Join us for an adventure to remember as we take you to one of the least discovered winemaking countries in the world: Albania!
We start our journey by experiencing delicious Albanian food matched with local wines and a pub crawl. The next few days we will be helping local farmers with their crops as well as picking grapes for one of of the smallest wineries in the country! It would be rude not to accept the kind donations of copious amounts of wine, raki and local food as a reward for our hard work! The tour continues with high speed boat rides, lunch with local shepherds who will be cooking roast lamb for our group, beer tastings, swimming in the sea as well as exploring this fascinating country and meeting the last of the "Sworn Virgins"...
Friday 27 September 2019 - Welcome Dinner Arrive Mother Teresa Airport. Drive to Tirana. Check into central hotel. Evening out in a fine dining restaurants that combines local traditional food and "nouvelle cuisine"! All of your delicious food will be served with the best Albanian wines on the market... After dinner, we will go on a pub crawl across the city to get to know your fellow revellers! Overnight in Tirana.
Saturday 28 September 2019 - Raki Discovery & Help On The Farm After breakfast we will have a tour of downtown Tirana and the local bazaars. We will drop by a local Tirana family for a meze snack as well as sampling copious amounts of home-made raki! After lunch we will drive about 17km to the "Bunker Farm" which used to be a military garrison and a support to a rocket base near the Albanian Adriatic coast. The farm uses the bunkers to shelter goats, age cheese, produce wine and raki. After lunch we will have a tour of the farm and help the family collect freshly grown products of the season as well as other farm related stuff! Drive to nearby Berat (UNESCO site). Visit the castle. Hike down to town. Overnight in small family owned hotel. Dinner in Berat with amazing wines as well as views of the Old Town.
Sunday 29 September 2019 - Grape Picking Day Drive to a nearby village, famous for growing vines up trees... Today we will climb the ladders and help harvest the grapes! We will spend all day spent in the vineyard and winery helping the local family to produce first class wines! Grape crushing by foot is must... Overnight in the vineyard.
Monday 30 September 2019 - Speedboats, Shepherds, Split Roasts and Swimming Drive to nearby Vlora. Take a speedboat to cross the very isolated Peninsula of Karaburun. Meal of spitted lamb and, of course, loads of raki, with a shepherd family. The Shepherds' "Stan" or "Hut" was made famous in the UK by having hosted Rick Stein a few years earlier. Our meal is served in qilims on the meadow. After lunch we will hike down to the shore and swim in one of the paradisiac bays of the Bay of Vlora. After our refreshing swim we will take our group of 4x4s to the village of Tragjas, a ghost settlement since 1944 when the Nazis destroyed village and killed all of the local partisans who had been helping British intelligence. Meet one of the most special and delicious producers of food and spirits in the area of Vlora. Drive to nearby village of Rradhima for night in a beautiful eco hotel run by a local family of architects and artists.
Tuesday 1 October 2019 - Sworn Virgins and Beer We will drive to Durres to visit the local bazaar and Roman Amphitheater in company of an Albanian "Sworn Virgin"! Google them... Visit a small local brewery. A BBQ fish lunch. Return to Tirana to finish our city pub crawl. Drive to airport for flights home. End of tour.
Includes: Accommodation in double room, character family-run hotels and guesthouses with breakfasts included. All entrance fees to museums and visited areas Transfer in AC vehicle with professional driver Speedboat for the visit to Karaburun Pensinula Local transport to the village of Tragjas Payment for the Sworn Virgin Local and Western guide for the whole trip
Excludes: Airfare. Travel Insurance. Tips for the local guide and driver. Meals not mentioned in the includes section Drinks are not included in the itinerary apart from "Bunker Farm" Anything which is not mentioned in the above section
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