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1662
8 Days
Availability : Starting from March
Tirana, Albania
Min Age : 9+
Max People : min. 4 people with personal car and driver
Tour Details

Adventure and history.The trip starts in the 400-year-old city and capital, Tirana, before heading to the Lagoon of Divjaka for an adventurous bike ride and a chance to spot the Dalmatian pelican. Then, explore the highlights of Berat, a UNESCO-listed world heritage city. The next day we’ll explore another world heritage city, the stone city of Gjirokastra, a well-preserved Ottoman town steeped in history. You will also get to visit the archaeological site of Butrint before enjoying the promenade of Saranda. We’ll then take a break from history and have a few days’ adventures where we kayak along the beautiful Albanian Riviera and hike in Llogara National Park before going back to the city and exploring Tirana again.

Don’t miss out on this trip of a lifetime in a country known as the “last secret of Europe”. Join us for a memorable experience exploring the best of Albania.

*This tour will only run with a minimum of 4 people.

Departure & Return Location

Tirana International Airport Nene Tereza

Departure Time

Immediately after Flight

Price Includes

  • Airport transfers
  • English speaking guide
  • Driver at your disposal
  • Comfortable transportation
  • Accommodation in 3 and 4-star hotel
  • Breakfast for all days of stay
  • Activities according to your customized trip
  • Museum entrances

Price Excludes

  • Air Fare
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees
  • Everything not mentioned in the “included” section
What to expect:
  • A full visit of the capital of Tirana, the Lagoon of Divjaka, old city of Berat, stone city of Gjirokaster, UNESCO sight of Butrint, kayaking along Albanian riviera, hiking the Llogara National Park
  • Stay at 3-4 star hotels
  • Welcome drink (traditional raki, liquor, coffee, soft drinks, water), breakfast for all days of stay
  • Airport transfers; personal car and driver at your disposal
  • English speaking guide
  • Museum entrances
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Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Tirana

You will be welcomed by a member of our staff and accompanied to the hotel where you will be staying the first night. Depending on the time of your arrival, we will explore the city.
A city since 1614 and the capital of Albania since 1920, Tirana is the country’s main cultural hub. Discover a city famous for the colorful facades of its buildings and the harmony between the various religions in the country.
Time permitting, we will visit the National Museum located on Skanderbeg Square, which will be a nice introduction to the rich Albanian history! Close to this square, we will be able to see the mosque “Et’hemBey”, which has been preserved even during the communist era for its historical value, the opera, the clock tower and the palace of culture. We will then discover the superb Orthodox Cathedral as well as the Catholic Cathedral. You will also see the pyramid (the Museum of the former dictator, EnverHoxha).

Day 2Discover the Lagoon of Divjaka and old city of Berat

Early in the morning we will leave for the National Park of Divjaka. Once there, we will bike ride for about 3 hours to the lagoon of Karavasta. This lagoon is home to different species of birds, including the Dalmatian pelican, which you may be able to spot.
After lunch, we will leave for the city of thousands of windows, Berat. UNESCO has listed this city as a World Heritage Site. We’ll visit the little streets of the Mangalemineighbourhood, a quarter also known as “kala” (castle), as well as the museum of a famous 14th-century painter. Overnight stay in a house converted into a hotel.

Day 3Visit the “Stone City” of Gjirokastra

Today, we will go to Gjirokastra in southern Albania, a city is full of distinctive districts and shaded terraces. But its main touristic sites are the ethnographic museum and its citadel, which will take us back in time and through the history of Albania.
Gjirokastra city is on the UNESCO World Heritage list and has retained its characteristic “old Albanian houses” architecture. It is in one of these that we will stay for the night.

Day 4Explore the archaeological site of Butrint

Today we continue the journey with a visit to Butrint, which is near the Greek border. Butrint is an ancient Greek city that has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1992. Here, you will discover a historic landmark, an open ancient city showing of centuries of human occupation.
Late in the afternoon, we will drive to Saranda, where you can enjoy the promenade of the city and a fish dish menu.

Day 5Kayak along the Albanian Riviera

After breakfast, we will get on the bus and drive along Albanian Riviera for about one hour. We will reach the bay of Livadhi where we will prepare for kayaking. After a brief instruction on kayaking from our guide, we will set out to explore the Albanian Riviera for about two and a half hours. Some stops on the way to the bay of Gjipe will make the day more interesting. The bay of Gjipe is home to one of the most beautiful beaches of the Albanian Riviera. We may explore the Canyon of Gjipe in the afternoon or we may do some more kayaking.

Day 6Hike in Llogara National Park

This morning we will start the day with a short walk before we get on the bus and head towards the Llogara National Park. After checking in to our accommodation in a hotel inside the park, we will take a picnics and head out for a hike of around 3 hours.

Day 7Explore Tirana

After breakfast, we will continue our journey towards the capital city of Albania. Today there are a few optional activities including a visit to BunkArt or taking the cable car up Dajti Mountain. There you can enjoy the view of Tirana. In the evening, we recommend that you enjoy the nightlife of the capital in the district of Bllok. Once reserved for the communist nomenclature, it is now a trendy neighborhood where you can find a nice restaurant or party at one of the numerous clubs.

Day 8Drive back to the airport

This is the last day of your trip to Albania. One of our agents will accompany you to the airport according to your flight schedule. We hope you had a great time during your visit and that you will come back to Albania one again! After a coffee at the airport, we will say to each other “Mirupafshim”!

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