Albania & Macedonia, Cradle of the Balkans

Day 1: Fly to Tirana • Durrës
Fly to Tirana. Transfer to Durrës, founded in 627BC and one of Albania’s oldest towns. Welcome dinner and stay overnight at Hotel Bleart (or similar). (D)
 
Day 2: Berat • Vlora
Visit the amphitheatre in Durrës, the largest amphitheatre in the Balkans. Continue to Berat and visit the Museum of Icons and the castle, which contains the remnants of 42 churches within its walls. Special access to the King’s Mosque and adjacent Halveti Tekke, containing some excellent Ottoman paintings, has also been arranged. In the afternoon, explore the Graeco-Roman ruins of Apollonia, an important trading port for the Roman empire until the third century AD. Continue to Vlora and stay overnight at the Hotel Vlora International (or similar). (B)
 
Day 3: Saranda • Butrint
Morning drive through the mountains and along deserted stretches of coastline to the resort town of Saranda. Afternoon tour of the Unesco world heritage site of Butrint. Explore the ruins of this Graeco-Roman town on the shores of Lake Butrint and view the third-century BC theatre, bath houses and the remains of the largest baptistry in the Balkans. Stay overnight at the Jaroal Hotel (or similar) in Saranda. (B)
 
Day 4: Gjirokaster
Drive to Gjirokaster, stopping en route at St Nicholas’ monastery and the church of Labova, one of Albania’s oldest and best-preserved Orthodox churches, dating from the sixth century. In Gjirokaster see the birthplace of Enver Hoxha and Zekate House, an example of Ottoman-style architecture. Stay at the Cajupi Hotel (or similar) for 1 night. (B)
 
Day 5: Korca
In the morning, travel through mountainous landscapes to Korca, historically an important trade town. Continue to the Mirahori mosque, one of the oldest mosques in Albania. Stay at the Regency Hotel (or similar) for 1 night. (B)
 
Day 6: Lake Ohrid
Visit the Museum of Medieval Arts, which displays more than 150 icons, then drive to Voskopojë, stopping en route to see the Shen Kolli (St Nicholas) church, which contains some of the best preserved 18th-century ecclesiastical art in the Balkans. Drive to Ohrid in Macedonia, via the monastery of St Naum. Its position on a rocky overhang provides excellent views over Lake Ohrid and Ohrid itself, listed by Unesco as natural and cultural world heritage sites. Stay at the Hotel Royal View (or similar) for 2 nights. (B)
 
Day 7: Ohrid
Morning tour of the town known as the Macedonian Jerusalem due to its large number of churches. See St Sophia cathedral, the oldest cathedral in Macedonia; the church of St Clement at Plaoshnik; and the Gallery of Icons. Also visit the National Museum, housing works of art dating from 1863; the ethnological museum; Samuil’s Fortress; and the antique theatre, the oldest such building in Macedonia. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
 
Day 8: Tirana
Travel to Elbasan to see the Ottoman fort. Continue to Tirana for an afternoon tour of the Albanian capital, including visits to the National Museum, the mosque, the main square and its clock tower. End the day with a visit to the Bektashi World Centre to learn about this Islamic Sufi order. Stay at the Tirana International Hotel (or similar) for 1 night. (B)
 
Day 9: Shkodër • Kruja • Departure
Morning drive to Shkodër, one of the most historic towns in Albania, and visit St Stephen’s Catholic Cathedral. Return to Tirana via Kruja, visiting the fortress of Kruja, the Skanderbeg Museum, ethnographic museum, and the old bazaar. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant before transferring to the airport for a flight to your next destination. (B, D)
 
As per itinerary :- B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner.
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 Signature Experiences
  • Explore the Unesco world heritage sites of Butrint and Lake Ohrid
  • Special access to the King’s Mosque and Halveti Tekke in Berat
  • Admire Byzantine and Orthodox churches, superb Ottoman architecture and spectacular mountain scenery
  • Welcome and farewell group dinners
 
 What's included
  • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
  • Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described
  • Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
  • Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
 
Note : Hotels are subject to availability at the time of booking.
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 Payments
  • 45 days or more before date of departure: 25% of total cost
  • 45 - 35 days before date of departure: 50% of total cost
  • 35 - 25 days before date of departure: 100% of total cost
Important: The booking stands liable to be cancelled if 100% payment is not received 20 days prior to departure date and received amount will be fully forfeited.
 
 Cancellation
If you Cancel your Holiday
You or any member of your party may cancel their travel arrangements at any time. Written notification or an e-mail to that effect from the person who made the booking must be received at our office. The cancellation charges applicable are as per the published cancellation policy below:
 
Cancellation charges per person
  • 45 days or more before date of departure: 25% of total cost
  • 45 - 35 days before date of departure: 100% of total cost
  • 35 - 25 days before date of departure: 100% of total cost
If we change or cancel your holiday
  • We do plan the arrangements in advance. It is unlikely that we will have to make any changes to your travel arrangements.
  • Occasionally, we may have to make changes and we reserve the right to do so at any time. If there are any changes, we will advise you of them at the earliest possible date.
  • We also reserve the right under any circumstances to cancel your travel arrangements by assigning reasons to you.
  • If we are unable to provide the booked travel arrangements due to reasons beyond our control (e.g. bad weather):We shall first try to offer alternative dates for the tour if the tour hasn’t already commenced.
  • If the tour has already commenced, then we shall refund the booking price/fee charged to you on a pro-rata basis depending on the portion of the tour utilized by you.
  • In all circumstances, however, our liability shall be limited to refunding to you the price we charged as tour fees.
If you want to change your holiday plan
After confirmation of services, if you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way (e.g. your chosen departure date or accommodation), we will do our utmost to make these changes but it may not always be possible. Any request for changes must be in writing from the person who made the booking. All cost incurred due to amendment will be borne by you.
 
If you have a complaint
If you face any problem during your holiday, please inform the relevant supplier (e.g. your hotelier, transporter etc.) and/or our representative immediately who will endeavour to set things right. If your complaint is not resolved locally, please follow this up within 28 days of your return home by writing to us, with your booking reference and all other relevant information. However, please be advised that while we are happy to assist you in the redressal of your complaint, if any, we will be able to extend only our best efforts in managing/coordinating your complaint with the respective service provider. All third party service providers are independent contractors who are at no time under our control or supervision.
 
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  • HolidaysAt provide fully escorted tour packages specially for womens.
  • We consider special care about our women / traveler security during your tour package.
  • All the tours are specifically designed keeping your security in mind.
  • We planned tours that include a balance of activities and leisure time along with carefully selected destinations.
  • Still you feel uncomfortable at any place, contact your dedicated manager and he will take care of everything, so that you can enjoy your trip.
 Disabled / Senior Citizen Persons :
 
Established in 2009, HolidaysAt is a prominent travel company based in New Delhi, India. We know the challenges to provide best travel experience for our valuable guest. Who need special take care during the trip with all comforts. Mostly we organise private tours to India and do not club our clients to other group.

  • We consider special care about Disabled / Senior Citizen traveler security during the tour.
  • All the tours are specifically designed keeping your challenges in mind.
  • We planned tours that include a balance of activities and leisure time along with carefully selected destinations.
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  • hotel
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Accomodation for your comfort
  Hotel Bleart - Durres
  Hotel Cajupi - Gjirokaster
  Hotel Regency - Korca
  Hotel Vlora International - Vlora
  Jaroal Hotel - Saranda
  Royal View Hotel - Ohrid
  Tirana International Hotel - Tirana
 
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