Day 1: Tirana – Kruja – Lezha – Shkoder. Arrival at “Mother Theresa” International Airport and transfer to to Kruja, the town of Albania’s most important resistance under the leadership of Gjergj Kastrioti “Scanderbeg”. Sightseeing at his castle and the impressive Scanderbeg Museum, Ethnographical Museum and shopping in Old Bazaar. Than, we continue to Lezha, a town located on north-west part of Albania. In the ancient period was colled Lissus. Upon a high hill ther is still the walls of Illirian walls and under them the surrounding walls of Syracuse colony. Short visit to Mausoleum of Scanderbeg.
Then, we continue to Shkodra. Introduction to Shkodra’s old history as one of the oldest cities of Balkan Peninsula and the capital of Ex-Illyrian Empire. A nice landscape with highland (Albanian Alps on north) are a full contrast. City tour of Shkodra, Old Bazaar, Centrum, cathedral and mosque. Visit to the Castle of Rosafa (the legend of Rozafa’s presentation) and the museum inside it and we enjoy wonderful views of mountains, Shkodra’s lake, Drini, Buna and Kir rivers with the valleys around from the top of Rozafa castle. Boat tour (on request), visit to Vila e Zogut (ex king of Albania), and lunch at Shiroka with a nice view of Shkodra’s Lake. Visit to the photography museum “Marubi”. Accommodation to Rozafa Hotel 3* (or similar) and overnight.
Day 2: Durres – Berat – Apollonia – Tirana. After breakfast, we continue to Durres. Durres is one of the oldest cities in the Mediterranean and the largest sea-port in Albania. This busy port city has the second largest Roman amphitheaters in the Balkans (20000 spectators). Visit archeological museum, Venetian tower, Villa e Zogut. After lunch, we continue to Berat. 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. Later, the tour continues with a visit to Apollonia, founded in 588 BC and taken by Aristotle as a model in his analysis of oligarchy, because of its distinct and separate Greek and Illyrian communities. It was a vital stronghold in Caesar’s civil war with Pompey and also important in early Christian history with its bishop attending the councils of Ephesus and Chlalkis in 431 and 451 AD. We will visit its museum, Shen Meri Monastery and Church. In evening, return to Tirana, accommodation to Arber Hotel 3* (or similar) and overnight.
Day 3: Tirana. After breakfast, city of Tirana, which 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). Tour ends with transfer to “Mother Teresa” International Airport of Tirana for departure to Istanbul.
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