Explore Southern Albania

[Tirana - Pogradec - Korca - Saranda - Berat - Tirana]

About Explore Southern Albania

Summary

Highlights of southern Albania combined with off the beaten track places.

START / FINISH - Tirana.

Activity code: ALFD01

Duration: 15 Days

This holiday itinerary is a fascinating route through the ancient southern lands of Albania, definitely "off the beaten track" in the fascinating countryside. Our suggested journey is a stunning drive into a region full of history and dramatic scenery; a wonderful opportunity to concentrate your visit in the unspoilt south and east and to really explore and enjoy the rural life and traditional hospitaility of Albania.

There are new flights into the capital, Tirana, which is ideal for any part of the country.

Highlights of the Undiscovered South Fly Drive:

  • Mediaeval towns and castles of Elbasan, Berat & Voskopoje
  • Butrint, Gjirokaster and Berat on UNESCO’s Word Heritage list
  • Traditonal way of life in the countryside
  • Lake Ohrid
  • Monasteries, churches and archaeological sites
  • Incredible unspoilt beaches
  • Opportunities for hiking and experiencing the real Albania (& its hospitality)

Why Book with Rediscover the World ?

Rediscover's recommended fly-drive itineraries take you right into the heart of this fascinating country. We are sharing our knowledge and the experience of our staff and partners to offer not just important cultural sights, dramatic scenery and historic locations but the opportunity to spend quality time in the villages, often staying in rural communities as guests of local families, where local culture is at its strongest. The guest houses and hotels in this itinerary are generally small, independent or family-run, properties which add significantly to your travel experience in this fascinating country.

This popular route is a tried and trusted itinerary which allows plenty of time to enjoy the countryside as you travel. Whichever route you choose, you will almost certainly traverse spectacular mountains, take in mysterious history-filled towns and return following one of the genuine cultural encounters that travelling to Albania with Rediscover affords, leaving you with enduring memories of this truly unique and enchanting country.

What's included in this Albania Holiday:

  • 14 days car rental with unlimited mileage, full insurance, CDW, taxes, delivery & drop off.
  • Private airport transfer(s)
  • 14 nights hotel or guest house accommodation
  • Choice of BB or Half Board basis.
  • All local taxes
  • Fully protected for your peace of mind.

Extra Information:

If you would like to visit these wonderful places without driving then we can supply a private driver for the duration of the tour. All fly-drives are available with private English-speaking driver services; we can also pre-book many lunches, extra activities and visits in the itinerary to your preference.

Please contact us if you would like a completely tailor made fly drive itinerary. All we would need to know are approximate dates of travel, what standard of accommodation you would prefer, and if there are any particular areas or sights which you would like us to include (or to exclude!) in your itinerary. Your fly drive can be as active or leisurely as you please. Staying one night at each stop allows the maximum amount of sightseeing; two or more nights will allow you to do more side trips, whilst staying in one place will give you the opportunity to relax and explore the local area.

Rediscover Albania Bonus

Ask about our fabulous bonus offers when you book this package with us:

  • Special add-on stays at the beach
  • Hiking in the Accursed Mountains
  • Off-road Safari in Northern Albania

Contact us now to book this holiday for any date.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival - Elbasan - Pogradec

    Arrival in Tirana. Drive towards Pogradec. On the way stop to Elbasan to visit the castle and at the picturesque village of Lin.
    • Overnight in Pogradec.

  • Day 2: Lake Ohrid

    In the morning, continue towards Macedonia, visit the monastery of Saint Naum. From there, continue to Lake Ohrid and visit the old town of Ohrid, the theatre and the castle. Afterwards, head back to the Albanian side of the lake.
    • Overnight in Pogradec.

  • Day 3: Pogradec - Korca

    Today, drive towards Korca. Upon arrival, visit the city centre, the Orthodox Church and the Mediaeval Arts Museum.

    • Overnight in Korca.

  • Day 4: Voskopoje

    Travel towards one of the most important mediaeval cultural towns in Albania, Voskopoje. Visit the town and the some of the mediaeval orthodox churches and the frescoes within. In the afternoon return to Korca.

    • Overnight in Korca.

  • Day 5: Korca - Benje - Permet

    Travel from Korca to Permet, formerly known as the city of roses. Prepare your swimming clothes as before heading to the hotel, you can have a swim in the thermal baths of Benje.
    • Overnight in Permet

  • Day 6: Permet - Gjirokaster

    Today, travel from Permet to Gjirokaster, also called the City of Stone, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Upon arrival visit the Castle, the Arms Museum as well as the Ethnographic Museum.
    • Overnight in Gjirokaster.

  • Day 7: Gjirokaster - Butrint - Saranda

    Travel towards Saranda. On the way, stop at the Blue Eye Spring for a short break. Afterwards, continue towards the Butrint Archaeological Park (UNESCO World Site Heritage). After the visit, head up the coast to Saranda.

    • Overnight in Saranda.

  • Day 8: Butrinti Lake

    Today you can have day trip on the theme of Mussels. In the morning, take a small boat, head towards Butrinti Lake. Get some mussels from one of largest mussels farms and then head back to dry land and for a "crash course" on how to properly cook mussels in a typical Albanian way.
    • Overnight in Saranda.

  • Days 9, 10, 11: Beach / Activities

    Travel from Saranda to either Himara or Dhermi, for a 3 days total relaxation. Nice beach, good food as well as some optional activities (such as paragliding, scuba diving, sea kayaking), will be the highlight of these days.
    • Overnight in your choice of beach location.

  • Day 12: Apollonia - Berat

    Head towards another UNESCO World Site Heritage, Berat, also called the City of 1000 Windows. Before reaching Berat, detour towards one of the most important archaeological sites in Albania, Apollonia Archaeological Park. After the visit continue to Berat, visit the Citadel, the Onufri Museum and the Ethnographic Museum.
    • Overnight in Berat.

  • Day 13: Berat - Tirana

    Today, head towards the capital, Tirana. But first, make a small detour to the city of Durres, an important coastal city throughout the region's history. After visiting the Roman Amphitheatre, continue Towards Tirana, more specifically Bunk'Art, a former Atomic bunker designed to shelter the Albanian dictator and the ruling party in case of an attack. In the afternoon you can have a small tour of the centre of the city.
    • Overnight in Tirana.

  • Day 14: Kruja

    Today it is time to head towards the city of Kruja, one of the most important cities during the Ottoman invasion and home of the National Hero, Gjergj Kastriot Skenderbej. Visit the castle, the Gjergj Kastrioti Museum as well as the Ethnographic Museum. Afterwards you will have time to wander around the Old Bazaar.

    • Overnight in Tirana.

  • Day 15: Departure

    Depart tirana; private transfer to the airport.

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