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Albania & The Island of Corfu

8 nights Price from £2,197 per person
Departs: 19 Jun 2020, 09 Oct 2020
Departs: 19 Jun 2020

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Our new itinerary takes us from the romantic ancient sites of Albania across the Ionian Sea to the idyllic island of Corfu. We begin in Tirana, the capital of Albania, near its border with Montenegro, and head south through a diverse and vibrant landscape to the border with Greece, where we cross to Corfu. During our journey we will see the remains of the many cultures that have influenced Albania, including the Roman sites at Durres and Butrint. Albania was occupied by the Ottomans from 15th to 19th century and largely isolated from the west. In contrast, Corfu resisted Ottoman occupation and retained its Greek culture. In recent years, Albania has undergone a transformation and now welcomes visitors to discover its rich heritage.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Eight nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Seven lunches and eight dinners in local restaurants
  • All entrances fees and gratuities as described
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Leader and a Local Guide

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Fly to Tirana

    We fly from London Gatwick to Tirana where we stay for the first three nights. Tirana today is a lively, colourful city which has seen many urban improvements in the last decade. We stay at the 4 star Rogner Hotel in a leafy residential area, a few minutes’ walk from the centre.
  • Day 2 - Tirana

    This morning there will be a panoramic tour of the capital followed by a visit to the splendid National Historic Museum, which charts the history of the country from the days of the national hero, Skanderbeg, through its Ottoman era to the short-lived monarchy, World War II and the Communist epoch, which ended in 1990. Albania was littered with thousands of bunkers during the Enver Hoxha years and some of them are now being opened. We’ll visit one today, its terrifying gloom tempered by the art which is exhibited as part of the Bunk Art initiative.
  • Day 3 - Krujë

    We drive though the dramatic scenery of the Sari Saltik mountain range to Krujë, where at the Skanderbeg Museum we learn how the eponymous hero saw off the forces of the Ottomans three times.
  • Day 4 - Durres

    We leave Tirana and head to the coast to Durres, once an important trading post linking Byzantium to Rome, and see its impressive Roman amphitheatre. Later we stop at Byllis, a 4th century BC settlement, the largest in southern Illyria. Its amphitheatre is built into the hills and overlooks an Arcadian landscape and the River Vjosa far below. It is easy to forget time here among the romantic ruins with only local shepherds and their flocks for company. We arrive in Vlora, an attractive town on the sea, for a one night stay.
  • Day 5 - Saranda

    Leaving Vlora, we enjoy a magnificent coastal drive along what is now known as the Albanian Riviera. We pass through densely forested mountain roads and pass pretty villages where houses are painted blue and white in traditional Greek style. We spend two nights in Saranda, famous for its fish restaurants.
  • Day 6 - Butrint

    The day will be spent in Butrint, located in an unspoilt region between Lake Butrint, an inland lagoon, and the straits which separate Corfu from Albania. Dating back to the 7th century BC, this is a romantic site and whilst exploring it, visitors feel as if they are discovering it for the first time, in the same way as 18th century travellers must have done.
  • Day 7 - Ferry to Corfu

    Today we take the ferry to Corfu, where our walking tour of the island includes a formidable fortress built during Venetian rule. We continue to the 4 star Divani Palace where we stay for two nights.
  • Day 8 - Achilleion Palace

    We visit the Achilleion Palace, built in classical style as a summer retreat for the Empress Elizabeth of Austria who was intrigued by Greek culture. There will be free time to explore the island this afternoon.
  • Day 9 - Fly to London

    This morning we drive to Corfu airport for the flight back to London.

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways/Easyjet:
Depart London Gatwick 08.10 arrive Tirana 12.10 (BA)
Depart Corfu 11.45 arrive London Gatwick 13.05 (Easyjet)

Departure Dates and Prices

19 Jun 2020

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Price from£2197

Single Supp.£376

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09 Oct 2020

Status Available

Price from£2197

Single Supp.£376

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Andrew Allen.

Andrew Allen

Tour Leader

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