Join Our Spectacular Holiday Tour December 27, 2023 – January 11, 2024
Ring in the New Year with a bang at Skanderbeg Square. Brace yourself for mind-blowing fireworks and festivities that will leave you breathless! And guess where you’ll be partying? From the swanky Tirana International Hotel Executive Suite (aka Cathie’s room, the party central)!
But that’s not all! Enhance your dancing prowess with none other than the legendary Folkdance Guru, Lee “Olympic Choreographer” Otterholt. No matter what your dancing ability, he’ll have you folk dancing with great style in no time!
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Wait, there’s more. Picture this: You, dancing your heart out at the magnificent Toptani Castle, alongside the one and only Maestro of Albanian Folk Dance Ensemble, Genci “Rock Star” Kastrati. He is the rock star of European folkdancers. It’s going to be a dance extravaganza!
But we’re not done yet! Prepare to meet and dance with folk dancers from Italy and all over Europe at the ultimate European dance extravaganza – Roberto Bagnoli’s Balkanot! Roberto has invited best international And the setting couldn’t be more perfect: the enchanting shores of the beautiful Lake Garda in Italy. It’s going to be a dance adventure like no other!
So, let loose, groove to the rhythm, make new friends, and experience the magic of folk dancing like never before. Get ready to rock the dance floor with unforgettable memories that will have you dancing through life!
Day 1: Wednesday, December 27: Depart on airline of your choice for Tirana, Albania. Rest up for an adventure as you’ve never experienced before.
Day 2: Thursday, December 28: Arrive in the vibrant capital Tirana and take a taxi to the Tirana Hotel International.
Gather at the hotel lobby at 6 pm for our introductory meeting. After our meeting, we’ll take a short walk to Shije Fshati (Taste of the Village) restaurant to indulge in delectable Albanian cuisine. Later, we’ll dance in Skanderbeg Square and then stroll along the boulevard to admire the glorious holiday lights that our everywhere-you-look. Prepare to be deeply moved by holiday elation and merrymaking.
Day 3: Friday, December 29 – Tirana Morning Adventure – Coffee, Companionship, and Captivating Sites!
8:00 am: Breakfast at the hotel. You won’t believe the pastries, breads, Albanian pancakes, variety of cheeses, fresh fruit and veggies, eggs, and most unbelievable, the view from the balcony.
9:00 am: Experience Albania in a detailed, close-up look of a nearby neighborhood, and meet some of the friendly locals. Follow Cathie to see five coffee shops that are all on one block and all the retail shops you need to buy items for your adventure: fruit, water, snacks, toiletries, and souvenirs. Find the coffee shop that has larger American-style coffees. See the Nine-Story Communist Era building. Have a tiny espresso or Americano coffee at the best coffee shop on the block.
10:00 am: Take a walking tour with our expert and friendly guide to see the best sites in Tirana.
Go into the one of the only mosques not destroyed by Enver Hoxha’s regime.
Find your holiday read at an excellent bookstore that has hundreds of the best in English books. Climb the clock tower or wave to the hardiest members of our tour while you relax below. Visit the Japanese structure that was a gift to the Albanian people from Japan.
See some of the creative architecture for which Tirana is known.
Climb the pyramid. See a bunker from communist days.
See part of the Berlin wall. Visit a posh dentist office that caters to dental tourists. See the dictator Enver Hoxha’s house in the Blloku area.
Go inside and meditate in the beautiful Orthodox cathedral.
Eat lunch as a group at the Taiwan Centre.
2:00 pm: Rest at the hotel for an hour then accompany Cathie to a local cafe that has the best byrek and strudel. Check out the local market. See the butchers, the bakers, the candlestick makers. Visit veggie stands with the freshest produce anywhere.
4:00 pm: Then dance with Genci and Lee for one-on-one and group instruction.
7:00 pm: Eat dinner at one of the stands on the Skanderbeg Square holiday grounds.
December 30 – 🏢🏞️ From Bunkers to Peaks: Unveiling Albania’s History at Bunk’Art and Ascending Dajti Mountain by Gondola 🚡
9 am: Breakfast at the hotel.
10 am: Our bus will take us to Bunk’Art, a unique museum within the depths of a Cold War-era bunker. This subterranean labyrinth unveils the clandestine history of Albania, offering a glimpse into the country’s past through immersive exhibitions and interactive displays. As you wander through the tunnels and chambers, you’ll be transported back in time, surrounded by artifacts and stories that shed light on a pivotal era.
Then, to the Gondola up Dajti Mountain. Will eat lunch at the restaurant with gorgeous views of Tirana.
4 pm: Arrive back at the hotel.
4:30 pm: Dance with Genci and Lee.
7 pm: Dinner at Pasta E Basta.
December 31 – 🎉🏨 Ring in the New Year at Tirana International Hotel: A Spectacular Fireworks Celebration 🎆
9 am: Breakfast at the hotel.
10 am: Take a walk as a group to some surprise locations. Take photos for photo contest.
1 pm: Eat lunch on your own.
2 pm: Rest up for the New Year’s Eve party.
8 pm: Dinner in the Executive Suite followed by New Year’s Eve Party in Party Central, Cathie’s room!
12 am: Fireworks out the window! Party till the wee hours. The most daring might go dance in the Square with live music.
Land Only: $4995
REGISTRATION FORM: I can’t wait to go! Enclosed is my registration deposit of $200 per person. Single supplement: $945. Hotel taxes and service charges: $185. Gratuities not included. Program subject to change without notice. Cancellation 90 days prior to departure: Total refund: Less than 90 days: No refund. Travel insurance is recommended.
Total balance due January 10, 2024
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