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The 1000 Windows of Berat

Bite-sized trip

  • Itinerary:
    Berat
  • Duration:
    3 days / 2 nights
  • Price:
    from £ 198.- per person (excluding flights)
Whitewashed ottoman houses climbing up the hills of Osumi river bank, with wide windows glimmering in the sunlight. Welcome to Berat, aptly nicknamed "a town of a 1000 windows". It's famed for the well-preserved ottoman buildings and a fantastic setting, making it one of the most magical places in Albania. Discover this charming UNESCO site and delve deep into Albanian culture while cooking up a feast with a local chef.
Albania Berat
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Day 1 – Welcome to Berat

Today you’ll reach Berat, a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site that will easily make it into the top highlights of your trip. This place will instantly charm you with its authentic look and beautiful views, and to enhance your experience, we’ll book you into one of the local hotels built in the traditional Berati style, with plenty of wood and stonework. Located in the Ottoman Mangalemi district, you’ll be surrounded by the famous ottoman houses with countless windows that gave Berat its famous nickname. Explore the town, walk up to the castle hill for the best views, and stroll along the broad boulevards just like the locals do.

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Day 2 – Introduction to Albanian cuisine

What better way to learn about country’s traditions than through its local food! Today you’ll get to know Albania from its culinary standpoint, and it will be quite an adventure. With a lot of Italian, Greek and Ottoman influences, Albanian cuisine is rich in flavours and very diverse, with plenty of local delicacies in each region. Berat is no exception and today you’ll meet a local chef at one of the restaurants who will be your guide on this culinary adventure. Under their careful guidance you’ll cook up a feast and learn about the development of the local staple dishes while trying them fresh from the stove. That’s your lunch served!

We’ve left the afternoon free for you to explore Berat at your own pace and do as much or as little as you like: there are plenty of activities we can offer you, from relaxing wine tasting to thrilling rafting!

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Day 3 – Departure from Berat

After breakfast it’s be time to leave Berat behind and explore Albania further. From stunning coastline to glorious mountains and vast lakes, this country has everything to keep you amazed! If you think you’d like to spend more time in beautifu Berat, let your Travel Specialist know.

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Accommodation

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The 1000 Windows of Berat

For this bite-sized trip we offer the following options

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Option
1

Visit to the vineyard with wine tasting

  • Travel sum:
    From £ 39.- per person - excluding flights
  • Included:
    Winery tour with wine tasting and local snacks, return transfers

Albania may not be widely known for its wines nowadays, but the winemaking culture was established here almost 3,000 years ago, making it one of the oldest wine producing regions in the world. Today, with abundance of vineyards, amazing native grapes and country’s economy picking up after the turbulent 20th century, the wine industry is slowly re-establishing again. You have a perfect opportunity to sample some of the local wines on a family-owned vineyard and learn about the wine-making traditions of Albania. Your wine swill be accompanied with some local cheeses and olives, and return transfers mean you won’t need to count the units!

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Option
2

Kayaking trip

  • Travel sum:
    From £ 77.- per person
  • Included:
    Equipment and local guide.

About a 40-minute drive from Berat flows river Osum, just the spot for some kayaking. The route takes you through sharp turns of an impressive canyon, with towering cliffs on both sides, past the waterfalls and other natural wonders. Along the way you will get traditional snacks, fruit, coffee and of course some raki to keep you warm.

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