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Albania – with her cultural monuments,
old towns, and endless beaches remains
undiscovered, full of surprises. We let y...
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Located to the east of Tirana, it has an area of 3,300
hectares. It is 50 km far from the international
airport or 26 k...
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This Park is located about 25 km to the south of
Saranda. It has high scientific, tourist and
archaeological values as ...
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The famous Roman orator Cicero, astonished by the
beauty of Apollonia named it in his Philippics, magna
urbs et gravis ...
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Butrint is situated on a low promontory on the southwest
coast of Albania, south of the modern city of Saranda and
oppo...
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Phoinike is situated ca.8 km east of the modern city of
Saranda and about 20 km from the Greek border. In
antiquity the...
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Oricum is located to the right of the Vlora-Saranda
national road and 42 km south of the Greek colony of
Apollonia. Acc...
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The area of today‟s Albania has been populated
since prehistoric times. In antiquity, much of it was
settled by the Illyri...
Day 3: Durres – Apollonia – Vlora
After the breakfast in the hotel, meet the group at
the hotel lobby for departure progra...
Apollonia – An ancient city, one of the biggest in
Adriatic basin and the most distinguished among
30 others that bore the...
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Finiq (Phoinike) – Declared an Archaeological
Park, by the Council of Ministers decision No.396,
on 31/03/2005. Phoinike i...
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After tour in Bylis transfer to Berat. Check in hotel,
enjoy the dinner and overnight. Accommodation in
the hotel in Berat...
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Geography and History mixed together with the its
rich culture and tradition, made the Central Albania
one of the most vis...
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Berat - The town is still renowned for its historic
architecture and scenic beauty and is known as the
“Town of a Thousand...
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Ride the trail, where few have gone before, to
discover the evolution of the Albanian capital, walk
through the street of ...
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Transfer back in at hotel and prepare for
dinner. We suggest dinner at a local restaurant near
the lake, and possibility t...
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the ancient Apollonian site includes the Encircling
Wall, the monuments of Agonothetes, the Library,
the Odeon, the Portic...
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The best combination, between the Greece and
Albania. Since ancient time, there has been a close
relationship through Hell...
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Ioannina Ianina, is a city of Epirus, north-western
Greece, with a metropolitan population of
approximately 100,000. It li...
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Day 7: Saranda – Vlora
After the breakfast in hotel meet the group at the
hotel lobby and departure trip. This is a wonder...
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Day 10: Tirana – Kruja – Tirana
Morning after breakfast meet the group at the lobby
and departure for a sightseeing tour i...
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Discover unique cultural traditions, historic sites,
rich cuisine of North Greece, Albania and
Macedonia. Immerse yourself...
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historical highlights, as city centre, Skanderbeg
Statue, Et‟hem bey mosque, Clock tower, Italian
buildings and Martyr‟s o...
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Accommodation and overnight in Saranda.

Day 7: Sarande – Gjirokastra – Saranda

Day 6: Fier – Vlore – Sarande
After break...
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academy of sciences and arts, the great history
about the development of this city.
We will arrive in Pristina at 13:30 an...
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Founded under the name of Corcyra, Corfu was
registered as one of the Corinth colony. It is a
beautiful Greek island found...
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The Albanian culture and history as one of the
oldest in the Balkan Peninsula deriving from the
Illyrians and Arberesh com...
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Day 6:
Breakfast in Gjirokaster – Departure to Korça –
Visit the Ali Pasha castle in Tepelene – Short photo
stops through ...
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Travel through Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo and
Montenegro and learn what makes these sites
special and important to UNESCO....
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Day 7:
Depart to Gjirokastra in the direction of Permet and
Erseka, following the banks of Vjosa River, a
valley attractiv...
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Albania Coast of its stunning beaches. Whether you
like sandy beaches or rocky beaches you can find it
all in Albania. The...
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Day 1: Tirana
Once the normal procedures are ended in the
airport, the group will depart for Tirana by bus; in
the entry o...
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Many don‟t know that Albania and Kosovo have
many similarities like the same language, belong to
the same ethnic group hav...
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Day 8: Gjirokaster – Tepelena – Durres –
Shkoder.
Breakfast in Gjirokastra – continue the journey to
the city of Tepelena ...
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Day 1: Shkodra – Tirana
The tourist group enters through Muriqan border
checkpoint – visit Shkodra, Rozafa castle as well ...
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Our journey will take you to the captivating
legendary castle of Rozafa, overlooking Shkodra
(Skadar) lake and Adriatik se...
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Get much more of this tour to find about the rich
history of Gjergj Kastrioti, Skenderbeg , the Albanian
hero, who led the...
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Head out west toward the Adriatic sea coast. Some
of the highlights are the sightseeing of old town of
Durres, train stati...
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This journey will take you to Berati city, 120 km
south of Tirana, for you to explore a mix of history,
civilization,cultu...
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Get much more of this tour to find about The
Museum of Apollonia and the Excavations and the
Monuments of Apollonia, also ...
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Get much more of this city tour to learn and te see
more about:
The Fortress
The National Weapons Museum
The Ethnographic ...
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Get much more of this tour to find about the Ancient
Saranda, the most attractive town in Albania Riviera,
and the archaeo...
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We will start our journey towards Prizren, known as
"museum city" at 5:00 o’clock at sports hall. The
entire trip will be ...
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  3. 3. ` Albania – with her cultural monuments, old towns, and endless beaches remains undiscovered, full of surprises. We let you into this secret with numerous short trips around Albania. Not only the castles, monasteries and old towns offer something special, but the new Albania is also worth a look. Albania is experiencing a spirit of renewal like nowhere else in Europe. Not to mention the amazing building boom, 3 which has swept our country in the last few years. Tirana has become a colourful and lively city. The countless bars, cafes and restaurant invite you to while away your time. The hotels offer every imaginable comfort. All the rooms are well-furnished. The restaurants offer international as well as Albanian dishes with service second to none. Altogether an experience you will never forget. 3
  4. 4. ` Located to the east of Tirana, it has an area of 3,300 hectares. It is 50 km far from the international airport or 26 km from Tirana. The park has a number of 200 year old beech trees that are really worth visiting. The Park is frequented by daily visitors and it is considered Tirana's "natural balcony". Accommodation is available for tourists interested in more than day-long stays. This Park is 40 km from the town of Lushnja or 5 km from Divjaka. It has an area of 1,250 hectares part of the Karavasta Lagoon under the protection of Ramsar International Convention since 1994. Here is one of the most important ecosystems in the country. The fauna of the Park is particularly rich with the curly/Dalmatian pelican here constituting about 5 percent of world population of this type of pelican. About 40 km to the southeast of Vlora, this Park is where the Adriatic becomes the Ionian Sea. Near the Llogara Pass, a number of very interesting tree shapes due to wind currents can be observed. Ask for "Pisha Flamur" (Pine of the Flag). From the Llogara Pass, visitors can see the Ionian Sea, the sharp slopes of Vetëtima (Lightning) mountain and a good part of the "Albanian Riviera". It is a great spot for air sports as well as a wonderful climate due to the combination of mountain and sea air. Located 10 km from the city of Korca, the park has an area of 1,380 hectares. It is visited frequently by locals as well as tourists. Many drinking water sources such as Shen Gjergji,. Plaka, Pllica and others are located in the Park. 4 It has an area of 1,280 hectares to the east of "Lura's Crown". The most picturesque feature is the 14 glacier lakes of Lura which are frozen in the winter. To the south you can visit the "field of mares" which has a wide variety of colorful plants and coniferous trees. The Park has great possibilities for developing eco-tourism. With an area of 8,000 hectares this is the gem of Albanian Alps. It is located 25-30 km to the north west of Bajram Curri town. It lies between high mountain peaks and it is a festival of colors and contrasts. Its biodiversity makes it very important as a tourist attraction. Valbona village is the focal point of the Park. Its configuration, hydrology, forests, flowers, characteristic dwellings and the hospitality of its people make this park an ideal place to visit. 4
  5. 5. ` This Park is located about 25 km to the south of Saranda. It has high scientific, tourist and archaeological values as well as a high biodiversity. The park is 2,500 hectares. The following activities can be carried out in this area: blue tourism in Ksamil, ecotourism in Butrint Lake, fishing, water sports etc. With an area of 4,000 hectares, the Park is to the east of the museum city of Berat. From afar, the mountain of Tomorr gives the impression of a gigantic natural fortress. Here is also the grave of Abaz Aliu (Tyrba e Kulmakut), 1,200 m above sea level. Every August thousands of pilgrims go up to the Tyrba for a week thus stimulating religious tourism. It has an area of 27,750 hectares and straddles the borders of three countries: Albania, Greece and Macedonia. It contains the lakes of Prespa e Madhe and Prespa e Vogël and their water source. It is an area rich with cultural tradition. Eremite Byzantine churches exist in the cave of Tren, Prespa e Vogël Lake, Trajani's castle, St. Mary's Church and in the island of Maligrad. The two lakes have now become the Balkan Prespa Park. With an area of 1,200 hectares in the region of Frashër, it is located about 35 km to the northeast of Përmet. Its characteristic is the Hotova Fir which is on of the most important Mediterranean plant relics of the country. Thanks to its great nature, healthy climate and proximity to living quarters, this Park has great recreational value year round. 5 Located in the Albanian Alps, by the Cursed Mountains (Bjeshkët e Namuna), it has an area of 2,630 hectares. It is 70 km far from Shkodra and is run through by the Theth River with a plentiful supply of mountain trout. The Grunas waterfall is particularly worth visiting. Also, there are many oak trees and a variety of animals in the park. With an area of 2,000 hectares, the Park is 25 km to the northeast of Kruja. The water sources "Queen Mother" is one of the most attractive spots in the Park with clean, cold and curative waters. The Park is frequented by a large number of visitors. 5
  6. 6. ` The famous Roman orator Cicero, astonished by the beauty of Apollonia named it in his Philippics, magna urbs et gravis - a great and important city. Established in the 7th century B.C. By Greek settlers from Corinth and Corcyra, the ancient city is located11km to the west of the modern city of Fier. Archaeological excavations have revealed that Apollonia achieved its zenith in the 4th 3rd centuries B.C. In the first century B.C., Octavian Augustus studied philosophy there until he heard news of Caesar's murder in the Senate and went on to become the next Roman emperor. The city had a 4 km long surrounding wall encircling an area of 137 hectares. It has been estimated that during the developed stages of the city, 60000 inhabitants lived inside its imposing walls. Among the most interesting monuments worth visiting are the Bouleterion (city council), the library, the triumphal arch, the temple of Artemis, the Odeon built in the 2nd century B.C., the two-storey 77 m long Stoa, a theater with a capacity of ca. 10000 spectators, and the Nymphaeum (a monumental water fountain covering an area of 2000m2), which has been visited by the Roman emperor Sulla, as ancient sources indicate. In the 3rd-4th centuries A.D. Apollonia suffered great destruction from several earthquakes which were followed also by the shifting southwards of the nearby Vjosa (Aoos) river. Being deprived by its port facilities and damaged by earthquakes and Gothic invasions, Apollonia went into a rapid decline, loosing all its grandeur from the past. Today the site can be approached easily from the modern city of Fier and offers unique views over the Adriatic sea and the hinterland. 6 Excavations conducted by Albanian archaeologists near the modern village of Saraqinishte, mainly in the 1960s1980s, on the hill of Jerme, on the east side of the Drinos valley, led to the identification of the fortified city with that of Antigonea. The identification is based on the discovery of fourteen bronze tesserae with the inscription ANTIGONEON, in one of the houses of the Hellenistic period. The ancient literary sources do not mention the circumstances of Antigonea's founding or the reason behind its name. The various opinions range from Antigonos Gonatas, King of Macedonia being its founder to the most persuasive of all opinions that Pyrrhus, the Molossian king built the city in 296 B.C., in honor of his wife Antigone. Antigonea lies on a hill about 600 meters above sea level and the wall circuit is estimated to have had a length of ca. four kilometers, covering 35 hectares. 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. 6
  7. 7. ` Butrint is situated on a low promontory on the southwest coast of Albania, south of the modern city of Saranda and opposite from the Greek island of Corfu. The site has been occupied since at least the 8th century BC, although myths associated with its origins speak of the city's foundation by Trojan exiles. Byllis has been the largest city in Southern Illyria, but geographers. Its walls have a length of 2250m and over an area of 30ha. In 49-48 B.C. the city surrenders to the forces of Caesar and served as a base for his large despite this fact, has been mentioned relatively late by historians and ancient army. By the 4th century B.C. a walled settlement was established and the city became a successful cult site, dedicated to Aesclepius. Augustus founded a colony at Butrint and the town seems to have remained a relatively small Roman port until the 6th century A.D. Little is known of the site between the 7th and 9th centuries A.D. Its later medieval history was turbulent as the town was involved first in the power struggles between Byzantium and successive Norman, Angevin and Venetian states and second in the conflict between Venice and the Ottoman Turks. By the early 19th century it had declined to a small fishingvillage clustered around a Venetian castle. Stephanus of Byzantium, wrote that Byllis was established by Neoptolemus, Achiles' son. Despite this account, the construction techniques date the site not earlier than 370350 B.C. Around 270 B.C. the city was the center of a koinon, a political organization of the time, covering about 20km2. Byllis became a Roman colony, during the first years of the dominium of Augustus, and its name became Colonia Iulia Augusta. During the Late Antique period Byllis became an important center and several large PalaeoChristian basilicas were constructed, all of them carrying lavishly decorated mosaics. Main monuments around Butrint would definitely include the elegant 4th century B.C. Greek theater with its fine cavea and Roman scaenae frons with a capacity of a. 1500 spectators, the associated Greek sanctuary of Asclepius, immediately to the west of the theater, the line of Roman-period courtyard houses and bath-houses, east of the theater disposed around the forum, the ruins of the Triconch close to the Butrint canal, a large Byzantine baptistery with its intact mosaic pavement dating to the early 6th century A.D., the well-preserved 6th century basilica (refurbished in later medieval times), the ruins of a 2nd century A.D. nymphaeum immediately adjacent to the basilica, and the kilometers of high, imposing walls dating from Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and medieval occupations. 7 7
  8. 8. ` 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. 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 and a Byzantine church can be seen while visiting Phoinike. 8 The ancient city of Lissos is situated about half way between ancient Epidamnos-Dyrrahium and Scodra, built on a hill overlooking the flow of the Drin river. Diodoros of Sicily links the foundation of the city with Dionysus of Syracuse, before 385 B.C. Lissos appears again on ancient sources only at the end of the First Illyrian-Roman war, when queen Teuta had to sign an insulting peace accord with the Romans. In 213 B.C. Lissos becomes a Macedonian port in the Adriatic sea and only in 209 the Illyrians retake it in their possession. During 169 B.C. the city is also one of the residences of the Illyrian king Genthios. During the wars between Caesar and Pompey, Caesar controlled the city and reinforced its defenses. It continued to be an urban centre known by the name of Lissus until the early Middle Ages. Until 1398 the town was under the rule of the Dukagjini feudal family, who later gave it up to Venice. It was here that the Lezha Assembly was held on 2nd March 1444, under the leadership of Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg, Albania's national hero. The Assembly created a political-military league of Albanian princes and a common Albanian army of 10,000 strong as a response to the Ottoman threat. It is thus no surprise that when he died, Gjergj Kastrioti was buried at the Shen Kolli Cathedral in 1468, though his grave was later destroyed by the Turks. 8
  9. 9. ` Oricum is located to the right of the Vlora-Saranda national road and 42 km south of the Greek colony of Apollonia. According to Pseudo-Scymnos, the city of Oricum was established by Euboeans who, being on their way home from Troy were blown off their route by strong winds. Its geographical position made it an important harbor on the Adriatic coast. Oricum was used by the Romans in ancient times as a defensive base in the wars against the Illyrians as well as in the 3rd century B.C. against the Macedonians, who in fact occupied it in 214 B.C. Julius Caesar stationed his troops in camps there for several months, until they were taken by Pompey (Pompeius Magnus). Shkodra is one of the most ancient cities in northwestern Albania. It was founded in the 4th century B.C. as the centre of the Illyrian tribe of the Labeates.Under the rule of the Illyrian king Genthios, it became the capital of the Illyrian kingdom. This is the period when the first coins of the city appear. In 168 BC it fell under Roman rule while during the 1st century A.D. it became a Roman colony under Claudius. In 395 A.D. Scodra becomes the centre of the Byzantine Praevalis province while in 1040 came under Serbian rule. Being in the crossroads of such influences, Oricum became a civilized urban centre, as evidenced by various archaeological ruins, such as part of an Orchestra, a small theatre, which is thought to have seated 400 spectators, traces of wall ruins and streets that are clearly seen, albeit lying under the water of the lagoon, and the nearby Marmiroi Church. This is a church of dating back to the early Byzantine period, of the Byzantine emperor Theodore of the 13th century A.D. It has a small 6m x 9m main hall and a dome approximately 3m in diameter that is supported by four Roman arches. The internal walls still feature fragments of murals characteristic of Byzantine culture. The church has three entrances and is renowned for its complex construction and architectural values. To reach the church one has to pass through the modern town of Oricum, in the direction of Pashaliman. Today Oricum is an important settlement which is seeing renewed development.. 9 9
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  13. 13. 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. 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. Day 1: 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. Day 2: 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. 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 with 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. 13
  14. 14. Day 3: 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. 14
  15. 15. 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 4: 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. 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 6: 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. Day 5: 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. 15
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  17. 17. 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. 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 and a 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 7: 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., 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. It introduced bronze coins, which were used throughout this region. The handicrafts from the workshops of Bylis were competing with the handicrafts of Apollonia. 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. 17
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  19. 19. After tour in Bylis transfer to Berat. Check in hotel, enjoy the dinner and overnight. Accommodation in the hotel in Berat. Day 8: 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. 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), 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 Palac of Congres, and 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. After tour transfer back to Tirana. Check in hotel, Free in leisure, enjoy the dinner and overnight. Accommodation in the hotel in Tirana. Day 9: Tirana Day 10: Tirana – Out Morning after breakfast meet the group at the lobby and departure for a sightseeing tour in Tirana city. After the breakfast, meet the group at the lobby and check out. Transfer to the Airport Mother Theresa. 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 End of our service! 19
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  21. 21. Geography and History mixed together with the its rich culture and tradition, made the Central Albania one of the most visited places in our country. If you need to see the improvement, you may just visit central 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. Day 1: 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 2: 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, 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 3: Berat, Kruja and Tirana In the morning, after the breakfast, meet the group at the lobby and continue with a sightseeing tour in Berat. 21
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  23. 23. Berat - The town is still renowned for its historic architecture and scenic beauty and is known as the “Town of a Thousand indows”, 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. 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. 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 5: Tirana – Mother Theresa Airport Day 4: Tirana After breakfast, join us for a morning city tour of Tirana In the morning after the breakfast, check out and board your bus. Transfer to the Airport. End of our service! 23
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  25. 25. 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. 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. 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 1: 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 2: 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. We will visit: The National Historic Museum. The Statue of Gjergj Kastrioiti Skenderbeg. The center of Development of Culture and Business. The Palace of Culture. The Mosques of Haxhi Et‟hem Bey. The clock tower. Day 3: 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. We will visit: The Icon Museum. The Kaneo Settlement. The Sophia Church. 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. We will visit: The Monastery of ST.Naum. 25
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  27. 27. 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 4: 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. We will visit: The Museum of Medieval Arts. The Literacy Museum. 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 5: 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. We will visit: The castle. The Weapon Museum. The Enver Hoxha birth house. 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. We will visit: The Ruins. The ancient city of Butrinti. The Tample of Aesculapius. The Baptisery. The Nympheum. 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 6: 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 27
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  29. 29. the ancient Apollonian site includes the Encircling Wall, the monuments of Agonothetes, the Library, the Odeon, the Portico, the house with mosaics, Archealogical museum and the Church of St. Mary. We will visit: The Museum of Apollonia. The excavations and the Momuments of Apollonia. The Encirciling Wall. The Tarraced Wall with the arched gates. The Monumnet of Agonothetes. The Library and the Odeon. The Portico. The house with mosaics. The church of ST. Mary. 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. We will visit: The Roman Amphitheatre. The Archaeological Museum. 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 7: 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 rchitecture of the dwelling sites, bearing 2500 years of heritage and the tour of Onufri Museum, located within St. Mary‟s church. The Fortess. The Onufri‟s 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 invasion. An old house turned to an ethnographic museum will invite you to a unique cultural aspect of life in northern Albania. We will visit: The Fortess. The Museum of Gjergj Skenderbeg. The Ethnographic Museum. The old Bazaar. Kastrioti Drive to Tirana. Check in at the hotel and enjoy dinner in one of the local restaurants. Accommodation and overnight in Tirana. Day 8: Tirana – Out After breakfast in the hotel, check out and transfer to the airport. End of our service! 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, 29
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  31. 31. The best combination, between the Greece and Albania. Since ancient time, there has been a close relationship through Hellenics and Illyrian. This comes from the huge trade which both countries had with each other. For every one who are interested to get more information about these cultures, may have the opportunity to enjoy this program. Day 1: Mother Theresa Aiport – Thessalonica Arrival in APT. Meeting group. After APT procedures transfer to hotel. After check in dinner included. Overnight and accommodation in the hotel. Hotel in Thessaloniki. Day 2: Thessalonica – Kalambaka Breakfast in the hotel, buffet. Meat all the group at hotel lobby for departure trip. Before leaving Thessalonica, brief city tour. Kalambaka. Check in the hotel and dinner included. Overnight and accommodation in the hotel. Hotel in Kalambaka. Day 3: Kalambaka – Meteora – Kalambaka Breakfast in the hotel, buffet. Meat all the group at hotel lobby for departure trip. Full day sightseeing tour in Meteora. Meteora – The most important monasteries of Meteora are: The Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron. It is the biggest of the Meteorite monasteries. The church „Katholikon‟, honored to the „Transfiguration‟ was erected in the middle of 14th c. and 1387/88 and decorated in 1483 and 1552. The old monastery is used as a museum, nowadays. The Holy Monastery of Varlaam is the second, after the Great Meteoro, big in size monastery. The church, honoured to the three Bishops, is in the Athonite type (cross-in-square with dome and choirs), with spacious esonarthex (lite) surrounded by dome as well. It was built in 1541/42 and decorated in 1548, while the esonarthex was decorated in 1566. The old refectory is used as a museum while North of the Church we can see the parekklesion of the Three (Bishops) built in 1627 and decorated in 1637. Megalo Meteora. After tour in Meteora, transfer back to Kalambaka. Check in the hotel and dinner included. Overnight and accommodation in the hotel. Hotel in Kalambaka. Thessalonica – This superb tour of Thessalonica is an excellent way to get to know the city, with our professional, knowledgeable guide to lead the way. We include some of the most memorable and important sights, such as the White Tower, the city‟s important landmark. We‟ll explore the exhibition grounds, Galerius Arch, the Rotonda Monument, the Citadel, and many more important spots and monuments. Day 4: Kalambaka – Ioannina Breakfast in the hotel, buffet. Meat all the group at hotel lobby for departure trip. Driving to Ioannia, another interesting city in the north area of Greece. We will stop at the City Walls, from where you have a marvelous view of Thessalonica. We will also visit St. Dimitrios Byzantine church, and we‟ll take a walk along one of the most famous seaside promenades in the country, lined with many cafes and restaurants. After visit to Thesaloniki, driving to Kalambaka. Late afternoon arrival in 31
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  33. 33. Ioannina Ianina, is a city of Epirus, north-western Greece, with a metropolitan population of approximately 100,000. It lies at an elevation of 600 meters above sea level. It is the capital of Ioannina Prefecture and of Epirus. The city lies on the western side of lake Pamvotis. It is located 450 km northwest of Athens, 350 km southwest of Thessaloniki and 100 km east of the port of Igoumenitsa in the Ionian Sea. 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. After tour, free time for lunch and continue to Saranda. Afternoon arrival in Saranda. Check in the hotel, and enjoy the dinner. Overnight in the hotel. Hotel in Saranda. The city has a General and a University Hospital and is the seat of the University of Ioannina (situated 5 km south of the city, with 17 departments and 20,000 students) as well as several departments of the Τechnological Educational Institute of Epirus (the headquarters of which are located in Arta). The city‟s emblem consists of the portrait of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian crowned by a stylized depiction of the nearby ancient theatre of Dodoni. Of important is the Isle of Ali Pasha where were the residence of Ali Pasha, and it was there where the big masakre take place. Of interes is that Ali Pasha is the only person with 2 graves, one in Ioanina & other one in Istanbul. Check in the hotel and dinner included. Overnight and accommodation in the hotel. Hotel in Ioannina. Day 5: Ioannina – Gjirokastra – Saranda Breakfast in the hotel, buffet. Meat all the group at hotel lobby for departure trip. Driving from Ioannia, to Gjirokastra city. Cross the Border Kakavija, and continue to Gjirokastra. Upon arrival 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 Day 6: 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. Butrint 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 now days combined to a traditional restaurant). Accommodation and overnight in the hotel in Saranda. 33
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  35. 35. Day 7: Saranda – Vlora 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 Vlora. Check in hotel, enjoy the dinner and overnight. Accommodation in the hotel in Vlora. Day 8: Vlora – Apollonia – Berat In the morning, after the breakfast, meet the group at the hotel lobby for departure trip. Transfer to Apollonia, with a sightseeing tour. 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. Check in the hotel, and enjoy the dinner. Overnight in the hotel. Hotel in Berat. Day 9: Berat – Durres – Tirana 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 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 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, driving to Berat city. If time permits brief city tour in Berat. In the morning, after the breakfast, meet the group at the hotel lobby for departure trip. Transfer to Durres city with brief city tour. Some important buildings in Durrës include the main library, the cultural center with 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.The city‟s beaches are also a popular destination for many foreign and local tourists. After tour in Durres, transfer to Tirana. Check in the hotel, and enjoy the dinner. Overnight in the hotel. Hotel in Tirana. 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 35
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  37. 37. Day 10: Tirana – Kruja – Tirana Morning after 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. 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 epoch that serves as the Ethnographic Museum. 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 Palac of Congres, and President Resident, 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. After tour transfer back to the hotel, enjoy the dinner and overnight. Accommodation in the hotel in Tirana. After visit in Kruja, transfer back in Tirana. Afternoon sightseeing tour in 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 Day 11 : Tirana – Out In the morning after the breakfast, meet the group at the lobby and check out. Transfer to the Airport Mother Theresa. End of our service! 37
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  39. 39. Discover unique cultural traditions, historic sites, rich cuisine of North Greece, Albania and Macedonia. Immerse yourself to the performance of the local artists in Albania of the polyphonic songs, revealing the hidden secrets of their folklore. Visit the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE sites in this area. We have picked Igoumenitsa port, if you are travelling with your own coach. We provide service from any sea entry point. Departure to OHRID at 17:30. Day 2: Ohrid Breakfast in the hotel at 08:00. Meet the guest and continue to Ohrid full day city tour at 09:00. The highlight of the Ohrid tour include Church of St. Sophia, St.Bogorodica Perivlepta, St.Jovan Kaneo, St.Pantelejmon – Plaosnik, Old Bazaar, Mesokastro Settlement, Kaneo Settlement, Ohrid Fortifications, King Samoil Fortress, Antique Theatre, Ohrid Traditional Architecture, Icon museum. We will visit: Icon Museum. Kaneo Settlement. ST. Sophia Church. Boat ride in the lake.(Optional) Day 1: Border from Igoumenitsa – Ohrid Arrival in Igoumenitca port with Greek at 11:30 with the local time. After port procedures, continue to MAQEDONIA via BITOLA. First stop IOANNINA at 13:00 – Free time for Lunch and walking tour of the city centre. The highlights of the city include the city centre, Fortress kale, Fethye mosque, Ethnographic museum, the Jewish Synagogue, the Cathedral of St. Athanasius and the Arcade Loulis, the commercial centre. Departure via GREVENA to the border Macedonia at 14:30. Walking tour of BITOLA city centre at 15:45. Visit Magnolia square, statue of Philip the 2nd and the pedestrian street with an ottoman architecture feel, the Clock tower and St Demetrius church. Proceed to Heraklea archaeological site. Discover the well preserved ruins of the Roman baths, the baptistery and the Episcopal church, the Jewish temple, Portico and an ancient theatre. We will visit: The Ancient Roman Theater. The Roman Baths. The Episcopal Church and Baptisery. The Jewish Temple. The Portico. Afternoon tour St.Naum at 15:30. 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 spring, this site is a must for any traveller. We will visit: The Monastery of ST.Naum. After the tour, transfer back to the hotel. Day 3: Ohrid – Elbasan – Tirane After breakfast in the hotel, meet the group and continue to Border way to Albania at 08:00. Border procedures and continue to Elbasan at 09:00. The panoramic tour includes the remains of the medieval castle, Clock tour and the city centre. Upon arrival in Tirana check in hotel at 14:00. We shall explore the capital city of Albania, including some of the 39
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  41. 41. historical highlights, as city centre, Skanderbeg Statue, Et‟hem bey mosque, Clock tower, Italian buildings and Martyr‟s of the Nation Boulevard. Visit the ex-communist buildings, painted with vibrant colours and the expansion of city. We will visit: The National Historik Museum. The Statue of Gjergj Kastrioti Skenderbeg. The center of Development of Culture and Business. The Palace of Culture. The Mosques of Haxhi Et‟hem Bey. The clock tower. Accommodation and overnight in Tirana. leaden Mosque, Catholic cathedral, and a walking tour of Rozafa castle are main attractions of the city. We will visit: “Rozafa” Fortress. The Leaden Mosque The Catholic Cathedral. After the tour check in and prepare for dinner. Accommodation and overnight in Shkoder. Day 5: Shkoder – Durres – Fier After breakfast in the hotel, meet the guest and depart to Durres city at 08:30. Upon arrival in Durres brief city tour at 10:30. Explore the ruins of town forum, roman baths, city centre, town hall, Roman Amphitheatre, byzantine walls, Venetian tower and archaeological museum, a panoramic display of discoveries and urban planning of this once important city. We will visit: Amphitheater. Archeological Museum. Leave Durres and drive to Apollonia way to Fier at 13:30. Upon arrival in Apollonia start the tour at 15:00. The walking tour of the ancient Apollonian site includes the Encircling Wall, the monuments of Agonothetes, the Library, the Odeon, the Portico, the house with mosaics, Archeological museum and the Church of St. Mary. Day 4: Tirane – Kruje – Shkoder After breakfast in the hotel, meet the guest and continue to Kruja city at 09:00. Upon arrival in Kruja start the city tour at 09:50. The walking tour of Kruja will take you through the cobble stone pathway of Ottoman bazaar, with wooden shops and displays of various gifts and ntique household items. Visit within the walls of the castle will include the historic museum dedicated to Scanderbeg and his resistance against the Ottoman invasion. An old house turned to an ethnographic museum will invite you to a unique cultural aspect of life in northern Albania. We will visit: The Museum of Apollonia. The Excavation and the Monuments of Apollania. Transfer to Fier city and check in hotel. Dinner included. Accommodation and overnight in Fier. Museum of Gjergj Kastriot Skenderbeg. The Ethnographic Museum. Old Bazaar. Drive to Shkodra city at 13:45. Shkoder is an ancient city with a rich history; The tour will give insights of the old characteristic houses where wood and other traditional motifs are used. The 41
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  43. 43. Accommodation and overnight in Saranda. Day 7: Sarande – Gjirokastra – Saranda Day 6: Fier – Vlore – Sarande After breakfast in the hotel, meet the guest and drive to Vlora city at 08:00. Upon arrival in Vlora a brief panoramic tour to the city at 09:00. Upon arrival in Vlora, the panoramic city tour includes old town, independence square and Muradie Mosque. Drive along the Albanian Riviera to Saranda city at 10:30. Continue driving along the high mountain and fascinated view of Albanian beauty and arriving to LLogara national park, stop for refreshments and continue southward to Albanian Riviera, passing by villages of Dhermi Himara, and Porto Palermo bay, with its long history buffs, from the Mediterranean pirates to the stronghold of Ali Pasha. Upon arrival in Saranda, continue to Butrinti National Park at 15:0017:30. 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. We will visit: The Ruins. The Ancient city of Butrinti. The Tample of Aesculapius. The Baptisery. The Nympheum. The gate with towers. After breakfast in the hotel meet the group and depart to Gjirokastra at 09:00. 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, the ethnographic museum. We will visit: The Castle. The Weapon Museum. The Enver Hoxha birth house. Zekati house. Traditional music and dance performance – not to be missed! This city is known as the cultural cradle of the southern Albania. A music show with the typical polyphonic songs and traditional dances, performed by artists dressed in their folk costumes, can be arranged for your pleasure. Your local guide and a folklore specialist will be also present to give you etails and answers questions. Not only a memorable experience, but an event, that is featuring team building for the travelers. After the visit return back to Saranda. Dinner included. Accommodation and overnight in Saranda. Day 8: Saranda – Out (Igoumenitsa) After breakfast in the hotel, check out and depart to IGOUMENITSA. End of our service! 43
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  45. 45. academy of sciences and arts, the great history about the development of this city. We will arrive in Pristina at 13:30 and after organizing in the hotel, along with the assistance of guides we will know Pristina closely visiting: Day 1: Durres – Prizren – Pristina We will start our trip to Metropolitan of Kosovo at 5:00 a clock from the sport palace. During the tour will be made several stops, including the city of Prizren, which is defined as "museum city" to honor the rich culture, until we reach our final destination "Pristina". In this short break will be visited: The Ottoman Stone Bridge - symbol of Prizren, built in 1534 by Ali Bey, The Museum House of Albanian League of Prizren - is one of the historical places in which it is held by the League of Prizren June 10, 1878, The Sinan Pasha Mosque, this mosque in Prizren was built in 1615, The castle of Prizren – an old fortress which has been a place for shelter and protection from prehistoric times. Kosovo's National Library Statue of Mother Teresa Statue of George Kastrioti Scanderbeg Kosovo Museum Bazaar Mosque The Academy Building Clock Tower Fatih mosque or "imperial mosque" Ethnographic Museum New Born After this visit we will return back to the hotel where we will prepare for a fantastic dinner in one of the most wonderful clubs that offers this outstanding capital for night life. Day 2: Pristina – Prekazi – Durres After consuming breakfast in the hotel, we will depart in a shopping center in Pristina, where you will be able to do shopping. Then we go to the city of Prekazi, where is house of Adem Jashari, hero of Kosovo. There will have possibility to visit: Jashari martyrs cemetery The house where the family Jashari was assassinated After this city will continue to Pristina, Kosovo's ancient capital. Lying between the rivers Prishtevka and Vellusha, Pristina maintains a residential territory 7000 year old over its shoulders. Pristina will have much to tell us. Here will speak the numerous monuments that it has, the mosque, the Here you have the possibility to buy different souvenirs and consume lunch. After this visit we will return to Durres. During the trip we will make different stops upon their group members. End of our service! 45
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  47. 47. Founded under the name of Corcyra, Corfu was registered as one of the Corinth colony. It is a beautiful Greek island found in the Ion sea. Visit Corfu is like visiting the history of cities. Because that is an island, that is located on the coast of Epirus, it has served as a haven of Serbian and Italian army for many years. For many years Corfu attracts tourists thanks to the smooth climate, the beauty of the sea, the Royal Palace, Theater and Venetian fortifications. Day 2: Corfu Day 1: Ioannina – Igoumenitsa – Corfu Meeting with tourists in the center of town. After accommodation in our luxury bus starts our tour. During the trip we can make numerous stops, which will be optional. The trip will continue until the city of Gjirokastra, where we will make the police control and after it continues in Greece. We will go to the city of Ioannina where can visit some interesting things like the castle of Ali Pasha. After visitng Ionnina we will go to the city of Igoumenitsa, where our trip will continue with ferry to Corfu. This journey will last two hours. After arriving in the island of Corfu we will go to the hotel where we will stay for two nights. After eating the breakfast, our group will meet in the hotel lobby and then turn to our guide to visit the historic landmarks of the Corfu island, the palace of Queen Sissi, amazing beaches of the island, the old fortess, the new fortess, the historical center of Corfu, etc. The lunch is optional. Free time and in afternoon we will go back to the hotel. We will pass the dinner in a tavern in the center of the island. Day 3: Corfu – Igoumenitsa – Durres After breakfast, we will meet in the hotel lobby. We will take our bus which will send us to port, where we will travel by ferry to the town of Igoumenitsa. After arriving in the city of Igoumenitsa we will travel to the border crossing point. During the trip wi will make stops, where we can make instant photos. The lunch is optional. After crossing the border point we will turn to the city of Durres and where it will be the last stop. End of our service! 47
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  49. 49. The Albanian culture and history as one of the oldest in the Balkan Peninsula deriving from the Illyrians and Arberesh comes through generations full of authenticity and richness. Day 1: The tourist group arrives in the Mother Theresa Airport. Sondor Agency welcomes the group and assists them with the luggages-Transfer to Tirana by bus. Accommodation in a 3 star Hotel near the city center – Guided visits in: Scanderbeg Square, Ethem-Beu Mosque, ex-residential area “The Block”, Pyramid, Historical parts of Tirana, Tabak‟s Bridge, Historic Museum etc. Traditional Albanian Dinner. Day 3: Breakfast in Berat – Departure to the city of Vlora – Visit Ardenica Monastery -Visit the archeological center of Apolloni and the monastery. Optional: lunch in Apollonia (on group expenses) -Visit the Flag Square in Vlora -Short break in Vlora near Hotel Bolonja and free time. – Accommodation near Radhima beach-Free time to swim-Dinner in hotel. Day 4: Day 2: Breakfast in Radhime-Vlore -Drive to Saranda through Llogara, Himara, Borsh-Time to swim and lunch in Himara (lunch or picnic on group expenses). – Visit Porto Palermo Castle. Accommodation in Saranda-Guided Tour in the Archeological site of Butrinti.Traditional Albanian Dinner. Breakfast in Tirana – Departure to Berat- On the way to Berat we make a stop in Durres to visit the Roman Amphitheatre – In Berat we first visit the Castle Berat. – After the Castle we visit Onufri Museum and the Etnographic MuseumAccommodation – According to the desire of the group we can have lunch in Restorant Mangalemi (on group expenses) – After lunch we will visit another section of the city called “Gorica”- Dinner in “White House” Restorant. Day 5: Breakfast in Saranda-Departure for GjirokasterVisit Shen Koll monastery-Mesopotam -Visit Syri i Kalter and coffee-break -Arrival and accommodation in Gjirokaster in Çerçiz square Lunch or picnic in the tourist site of Viroi, Gjirokaster (on group expenses)-Visit of old center, market, mosque, castle, Zekate-house, time-offDinner at a traditional place. 49
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  51. 51. Day 6: Breakfast in Gjirokaster – Departure to Korça – Visit the Ali Pasha castle in Tepelene – Short photo stops through Vjosa valley and Gramoz Mountain Picnic in the green near Erseka (on group expenses)- Accommodation in Grand Hotel Korça.Walk through the old city, market, Orthodox Church and time off- Dinner at the hotel. Day 8: Breakfast in Kruja-Departure to Shkoder- Visit the Scanderbeg memorial in Lezhe-Visit Rozafa Castle in Shkoder -Time-off at the center/ market of Shkoder – Lunch in tavern near the bridge (on group expenses)- Visit Mesi bridge or Shengjin beach for swimming (time permitting)- Back to Kruje – Dinner at the hotel or a local restaurant. Day 7: Breakfast in Korca. Departure from Korça to Kruja – Visit the Lin village and Lin‟s Mosaic. After that coffee-break – Scenic route along Shkumbin-valley – Walk along Elbasan Castle (time permitting)Depending on the time lunch will be somewhere near river Shkumbini and Librazhd or near Elbasan (group expenses)- Visit Petrela castle- Visit the Historical Center of Tirana.Arrival and accommodation in Kruja for 2 nights.- Dinner at the hotel or near the Castle. Day 9: Breakfast at the hotel in Kruja-Visit the old bazaar and castle of Kruje as well as the ethnographic museum-Snack/lunch on group expenses. Transfer to Rinas airport. End of our service 51
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  53. 53. Travel through Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro and learn what makes these sites special and important to UNESCO. See how the history and culture has given shape to the development of distinctive styles of architecture. Day 3: Continue to the Archaeological Center of Apolonia, a city in which Roman Emperors like August and Caesar studied in. Depart to the city of Vlora. Accommodation in Vlora. Visit the Square of the Flag and Gus Baba Center. Dinner. Overnight: Vlora. Day 4: Continue to the ancient city of Orikum which was a ground battle between the Roman armies of Caesar and Mark Anthony. Journey continues through the Albanian Riviera from Llogoraja, Himara, Borsh. Arrival in Saranda, visit the ruins of the Hebraic synagogue dating about 2000 years, visit the castle Lekurs, Overnight: Saranda. Day 1: Arrival in Albania by airline-transfer from the airport – accommodation in Tirana – city tour and visit the center of Tirana – dinner. Overnight: Tirana. Day 5: Visit the archeological center of Butrint, an object under the protection of UNESCO, established by the ancient Trojans, as an imitation of the old Troy destroyed by the Greeks. Visit the “Blue Eye” an interesting water flow gushing from the ground, return to Saranda – Dinner. Day 2: Departure for Durres. Visit the historical center of Durres and the Roman Amphitheater of Durres, the biggest in the Balkans. Arrival in Berat, a city under the protection of UNESCO, accommodation in the hotel. Visit the Castle of Berat and neighborhood within the castle. Visit the city of “one upon one” window. Overnight: Berat. Overnight: Saranda. Day 6: Visit the ancient monastery of Mesopotamia. Arrival in Gjirokaster, the city of “one upon another roof” under the protection of UNESCO. Accommodation in hotel, visit the Castle of Gjirokastra, the Museum of Arms, house of the writer Ismail Kadare now a museum. Dinner. Overnight: Gjirokaster. 53
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  55. 55. Day 7: Depart to Gjirokastra in the direction of Permet and Erseka, following the banks of Vjosa River, a valley attractive for its nature. Before entering in Korce we visit Tumas of Kamenica, very ancient Illyrian cemetery. Accommodate in Hotel and then visit the mosque Mirahori. Dinner. and historic center of Gjakova.. Accommodation in Gjakova. Dinner. Overnight: Gjakova. Overnight: Korce. Day 8: Continue to Pogradec. Visit the picturesque lake. Departure to Macedonia through the border check – point of Tushemishtit. Arrival to the monastery of St. Naum – an old Orthodox religious site. In Ohrid which is one of the oldest cities of the Balkans, an important center of the Episcopal Church of Rome and Byzantium, will visit its old castle. Accommodation in hotel. Dinner Overnight: Ohrid. Day 9: Head on to the city of Skopje. On our way there will visit also the city of Tetovo, an important center of the Bektashi Sect “Arabati Teke” in Tetovo. Accommodation in Skopje, one of the most important centers or “Vilajete” of the Ottoman Empire. Visit the birth house of “Mother Teresa of Calcutta” a native Albanian of Skopje. Dinner. Overnight: Skopje. Day 11: Continue from Gjakova to Prizren. In Prizren will visit historical complex Prizren League. From Morina border crossing we enter to Albania and through the recently build highway and tunnel we arrive to Shkodra. Accommodation to the hotel. Dinner. Overnight: Shkodra. Day 12: There will visit the historic center and Illyrian fortress of Rozafat. Depart to M.negro through the crossing point of Hani Hotit. Visit the capital Podgorica and Cetinje the historical capital of M.negro. Arrive in Kotor, an historic center under the protection of UNESCO. Return to Budva Accommodation in the hotel. Dinner. Overnight: Budva Day 13: Day 10: The journey continues to Pristina, capital of Kosovo. Passing through the crossing point of Hani Elezit. On our way to Pristina will visit a very interesting natural object – the Cave of Gadimes near Pristina. Visit the historical center of Pec and Patriarchate of Pec which is under the protection of UNESCO. After this we will visit the Monastery of Decani as well under the protection of UNESCO Visit the castle and old town of Budva. On our way to Ulcinj we visit St. Stephen a tourist site. In Ulcinj will visit the castle and old town of Ulcinj. We enter in Albania through the border crossing point of Muriqan. Arrival in Tirana. Accommodation in hotel. Overnight: Tirana Day 14: Free time – Transfer to the “Mother Theresa” International Airport. End of our service 55
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  57. 57. Albania Coast of its stunning beaches. Whether you like sandy beaches or rocky beaches you can find it all in Albania. The seafood is fresh, delicious and priced very well. You will love the atmosphere especially in the beginning and end of the summer season. Day 5: Saranda Day 1: Shkoder – Apollonia – Vlora Day 6: Saranda – Gjirokaster – Berat – Durres Enter Albania through Muriqan border checkpoint. Short break in Shkoder and in Apollonia, Fier. Arrival in Vlore – accommodation. Overnight: Vlore Visit the city of Saranda. The rest of the day is at leisure in the beach of Saranda. Overnight: Saranda Return to the city of Durres. On our way back will visit the city of Gjirokaster and Berat as well as castles and the museums of the cities. In the afternoon we arrive in Durres. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight: Durres Day 7: Durres Visit the city of Durres. The rest of the day is at leisure in the beach of Durres. Overnight: Durres Day 2: Vlore – Narte – Rradhime Visits will continue to Zvernec, Narte. The day will be spent swimming and doing other recreational activities in Radhime beach. Overnight: Vlore Day 3: Vlore – Saranda We depart to the city of Saranda passing through Llogara, Himara, Borsh and finally to Saranda where will be accommodated. Overnight: Saranda Day 4: Saranda – Butrint – Syri i kalter Today we will visit the archeological and cultural centers of Butrint, Ksamil, Lekures and Syri i Kalter. Overnight: Saranda Day 8: Durres - Tirana – Kruja – Durres The day will be spent visiting the cities of Tirana and Kruja where will see the historical and archeological objects as well as other attractions of these cities. Overnight: Durres Day 9: Durres – Out The tourist group will be transferred by bus in the direction of Macedonia or Montenegro. End of our service. 57
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  59. 59. Day 1: Tirana Once the normal procedures are ended in the airport, the group will depart for Tirana by bus; in the entry of Tirana will see a panoramic view of the city for about one hour with a professional guide passing through the historical places of the city. Subsequent to the panoramic tour, the group will be accommodated in hotel, in the center of the city. At 18:00 o‟clock we will visit the National Historical Museum for 1 hour. In the end of the visit will turn back to the hotel where is waiting for us a plenty dinner. Day 2: Tirana – Apollonia – Vlora – Saranda Breakfast at the Hotel in Tirana starts at 08.00 o‟clock. After breakfast will depart for the city of Vlora, making few stops and panoramic views along the way in the cities of Durres, Lushnja, Fier, the archeological center of Apollonia etc. At 10:00 o‟clock we will make a short visit in the city of Durres, its amphitheater and center. Following the one hour visit in Durres, excursionists depart to the city of Fier, passing from cities of Rrogozhina and Lushnja. Once we arrive to the city, around 12:30, will deviate in the direction of the archeological center of Apollonia which dates 6 century BC. In this archeological center are well protected nowadays monuments like the encircling wall with its big bend, the monument of Agonotetve, Odeon, Library, portico, church of saint Mary etc. Day 3: Saranda At 9.00 o‟clock after breakfast at the hotel in Saranda will make a familiarizing walk around it. After lunch and the tourist excursion in Butrint Park, tourist group will turn to the hotel to rest. Dinner is organized in the dominant tourist site of Lekurs in Saranda together with a folk orchestra lasting until late hours of the night. Day 4: Saranda – Gjirokastra – Tirana Breakfast is served at 08:00 o‟clock in the city of Saranda. After breakfast and excursion in the tourist region of Saranda will depart for the city of Gjirokastra in the direction of Tirana which is the end of our tour. In the end of the visits in Gjirokastra the excursion group turns in the direction of Tirana making a few stops in the “Cold Water” in Telpelena, castle of Ali Pasha in Tepelena, cities of Ballsh, Fier, Lushnje, Kavaja etc. Lunch will be organized in the tourist site of Tepelena called “cold water”. In the afternoon we arrive in Tirana where will be accommodated in a very pleasant hotel deserving the rest after all the road we have done. After accommodation we will be made ready for the dinner served in the outdoor surroundings of the hotel which owns a very interesting park suitable for this kind of organizations. Dinner is accompanied by an orchestra playing characteristic music until late hours of the night. Day 5: Tirana – Kruja Breakfast starts at 08:30. After breakfast the group makes all the normal procedures to leave the hotel and depart for a tourist visit in the city of Kruja, the historical Albanian chief town and of our national hero Gjergj Kastrioti – Scanderbeg End of our service. 59
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  61. 61. Many don‟t know that Albania and Kosovo have many similarities like the same language, belong to the same ethnic group have similar cultures. We explore the vibrant cities of Tirana and Prishtina, experience the local hospitality, visit the well preserved monasteries and churches of Decan and Peja, learn about the history of Albanians in Kruja and Prizren, admire the Ottoman architecture and atmosphere of Gjirokastra and Gjakova. Day 3: Tirana –Durres – Berat. Breakfast in Tirana-visit the city of Kruja and castle of Scanderbeg-visit the city of Durres and the Roman Amphitheatre-arrival in Berat-visit the castle of Berat-dinner. Day 4: Berat – Fier – Vlora. Breakfast in Berat – visit Berat and the ex – Textile Mill “Mao Ce Dun”– visit the archeological center of Apollonia, Fier–visit the ex –Nitrogenous Mill in Fier–Arrival in Vlore– Dinner Day 5: Vlora – Orikum – Porto Palermo – Saranda. Day 1: Tirana. Transfer from Mother Theresa Airport – Accommodation to the hotel – visit the Historic Museum – free time – dinner. Breakfast in Vlora – visit the Independence Memorial and tourist site of Gus Baba – visit the military base of Pashaliman, Orikum – short stay in the tourist site of Llogara – passing through the Albanian Riviera we arrive at Porto Palermo Military Base – Arrival in Saranda – Dinner. Overnight in Saranda Overnight: Tirana Day 2: Tirana. City tour in Tirana – visit the ex communist residential area – house of Enver Hoxha (former dictator ) – underground tunnels – documentary show of the communist period visit the ex- museum of E. Hoxha–visit the World War Two Martyrs Cemetery–dinner. Overnight: Tirana Day 6: Saranda – Butrint – Gjirokaster. Breakfast in Saranda – visit the archeological center of Butrint – visit the tourist site of “Syri i Kalter”– arrival in Gjirokastra– visit the house of Enver Hoxha now turned into a museum – dinner. Overnight in Gjirokastra Day 7: Gjirokaster Visit the castle of Gjirokastra and the Weapons Museum – visit the house of the renowned writer Ismail Kadare – attend the Gjirokastra Folk Festival – Dinner. Overnight in Gjirokastra 61
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  63. 63. Day 8: Gjirokaster – Tepelena – Durres – Shkoder. Breakfast in Gjirokastra – continue the journey to the city of Tepelena – visit the castle of Ali Pasha – panoramic view of the cities of Ballsh,Fier,Durres – accommodation in Shkodra – visit the castle – dinner. Overnight in Shkodra. Day 10: Prizren – Decan – Peje. Breakfast in Prizren – Visit the memorial of Albanian League of Prizren – visit the liquor storehouse in Rahovec – visit the commercial road “Carshia” in Gjakove – Visit the Monastery of Decan – accommodation in Peja – dinner. Overnight in Peja. Day 11: Peja – Rugova – Prekaz – Prishtina. Breakfast in Peja – visit the historical center of Peja – excursion in Rugova canyon – visit the memorial of Resistance against Serbian army in Prekaz – accommodation in Prishtina – dinner. Overnight in Prishtina. Day 12: Prishtina – Mitrovica. Day 9: Shkoder – Kukes – Prizren (Kosovo). Visit the historical objects – then continue to Mitrovica- visit the dividing bridge between the Albanians and Serbs-return to Prishtina-dinner Overnight: Prishtina Breakfast in Shkoder – continue in the direction of Kosovo through to possible routes: Option 1. If the road Milot – Kukes is finished we will head in this direction visiting during the road the notorious prison of Spac – A short break in Kukes – accommodation in Prisren – dinner. Option 2. Continue through the lake by ferry line Koman – Fierze – short break in the cities of B. Curri and Gjakove (Kosovo) – accommodation in Prizren – dinner. Overnight in Prizren. Day 13: Prishtina – Janjeve – Ferizaj. Visit the Gadima Cave in Janjeve– continue the journey to Ferizaj-visit the American military camp “Bondstill”-return to Prishtina-dinner. Overnight: Prishtina Day 14: Prishtina. Breakfast in Prishtina – free time – transfer to Prishtina Airport. End of our service. 63
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  65. 65. Day 1: Shkodra – Tirana The tourist group enters through Muriqan border checkpoint – visit Shkodra, Rozafa castle as well as the old part of the city – lunch time – proceed to Tirana – accommodation – dinner. Day 3: Berat – Durres Breakfast in Berat – visit the Onufri castle and museum – continue to Durres – accommodation – lunch – visit the amphitheatre and archeological museum – dinner. Day 2: Tirana – Fier – Berat Breakfast in Tirana – visit the National Historic Museum – Excursion to Petrela Castle situated southwest of Tirana – dinner in one of the characteristic restaurants there – continue to Fier – visit Apollonia – accommodation in Berat – dinner. Day 4: Durres – Kruja Breakfast in Durres – excursion in Kruja – visits in the characteristic road and castle of Scanderbeg – dinner inside the castle – continue to Montenegro through Muriqan border checkpoint or to Macedonia through Qafe Thane border checkpoint. End of our service. 65
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  69. 69. Our journey will take you to the captivating legendary castle of Rozafa, overlooking Shkodra (Skadar) lake and Adriatik sea, once the stronghold of the brave Adrian Illyrian tribe. Join us to explore the mix of the ancient and modern trail of history and traditions of locals in the north western Albania Itinerary: Shkodra Your driver and guide will meet you outside your hotel. Head out north of Tirana, toward the Airport road onto the main road north west to Lezha. Stop near the ruins of St. Nicole cathedral and the walk tour will include the surrounding walls of old town of Lissus, once a trading and commercial center managed in early antiquity by the romans and Venice during the medieval period. Follow with the visit of burial place of National hero Skanderbeg, once a great cathedral, destroyed by the ottomans and converted to a mosque in 16th century. Board the bus and proceed to Shkoder city for sightseeing. The architectural elements indicate a mix from the ottoman, west, east, communist and modern styles. Walking tour will include the lead mosque in the city center and the promenade. There is time here for a snack or drink. The local shop vendors offer handmade souvenirs. Board the bus and proceed to visit Rozafa castle. The walk up the coble stone pathway takes you through the main ancient gate, reconstructed in the 20th century. Enjoy the panoramic views from here of Adriatik Sea, south west, Lake north west, Albanian Alps in the North and East. The surrounding walls and watch towers, still stand strong, despite heavy wind blows through centuries from all corners. Return back to Tirana. End of our service! 69
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  71. 71. Get much more of this tour to find about the rich history of Gjergj Kastrioti, Skenderbeg , the Albanian hero, who led the Christian defense against the Ottoman empire in the peak of its strength. Our ride will include Kruja castle, Skenderbeg Museum, Ethnographic Museum and the Turkish bazaar. Itinerary: Kruja Our tour starts at the arranged pick up points after which we leave Tirana toward the Airport and Fushe Kruja town, then driving upward the winding road to 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. After a break for an optional snack or lunch in one of the traditional restaurants in Kruja, board the bus and continue back to Tirana – drop off stops. End of our service! 71
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  73. 73. Head out west toward the Adriatic sea coast. Some of the highlights are the sightseeing of old town of Durres, train station, harbor, resistance mausoleum, city center. Stroll through the promenade to visit the newly discovered roman amphitheater, byzantine churches and city wall, venetian tower and archeological museum. Itinerary: Durres Our tour starts at the arranged pick up point after which we leave Tirana toward Durres city, one of Albania’s oldest cities, the country’s main sea port and the second largest industrial center after Tirana. Durres lies on a small peninsula on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. The city was colonized by the Greeks in 627 B.C. It was named Epidamnos, which later became Dyrrachium. From the Venetian Tower at the harbor the Medieval Town Wall leads to the amphitheater (capacity 15,000 spectators) dating back to the 2nd century AD and containing an early Christian Crypt with a rare wall mosaic. Between the 1st and 3rd centuries, Durres was an important port and trading center on the Via Egnatia trading route between Rome and Byzantium (Istanbul). After a great number of earthquakes, much of ancient Durrës sank into the sea and was subsequently built over. Today the city is well known for the nearby beach resort of Durres Plazh, its wonderful sand and warm sea water for every holiday maker and beach lover. End of service! 73
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  75. 75. This journey will take you to Berati city, 120 km south of Tirana, for you to explore a mix of history, civilization,culture, architecture, religion. Highlights of the tour are Old Mangalem town, Goritsa bridge, towers and walls of the citadel, orthodox churches, Mosques and Onufri Museum. Itinerary: Berat Meet our driver and guide at your hotel and leave Tirana toward Berat, through towns of Kavaja and Lushnja. The bus will stop close the first main gate. Stroll upward the stone pathways into the next gate, to see the ruins of the mosque, towers, panoramic views of the river valley, churches within the walls, red minaret of the mosque, and the former quarters of the Turkish garrison. Proceed to Onufri Museum, where the museum guide will walk you through the heritage of the art effects, stone and wood works. Board the bus and continue to city center for an optional lunch or snack. After a short sightseeing of Old town of Mangalem , with its striking architecture of the houses, continue to see the lead Mosque, king mosque and the orthodox cathedral, newly build. Board the bus in the city center and proceed along the river to see Goritsa bridge. Back to Tirana. End of our service! 75
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  77. 77. Get much more of this tour to find about The Museum of Apollonia and the Excavations and the Monuments of Apollonia, also to know more about Vlora, the second port city important in Albania. Itinerary: Apollonia and Vlora Meet the group at hotel lobby. Depart for a daily tour to the main interesting sight as Apollonia & Vlora city. Apollonia – Situated 12 km from the city of Fier and 1 hour and 15 min far from Vlora city. Illyrian Apollonian was found at the beginning of the 7-th century BC by the Greek colonists coming from Corinth and Corcyra. Apollonian was in Roman times, a large and flourishing city near Aos river (today Vjosa). Of great interest to be visited are; The Encircling Wall, the monuments of Agonothetes, the Library, the Odeon, the Portico, the house with mosaics, The Museum of Apollonia, the Church of St. Mary. Unfortunaly, some of the statues and object were appropriated before 1946 by other countries. Those remaining are displayed in the museum, which is housed in the monastery. The monastery courtyard enclosed a Byzantine church dating back to the 14th century. We will visit:   The Museum of Apollonia. The Excavations and the Monuments of Apollonia. Free time for optional Lunch – (Albanian traditional meal). After Lunch transfer to Vlora city. Vlora – The city of Vlora, known also as Vlonë, or Valona is located in the southwest of Albania, with a population of 61,300 inhabitants. It is in front of Karaburuni peninsula and Sazani Island, close to various sandy and rocky beaches and the scenic nearby mountains. Vlora is Albania’s second largest port, having regular ferry boat. After the tour back in the hotel. Leave the group at hotel lobby. End of our service! 77
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  79. 79. Get much more of this city tour to learn and te see more about: The Fortress The National Weapons Museum The Ethnographic Museum The characteristic house Zekati The ancient city of Antigonea. Antigonea – In this region near the village of Saraqinisht there are the ruins of ancient city of Antigonea. The city was part of Kaonia and dates back to the II century B.C. Antigonea was, thought to be established from King Pirro of Epirus and took its name for the honor of his wife called Antigonea. After the tour back in the city. Leave the group at hotel lobby. Itinerary: Gjirokastra & Antigonea End of our service! Meet the group at hotel lobby. Depart for a daily tour to the main interesting sight as Gjirokastra & Antigonea, ancient city. Gjirokastra – the “Stone City”, situated in the southern part of Albania only 1 hour far from Saranda city, on the eastern slope of mountain Mali i Gjere. It is a commercial center in South Albania, it produces foodstuffs, leather, and textiles. There are several 18th-century mosques and churches and an old citadel (rebuilt in the 19th cent.) in the town. Dating probably from the 4th cent., Gjirokastër passed to the Turks in the 15th cent. It was captured (1811) by Ali Pasha and was the center (late 1800s) of anti-Turkish resistance. In World War II it was occupied by Italy, Greece, and Germany in succession. What strikes the visitors most in Gjirokastra are its typical and characteristic houses which resemble little fortresses, clustered one above the other. Their exterior combines roughness with the beauty of windows, small rooms and light pillars supporting the roofs protruding from the walls. The most attractive feature is the stone which has been masterfully elaborated by the builders. Once Gjirokastra has been called the “city of one thousand steps” or “the stone city”.Free time for optional Lunch – (Albanian traditional meal). After Lunch depart to Antigonea. 79
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  81. 81. Get much more of this tour to find about the Ancient Saranda, the most attractive town in Albania Riviera, and the archaeological city of Butrinti. Itinerary: Saranda and Butrinti Meet the group at hotel lobby. Depart for a daily tour to the main interesting sight as Saranda & Butrinti ancient city. Saranda – Saranda, the gateway to the southern Albania, is a small town located between high mountain and the Ionian Sea. The name Saranda derives from an early Christian monastery dedicated to Santi Quaranta (Forty Saints). Located on the shores of Ionian sea, in front of Greek island of Corfu, Saranda is characterized by a Mediterranean climate and warm sea waters. Due to its location and warm weather Saranda is one of the most attractive tourist town in Albanian Riviera, where honeymooners traditionally spend their holidays. Located in front of the sea and along the main promenade there are some hotels and restaurants which offer you catering facilities and accommodation. Daily ferryboat link Saranda with the nearby Greek island of Corfu. under Byzantine administration, then a brief occupation by the Venetians, the city was abandoned in the late middle Ages after marshes formed in the area. The present archaeological site is a repository of ruins representing each period in the city’s development. We will visit:        The Castle of Lekursi. Penisula of Ksamil. The Ancient City of Butrinti. Tample of Aesculapius. The Baptisery. The Nympheum. The gate with towers. Leave the group at hotel lobby. End of our service! Free time for optional Lunch – (Albanian traditional meal). After Lunch transfer to Butrinti, another interesting sight. Butrinti – Archaeological Site, perhaps the most romantic archaeological site in Albania. Inhabited since prehistoric times, Butrint has been a Roman city and a bishopric. Following a period of prosperity 81
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  83. 83. We will start our journey towards Prizren, known as "museum city" at 5:00 o’clock at sports hall. The entire trip will be a pleasure and relaxation starting from different stops that group will do during the trip. After two and a half hour journey will be arriving at Prizren. An ancient city found under the picturesque slopes sharrit. iknown in the Roman period as theranda and that of Byzantium as prizdrijana the Kosovo town will give us the opportunity to become acquainted with during the journey closely with its beauty and culture. During this tour will visit:        The Stone Bridge-Ottoman symbol of Prizren built in 1534 by Ali Bey The Bath Gazi Mehmet Pasha The Sinan Pasha Mosque, the mosque in Prizren remarkable built in 1615 The house museum of the Prizren-Albanian relationship is one of the historical places in which it is held by the League of Prizren June 10, 1878 The Prizren castle - old fortess which has been a place for shelter and protection The Cathedral of the eternal Assumption -Catholic church built in 1870 wearing marble where the door has a description medieval Albanian hero Scanderbeg The Church of st.Friday. End of our service 83

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