5 days 4 nights
During this Wonder Tour you will immediately meet one of the Albanian local families who take care of the traditional crafted Albanian hat “qeleshe”. Along the tour you will meet also other locals who inspire and help other local people to live a decent life without moving out from their beautiful country. Interesting fact is that after many years of working abroad, they come back to Albania and start new business investing the money they have earned. They are catalysing the process of the growth of the country. You will see traces of the regime of Enver Hoxha, but also lot of examples of reaction against him. Many cultural and historical sites mixed with the beautiful nature Albania has to offer. Warm hospitality on every step, UNESCO sites worth visiting and hidden gems only Wonder Where can help you discover.
Arriving on the airport of the capital city of Albania – the amazing Tirana, warm welcomed by our local guide who will make sure for you to have a wonderful trip worth remembering. This wonder tour begins with the visit of the small town of Kruja. There you will have the chance to meet the local hero man who makes the hat qeleshe, a unique tradition kept alive since the Iliriyan age till today. He will present the handmade process of making qeleshe while telling his story. Way back to Tirana. Night walk in the amazing city of Tirana. Accommodation in the best hotel in the city.
After the breakfast the tour continues to Shkodra. The city that is more than 2000 years old, located on the largest lake in the Balkans – the Skadar Lake. The tour will start by visiting the most recognizable memorial in Shkodra which is the legendary Castle of Rozafa known also as Rozafati; visit of the Lead Mosque with 18 cupolas; the Marubi museum… After the tour of the city is over, enjoy an unforgettable experience by having lunch in one of the best agro-restaurants in Albania – Mrizi I Zanave. Here you will taste extraordinary specialties all made with natural products. Today’s final destination is the city of Vlora which sits on a bay that marks the meeting of the Adriatic and the Ionian seas, which means clean waters and brilliant beaches. With over 300 sunny days a year, too, it’s easy to see why it’s a popular beach resort. But if you prefer your beach to come with a side of city slicking, Vlora also fits the bill.
Before leaving this city, have another panoramic tour of the second largest port of Albania, Vlora. Vlora dates back to the 6th century BC, when it was known as Aulona. In addition, a hill above the city houses the Bektashi Tekke of Kuzum Babai. The site offers breath-taking views of the city of Vlora, the Karaburun Peninsula, Sazan Island and Narta Lagoon. After that, continue to Saranda through the incredible Albanian Riviera. In the afternoon, visit of the National Park Butrint. Butrint was an Ancient Greek and later Roman city with evidence of habitation as far back as the 12th century BC. Its ruins, which remain extremely well intact today, are spread over a large area of a wider national park. The Butrint region is one of the most important areas for biodiversity in Albania. A real treasure that UNESCO is protecting. Arriving in Saranda or Santa Quaranta which is the name of the "Forty Saints" once under Italian rule. Accommodation in one of the best hotels.
With today’s tour you will visit the two UNESCO cities, the city of Gjirokastra and the city of Berat. Gjirokastra, the city named "Stone City" – declared UNESCO World Heritage Site, we will walk you trough the city discovering behind the scene moments for the old houses build of stone, and the "kaldrma" stone streets where is the Ethnographic Museum, located in the birth house of the former communist dictator Enver Hoxha was born... The other Site under UNESCO protection is – Berat, the "City of one thousand windows" or as Albanian people would simplify with the phrase "one above another window” . You will make beautiful postcards there! Accommodation in one of the best family owned hotels.
Before this tour is over, have another delicious breakfast and another fresh made coffee that will remain in your memory and will remind you about the incredible time you spent in Albania; but before it’s over you will have another stop to visit the city of Durres, home to the biggest seaport of the country.