Albanians have distinguished themselves for a unique interreligious tolerance, which bears links with the very history of the presence and co-existence of various religious creeds in regions populated by Albanians.
Day 1 – Tirane – Kruje – Shkoder – Tirane
After breakfast we drive to Shkodra, one of the most major cities in north Albania. On the way we stop for a visit in Kruja, a historic city that lies on a panoramic mountain, 600 m above sea level.
Visits in Kruja:
• Museum of the national Hero, Gjergj Kastriot Skanderbeg
• Ethnographic Museum
• Teqja e Domllas
• The bazaar of Kruja
• The Bazaar Mosque (Xhamia e Pazarit)
Proceed to Shkodra, an ancient city that offers archeological and cultural attractions for the tourists.
Visits in Shkodra:
• Historic Museum
• Mesi Bridge
• Rozafa Castle
• The Clock Tower
• Marubi Atelier of Photography
Late afternoon drive back to Tirana where we spend the night
Day 2 - Tirane – Korce –Voskopoje
After breakfast we drive to Korca where take a general tour of the city. Visits in Korca:
• The Archeological Museum
• The Museum of medieval Arts
• The Bratko Museum of Antiquaries and collections from far east.
Then we drive towards Voskopoja. Twenty-six churches were built between 1630 and 1780 at Voskopojë, situated along the trade route from Venice to Constantinople in southeastern Albania. Voskopojë became an important religious hub in the 17th and 18th centuries. Now, after more than two centuries of damage caused by war, earthquakes, and erosion, only five of the churches remain. The surviving churches are named for the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, Saint Athanas, Saint Nicholas, the Prophet Elijah, and the Dormition of Notre Dame. Four of the five remaining Orthodox churches are domed basilicas designed in the post-Byzantine style typical of the Balkans.
Overnight In Voskopojë.
Day 3 – Voskopojë – Korce – Permet –Gjirokaster
In the morning we drive to the city of Permet. Stop on our way for a visit in Saint Mary’s Church in Leusa. The church of Labova e Kryqit is one of the oldest in Albania and once contained a holy relic believed to be a fragment of the true cross. It was from this relic that the village took its name. The relic was stolen during the civil unrest in the early 1990s. After the visits drive towards Gjirokastra
Known as City of One Thousand Steps, it is inscribed on the World Heritage List as “a rare example of a well-preserved Ottoman town, built by farmers of large estate.” The city is home to an Eastern Orthodox diocese, part of the Orthodox Church of Albania.
Visits in Gjirokastra:
• The Church of St. Sotirë; situated in the Old Bazaar district, built in the 1784. The church, also called the Old Metropolitan, used to be the seat of the local Orthodox bishop.
• The city Fortress
• Ethnographic Museum
Drive for 45 minutes to the village of Saraqinishtë, where visit two 17th-century churches. Afterwards proceed to the Antigonea Park, archeological site, by one of the most famous names of the ancient world, King Pyrrhus of Epirus. In the walls of the ancient city terminates at a small early Christian church of triconch form overlooking the dramatic cliff at this side of the hill. This chapel, built after the city was ransacked by the Romans, has an exposed mosaic floor.
Overnight in Gjirokastra.
Day 4 – Gjirokastra – Berat
Morning departure to Berat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. More than 2000 years old town, it is one of the most visited and characteristic cities in Albania. On the way to Berat visit the Monastery of Ardenica. The Church of Saint Mary within the monastery contains frescoes from brothers Kostandin and Athanas Zografi, notably one of Saint John Kukuzeli. After visiting the monastery proceed to Berat. It is known as the Town of a Thousand Windows.
Visits in Berat:
• The Ancient city of Dimal
• The Saint Triad Church
• The Gorica Quarter
• The Gorica Bridge
Mosques in Berat:
• The Red Mosque is a ruined mosque in Berat Castle. It is a Cultural Monument of Albania of Albania since 1961
• The Bachelors’ Mosque is a Cultural Monument of Albania, located in Berat. It became a Cultural Monument in 1961.
The mosque is located in the lower Mangalem neighborhood. It has two floors and arcades on three sides of it. The minaret of the mosque is low. The paintings inside the mosque date from the years 1927-1928
• Hysen Pasha Mosque (Xhamia e Hysen Pashës)
• King Mosque
• Lead Mosque
• Red Mosque
• White Mosque
Overnight in Berat.
Day 5 – Berat – Airport
After breakfast free time to explore the city, till time for the transfer. Drive to the airport where our service ends.