Montenegro & Albania – 7 days

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Montenegro & Albania – 7 days

Montenegro – Albania
6 nights / 7 days tour

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  • 7 days

  • April-October

  • 6 Meals included

  • Dubrovnik

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  • Relaxed

  • 4*/5* hotels

  • Small group

  • 2 UNESCO Site

What to Expect

Albania, the hidden gem of the Balkans and one of the youngest travel destinations, will leave you speechless with its ancient archaeological sites, many Ottoman monuments, and must-try delicates. Fall for the extraordinary heritage, dazzling water of the Adriatic sea, freshly caught seafood, and glorious Montenegrin prosciutto.
Alongside Montenegro, this tour makes a perfect combination for both history and intact nature admirers.

  • Have a memorable ride to National Park Lovćen over the thrilling Austro-Hungarian 25-serpentine-road
  • Be amazed by the Kotor walls that are surrounding the Old town and Saint Giovanni hill
  • See two appealing sides of Skadar lake – from Virpazar in Montenegro and Shkodër in Albania
  • Try out delicious Albanian traditional dishes - “pula me përshesh” and “çorba e Tomorrit”
  • Visit the famous Skanderbeg Square in Tirana
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Itinerary

Day 1Arriving to Montenegro

Upon arrival at the airport of your choice, an enjoyable ride with staggering viewpoints waits for you. Accompanied by your guide, you will get the first glimpse at this Mediterranean country during a scenic ride to your hotel. The intervening landscapes of old times’ architecture and contemporary lifestyle will introduce you to the diversity of this small, yet imposing country.

Overnight: Boka Bay.

Standard package: Boka Bay in Hotel Casa del Mare – Blanche 4* / Montebay Perla 4* or similar
Premium package: Boka Bay in Hotel Casa del Mare – Mediterraneo 5* / Lazure Marina & Hotel 5* or similar

Day 2The Bay of Kotor: Perast – Boat Ride to The Our Lady of The Rocks Isle – UNESCO’S City of Kotor – Oysters or Wine Tasting

Breakfast. This day is devoted to the Bay of Kotor with its unique scenery. The first stop is at the town of Perast, a little settlement baroque in style, where a relaxing boat ride to the picturesque island of Our Lady of the Rocks starts. This artificial islet is home to a church known for its mystifying story and valuable artifacts like paintings by local artist, votive silver tablets and a hair-made tapestry.
After short boat tour, marvellous Kotor kept in the mediaeval wall-frame is welcoming us. A walking tour though the capital of Europe’s southernmost bay shows multicultural richness through churches of Saint Nicholas and Saint Luka, the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon and all the glory of this UNESCO site. Use your free time to continue wandering around the stone paved town, or enjoy offer of fish restaurant at one of romantic squares.

For the end of this day, you are welcome to choose an optional excursion:

Optional 1: A visit to the family-owned and operated shellfish farm. Here you will learn about oyster production and sample some fresh catches amid the charming atmosphere of Boka Bay.
Optional 2: Try one of the most famous wines from Boka Bay, enjoy a wine tasting with a stunning view over Herceg Novi.

Overnight: Boka Bay.

Standard package: Hotel Casa del Mare – Blanche 4* / Montebay Perla 4* or similar
Premium package: Hotel Casa del Mare – Mediterraneo 5* / Lazure Marina & Hotel 5* or similar

Day 3NP Lovćen Mountain: Gastronomy, History & Culture

After breakfast, we are going up to the Lovćen massif area. Right there, high above and behind those hills, Montenegrin history begins and ends in the very same place. Just getting there is a unique adventure: the stunning view of the Boka Bay will leave you in awe, while driving up the old, Austro-Hungarian 25-serpentine-road. First stop for the day is Njeguši, the village known as the birth place of the royal dynasty Petrović and a ‘guardian’ of the authentic architecture and cuisine in the region. Njeguški sir and pršut (cheese and prosciutto of Njeguši), a real treat for true foodies, are both genuine contributions to Montenegrin cuisine, produced only in this area, following the traditional recipe for smoking and curing meat.

Tasting the most famous specialties of the region makes us ready for one more breath-taking peak.
The National Park Lovćen encompasses the central and the highest part of the Lovćen massif, covering an area of 6.400 hectares. On top of one of the mountain’s two imposing peaks, lies a magnificent mausoleum – the tomb of Montenegro’s greatest person in history: Petar II Petrović Njegoš. It takes 461 steps to climb to reach but it is a steep journey well worth the effort. At the very top, you will be rewarded with a spectacular viewpoint from the world’s highest mausoleum. Finally, the trip continues to the Old Royal Town of Cetinje, in which you will grasp more about the Petrović Njegoš dynasty and the history of our country.

Use free evening and try out some of the finest Montenegrin wines, made from the authentic red grape variety Vranac, as well as some organic honey, figs, and a homemade spirit called rakija. It is highly recommended to enjoy these delicacies at the konoba – a small, traditional restaurants owned by local families, a true essence of Montenegrin’s warm hospitality and friendship.

Overnight: Budva

Standard package: Hotel Moskva 4* / Bracera 4* or similar
Premium package: Hotel Avala 5* / Budva 4* or similar

 

Day 4Virpazar - NP Skadar Lake with Boat Ride – Shkodër (Albania) – Berat

Breakfast. For this day, we have prepared an experience to remember during which you will have the opportunity to enjoy the picturesque nature of Skadar Lake National Park.

The fishing village of Virpazar is a departure point for a boat ride on Skadar Lake. As you glide through the mirroring water, the numerous lake’s attractions reveal the extraordinary birds, the water lilies in full bloom, and wild, secluded beaches. Skadar Lake has an area ranging from 370 to 530 square kilometers, depending on the water level, and it is the biggest lake in the Balkans.
Afterward, we say goodbye to Montenegro until the next time and head across the border to get to know Skadar Lake from Albanian side.

The Albanian spirit is best felt by visiting the charming town of Shkodër, one of the oldest towns in Europe, unique for its narrow streets, stone walls and ancient houses. Surrounded by pristine nature, a national park and Lake Skadar, the largest lake in Southern Europe, Shkodër has played an important geopolitical role throughout Albanian history. At the entrance of the town stands the Venetian Rozafa Castle, one of the biggest and most famous castles in Albania. It rises imposingly on a rocky hill, surrounded by the Buna and Drin rivers, and offers amazing views of Shkodër, Lake Skadar and its water-intersected surroundings. A major attraction in the town center is the well-preserved and popular pedestrianized Kole Idromeno street, which leads to the other sights of the town, including the Ebu Bekr Mosque, the Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity, and the monument of Mother Teresa.
The journey continues to our last stop of the day, even more charming town of Berat.

Overnight: Berat

Standard package: Hotel Portik 4* / Onufri 4* or similar
Premium package: Hotel Colombo 5* / Residenca Desaret 4* / Tradita E Beratit or similar

 

Day 5Berat morning tour – Elbasan afternoon tour – Tirana

After breakfast, we start with our morning tour of Berat. The city combines both eastern and western cultures, traditions and image. Berat is the pride of Albanian architecture under UNESCO protection, combining both eastern and western cultures, traditions, and images, making it more of an open-air museum than a city. This treasury of the history of Albania, with its arched Gorica Bridge, Byzantine Church of Saint Michael, and Ottoman monuments such as the Red Mosque, presents traces of the diverse cultures and traditions that once passed through this monumental “town of a thousand windows” in central Albania. Not only a heritage destination but a gourmet one too, Berat is known for its traditional dishes, and this is where you could taste local delicacies, such as “pula me përshesh” and “çorba e Tomorrit”, made in traditional restaurants and based on centuries-old recipes.

On our way to Tirana, we will make a stop in Elbasan, the third largest city in Albania, located on the Shkumbin River. While the city was the main centre of Albanian nationalism during Ottoman rule, Elbasan is best known for its castle district. Here you can still admire the old city walls built by the Ottoman sultan Mehmet II on the ruins of the Roman and Byzantine fortifications, which gave the city the name of EliBashan (“I put the hand”). Inside the fortress, while walking the cobblestone streets past old houses and excellent restaurants, you will see the Royal Mosque that dates back to the 15th century, the Orthodox Church of Saint Mary and the Sahati Clock Tower. Drive to Tirana, the capital city of Albania as well as its largest city.

Overnight: Tirana

Standard package: Hotel Senator 4* / Golden City & My Spa 4* / Prestige 4* or similar
Premium package: Hotel Rogner 5* / Maritim Hotel Plaza Tirana 5* / Mak Albania 5* or similar

 

Day 7Tirana City Tour: Free Afternoon or Optional Experiences

Breakfast. The never-sleeping city of Tirana is the capital city of Albania, as well as its largest city. Situated on the banks of the Lana river, Tirana has outstanding architecture, wide boulevards, parks, shops, and cafés. The heart of Tirana is Skanderbeg Square, home of the ministerial buildings, as well as the National Opera, the National Bank and the National Library. The square is dominated by a statue of Lord Skanderbeg, an Albanian hero and symbol of freedom and independence. The Italian influence is carved into the architecture of the Mussolini period, mixing with the city’s most important landmarks, including the Et’hem Bey Mosque, the National Museum of History, the Clock Tower, and the Presidential Palace. Famous for its vibrant colors, many murals and works of art painted on the buildings by various artists, it is easy to understand why Tirana is known as ‘the city of colorful buildings’.

Use your free afternoon to explore Tirana on your own, or book one of the optional experiences:

Optional 1: Visit Kruja with Sightseeing. If you want to see more of Albania, head north of Tirana and visit Kruja. It is one of the most famous towns in Albania, as it was the home of Albania’s national hero Skanderbeg. A visit to Kruja starts with a walking tour through the Kruja Castle and admiring the stunning panoramic views. Inside, you can visit Skanderbeg or Ethnographic Museum. Afterwards explore Old Bazaar Market on the slope of the hill. The market is a great place to shop for souvenirs and enjoying a coffee on the terrace.

Optional 2: Visit Durres with Sightseeing. If you want to see more of Albania, head west of Tirana and visit Durres. The coastal city of Durrësi, located a convenient 34 km from Tirana, is home to Albania’s largest port—and is one of the country’s most ancient cities. “The eternal city” over the Adriatic has a 3,000-year history, its founding dating back to 627 B.C.E. when the Corinthians and settlers from the ancient Greek city of Corcyra, situated in the island of Corfu, invaded the Illyrian territory of the Taulantii people. Because of its long history, the city is naturally brimming with ancient archaeological sites and findings, including the famous amphitheater of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, whose 15,000-seats capacity make it the second biggest amphitheater in the Balkans.

Overnight: Tirana.

Standard package: Hotel Senator 4* / Golden City & My Spa 4* / Prestige 4* or similar
Premium package: Hotel Rogner 5* / Maritim Hotel Plaza Tirana 5* / Mak Albania 5* or similar

 

Day 7Departure day

Breakfast and hotel check-out. As most of our clients decide to extend their trip within their own organisation, transfer to the airport at the end of the tour is not included in the overall price. Any guests who would like Balkan&more to organise a departure transfer on their behalf are welcome to contact us. End of services.

If you would like to book pre or post tour accomodation, you can do that during  check out process
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Countries visited

Montenegro – Albania

Accommodation

Standard package:

  • 1 BB in Budva or Tivat in Hotel Pine 4* / Hotel Moskva 4* / Hotel Bracera 4* or similar
  • 2 BB in Boka Bay in Hotel Casa del Mare - Blanche 4* / Hotel Montebay Perla 4* or similar
  • 1 BB in Berat in Portik 4* / Hotel Onufri 4* or similar
  • 2 BB in Tirana in Hotel Senator 4* / Hotel Golden City & My Spa 4* / Hotel Prestige 4* or similar

Superior package:

  • 1 BB in Budva or Tivat in Hotel La Roche 5* / Hotel Avala 5* / Hotel Budva 4* or similar
  • 2 BB in Boka Bay in Hotel Casa del Mare - Mediterraneo 5* / Lazure Marina & Hotel 5* or similar
  • 1 BB in Berat in Hotel Colombo 5* / Hotel Residenca Desaret 4* / Hotel Tradita E Beratit or similar
  • 2 BB in Tirana in Hotel Rogner 5* / Maritim Hotel Plaza Tirana 5* / Hotel Mak Albania 5* or similar

Meals

  • 6 breakfasts

Tickets

  • NP Skadar Lake
  • NP Lovćen & Njegoš Mausoleum
  • Our Lady of The Rocks
  • Kotor Old Town
  • Rozafa Castle in Shkodër

Transportation

  • Airport arrival transfer
  • Transportation throughout the tour according to the itinerary

Additional

  • All sightseeing tours and transfers that are included in the itinerary
  • Boat ride at Skadar Lake National Park
  • Traditional food tasting in Njegusi village
  • Boat trip from Perast to the island of Our Lady of the Rocks
  • Tour logistics and organization by licensed incoming agency
  • 1 bottle of water (0.5l) daily for each passenger VAT, accommodation taxes and city taxes
  • VAT, accommodation taxes and city taxes

Optional excursions:

The Bay of Kotor on Day 4: 

Optional 1: A visit to the family-owned and operated shellfish farm. Here you will learn about oyster production and sample some fresh catches amid the charming atmosphere of Boka Bay.

Optional 2: Try one of the most famous wines from Boka Bay, enjoy a wine tasting with a stunning view over Herceg Novi.

In Tirana on Day 6: 

Optional 1: Visit Kruja with Sightseeing. If you want to see more of Albania, head north of Tirana and visit Kruja. It is one of the most famous towns in Albania, as it was the home of Albania’s national hero Skanderbeg. A visit to Kruja starts with a walking tour through the Kruja Castle and admiring the stunning panoramic views. Inside, you can visit Skanderbeg or Ethnographic Museum. Afterwards explore Old Bazaar Market on the slope of the hill. The market is a great place to shop for souvenirs and enjoying a coffee on the terrace.

Optional 2: Visit Durres with Sightseeing. If you want to see more of Albania, head west of Tirana and visit Durres. The coastal city of Durrësi, located a convenient 34 km from Tirana, is home to Albania’s largest port—and is one of the country’s most ancient cities. “The eternal city” over the Adriatic has a 3,000-year history, its founding dating back to 627 B.C.E. when the Corinthians and settlers from the ancient Greek city of Corcyra, situated in the island of Corfu, invaded the Illyrian territory of the Taulantii people.Because of its long history, the city is naturally brimming with ancient archaeological sites and findings, including the famous amphitheater of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, whose 15,000-seats capacity make it the second biggest amphitheater in the Balkans.

If you are interested in the tours above, feel free to book them directly with our guide while on tour. 

 

Notices:

Tips and porterage services are not included in price

Final choice of the hotels depends on current availability. The tour organiser reserves the right to change the hotel due to availability reasons but guarantees the same category, service quality and similar location of the accommodation unit

Minimum number of passengers needed for guaranteed tour departure: 1

The tour organiser reserves the right to change the itinerary of the tour due to unexpected slow-moving traffic at international borders. These changes will not affect the basic itinerary

It is the responsibility of the passengers to get acquainted with visa requirements of all the countries they are travelling to or will be in transit

General Travel Conditions are issued by Boccato DMC d.o.o.

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

If you are travelling alone, not as part of a joint private tour, and want to book an exclusive private tour (guide & vehicle) with accommodation in a single room, please send us a request via the booking form, or send us an email on office@balkan-more.com.

Are airport transfers included in this tour?

Airport arrival transfer is included in this tour. However, as most of our clients decide to extend their trip within their own organisation, transfer to the airport at the end of the tour is not included in the overall price. If you would like us to organise a departure transfer on their behalf, you are welcome to book the departure transfer during the checkout process, or simply contact us.

Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

Yes, we will easily arrange additional overnights upon your request. If you are looking to book only one additional night before, or after the tour, you are welcome to choose the option during the checkout process. If you are arriving few days before the tour departure or you would like to extend your stay after the tour end, get in touch with our agents, and they will help you with booking your pre or post tour accommodation at the same hotel as the one that is already booked for your stay.

What is cancellation policy?

CANCELLATION BY THE GUEST

In case of cancellation by the guest, refund policy will be applied by the terms stated in the list below. The guest is obligated to send official written cancellation notice. Given refund policy will be applied from the time of receiving the notification in writing. The shown refund amount represents a percentage of the total tour price.

For cancellation up to 60 days before departure – 100% refund.
For cancellation from 59 days till 46 days before departure – 90% refund.
For cancellation from 45 days till 31 days before departure – 80% refund.
For cancellation from 30 days till 16 days before departure – 70% refund.
For cancellation from 15 days till 8 days before departure – 50% refund.
For cancellation from 7 days till the day of departure – 0% refund.

Beside all standard reasons, cancellation policy will also apply if tour participant cancel the tour with a reason that includes medical ground, visa issues, jury service etc.

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