Kosova Explorer Tour!

Kosovo is a very interesting travel destination as this new de facto independent country is a pleasant surprise for those that get a chance to visit. This trip offer the best things this small and young nation has to offer – which are well worth a experience! The rich history from back ancient Albanians ancestors Illyrian Dardanians traces, Roman trace, Byzantine, and Ottoman era, etc., and the friendliness of the people of Kosovo is very unique. Europe's newest country, Kosovo is a fascinating land at the heart of the Balkans rewarding visitors with welcoming smiles, charming mountain towns, incredible hiking opportunities, and multi-religious co-existence. It’s perfectly safe to travel here now, but despite this, Kosovo remains one of the last truly off-the-beaten-path destinations in Europe.

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Overview

Kosova Explorer Tour!

Name: Albania Explorer Tour  Kosova Explorer Tour!

Code: AEKET

Duration: 4 Days 

Type: General, Cultural, Archeology, Nature, Gastronomy, Multi religious harmony, etc.  

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1.
Pristina – Ulpiana ancient city – Gracanica Monastery (UNESCO) – Gadime cave. (08:00) Prishtina is the capital and the largest city of Kosova. It is the administrative, economical, and cultural center of Kosova. The area of Prishtina has a long history, in its vincity archaeological discoveries have been found which date back to the early neolithical ages. After arrival, we visit the center of the city, National Theatre, Mother Teresa Square, Pristina University, Pristina Museum, the Clock Tower dates back to the 19th century, Bazzar Mosque, Orthodox Church, etc. Also we will visit Gracanica Monastery, built in 1321 on
the basis of an older church from Roman period. Then continue to Southeast of the city, the remains of Ulpiana were discovered, the center of the Illyrian province of Dardania (Dardanians were one of the famous three Troyan allies together with Illus and Lycians under the Priam lidership on famous war agains the Achaeans as prescribed in Iliad. Ulpiana was founded in the 2nd century during the rule of Emperor Trajan, and renewed in the 6th century during the rule of Justinian, after whom it was called Iustinana Secunda. Just a few kilometers in the west side of the city lie the Fushe Kosova so famous for the battle against the ottomans in 1369, here is also the memorial of Sulltan Murati II killed in this battle. Afterward visit to Gadime Cave. Return to Pristina and Overnight. (18:00) Overnight in Pristine.

Day 2.
Peje – Monastery of Peja (UNESCO) - Boge. (08:00) Departure to Peje. Peja lies at the foot of the gigantic Damned Mountains (Bjeshk't e Nemuna), on the river Bistrica and the entrance of the Rugova Gorge. Peja is the main economic and cultural center of northern Dukagjin and one of the best known tourist resorts of the region. During the medieval Serbian state, Peja was a cultural center because of the Patriarchate of Peja, which is in the immediate vicinty of the town that we are going to visit. Also we will visit the Tahir Beu Palace and Jashar Pasha house, architecture of the Turkish period. The Sheremet Tower, although built during the Turkish rule, in fact is a true type of an Albanian Dukagjin tower, a stone house with small windows resembling rifle loopholes. In the center of the town is the Old Carshia
with shops of various craftsmen and the attractive Bajrakli mosque built in the 15th century ranks among the older structures of Islamic architecture.  We continue to visit Monastery of Peja (UNESCO) which is in the begginign of the Boga valley. Then we follow upward to Boge, one of the most beautiful valleys in the region. This valley one of the most remote, beautiful and wild mountainous region in the Western Balkans. It has wild mountain scenery, with a diversity of breathtaking landscapes, varying from green valleys to crystal-clear mountain lakes, waterfalls, rivers and remote picturesque mountain villages, in which time seems to have stopped. All in all a “hidden treasure” for nature lovers and hikers. Until twenty years ago, the region had been almost inaccessible for visitors, which makes it an authentic cultural experience and adventure. This region is also well-known known for the hospitality of its inhabitants, which visitors can enjoy while staying/visiting any of the traditional houses. Possibility for walking/hiking in the mountains. (18:00) Overnight in Boge.

Day 3.
Decani Monastery (UNESCO) – Junik – Gjakova- Rahovec Vinery - Prizren. (08:00) On the way to Gjakova we stop and visit the Monastiry of Decani. We will visit Decani Orthodox Monastery, located alongside the Lumbardhi river at the 1335 by the Serbian king St. Stephen of Deçan. Although the buildings suffered damage during the Turkish occupation, the beautiful 14th-centuryfrescoes were completely preserved. Afterward continue to Junik, where will be visited the characteristic houses called “Kulla”. Where the Junik Ode is infamous for being an important institution exercising the customary right as instructed by the ancient “Kanuni I Leke Dukagjini” – “The code of Leke Dukagjini” which goes back to Illyrian time of more than 3500 years before. The reeve of the village was the chair of the Junik Ode. In the architectonic front, the Junik Ode is a typical Dukagjinian tower, encompassing fortification elements. Afterward, continue to Gjakova. Visit to the Gjakova Clock Tower, which marks the center of the Old Bazaar, the grain market and see the handicrafts of quilt-workers, saddler makers, silversmiths and embroiderers. We then visit the 16th century Mosque of “Hadum Aga,” a traditional house for a tea break. We also visit the 16th century inn of “Hani i Haraçisë,” the old bazaar shopping area, and Ethnographic Museum. Then continue to Rahovec Vinery located in the Rahovec Valley and the Stone Castle Winery. Vineyards and Winery “Stone Castle” in Rahovec is the largest producer of wine in Kosovo and among the largest in the Balkans. (Wine testing). Then continue to Prizren. (18:00) Overnight in Prizren.

Day 4.
Prizren – Aiport Departure. The city already existed since Illyrian time, in pre-Roman times. In the 2nd century A.D. it is mentioned with the name of Theranda and in the 5th century A.D. From all the cities of Kosova, Prizren has best preserved the architectural physiognomy of the past. The most important sites that we are going to visit are: Fortress of Prizren dates from the 11th century and was built to protect Prizren from attacks, the Bajrakli Gazi Mehmet Pasha's mosque is the oldest monument of Islamic art in Prizren. Sinan Pasha's mosque built in 1615, one of the oldest standing structures in Prizren is the Sh'nm'ria Levishka Church built originally as a Roman Catholic Church, to conclude with the house in
which in 1878, the Albanian League of Prizren was organized. Transfer to the airport fro departure. Note: Last day program is conducted based on flight time details departure.

INCLUSIONS:
Airport transfer (departure)
All other transfers as per itinerary.
Transportation with modern AC car for the whole trip duration.
All ferry tickets both for car and persons
One English speaking driver/guide during all tour itinerary, and all relevant costs for accommodation,
food, perdiem and salary.
All museums and other sites entry tickets as per itinerary.

EXCLUSIONS:
International airfare and airport taxes
Driver/guides tips,
Gratuities and individual daily expenses and porterage
Everything not mentioned in “Inclusions”

CANCELATION POLICIES:
More than 61 days before of the tour date: No cancelation fee will be applied.
From 31-60 days before of the tour date: 30 % of total tour amount fee will be applied.
From 15-30 days before of the tour date: 70 % of total tour amount fee will be applied.
From 01-15 days before of the tour date: 100 % of total tour amount fee will be applied.
No Shows: 100%
Note: Cancelation fee is subject also of a service 250 Euro, + refunded money transactions cost.

 

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