Across Albania & Kosovo

Across Albania & Kosovo

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Across Albania & Kosovo

10 Days Starting in Tirana, Albania and ending in Kruje, Albania

Visiting: Tirana, Apollonia, Vlorë, Llogara Pass, Buthrotum, Gjirokaster, Berat, Prizren, Pristina, Kruja

Tour operator:

Cox & Kings

Tour code:

ALE

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

14 - 18

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

0-99

Special diets catered:

Please advise requests

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Small Group

Interests:

History, Photography

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Known as the Cradle of the Balkans, Albania is home to a wealth of natural and historic sites. Beyond Tirana, its lively capital, lies spectacular mountain and coastal scenery as well as pretty Ottoman-era towns such as Gjirokastër and Kruja. It’s also home to many important Greek and Roman sites, most notably Apollonia. Over Albania’s northeastern border, Kosovo is a young country where you can admire medieval monasteries adorned with Byzantine frescoes; and meander around historic Ottoman towns with winding streets. This tour reveals the best of an oft-overlooked corner of the Mediterranean.

Highlights

  • Wine and brandy tasting at Skanderbeg

  • Visit one of Europe's most unique art galleries, BunkArt

  • Tour the well-preserved Roman sites of Butrint & Apollonia

  • Lunch with a local sheep herder

Places You'll See

Apollonia

National Historical Museum

Butrint

Durres

Gjirokastër

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Fly To Tirana
Location: Tirana
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Opera Tirana
Meals Included: No Meals

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Tirana with British Airways. Transfer and stay at the Hotel Opera (or similar) for 2 nights. Enjoy a welcome drink at Komiteti-Kafe Museum.

Day 2 : Tirana
Location: Tirana
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Opera Tirana
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, visit the National Historical Museum, followed by BunkArt – an antinuclear bunker built under the city, that is now a museum and modern art gallery. Afterwards, visit Bektashi World Centre, a Dervish sect that fuses elements of Shia and Sufi Islam. Your afternoon is at leisure.

Day 3 : Apollonia - Vlora - Llogara
Location: Apollonia, Vlorë, Llogara Pass
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Llogara Tourist Village
Meals Included: Breakfast

En route to Vlora, visit the most important Roman site in Albania, Apollonia, where the nephew of Julius Caesar once studied. Continue to Vlora to visit Muradie Mosque and the headquarters of Albania’s first independent government. Finish the day at the scenic Llogara National Park. Stay at Llogara Village (or similar) for 1 night.

Day 4 : Butrint
Location: Buthrotum
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Argjiro
Meals Included: Breakfast

Depart for the ancient city of Butrint, travelling along the spectacular Albanian Riviera. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the country’s most important archaeological museum. After lunch in a recommended restaurant, transfer to Gjirokastër for check-in at Hotel Argjiro (or similar) for 2 nights.

Day 5 : Gjirokastër
Location: Gjirokaster
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Argjiro
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Spend the morning touring Gjirokastër, famous for its Ottoman architecture, grand fortress and being the birthplace of notorious dictator, Enver Hoxha. Visit Hoxha’s place of birth and learn more about Albania’s recent history. In the afternoon, head out into the countryside to a traditional sheep farm for lunch with a local family. Return to Gjirokastër in time for dinner.

Day 6 : Berat
Location: Berat
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Onufri
Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, depart for Berat – another UNESCO-listed town – where you visit the Onufri Museum and the town castle. Berat castle is of particular interest as people still live within its walls in traditional houses. In the afternoon, meet a local family and learn how to prepare raki and traditional coffee. Stay overnight in Berat at Hotel Portik (or similar) for 1 night.

Day 7 : Prizren, Kosovo
Location: Prizren
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Depart Berat and travel north across Albania's northeastern border to Prizren, the historic and cultural capital of Kosovo. (B)

Day 8 : Prizren - Pristina
Location: Prizren, Pristina
Meals Included: Breakfast

Begin the day with a visit to Gracanica Monastery and admire its elaborate Byzantine frescoes. Embark on a tour of Pristina, including both the modern city and the historic Ottoman district, which dates from the 14th century.

Day 9 : Prizren - Kruja
Location: Kruja, Prizren

Depart Prizren and return to Albania, in the afternoon enjoy a highlights tour of Kruja. (B, D)

Day 10 : Kruja - London
Location: Kruja
Meals Included: Breakfast

Transfer from Kruja to Tirana Airport for your flight to London or proceed to Budva in Montenegro to begin your extension. (B)

What's Included

  • No single supplement on all departure dates (limited availability)

  • 3- & 4-star accommodation

  • Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available

  • Direct international flights with British Airways

  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles

  • Experienced local tour manager

  • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees

  • 7 breakfasts & 1 lunch

  • Welcome drink

What's Not Included

  • Country Entry Visas

  • Tipping and Gratuities

Check out our Q&As

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    All prices for Cox & Kings holidays include international flights, except where indicated. For all destinations, you may be able to arrange your own flights. If you wish to do so, the cost will be deducted from the tour price.

  • Can Cox & Kings arrange my visa?

    We cannot arrange your visa but we can recommend a reputable visa assistance company who can help with your application. Please contact your tour consultant for details.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes. We only work with passionate local guides who have a firm grasp of English – so they can answer all your questions and offer invaluable insight into your destination.

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes. Quoted prices include all entrance fees.

  • Why do I have to pay more for my holiday if I am a single traveller?

    Most hotels around the world charge more per person for a single occupancy room than for a shared twin room, because the cost of maintaining a room for one person can be almost as high as it is for two. In addition, many single occupancy rooms are the same as twin / double rooms.

  • What is the difference between a 'single' supplement and 'sole' supplement?

    A 'single' traveller is someone occupying a single room while travelling with one or more other people, for example a single person travelling on a group tour. A 'sole' traveller is someone travelling on their own. As a single traveller on a group tour (except those in the SoloTravellers collection), please check the single supplement price. If you wish to add an extension to that tour, please th

  • When will I get my tickets?

    Travel documents will be sent approximately two weeks prior to departure (third party suppliers' policies may vary), unless your booking is made within six weeks of departure, in which case final documents will be sent as soon as possible.

  • When do I need to pay my final balance?

    Final payment must be made no less than 75 days before departure.

  • Do your prices include flights?

    All prices for Cox & Kings holidays include international flights, except where indicated. Australasia and Canada holidays do not include international flights so that you may benefit from the best prices at the time you choose to book, taking advantage of major seasonal variations and short term special offers. For all destinations, you may be able to arrange your own flights. If you wish to do

  • What is a non-exclusive escorted group tour?

    The vast majority of our group tours are exclusive to Cox & Kings clients. However, there are a few exceptions where holidaymakers who booked their tour with another travel company travel in the group.

  • When will I get a detailed itinerary?

    If you are travelling on a group tour, you will receive a detailed itinerary with your travel pack. If travelling on a private basis, you will receive your detailed itinerary with your confirmation invoice.

  • What are the four tour categories

    ***LUXURY These are our most comfortable tours and will usually feature 5-star deluxe accommodation throughout*** ***SUPERIOR Most Cox & Kings tours fall under this category and are based in 4- or 5-star accommodation where available, or the best alternative elsewhere*** ***STANDARD Simpler in emphasis, these itineraries typically feature 4-star or good 3-star accommodation throughout, or the best alternative elsewhere*** ***DISCOVERY Best suited to the hardier traveller, these tours typically include some quite basic accommodation, possibly longer and rougher road journeys and, in some cases, more strenuous activities, such as trekking***

  • Do I need inoculations?

    Many of our destinations have recommended health precautions, which you can read about in our regional documents and health pages. However, we recommend that you contact your doctor who will be able to give you professional advice, arrange any vaccinations and give advice on malaria protection. Alternatively, visit the NHS website for more information.

  • What happens if a group tour does not reach its minimum numbers? Will it be cancelled?

    If a group tour does not reach its minimum numbers, we will either offer for you to take your holiday on a private basis (which may involve a supplement), or you will be fully refunded.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Haig  

Exceptional Service

02-Feb-2022

I have frequently used Cox and Kings and they never disappoint. They organise whatever I want and the great thing about their group tours is that they always include some free time. Other companies tend to pack far too much in to their schedules. I have found everyone I have ever dealt with keen to provide the best possible service.

Suzie  

Delighted Customers!

01-Jun-2023

My partner and myself have been regular travellers for over 20 years and up to now been loyal to a rival company. After an incident with them, we decided to change loyalty and try C&K. Was absolutely a good move. For the past couple years I have spoken to Sabastian Gittany, what a delight to be able to speak to the same consultant! I was immediately impressed with the service, he was extremely helpful, polite and nothing is too much trouble. Sabastian has an immense knowledge through his own travel experiences, which in turn helped us to ensure we booked the right holiday for us. As a result of the excellent service we received from Sabastian we have booked 4 holidays for 2022, the first being Egypt Nile Cruise, which he tailored and with lots discussions finally created an itinerary for us, so we are delighted.

Paul  

A Relaxed Way to Book a Holiday

13-Aug-2021

Sue and I have travelled with Cox & Kings a number of times and have always booked direct with them. For this latest trip, I again contacted them direct and spoke to their travel advisor for the chosen area for a tailor-made holiday. I found him empathetic, knowledgeable and understanding of my requirements. An initial itinerary was prepared which after due consideration and discussion was cheerfully amended and agreed on. There was no pressure put on me and I found it, as usual, a good experience. Holiday now booked and I am looking forward to the trip.

Steven  

Well looked after before and during

01-Jun-2023

We were well looked after before and during our vacation. Top class accommodation and guides.

Jessica  

Knowledgeable Staff and Excellent Service

27-Oct-2021

Knowledgeable staff and excellent service that 'goes the extra mile'. I have been on several holidays through Cox and Kings over the last 20 years and have always been more than satisfied.

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  • Low Deposit

    Cox & Kings requires a minimum deposit of 15% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 75 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of cox & kings charges.

    Up to 75 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 74 days before tour starts: Forfeit 30% of booking price.

    At 59 days before tour starts: Forfeit 60% of booking price.

    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 90% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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