Kosovo and Albania are independent nations linked with a strong ethnic identity. Despite having a wealth of natural beauty, hospitable locals and an abundance of history from ancient to modern, these two countries are less travelled and very underrated. The modern history of the countries has been far from pleasant. Albania was locked in the grip of a tyrannical Communist dictatorship for over 40 years and descended into civil war soon after breaking free of the regime in the 1990’s. Neighbouring Kosovo underwent a gruelling civil war to gain independence during the same era. Since then, both countries have become safe for travel with a lot to offer and are progressing towards a brighter future and trying to shake off the stigma left from their dark pasts.
YPT’s quintessential Kosovo and Albania New Year tour starts in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo which has a well connected international airport, we explore the country in depth from the isolated villages deep in the mountains to the cities cut in two by fierce ethnic tensions Serbian and Kosovans. We then traverse through the mountains, passing villages infamous for vendettas and blood feuds, before reaching Tirana, the capital of Albania. Here we’ll explore the shocking history of a Communist regime that was one of the most brutal, secretive and isolationist during the Cold War era.
Monday 28th December
Tuesday 29th December
Wednesday 30th December
Thursday 31st December
Friday 1st January
Saturday 2nd January
Sunday 3rd January
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• All accommodation in twin-share hotels
• All transport as per itinerary
• Breakfasts and lunches
• 24-hour services of a bilingual YPT tour leader and local English-speaking tour guide
• Visas if required (YPT can provide full visa support)
• Travel insurance
• Single supplement at hotels (€150)
• Pre-tour accommodation (€40)
• Drinks and personal spending
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