Best of Croatia and Albania Tour Package

Best of Croatia and Albania

An extensive itinerary touring the best destinations throughout Croatia and Albania for
17D/16N Starting at $2320.00 per person

Our comprehensive 17-day tour of Croatia and Albania visits the best of both country's regions.

Highlights include: Zagreb, the Croatian Zagorje region, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Zadar, Split, Plejesac, Dubrovnik, Kruje, Tirana, Saranda and Berat.

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Lost World Adventures itineraries can be tailor-made according to your plans and preferences: budget, hotel selections, travel dates, optional excursions, length of trip, etc.

Day 1 : Zagreb 

Arrival to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia and more than a 1000 year old City, with its historic charm. Private transfer to your hotel and check in.

After a long trip hotel amenities will help you to relax and rejuvenate for further days to come.    In the afternoon get ready for “Welcome dinner” in a traditional local restaurant where food is prepared according to original recipes from 16 century.

The owner is very passionate about food & wine pairing so you are in good hands to have the best food & wine experience there is. Overnight in Zagreb.

Day 2: Museum of Broken Relationships - Croatian Zagorje

Your day will start with magnificent cup of coffee in the oldest coffee shop in Zagreb situated on the main square overlooking the statue of Ban Jelacic.

Croatians are very sensitive about the coffee and coffee drinking in local coffee shops and it is part of the culture. Morning sightseeing with a local guide to explore the city.

Visit Museum of broken relationships, a physical and virtual public space created with the sole purpose of treasuring and sharing people's heartbreak stories and symbolic possessions. It is a museum about you, about us, about the ways we love and lose.   

In early afternoon, departure to the region Croatian Zagorje, an area of chocolate-box enchantment: miniature wooded hills are crowned with the castles they seem designed for, and streams tumble through lush vineyards. Visit local winery. During the visit you will get a chance to participate in a traditional harvest and learn the wine making process.

Dinner and wine tasting with traditional folklore and music in a winery. After dinner departure back to Zagreb. Overnight in Zagreb.  

Day 3: Plitvice Lakes National Park - Zadar 

After breakfast depart to National Park Plitvice Lakes.

The beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. Take a walk with a local guide through this heaven on earth. Enjoy scenery of beautiful waterfalls and untouched nature.

And don’t forget to make a wish under the largest waterfall as it is supposedly makes your wishes come true. After visiting Plitvice, we will have a traditional dinner at a local restaurant – Licka Kuca.  

Continue to Zadar, city voted to be the best European destination for 2015 - a city monument, surrounded by historical ramparts, a treasury of the archaeological and monumental riches of ancient and medieval times, Renaissance and many contemporary architectural achievements such as the first sea organs in the world. Overnight in Zadar. 

Day 4: Zadar  

After breakfast meet with your local guide for a city tour Zadar. While walking with your guide through the city of Zadar - the ancient Forum, symbol of the city-church of St. Donat, St. Anastasia, monuments and palaces - you will learn all about the rich history of this beautiful old town.

Tour of the Land Gate and city walls, Square of Five Wells, People's Square and of course the Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun. Walk along the waterfront with sounds of the sea organ, that are unique in the world, will make your experience complete.

According to Albert Hitchcock, Zadar is the city with the most beautiful sunset in the world and you will have a chance to be a part of it.

The highlight of the day will be visit to a Royal winery near Zadar and dinner in these amazing surroundings. Overnight in Zadar. 

Day 5: Kornati National Park 

After breakfast free time at leisure.  In the afternoon embark on a boat and sail around Kornati National Park. This archipelago consists of 140 islands covering an area of 114 square miles (300 square km), with most of it declared a National Park – and with its natural beauty, numerous coves and crystal clear blue waters, it’s easy to see why.

Enjoy in the beautiful sunset on your way back to Zadar. Overnight in Zadar.

Day 6: Split - Korcula

After breakfast depart to Split, the second largest city in Croatia and the city that has all: Roman ruins and grand museums alongside fashionable cafes and trendy shops.

Our journey through ancient history starts with the fact that the Roman emperor Diocletian was born in nearby important Illyrian center and the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia - Salona. He ordered the construction of one of today’s most preserved palaces of that time in the nearby town Split.

With a professional city guide we are continuing our journey and touring the 1700 year old Diocletian's palace in Split, imagining how the life of Diocletian was like within the walls of the palace. During the tour we stop by to see the Cathedral of St Duje, one of the most beautiful cultural wonders on the Adriatic coast with its ancient cellars, Peristyle in center of the palace, Roman temples (today Christian ones), the famous Golden Gate and the big statue of Grgur Ninski.

On this walking tour you will get to know Split and its history in an interesting way. After sightseeing Split lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch embark on a catamaran and sail to Korcula Island. Rich in vineyards, olive groves and small villages, and harboring a glorious old town, the island of Korcula is the sixth-largest Adriatic island, stretching nearly 47 km in length.

Dense woods led the original Greek settlers to call the island Korkyra Melaina (Black Korcula). Quiet coves and small sandy beaches dot the steep southern coast while the northern shore is flatter and more pebbly. Tradition is alive and kicking on Korcula, with age-old religious ceremonies, folk music and dances still being performed to the delight of an ever-growing influx of tourists.

Check in to the hotel. Overnight in Korcula.

Day 7: Korcula

After breakfast meet with your local guide for morning sightseeing of old town Korcula.

The old medieval town of Korcula is like a miniature museum, surrounded by walls and towers. The magnificent architecture strongly attracts each visitor, as well as its residents. The Statute of the Town of Korcula dates back from 1214, and is one of the oldest codes in the Slavic world, which shows the structure of life and a highly developed awareness of the inhabitants of that time.

The highlight of the sightseeing will be birth house of Marco Polo. Afternoon at leisure. In the evening we are taking you to the famous ranch for a dinner. Food at ranch is homemade, prepared from fresh good quality ingredients, the atmosphere is tranquil, people are friendly and kind, decor is eye soothing, and there is an overall relaxing feeling lingering around the place. 

This genuine Mediterranean ambience has even enchanted some famous guests, such as Bill Gates and Bernie Eccelstone. After dinner return back to the hotel. Overnight in Korcula.

Day 8: Dubrovnik 

After breakfast depart to Dubrovnik, one of the world’s most stunning destinations, both in terms of its cultural heritage and as a holiday destination.

The city has often been referred to as the "Pearl of the Adriatic" and was inducted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 as a city of rich culture and history. The Old Town of Dubrovnik is surrounded by 1,970 meters of city walls - over the centuries they served to protect the city from various threats and today are the city's greatest attraction.

On your way to Dubrovnik stop at Pelješac Peninsula , famous for the best Croatian wines. Wine tasting in one of the most famous Croatian wineries. After wine tasting continue to Ston, a medieval little town whose history reaches back as far as the 14th century. It is a small town with the longest stone wall in Europe (5.5 km), with narrow quiet streets, noble ancient houses and traces of ancient cultures.

The bay of Mali Ston is famous all over the world for the quality of its oysters. Clean seas offer the bay of Ston the ideal conditions for growing high quality oysters. Oyster tasting in a local oyster farm. After oyster tasting continue to Dubrovnik. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 9: Dubrovnik

After breakfast meet with your local guide for a city tour of Dubrovnik.

Your local guide will take you to the most wonderful and hidden streets of the city. Explore Dubrovnik City Walls (UNESCO HERITAGE SITE) and enjoy a unique view of the Old Town of Dubrovnik including its narrow streets and small squares. In the afternoon embark on a boat and explore the Elaphiti Islands (optional – not included in the price).

Since the ancient times, the islands were a place of comfort, vacation, and delight. All this due to well preserved nature, clean and clear sea, sandy beaches, beautiful pine forest, olive gardens, numerous promenades and footpaths.

Those are the scenes that remain forever in people's memory and landscapes that make the people come back again. Also, you will enjoy a tasty dinner on the boat. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 10: Dubrovnik

After breakfast day at leisure. In the evening depart to the traditional Dalmatian restaurant Konoba, where you can to try “peka” - a Baked dish with meat and vegetables made in a pot put into the embers of a fireplace. After dinner return to the hotel. Overnight in Dubrovnik. 

Day 11: Kotor - Budva 

After breakfast depart to Kotor, a city steeped in tradition and history with remarkable scenic views.

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the old city was built between the 12th and 14th centuries and is filled with medieval architecture and historic monuments. Extending over four kilometers, the city walls that have protected Kotor for centuries lead up to the fortress of Saint Ivan. Meeting with the local guide for Kotor sightseeing.

Continue to Budva, small coastal city of some twenty thousand inhabitants. Sandy beach along Budva of some 20 km is treated as one of the most beautiful in Europe. Budva's pearl is most certainly Old Town, more than 2.500 years old, treasury of Montenegrin cultural heritage.

Narrow streets covered in stone, fortifications that surround it, museums, galleries and sacred objects – treasury that each day in year attracts large amount of visitors. Hotel check in and free time to relax. Overnight in Budva. 

Day 12:  Kruje, Albania 

After breakfast depart to Kruje, Albania. Hotel check in and free afternoon. Overnight in Kruje.

Day 13:  Kruje, Albania 

After breakfast depart to the ancient town of Kruje and visit the ethnographic Museum.

Kruje is a small, ancient and historic town in Albania. The history of the town is connected with the name of the national hero of Albania, Georgi Kastrioti Skenderbeu, who fought against the Ottoman invasion. This picturesque town is situated on the slopes of mount Sari Saltiki at a height of 560 meters above sea level, surrounded by mountain peaks. It offers stunning views of the surroundings.

On the street of the old town of Kruje, leading to the castle, since the times of Skenderbeu, there is "Old Bazaar". Here you can buy Albanian souvenirs, beautiful jewellery handmade rugs and embroidery, silver filigree and copper products, handicrafts made of alabaster, traditional clothes and antiques. After Kruje sightseeing lunch in the restaurant. Continue to the capital of Albania – Tirana, ascent by cable car to the mountain Dajti, where you can see all Tirana from a height of 1613 m.

Tirana has a great location: on one side it borders the mountain Dajti, on the other a coastal plain. Mentions of Tirana as a city date back to 1614, when the Turks, in honor of the victory over Persia, decided to establish a city here. Tirana was proclaimed the capital only in 1920.

After Tirana sightseeing return to Kruje. Overnight in Kruje.

Day 14: Albanian Riviera - Saranda  

After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive along the panoramic view of Albanian Riviera.

Along the way you will pass Durres, Kavaja, Lushnjë, Ardenice, Fier, Vlora, Orikum, Llogara, Himara, Dhermi, Porto – Palermo, Borsh.  At the top of the mountain we will stop to enjoy an amazing view. There are wonderful restaurants with panoramic views from the observation platform, a beautiful view of the Ionian coast.

After moving there is lunch at the restaurant in the settlement of Borsh. Borsh was founded by Illyrian tribes in the 6th century BC. Now the village is known for growing olives and producing olive oil. Continue to Saranda, the "southern gate of Albania", located in the southwest of the country. The history of the city of Saranda is from the distant past. It was first mentioned in written sources in the 2nd-century BC as Onchesmus.

The modern name of the city comes from the name of the monastery from the Byzantine period. In the Greek language it was called "Agios Saranda", which means "40 Saints". Check in to a hotel and free time to relax.

The highlight of the day is dinner at Likurs Castle (the castle was built in 1718 during the times of Ali Pasha). Overnight in Saranda. 

Day 15: Butrint - Blue Eye National Park - Gjirokastra - Berat

After breakfast check out and departure to Butrint. Ruins of the ancient city of Butrint is one of the most important archaeological finds in Albania.

According to the legend, the founders of the ancient city were the Trojans who fled from the destroyed Troy in search of a new homeland. It was not earlier than the 8th century BC. In 1992 excavations of Greek and Roman cities were included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites . After visiting the Park continue to the natural spring "Blue Eye". Crystal clear water in the spring has blue color, hence the name.

Today the spring is a National Park and it is under state protection. In one second from the spring comes out six cubic meters of cool fresh water. After inspecting the source you will have lunch at the restaurant on the banks of the Bistrica River. Depart to the town-museum of Albania, Gjirokastra. Scientists still have not come to a consensus on the issue when the fortress was built - 4 or 1 BC. In 2005, UNESCO included Gjirokastra in the list of world heritage sites.  

After the Gjirokastra  departure to Berat. On the way stop for dinner in the town of Tepelena.

The history of the town Tepelena is closely connected with the name of Ali Pasha of Tepelena, political and military figure of mid-18th - early 19th centuries. As a result of long political and military efforts he managed to become the de facto ruler of Albania and some part of Greece, despite the fact that he formally recognized the authority of the Turkish Sultan.

The story of the man attracted the attention of French writer Alexander Duma-father, who used it in the novel "the Count of Monte Cristo". After dinner continue  to Berat. Arrival in Berat and check in to the hotel. Overnight in Berat.

Day 16: Fortress of Berat  

After breakfast depart to the Fortress of Berat. It is a fortress built on a 260-meter cliff and is the world's only fortress in which still live people.

Here is the Church of St. Mary, in which there is a museum of a famous Albanian painter Onufri. Continue through the old center of Berat. The town-museum, included to the list of UNESCO heritage sites, is known as the town of a thousand windows.

Peculiar architecture, the presence of balconies and large windows give the impression that these houses have no doors, and the houses are on each other.

Lunch will be served in the Castle Park restaurant. Departure back to the hotel and free afternoon. Overnight in Berat. 

Day 16: Departure   

Today you will be transferred to the Tirana Airport for your flight home.

 

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