Discover amazing sites in these 8 days in Albania Kosovo and Macedonia Tour. Also explore the culture, history, and nature of this part of the Balkans. Which used to be closed to tourists for a long time but is now ready to be discovered.
Learn about the capital of Albania. Tirana is not only the capital of Albania, but it is also the main economic and cultural center of the country. Life in Tirana revolves around the beautiful Scanderbeg Square located in the center of the city. This retreat in the middle of the bustle of the biggest city in Albania boasts museums, an Opera house, the Palace of Culture, and countless shops and cozy cafes.
The buildings you will see as you walk around the square are a reflection of the periods that have influenced Tirana’s architecture. Only the Clock Tower and Et’hem Bey Mosque remain as reminders of the city’s Ottoman past.
Start by learning about the medieval history of Albanians in Krujë, the place where the name “Albania” originates from. Kruja is a place of Heroes and tales as old as its history. The cobblestone streets in the old town whisper about wars and invasions but also about a great man who did not let his country fall into the hands of the enemy. The ethnographic museum in Kruja shows Albanian daily life throughout the years. However, just behind the ethnographic museum is the Scanderbeg Museum which shows the history of one of the Greatest Albanian Heroes.
The Museum of Scanderbeg was designed as an ancient fortress. It is composed of separate pavilions, each representing a piece of Kruja, Albania’s heroic struggle against Ottoman invasion. These include the pavilion of antiquity and early middle age, the Albanian princedom pavilion, the pavilion of the ottoman invasion, the medieval fortress pavilion, and the Albanian resistance pavilion.
Each of these, in its own way, reflects the life and activity of Albania’s most famous national hero.
Kruja Castle was built in the 5th and 6th centuries A.D. Charles I of Anjou rebuilt the walls in the 13th century and the Turks rebuilt them again some centuries later. In 1617 an earthquake caused great damage to the walls, after which they were reinforced with 9 towers. The highest and most well-defended part of the fortress is a clock tower. It used to serve as an observation platform during times of war.
These 8 days in Albania Kosovo and Macedonia continue with a trip to Koman Lake. We will see the three power-plants installed in the lake which together produce about 60-70% of Albania’s electric needs.
We will sail through the lake for about 2 hours, enjoying one of the most scenic routes in Albania. Once we reach the other side of the lake we will take the minibus and transfer to the town of Gjakova in Kosovo. In the afternoon the group will have some free time to explore the city.
Meanwhile, learn more about the Christian heritage of the area through the Fresco narration at the Patriarchate of Peja. Many consider it the mother of all Serbian Orthodox Churches. Peja is a beautiful city in Kosovo, that deserves a visit as it is of historical and cultural heritage. In Peja, you will learn about the Kosovan War.
Then take a guided tour of Ohrid, the lake-side UNESCO city with a rich and ancient history dating back to the 4th century BC. By the end of 8 days in the Albania Kosovo Macedonia Tour, you will have experienced a wide range of Balkan life. Likewise will most likely have fallen in love with our beautiful region.
8 days in Albania Kosovo and Macedonia to remember.