Albania - Best Tours & Trips 2019

118 Albania tours from 35 tour companies. 136 reviews. 4.7/5 avg rating.
Given it's stunning location, it's a wonder Albania is probably the least traveled to Balkan nation. But people are beginning to discover this hidden gem more and more and discovering all it has to offer, from delicious local food, adventure activities, and fascinating history.
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

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Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Albania Discovery by Kayak

ROW Adventures
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 355 / day
$ 3,195
From : $ 4,313
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit historic fortress and visit two excellent museums
  • Head to the sea for a kayaking orientation talk and to start our paddling journey
  • A scenic drive to the seaside town Saranda on the Ionian sea
  • A visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Butrint
  • Visit the Blue Eye, a deep water spring
  • Enjoy a beautiful and remote landscape known as the "Raki Lands"
Visits:
Gjirokaster, Kruja, Albania
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Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer

Intrepid Travel
Premier
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15 days
$ 141 / day
$ 2,155
From : $ 2,851
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore the remote northern reaches of Albania and take one of the world’s best boat trips with a cruise through the mountainous corridors of Lake Koman
  • Experience daily life in the Valbona Valley with a stay at a local guesthouse. Clink glasses with the locals in the village and hike the rugged valley passes
  • Discover the secret staircase of Kalaja Fortress, and find your way to a hilltop lookout over Prizren – Kosovo’s most beautiful town
  • Sail across the blue waters of Lake Ohrid, one of Europe's oldest lakes. No wonder Macedonia and Albania share this beautiful attraction – nobody would want to let it go
  • Kososvo is rich in history and contrasts. Step back in time and learn about the infamous Battle of Kosovo on a day trip to the Field of Blackbirds, before embracing the modern culture thriving in Prishtina, Europe’s youngest capital
  • Lose yourself in Tirana, the Albanian capital full of a revitalised urban energy, and partake in the local's favourite pastime: drinking coffee and people-watching
Visits:
Skopje, Tirana, Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia
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Nature and Tradition in the Albanian Alps

Evaneos
Premier
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7 days
$ 115 / day
$ 635
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Visits:
Tirana, Albania
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Adriatic Adventure–Zagreb to Athens

G Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 130 / day
$ 1,980
From : $ 2,720
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Relax on corfu’s beaches
  • Make new friends over drinks along the adriatic
  • Explore charming old villages
  • Discover the rich and varied culture of the balkans
  • Marvel at stunning views at the bay of kotor
Visits:
Athens, Diocletian's Palace, Dubrovnik, Montenegro, Split, Tirana, Zagreb, Croatia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece
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Western Balkans Uncovered

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 184 / day
$ 2,210
From : $ 2,718
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Admire the World Heritage-listed architecture of Dubrovnik and Montenegro’s Kotor, climbing along their ancient city walls
  • Lose yourself in Tirana, Albania's colourful capital, and partake in the local's favourite pastime: coffee-drinking and people-watching
  • Sail across the blue waters of Lake Ohrid, one of Europe's oldest lakes. No wonder Macedonia and Albania share this beautiful attraction – nobody would want to let it go
  • Sitting alongside its Ottoman past, the Macedonian capital of Skopje has reinvented its centre with gleaming neo-classical monuments and buildings, adding a new layer to this fascinating city
Visits:
Dubrovnik, Kruja, Skopje, Tirana, Albania, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bulgaria
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Balkans Encompassed

29 days
$ 113 / day
$ 3,282
From : $ 4,431
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Novi Sad Petrovaradin Fortress Guided Tunnel Tour
  • Visit Devil's Town
  • Matka Canyon Visit including Boat Ride
  • Visit to Kruja (Entry to City Walls and Skanderbeg Museum)
  • Guided Tour of Kotor Old Town
  • Visit Trebinje for wine tour and tasting
  • 24 hour Dubrovnik city card including City Walls and transport pass
  • Entry to Kravice Waterfall
  • Guided Tour of Diocletian's Palace
  • Entrance to Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Guided walking tour of Ljubljana
Visits:
Budapest, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, Bulgaria
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Walking in Albania

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 171 / day
$ 1,379
From : $ 1,843
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • The picturesque regions of Theth and Valbone
  • The 'Lock-in Tower' of Theth
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Traditional folklore evening 
Visits:
Alps, Berat, Albania
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The Eastern Discovery (Preview 2019)

14 days
$ 304 / day
$ 4,250
From : $ 5,738
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : N/A
  • N/A
  • Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Maribor: Take a moment to appreciate the blend of old and new architecture.
    • Trogir: See the Cipiko Palace and Romanesque cathedral.
    • Tirana: Enjoy guided sightseeing with your Local Expert.
    • Corfu: Sail from the mainland to this idyllic island to relax or explore as you wish.
    • Scenic Drives: Styria, Drava River, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Montenegro, Albania.
    • Athens: Toast the culmination of your vacation with a lively Celebration Dinner in true Greek style at a local restaurant.
    • Dubrovnik: Inside the mighty defensive walls of the Old Town, you will be offered a varied selection of charming restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.
    • Dining Summary: 13 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 6 Dinners with Wine (DW), all with tea or coffee.
    • Athens: Ascend the Sacred Rock, better known as the Acropolis, to admire the Parthenon built in fifth century B.C. as well as the smaller Temple of Athena Nike and the Porch of the Maidens.
    • Delphi: Ascend the Sacred Way, once lined with offertory temples. See the reconstructed Athenian Treasury and pass the superb Polygonal Wall to reach the Temple of Apollo, where the people would seek divine wisdom from the mysterious Oracle.
    • Vienna: Set in the heart of Vienna and featuring contemporary decor, the award-winning Hilton Vienna hotel is one of Austria's premier hotels.
    • Split: The modern Hotel President Solin is conveniently located just a few minutes from the ancient city of Split and the famous Diocletian’s Palace.
    • Vienna: Let the sheer opulence of Schönbrunn Palace indulge your senses! Stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded Rococo frames where Mozart performed as a six-year-old prodigy.
    • Vienna: Tour the Ring Road passing the Hofburg Imperial Palace, Austrian Parliament Building, Opera House and Karlskirche.
    • Zagreb: Your Local Expert guides you this two-tiered capital. Explore Donji Grad, the Lower Town, and see the Mimara Art Museum in Roosevelt Square, Ban Josip Jelacic Square and the cathedral. Ride the funicular to Gornji Grad, the medieval Upper Town, to view the Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St. Mark's Church and the Lotrščak Tower.
    • Zagreb: Ride the funicular to Gornji Grad, the medieval Upper Town, to view the former Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St. Mark's Church and the Lotrščak Tower.
    • Plitvice Lakes: Marvel at the water wonderland, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, as you walk with your Local Expert along stunning cascades.
    • Split: Join a Local Expert to explore within the walls of the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s palace, now the heart of modern day Split.
    • Dubrovnik: Explore the Pearl of the Adriatic with your Local Expert. Walk the stone-paved streets of the old town to see Onofrio's Fountain, Rector's Palace and the medieval city walls. Admire the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries.
    • Kotor: Visit the old town situated on a beautiful bay and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • Corfu: Escape to this idyllic island, enjoying leisure time on the beach or insightful exploration.
    Visits:
    Athens, Delphi, Dubrovnik, Vienna, Albania, Austria, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Slovenia
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    The Great Eastern

    Topdeck
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    17 days
    $ 123 / day
    $ 2,089
    From : $ 2,820
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Local guide Tirana
    • Local guide Dubrovnik
    • Visit former concentration camp Mauthausen
    • Visit the Srebrenica Memorial
    • Visit the cliffside monasteries of Meteora (entry not included)
    • Party in Mykonos
    Visits:
    Athens, Belgrade, Budapest, Dubrovnik, Meteora , Mykonos, Prague, Sarajevo, Tirana, Vienna, Vienne, Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Montenegro, Serbia
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    Adventure in Montenegro and Albania

    Evaneos
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    10 days
    $ 173 / day
    $ 1,359
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Visits:
    Montenegro
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    Adriatic Spirit

    Contiki
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    9 days
    $ 194 / day
    $ 1,750
    From : $ 2,450
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
    Visits:
    Dubrovnik, Rome, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro
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    Budapest to Dubrovnik

    15 days
    $ 79 / day
    $ 1,180
    From : $ 1,593
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : N/A
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Novi Sad Petrovaradin Fortress Guided Tunnel Tour
    • Visit Devil's Town
    • Matka Canyon Visit including Boat Ride
    • Visit to Kruja (Entry to City Walls and Skanderbeg Museum)
    • Guided Tour of Kotor Old Town
    • Visit Trebinje for wine tour and tasting
    • 24 hour Dubrovnik city card including City Walls and transport pass
    Visits:
    Budapest, Dubrovnik, Albania, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia
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    Balkans Treasures Tour

    12 days
    $ 107 / day
    $ 1,280
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Explore Belgrade, Budva and Novi Sad
    • Visit Dubrovnik - Big Onofrio Fountain, Rector's Palace, Franciscan Monastery and Sponza Palace
    • Visit Kotor - Cathedral of Saint Tryphon and Mostar - Stari Most Bridge
    • Discover the places like Skopje - Church of the Holy Savior, Sofia, Sarajevo and Skopje
    Visits:
    Belgrade, Croatia, Dubrovnik, Montenegro, Sarajevo, Skopje, Sofia, Tirana, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia
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    Three Country Kayak Adventure

    ROW Sea Kayak Adventures
    Preferred
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    11 days
    $ 318 / day
    $ 3,495
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • Visit the Adriatic Sea is like a dream, with glistening azure water, white-sand beaches, subtropical vegetation, and sunshine that wraps you in its warm embrace. 
    • Enjoy the fresh local cuisine and a glass of regional wine as you relax and unwind in this Mediterranean paradise.
    • See lush valleys of olive and fig trees, vineyards, and citrus groves.
    • Visit two of the lake’s 14th century monasteries nestled beneath the backdrop of the grand Accursed Mountains.
    Visits:
    Croatia, Dubrovnik, Gjirokaster, Montenegro, Tirana, Albania
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    Peaks of the Balkans Hike

    ROW Adventures
    Preferred
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    8 days
    $ 361 / day
    $ 2,890
    From : $ 3,902
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Our Peaks of the Balkans trekking and cultural adventure takes us to the border triangle area of Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro where a new International Peace Park has been established. 
    • Along our way we meet with various local leaders who join us as special guests to enrich our understanding and appreciation for this part of the world. 
    • At the heart of this grand adventure is a difficult and extremely rewarding trek in the Dinaric Alps. 
    • The trek is bookmarked on each side by visits to fascinating areas in Montenegro (including a day of lake kayaking) and Albania.
    Visits:
    Albania, Montenegro
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    Top Albania Experiences and Attractions

    Top Albania Experiences

    The thrill of hiking through Divjake Karasvasta National Park.

    Swimming through the aquamarine waters of Karasvasta Lagoon

    Shopping through the UNESCO World Heritage town of Berat

    Enjoying the Mediterranean sunset as you ride the cable car in Tirana

    Relaxing on the sunny beaches of the Albanian Riviera

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    Albania Trip Reviews

    136 Albania Tour Reviews - Summary 99% Recommend

    4.7 out of 5
    Excellent 100
    Great 31
    Average 4
    Disappointing 1
    Terrible 0
    Value
    4.7
    Guide
    4.7
    Activities
    4.7
    Lodging
    4.7
    Transportation
    4.7
    Meals
    4.7

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    Great trail running adventure

    5.0
    • Value 4.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    I had been to Skopje once before, where I looked at Mt Vodno and dreamt of doing a trail run up it. Fortunately, Hiking the Balkans managed to get me in touch with Dean, a fantastic running guide who showed me all types of cool paths on the mountain. Dean’s pace and fitness levels were great: we covered 21km and almost 1000m uphill in under three hours (excluding breaks). The views were great and Dean told me lots of fascinating things about the mountain and about Macedonia itself. I’ll definitely be in touch next time I’m in Macedonia and have time for a trail running expedition

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    Operator Hiking the Balkans

    Amazing Europe Trip

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    There are so many great things to say about my European trip of a lifetime. The people that made it was my fellow topdeckers and of course the Fab Tour guide Matt Stewart. This is a trip that I will never forget, so many lovely memories I will cherish forever. We was very lucky with Matt because he really took time to talk to us and make us all feel relaxed with each other and asked us what we wanted to do. He was so knowledgable about all the places we went to, I remember thinking to myself this guy is pretty cool the fact he knows so well about the history and culture of each place especially the amount of cities we travelled to. Matt made the trip fun, interesting, exciting and I hope that if I was to ever do a top deck again one day he would be the tour guide or I think I would be disappointed. Have recommended top deck to so many people, memories I will have for a lifetime.

    Georgina staines

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    Operator Topdeck

    Cycling and overlooking Qeparo was surprise

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 4.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 4.0
    • Transportation 4.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Every day the cycling was a highlight. Otherwise, hiking up to and exploring the largely deserted hilltop village overlooking Qeparo was a complete surprise and a definite highlight for me.

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    Operator Explore!

    Great Holiday

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    This was a brilliant holiday in a little known country. A lot of ground was coveered and our Albanian guide was excellent. Hotels and all our meals were very good The whole experience was very positive.
    The visit to the churches in Voskopoje

    Ilir the leader was fantastic. However on reflection, I realise that he did not ask to see anyone's insurance details which could potentiall have caused problems in the event of mishaps or accidents. The bus driver was amazing. Nothing was too much trouble and he drove very considerately. A bigger bus would have been better since we were 20 in a 20 seater and finding room for the luggage was a problem every day. I was slightly annoyed by some of the group who always hogged the best seats. The older perhaps less mobile people were often squashed into the back seats where it go very hot.

    Go for it.

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    Operator Exodus Travels

    The trip met all expectations. _x000D_
    The

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    The trip met all expectations. _x000D_
    The accommodation and means of travel exceeded expectations._x000D_
    The leader was very helpful.

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    Operator Intrepid Travel

    Highlights of Albania

    4.0
    • Value 4.0
    • Guide 4.0
    • Activities 4.0
    • Lodging 4.0
    • Transportation 4.0
    • Meals 4.0

    A whistle-stop tour of a fascinating and beautiful country, visiting historical sites, mountain villages, beach resorts and World Heritage Sites. Some journeys are long, but taken leisurely, with (for Exodus) latish starts (9.00 - 9.30) and breaks for coffee.
    Burint and Apolonia are extraodinary historical
    Burint and Apolonia are extraordinary historical sites. Berat and Gjirokastra are wonderful towns, both worthy of longer stays. Everywhere except Durres.

    Iiir as everything you could hope for in an Exodus guide, articulate friendly and helpful.

    Hotels are good, and wifi is free at all of them. Plugs are European two pin. Food is a mixture of Greek, Turkish and Italian, and is very cheap. Vegetarians are well catered for, but with cheese and yoghurt featuring highly, vegans may have a problem. With a different hotel each night there is no opportunity to get laundry done. ATMs seem to be reasonably available, and are probably the best way to change money as bank and office hours are a little erratic. There are a few steep climbs, particularly in Berat and Gjirokaster, but taxis were made available to the elderly among us.

    We had a full complement of 20. Our bus was not really big enough, meaning that three people had to travel in the back in some discomfort (we took turns). Although I always had a good room, several other people in single rooms were offered accommodation that was not up to standard. Both these problems might be solved were Exodus to lower the maximum number, and were it not for these I would have given a 5 star rating. I can't help thinking that this tour would be improved if there was a two night stop en-route, giving a chance for relaxing and getting laundry done. Leaving Durres out of the itinerary might make this possible.

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    Albania Tours and Travel Guide

    Albania Attractions & Landmarks Guide

    Why Visit Albania on a Tour?

    Much of Albania is underdeveloped. The civil wars in the 1990s and the fall of Communism left much of the roads in disrepair. Also, there is little to no public transportation system. It can be difficult booking bus tickets from city to city because of the lack of structure and most Albanians only speak their native language.

    However, there is much to see in Albania. Albania is rich in history, towering mountains, and beaches that rival the French Riviera. Visiting Albania on a tour is the best way to see all of these. Tours to Albania offer you the chance to explore this small, but special country and its unknown areas with detailed itineraries and ease.

    Albania Souvenirs

    If you are a quirky souvenir collector, Albania is your dream destination. Albania has some of the most unique and country specific souvenirs in the world. Just make sure to leave enough room in your suitcase!

    • Skenderbeau Paintings and Artwork: These unique pieces of art are only found in Albania and are portraits and portrayals of the Albanian national hero who led the rebellion against the Ottoman Turks in the 1400s.
    • Bunker Ashtrays: Throughout Albania you will found over 170,000 bunkers. These bunkers were built during the rule of Enver Hoxha to protect against foreign threats. The bunkers are no longer in use, but you can buy ashtrays designed like these domed concrete structures.
    • Cifteli Instruments: Ciftelis are a traditional instrument of Albania. Reminiscent of a guitar, the cifteli is a string instrument with only two strings and is used in many weddings and concerts in Albania.
    • Qilim or Kilim: These are traditional rugs of Albania. Historically designed in reds, blacks, and whites in geometric patterns, qilims can be purchased in stalls throughout the old towns and cities of Albania.  

    Albanian Cuisine

    Albanian cuisine has its basics in the Ottoman Empire and the Mediterranean. Traditional cooking styles of salted and grilled meats date back to Ottoman rule. Heavy stews, soups, and stuffed pies are also common dishes throughout the country.

    With Albania sharing a border with Greece, much of Greece’s ingredients have made their way into Albanian food. Cucumbers, feta, peppers, and eggplants are a frequenter to Albanian tables and menus.

    Vegetarian travelers to Albania will likely be relegated to salads, but the food will be good because Albanian produce is always fresh.

    Top Albanian Tour Activities

    1. Cable car in Tirana

    Albania’s capital city of Tirana sits at the base of Mount Dajti. While visitors can hike their way up to the top of the mountain and back down, you can also take the cable car up and enjoy the Tirana landscape before taking in the sunset at the restaurant at the top of the mountain.

    2. Relax on the beaches

    Albania has miles of beaches that rival those of the French Riviera. These white, sandy beaches and teal waters are the perfect place to rest your weary feet and enjoy the warm Adriatic Sea weather. You can visit the popular beaches, or walk a little off the beaten path and discover the countless hidden beaches Albania has to offer.

    3. Berat

    “The City of a Thousand Windows” is a UNESCO World Heritage site in central Albania. A short day trip from Tirana, this historic city gets its name from the architecture of the buildings. Most of the homes and buildings of Berat feature multiple rectangular windows on their facades.

    4. Rozafa Castle

    Rozafa Castle sits on a hill outside of the northern Albania town of Shkodra. The castle has a sad, but important myth and has withstood multiple sieges throughout the years.

    Albania National Parks

    One of the top things to do in Albania is to visit the country’s vast national park system. Albania has 15 national parks spanning over 520,000 acres. The parks include natural lands, archaeological parks, and marine reserves.

    Albania has four major ecosystems: Dinaric Alpine, Balcanic, Pindus Mountain, and Illyrian deciduous. The national parks are spread out over each of these different natural regions of Albania.

    Butrint National Park is one of the most famous of Albania’s national parks. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this archaeological park was abandoned in the late Middle Ages and is home to ruins from the occupation of the Greeks, Romans, and Venetians.

    Two of the natural parks visitors must see are the Divjake Karavasta and Karabarun Sazan national parks. Divjake Karasvasta is home to the Karasvasta Lagoon, the largest lagoon in Albania and Karabarun is a recently opened marine park that was formerly a military area and sits on an almost untouched peninsula.

    Albanian Cities

    While Albania is widely known for its natural landscapes, the cities are just as unique and beautiful. A few of the cities included on Albanian tours are:

    1. Tirana

    The colorful capital of Albania is the epicenter for the future of Albania. With an influx of consumerism, pedestrian streets, and forward thinking city planning, Tirana represents the future of where Albania can go, while holding strong to its past.

    2. Berat

    Berat is famous for its Ottoman architecture and distinct homes. Throughout the city you can fine perfectly, preserved traditional Ottoman archways and structures and you won’t be able to turn a corner in the city without running into a Byzantine church.

    3. Shkodra

    This northern Albanian city sits on the lake of the same name. Shkodra is one of Albania’s oldest cities and is famous for its relaxed atmosphere and Rozafa Castle, an Illyrian castle built on a hill overlooking the city.

    4. Saranda

    Saranda is the center for the Albanian Riviera. Visitors can enjoy the day relaxing at the many beaches or cafes lining the waterfront or visit the local hill, Lekuresi, for sunset. Saranda is also one of the closest Albanian cities to Greece and is only a short ferry ride from the Greek island of Corfu.

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    Things to Know Before You Go

    Where is Albania?

    Albania is located at the southern end of the Balkan region of Europe. The country sits on the Adriatic Sea and is surrounded by Montenegro and North Macedonia and shares much of its southern border with Greece.

    Is Albania Safe?

    Overall, Albania is safe. The people of Albania are very hospitable and kind. However, there are a couple of areas you should know about.

    The Kosovo/Albania border is not recommended to visit because of the unrest that is still present after the Albanian Civil War in the 1990s. Additionally, there has been car thefts reported in this area so it is important to secure your items while traveling.

    If you are hiking in certain parts of Albania, keep to the trails. Due to the Civil War, there are some unexploded landmines in the areas near the Kosovo border.

    While some areas of the country still face unrest, the country is safe for visitors. The people are welcoming and if you remember to avoid certain areas, there shouldn’t be any issues.

    What is the Weather Like in Albania?

    Since Albania sits on the Adriatic Sea, the coastal part of the country has a typical Mediterranean climate. The summers are warm and dry and the winters cooler. The farther you travel inland in Albania, the cooler the temperature gets. Albania has a very rugged landscape and the mountains can be very cold.

    Albania does see quite a bit of rain throughout the year. The capital of Tirana has similar weather to Rome, but is much rainier. Including rain jackets and umbrellas in your suitcase are essential.

    Albania Travel Tips

    1. While Albania is generally safe and the people are generous, there has been petty theft reported in some areas, including near the Kosovo border. However, most tours in Albania do avoid these areas, but it is important to properly secure your items.
    2. Due to the past conflict in Albania, the roads are in poor condition. If you are on a tour that is traveling by bus or van, be forewarned that it may get a little bumpy from time to time.
    3. Also, Albania is very affordable to visit. You can spend less than $10 or $5 on a meal and even $20 on a room. But do exchange your money in Albania before you leave because you won’t be able to outside of the country.
    4. It is recommended to not drink the tap water. While some locals drink the water, it is best to drink from bottled water to prevent any illnesses.
    5. Most Albanians only speak their native language. Learning a few important words in Albanian will be extremely helpful for visiting the country.

    When is the Best Time to Visit Albania?

    Like most of the other coastal Balkan countries, the summers are warm and the winters are cool. This means you can visit the coast of Albania throughout the year without worrying too much about weather.

    Summer is an ideal time to visit because the weather is perfect to enjoy the beaches and coast of the country. This is also the high season for Albania. While Albania is not as busy as Croatia during the summer, word about Albania is getting out there and you should visit before the crowds start to arrive!

    If you are visiting Albania to hike or bike, going during the spring or fall is the best time. The weather is cooler, but still sunny enough for you to enjoy the mountains and beaches without the crowds.

    What to Pack for Albania?

    First and foremost, good walking shoes. Albania has some of the best hiking trails in Europe and stunning national parks. You’ll want to get out and enjoy this amazing landscape without sore feet.

    Albania’s weather greatly depends on what part of the country you are in. It’s warm on the coast, but cooler the farther inland you go. Make sure to pack layers because the weather can turn on a dime. If you are visiting the mountains, you’ll need to pack warmer clothes because it is cold throughout the year.

    Sunscreen and a hat are paramount. Albania has amazing beaches that are reminiscent of the the French Riviera with aquamarine waters and white sand. The ideal places to relax and unwind.

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