Albania: From the Illyrians to the Ottomans
3 Apr — 12 Apr 2019 | Tour Director: Carolyn Perry
• Travel the length of this mountainous country, discovering layers of historical wonders left behind by Illyrians and Greeks, Romans and Ottomans
• Explore the complex of Apollonia, once home to a famous school of oratory, and discover Virgil’s ‘Troy in miniature’ at Butrint
• Delve into the extensive archaeological remains at Antigonea, founded by King Pyrrhus of Epirus in honour of his wife
Depart London Gatwick 1650, arriving Tirana 2045. Transfer to Durrës for three nights.
Morning lecture: An Introduction to Albania and the Illyrians. Morning walking tour of Durrës, including forum and amphitheatre. Afternoon: archaeological museum.
Lezhë (Illyrian gate and burial site of Skanderbeg) followed by Rozafa Castle and Shkodër (walking tour including Great Mosque and English clock tower). Evening lecture: Skanderbeg. Free evening.
Morning visits in Krujë including Skanderbeg Museum, ethnographic museum and Ottoman bazaar. Afternoon in Berat including citadel, church of St Mary and Onufri Museum (time permitting). Overnight in Berat.
Morning visits in Berat including Mangalemi quarters (King’s mosque and Helveti tekke) and Gorica Bridge, followed by archaeological site at Byllis (walls, agora, theatre, early Christian basilicas). Continue to Gjirokaster for visits to castle and ethnographic museum. Overnight in Gjirokaster.
Morning in Butrint: 4th century BC walls, sanctuary to Asklepios, theatre. Afternoon: Ksamil followed by free time in Saranda. Evening lecture: The Long Road to Independence. Free evening.
Scenic drive through ‘Albanian Riviera’ to Porto Palermo Castle. Continue to Vlora for afternoon visits: Mosque of Sinan, Independence Square. Transfer to Fier for overnight stay. Evening lecture: The Greeks and Romans in Illyria.
Morning: Apollonia Archaeological Park (including agora and museum of Apollonia). Afternoon: Monastery of Ardenica. Continue to Tirana for overnight stay. Evening farewell lecture.
Morning visits in Tirana (time permitting) including Skanderbeg Square and National Museum of History. Depart Tirana 1300, arriving London Gatwick 1510.
3 Apr — 12 Apr 2019
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Cost includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, eight lunches (some packed), refreshments on arrival, six dinners with water, wine or beer & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £130.