Private Tour

An AUR Archaeological Adventure Led by AUR President Dr. Richard Hodges

8 days From $4,290

May 15 2019

This is a private tour for the American University of Rome community

The American University of Rome in commemoration of 50 years of academic excellence, would like to present its first tour for the AUR community. AUR President and expert Albanian archaeologist, Dr. Richard Hodges, will guide you around the World Heritage Sites of Albania and share his first-hand knowledge of excavations in the area. Spend a week with fellow members of the AUR board and community as you explore Albania and Corfu. The tour is perfectly timed to allow you to make it back for the 2019 50th Alumni Reunion and the 2019 Commencement Ceremony!

May 22nd - One-Way Flight from Corfu to Rome included

What's included?

  •  Expert Scholar & Tour Manager
  •  Accommodation
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary
  •  Local Transport
  •  Entries & Tips
  •  Ferry

Led by...

Dr Richard Hodges

Dr Richard Hodges

Dr. Richard Hodges has held the office of President of The American University of Rome since 2012.

Book Now $4,290
Includes deposit: $750 Single supplement: $450

Tour highlights:

  • Spend time exploring and dining, in a small group with AUR President Dr. Hodges
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Butrint with the Butrint Foundation’s former scientific director, Dr. Richard Hodges
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Historic Berat and Gjirokaster
  • Relax on the tranquil and beautiful beaches of Corfu
  • Tour 2,000 years of untouched archaeological heritage

Tour details

Dates May 15 2019 - May 22 2019
Duration 8 days
Cost $4,290
Single supplement: $450
Deposit: $750 , balance due by February 20 2019
Activity Level
Tour code A19AUR

Book Now or call 866-740-5130 if you have any questions

May 15 2019: Itinerary

Guests will arrange their own flights to Tirana. Free transfers will be provided from the airport to the hotel.

Meals include: Dinner

We leave Tirana and drive onwards to the city of Berat. Berat was one of the major cities of central Albania since its foundation as Antipatrea by King Cassander of Macedonia. Its strategic position controlling the Osum river valley made one of the gateways to central Albania and during the Middle Ages and Ottoman Empire was one of the crucial points in ensuring the security of this area of the Balkans. It was a significant trade centre under the Ottomans. We will visit some of its medieval churches and mosques.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we drive to the coast to Apollonia to see the ruins of the largest classical city in Albania. Recent excavations have revealed Mycenean finds linking the settlement to the Bronze Age Aegean. It was one of Julius Caesar’s bases against Pompey. Augustus, who was studying there at the time of Caesar’s assassination, rewarded the city by granting it autonomy. Little of the excavation is visible but this is a most evocative and beautiful site. We visit the later medieval monastery. We then head to Gjirokastra, our destination, is a grand and austere stone city on the skirts of the mountains. Its unique series of Ottoman mansions and public buildings has made it a UNESCO World Heritage site and the city zigzags up the mountainside in a maze of crazy paths and roads. We shall visit the great fortress of Ali Pasha that crowns the city and commands the prospect across the wide valley of the Drino river.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning we head to the ruins of Butrint, the best known archaeological site in Albania, where Prof. Hodges has been working since 1994. We shall see the theatre and shrine of Asclepius, Triconch palace, baptistery, Great Basilica and acropolis with its museum. There will be time to wander on your own to appreciate the beauty of this site that is so redolent of the landscapes beloved by the grand tourists. Tonight will be the last day with Dr. Hodges. We will have a dinner together to celebrate our last night in Albania.

Today we depart Albania and head to Greece. We will take a morning ferry to Corfu. Corfu’s streets punctuated by traditional Ionian, Venetian and British architecture and monuments, Corfu Town was the Venetian bastion at the mouth of the Adriatic. We will visit the Paleo Frourio and Church of our Lady Antivouniottis on Aresnour. There will be some free time to explore and have dinner at your leisure.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

For our last day together, we will have a walking tour of Corfu town and visit Néo Froúrio, St Spyridon, Palace of St Michael and St George and the Palaeopolis museum. You then will have a little free time to get any souvenirs you may want before meeting up the with group for a farewell dinner.

All meals included

Our journey has sadly come to an end. Today we head to the airport for our return flight back to Rome to make the AUR Alumni Reunion and 2019 Commencement!

Meals include: Breakfast

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