9 days

From £2,395

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We are sorry to inform you that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it has become necessary to reschedule this tour. Your safety and wellbeing are our utmost priorities, so we do hope you understand this enforced change of travel arrangements. A new date will be confirmed shortly. For more information, please read our full statement about the Coronavirus here. If you are booked onto this tour, you can get in touch with our friendly sales team on 01722 713800, who are ready to help.


Still very much an unknown and even hidden country unlike any other in Europe and still off the mainstream tourist trail, Albania is home to pristine ruins, a rich archaeological story and great museums. In Classical times, the Greeks and Romans built cities overlooking the sparkling waters of the Ionian Sea. Centuries later, Byzantines and Ottoman Turks fought over dramatic mountain strongholds. Famously visited by Lord Byron, and painted by Edward Lear, Albania is a country which has transformed itself into a modern European state from the secretive and backward Stalinist land of 30 years ago, with its archaeology and history at the forefront of its heritage.

Our expert guide lecturer, Oliver Gilkes, has directed excavations in Albania for over 22 years and his encyclopaedic knowledge of culture and archaeology enlightens us on this fantastic tour. Join us as we discover Albania’s fascinating past and present.

Tour highlights:

  • Spend a full day at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Butrint
  • Explore Tirana, Albania’s bustling capital alongside an expert guide lecturer, Oliver Gilkes
  • The wonderful church of Saint Mary in Apollonia

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Your Departure date

Today's Price

Deposit: £500 Single supplement: £240

Includes flights

Meet your Experts

Oliver Gilkes

Guide Lecturer

Oliver currently works for Andante Travels in the archaeology department, designing new tours all over the world.

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Theo Peeters

Tour Manager

Theo is a multi-lingual and very experienced Tour manager. He has always been fascinated by ancient civilizations and the contrast in different cultures and has a passion for assisting people in experiencing the cultural and historical diversity of our past and present.

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Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
  • All taxes & gratuities
  • Field notes
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single Supp. Offer Availability
9 October 2020 AALB201009 9 October 2020 (Friday) 17 October 2020 (Saturday) Oliver Gilkes Tina Cresswell £2,395
(inc. flights)
£240 Call for availability
1 October 2021 AALB211001 1 October 2021 (Friday) 9 October 2021 (Saturday) Oliver Gilkes £2,425
(inc. flights)
£330 £2,325
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