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Albania - Best Tours & Trips 2019

119 trips to Albania tours from 37 tour companies. 134 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.

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.

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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
$ 144 / day
$ 2,490
From : $ 2,909
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
$ 111 / 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
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15 days
$ 149 / day
$ 2,229
From : $ 3,121
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
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12 days
$ 210 / day
$ 2,520
From : $ 3,100
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
$ 127 / day
$ 3,686
From : $ 4,976
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
$ 172 / day
$ 1,399
From : $ 1,862
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
    $ 167 / 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
    $ 115 / day
    $ 1,722
    From : $ 2,325
    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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    Amsterdam and Paris

    6 days
    $ 115 / day
    $ 690
    From : $ 1,834
    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 : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    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
    • City tour of Amsterdam, today we have a very exciting and beautiful day
    • City tour in Paris
    • Explore Brussels, and will have time in the Grand Place and take a stop to photograph the Atomium
    • Explore Volendam, on a short boat trip we will go to Marken
    Visits:
    Amsterdam, Bruges, Brussels, Louvre Museum, Paris, Belgium, France, Netherlands
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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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    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

    134 Albania Tour Reviews - Summary 99% Recommend

    4.7 out of 5
    Excellent 98
    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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    Highlights of Albania

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

    This was a thoroughly comprehensive tour travelling around a large part of
    the country, involving visiting many fascinating historical sites, museums,
    the countryside ....various towns,mountainous regions, flat fertile plains
    and the coast .
    There were several....
    The stunning mountains, breathtaking views of castles , mosques and the
    courteousness of the Albanian we met....and learning so much about the
    country thanks to our guide.


    Klodi was a very fine group leader. His knowledge of his country and it's
    history was extremely impressive.
    We learnt so much and he was always really helpful and had a great sense of
    humour !
    Also, importantly, Ghent, our driver, was excellent. We couldn't have been
    in safer hands....driving through the mountains was very tricky at times, but
    he was always calm and very careful.


    Go to Albania now before it becomes too touristy. It's a great country and
    after such a sad history,the people are doing wonders restoring and
    revitalizing it.
    Only one criticism....some of the lunch breaks were too long!


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    Operator Exodus Travels

    Highlights of Albania

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

    Overall the itinerary was fine but it could be enhanced. A night was spent
    in Vlores and a visit made to Durres. Neither town was inspiring and what we
    saw there was incidental to the trip and would not have been missed if it had
    not been included. Cut Vlores and Durres out and spend more time in
    Gjirokaster and / or Berat. Or reroute slightly and include other
    destinations not on the current itinerary. There was a feeling of being
    rushed around the Berat Castle area in particular - a quick photo here then
    move on. No time to take in the scene. The photos have to be good as
    there's no time to retain a mental impression.

    The hotel choices were good to excellent and that in Berat exceptional.

    The minibus concept for transport has shortcomings, particularly when the bus
    is full. Anyone in an aisle seat has little chance of seeing mountainous
    countryside as line of vision is directed downwards by the top of the window
    for a tall person sitting in the middle of the bus.
    Getting to understand the seemingly endless battles over centuries that the
    Albanian people have had to fight and the compromises they have had to accept
    on the road to maintaining their identity as a nation


    The guide was very knowledgeable and shared his knowledge generously and
    frequently on a wide range of subjects, in part leading to the comment made
    immediately above.

    He tried hard to please everyone. That is not an easy task and can lead to
    the wrong result. When an option is offered and half the group go one way
    and half the other those attempts to please everyone end up disappointing
    half. Sometimes it's better for the guide to just say what's going to
    happen.


    If you're interested in life in Albania during the last century, and during
    the communist era in particular, get to Tirana a few days before the trip
    starts. The trip itinerary allows for surprisingly little time in Tirana and
    during that time the only exposure to visual information about Albania in the
    20th century is a visit to the national museum. However, that museum is far
    from the best place in and around the capital to find out how Albanians lived
    and were treated during the communist dictatorship.


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    Operator Exodus Travels

    Surprisingly pleasant country

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

    A great trip with a knowledgeable trip leader. We visited numerous castles,
    mosques and churches. The mountains are magnificent as are the plains, rivers
    and beaches.
    Entering the home of our hosts for a traditional lunch. The food was all
    produced locally and the garden was delightful.

    The infrastructure was also a pleasant surprise - many good roads and
    hygienic sanitary provisions.


    iLife was very knowledgeable and adapted well to our sense of humour. He and
    our driver went "the extra mile" to point out and deliver extra experiences.


    Don't worry about hygiene - dress casually - leave high heels at home - get a
    map or guidebook to research the country and it's history before you go. The
    trip involves some awkward walking and cobbles so be prepared with sensible
    shoes. Change money in small aliquot - food is cheap and wine/beer is much
    cheaper. Try the local restaurants - there are no McDonalds etc.


    The trip was very good. A couple of the hotel rooms were a bit iffy. There
    could have been other experiences - the trip focuses almost exclusively on
    churches, mosques and castles.


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    Wonderful tour of Albania

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

    A brilliant trip and great introduction to Albania, a beautiful country with
    such an interesting history. Organisation and itinerary were first class,
    with an excellent guide and driver. The trip is full on, with a different
    hotel each night, but was not tiring. All except one (which was still OK) of
    the hotels very good or excellent quality and in very good locations. Food
    and drink good and very cheap.
    Not one moment but so much wonderful scenery, unspoilt and historic towns
    Berat, Gjirokaster, Permet, Butrint, Apollonia, Kruje, lake Ohrid….


    Eri was a wonderful guide and excellent ambassador for Albania. He was
    extremely knowledgeable and taught us so much about Albanian culture and
    history, as well as taking us to the best restaurants and places to visit.
    Driver Goshi was excellent also.


    Go for a direct flight from Gatwick (BA) rather than the standard group
    flight which changed at Vienna and took much longer. You can arrive the night
    before and have the best part of a day longer in Tirana, and at the end you
    can have an extra half a day in delightful Kruje. Was cheaper overall too!
    The trip is full on but no really long journeys on the bus, and well timed
    stops. Bottled water was provided on the bus and some of the hotels.
    Kettles were provided in only one of the hotels, so take your own if you
    drink tea.
    ATMs charge high fees so take cash (£250 will be plenty for everything) and
    change it as you go. Plenty of places to change sterling commission-free
    everywhere you go.
    Food was good and fresh, and outside of Tirana and Sarande, beer, wine,
    coffee and ice creams were so cheap.


    The only problem was restricted leg room on most of the bus seats. Not a
    problem if you’re under 6 foot.


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    Operator Exodus Travels

    Amazing trip

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

    This trip gives you a really good taste of Albania. The country was quite
    different to how I expected and its an absolutely beautiful place. We packed
    a lot in, but it didn't feel as if it was rushed. I would really love to go
    again!
    The majority of the places we visited were absolutely stunning. We also did a
    lot of extra stuff, like viewing additional churches and mosques, which had
    lovely frescos and were often situated in lovely villages. Having a mezze
    dinner with a local family was also a highlight. The food overall was very
    good and fresh. Having a swim in some hot springs was also lovely.


    Ed was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The advantage of having a local
    guide is that they know a lot of people and places, hence why we were able to
    do a lot of extra experiences.


    Definitely take mosquito repellant and bite cream. I didn't see any advice
    about taking any so didn't bother, but we all got eaten alive! It may have
    just been the time of year we went, but I wouldn't go again without. We
    didn't get much time in Tirana, just Sunday evening, so if you especially
    wanted to look around Tirana, it would be worth coming a bit earlier or
    staying on afterwards. If you are on the group flight, you don't need to
    exchange any money at the airport, our guide took us to do that on Sunday.
    The exchange rate was poorer in the airport too. There is a direct flight
    available which is a lot quicker, so that might be worth booking instead. The
    food and drink is very cheap, but I think I spent about £250 which is more
    than some people have commented, just because I tended to have an alcoholic
    drink at lunch as well as in the evening and ice creams here and there, so
    that is worth taking into consideration.


    I got a lot of comments when I booked this trip about why I was going as it
    seems a bit of a 'strange' place to a lot of people to go and visit. I really
    wouldn't hesitate though. Albania is such an interesting and beautiful
    country and you see and learn a lot on this trip.


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    Highlights of Albania

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

    Overall a very interesting and informative trip.
    Swimming in Lake Ohrid and the fish meal, mezze meal with locals, historic
    houses seeing how people lived.


    Klodian was very nice and knowledgeable about his country. He has a good
    sense of humour and a very friendly manner.
    He could have given us a bit more local information or directions to the
    nearest supermarkets or other shops from the hotels.

    Congratulations to Gheti the bus driver for keeping us safe. His reversing
    and negotiating of hair- pins was superb. A lovely guy!


    Book a direct flight if possible.


    Far too much time was wasted waiting in restaurants for meals to arrive
    especially at lunchtime. Would have been better if we could look for our own
    lunch and meet up again at a set time.
    A quieter beach for swimming would have been nice. The music was deafening.


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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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