June 26 – July 10, 2024







About This Tour

In Greek mythology, the name Illyria is traced to emperor Illyrius, who ruled along the southeastern coast of the Adriatic Sea and became the eponymous ancestor of all tribes dispersed throughout the Balkan states of Europe. For the ancient Romans, Albania was the gateway to Asia, while the Turks and Ottomans saw its neighbors, Macedonia and Kosovo, as the doorway into Europe. Today, these three neighboring countries retain evidences of Oriental, Turkish, Ottoman, Roman, Greek and even Slavic influences in their monuments, ruins, mosques, churches and castles. Their historical importance is equally matched by their rugged beauty––a glittering blue Adriatic coastline, dramatic mountains, deep green forests and shimmering lakes and rivers. Come with us to experience the treasures of Illyria!


All plans for this tour are made considering the COVID procedures in effect at the time of publication. Entry requirements and vaccination requirements are subject to change at any time without notice. Please be sure you comply with the latest entry requirements for Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo at the time of departure. For the safety of our groups, we encourage our tour participants to be fully vaccinated, and current with their covid vaccines (including any recommended boosters) by one month prior to departure. We ask our travelers to tell us about their vaccination status four weeks prior to departure.

Tour Highlights

  • Tirana, capital of Albania
  • Kruja, 15th century Ottoman town
  • Roman ruins in Durres
  • Wine tasting at the Abaja Winery in Durres
  • Apollonia Archaeological Park
  • Coastal town of Vlore
  • Butrinti Archaeological Park *
  • Saranda on the Albanian Riviera
  • Gjirokaster’s castle and Ottomon Old Town *
  • Berat’s historic Mangalem District *
  • Diocletian fortress in Elbasan
  • Ohrid and Lake Ohrid, “Jerusalem” of the Balkans *
  • Bitola, “city of consuls”
  • Heraclea archaeological site
  • Skopje, capital of Macedonia
  • Prizren Old Town
  • Our Lady of Ljevis *
  • Historic Gjakova
  • Decami Monastery *
  • Medieval Pec
  • Pristina
  • Gracanica Monastery
  • * UNESCO World Heritage Sites