Small Group Balkans Tour: Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia

Undiscovered Albania Tour with Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia

Experience old world Europe on this fascinating Balkans tour starting with an Albania tour exploring Albania’s historical sites whose heritage was influenced by the Greeks, Romans, Italians and Turks.

The Albania tour starts with arrival in the capital city Tirana. With our knowledgable guide, we travel through Albania including visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the best of the museums. In addition, we will observe traditional village life in small picturesque villages.

Our cultural group tour ventures into some of the most scenic cities and small towns of Macedonia and Kosovo, including Ohrid, Skopje, Prizren and Pec (also called Peja by Albanians).

From Pec, we travel into Serbia for a fuller experience of this beautiful region of Southern Europe.The tour of Serbia includes Novi Pazar- capital of the southern area called Sandzak, a predominately Muslim community; the rural mountain villages of Mount Zlatibor.

The tour culminates in Belgrade, the Serbian capital for 6 centuries.

This amazing journey through the Balkans with Original World, your small group travel experts, was hand-crafted for a truly authentic travel experience.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • Explore Albania’s historic towns
  • Discover traditional village life
  • Visit the museum cities of Gjirokastra and Berat
  • Marvel at the ancient city of Apollonia
  • Admire the archeological sites of Butrint
  • Enjoy Macedonia’s Beautiful Lake Ohrid town
  • Kosovo’s two marvelous UNESCO monasteries in Pec (Peja)
  • Serbian countryside and traditional villages
  • Belgrade, the majestic capital of Serbia

We offer flexible options.

Join the full tour 18 days or end in Kosovo and return to Tirana (14 days) for departure.

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Berati Citadel Entrance

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    Day 1: Tirana, Albania

    Starting your Albanian vacation with an afternoon arrival, our small group tour begins with a delightful dinner at a restaurant that specializes in serving traditional local food.

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    Day 2: Tirana-Durres - Berat

    Tour the capital of Tirana, including Et'hem Bey Mosque (beautiful and unsual exterior frescoes), the Clock Tower, and the National Historic Museum.

    The exploration of exceptional Albanian tour sites continues in Durres where we visit the Amphitheatre (built by the Romans in 2nd century AD and one of the largest in the Balkan Peninsula) and an excellent Archeological Museum. Our tour then continues to Berat where we enjoy the old town (Mangalem district) which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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    Day 3: Apollonia - Vlora -Saranda

    Our tour group visits the ruins of the ancient city of Apollonia, founded in 558 BC before continuing our Albanian travel adventure to Vlora where we visit the independence museum and explore the town with our knowledgable guide.

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    Day 4: Saranda-Butrint -Saranda

    This morning we will explore the ancient ruins in the center of the city including what is considered to be one of the earliest Jewish Synagogues in Albania dated approximately to the 4th century AD.

    This afternoon we visit the World Heritage site of Butrint, Albania’s most important archaeological site with ruins that show both Hellenic and Roman origins.

    Our tour group then returns to Saranda for an independnet afternoon. You can bask in the mediterranean sun on the beautiful Ksamil beach or explore the town at leisure. Special dinner at Lekursi Castle.

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    Day 5: Saranda - Gjirokastra

    Depart this morning to Gjirokastra, a museum city and UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its well preserved Ottoman architecture.

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    Day 6: Gjirokastra - Korca

    In Korca visit the National Museum of Medieval Arts and the Mosque of Mirahori, one of the oldest in the country, built in 1469.

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    Macedonia
    Day 7: Korca - Voskopoja – Pogradec-Ohrid

    We explore fascinating Voskopoja which was once one of the most important towns in the European part of the Ottoman empire. We'll pass through the quaint village of Tushemisht, close to Macedonian border.

    Our guided tour group will then travel into Macedonia to the beautiful city of Ohrid on the shores of Lake Ohrid.

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    Day 8: Ohrid

    Our small group of The Balkans will explore the town of Ohrid, Macedonia, on foot. Situated on the shores of Lake Ohrid at 695m above sea level, the town is one of the oldest human settlements in Europe.

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    Day 9: Ohrid-St. Jovan Bigorski-Skopje

    A scenic drive through the mountains and villages, following along the border with Albania, will take us to the Monastery of St. Jovan Bigorski (famous for its beautiful wood carved iconostasis) before reaching Skopje with its 6th century fortress and 15th century stone bridge.

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    Day 10: Skopje-Tirana

    If you are leaving the tour today, transfer to Tirana by private car. Overnight in Tirana.

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    Day 11: Depart
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    Or Continue to Kosovo
    Day 10: Skopje - Prizen - Pec (Peja)

    Leaving Skopje early, our group travels into Kosovo for a walking tour of the town of Prizren where our knowledgeable guide will highlight its beautiful archaeological heritage including the old Turkish Bath, Stone Bridge, Fortress and other remarkable architectural features. The Kosovo tour also includes the magnificent UNESCO monasteries: Visoki Decani and the Patriarchate of Pec (Peja) which includes four fresco-decorated churches, a library and a treasury.

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    Day 11: Pec-Tirana

    If you are leaving the tour today, transfer to Tirana by private car. Overnight in Tirana.

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    Day 12: Depart
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    Or Continue to Serbia
    Day 11: Novi Pazar

    We cross the border into the southern Serbian town of Novi Pazar, a predominately Muslim community. Enjoy a walking tour of Old Town--very Turkish; and visit another UNESCO site, the medieval Monastery Studencia.

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    Day 12: Sirogojno-Zlatibor

    A beautiful drive through the countryside to the open-air museum village of Sirogojno.

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    Day 13: Belgrade

    A nostalgic journey on the route taken by the old narrow gauge steam engine Starganska Osmica, we travel a 15 km section by diesel train, crossing breath-taking scenery while traversing 10 bridges, 20 tunnels and many viaducts. The train makes a few stops for refreshments and photo opportunities.

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    Day 14-15: Belgrade

    Two full days touring including a walking tour of the main square, the fortress of Kalemegdan, the bohemian/artist quarters of Skradarlija, Tito's Complex and New Belgrade.

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    Day 16: Depart Belgrade
  • Trip Length

    14-day trip begins in Tirana and ends in Tirana
    18-day trip begins in Tirana and ends in Belgrade

  • Dates

    June 4- 17, 2019 (14 days)
    June 4-21, 2019 (18 days)
    September 13-26, 2019 (14 days)
    September 13-30, 2019 (18 days)

  • Land Cost

    From: $3265 / 14 days
    From: $4520 / 18 days

  • Accommodations

    3/4-star and boutique hotels

  • Group Size

    6-12 guests

  • Included Meals

    All breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners on 14 day tour.
    3 lunches, 11 dinners on 18 day tour

  • Trip Preparations

    Entry Requirements & FAQs
    Albania
    Albania and Montenegro

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Albanias vitenskapsakademi, Shëtitorja Murat Toptani, Tirana, Albania

Berat, Albania

Sarandë, Albania

Butrinti, Rruga Naim Frashëri, Sarandë, Albania

Gjirokastra, Albania

Korçë, Albania

Lake Ohrid, Pogradec, Albania

Ohrid Bus Station, 7-mi Noemvri, Ohrid, Macedonia (FYROM)

Skopje, Macedonia (FYROM)

Tirana, Tirana County, Albania

Kosovo Energy Corporation, Peja

Serbia, Novi Pazar

Serbia, Sirogojno, Zlatibor

Serbia, Belgrade

Serbia, Belgrade

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