Illyria (Balkan) Explorer – Yellow Route (AEB01)

Illyria (Balkan) Explorer - Yellow Route, explore this part of hidden Europe fascinating three small countries, but with a great history, nature, archeology, and very hospitable people.

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Overview

Tour Name: Balkan (Illyria) Explorer – Yellow Route

Duration: 7 days (1 week)

Countries: Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia.

Type: General, Cultural, Archeology, Nature, Gastronomy, etc.

Code: AEB01

Depart from: Tirana, Albania

Group Size: Small groups (1-15 pax)

Difficulty:   2 (from 1 - 5)

Tempo: 4 (from 1 - 5)   

Duration: 7 Days (up to 28 days or more)

Dates:  

2019 - 2022 Tours start every monday, year around.

 

7-28 Days Albania, and South East Europe (Balkan) Flexible Tours from Tirana in English -  Red  -  Blue  -    Yellow  -  Green  loops, etc.  

Visit Tirana, Kruje, Lezhe, Shkoder,Koma Lake, Gjakove, Pristine, Prizren, Skopje, Ohrid, Elbasan, Apollonia, Berat, and Durres.

How does it work?

    • You decide how many countries you want to travel
    • Each week you can travel to different places/countries

For example, if you want to continue another week exploring other amazing regions, then you can proceed to the next route, and please contact us. Please note the hotel accommodation is not included on the last day of your tour. List price is per person per day.

 

 

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1 –Tirana - Kruja – Lezha – Shkoder . (101 km, 2h 05 min)

Start the day exploring Albania’s capital. We visit Skanderbeg Square, dedicated to Albania’s national hero, the Mosque of Ethem Bey, one of the oldest buildings in Tirana, and the Archaeological Museum among other sites. We then head to Kruja, one of Albania’s most important towns due to the part it played in resistance against the Ottomans. Visit the Skanderbeg Museum and castle as well as the old bazaar. Today lunch will be included and the opportunity to eat some traditional food in Kruja. Later we continue to Lezha in the north west of the country where we visit the mausoleum of Skanderbeg and the castle before heading to Shkoder. Shkoder is one of the oldest cities in the Balkans and was once a capital of the Illyrian state. We visit its old bazaar, cathedral and mosque before heading to Rozafa castle for spectacular views of the city, lake and the surrounding mountains. Overnight Hotel Tradita or similar. (BL)

 

Day 2 – Koman Lake – Junik - Gjakova – Rahovec Vinery - Prizren (122 km, 4h 35 min); + 2.5 hrs boat trip in Koman Lake

Today we journey from Shkoder to Valbona via Koman Lake. The 2 hour trip on Lake Komani was called “One of the Great Boat Trips of the World” by the Bradt Guide, and certainly the scenery is stunning. The Drin River was flooded along part of its most mountainous passage to create the lakes in this region. The journey takes you along glassy clear water, twisting and turning through narrow passes and past silent mountain peaks. After the completion of this memorable leg of the journey we continue to cross the border into Kosovo and drive to Junik where we visit the famous Kullat e Junikut (Junik Tower). The towers are castle-like houses with a special architecture built in white rock, where Albanians have for centuries sheltered to survive wars and conflicts. Then continue to Gjakova which lies on the banks of the River Erenik. Visit its main sites including the old bazaar and clock tower, and then continue Rahovec Vinery where you will have the option to taste some wine. Afterward continue to the city of Prizren, probably the most attractive town in Kosovo with superbly preserved buildings from the Ottoman era. We visit the castle which is one of the oldest in the Balkans (almost 3 millenniums), built to protect the city from attacks, the ornate Bajrakli Mosque and the old Turkish Hammam among other sights. Prizren is an absolute highlight of any visit to Kosovo and to see the old houses of the old town in low light as the sun sets is a delight. Overnight at Hotel Prizren or similar. (B)

 

Day 3  Monastery of Decan (UNESCO) - Peja - Pristine. (295 km, 3h 50 min)

We then continue to the Monastery of Decan (UNESCO). The medieval church houses some of the most preserved fresco decoration in the Balkans and the grounds are also a delight. After arrival in to Peje we explore the Ottoman Empire time sites of the town including the Haxhi Beut Mosque and the old house of Jashar Pasha as well as the Sheremet Tower and the old bazaar. We continue to Pristina. Explore the city visiting its main sites such as the Orthodox Church and the Carshi Mosque, dating back to the early 15th century. We then head to the ruins of Ulpiana, an ancient Roman time city that was once one of the most powerful in the Balkans. Later we visit the spectacular Gracanica Monastery, one of Kosovo’s most beautiful sites and containing some impressive frescoes. Overnight Begolli Hotel or similar. (B)

 

Day 4

Skopje. We continue to Macedonia stopping first at Gadime Cave. We cross the border and head to its capital Skopje. Upon arrival we visit some of the most important parts of the town, including the old Ottoman market, the monastery of Sveti Spas and the ancient Kale Fortress which dates back to Illyrian and Roman times. Overnight at hotel Aristocrat, or similar. (B)

 

Day 5

Tetovo - Ohrid (UNESCO)  (145 km, 2h 45 min)

Continue to Tetova an important city of Macedonia where we visit its castle and old mosque. Then drive to the beautiful town of Ohrid, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore its mixture of western and oriental architecture including the Orthodox Cathedral, the 11th century church of St Sofia as well as the Roman theater. Overnight at hotel Villa Sofia or similar. (B)

 

Day 6 – Elbasan - Berat (UNESCO) (160 km, 3h 20 min)

After breakfast we cross the border to Albania, where we visit Elbasan. It was a very old and important city in the Ancient Via Egnatia Road that used to connect Durres to Thessaloniki and Istanbul. We visit the old town, castle, church, mosque, etc. Then drive to Berat, one of the oldest inhabited regions of Albania and with a superbly preserved historic centre that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We visit its citadel which contains old churches, mosques and museums. Overnight Hotel Osumi or similar. (B)

 

Day 7 – Apollonia (UNESCO candidate) - Ardenica Monastery - Durres (UNESCO candidate) – Tirana. (212 km, 3h 55 min).  

After breakfast drive to Apolonia. Visit the ancient city of Apollonia, dating back to the 6th century BC. Then continue to visit Ardenica Monastery. Afterward continue to Durres. This port city has the largest Roman amphitheater in the region (20,000 seats), dating back to the 2nd century built during Trajan Emperor rule. Visit  archeological museum, amphitheater, roman Baths, Byzantine Bazar. Drive back to Tirana for our final night where you will enjoy a farewell dinner with traditional food. Overnight Hotel Kruja or similar. (B)


Day 8 (Optional): Change to continue to other routes.

 

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  • 157 € single supplement pp
  • 35 € entry/fees supplement pp

Pricing Policy 

  • Price listed is per person, and is quoted based on a certain minimum number of participants. To operate the tour with only 1 participant there is an extra charge of +190%, to operate the tour with only 2 participants, there is an extra charge of +70%.
  • Tour Operator reserve the right to postpone (with the approval of client) or to cancel the service, in cases when required minimum participants is not guaranteed, or other subjective reasons. If service is canceled by Tour Operator, then 100% of booking fee will be refunded to respective customer.

    • Currency: All prices are shown in Euro (EUR) except admission and meal fees which are paid upon arrival.
    • Child fare: 2 - 11 year old share a room with two adults (no bed). No charge for infants under 2 years old.
    • Pre Accommodation (Same as Tour): Available on the day before (one night) or after the tour(one night). Hotel accommodation is not included on the last day of your tour.
    • EUR€38 per person per night (twin share basis), there is no charge for children sharing a room with two adults. EUR€78 per night applies for Single Room.

    • Airport transfers (pick up / drop off): Available in each city as per program. Airport, hotel, meeting place transfer (available between 7am and 10pm), EUR€29 each way per person (minimum 2 people). The transfer service needs to be placed at least 2 business days in advance.

 

Price Includes

    • Hotel: Accommodation 3* hotels on double occupancy. Twin share basis for 7 overnights as per program. For child 2 - 11 year old sharing a room with 2 adults. (Hotel information is confirmed 24 hours prior departure.
    • Transportation: Air Conditioned modern van/minibus/bus and other transportation listed in itinerary
    • Breakfast: Daily breakfast. All others meals not listed are at your expense.
    • Guide: English speaking tour leader.

Price Excludes

    • Admission/entry Fees:
      • Entry fees prices are subject to change without prior notice.
      • If you would like to join the optional activities, please pay the fee in cash to the tour guide. The tour guide will arrange the tickets for the group.
      • Travel insurance, visa fees

    • Any charges for additional itinerary are not listed in itinerary
    • A mandatory service fees for tour guide/bus driver (min. 5 Euro /day per person).
    • Excess baggage charges from Airlines
    • Personal expenses such as room service, telephone, laundry service charges
    • Losses or additional expenses: The Company will accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to accident.
    • Lunch and Dinner charges (if applicable)

    • Everything not mentioned in “Inclusions”

 

POLICIES:

 Confirmation

    • Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a receipt of booking by email. Within 72 hours of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email confirming the booking status. Please do not book any airline tickets until you receive the status of your booking.

 Redemption

    • You will receive a confirmation voucher in 2-3 business days after you receive the e-ticket. Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination and departure details, is included in your confirmation voucher. When you reserve your attractions and services you will be asked to print the confirmation voucher to present when you arrive at your destination. It is your proof of purchase.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Land Activity