Join us on a great Albania cooking and wine tour and explore the finest local cuisines Albania has to offer. There will be late night dinners and long leisurely lunches with some of the most delicious foods you have ever tasted, and of course Albanian Raki. Learn the almost forgotten arts of baking in a traditional wood oven, explore organic gardens in our beautiful fish farm, learn how to cook the fresh fish. Here you may relax in mystical waters and try the delicious local wine. Enjoy riding a horse through enchanted forests. You will stay in comfortable lodging with the extravagance focused on the environment, gardens, food, and hospitality.
The maximum participants in the group is 16.
Hotel Millennium offers ultimate accommodation and satisfaction and it is considered one of the best hotels in the area. This is a peaceful place where you can enjoy your vacation whilst consuming international specialties and enjoying irresistible beaches.
Imagine a magical place with beautiful landscapes surrounded by mountains inhabited by many spieces of birds such as; goldfinch, whistle, squirrels and deer. A fountain where the fresh cold and crystal clear water water runs through the rocks from the top of the mountain, secret passages through the forests where sunlight looks like a magical curtains.
Rooms are equipped with air conditioning and spacious layouts with modern furnishings. Additional facilities include: personal bathing, showers, bathtubs, wireless internet, cable tv, air conditioning, telephone, hygiene accessories, elevator, 24-hour reception with foreign languages (English, Italian, French, Greek), and parking surveyed 24 hours.
Situated in the center of the city, facing the sea and the boulevard of the city. From the balcony of the rooms can be seen the old port of Saranda. The hotel has at your service 24 rooms equipped with all the luxury needed, and one Royal Suit. Nearby the hotel are situated the most important entertainment and necessity complexes of Saranda.
The hotel is located on the coast of Vlora, South of Albania, only 15 min by car to the City Centre of Vlore. The hotel offers 45 air conditioned Rooms, a unique private beach, one restaurant offering Mediterranean cuisine and two bars. Most of the rooms have seaview balconies with a unique panorama of the Vlora bay. 4 Suites and 10 Superior Rooms.
Tirane - Pogradec.
Arrival, transfer to Pogradec 2.5 hours.
Rendezvous at Tirana airport and transfer to the hotel in Pogradec.
Afternoon activity is optional between relaxing at the beach in front of the hotel or cross over to Macedonia (by car or by bike) and visit the monastery of St. Naum.
For dinner we will try the traditional food of Pogradec and the fresh fish accompanied with a lot of bio vegetables, in front of you will be the beautiful view of the lake.
Albanian traditional breakfast will be served in Millenium Hotel near the lake with the wonderful view. Enjoy fresh eggs, milk, honey and a lot off fresh and bio fruits of Pogradec.
A morning lecture / power point presentation will discuss the regions growing seasons, the kinds of food grown in Pogradec.
Then we will board our van for 1 hour drive to arrive in the city of Korca. We will stop for a coffee and visit the beautiful city of Korca .
We will drive through the country side and landscape, before arriving to our destination at the fish farm Germenj. We will learn how to cook the fresh fish that the farmer grows with a lot of local vegetables and spices. You could learn how to cook a traditional albanian pie too (Byrek) filled with spinach or tomatoes and onions.
It is even better when everything is accompanied with homemade wine. You could try different homemade wine and olive oil made from the local people.
You could learn how to ride a horse to the farm.
Today after breakfast we will continue to Permet and visit the thermal springs of Benje for a sunbath.
For lunch we will stop 4 km from the springs. You will learn how to cook the lamb or chicken and if you are vegetarian you will learn how to cook stuffed peppers or stuffed eggplants with rice and spices.
You will taste the wine that the locals of Permet make themselves.
After lunch we will head to Gjirokaster, 2nd Unesco Site. We will visit the castle and the house of the dictator Enver Hoxha.
For dinner we will be at the hotel Cajupi located in the center.
The traditional albanian tea mountain tea and the local music will take place after dinner at the center.
You will try also the delicious wine of the city of Gjirokastra and try some of the traditional food of Gjirokastra like the meatballs stuffed with spinach, rice and spices called Qifqi or the flour and spinach pie called Shapka .
We will be leaving from Gjirokastra after eating breakfast and we will arrive at the blue aye and take a walking tour at this charming water spring.
We will take a picnic lunch and enjoy the mountain air, the blue wonderful water and eat.
After lunch we will drive to visit Butrint National Park, the ancient Buthrotum a port from Hellenistic to Ottoman time, 3rd Unesco Site.
We will arrive in Saranda before dinner and after checking at the hotel we will have a wonderful fish dinner at the restaurant near the sea.
Himara - Vlora
After an early morning we will travel to one of the most beautiful albanian beach, Himara beach.
We will visit the National park of Llogara home to black pine, Eurasian otter and golden eagles. The park is a scenic expanse of protected woodland that encompasses the forests on the northern side of the Llogora Pass. When in clear weather it is possible to see the south Italian landmass .We could make a walking tour and see the wonderful view from the mountain to the sea.
For lunch we will try the fresh lamb meat and some albanian typical vegetables food and one of the best pies in Albania.
After lunch we will drive toward Vlora to the hotel just before the city. You could relax at the private beach of the hotel and taste the wine and the delicious olive oil that this city has to offer.
For dinner you could have the fresh and delicious food of the city of Vlora, which is one of the best places in Albania to eat fish and sea food .
On this day, our program ends.
After breakfast all guest will be driven to Tirana airport for to their connecting flights.
The Unesco sites, snow-capped mountains, inviting beaches on the Albanian Riviera, a genuine untouched subsistence culture, and exceptionally friendly people. Some say that visiting Albania is as close as youll get to travelling back in time. Until the dissolution of the Peoples Republic of Albania, it was rare that foreigners had a chance to visit this mystery-shrouded country.
Since the borders opened in 1991, anyone visiting Albania quickly realizes that this is a very special place. Unlike Croatia, just a few hundred kilometres up the coast, Albania has remained undiscovered by mass tourism. We feel that this sets it apart among your destinations. Enjoy amazing views and sunsets over the seas, relaxing strolls through some of the most beautiful towns of Southern Albania, stunning coastal locations, and exciting culinary adventures.
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