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Gjirokaster, Albanië

Castles of Gjirokastra

Bite-sized trip

  • Itinerary:
    Gjirokastra
  • Duration:
    3 days / 2 nights
  • Price:
    from £ 188.- per person (excluding flights)
If the majestic stone-built Gjirokastra was not on your list to visit, be sure to add it in: it's so worth a detour. One of the great examples of Ottoman architecture, this medieval town overlooking the green Drina valley is full of character. Think entangled cobbled streets, bazaars and a sensational views from the well-preserved castle. Your local guide will help you uncover the area's history during your walk through the town.
Gjirokaster, Albanië
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Day 1 – Arrival in Gjirokastra

Considered by many to be one of the most picturesque towns in Albania, Gjirokastra is a must for travellers, especially those visiting the south. This well-preserved Ottoman-style town became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005 and it’s not hard to see why, with its enchanting cobbled streets and unique buildings which also earned it the nickname the City of Stone. Here you’ll stay in one of the small local hotels near the town centre. Packed with character and full of colourful local tapestry, this place will instantly make you feel welcome.

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Day 2 – Explore the town with your guide

Gjirokastra is very walkable and doesn’t get quite as many tourists as other towns nearby, but there’s plenty to see and do. To help you make the most of your time here, we’ll arrange a local guide who will walk you through the town’s narrow streets and point out the details you’d have easily missed otherwise. Among other places you’ll visit one of the best preserved buildings in the old town, the Skenduli house, with its colourful stained glass windows and many arches. Stroll through the Bazaar, watch the craftsmen at work and gain the secrets of Albanian carpets weaving from the locals.

Spend the rest of your day wandering through the Old Town, picking up authentic handcrafted gifts, eating delicious local food or sitting back in a bar or café watching the world go by.

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Day 3 – Departure from Gjirokastra

All good things come to an end and today after breakfast you’ll wave goodbye to this charming place. It’s time to continue your adventures around Albania and start making your way towards the next destination.

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Accommodation

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Castles of Gjirokastra

For this bite-sized trip we offer the following options

Albanië kookworkshop
Option
1

Cooking class

  • Travel sum:
    From £ 55.- per person
  • Included:
    3-hours cooking class with local chef.

Today you’ll learn about Albanian culture in the best possible way (in our opinion) – through food! 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. Under a careful guidance of a local chef you’ll cook up a feast and learn about the development of the local staple dishes while trying them fresh from the stove.

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Albania horse riding
Option
2

Horse riding in the countryside

  • Travel sum:
    From £ 77.- per person
  • Included:
    Horse riding with a guide, private half-day tour (min age 8 years).

Discover the countryside on a horseback and get to places that walkers and bikers don’t often go to. You’ll also have the best view! After a short briefing from your guide, you’ll jump on your horse and start the journey. Your guide will show you his favourite places around the Deshnica Valley and you’ll have ample time to take in the scenery.

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Option
3

Upgrade to our In Style accommodation

  • Travel sum:
    From £ 275.- per person, excluding flights
  • Included:
    As above

For a little more comfort, why not upgrade to our In Style accommodation? In Gjirokastra, you’ll be staying in beautiful hotel full of luxurious touches: wood carved ceilings, grand chandeliers and a huge terrace overlooking a tiered swimming pool. The views of the old town are a bonus!

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