Albania: Land of the Eagles

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  • 09 May–19 May 2020
11 days
from £1,599 pp
Tour code: AGT1129

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    Upcoming Tour Date:

    • 09 May–19 May 2020
    11 days
    from £1,599 pp
    Tour code: AGT1129

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      Tour Code AGT1129
      Max Group Size 26
      Single Supplement £150
      Start/End Point Tirana / Tirana
      Tour Manager Leonie Loudon – Read Bio

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      Would you prefer to fly from your local airport or spend a few days at the end of your tour on the beach? We are happy to help you arrange any additional requirements you may have from airport parking and hotels to pre and post tour hotel stays. Whilst the majority of our tours use group flights from London airports it is often possible to offer regional departures or connections – give us a call on 01425 480600 and let us help make your trip as comfortable as possible.

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      Step back in time as you explore the rich cultural treasures of this intriguing corner of Europe. Albania and North Macedonia make the perfect combination.

      Do you remember when a visit to Eastern Europe felt different? There was a kind of frisson about countries where the feel of a former Communist ruled region remained in the air.  Cities like Budapest and Prague still bore the hallmarks of their pasts.  Cars were different, shops were different, restaurants were different, and international brands were thin on the ground.

      Albania possesses some of the most wonderful cultural heritage in Europe. The country was under Communist rule for 45 years, and, within that time, there was an enforced period of atheism for some 24 years. 800,000 bunkers were built to protect the country from attack from the USSR. Around 200,000 bunkers remain (some in surprising places), and goats graze among historic ruins where anywhere else they would be protected by security officials amid ‘Do Not Touch’ signs. Tirana, the capital, is a delightful time-warp itself with local restaurants, individual boutique shops and a Communist style main square, containing possibly the biggest monument of a national hero you may have ever seen!

      Words from Your Tour Coordinator…

      “I was fortunate enough to finally visit Albania last year, and my passion for this extraordinary country has bloomed subsequently. When one considers Albania, thoughts are usually bleak, completely ignorant of its extraordinary natural scenery – from the gorgeous coastline and views across the deep blue Ionian Sea, to its cooler mountainous regions, there is such a diversity of landscapes here that it’s possible to forget that you’re still in Albania. Not only are you spoilt by the natural Albania, but also by its rich cultural heritage, from the vast Roman remains at Butrint to its impressive Ottoman architecture in Berat, the ‘city of a thousand windows’, and hidden Byzantine art and iconography. Let’s not forget the food. One of the most frequently asked questions about this tour is about the cuisine. Albanian food is typically Mediterranean: distinctly fresh meats, fish and veg, often in vast quantities due to the Albanians’ enviable hospitality. It also has one of the longest wine making traditions in the world, and luckily our itinerary includes a visit and wine tasting that won’t disappoint. Albania really does have it all.”

      Ellie Spawton

      Highlights

      • Visit Tirana, the capital of Albania
      • Excursions to the UNESCO listed Berat, Onufri Museum, and Butrint
      • Travel through a section of the Llogara National Park
      • Wine tasting at the Cobo Winery
      • Cross the border into North Macedonia for a boat trip and a visit to its historic sites

      What’s Included

      • Return British Airways flights from London Gatwick to Tirana
      • Ten nights’ in good standard accommodation
      • Daily breakfast, seven lunches and nine evening meals
      • All excursions, entrance fees and tips
      • All overseas transport and English-speaking guides
      • Services of a Prestige Holidays Tour Manager

      Itinerary

      Day 1 - Arrival (D)

      Arrival. Short orientation tour of Tirana before a welcome drink and dinner. Tirana’s cityscape is marked by the architecture of two totalitarian regimes, the Fascist under Mussolini in World War II, and the Communist, the latter symbolised by Skanderbeg Square.

      Overnight: Tirana

      Day 2 - Kruja (B, L, D)

      Depart to Kruja, the medieval capital of Albania. Visit the historical museum, Kruja Castle, and a bazaar.

      Overnight: Tirana

      Day 3 - Ohrid (B, L, D)

      Depart to the North Macedonian town of Ohrid and take a late lunch.

      Guided tour of the UNESCO listed Old Town, including visits to two Orthodox churches.

      Overnight: Ohrid

      Day 4 - At leisure (B)

      Enjoy a boat trip across Lake Ohrid, one of Europe’s deepest and most ancient lakes which has a unique ecosystem of worldwide importance and over 200 endemic species. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in this scenic area.

      Overnight: Ohrid

      Day 5 - Ohrid / Struga / Berat (B, L, D)

      Visit Sveti Naum and its impressive Orthodox cathedral. After a lunch stop in Struga, a delightful North Macedonian town, continue to Berat.

      Overnight: Berat

      Day 6 - Berat (B, D)

      Start the day with a visit to Berat’s old town followed by time at leisure. This afternoon, visit the famous Cobo Winery for a tasting and snacks.

      Overnight: Berat

      Day 7 - Berat / Fier / Apollonia (B, L, D)

      Spend the morning in Berat. Visit the castle and the Onufri Museum, which houses some extraordinary Byzantine icons.

      After a lunch stop in Fier, continue to Apollonia to explore its acropolis and temple ruins.

      This evening, transfer to Gjirokaster.

      Overnight: Gjirokaster

      Day 8 - Gjirokaster / Saranda (B, L, D)

      Explore the UNESCO site of Gjirokaster, visiting the castle and museum, which has some interesting relics from the Cold War.

      Depart for Saranda. Take a light lunch in a local restaurant before continuing to Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasting some extensive and well-preserved Roman remains.

      Overnight: Saranda

      Day 9 - Saranda / Durres (B, L, D)

      Tour of Saranda, including the ruins of the biggest synagogue in the Balkans and the castle of Ali Pasha. Continue to Durres, passing through parts of Llogara National Park, before a light lunch in Vlora.

      Overnight: Durres

      Day 10 - Durres / Tirana (B, L, D)

      Explore Durres and visit the historic core of the town, including the second largest Roman amphitheatre in the Balkans.

      Return to Tirana and enjoy a light lunch and short guided walk before time at leisure.

      This evening, there is a special farewell meal.

      Overnight: Tirana

      Day 11 - Departure (B)

      Transfer to the airport for departure.

      Prestige Holidays’ booking conditions apply. Price is based on twin/double occupancy. Single rooms are on request at a supplement of £150— subject to availability. Itinerary may be subject to slight alterations due to operational restrictions. Hotels are subject to change and a hotel of similar standard in the overnight locations may be provided. Flight times are provisional and subject to change due to airline schedules.

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