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.
Discover Albania and Macedonia with Fergal Keane
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 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.
Reasons to book
Exclusive talk from Fergal Keane
Q&A with Fergal
Traditional food and wine
Your expert guide
- 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
Day1Arrive in TiranaTirana, Albania
On arrival in Albania's capital, you'll transfer to your hotel, close to Skanderbeg Square.
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.
Travel to Lake Ohrid and enjoy a guided tour of Ohrid old town, a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Day4Boat trip on Lake OhridOhrid, Macedonia
Take a wonderful boat trip across Unesco-listed Lake Ohrid, before enjoying an afternoon at your leisure.
Day5Sveti NaumSveti 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.
Day6Wine-tasting in BeratBerat, Albania
Start the day with a visit to the Unesco-listed old town. This afternoon, visit Cobo Winery for an exclusive wine tasting.
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.
Day8Gjirokaster and SarandëGjirokaster, 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.
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.
Day10Durres to TiranaTirana, 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.
Day11Return homeTirana, Albania
There will be time to further explore Tirana, before you are transferred to the airport for your flight home.
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