Albania Folk Dance Tour
Gjirokastra Folk Dance Festival Tour
 Kosovo extension  
Folk Dancing, Folk Music, History, Culture, Art, and Adventure!

When: September 20-30, 2020
ed byLee Otterholt
Kosovo extension: Sept 30-Oct 2 with Kliti Zeka

★Tirana, Durres, Vlora, Kruja, Saranda, Shkodra,
    and Gjirokastra!
★ Gjirokastra Folk Festival! 
★ Meet and dance with Albanian folk dance groups
     and teachers!

★ International dancing with Lee Otterholt!
    Price includes transfers, hotels, private bus, guide,
    sightseeing, festival, dance lessons, all breakfasts, most dinners!

Price: Albania Land Only: $2995 
Kosovo extension: $695

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Day 1: Sunday, September 20: Depart on airlines of your choice to Tirane, Albania.  (Turkish Airlines usually has the best prices and schedule.)

Day 2: Monday, September 21: Tirana
Transfer from Tirana International Airport to our hotel in Durres. Welcome dinner in a traditional restaurant. Overnight in the Arvi Hotel.

Day 3: Tuesday, September 22: Durres—Kruja-Durres
Drive to Kruja to visit the Historical Capital City of Albania. The Scanderbeg Museum, Ethnographic Museum and the Bazaar of Kruja are waiting for us. Lunch with local dishes and maybe a folk show from the local Albanian Folk Group. Back to Durres can be visited the Amphitheater of Durres and the Archeology Museum. Late afternoon dance with Lee, introduction to Albanian folk dances! Dinner and overnight in Arvi Hotel

Day 4: Wednesday, September 23: Durres-Shkodra-Durres
Drive to Shkodra to visit the famous Rosafa Castle and one of the oldest towns in Europe. Lunch, specialty on the Lake shore, fish or eel on clay tile. Drive back to Durres and afternoon. Dance with  Lee. Dinner and  overnight Arvi Hotel.

Day 5-7 : Thursday-Saturday, September-24-26: Durres-Gjirokastra

Gjirokastra National Folk Festival  
 Spend 3 days watching Albanian folk groups from Albania, North Macedonia, Kosova, Calabria and wherever the Albanians live.  In addition we will arrange private lessons so we can learn from and dance with many of these groups and get to know them up close and personally! During the day can be organized short drives to historical sites and places around Gjirokastra. Gjirokastra, a UNESCO World Heritage town, tour the 14th century castle. Gjirokastra is best known as the birthplace of Enver Hoxha, dictator of Albania (1908-1985). His house, open to visitors,  is an ethnographic museum. Visit Skendulli house. Folk dancing with Lee and local teachers. Afternoon workshops with folk dancers from different Albanian regions, evening enjoying the shows of the folk groups.

Day 8: Sunday, September 27:  Gjirokastra—Blue Eye Spring— Saranda
 Visit Blue Eye Spring, a wonderful natural site reached through a short walk through woodlands. We continue to Saranda, The Honeymoon Town it used to be called during the Communist times. Spend a easy day and afternoon dance with Lee and the local Folk Group to enjoy their Isopolyphonie songs and dances.  Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at Hotel Brillant.
Day 9: Monday, September 28: Saranda
Day trip to Corfu: Hydrofoil ride, sightseeing, possible meeting with local Greek folk dance group. Hydrofoil back to Saranda. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at Hotel Brillant.

Day 10: Tuesday, September 29: Saranda- Tirana
Drive along the spectacular Albanian Riviera looking down at the Ionian Sea.  Continue driving north through the seven villages of the Himara region. The region of Himara is rich with natural and historical monuments such as Llamany beach and the 18th century Panoramic castle of Ali Pasha. After a short coffee break at the springs of Borshi, we climb the Llogara Pass to drive down through the forest of Llogara National Park. Stop for refreshment and photos in Llogara. Continuing to the City of Vlora and reaching Tirana late at noon.  If time permits also one last Dance with Lee and Genc Kastrati.  Dinner and Overnight at Tirana International Hotel .

Day 11: Wednesday, September 30: Tirana & Airport
After breakfast we can make a short sightseeing walk to get a view of the most interesting buildings in Tirana as Het’hem Bey Mosque, Catholic Cathedral, Orthodox Basilica, the Pyramid and so on. Around noon departure at the Airport Mother Theresa!

Kosovo Extension
Led by Kliti Zeka

Day 13: May 17: Sunday: Prizren
For guests who decide for the Kosovo Extension, we continue after the delivery in the airport of the rest of the group: Drive towards Kosova to Prizren. Lunch on the way or in the Old City of Prizren, maybe free time. After checking in at our hotel, located in the heart of Old Town, we make a walking tour to visit this beautiful city. The Catholic Cathedral, 14th century Serbian Basilica, !6th century Mosque and the Museum of the Albanian League of 1878, are our highlights! The old city with such a moving history offers a lot from all the communities who are populating it till today, Albanians, Serbs, Turks, Bosnians and so on. Dinner in our Hotel or a restaurant in town. Also possible Folk Show. Overnight at Hotel Centrum.

Day 14: May 18: Monday: Pej, Gjakova
Morning drive northwards to Pej. On route visit Gjakova, with the renovated bazaar, after the burning during the last war, 1999. The Hadumi Mosque, one of the oldest in Balkans, is a highlight with the wall paintings and a very rare/old architecture. Later we drive to visit one of the most important Serbian Monasteries, Visoki Decani, where the Serbian king from the 14th century is buried. Lunch on the way (optional). Our journey continues to Pej, where we check in at our hotel, Hotel Dukagjini! For dinner we drive inside the marvelous Rugova Canion at a local restaurant where we can enjoy and dance together with the local folk group from Rugova.

Day 15: May 19: Tuesday: Transfer to the Airport of Prishtina.
(People on the Kosovo extension should book return flight from Prishtina, not Tirana. It’s more convenient
than driving back to Tirana … and the airfare from Prishtina is less expensive!)

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About Lee Otterholt
Lee Otterholt, born in USA of Norwegian-American parents, has lived and worked in Norway as a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer. He founded the Center for International Folk Dance in Oslo, and was professor of dance folklore at the Norwegian National College of Ballet, and University College of Oslo. Lee established folk dance and performing groups in Norway, taught at festivals and workshops throughout Europe, United States, and East Asia, and authored folk dance and instructional manuals for Norwegian schools. He was a choreographer for the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer.

I can’t wait to go! Enclosed is my registration deposit of $200 per person. Single supplement: $395. Kosovo extension: $695 Kosovo single supplement $100. Gratuities and drinks during meals not included. Program subject to change without notice. Cancellations 90 days prior to departure: Total refund. Less than 90 days: No refund. Travel insurance recommended.  
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