Enchanting Blues: Blue Eye Oasis & Gjirokaster “City of Stone”

Code: 254519
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  • Gjirokastra and Blue Eyes
  • Clock Tower at the Castle of Gjirokaster in Albania
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Description

Gjirokastra and Blue Eyes.
City of Stones and Blue Eye Oasis

Gjirokaster, located in Albania’s southern Drino Valley, is a treasure trove of heritage and striking architecture. This UNESCO-listed city resembles a storybook with its old stone houses and breathtaking scenery.

Known as the “City of Stone” and the birthplace of the international well known writer Ismail Kadare, Gjirokaster holds onto its historic Ottoman-era buildings. The windy streets reveal tales of the past and the rich history of this wonderful city.

This city is also the birthplace of Enver Hoxha, former Albania’s controversial historical communist leader from 1944 to 1985.

Gjirokaster Castle, standing tall since the 4th century, offers panoramic views and a very interesting Ethnographic Museum. Inside you can discover myths and fairytales, including the legend of Argjiro. She was a brave princess that according to the albanian folklore she jumped from the castle with her baby to avoid getting caught from the ottomans….

Gjirokaster has some very distinctive dishes that you can taste with some amazing views. Taste local dishes blending turkish, greek, and mediterranean flavors like pite and qifqi.

Also you can explore beyond the city to find scenic landscapes and the majestic Gjerë Mountains. At day’s end, Gjirokaster glows with lively music in cafes and taverns, welcoming everyone with the Albanian hospitality. Visiting Gjirokaster is like a journey through Albania’s history, culture, and nature.

But also we have another location to explore. The Blue Eye is a special place near Saranda that people love to visit. It’s a natural spring where the water is incredibly clear and, you guessed it, a stunning shade of blue. The water is so clear that you can see deep down! The locals say that its more than 50 meters deep! The Blue Eye is like a magical gem in nature, with its crystal-clear waters and mysterious depths, captivating anyone who sees it.

Itinerary

  • 07:15 – 08:00 Transfer to the Blue Eye spring
  • 08:00 – 10:00 Visit the Blue Eye Natural Springs

-We will visit the Blue Eye, a water spring and natural phenomenon occurring in the village of Muzinë in Southern Albania. The clear blue water of the river can be seen from a depth of more than fifty meters.

  • 10:00 – 11:00 Transfer to Gjirokaster
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Visit the castle of Gjirokaster

-Gjirokastër Castle, situated on a hill, charms tourists with its medieval architecture and stunning views of the UNESCO-listed city. The Castle “Argjiro” of Gjirokastra, a fortress in Gjirokastër. The castle is situated at a height of 336 meters. It dominates the town and overlooks the strategically important route along the river valley offering spectacular views of the valley and surrounding mountains.

  • 12:00 – 14:00 Free time at your leisure
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Visit the Ethnographic Museum of Gjirokastra

-The ethnographic museum is situated in the Palorto Quarter, which is the best-preserved district in the old town of Gjirokastra. The Ethnographic Museum stands on the site of the home of Enver Hoxha, communist dictator of Albania from 1944 to 1985. The museum building was constructed in 1966 after the original house was destroyed by fire.

  • 15:00 – 17:00 Family Visit in Gjirokaster
  • 17:00 – 19:00 Transfer to Saranda

Tour details

Tour details

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DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Saranda, Albania
The local guide will be waiting for you with the ETG Welcome Sign
DEPARTURE TIME The tour will depart at 07:15. Please be there 15 minutes in advance
RETURN TIME The tour will end approximately at 19:00.
INCLUDED
Entry to Argjiro Castle Transportation
Operational Assistance Local guide service
NOT INCLUDED
Lunch
Guide/Driver gratuity

 

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