Day 1: Arrival to Albania Mother Teresa airport.
Transfer to the city of Berat which has its own very special magic, and is easily a highlight of visiting Albania. Its most striking feature is the collection of white Ottoman houses climbing up the hill to its castle, have given the city the title of 'town of a thousand windows' and a Unesco World Heritage site from 2008. Walk along with the old neighborhoods of Mangalem and Gorica, and then proceed to the castle area. Visit the Onufri museum. Overnight in Berat.
Day 2: Berat – Elbasan – Ohrid
In the morning transfer towards the neighbor country Macedonia. Have a first stop in the city of Elbasan known in antiquity as Skampis and the meeting point of the two branches of the famous Roman road Via Egnatia. Proceed next towards the beautiful city of Ohrid situated on the Shores of the Ohrid Lake. Visit the old town with a great number of Byzantine Churches, the Tsam Samule Fortress, Roman Theatre, etc. Overnight in Ohrid.
Day 3: Ohrid – Tetovo – Skopje
Depart towards the capital city of Macedonia Skopje. On the way visit the city of Tetovo, built on the foothills of Sar Mountain and divided by Pena River. Visit the Sarena Dzamija, Turkish Hammam. Continue towards Skopje. One of the main symbols of Skopje is the Stone bridge that connects the old town to the Center on the left bank of the Vardar River. Visit the Mother Therese Memorial House. Overnight in Skopje.
Day 4: Skopje – Prizren – Peja
Depart in the morning towards Kosovo. Have the first visit to Prizren city. From the citadel, the old town spills off the hillside to the cobbled Schadervan Square below, flanked by the iconic Sinan Pasha Mosque and the humpbacked Stone Bridge. With a heady mix of Ottoman and Byzantine architecture, the city deserves its alternative name: ‘The Museum under the Open Sky’. Proceed the trip towards the Decani Monastery Unesco site. After the visit travel to Peja overnight.
Day 5: Peja – Biogradska Gora National Park – Podgorica
Depart in the morning towards another country, Montenegro. After the border procedures have the first stop in Rozaje and then proceed to Biogradska Gora National Park. Activity on this day can be a walk of 1.5 - 2 hours around the Biogradska Lake which is also the start point of different other walks that can be done in the park. Continue for overnight in Podgorica capital city.
Day 6: Podgorica – Kotor – Njegusi – Podgorica
Travel in the morning to Budva, the most well-known tourist destination in Montenegro. Continue towards Kotor. Along the way, see the spectacular scenery of the Dalmatian coast and jewel-like town of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the old town and then take the steps up towards the Castle of San Giovani from where are seen beautiful views of the Kotor Bay. This will take about 1.5 hours going up and down the stairs. As leaving Kotor to continue to the village of Njegusi found within Lovcen National Park. Shortstop and possibility to try specialties of local products as ham and cheese and wine.
Day 7: Podgorica – Shkodra – Kruja – Tirana
Transfer in the morning to Albania. Have a first stop in the northwestern city of Shkodra situated on the shores of the Shkodra Lake. Visit Kruja medieval town dedicated to the National HeroSkanderbeg and situated on the slopes of the Sari Salltiku Mountain. In the afternoon transfer to the Capital city Tirana. Visit the Skanderbeg square with Ethem bey Mosque, Palace of Culture, and the Ministry buildings. Overnight in Tirana.
Day 8: Transfer to the airport.
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