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Kruja, Durres, Albania

Origins of Illyria

Departure dateDuration
Prices Start from
Tour ExpertMax Group SizeStatus
15/05/209 Days £1,995 ex. flightsCarolyn Perry15 LIMITED Reserve your place
04/06/219 Days £2,095 ex. flightsCarolyn Perry15 AVAILABLE Reserve your place

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Gjirokaster Village, Albania 1

Relatively unexplored

For those of you who want to be ahead of the curve and go to a wonderful destination.

Holy Trinity Church, Berat, Albania 2

Art and architecture

Learn about the art and architecture of Albania, through the expert eyes of Carolyn Perry.

Mountain lakes in Albanian Alps, Albania 3

Diverse landscapes

Travel through the Albanian Alps and alongside spectacular turquoise seas.

Stonemason 4

The Albanian people

Cliched though it may be to say it, it is the friendliness and humour of the Albanian people that will remain with you.

Why we like it

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

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Tirana - Kruja
  • Day 2
    Kruja - Durres
  • Day 3
    Durres - Berat
  • Day 4
    Beat - Vlore
  • Day 5
    Vlore - Llogara - Saranda
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
    Saranda - Gjirokastra
  • Day 8
    Gjirokastra - Tirana
  • Day 9
Mosque of Faith, Durres, Albania
Durrës, Albania


Known as Epidamnus, the city of Durres was founded in 627 BC by Greeks from Corcyra and Corinth. Its strategic location as a harbour is clear, but Greek and Roman authors also noted the city’s temples and monuments. The city played a part in both the origins of the Peloponnesian War in the 5th century BC and also the Roman Civil War. Continuously inhabited since its foundation, the remains of the ancient city include the Amphitheatre, parts of the Via Egnatia, and various fortifications. The Archaeological Museum is well worth a visit.

Berat Old Town, Albania
Berat, Albania


Lying on the banks of the Osum River, the town of Berat is famous for its Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Traditionally split into two distinct halves, the Muslim Old Town (Mangalem) lies north of the river and its collection of white-washed houses climb up towards the town’s citadel. On the south side of the river, lies the Christian Old Town (Gorica). The two sides are linked by a number of bridges, including an impressive 250-year-old, seven-arched footbridge.

Buthrotum Ruins, Butrint, Albania

Butrint and Byllis

Butrint is one of the largest archaeological parks of the Balkan Peninsula. Inhabited since prehistoric times, Butrint has been a Greek colony, a Roman city and a bishopric too. It is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Albania, thanks to its combination of archaeology, nature and Mediterranean panoramas.

Byllis is another important archaeological city in Roman-era Albania, turned by Julius Caesar into a colony. Byllis is a magical place that offers stunning views over the Mallakastra hills and the Vjosa river.  The site hosts city walls, two agorae, a large stadium, theatre and a few houses.

Saranda, Albania
Saranda, Albania


Named after a Byzantine monastery built to honour 40 martyrs, the city was briefly renamed after Mussolini’s eldest daughter during the Italian occupation of Albania. The bombed remains of the town’s monastery stand above Saranda, which looks out over the Ionian Sea. Although popular with beachgoers, and at the heart of the ‘Albanian Riviera’, it is the town’s surrounding sights that draw the most attention. In particular, the remains of ancient Butrint and the mesmerizingly beautiful Blue Eye Spring are close by, and highlights of any trip to Albania.

Includes / Excludes

Important Information

Activity Level
Moderate Activity
Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides 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 expert.


To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf and the above is an indication of the cost, based on return flights departing from London. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • Accompanied by Carolyn Perry
  • Accompanied by an English speaking local guide
  • Entrance fees for sights mentioned
  • Accommodation throughout
  • Transportation throughout
  • Meals, as per the itinerary
  • Gratuities for local guides. drivers and porters
  • £25 to help fund the communities, conservation agencies and NGOs that we work with
  • £25 contribution to ‘Trees and Science’ in mitigation of your carbon emissions

What is excluded

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas if applicable
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinks throughout

Why a Steppes expert-led group tour

1.Experience Matters

We have been running insightful and groundbreaking group tours since our inception in 1989. We have worked with institutions such as the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum and run wildlife tours in conjunction with conservation agencies such as Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Orangutan Foundation, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.

2.Size Matters

Our average group size is typically eight to ten people, smaller than other group tours typically offered – a factor which many of our clients appreciate. Travelling as part of a smaller group provides a more intimate, personalised and relaxed atmosphere.

4.It’s about who you know

We have developed an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour experts, who we carefully select based on their knowledge, companionship and personality. Often, these experts can use their influence to facilitate private access to sites not typically open to the public.

3.Like-Minded People

Steppes Travellers are like-minded people – interesting, interested and curious. Our group tours aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere – we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed.

5.Value for money

Our tours are well-priced to ensure you get real value for money. We include gratuities on the majority of our tours and do not pass on currency surcharges. We strive to look after single travellers as well as we can, keeping single supplements to a minimum.

6.Peace of Mind

When you travel on one of our group tours, you will be looked after by our local agents and your tour expert with the back-up of our 24-hour emergency number and duty manager. All our holidays are fully bonded and protected – our ATOL number is ATOL 6495.

Our future tour dates

For further information about any of these tours please call 01285 601 784

Departure dateDuration
Prices Start from
Tour ExpertMax Group SizeStatus
15/05/209 Days £1,995 ex. flightsCarolyn Perry15 LIMITED Reserve your place
04/06/219 Days £2,095 ex. flightsCarolyn Perry15 AVAILABLE Reserve your place

Reserve your place on this group tour

Our travel experts have a wealth of first-hand knowledge, so if you have any questions about this expert-led group tour, please get in touch. They would love to help. We hope you can join us on this tour.

01285 601 784

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise sets us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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