One of the most remarkable reporters of her generation, Kate is the BBC's former chief news correspondent. She has written four books and presents Radio 4's From Our Own Correspondent.
Discover Albania and North Macedonia with journalist Kate Adie
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Kate Adie is one of the finest journalists of her generation, having reported on some of the world's most pivotal political and social events, including the decade-long Balkans conflict in the 1990s during her time as the BBC's chief news correspondent.
On this fascinating 11-day tour, Kate will join you and your fellow Telegraph readers in the region which she was so acclaimed for covering for the broadcaster.
Albania and the neighbouring Republic of North Macedonia are two of the last truly unexplored countries in Europe. You will visit Albania's unspoilt Mediterranean coastline and no less than three Unesco World Heritage Sites.
Rugged snow-capped mountains tower above unspoilt white sandy beaches on the 'Albanian Riviera'. This wonderful itinerary will introduce you to some of Albania's highlights including ancient burial mounds, amphitheatres, castles and Cold War bunkers.
Across the border in North Macedonia you will take in the glorious views and history of Ohrid and enjoy a boat trip across one of Europe's deepest and oldest lakes as well as taking a guided tour of Ohrid old town.
On the way you will discover the historic events that have shaped the Balkans with Kate, who reported from there during the violent Yugoslav wars. Kate will impart he fascinating insights in two exclusive talks and a special question and answer session on her life and career.
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History of the Balkans
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Day1Arrive in TiranaTirana, Albania
On arrival in Tirana, you will be transferred to the Hotel Tirana International, overlooking the communist-style Skanderbeg Square.
Day2Kruja, AlbaniaKruja, Albania
Today you will venture to Kruja, the medieval capital of Albania, which will give you your first sight of the famous Albanian bunkers - originally, there were some 800,000. You will pay a visit to the historical museum and Kruja Castle, and have the opportunity to shop in a local bazaar. This evening, former BBC chief news correspondent Kate Adie will join you to deliver her first exclusive talk on her experiences reporting from the Balkans.
Day3Ohrid, North MacedoniaOhrid, Macedonia
Today you will travel with Kate to Lake Ohrid and enjoy a guided tour of Ohrid old town with her. Explore this beautiful Unesco-listed area, and visit two Orthodox churches.
Day4Boat trip on Lake OhridOhrid, Macedonia
Enjoy a boat trip across Lake Ohrid this morning and then spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Day5Berat, AlbaniaBerat, Albania
Visit Sveti Naum and its impressive Orthodox cathedral then after a lunch stop in Struga, a delightful North Macedonian town with cafés and shops on its riverfront. Travel back into Albania to stay in Berat. Tonight you will have the opportunity to ask Kate your own questions during another exclusive talk and Q&A session.
Day6Berat, AlbaniaBerat, Albania
You will start the day with an orientation tour of Berat's old town followed by time to explore at your leisure. This afternoon, visit the famous Cobo Winery for an exclusive local wine tasting.
Day7Berat – Gjirokaster, AlbaniaGjirokaster, Albania
Today, you will spend the morning visiting the Unesco-listed town, Berat, one of the oldest cities in Albania. Visit the castle and the Onufri Museum. After a lunch stop in Fier, continue to Apollonia to explore its archaeological sites, including the acropolis and temple ruins. This evening you will transfer to Gjirokaster in southern Albania.
Day8Gjirokaster – Saranda, AlbaniaSaranda, Albania
Explore the Unesco World Heritage Site of Gjirokaster, visiting the castle perched above the city, and the museum, which has interesting relics from the Cold War. This afternoon you will leave for Saranda. After lunch there you'll visit today's second Unesco site - Butrint, which has been inhabited since prehistoric times.
Day9Durres, AlbaniaDurres, Albania
Today you will continue your visit to Saranda, which will include the ruins of the biggest synagogue in the Balkans, and the castle of Ali Pasha. In the afternoon you will drive to Durres, passing through parts of the beautiful Llogara National Park, before enjoying lunch at Vlora.
Day10Durres – Tirana, AlbaniaTirana, Albania
You will explore Durres today and visit the historic core of the town, including the second largest Roman amphitheatre in the Balkans. This afternoon you will return to Tirana, and take a short guided walk of some of the major sights, followed by free time to explore further before you enjoy a special farewell meal.
Day11Return to the UKTirana, Albania
There will be free time this morning to enjoy some last-minute sightseeing in Tirana before you are transferred to the airport for your flight home.
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