This is a lovely way to see the beach and mountain side of Albania and this is a tour not to be missed.
Day 1: Corfu - Saranda (35 km by boat)
Arrive in Saranda from Corfu. Meet your English-speaking guide and transfer to the Hotel in Saranda. After check-in, continue the drive south on the scenic road to the archaeological site of Butrint and enjoy lunch at local restaurant. Continue on to ancient Butrinti, dating back 2500 years. In the ruins itself visit the Amphitheater from the 3rd century and the temple of Aesculapius. The Baptistery from the 6th century has colorful mosaics and is one of the largest baptisteries east of the Adriatic. Bustint's ancient acropolis is on the top of the hill overlooking the entire site and affords an impressive view of the area. The old fortress houses the new small archaeological museum, which contains recent finds from the site. Butrint is truly one of the last unspoiled natural and ancient historical areas in the Mediterranean. Return to Saranda. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Saranda
Relax day in Saranda or Ksamili beach. Dinner and overnight in Saranda
Day 3: Saranda - Vlora (125 km)
Depart for Vlora traveling north along the Albanian Riviera. En route we pass the castle of Porto Palermo, located near Himara, also known as the castle of Ali Pashe Tepelena. Our drive north passes through many beautiful villages like Lukova, Borsh, Qeparo, Himara, Vuno, and Dhermi, which all have very beautiful beaches. Lunch in a local restaurant in Himara or Dhermi Beach. For a dramatic change in scenery we drive high up into the mountains to Alpine Llogara Pass. After leaving Llogora we return to the coast and arrive in the city of Vlora. Vlora is one of Albania's largest cities and a major seaport and tourist resort. We visit the Museum of Independence, which commemorates the proclamation of Albanian independence on November 28, 1912. Independence Day is one of Albania's most significant holidays and marked the end of centuries of Ottoman rule. Dinner and overnight in Vlora
Day 4: Vlora
Relax Day in Vlora. Dinner and overnight in Vlora
Day 5: Vlora - Apolonia - Berat (Unesco) (110 km)
In the morning depart Vlora to Fieri, where we visit the Apolonia Archaeological site and have lunch at local restaurant. Continue on to Berati and en route visit the Ardenica Monastery and a local winery. In the afternoon visit visit the Old Quarter, the icon museum of Onufri, Albania's master iconography, and other highlights of the city. Dinner and overnight in Berat.
Day 6: Berat (Unesco) - Gjirokastra (Unesco) - Saranda (215 km)
In the morning depart Berat to Gjirokastra taking the inland road, and journey about 3 hours south to the "Museum City" of Gjirokastra. Lunch at local restaurant. Visit the fortress, which stands high above the city for a panoramic view of the beautiful mountainous landscape and Ethnographic Museum. We leave Gjirokastra and pass by the "Blue Eye," a natural spring near an old trout farm and an ideal spot for a picnic by the deep blue natural spring. We arrive in Saranda for dinner. Overnight in Saranda.
Day 7: Saranda - Corfu (35 km by boat)
After breakfast departure from Saranda's port to Corfu.
Accommodation in good 3* 4* standard hotels with breakfast.
Transportation with comfortable a/c vehicle.
English (French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese etc), speaking tour guide/driver.
All entrance fees.
All other meals apart from breakfast.
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