Balkan Program – (Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro)

9 - 12 Days
TYPOLOGIES

Cultural

+ 2
DIFFICULTY

MIN. AGE

Travelling to Balkan countries

If you are looking for an unforgettable adventure through Europe, visiting the Balkan countries of Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Montenegro with Illyriatravel is the perfect way to do it. These countries, situated in the southeastern part of Europe, offer stunning natural beauty, fascinating history, and unique cultures that will leave you enchanted.

Starting in Albania, the land of the eagles, you can explore its vibrant capital city of Tirana, the medieval town of Berat, and the stunning Albanian Riviera. The country boasts an impressive coastline along the Adriatic and Ionian Seas with picturesque beaches and crystal-clear waters. Albania is also home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as Butrint National Park, and the ancient city of Gjirokastra.

Next, you can visit Kosovo, a young nation that has risen from the ashes of the Yugoslav Wars. It is a land of breathtaking mountain scenery, warm and hospitable people, and ancient cultural heritage. A must-see attraction in Kosovo is the Visoki Dečani Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a masterpiece of medieval architecture.

Macedonia, another gem in the Balkan region, is a country of ancient history and culture. From the stunning Lake Ohrid, one of Europe's oldest lakes and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the capital city of Skopje, which boasts an eclectic mix of Ottoman, Byzantine, and modern architecture, Macedonia has something for everyone.

Montenegro, a country that sits at the crossroads of the Adriatic and the Balkans, is a land of rugged mountains, stunning coastlines, and rich cultural heritage. Its coastline is dotted with charming fishing villages, luxurious resorts, and medieval towns, such as Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

With Illyriatravel, you can experience the best that these four Balkan countries have to offer. From exploring the cities' vibrant street life to hiking in the mountains, tasting traditional Balkan cuisine, and swimming in crystal-clear waters, there is something for every traveler to enjoy. Illyriatravel's experienced guides will help you discover the hidden gems of these countries and make your trip an unforgettable experience.

The price includes:

Accommodation in 4-star hotels, double room

* A private car with an Arabic or English speaking driver

* Taxes, road charges, car parking and driver accommodation

Optional attractions *

Our goal is your satisfaction and an unforgettable trip.

PROGRAM

Embark on a journey through the captivating Balkan countries of Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Montenegro with Illyriatravel. Explore the unique cultures and stunning natural beauty of these hidden gems in southeastern Europe. From the picturesque beaches of Albania's Riviera to the ancient cultural heritage of Kosovo, the breathtaking mountain scenery of Macedonia, and the rugged coastlines of Montenegro, there is something for everyone. Our experienced guides will take you off the beaten path to discover the hidden gems of these countries and create an unforgettable travel experience. Let Illyriatravel be your guide as you explore the enchanting beauty and rich heritage of the Balkans.

DAY 1 - A Tour of Tirana's Main Attractions with Airport Transfer and Hotel Check-in Included

Upon your arrival at the airport, our team will warmly welcome you and provide transfer to your hotel located in the capital city. The hotel is conveniently located only 20 minutes away from the airport. After checking in and taking some time to rest, we will embark on a tour of Tirana's main attractions. Our tour will begin at the heart of the city, Skanderbeg Square, where we will admire the impressive statue of Albania's national hero and learn about the city's history. Next, we will visit the beautiful Et'hem Bey Mosque and explore an old tunnel located in the center of the capital. Moving towards the west of the city, we will take a stroll by the scenic Tirana Lake and enjoy a refreshing cup of coffee. This tour offers a perfect introduction to the city's culture and history, and we guarantee you will leave with fond memories of your time in Tirana.

DAY 2 - An Adventurous Day Trip to Mount Daiti, Petrele Castle, and Forge Lake with Illyriatravel

Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your hotel before heading towards the breathtaking Daiti Mountain, which is only a 20-minute drive away. Mount Daiti is the highest peak in Tirana, and we will take a cable car ride to the top that offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. At the summit, you will find a variety of activities suitable for families and young people, such as horse riding, tank riding, strength games, gun shooting, and hiking. You can enjoy a delicious lunch at one of the restaurants or nearby cafes.

After lunch, we will visit a nearby tunnel that showcases the complete history of Albania from the Ottoman Empire to Democracy. Then we will continue our journey to the picturesque Forge Lake, where we can enjoy a relaxing coffee by the tranquil waters. Moving further west, we will visit the historic Petrele Castle and experience the thrill of Zip lining while taking in the stunning views.

Our tour will end with a visit to one of the shopping centers in the city center, where you can indulge in some shopping before returning to your hotel. This adventurous day trip is the perfect way to experience the natural beauty and rich culture of Tirana, and our experienced guides at Illyriatravel will ensure a safe and enjoyable journey.

DAY 3 - A Scenic Journey from Albania to Kosovo, Exploring Kruje, Kukes Lake, and the Beautiful City of Prizren

Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your hotel before embarking on a scenic journey from Albania to Kosovo. As we make our way to Kosovo, we will stop at the picturesque city of Kruje, which is home to an old market and the historic castle of the national hero, Skenderbeu. Located in the mountains, Kruje offers breathtaking views and fresh mountain air.

Continuing our journey, we will pass through the town of Kukes, where we will enjoy a tea or coffee by the tranquil Kukes Lake. Our next destination is the beautiful city of Prizren, considered to be one of the most stunning cities in Kosovo. We will visit the nearby villages of Bizren, where the temperature is perfect for a relaxing stay.

After checking into our rooms, we will explore the city center and take in the stunning views of Prizren. With its Ottoman-era architecture, charming cobblestone streets, and lively cafes and restaurants, Prizren is a must-visit destination in Kosovo. Our experienced guides at Illyriatravel will ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable journey, and we guarantee that you will leave with unforgettable memories of this beautiful part of the Balkans.

DAY 4 - Exploring Peja's Natural Beauty, Shopping and Alpine Adventure

Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your hotel before heading towards the beautiful city of Peja. Our first stop will be at the Ujvaren e Drini Resort, where you will witness a breathtaking river and waterfall. We will also visit a stunning perennial tunnel and enjoy a delicious lunch at the resort.

Afterwards, we will explore the city center of Peja, where you can shop for souvenirs and learn about the fascinating history of the city. In the evening, we will move towards the Alpine house, where you can enjoy horseback riding, sports activities, and sip on coffee while taking in the stunning views of the city.

Our experienced guides at Illyriatravel will ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable journey. From Peja's natural beauty to shopping and alpine adventures, this tour has something for everyone. Don't miss out on this opportunity to explore the wonders of the Balkans.

DAY 5 - Village Tour and Border Crossing to Skopje

After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, we will embark on a journey to a scenic village in Prizren that is just 40 minutes away from the city center. The village is nestled in the mountains and offers breathtaking views and ideal weather conditions. There, we will have the opportunity to taste traditional Prizren products and engage in various activities such as motorbiking, hiking, and picnics. We will also visit a river surrounded by trees and enjoy fresh spring water from the nearby mountain.

Next, we will cross the border to Macedonia and make our way to the capital city of Skopje. After checking into our hotel rooms, we will dine in the city's lively pedestrian area. Our experienced guides at Illyriatravel will ensure a safe and enjoyable journey throughout. Join us for a day filled with natural beauty and cultural exploration.

DAY 6 - Exploring Skopje and Staying Overnight in a Unique Location

After breakfast at the hotel, we embark on a sightseeing tour of Skopje, visiting iconic landmarks such as the Macedonia Gate, City Park Skopje, Attentators of Solun & Gemidzhii Monument, and Square Macedonia. We immerse ourselves in the rich history and culture of the city, enjoying the beautiful architecture and scenic views.

For lunch, we indulge in traditional Macedonian cuisine at one of the city's authentic restaurants. After lunch, we continue our journey towards the border of Kosovo where we spend the night in a unique location - a former prison turned hotel.

As evening sets in, we enjoy a cup of tea in the pedestrian area, taking in the vibrant atmosphere of the city. Our trip to Skopje and Kosovo is filled with adventure, culture, and unforgettable experiences.

DAY 7 - Exploring the Historical Sites and Scenic Views of Albania and Montenegro

After a satisfying breakfast at the hotel, the journey begins by heading towards the Albanian border and visiting the beautiful city of Shkodër. The highlight of the visit is the 2000-year-old Rozafa fortress, a significant historical monument for Albania. After exploring the fortress, we head towards Dea Resort for a relaxing coffee or tea. Later, we visit a traditional restaurant in the Shkodër area for lunch. After lunch, we continue towards the border of Montenegro and spend the night in the city of Budva. In the evening, we can take a leisurely stroll around the city's promenade and enjoy a cup of coffee with the stunning views of Budva.

DAY 8 - Exploring Montenegro: Budva, Kotor, and Tivat

After breakfast at the hotel, we move to visit the city where we first visit Old Town Budva, then we move towards the old town of Kotor with a wonderful view of the old town. The fortified city of Kotor is also included in UNESCO. We can enjoy a coffee and continue towards the city of Tivat, which is otherwise known as LITTLE DUBAI. We can walk in the pedestrian mall, look at the luxury yachts, the most popular brands of clothes, drink a coffee and move towards the city of Budva, where we rest in hotel and we go out to have lunch and to walk in the evening.

DAY 9 - Exploring Lezha and Shopping in Tirana: A Journey through Albania

After breakfast at the hotel, we head towards the Albanian border and then stop at the city of Lezha where we visit the pedestrian area and enjoy a coffee by the Lezha river. We continue our journey towards Tirana, where we have lunch at Lake Park of Patoku and then check into our hotel rooms in Tirana. After resting, we visit the well-known shopping centers of Tirana such as TEG, QTU, TOPTANI, and Tirana Ring Center.

DAY 10 - Heading to the Airport from the City Center

After breakfast at the hotel, we go to the city center, have a cup of tea or coffee and head to the airport.

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