(Tirana, Vlora, Saranda)
(Bitola, Ohrid, Skopje)
Welcome to the land of magnificent mountains, lakes and rivers, incredible history and ancient villages that have remained unchanged for centuries.
Explore Albania, a country that has an intriguing contemporary culture, a fabulous collection of wondrous mosques and innumerable archaeological artifacts 3,000 years old. Explore various towns and cities along the Albanian Riviera and beyond, to appreciate Roman amphitheaters, ancient bridges, Franciscan churches and glorious panoramas. Continue to mountainous Macedonia that still remains a mystery to many. Experience the feeling of stepping back in time to Ottoman Empire in Old Bazaar in Skopje. Visit one of the oldest human settlements in Europe and pearls of the Balkans , Ohrid. Appreciate the warm hospitality of the local people.
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Enjoy a meet and greet service at Skopje airport before driving to Prizren with private vehicle and driver-guide. Prizren is a town with around 70,000 inhabitants, and it is a true open air museum, one of the most beautiful towns of Kosovo. It is situated on the slopes of the Sharr Mountains and on the banks of the river Bistrica. Thanks to its preserved architecture, this town with houses built under the Kalaja is a special curiosity. It is rich in dwelling quarters and houses with balconies facing gardens full of foliage. Numerous narrow, winding streets cut the whole town up, giving the town an oriental physiognomy. Since the end of World War II, Prizren has developed into a modern town with food processing, textile, pharmaceutical, and metal processing industry, at the same time efforts have been made to preserve its ancient architecture. Check into your hotel.
After breakfast enjoy a private Transfer with driver to Tirana with a stop in Kukes for a visit before continuing to Kurja for another short visit. Kukes is one of the most attractive regional centers of Albania. The most interesting and famous sights can be found right in the nearest suburbs of Kukes. Kurja is a medieval town in north central Albania built 560 meters above sea level, on the slopes of Sari-Salltiku Mountain. The name of Kruja derives from the Albanian word krua, meaning 'water spring'. Continue the drive to Tirana and check into your hotel before your guide takes you on a sightseeing tour of Tirana, the capital and the largest city of Albania. The founding and later development of the city of Tirana were made possible by its geographic position on a fertile plain, rich in forest lands and water. Return to your hotel when tour concludes.
Enjoy a private transfer with driver to Vlora, stop in Berat for a visit before continuing to Vlora via Logara pass. The stunning museum town of Berat is a well-preserved Ottoman city (perhaps the best in the Balkans) with a lively lower town and a beautiful medieval citadel district on top of the hill. The town is also renowned for its scenic beauty and as the "Town of a Thousand Windows", due to the many large windows of the old decorated houses overlooking the town. It is unclear whether it really means "Thousand" or "One over Another" windows. Before checking into your hotel enjoy a sightseeing tour of Vlora, one of the biggest and oldest towns and the second largest port city of Albania. It is situated on the Bay of Vlora, an inlet on the Adriatic Sea, almost surrounded by mountains.
Enjoy a private transfer with vehicle and driver-guide to Saranda via Dhermi on the way visit the Ali Pasha Castle. Ali Pasha Castle is situated in Porto Palermo. Most probably it was built by the Venetians as it could be relieved by sea and it has the same triangular plan with round towers found in the Venetian fort at Butrint. The castle is named after Ali Pasha of Tepelena as it was his second residence until 1820. The current fortress was rebuilt in 1819 from its surface with 3 towers. Check into hotel upon arrival to Saranda.
Enjoy a private transfer from Saranda to Bitola with a short visit in Ioannina. Ioannina is the largest city of Epirus and capital of the prefecture. Built on the northwest side of the lake Pamvitida, Ioannina is one of the most beautiful cities in Greece, with an important course in the nation's history. The modern buildings and shopping centers coexist with the well preserved buildings of the beautiful old city (around Kastro), the imposing monuments, the picturesque neighborhoods, the popular-art workshops, the pedestrian walkways and the large squares. Continue to Bitola where you will stay overnight.
Enjoy a private transfer with driver-guide from Bitola to Ohrid with stops at National Park Pelister, an invigorating natural escape from urban life. Characterised by lush, well-watered forests and unique geological formations. With Mountains, valleys and two glacial lakes. Continue the drive with another stop at Prespa Lake to visit the St. Naum monastery and boat ride. e Monastery of Saint Naum is an Eastern Orthodox monastery, named after the medieval Saint Naum who founded it. Saint Naum, also known as Naum of Ohrid was a medieval Bulgarian scholar and missionary among the Slavs. He is venerated as a saint in the Orthodox Church and was buried in the Church at the Monastery. Continue your drive to Ohrid.
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Ohrid, the jewel in the crown of Macedonia. The city of the immortal Ohrid is the sublime lakeside point that for many represents the culmination of Macedonian experience, a kingdom of light and water, a repository of ancient ruins from Macedonia's earlier kingdoms. Ohrid's major attractions are all located within a remarkably concentrated and eminently walkable area, among and above the narrow streets of the Old Town lined with restaurants and cafes.
Enjoy a private transfer from Ohrid to Skopje. Stop at Mavrovo National Park for a visit of River Radika Canyon and Mavrovo Lake. avrovo National Park features deep canyons, snowy peaks and blue lakes combine with dense forests that abound with diverse wildlife and it is one of the leading tourist areas in the country. The relief of the park contains three Alpine mountain systems: the Shar, Korab and Bistra mountains. Between the three mountains extends what some call the most beautiful canyon in Europe: the Radika gorge. More than 24 km long, it displays spectacular landscapes. On the way to Skopje visit the St. Jovan Bigorski Monastery. Continue the drive to Skopje to check into your hotel.
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Skopje which will take you back in time to the Ottoman Empire. The tour starts from the old Turkish bazaar where you will experience the old decorative ambience of the Turkish Ammas, Kervansarays, many mosques. Through the narrow streets of the charshija (market), we will visit Daut Pasha hammam, Kapan Han, Chifte hammam, Suly Haan and then climb to the small church of St. Spas where the oldest and most detailed woodcarvings are found in Macedonia and Balkan. Close to the church we shall visit the most beautiful mosque Mustafa Pasha Mosque (1492). The old fortress of Kale, the oldest standing beginnings of today's Skopje. From there you will experience a breathtaking view of the city with all combinations of ancient and modern architecture. In the new part of Skopje we shall visit the old railway and the Skopje's earthquake Memorial park. Along the central pedestrian part of the city we shall visit the monument of Mother Theresa and the old Turkish bridge. When the tour concludes you will be transferred to the airport.
Enjoy a private transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Hotel Centrum Prizren (4*) is located in the center of Prizren. Enjoy and relax in the spacious air-conditioned rooms and suites at the heart of the city. This modern and newly built hotel will provide you a unique experience and relaxation. The professional staff will make ensure your stay will be the most comfortable and enjoyable. Hotel Centrum Prizren is a mix of tradition and new styles - timelessly classic, yet offering the quality and comfort you have the right to expect from a modern international hotel. The hotel provides a free parking lot with 24h surveillance. Visit Hotel Centrum for a unique experience at the heart of Prizren.
In the best possible position, in the most beautiful boulevard in Tirana and surrounded by a marvelous nature. The unique Mediterranean garden in Rogner Hotel Tirana is wonderful in its magnificence and invites for walking and relaxation with a concluding cappuccino in the Bar terrace.For all sports enthusiasts there is a tennis court that may be used throughout the year and a putting green.The swimming pool tempts you to a refreshing jump with a final visit in the Bubbles Pool Bar.
Travellers are equally attracted by the hospitable services offered at the Hotel Partner (4*). Elegant guest rooms, modern convention facilities and a first class restaurant will surely exceed your expectations and promise a comfortable stay. Additionally, each accommodation provides free Wi-Fi access.
Saranda Bougainville Bay Apartments (5*) feature a private beach area and an outdoor pool with free sun loungers and parasols, the newly built Bougainville Bay offers elegantly decorated and air-conditioned apartments with free Wi-Fi and an LCD satellite TV. Each apartment has a terrace and a private garden. The beach bar serves various drinks and cocktails, as well as pizzas and other snacks. There is a bus stop on the main road, just 25 metres from the entrance to the resort. You can admire views from the Lekursi Castle on top of the mountain in Sarandë, or visit the 7 historic churches nearby. UNESCO-protected Butrint is a 20-minute bus ride away.
Hotel Epinal's (4*) lively entertainment and amenities will delight your senses and entice you to stay a little longer. Surrounded by some of the most well known points of interest in Bitola this beautiful hotel is ideally located on the main street "Shirok sokak", 175 km from the Skopje Airport, 180km from Thessaloniki and only 15km from the Greek border.
Lake Villa Germanoff (5*) is a small luxury accommodation facility, located on the wonderful lake shore near the cathedral church St and Sofia and Zona Garden beach in the old town. There are two apartments with 4 beds each that have wonderful views of the lake. Villa Germanoff has a central heating system, air-condition, Cable TV, mini-bar, parking under camera surveillance, laundry and shuttle service.
Hotel Solun (4*) offers a modern and daring sense of diversity that perfectly captures the city’s spirit.Hotel Solun welcomes you to the first ECO hotel on the Balkans. Situated at the city major square, an inspired fusion of art elegance with contemporary energy. Perfectly located for sightseeing, shopping and socializing.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
"Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch."
Chery Westlund ,
November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
"We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.
We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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