'Land of the Eagles'


Albania: little visited & unknown; Roman sites of Butrint and Appolonia; Rugged mountain scenery; Distinct culture, history; Ohrid, Macedonia - World Heritage Site

Dates & Prices

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Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.

Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Sun 11 Oct 2015Sat 24 Oct 2015 $3460
Sun 05 Jun 2016Sat 18 Jun 2016 $3460
Sun 09 Oct 2016Sat 22 Oct 2016 $3460

Optional Single Supplement: $640 (number of singles limited).

Tour Overview

Setting down in the heart and capital of Albania, Tirana, we spend the initial stages of our tour exploring this city that lies halfway between Rome and Istanbul and which displays an unmistakable architectural influence from both. As we broaden our area of exploration, we enjoy the sights of a restored castle used by Albanian resistance fighters as defense against the Ottoman Turks in the 15th century, the city walls at Elbasan that date from the 4th century and the ancient Illyrian fortress and numerous art galleries in Korca, before heading into the countryside to admire grand mountains and picturesque panoramas. We stop in Saranda, a city so renowned for its archaeological bounties that it can be described without hyperbole as a microcosm of almost 3,000 years of history, and continue on through the Albanian Riviera to check out the multitude of chapels, mosques, and Roman and Illyrian historical monuments that we come across as we pass through quaint, scenic towns. We cross into Macedonia to check out the World Heritage Site of Ohrid, the Samuil fortress -- once the most formidable fortress in the Balkans -- the monastery at Sveti Naum and the multi-blue hued Lake Ohrid.

Regions visited: Central And Eastern Europe
Countries visited: Albania and Macedonia


We enjoyed all the excursions. Our new bus was excellent and very comfortable. The meal plan exceeded our expectations. Elton was an excellent tour leader and had a very personable manner. His knowledge of his country was exceptional and information was conveyed to us in a fluent manner. Elton was one of the best Tour Leaders that we have encountered for a long time. We loved this tour and found the hotels, food and facilities better than expected. Having such a good tour leader also contributed to our enjoyment. We can highly recommend this tour to well-travelled people.

All the excursions were quite good. Fabulous Mercedes bus - comfortable, good sound equipment, excellent moveable seats, foot rests, etc. Local guides were excellent. Elton, our tour leader, was up there with the best of the tour guides we have ever had. He told us at the start that he was going to try to make this trip a memorable experience rather than just making it a tourist holiday.....and he exceeded our expectations.

Albania is untouched by tourism and it is a country full of centuries of history that really came alive with our local guide.