakfast at hotel and departure for Macedonia. Lunch in a restaurant. Afternoon visit to Struga with our guide fired. Back in Albergho to rest and then organize our party with music LIVE + DJ Day 5 - Macedonia / Durres / departure for Italy Breakfast at the hotel. Morning continuation of the road to visit Ohrid, the most beautiful city in Macedonia and one of the most fascinating of the Balkan Peninsula declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. • The Church of St. Sophia the • St.Bogorodica Perivlepta 13th c • St.John Kaneo church 13th c • St. Pantelejmon Plaosnik After quieted guide that will last about 3 hours we begin our journey and then come to visit the monastery of St. Naum and the Bay of Koske where is the reconstruction of a prehistoric village directly on the lake. Lunch in a restaurant and depart for Durres 24
  25. 25. Tour in Albania & Macedonia Day 6 - Arrive in Bari Breakfast on board and arrive in Bari at 08.00 Landing and onward journey The price includes: Step maritime Bari / Durres / Bari in inside cabins (double / triple / quadruple) with private Provision for pension BB accommodation in two hotels (one in Albania 2 nights and one in Macedonia) 3 star In double rooms with private bathroom, air conditioning, satellite TV, telephone. Hotels in Macedonia with LIVE music and DJ in a room reserved only for the group Dinner included at the hotel in Macedonia Visits as per program with licensed guides speaking in Italian Support the agency throughout the journey All entrance fees to museums in Albania 25
  26. 26. Address 1. The main Boulevard Dyrrah, Durres-AL Address 2. St.no 4 The builing near the Train Station, Durres-AL Address 3. St.no 4 Egnatia near the round about., Durrës-AL Tel. 00355 52 218144 / 233693 Fax. 00355 52 233693 E-mail. info@unlimitedtravel.al Web. www.unlimitedtravel.al

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