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An unique possibility to explore the natural beauties and the historical treasures of Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia. Visiting the most well known archaeological, religious and historical sites of Albania, Macedonia and Kosova including UNESCO World Heritage sites, you will get to know the the tradition, the history and the people.

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An unique possibility to explore the natural beauties and the historical treasures of Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia. Visiting the most well known archaeological, religious and historical sites of Albania, Macedonia and Kosova including UNESCO World Heritage sites, you will get to know the the tradition, the history and the people. Driving is for some hours and the longest travel is day four almsot 4 hours. Accommodation and meals are provided in hotel and restaurants.

 

             

 

 

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DURATION: 13 Days
TRIP CODE: D13-MC
GROUP SIZE: 4-12(max)
MIN AGE: 10 Years old 
MAX ALTITUDE: 2000m
ACCOMODATION: Hotel x 12 nts
MEALS: 12 breakfasts 11 lunches and 12 dinners
DEPARTS: May until December
JOINING POINT: Tirana Airport
IMPORTANT: Make sure your chosen holiday is guaranteed to run before you purchase your air tickets and make any other travel arrangements

 

Brief Itinerary: 

 


 

DAY 1
Tirane-Tirane
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DAY 2
Tirane-Berat
Time: 2h 5min
Distance: 104 km


DAY 3
Berat-Vlore
Time: 1h 42min
Distance: 83km


DAY 4
Vlore-Sarande
Time: 3h 5min
Distance:164 km


DAY 5
Sarande-Gjirokaster
Time:1h 31min
Distance:61,8 km


DAY 6
Gjirokaster-Permet
Time:1h 11min
Distance:61.9km


DAY 7
Permet-Korce
Time:2h 54min
Distance:130 km


DAY 8
Korce-Oher
Time:1h 35min
Distance:74,2 km


DAY 9
Oher-Skopje
Time:2h 30 min
Distance:171km


DAY 10
Skopje-Prishtine
Time:1h 37min
Distance:87,3 km


DAY 11
Prishtine-Prizren
Time:1h 8min
Distance:82,6 km


DAY 12
Prizren-Kruje
Time:2h 34min
Distance: 2H 34min


DAY 13
Kruje-Tirana-Air0port
Time:1h 27min-45 min
Distance:82,7km-29.1 km

 

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DAY 1 - Tirane


Today we'll have an orientation tour of the colourful streets of Tirana, which was made the capital of Albania in just 1920. Today Tirana is not only the most populated city in Albania, but also the biggest political and economic centre in the country. We will start our tour in Albania, exploring Tirana the capital of Albania, starting with a visit to Et’HemBej Mosque, built in 1789 (one of the most beautiful in the Balkans).We'll walk to the main sites, stopping to visit the impressive National History Museum, the facade of which is adorned with a gigantic mosaic known as, 'The Albanians'. During this we can admire other buildings to like: The Clock Tower next to the Et'hemBey Mosque government buildings: at the south end of Skenderbeg Square. The Tabakëve and Terzive bridges, The Palace of Culture, where the Theatre of Opera and Ballet and the National Library. Popularly referred to as ‘the Pyramid’, it was designed by a group of architects. After we visit the city center we can move to Pertrela Castle which is located at south of Tirana on the right side of national road linking capital with the city of Elbasan.The Castle is perched on a rocky hill, above the village with the same name. It has a triangular shape with two observation towers. The castle offers spectacular views of the Erzen valley, the hills, olive groves, and surrounding mountains. Welcome dinner in one of the traditional restaurants in Tirana. 
Overnight in Tirana.

 

DAY 2 - Berat


After breakfast we’ll start driving to Berat, our guide will meet you at the hotel. Going to this city it’s like traveling back in time. Being more than 2400 year old, the town it is one of the most attractive towns in Albania. Berat, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is known as the "Museum City of Albania". Berat lies on the sides on the Osum River with a backdrop of Mount Tomorr, elevation. Additionally a 2,500 year old castle overlooks the city with numerous, high architectural and historical stone neighborhoods below. Our visit will start in the characteristics neighborhood Mangalemi, near the old bazaar, where we will visit the Ethnographic museum. Our next stop will be at the fortress located on the top of the hill overlooking the Osumi river and the Gorica neighborhood. The castle is the only one in Albania that still has houses and inhabitants within its walls, going about their daily life in exactly the same place their predecessors did centuries ago. We will visit the Castle, St Marys Church turned Onufri Museum which houses an amazingly diverse collection of Icons. We will be able to see also The Red Mosque , The Church of Saint Mehilli, (Michael) , The Church of Saint Triadha (Trinity) and lots of other monuments. We’ll have a little breake while we enjoy lunch. After this we will walk towards the old bridge of Gorica. The bridge's primary purpose is to connect the neighborhood of Gorica, over the Osum River, with the beautiful Mangalemi quarter and adjacent neighborhoods. The architecture of Gorica Bridge holds 7 stone arches, has a length of 129.3 meters, width of 5.3 meters, and height (average) of 3.5 meters. 
Overnight in Berat.

 

DAY 3 - Vlore


Wake up at eight and go down for breakfast, when our guide will meet you and show you the itinerary. After breakfast we drive to Vlora. Valona is one of the largest, most populous cities in Albania,is the second largest port city of Albania, after Durrës.Vlora is rich with history and antiquity which dates back to the 6th century B.C., when it was known as Aulona. Exactly at the Valona Bay was the official border of the Roman provinces of Epirus – the Epirus Nova and Epirus Vetus, while later, in the 9th century it used to be the border of the Bulgarian Kingdon of Tsar Simeun and the Byzantine Empire. This city has a great historical importance as it was here that in 1912 the Assembly was convened to proclaim Albania as an independent state and to set up the first National Government headed by Ismail Qemali. Thus Vlore became the first capital city in independent Albania. One of the best costal cities in Albania. Continue the drive to coastal Vlora, we see the Independence Square, The museum of Indipendence and the Muradie Mosque. We visit the Flag Square, House of Indipendence then we continue with Albanian Riviera with a great view and we can enjoy the trip along Ioanian Sea. Then we visit: Mesopotamian Monastery, Saint Nichola Church which belongs to Byzantine Period. Lunch break, and after lunch we go to visit Zverneci. Will visit the Monastery of Zvernec After this we go to Lepenica village. Pictures found in this cave represent post-Paleolithic art, which is known as the oldest in all of Europe. Haxhi Ali Cave in Karaburun is situated on the peninsula. Located in a cliff, it is the biggest cave in Albania Then we go back to the city of Vlora for dinner. 
Overnight in Vlora.

 

DAY 4 - Sarande


Wake up at eight o’clock and have lunch. After this we departure to Saranda City. Saranda is located in southern Albania. It is one of the most important tourist attractions of the Albanian Riviera. Saranda's current name derives from the name of the Byzantine monastery of the Agioi Saranda, meaning the "Forty Saints" and honoring the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste. We will go to see Butrinti which is situated 15 km away from the city of Saranda, reachable through whatever way. It is a world's archeological richness of UNESCO declared as such after the 90`. The most precious pieces that were found here were: the statue of Apollo, the Goddess of Butrinti, some heads of marble of Zeus, it was also found a portray of Agrippa, and some Latin and Greek writings. In the V century part of the city was rebuilt. After that we visit the Blue eye. It is the greatest fountain and the most interesting one from the 18 fountains coming from the edge of the wide mountain. It is a natural monument. The way in which the water bubbles up to the surface helps create the illusion of an eye, with the dark-colored center as the pupil, and the surrounding blue water appearing as the iris. Lunch Break. After that we go back to Saranda and visit the Castle of Lekuresi from the 14th century Byzantine period. The castle is situated in the meddle of the ruins of the Lekures village on the top of a high hill rising over the city of Saranda. A very special strategical position allows the contemplation of the city and the street that goes to Butrint, and a rare view of the islands of Ksamil. In the evening will enjoy a walk through the coastal line of Saranda. 
Overnight in Saranda.

 

DAY 5 - Gjirokaster


Today we walk through history, and what better way then to traverse Gjirokastra. Historic Gjirokaster is one of Albania's three UNESCO sites. Gjirokastër can be divided into roughly two halves, the old town up on the hill, and the new town in the valley below. One of the most important cities of southern Albania has been declared a “Museum City”. It is built on the slope of a mountain and is known for its characteristic and narrow stone paved streets. Known as the City of Stone, it comprises hundreds of Ottoman-style tower houses with distinctive stone roofs, wooden balconies and whitewashed stone walls. Just outside Gjirokastra we visit the ruins of ancient Hadrianopolis at Sofratike. It was built in the middle of a field without protective walls, at the time of emperor Hadrian whose name it took, at a time known as Pax Romana which translates as Roman Peace, hence surrounded by vast Roman territories the city had no need for fortifications.Then, after entering in Gjirokastra we will visit the castle, the Zekate House, the old bazaar and the ethnographic museum (which is the birth house of the Albanian dictator). There are several 18th-century mosques and churches and an old citadel (rebuilt in the 19th cent.) in the town. What strikes the visitors most in Gjirokastra are its typical and characteristic houses which resemble little fortresses, clustered one above the other. Once Gjirokastra has been called the "city of one thousand steps" or "the stone city". Then we will be headed to the Seven Fountains, Mechite Mosque Remains, and the Hamams. The fountains and the exterior of the Hamams have been recently restored. One can observe the dedicatory inscriptions on the fountains and the cone shaped traditional roofs of the Hamams. After this we will be headed to the village of Saraqanisht where we can see The archaeological site of Antigonea. We will close the day by visiting the Lake cave under Skotinise which is located 200 meters deep cave Skotinise in Vanistër of Gjirokastra. 
Overnight in Gjirokastra.

 

DAY 6 - Permet


After breakfast we drive towards Permeti. Nicknamed “The City of Roses,” Pёrmet is located in the Vjosa River Valley, approximately 30 kilometers from the Greek border. The city is known for its clean environment and tradition of wine and raki making. Old Permet is worth a look.Permet is a Town in Albania known for its hospitability, good food, and the beautiful nature surrounding it. Our drive through the mountains today is truly spectacular as we enjoy sweeping views across the Gramos and Nemercka Mountains. Along the winding route, we enjoy a short stop in Ersekë which at 1050m is the highest town in Albania. This 17th century town is surrounded by beautiful green pastures of the Gramos Mountains. Continuing onwards, we make a quick stop-off at the old bridge of Benje village en route to beautiful Permet. After we arrive into Permet, situated in the heart of the white mountains on the Vjosë River. A short walk (about half an hour) will familiarise us with this traditional village and we stop to see the nearby St. Mary's Church of Leusa, one of the best preserved in the country with wonderful frescoes. This evening you're sure to be in for a treat as Permet is famous for its food and wines, including 'gliko' sweets and raki. 
Overnight in Permet.

 

DAY 7 - Korce


After breakfast we drive to Korca one of the most important towns of South East Albania and a well known culinary town. The path takes us through spectacular landscapes with spectacular nature with gorges, mountains and river valleys offering a truly fulfilling experience. Lunch in the traditional family restaurant in Boboshtica just before reaching Korca. Arrival in Korca and visit of the National Museum of Medieval Arts, which holds some of greatest iconographic works in Europe and further. The first Albanian language school, opened in 1887 and today it houses the National Education Museum.Spend the day exploring the Korca region including a visit to the village of Voskopoja - one of the most important towns in the European part of the Ottoman Empire during the beginning of the 18th century. It is here that the first printing house in the Balkans was established in 1720. There are also some outstanding examples of Orthodox Christian Churches, which escaped the destruction of the communist regime. 
Overnight in Korca.

 

DAY 8 -Ohrid


Ohrid's history runs as deep as the fabled lake beside which it rests. This beautiful region of Macedonia was first settled over 8000 years ago, and successive civilizations have etched their mark on its cobbled streets, stone walls and churchesOn this tour, you will cast your eyes on magnificent traditional Macedonian architecture, monuments, museums, churches and monasteries where life seems to move in a different rhythm. Wake up early and have breakfast, after this we drive to Ohrid. Upon arrival in Ohrid you"ll start the a tour with a visit to the church of St. Sophia, which dates back to the 11th century. The you'll go up to the Roman amphitheater, which dates back to the 3rd century B.C. Afterwards you will continue walking to the Icon Gallery, home to a range of some of the most famous and valuable icons in the world, right after the ones on Athos and in Russia. In the vicinity of the gallery is the Church of St. Clement’s, or the Church of the Holy Mother of God Most Glorious, which dates back to the 13th century and possesses some of the most beautiful and valuable frescoes from the 13th century not only in this country but in the whole of the Balkans. After that you will carry on walking to Tsar Samoil’s Fortress, named after the first tsar of the Macedonian Slavs, who, having conquered Byzantium. Then you will walk to Plaoshnik, where you will visit the newly built St. Clement’s Monastery Church. Dedicated to St. Clement - the patron of Ohrid - and St. Panteleimon, it stands beside the original site of St. Clement’s University, the first university of the Macedonian Slavs, founded in the 9th century A.D. Inside the church you can also see the tomb with St. Clement’s relics. Beside the church you can see the foundations of the 5th-century basilica with beautifully preserved mosaic floors and some swastikas also discovered on the floors. From here you will head towards the Church of St. Jovan at Kaneo. Another option is to return to the town by boat and at the same time to make a tour of the lake providing you with a great view of the town. 
Overnight in Ohrid.

 

DAY 9 -Skopje


Wake up early and have breakfast, after this we drive to Skopje. The drive from Ohrid to skopje takes about 2 hours. If you simply want to see the best and most important of Skopje, the highlights of the city and it’s surrounding, then this is your tour! During this all day, all-encompassing tour, our friendly and knowledgeable guide will lead you through the story of Skopje, beginning with the new “Skopje 2014th”, across the Stone Bridge, through the Old Town, up to the fortress Kale where the earliest evidence of human existence are. It will raise you to the Millennium Cross on the top of Mount Vodno for a spectacular panoramic view on Skopje, the tour will also take you to the nearby village of Gorno Nerezi, at St. Pantelejmon church, to witness the frescoes that are among the highest achievements in existing Byzantine art, and last but not least – the canyon Matka, one of the most popular outdoors destinations in the surrounding of Skopje, authentic nature, presented by the many endemic species of plants and animals. The first part of this tour is walking. From fortress Kale the tour continues by a vehicle to the middle of mount Vodno and then by cable-car system to the Millennium Cross and back to middle Vodno. Once back at middle Vodno, you continue by organized transport to the village Gorno Nerezi to see the church St. Pantelejmon. After Nerezi you continue by the organized transport to the canyon Matka, about 17 km from Skopje. Once finished the visit of canyon Matka, transfer back to Skopje at drop-off point, Gate Macedonia. 
Overnight in Skopje.

 

DAY 10 -Prishtine


Begin with a walking tour of Prishtina, which will include visits to Prishtina’s famous monuments and museums and have a coffee at Bistro Rings, one of Pristina’s best cafes. Continue your guided tour through the beautiful Gërmia Park, considered the “lung” of Prishtina, and enjoy lunch in the park at the Restaurant Vila Gërmia. After lunch, visit the Monument of the Kosovo Battle at Gazimestan, commemorating the defeat of the Ottoman Empire over 600 years ago, and the Mausoleum of Sultan Murat. Return to the hotel and enjoy a leisurely dinner. 
Overnight in Prishtine.

 

DAY 11 -Shkoder


A diamond-shaped city wedged between the Rozafa Citadel, the magnificent Albanian Alps, deep blue Lake Shkodra, a 30-kilometre sand beach and the serene Buna river delta reservation. Shkodra is a diamond in the rough with plenty of potential. Shkodra was once the largest and most flourishing town in the country. Even today it remains the cradle of northern Albanian culture. Its mighty fortress, Rozafa, still rises proudly over the Drini and Buna Rivers as a symbol of Shkoder's will to survive. Our guide will wait you at the airport. We’ll drive from Tirana to Shkodra and arrive there in about two hours. Introduction to Shkodra’s old history as one of the oldest cities of Balkan and the capital of Illyrian Empire.City tour of Shkodra, Old Bazaar, Centrum, cathedral and mosque and the photo Gallery “Marubian “. Visit to Vila e Zogut (ex king of Albania). Visit to the Castle of Rosafa and the museum inside the castle. from where spectacular views all around can be admired and the feel of supremacy the Illyrians would have had over their enemies standing in such an imposing castle. Dinner at Shiroka with a nice view of Shkodra’s Lake. 
Overnight in Shkodra.

 

DAY 12 -Tirane


After breakfast drive towards Kruja, the historical city which lays on a panoramic view on the top of a hill, 600 km above sea level, centre of Albanian resistance against the Ottomans under our National Hero Scanderbeg. With a combination of nature, history, archeology, traditional food and lifestyle, Kruja is one of the most beautiful tourist spots in Albania. We will visit the Kruja Castle. The surrounding walls are reinforced by nine towers, which served as an observation and signaling post during times of war. Within the walls of the castle there can still be found the remains of a few houses. Then we’ll see the Skanderbeg Museum and a rich Ethnographic Museum with almost all items being original from the end of the 19th century. Designed by Enver Hoxha's daughter and son-in-law, this museum opened in 1982, and its spacious seven-level interior displays replicas of armour and paintings depicting Skanderbeg's struggle against the Ottomans. The museum is something of a secular shrine, and takes itself very seriously indeed, with giant statues and dramatic battle murals. Then we make our way through Kruja’s famous Bazaar, on the way to the castle, a medieval - type bazaar with traditional handicrafts such as filigree, alabaster, silver, copper, wooden made objects, wool carpets, etc. Its main pecularities are that all the shops are made of wood. And after shopping we go to Tirana. 
Overnight in Tirana.

 

DAY 13 -Departure


Breakfast, morning coffee, and then free time to prepare for airport.

 

Dates and Prices

WHAT'S INCLUDED AND NOT INCLUDED

 


What's included
* English-speaking local guide
* Group airport transfers
* All meals throughout the holiday
* All land transport required by the itinerary
* National park entrance fees
* All excursions mentioned in the itinerary.

 

What's not included
* Travel insurance
* Visas
* Airport taxes
* Airport transfers other than group transfers
* Extra activities and excursions
* Tips for local staff
* Miscellaneous personal expenditure

 

SUPPLEMENTS

 


Rooming on tour & Single Room Option (Not applicable to self-guided holidays).
Most group tours are based on customers sharing twin-bedded rooms. If you book as an individual, you will be roomed with someone of the same gender. However, on many tours we offer the opportunity to pay a supplement to pre-book a single room. On some of these tours a single room will be provided at some of the night-stops but for logistical reasons not all. Individual Trip Notes clarify this. If, for whatever reason, we are unable to provide a single room as outlined in the Trip Notes, we will refund a proportion of the supplement paid to us for the Single Room Option.

 

Where you are able to purchase a single room, the price does not necessarily guarantee you a single room for every night of the tour.
All of our group tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travelers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.

 

Please refer to the tour notes where the single room option availability is detailed on a night by night basis for this tour, and the price for the available nights is detailed on the dates & prices tab by departure date.
For Self-Guided trips the Single Room supplement offers the option of a single room each and is charged per person. The Single Room supplement also applies to the third person in a party of three that will be accommodated in a single room.

 

 

PRE POST TOUR SERVICE

 


Transfers
If you need a pre tour transfer from the airport to the hotel, or the other way around Post tour transfer, from the hotel to the airport, please let us know sending by email your request. After we will make all the arrangement for you.

 

Accommodations
If your flight comes days in advance, or you want to stay longer than other participants of your tour, we can arrange the accommodation for you. If you are interested please send us a request to the follow email address: info@ivisitalbania.com

 

DATA

 


Please send us an email at info@ivisitalbania.com, asking for availability.



Participants & Transit
I Visit Albania consciously chooses to travel in small groups. For this trip, the maximum 16 participants. We guarantee a trip based on the minimum number of permanent participants. This destination is that a minimum of 6 participants. A journey can already with fewer participants are guaranteed. The minimum age for these trips is 18 years.

 

100% No Surcharge Guarantee
Once booked and confirmed we will guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. You will not be approached to pay fuel surcharges unlike the vast majority of other adventure tour operators.

 

Tour Prices
Tour prices shown on this website are a guide only. For flight-inclusive group tours the selling price at the time you book your holiday could be different to that shown here, due to current flight availability. Please refer to the trip notes for details of what is included in the cost.

 

Tour Durations
The tour duration shown above is based on the Land Only length of the tour. Please be aware that the flight inclusive duration of the tour may be longer.

 

Tour Itineraries
Please be aware that the specific itinerary on some of our tours may differ depending on departure date. Please check the relevant trip notes for the most up-to-date information regarding the trip itinerary.

 

Child Prices
Child prices applicable for ages 11 and under at time of travel. (Not applicable to self-guided holidays as these are currently sold to adults only).

 

Price Changes
Any changes to prices will be kept updated on this web page, in accordance with above.

Tour Information

ACCOMMODATION

 


During this trip we stay in different types of accommodation which are always attractive and nicely situated. We stay mostly in small hotels.
Standard - Our mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en-suite facilities.
Accommodation and service levels in Albania are generally very good. We try to use smaller, family-run hotels and pensions that might not offer the same luxuries as larger chain-style hotels, but they do provide a warm welcome, a comfortable place to stay and the chance to gain a better understanding of local life.

 

ROOM LAYOUT AND SINGLE

 


* If you go, you do not pay extra fee for traveling alone. We or assume that you are sharing a room (or tent if applicable) with a fellow traveler of the same gender. If you prefer to have your own room, you can for € xxxxx, - additional books a single room.
* If you travel as a couple, share together a room (or tent). You can choose between a 'twin' or a 'double'. A twin room has two twin beds; one has a double bed. Some hotels only have twin rooms and sometimes all doubles have been forgiven so you still have two twin beds.
* If you travel with three of them, two people sharing a double or 'twin' room (or tent) and one participant is assigned to a twin room (or tent) with another fellow traveler of the same gender. If you prefer to have your own room, you can for € xxxxxx, - additional books a single room.

When making the reservation you can specify what kind of room layout you desire.

 

 

BUDGET INFO

 


You will need some extra money to cover meals and drinks not included in the tour price, any optional sightseeing, souvenirs and items of a personal nature such as laundry.
The reference amount of pocket money for this trip is € 250, - per person. This amount is an average of what travelers in recent years have spent during this trip to meals and refreshments, additional excursions, entrance fees, any local airport taxes and gratuities. Of course, your own spending habits this also decisive. Souvenirs are therefore not included. During the trip several (optional) excursions, you spot (using the tour leader) can book. If a better excursion can be booked in advance, then it will be listed in the itinerary and on the booking form. So you can still give your group an individual accent.Food
The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.

 

Light lunch £: 4.00
Dinner £: 10.00

 

Drink
The prices for drinks can vary greatly depending upon location and the prices detailed below are an average guide. In general you would expect that drinks purchased in a supermarket or local bar to be less expensive, whilst drinks in an upmarket bar or restaurant may be more expensive.

 

Bottle of Beer £: 1.50
Water £: 0.50

 

OPTIONAL - EXURSIONS

 


Some free time has been allowed for you to explore on your own or with your travelling companions.

 

TIPPING - TOUR LEADER

 


At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Tour Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.
The amount 20 euro, of tipping is a directive except the tips of the Dutch or local tour guide. Travelling is common to eg. Drivers, cooks and guides to tip. Gratuities are often an indispensable supplement to the income, which is usually a whole family depends. In many cases you can give a tip itself. Common expenses (group tips, entrance fees, etc.) are usually paid from the joint pot for which a contribution is requested to all participants. When you are satisfied with the tour leader yourself, you like him / her, of course, give a tip.

 

TIPPING - LOCAL CREW

 


Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognised part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. Accordingly, you should allow approx. €20 for tipping.

 

In order to make things easier for you, the Tour Leaders may organise a group’s tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour.

Preparation

PREPARING FOR YOUR TOUR
At least one set of casual / non-walking clothes will be useful for wearing in hotels on this holiday. Whilst walking you must not worry about how you look: comfort and protection against bad weather are of prime importance. Because mountain weather is so very variable, we recommend a number of thin layers rather than a few thick ones. The following list is our suggested guide to help you with your packing based upon our many years of travelling/walking. Using your own judgment for packing is of course important, especially with regard to casual clothing etc but please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about packing for your holiday, or are uncertain as to the suitability of your clothing and equipment.
 
 
 
RESERVING YOUR PLACE
 
To reserve your place on this tour you will need to check availability on the I Visit Albania website. Our tours can fill up quickly so you are advised to book as early as possible. If your chosen date is ‘Available’ or ‘Guaranteed’ we will be able to provisionally hold you a space for up to 48 hours. For Self-Guided holidays and Private Journeys simply choose your date of travel and let us know so we can confirm all ground services. The easiest way to confirm your booking is through our website. When you are ready to book, we normally require a 10% non-refundable deposit, but for some holidays this may be more to cover such items as permit fees, internal flights or other non-refundable services. If your travel starts within 60 days of booking, full payment will be required at the time of booking. 100% No Surcharge Guarantee The price paid for our holidays is no longer subject to change. Once booked and confirmed we will guarantee the price you pay will not increase, whatever the circumstances. You will not be approached to pay fuel surcharges unlike the vast majority of other adventure tour operators. The price guarantee applies to all new bookings departing between 1st January 2017 and 31st December 2017.
 
 
ESSENTIAL INFO

Passport Information You need a passport to return six months validity. Vaccinations and Visa The visa is issued on arrival in Albania and is free of charge. As a traveler, you are responsible to have the correct travel documents. No visa required for most nationalities, including UK passport holders, most other EU nationalities, US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand. There are no specific health risks. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office. All visa information is subject to change. You should confirm all visa related questions with the relevant Embassy prior to departure.
 
DOCUMENTS
• Passport - including appropriate visas
• Photocopies of all documents (keep separate)
• Airline tickets (or printouts of your e-tickets with the airline booking reference)
• Travel insurance details
• Emergency contact numbers
• Trip dossier
• Credit cards/ traveller’s cheques
 
 
 
EATING AND DRINKING

Food in Albania is quite varied thanks to the many influences on the country, particularly Mediterranean, combining both Turkish and European tastes. Dairy products, especially milk and yoghurt are present in almost every meal, usually locally sourced. Meals are reasonably priced at 10-15 euros per person for traditional dishes including baked rice, casseroles, stuffed aubergine and jani meat (beef or lamb sauteed with onions, garlic and spices). Fresh fish is also plentiful and is an important ingredient in many dishes. We reccommend sampling Tirana stew, Elbasani yoghurt and baked phyllo pie. For dessert Baklava is very popular. Your leader will recommend restaurants for each evening. WEATHER & SEASONALITY Albania generally experiences a Mediterranean climate with summer temperatures at 25degC on average in the day, and the warmest months are July and August where temperatures can rise to 30degC. It becomes cooler further inland towards Korca during these months, especially in the evenings with high temperatures around 25degC. There is always the small chance of rain in the mountains yet we aim not to travel in the coldest and wettest months, which are November to January. Berat also experiences a Mediterranean climate but thanks to its location in the shadow of Mt Tomorr, summers are much warmer than expected for the Mediterranean.
 
 
 
CLOTHING
 
• Walking boots and spare laces
• Trainers/ sandals
• Walking socks
• T-shirts
• Trekking trousers
• Short trousers
• Light fleece
• Thick fleece
• Thermal Baselayer shirt
• Waterproof jacket with hood
• Waterproof trousers
• Warm Gloves
• Sun Hat
• Warm Hat
 
FOREIGN EXCHANGE
ATM Availability: Most larger towns. Credit Card Acceptance: Credit cards are not widely accepted in Albania. You can also withdraw cash with your credit card, but (usually) not checkout in shops and restaurants. Make sure you, especially in the mountain villages, have enough cash to pay for your meals. Travellers Cheques: Travellers Cheques are not widely accepted in Albania, though you should take some as a back-up in case of emergencies. Local Currency: Albanian Lek. Recommended Currency for Exchange: Sterling, US Dollars and Euros cash is widely accepted in Exchange Shopps in major towns and cities. Most transactions in Albania are done on a strictly cash only basis using the Lek. Where to Exchange: Exchange offices in major towns and cities. Electric Supply & Plugs 2 Pin Round.
 
 
EQUIPMENT

Take a water bottle, a sun hat and suncream. A torch is useful in case of powercuts/emergencies. Camera. It is also important to bring the following: good waterproof, ankle-high hiking boots, warm clothing such as a fleectrui, light rain gear (waterproof jacket and pants) a daypack, headgear (cap). Sunglasses, sunburn, anti-mosquito repellent, walking sticks (if you like to walk along here) A sleeping bag, you do not have to bring on this trip.
• Daypack/rucksack (size approx. 35 litre capacity)
• 2 Large water bottles (1 litre each)
• Towel (essential)
• Torch
• Camera & accessories
• Binoculars (optional)
• A variety of dry bag/plastic bags
• Sunglasses
• Trekking poles (highly recommended)
• Washing/Shaving kit
• Insect Repellent
• Small personal First Aid kit
• Anti-Bacterial Handwash
• Sun Cream & lip salve
 
FOOTWEAR

Comfortable shoes or sandals for visiting the sites and towns. Clothing We advise you to wear layers of clothing that can be easy on and off in case of change of the weather. Weather is changeable in the mountains and it can be cool, especially at night, so bring a warmer jacket/fleece. A raincoat is essential at all times in case of the odd shower. You should dress with respect in the rural villages so bring some long trousers. Don't forget your swimming costume.
 
LUGGAGE ON TOUR
One main piece of baggage and a daypack. Remember you are expected to carry your own luggage so don’t overload yourself. Please bear in mind there are lots of stairs in Albania and no portarage in the hotels. We advise you to bring your luggage in a flexible backpack, gym bag or a suitcase with a soft top. In connection with the limited luggage we ask you not to take hard suitcase. Take especially not bring too much, but limit you to what you really need. You are responsible for carrying your luggage to the property. Luggage 20kg Airlines are usually one piece of luggage up to 20 kilos. For domestic flights, some airlines apply a lower limit luggage. This is clearly stated in the "travel info" tab, under the heading flight. Please ensure the weight of your main baggage is restricted to 12kg-15kg. The following items can also be useful:
• Face wipes
• Moisturising cream
• Snacks/energy bars
• Padlock for your kitbag
• Small mirror
• Earplugs
• Cold water travel wash (preferably biodegradable)
• Travel adaptor These items are also useful but don’t pack them in your hand luggage – put them in your main bag only!
• Penknife/small scissors
• Safety pins
• Small sewing/repair kit
• Nail clippers Please ensure you carry essential personal medication in your hand luggage rather than checked in bags.
 
MEDICATIONS
We recommend you to take a modest journey pharmacy. Consider including painkillers, disinfectants, sunburn (blisters) patches, anti-fever, diarrhea, constipation, insect bites and motion sickness. In addition, a tick and ORS (Oral Rehydration Salts, against dehydration) is recommended. Our tour guides are also a limited first-aid kit. Use your special medication, please bring enough and ask your pharmacist to prepare a travel document for you. Keep this document in your hand luggage.
 
PERSONALE FIRST AID KIT
Your tour leader will be first aid trained and will carry a first aid kit. However, we recommend that you carry a small first aid kit for personal use. This could contain things like plasters, sterile dressings and bandages, a blister kit, pain killers e.g. paracetamol and ibuprofen, antiseptic cream, antihistamine cream (for insect bites), sunburn cream, anti-diarrhoea pills e.g. Imodium or Lomotil and rehydration salts e.g. dioralyte.
 
SAFETY AND ADVICE
The safety of customers and staff is at I.V.A always comes first. Through our contacts with agents and local authorities, we continuously monitor the safety situation at all our destinations. For current information on the security situation at your destination, please refer to the central government's website: travel advice.
 
EMERGENCIES AND DISASTERS
Make no trackers at home! Make sure that at home always copies of both your itinerary if you have flight. We will send a list of the hotels we stay during the trip because this change sometimes and rooms are often booked under a different name. In case of emergency we are accessible for both travelers and at home 24 hours a day. Why not call the hotel but I.V.A. During office hours you can call us on +355696040640. Outside office hours, you will be redirected to our emergency service or you can directly call our emergency number: +355696040640 Tip: create a digital file to. Scan your passport, visa, e-tickets and other important documents and email it to yourself. So you have, in case of loss or theft while traveling, always copies of your important papers on hand.

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