- For those of you who want to be ahead of the curve and go to a wonderful destination
- Accompanied by Carolyn Perry, an expert in the art and architecture of Albania
- Travel through the Albanian Alps and alongside spectacular turquoise seas
- Try delicious Albanian food and drink and feel the warmth of the local hospitality
Journey through the 'Land of Eagles', known as Illyria throughout the classical era and discover a country with a fascinating past and present. Archaeological sites, such as Byllis, tell stories of everyday life in ancient times, whereas impressive ancient Butrint, described by Virgil as 'Troy in miniature', boasts links to the famous legend of Aeneas. Travel to Albania's coast and explore Durres, ancient Dyrrhachium, fought over by Caesar and Pompey. Travelling in Albania gives a window on an age that was rich with tales of empire, war, riches and rebellion.
Leave the history behind for a while and consider contemporary Albania; a country, until recently, deprived of many western privileges. Trapped by an isolationist regime and fortified against its surrounding enemies, Albania spent many years in the international wilderness. Now having opened up, the friendly people and rich variety of archaeological and historical sites, combined with stunning, wild mountainous scenery is a heady recipe.
The beauty of a holiday to Albania is the lack of crowds. Given the impressive historical sites, ancient towns and interesting cities, one would expect the main attractions to be busy with tourists. This is fortunately not the case so we urge you to travel to Albania now before the word gets out.
WHY SHOULD I JOIN THIS GROUP TOUR?
For the expertise of Carolyn Perry, as well as the opportunity to travel with like-minded individuals to a country that is, as yet, undiscovered by the masses.
"I have taken many group tours in the last 10 years and this was one of the best. The credit goes first and foremost to Carolyn, whose knowledge, wealth of information and command of detail, from the historical to the anecdotal, added so much rich texture to my understanding. I would love the chance to tour with her again.", Greece Group Tour with Carolyn.
IS THIS GROUP TOUR SUITABLE FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS?
Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour Lecturer.
If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.
If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.
WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION IN ALBANIA LIKE?
Accommodation in Albania is a different standard to that of the UK as tourism has not long been a major industry there. There is still a variety of comfortable options and, in some places, very characterful guesthouses and hotels.
HOW FIT SHOULD I BE TO ENJOY THIS TOUR?
You do not need to be particularly fit to participate, there are no long walks involved but there will be a certain number of stone steps and uneven surfaces.
WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE IN ALBANIA?
Albanian cuisine offers a unique blend of Mediterranean flavours. Representing a rich historical past, the food of modern Albania has been developed over a number of years and reflects a fusion of Greek, Italian and Turkish cooking.
From baked lamb with yoghurt to fresh, vibrant salads - the Albanians live for lunch. The main food in Albania is characterised by the use of spices such as black pepper and Mediterranean herbs including oregano, mint, basil and rosemary. In the cooking of meat and fish, chilli pepper and garlic is used to good effect. In true Albanian style take lunch at a local’s house to try homemade sheep's cheese (feta), made from traditional methods in the mountains and washed down with the local hooch, raki...not for the faint-hearted!
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?
Not excessively hot but the days should be clear and sunny. When travelling in the mountainous areas the weather can vary.
- 15th May 2020
- 4th June 2021
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.