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tours 1 archelogical sights 2 central albania 3 the wonders of albania 4 tour albania macedonia

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about us unlimited travel agency tour operator is a travel company with limited liability with registration certificate -151423-04-12 sn and tin l21605503u we are an albanian travel agency tour operator that offers a variety of tourism products of a wide range of packages to suit every budget from 5 star luxury hotels in the standards or apartments we offer tours and excursions organized with professionalism both within the country and abroad with professional guides and comfortable vehicles we offer competitive prices and demand quality in our travels our tour operator has its modest beginnings a few years ago with a racket which consolidated and improved over time already tested in the albanian market currently with a qualified staff with more than 17 dedicated professionals and willingness to implement your ideas and wishes the tourism sector was established in 2009 as a subsidiary of duni agency representative since 1998 as a shipping company of the well-known ventouris ferries operating in durres-bari-durres line with their ferry-boats we are working with a network of 170 subagents in albania kosovo and macedonia who decided not to stop in the services sector what we offer to our customers ferry tickets durres bari ­ durres durres ancona ­ durres plane tickets to anywhere in the world excursions incoming outgoing winter and summer holidays thermal waters holidays hotel reservation with a credit card organization of seminars and conferences at home and abroad online support 24 hours help professional guide in several languages personalized service tailored to customer needs our vision and mission building travel through experience

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archelogical sights

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archelogical sights about the tour the area of today s albania has been populated since prehistoric times in antiquity much of it was settled by the illyrians possible ancestors of present-day albanians the modern albanian state comprises the southernmost part of ancient illyria and the northern part of ancient epirus surrounded by powerful warring empires albania has experienced considerable violence and competition for control throughout its history greeks romans byzantines venetians and ottomans swept through leaving their cultural mark as well as their ruins archaeological research shows that the lands that are today inhabited by albanians were first populated in the paleolithic age stone age the first areas settled were those with favorable climatic and geographic conditions for all tourists which will be mostly interested to that kind of tourism and focus to the archeology come and enjoy the program shown below.welcome to the antiquity of albania itinerary 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 day 01 airport mother theresa ­ tirana day 02 tirana ­ kruja ­ durres day 03 durres ­ apollonia ­ vlora day 04 vlora ­ saranda day 05 saranda ­ butrinti ­ saranda day 06 saranda ­ finiq ­ gjirokastra ­ antigonea day 07 gjirokastra ­ bylis ­ berat day 08 berat ­ tirana day 09 tirana day 10 tirana ­ out day 01 airport mother theresa ­ tirana arrival in the airport mother tereza airport procedures please send us in advance all the passport and arrival details meeting guide driver and transfer to the hotel enjoy a welcome dinner and overnight accommodation will be in a hotel in tirana -5-

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archelogical sights day 02 tirana ­ kruja ­ durres after the breakfast meet the group at the lobby and departure for a sightseeing tour in kruja city is situated only 90 min far from tirana city on this day we will be mostly focused in the history along the ottoman empire kruja is exactly the city where the tradition and history are crossed together kruja as the famous english painter edward lear quotes it as a charming little town all up in the sky our guide will lead you through the ancient history of kruja area its people culture and tradition from the adobe type dwelling places to the ottoman houses and communist flats you ll experience newly modern buildings in the city center as well on the top of sari-salltik mountain get off the bus in the city center and start the walking tour toward the bazaar enjoy the architectural values of the cobble stones and wooden shops proceed to the fortress through the main gate skenderbeg museum build during communism invites you to a wonderful historic insights of medieval period do not forget the ethnographic museum which displays a lively exhibition of rich tradition and culture of the kruja people and those who used it as a stopover on their way to central or southern albania leaving kruja and driving to durres city afternoon city tour in durres which is another site with completely different sight and point of view we will be mostly focused to the ruins and archeology in durres area some important buildings in durrës include the main library the cultural center the aleksander moisiu theater the estrada theater the puppet theater the philharmonic orchestra etc there are also several museums such as byzantine forum venetian torra small castle open as a bar ancient city wall the exhibition of folk culture open 8.00-13.00 for each day the mosaic of arapaj arapaj village it can be opened only with special permit the archaeological museum and the museum of history check in hotel enjoy the dinner and overnight accommodation in the hotel in durres -6-

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archelogical sights day 03 durres ­ apollonia ­ vlora after the breakfast in the hotel meet the group at the hotel lobby for departure program this day we will have the possibility to enjoy sightseeing tour where the history interlaces with archeology in the different époque of albanian tribe first stop will be in durres apollonia ­ an ancient city one of the biggest in adriatic basin and the most distinguished among 30 others that bore the same name during antiquity it was built on a hill whose tops are respectively 101 and 103 m above the sea level a position that overlooks the whole area and leads through vjosa river to adriatic during its first years of existence apollonia kept close contacts with corfu and corinth and played the part of a trade negotiator between hellenians and illyrians during 5th century bc it became an advanced economic centre with numerous crafts and extended its relations with both the illyrian world and attica and later on with magma grecia southern italy the sight of apollonia is divided in to 2 parts the visitors may have the chance to visit the ruins of the old city and the second one is the museum of apollonia after tour in apollonia we drive to vlora city late afternoon check in hotel enjoy the dinner and over night accommodation overnight in the hotel in vlora day 04 vlora ­ saranda after the breakfast in hotel meet the group at the hotel lobby and departure trip this is a wonderful panoramic tour that passes through the jonian riviera some brief visits to traditional villages as llogara dhermi vunoi we will stop to have lunch facultative to llogara area enjoying the nice scenery among the pinewoods late afternoon we arrive in saranda check in hotel enjoy the dinner and overnight accommodation in the hotel in saranda -7-

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archelogical sights day 05 saranda ­ butrinti ­ saranda in the morning after the breakfast meet the group at the hotel lobby for departure trip driving to butrinti the ancient city just 20 min far butrinti ­ archaeological artifacts prove that during the 7th and the 6th centuries bc butrint was a proto-urban centre but it was only during the 5th century bc that it turned into a full city by the end of the 4th century the agora the boulevard a small temple and the theatre holding 1500 seats were built up the latter one fortunately being preserved till our days the complex of the theatre and other buildings like asklep s temple portico baths etc form the most magnificent part of the ancient city during late antiquity and early middle ages butrint flourished greatly the construction of the baptistery which is the most important monument of the early christian period dates from this time the baptistery which has a round shape with a diameter of 13.50 m is laid with multicolored geometric and animal mosaic motifs and bears special artistic values the hall has two rows of granite colonnades upon which the roof rests after tour back in saranda afternoon free time in the city center possibility to enjoy the dinner in lekursi castle an interesting sight nowadays combined to a traditional restaurant check in hotel enjoy the dinner and overnight accommodation in the hotel in saranda day 06 saranda ­ finiq ­ gjirokastra ­ antigonea in the morning after the breakfast meet the group at the hotel lobby for departure trip transfer to gjirokastra city on way short stop to finiq area finiq phoinike ­ declared an archaeological park by the council of ministers decision no.396 on 31/03/2005 phoinike is situated ca.8 km east of the modern city of saranda and about 20 km from the greek border in antiquity the territory around the site belonged to chaonia part of the epirus kingdom and it is rich in finds from the classical to the byzantine period while in the distance to the south of the ancient city lies the butrint lake ancient sources mention the wealth of the city especially during the hellenistic period between the 3rd and 2nd centuries b.c when phoinike was a leading city in the epirote league within the walls of phoinike was signed the end of the first macedonian war the document took of the name the peace of phoinike the city s prosperity continued also during the roman imperial period while during the byzantine period the city records about 10 centuries of continuous life -8-

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archelogical sights the ottoman occupation of phoinike came abruptly and the city declined by taking the form of a small village a thesaurus a small prostylos temple the theatre hellenistic houses several roman water cisterns byzantine church can be seen while visiting phoinike after tour in finiq continue to gjirokastra city with a brief city tour gjirokastra ­ many houses in gjirokastër have a distinctive local style that has earned the city the nickname town of the stones because most of the old houses have roofs covered with stones of a great importance and interesting to be visit are the museum of weapons inside the castlethe ethnographic museum or known as the enver hoxha house the castle of gjirokastra the characteristic house of zekate an important family in gjirokastra transfer down town and continue to another archeological site as antigonea antigonea ­ lies on a hill about 600 meters above sea level the agora of the city has been excavated and a stoa 59 meters long and 9 m wide has been brought to light coins from various city states have been found in excavations arriving from korkyra modern corfu apollonia dyrrachium oricum ambracia but also the epirote league most of them made of bronze and few in silver.a triconch palaeo-christian basilica has been found at the site dated to the 6th century a.d and decorated with a mosaic floor the egyptian god anubis is represented on the central panel of the mosaic and according to one interpretation it may depict saint christopher the dog-head check in hotel enjoy the dinner and overnight accommodation in the hotel in gjirokastra day 07 gjirokastra ­ bylis ­ berat in the morning after the breakfast meet the group at the hotel lobby for departure trip transfer to berat city on way we will have a short stop to the archeological ancient site of bylis bylis ­ in today mallakastra which is a very important archeological center in albania is one of ancient illyrian citys inhabited by the tribe of bylliones established in the third century b.c bylis flourished as a political economic and cultural center of the community the city was governed by an annual council of civil servants in 230-146 b.c it introduced bronze coins which were used throughout this region the handicrafts from the workshops of bylis were competing with the handicrafts of apollonia -9-

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archelogical sights the surrounding wall of bylis built in the second quarter of the fourth century b.c is very well-preserved it is 2250 m long 3.5 m wide and 8-9 m high and it surrounds an area of 30 ha the wall is triangular the city consisted of several quarters and objects such as the agora which sheltered the inhabitants of the villages and their wealth in the event of war it is very interesting to see the theatre which is larger than that of butrint and was built in the middle of the third century b.c the monumental fountain of the 3rd century ­ several stadium elements ­ medieval cultural objects such as basilica in the church of bylis which was build on the iv-th century ad the mosaics have ilirian illyrian motifs which for the church later where known as pagan ones after tour in bylis transfer to berat check in hotel enjoy the dinner and overnight accommodation in the hotel in berat day 08 berat ­ tirana in the morning after the breakfast meet the group at the lobby and continue with a sightseeing tour in berat berat ­ the town is still renowned for its historic architecture and scenic beauty and is known as the town of a thousand windows due to the many large windows of the old decorated houses overlooking the town the citadel overlooks the river and the modern city as well as the old christian quarter across the river modern berat consists of three parts divided by the ossum river goritsa little mountain in old slavonic mangalem and kalaja the latter being a residential quarter within the old byzantine citadel that overlooks the town the town also has a 15th century mosque and a number of churches of the albanian orthodox church whose autocephaly was proclaimed there in 1922 several of the churches house works by the renowned 16th century painter onufri of inters it is also the onufri museum in the city after tour transfer back to tirana check in hotel free in leisure enjoy the dinner and overnight accommodation in the hotel in tirana day 09 tirana morning after breakfast meet the group at the lobby and departure for a sightseeing tour in tirana city tirana ­ the albanians ­ a mosaic on the face of the national historical museum statue of skanderbeg in skanderbeg square et hem bey mosque at the south east corner of skanderbeg square the clock tower next to the et hem bey mosque 10 -

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archelogical sights government buildings at the south end of skenderbeg square roman catholic church of saint paul completed in 2001 the largest church in tirana orthodox church of st prokop was built in 1780 the tabakëve and terzive bridges respectively in front of the parliament building and on elbasani street date from the beginning of the 20th century the palace of culture pallati i kulturës where the theatre of opera and ballet and the national library stand was completed in 1963 on the site of the former trade of tirana building with the first brick being placed by soviet president nikita khruschev in 1959 the monument to mother albania 12 meters high was inaugurated in the dëshmoret e kombit cemetery in 1971 the academy of sciences building the gallery of figurative the international cultural centre formerly the enver hoxha museum was inaugurated in 1988 popularly referred to as `the pyramid it was designed by a group of architects under the direction of the dictator s daughter pranvera hoxha and her husband klement kolaneci the palace of congress president resident all this wonderfull buildings extended along the bulevard deshmoret e kombit the bulevard of albanian history all this wonderful things you could get to our capital along to panorama tour in tirana after tour transfer back to the hotel enjoy the dinner and overnight accommodation in the hotel in tirana day 10 tirana ­ out after the breakfast meet the group at the lobby and check out transfer to the airport mother theresa 11 -

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central albania

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central albania about the tour geography and history mixed together with the its rich culture and tradition made the central of albania one of the most visited places in our country if you need to see the improvement you may just visit central of albania including in here our capital tirana city everything has been transformed from a grey dusty town in to colorful vibrant city a magic invitation for everyone if you are interested to see and experience a country undergoing fast transformation meet hospitable people and share this will be your tour to remember there is no surprise to see a local from a rural area taking on the mobile phone while riding a mule cart itinerary 1 2 3 4 5 day 01 mother thereza airport ­ durres day 02 durres ­ apollonia ­ berat day 03 berat ­ kruja ­ tirana day 04 tirana day 05 tirana ­ mother thereza airport day 01 mother theresa airport ­ durres arrival in the airport mother theresa airport procedures please send us in advance all the passport and arrival details meeting guide driver and transfer to the hotel enjoy a welcome dinner and overnight accommodation will be in a hotel in durres day 02 durres ­ apollonia and berat after the breakfast in the hotel meet the group at the lobby and depart to durres this day we will have the possibility to enjoy sightseeing tour where the history interlaces with archeology in the different stages of albanian tribes first stop will be in durres some important buildings in durres include the main library the cultural center with aleksander moisiu theater the estrada theater the puppet theater 13

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central albania the philharmonic orchestra and city hall there are also several sites such as byzantine forum venetian torra small castle open as a bar byzantine city wall followed by the roman amphitheater and archeological museum the city s beaches are also a popular destination for many foregin and local tourists after tour in durres we continue our trip to apollonia an ancient archeological park apollonia an ancient city one of the biggest in adriatic basin and the most distinguished among 30 others that bore the same name during antiquity it was built on a hill 105m above the sea level a position that overlooks the whole area and leads throught vjosa river to adriatic during its first years of existence apollonia kept close with corcyra and corinth and played the part of a trade negotiator between hellenians and illyrians during 5th century bc it became an advanced economic centre with numerous crafts and extended its relations with both the illyrian world and attica later on with magna grecia southern italy the sight of apollonia is divided in to 2 parts the visitors may have the chance to visit the ruins of the old city and the second one is the museum of apollonia after tour in apollonia we drive to berat city late afternoon check in hotel enjoy the dinner and over night accommodation overnight in the hotel in berat day 03 berat kruja and tirana in the morning after the breakfast meet the group at the lobby and continue with a sightseeing tour in berat berat the town is still renowned for its historic architecture and scenic beauty and is known as the town of a thousand windows due to the many large windows of the old decorated houses overlooking the town the citadel overlooks the river and the modern city as well as the old christian quarter across the river modern berat consists of three parts divided by the ossum river goritsa little mountain in old slavonic mangalem and kalaja the latter being a residential quarter within the old byzantine citadel the town also has a 15th century mosque and a number of churches of the albanian orthodox church whose autocephaly was proclaimed there in 1922 several of the churches house works by the renowned 16th century painter onufri onufri museum located within the sorrunding walls of the citadel is a must for every visitor leaving berat and continue to kruja city afternoon brief tour 14

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central albania kruja is a tourist attraction alongside a panoramic mountainside location some of the main points of interest include the restored castle and citadel the skanderbeg museum located inside the castle and the old restored bazaar the citadel includes a restored house from the ottoman rule that serves as the ethnographic museum after visit in kruja transfer in tirana enjoy the dinner and over night accommodation overnight in the hotel day 04 tirana after breakfast join us for a morning city tour of tirana tirana the albanians a mosaic on the face of the national historical museum statue of skanderbeg in skanderbeg square et hem bey mosque at the south east corner of skanderbeg square ­ the clock tower next to the et hem bey mosque government buildings at the south end of skenderbeg square roman catholic church of saint paul completed in 2001 the largest church in tirana orthodox church of st prokop was built in 1780 the tabakëve and terzive bridges respectively in front of the parliament building and on elbasani street date from the beginning of the 20th century the palace of culture pallati i kulturësbuilt in 1963 where the opera house ballet theater and the national library on the site of tirana old bazaar with the first brick being placed by soviet president nikita khruschev in 1959 the monument to mother albania 12 meters high was inaugurated in dëshmoret e kombit cemetery in 1971 the academy of sciences building art gallery the international cultural centre formerly the enver hoxha museum was inaugurated in 1988 popularly referred to as `the pyramid it was designed by a group of architects under the direction of the dictator s daughter pranvera hoxha and her husband klement kolaneci the palace of congres and president residence all this wonderful buildings extended along the bulevard deshmoret e kombit the bulevard of albanian history all this wonderful things you could get to our capital along to panorama tour in tirana afternoon free time in leisure or possibilities to buy souvenirs after tour transfer back to the hotel enjoy the dinner and overnight in tirana day 05 tirana ­ mother theresa airport in the morning after the breakfast check out and board your bus transfer to the airport 15

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