Ancient Crossroads - 10 Days Tour
This tour is a blend of traditions, history, and natural beauties of EPIRUS.
It includes Greece, Albania, and Macedonia’s Unesco heritage sites. It includes Berat and Gjirokaster of Albania as well as Meteora in Greece and Ohrid in Macedonia. This is the best opportunity to explore 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites of a region known as EPIRUS. This is 10 days, and the visits may include Tirane, Durres, Apollonia Archaeological Park, Vlore, Sarande, Butrint, Gjirokastera, Berat, Meteora, Korce, Ohrid.
Total traveling time* - 17 hours 52 minutes (*time is estimate)
Total traveling distance - 443 miles - 695 km
Day 1: Visiting Tirana, the Albanian Capital City
This day will start by visiting the center of Tirana and Main Boulevard. We will have several short walks around the magnificent Skanderbeg Square. We will enjoy this new and modern build square and admire all the buildings surrounding it—overnight in Tirane.
Day 2: Berat, the White Crown
Berat is a UNESCO world heritage town and also known as "The White City." It is the oldest and the most visited place in Albania. Even those who come to Albania to enjoy the seaside get the opportunity to jump and see this gem-like city. After arrival, our day will continue visiting the "Kala" neighborhood and the "Onufri" museum.
Overnight in Berat.
Day 3: Back to Ancient and Modern
This day will start by driving to Apollonia Archaeological Park. Apollonia's site lay on the territory of the Taulanti, a cluster of Illyrian tribes that remained closely involved with the settlement for centuries. The city was said to have originally been named Gylakeia after its founder, Gylax. Still, the name was later changed to honor the god Apollon. Our day will continue with a walk around the main promenade in Vlore and a coffee break close to the sea. Afternoon at leisure
Overnight in Vlore.
Day 4: Albanian Coastal Road
This day, we will drive deep towards south Albania via the Albanian Coastal road, which many believe to be the Mediterranean's most beautiful coastal road. Have the first stop on top of Llogora Pass and enjoy a unique view of the Ionian sea from more than 1,700 feet above the sea level, along with the breathtaking view that this Park has to offer. The next visit is in Porto Palermo, where the Ali Pasha Castle stands like a barrier in front of the blue rocky sea to protect the country. The bay of Porto Palermo once served as an important secret military submarine base, and the tunnel is still visible. Overnight in Sarande.
Day 5: Two of UNESCO's
This day will start with visiting Butrint Archaeological Park, a World-Class Unesco World Heritage site. Founded in the VII century bc by the Kaons of Epirus, it became one of the most important cities in the Ionian sea. We will visit it is the best-preserved Archaeological site in Albania and a World Class UNESCO Site. This day will continue with a drive to another UNESCO site, Gjirokaster city, and the Argjiro Castle, the biggest castle in the Balkans and the second biggest in Europe. Overnight in Gjirokaster.
Day 6: Meteora Monasteries
Serene, spiritual, magical, mystical, extraordinary, breathtaking, immense, inspiring, impressive. These are only some of the words people very often use to describe the Meteora phenomenon. A trip to Meteora offers the unique experience of nature’s grandeur in conjunction with history, architecture, and man’s everlasting desire to connect with the Divine. From the early Christian times, the Meteora vertical cliffs were regarded as the perfect place to achieve absolute isolation, discover peace and harmony, and support man’s eternal struggle for spiritual elevation. Overnight in Meteora.
Day 7: Romantic, Romantic...
This day we will drive towards Korce, Pogradec, and Drilon, a natural Spring Park situated just 10 mins drive from Pogradec. We will visit the old market in Korce and continue to Drilon. In antiquity, the city was known under the ancient Illyrian name -Lychnidos.
Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Pogradec.
Day 8: Ohrid
Today we will drive into Macedonia to visit Ohrid. In antiquity, the city was known under the ancient Illyrian name -Lychnidos, meaning "city of light."By 879 AD, the town was no longer called Lychnidos. Still, it was referred to by the assimilated native people as Ohrid from the Slavic words vohrid, meaning "on the hill," as the ancient town was at the top of the hill. Visit the Old town and the Amphitheater. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Ohrid.
Day 9: Returning to Tirane
Today we will hit the road towards Tirane. After arriving, we will continue by visiting the 'BUNKART 2', a museum built inside an anti-nuclear bunker under the ground in a network of tunnels meters from the Ministry of Interior. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Tirane.