Explore these two fascinating Balkan countries and meet the BBC's multi-award winning foreign correspondent

After the cancellation of the 2020 departure due to the travel restrictions imposed due the COVID-19 outbreak, we are delighted to announced this new 2021 departure date.

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Albania and neighbouring Macedonia are two of the last unexplored countries in Europe. From the end of World War II, to the fall of the Berlin Wall, Albania and its communist regime spent almost 40 years in isolation. Today, it's a democratic nation with a burgeoning wine industry and a long Adriatic coastline.

Macedonia, now the Republic of North Macedonia, is a fascinating mixture of Greek, Roman and Ottoman cultures in the middle of the Balkans. Many of the sights you will see on this captivating tour were unavailable to Westerners as recently as the 1980s, but you will visit Unesco World Heritage sites such as the ancient ruins of Butrint and Ohrid, one of Europe's oldest settlements, as well as taking in the Albanian capital Tirana and its astonishing thousands of protective bunkers.

Your tour will be made even more incredible as you will spend part of your trip in the company of one of the UK's most esteemed journalists. BBC foreign correspondent turned author Fergal Keane has reported from conflicts all over the world during his time as a news reporter, including the end of apartheid in South Africa and the tragic Rwandan civil war.

Fergal, whose most recent memoir about the Irish civil war won the 2018 Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize, will join you in Tirana. There he will deliver an exclusive talk featuring insights, tales and anecdotes from his award-winning broadcasting career and then afterwards, he will take part in a special Q&A session.

Fergal has reported from conflicts all over the world during his time as a BBC foreign correspondent, including the end of apartheid in South Africa and Rwanda's horrific civil war.

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Fergal Keane
Foreign Correspondent

Fergal Keane joined the BBC in 1989 as Northern Ireland correspondent but a year later was made Southern African correspondent. From 1990 to 1994, Fergal covered the township unrest in South Africa, the end of apartheid and the genocide in Rwanda as well as the Balkan Wars. He later became Asia correspondent before returning to the BBC World Affairs Unit in London. He has written 10 books, his most recent being the best-selling Wounds: A Memoir of Love and War.

Price includes

  • Exclusive talk and Q&A session with Fergal Keane
  • Return BA flight from London Gatwick to Tirana
  • 10 nights' bed-and-breakfast accommodation
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
  • All excursions and entrance fees
  • All overseas transport
  • English-speaking guides
  • Services of a Prestige Holidays tour manager

Availability

From
Fri, Fri, Apr 9, 2021
To
Mon, Mon, Apr 19, 2021
Duration
11 Days
Price per person
£1,999*
* * TELEGRAPH SUBSCRIBERS ONLY. Based on two sharing. Subject to availability. Single supplement upon request. Calls are made at local rates. Price and itinerary correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, experts may be substituted. Holidays are operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Prestige Holidays, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Prestige Holidays is Abta-bonded (V2715) and Atol-protected (2509)
From
Fri, Fri, Apr 9, 2021
To
Mon, Mon, Apr 19, 2021
Duration
11 Days
Price per person
£2,099*
* * PRICE FOR TELEGRAPH NON-SUBSCRIBERS ONLY. Based on two sharing. Subject to availability. Single supplement upon request. Calls are made at local rates. Price and itinerary correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, experts may be substituted. Holidays are operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Prestige Holidays, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Prestige Holidays is Abta-bonded (V2715) and Atol-protected (2509)
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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Arrive in Tirana
    Tirana, Albania

    On arrival in Albania's capital, you'll transfer to your hotel, close to Skanderbeg Square.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Kruja
    Kruja, Albania

    Venture to Kruja, the medieval capital of Albania. Here you will catch your first sight of the haunting Albanian bunkers, of which there are some 800,000 in total. You will visit the museum and Kruja Castle. You will also have the opportunity to shop in a local bazaar. This evening Fergal Keane will give his first talk on his experiences reporting.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Ohrid
    Ohrid, Macedonia

    Travel to Lake Ohrid and enjoy a guided tour of Ohrid old town, a Unesco World Heritage Site.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Boat trip on Lake Ohrid
    Ohrid, Macedonia

    Take a wonderful boat trip across Unesco-listed Lake Ohrid, before enjoying an afternoon at your leisure.

    Meals - Breakfast
  5. Day
    5
    Sveti Naum
    Sveti Naum, Macedonia

    Visit Sveti Naum and its impressive Orthodox cathedral. Have lunch in Struga, a delightful Macedonian town. Travel back into Albania to stay in Berat.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Wine-tasting in Berat
    Berat, Albania

    Start the day with a visit to the Unesco-listed old town. This afternoon, visit Cobo Winery for an exclusive wine tasting.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    Berat
    Berat, Albania

    Spend the morning delving deeper into 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 remains, including the acropolis and temple ruins. This evening you'll transfer to Gijrokaster in southern Albania.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    Gjirokaster and Sarandë
    Gjirokaster, Albania

    Explore the Unesco World Heritage Site of Gjirokaster, visiting the castle perched above the city, and the museum, which has some interesting relics from the Cold War. You will have lunch in Butrint and enjoy a fantastic tour of the ruins and National Park. This afternoon you'll leave for Sarandë, on the 'Albanian Riviera', with wonderful restaurants and a pleasant seaside promenade. You will stay there for dinner.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day
    9
    Durres
    Durres, Albania

    Explore Sarandë further, witnessing the ruins of the biggest synagogue in the Balkans, and the castle of Ali Pasha. You'll then drive to Durres, passing through parts of the beautiful Llogara National Park.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day
    10
    Durres to Tirana
    Tirana, Albania

    Explore the historic town of Durres, which features the ruins of a Roman amphitheatre and a delightful archaeological museum. Return to Tirana for a short guided walk. Tonight is a special farewell meal.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day
    11
    Return home
    Tirana, Albania

    There will be time to further explore Tirana, before you are transferred to the airport for your flight home.

    Meals - Breakfast

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Availability

From
Fri, Fri, Apr 9, 2021
To
Mon, Mon, Apr 19, 2021
Duration
11 Days
Price per person
£1,999*
* * TELEGRAPH SUBSCRIBERS ONLY. Based on two sharing. Subject to availability. Single supplement upon request. Calls are made at local rates. Price and itinerary correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, experts may be substituted. Holidays are operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Prestige Holidays, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Prestige Holidays is Abta-bonded (V2715) and Atol-protected (2509)
From
Fri, Fri, Apr 9, 2021
To
Mon, Mon, Apr 19, 2021
Duration
11 Days
Price per person
£2,099*
* * PRICE FOR TELEGRAPH NON-SUBSCRIBERS ONLY. Based on two sharing. Subject to availability. Single supplement upon request. Calls are made at local rates. Price and itinerary correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, experts may be substituted. Holidays are operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Prestige Holidays, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Prestige Holidays is Abta-bonded (V2715) and Atol-protected (2509)
Call now to book 01425383451
Quote ref: ALBANIA FERGAL