Still not entirely a tourist destination, Albania surprises the traveler with its many castles and archaeological sites but also with its varied territory consisting of mountains, hills and the sea, an area that allows you to visit it in all seasons. Historically the scene of internal political struggles, it is no coincidence that today some of these places have been transformed into military museums and art galleries. Many of the cities of Albania are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Furthermore, Albania is also known as the Land of Eagles. The Albanian people with their kindness, availability and their particular Ottoman culture welcomes the visitor with joy. The many curves on breathtaking views will be the highlight of our trip. We will try to enjoy all this and much more, a unique journey that will leave in each of us a feeling of well-being, fun and serenity.
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights.
Mileage: about 1.200.
Min/Max participants: 8/12.
Hotel: 3 / 4 and typical.
Highlights: Valona, Butrint, Agirocastro, Berat, Pogradec, Scutari, Kruja.
Meeting at 13.00 at the port of Ancona in the parking lot of the ticket office and Check In. At 15.00 boarding and accommodation of cabins. At 6 pm Tour presentation on board.
Arrival at the port of Durres in the morning and customs clearance. Departure for Vlora, a tourist resort famous for its white beaches and transparent sea, ideal for enjoying a cool drink. Continue in a southerly direction passing by the Llogara Pass, a mountain at 1300 meters overlooking the sea from which we will enjoy a wonderful view, up to Saranda, a splendid seaside resort facing the island of Corfu which will welcome us in the late evening with the its modernity and its sparkling lights. Hotel accommodation and dinner.
Early in the morning visit the ruins of Butrint, an archaeological site near the Greek border and the famous Blue Eye, a spectacular karst spring whose depth is still unknown. We will continue north and stop to visit Gjirokastra, one of the oldest centers in the country, a crossroads of languages and cultures, dominated by a beautiful castle. Further north: Berat, the city of 1000 windows and an important center of the old Ottoman empire, inside whose walls we will find old Byzantine churches, several mosques and an imposing castle. Arrival in Berat in the late afternoon, hotel accommodation and dinner.
We will leave Berat and with it the most historic part of the country and head east along roads where it will be a lot of fun to ride our motorcycles. Destination Pogradec, a rich tourist center on the shores of Lake Ohrid, one of the largest lakes in the Balkan peninsula and also one of the deepest and most ancient. We will spend the night on the shores of the lake after having dinner in one of the many local restaurants.
Leaving Pogradec we will follow the shore of Lake Ohrid until we enter Macedonia. We will return to Albania further north, where the most scenic and wild part of the country awaits us. Arrival in the evening in Fierze, on the banks of the Drin river, where we will spend the night.
After breakfast we will go north and enter the Valbona National Park, on the slopes of the Dinaric Alps where nature will be totally master. After enjoying this show we will return to Fierze, and with a boat we will travel the Drin River to Lake Koman. It will be 2 and a half hours of navigation immersed in unspoiled nature. We will disembark in Koman and in an hour by motorbike we will be in Shkodra where we will spend the night.
We will visit Shkodra, the “Florence of the Balkans”, an important cultural center rich in history. In the late morning we will head to Kruja, a charming town where in the Middle Ages Giorgio Castriota, the Father of the nation, had the strength and the ability to stop the mighty Ottoman Empire. Transfer to Durres for boarding.
Arrival in Italy.
Insurance policy “Motoexplora senza pensieri” with:
Theft or damage to luggage;
5 overnight stays in a double or single room in excellent facilities;
Tour leader on motorbike;
Round trip ferry in double cabin;
Souvenir & gadgets by Motoexplora;
Drinks with meals;
Entrance tickets and guided visits to museums or archaeological sites;
Registration fee: € 50.00 per person;
All extras of a personal nature and anything not expressly indicated in the “included services” item;
N.B. The program may be subject to changes at any time and without notice, due to force majeure or its improvement.