Day 1: Dubrovnik – Shkoder (Albania) – Tirane
At 08.00 LT, Departure from Dubrovnik. Than arrive to Shkodra. Introduction to Shkodra’s old history as one of the oldest cities in the Balkan Peninsula and the capital of Ex-Illyrian Empire. City tour of Shkodra, Old Bazaar, Centrum, cathedral and mosque. After lunch, continue to Tirana. City of Tirana, is located on a plain on the site of a Byzantine fortress and has been the capital since 1920 (visits to the Skanderbeg Square, Mosque of Ethem Bey (built on 1824), the Clock Tower (built on 1822), the National Museum (the huge mosaic on front represent the Albanian history development, and the stages of this development are presented on respective pavilions), National Art Gallery, Archeological Museum (there are presented many archeological discoveries since the Stone Age up to the Medieval), Grand Park and government buildings). Accommodation to hotel and overnight. Includes: (Breakfast+dinner).
Day 2: Kruja – Durres - Berat
(Albania) After breakfast, we travel to City of Kruja. Kruja is a small charas town perched on a hill and famous for being the center of Albanian resistance against the Ottoman Turks under Albanian National Hero Scanderbeg. You will visit the Castle, Scanderbeg Museum, and a very rich Ethnographic Museum situated in an original house of a feudal family in the 17th century. This was home to an extensive self reliable family of 40 who were able to produce almost everything they needed within its walls. After the visits you will be taken through the Old Bazaar with hand crafted souvenirs and antiques. Afterwards depart to Durres city which is located on the Adriatic coast and is the main commercial port of Albania. Durres, Albania's second largest city was known as Durrahium, and is one of the oldest towns in the country.
Legend says that it was founded by Epidamnos, the Illyrian King of the area, who called it by his own name and named the port area after his grandson, Dyrrah. It was for centuries the largest port on the Adriatic, and the start of the Via Egnatia to Constantinople (today Istanbul). We visit the Roman amphitheatre and the Archaeological Museum, situated near the sea and rich in objects excavated in Durres. We also visit the Roman Baths behind the Aleksander Moisiu Theatre on the central square. After lunch, continue to Berat. After arrival accommodation to hotel than city tour. Berat is one of the oldest inhabited regions of Albania, more than 2400 years old, and with special status from UNESCO. Visit to its castle of Berat with Onufri museum and other churches inside; Mosque of Berat and the old Bridge of Gorica. Return to hotel and overnignt.(Breakfast+dinner)
Day 3: Ohrid (Macedonia
After brakfast in hotel, we continue to Ohrid. After arrival and accommodation to hotel, we visit Ohrid. This city, which lie long the amazing coast of Ohrid Lake, cover the most attractive part of Macedonia and is one of ancients locality of Europe. Concerning the historical and cultural values Ohrid is protected from UNESCO and it is called a museum–city also. We have a city tour to explore: Saint Sofia church, Orthodox Cathedral, Roman Amphitheatre long the ancient Egnatia Street, Czar Samuel Castle and the Museum nearby. Accommodation to hotel Belvedere 3* (or similar) and overnight.(Breakfast+dinner)
Day 4: Departure – Transfer from Ohrid (Macedonia) to Dubrovnik (Croatia)
End of services in evening (20.00 LT). (Breakfast+lunch)
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