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8 Days
Availability : Jan to Dec
Tirana | Pristina | Skopje | Dubrovnik
Tirana | Pristina | Skopje | Dubrovnik
Max People : 8
Tour Overview

Discover the captivating beauty and cultural treasures of Albania on an 8-day adventure that promises to leave an indelible mark on your soul. With 4* boutique accommodations throughout the journey and intimate groups of 6 to 8 travelers, quality and personalized experiences take center stage.

Your journey begins in the vibrant capital of Tirana, where you’ll explore the city’s rich heritage, from Skanderbeg Square to the National History Museum. As you venture northward, visit the hilltop Rozafa Castle in Shkoder and lose yourself in the serene beauty of Theth National Park, hiking to Grunas Waterfall and the mesmerizing Blue Eye.

Journey through history in Kruja, where Dollma Bektashi Teqe, the castle, and the Skanderbeg Museum await. The journey continues southward, with a stop in Vlore to explore the Old Town, Muradie Mosque, and Independence Monument. In Gjirokaster, explore the “town of a thousand steps” and its ancient castle.

The coastal wonders of Butrint and Saranda beckon, with an idyllic visit to Ksamil Beach. Finally, you’ll delve into history in Berat, known as the “City of a Thousand Windows,” and explore the charming old bazaar of Elbasan.

Throughout this immersive journey, our expert guides unveil the nuances of each destination, bringing Albania’s rich history and culture to life. From the rugged beauty of Theth to the Mediterranean allure of Saranda, this tour showcases the diverse landscapes and hidden gems of this Balkan gem. Join us for an unforgettable Albanian adventure where quality and authenticity reign supreme.

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What's Included

INCLUDED
  • English speaking local-expert guide and driver for eight days
  • Accommodation at 4* hotel (twin / double rooms) for seven nights.
    • Single Supplement: 185 EUR
  • Meals included
    • 7 x Breakfasts
    • Welcome and farewell dinner (Day 1 and Day 7)
    • 1 x Wine Tasting (Day 8)
  • Airport transfer and all tour overland transfers.
  • No hidden costs. All government taxes & entrance fees.
  • Cancellation Flexibility.
  • Tour is available throughout the year.
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NOT INCLUDED
  • Personal travel insurance is not included. Please buy it in home country.
  • All tours are shared unless specifically booked as private.
  • Tips are not included in the tour costs. If you receive excellent service, please consider tipping.

Getting There

  • Tirana Most convenient arrival point is Tirana International Airport (TIA), but you are free to require this package to start from Priština (PRN), Tivat (TIV) or Podgorica (TGD) as well.
  • Arrival Your arrival on Day 1 can be anytime.
  • Departure Tour ends on the evening of Day 8. You can schedule your departure on Day 9, or possibly consider a post-trip tour extension.

Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrival to Tirana

Destination:Tirana, Albania
Inclusions:4* Hotel | Airport Transfer | Tour briefing | Welcome Dinner
Driving Time:0.30h

Arrival Note:After you comfortably land in Tirana International Airport, our driver will meet you at the airport, ready to make your 8-day journey through Albania a memorable one.

Upon your arrival at your 4* boutique hotel in the heart of Tirana and after settling into your accommodations, you have the rest of the day to unwind and embrace the charm of the vibrant capital city.

If your flight allows for it or you arrive early in the day, we recommend taking advantage of the afternoon to begin your exploration of Tirana with us. If you are arriving later this day and would prefer to have some time for rest and getting ready for the upcoming adventure, then you can save the evening for your own explorations of Tirana. 

Here are some recommendations for exploring Tirana on your own.

  • Skanderbeg Square: Start your Tirana adventure by wandering through Skanderbeg Square, the central hub of the city. Marvel at the iconic Skanderbeg Monument and soak up the history and energy of this remarkable place.
  • Blloku District: Discover the fashionable Blloku district, a lively area once restricted during communist rule. Today, it’s a hub of creativity and entertainment, lined with trendy cafes, restaurants, and boutiques. Sip on local coffee and enjoy the youthful atmosphere.
  • Art and Nightlife: Tirana’s art scene is thriving. If you’re inclined, visit art galleries or theaters showcasing local talent. As the sun sets, experience Tirana’s vibrant nightlife with live music, bars, and clubs that cater to various tastes.
  • Illuminated Landmarks: In the evening, take a leisurely walk through the city to witness its landmarks beautifully illuminated. The New Bazaar, Pyramid of Tirana, and Skanderbeg Square are particularly enchanting after dark.

Whether you choose to explore Tirana immediately or relax at your hotel, your journey through Albania begins with a captivating introduction to its capital city. Get ready for an unforgettable 8 days of discovery and adventure.

ALBANIAN WELCOME DINNER

Kick off your 8-day Albanian adventure with a warm welcome dinner in Tirana. Join your fellow travelers and tour guide at a local restaurant, where you’ll savor the flavors of authentic Albanian cuisine while getting to know one another.

It’s the perfect way to start your journey and create lasting memories together. Taste the richness of Albania, both in its food and in the company of newfound friends, as you embark on this cultural and natural exploration.

DAY 2: Explore Tirana

Destination:Tirana, Albania
Inclusions:4* Hotel with Breakfast | Walking Tour of Tirana
Optional:Bunk’Art 2 (Recommended)

Tirana - Albania

Activity Note:Your second day in Tirana begins at 9 AM with a delicious breakfast at your 4* boutique hotel, setting the stage for an enriching exploration of the Albanian capital.

Morning Walking Tour (9 AM – 11 AM): After breakfast, your knowledgeable guide will lead you on a two-hour walking tour through Tirana, visiting some of the city’s most iconic landmarks:

  • Skanderbeg Square (Sheshi Skënderbej): Your journey begins at the historic heart of Tirana, Skanderbeg Square. This bustling square is dominated by the imposing Skanderbeg Monument, a tribute to Albania’s national hero, and surrounded by several significant buildings.
  • Et’hem Bey Mosque (Xhamia e Et’hem Beut): Just a short walk from the square, you’ll visit the beautiful Et’hem Bey Mosque known for its exquisite frescoes and intricate architecture.
  • Tirana National Historical Museum (Muzeu Historik Kombëtar): Explore the impressive National Historical Museum, where you’ll gain deep insights into Albania’s rich history and cultural heritage.
  • Tirana Clock Tower (Kulla e Sahatit): Admire the elegant Tirana Clock Tower, an iconic symbol of the city, and take in panoramic views if you choose to climb to the top.
  • Pyramid of Tirana (Enver Hoxha Pyramid): Is a striking architectural structure located in the heart of Tirana, Albania. Built in 1988, this pyramid-shaped building was initially intended as a museum and mausoleum to honor the legacy of Enver Hoxha, Albania’s former communist leader.

Afternoon at Your Leisure: Following the morning tour, you’ll have free time to savor lunch at a local restaurant of your choice. Then, the afternoon opens up a world of optional experiences:

  • Bunk’Art 2: Dive deep into Albania’s Cold War history with a visit to Bunk’Art 2. This underground museum housed within a bunker offers a fascinating glimpse into the country’s tumultuous past.
  • National History Museum: If you’re eager to delve further into Albania’s heritage, revisit the National History Museum or explore Skanderbeg Square at your own pace.
  • Dinner in Blloku: For a memorable evening, we recommend dining at a traditional Albanian restaurant in the trendy Blloku district. Indulge in authentic flavors and immerse yourself in Tirana’s modern culinary scene.

WHAT FOOD TO TRY IN TIRANA?

  • Tavë Kosi: A popular Albanian dish, Tavë Kosi is a baked casserole made with tender lamb or beef, rice, and yogurt. It’s known for its creamy texture and savory flavor.
  • Byrek: Byrek is a savory pastry filled with various ingredients, such as spinach, cheese, meat, or potatoes. It’s a popular street food and snack in Albania.
  • Qofte: Albanian meatballs, known as Qofte, are typically made from minced meat, onions, and a blend of spices. They can be grilled or fried and are often served with a side of bread.
  • Fergese: Fergese is a flavorful dish made with peppers, tomatoes, onions, and cheese (usually feta or gjizë). It’s a vegetarian option and a favorite among locals.
  • Gjellë: Gjellë refers to traditional Albanian stews, which can include a variety of ingredients such as vegetables, beans, and different meats. One popular version is Gjellë me Arra (stew with walnuts).
  • Tave Dheu: This dish features slow-cooked lamb or goat meat combined with vegetables and a special blend of herbs. It’s a regional specialty and a must-try for meat lovers.
  • Flija: Flija is a unique Albanian pancake-like dish made by pouring thin layers of batter onto a heated metal plate. It’s often served with yogurt and honey.
  • Raki: For a local drink, consider trying raki, a strong fruit brandy that’s widely enjoyed in Albania. It’s often offered as a welcoming gesture.
  • Desserts: Albanian desserts include Baklava, a sweet pastry made with layers of filo dough, nuts, and honey, and Revani, a semolina cake soaked in syrup.
  • Albanian Wines: Albania has a growing wine industry, and you can explore local wines to complement your meal. Look for varieties like Kallmet and Shesh i Zi.

DAY 3: Shkodër & Theth National Park

Destination:Theth, Albania
Inclusions:Breakfast | 3* Hotel at Theth | Walking Tour of Shkodër
Driving Time:3.45h

Theth Village - Albanian Alps

Activity Note:Your third day takes you on a picturesque journey from Tirana to the enchanting village of Theth in the Albanian Alps. Along the way, you’ll explore historic Shkodër, visit the magnificent Rozafa Castle, and savor local cuisine by Lake Shkodër.

Depart from Tirana in the morning, and as you drive towards Shkodër, you’ll witness the landscape gradually transform as the majestic Albanian Alps come into view.

En route to Shkodër, stop at the hilltop Rozafa Castle, an ancient fortress perched on a rocky hill with panoramic views. Explore the castle’s walls, towers, and learn about the captivating legends surrounding it. The castle offers not only historical significance but also breathtaking vistas of Lake Shkodër and the surrounding mountains.

After your castle visit, head to Shiroke, a lakeside village renowned for its fish cuisine. Enjoy a delicious lunch by Lake Shkodër, savoring fresh and flavorful local dishes.

Upon arriving in Shkodër, embark on a guided walking tour of the Old Town. Explore its charming streets, discover the St. Stephen’s Catholic Cathedral, a stunning example of architecture, and visit the Ebu Bekr Mosque, a testament to the city’s diverse history and cultural influences.

Continue your journey towards Theth, passing through the picturesque mountain village of Boge. As you ascend through the Thore Pass, you’ll be surrounded by stunning alpine landscapes and lush forests, making for a memorable drive.

Upon arriving in Theth, check into your boutique hotel and take in the serene atmosphere of this remote village in the Albanian Alps. Enjoy dinner and some free time to relax and soak up the natural beauty that surrounds you.

Day 3 offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and nature, allowing you to explore Shkoder’s rich heritage and immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes that lead you to the serene village of Theth.

DAY 4: Theth National Park

Destination:Theth, Albania
Inclusions:3* Hotel with Breakfast | Hiking Guide & Full Day of Hiking
Optional:Free day on your own to explore Theth region

Theth Village - Albanian Alps

Activity Note:Prepare for an exhilarating day of hiking and exploring the pristine Theth National Park, a natural wonderland in the Albanian Alps.

Your adventure begins as you embark on a leisurely hike through Theth National Park. The picturesque trail offers stunning vistas of the rugged landscape, where lush forests and towering peaks surround you. As you trek through this serene wilderness, the anticipation builds for the wonders that await.

Your first stop is the magnificent Grunas Waterfall and Canyon, a mesmerizing natural spectacle. Marvel at the cascading waters and the deep canyon carved by nature over millennia. The sound of rushing water and the sight of pristine wilderness create an unforgettable experience.

Continue your hike to the Natural Pools of Nderlysa, a tranquil oasis nestled amidst the rugged terrain. Here, you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters of the natural pools, surrounded by the beauty of untouched nature. Lunch is served nearby, providing a perfect opportunity to recharge and savor a delicious meal in this idyllic setting.

Blue Eye Lake near Theth - Albanian Alps

Your journey culminates at the awe-inspiring Blue Eye of Theth. After a rewarding hike through the captivating scenery, you’ll arrive at this remarkable natural spring. The Blue Eye’s crystal-clear waters and vibrant blue hues create a breathtaking sight. Take your time to appreciate the serenity and beauty of this unique spot, a true highlight of Theth National Park.

As the day winds down, you’ll return to your accommodation in Theth, where you can relax and reflect on the incredible experiences of the day. Dinner is served, allowing you to savor the local flavors and share stories of your adventure with fellow travelers.

Day 4 immerses you in the natural wonders of Theth National Park, offering a captivating mix of hiking, waterfalls, natural pools, and the magical Blue Eye, all set against the backdrop of Albania’s stunning alpine landscapes.

DAY 5: Krujë & Durrës

Destination:Durrës, Albania
Inclusions:4* Hotel with Breakfast 
Driving Time:4.15h

Kruje Castle - Albania

Activity Note:Get ready for a day filled with history, culture, and scenic views as you depart from Theth and make your way to the charming city of Kruja, followed by a visit to the seaside city of Durres.

Bid farewell to the northern village of Theth as you embark on your journey towards Kruja, a city steeped in Albanian heritage.

Upon arrival in Kruja, your first stop is the Dollma Bektashi Teqe, a tranquil spiritual site known for its serene surroundings. Explore the teqe and soak in the peaceful atmosphere. Next, ascend to the historic Kruja Castle, perched high on a hill. The castle offers breathtaking views of the city and the surrounding landscapes. Explore the castle’s ancient walls and visit the Skanderbeg Museum, dedicated to Albania’s national hero, Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg. Delve into the fascinating history of this legendary figure and his role in Albania’s struggle for independence.

After your guided tour, head to a local restaurant in Kruja, where you can savor a delicious meal while enjoying a tremendous view of the city and the picturesque valley of Kruja.

Following lunch, take some free time to explore the Old Bazaar of Kruja. Stroll through the charming cobbled streets, browse local handicrafts, and soak in the vibrant atmosphere of this historic marketplace.

Depart from Kruja and head to the seaside city of Durres. Upon arrival, check into your comfortable 4* hotel accommodation. In the evening, embark on a city walk to explore Durres’s main attractions. Visit landmarks such as the ancient Roman Amphitheatre and the Archaeological Museum, where you can delve into the city’s rich history.

As the day comes to a close, you’ll have free time to enjoy dinner and explore the charming seaside town of Durres at your own pace. Stroll along the beachfront promenade, soak in the sea breeze, or relax in one of the local cafes or restaurants.

Day 5 offers a perfect blend of cultural exploration in Kruja and a relaxing evening in the coastal city of Durres, where you can unwind by the sea and savor the local cuisine.

DAY 6: Apollonia, Vlorë & Gjirokastër

Destination:Gjirokastër, Albania
Inclusions:4* Hotel with Breakfast | Walking Tour of Vlorë & Gjirokastër
Driving Time:3.30h

Gjirokaster - Albania

Activity Note:Prepare for a day of scenic coastal drives, city exploration, and a charming evening in the historic town of Gjirokaster.

Bid farewell to Durres as you set out for your next destinations: Apollonia, Vlore and Gjirokaster.

​​Your morning part of the journey includes a visit to the Apollonia archaeological site, where you can explore the ancient ruins of this once-flourishing city. Discover well-preserved relics, including temples, theaters, and a fascinating archaeological museum, offering insights into Apollonia’s rich history.

As you arrive in Vlore, take the time to explore this beautiful coastal city, including the charming Old Town. Wander through the historic streets, admiring the well-preserved architecture and local atmosphere. You’ll also visit the impressive Muradie Mosque, a symbol of Vlore’s diverse heritage. Don’t miss the chance to see the Independence Monument, a significant historical site that commemorates Albania’s declaration of independence.

Enjoy a delightful lunch at a local restaurant, savoring fresh seafood or other regional specialties.

After lunch and exploring Vlore, continue your journey towards the historic town of Gjirokaster, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Upon arriving in Gjirokaster, check into your boutique hotel, where you can settle in and freshen up.

Explore the “town of a thousand steps” with a guided walking tour. Visit Gjirokaster Castle, a magnificent fortress that offers sweeping views of the town and surrounding landscapes. Explore the beautifully preserved Gjirokaster Old Bazaar, filled with cobblestone streets, traditional houses, and artisan shops. Gain insights into the town’s rich history and cultural heritage as you stroll through its picturesque streets.

After the walking tour, you’ll have free time to relax and enjoy dinner at your own pace. Take the opportunity to explore Gjirokaster further on your own, visit local cafes, or simply unwind in the charming atmosphere of this historic town.

Day 6 offers a delightful combination of coastal beauty in Vlore, including the Old Town, Muradie Mosque, and the Independence Monument, and the cultural richness of Gjirokaster, allowing you to explore both cities at a leisurely pace and make the most of your time in southern Albania.

FACTS ABOUT GJIROKASTER

Gjirokaster, nestled beneath the imposing Gjirokastër Fortress, is a city steeped in history and culture. It is renowned as the birthplace of Enver Hoxha, the former Albanian communist leader, and the celebrated writer Ismail Kadare. What distinguishes Gjirokaster is its unique architectural style, earning it the moniker “City of Stone.” Many of the old houses in the city boast roofs adorned with finely crafted flat stones.

At the heart of Gjirokaster lies the Gjirokastër National Folklore Festival, a quinquennial celebration of Albanian culture and heritage. The city’s rich heritage is reflected in its more than 500 preserved homes, designated as “cultural monuments.” Gjirokaster’s iconic Ottoman bazaar, originally constructed in the 17th century and rebuilt in the 19th century following a fire, adds to the city’s allure. With its captivating history and architectural treasures, Gjirokaster invites visitors to step back in time and explore its enchanting streets and cultural legacy.

WHEN YOU HAVE FREE AFTERNOON IN GJIROKASTRA

When you have free evening time in Gjirokaster, there are several delightful activities and experiences to make the most of your leisure hours:

  • Explore the Old Bazaar: Take a leisurely stroll through Gjirokaster’s Old Bazaar. The cobblestone streets come alive in the evening, and you can browse local shops, boutiques, and artisan stalls for unique souvenirs or gifts.
  • Dine at Local Restaurants: Gjirokaster offers a range of traditional Albanian restaurants where you can savor authentic local dishes. Try regional specialties and indulge in a delightful dinner while enjoying the town’s ambiance.
  • Cafes and Coffee: Relax at one of the town’s cafes and sip on Albanian coffee or tea. This is an excellent way to unwind and soak in the local atmosphere. Many cafes also offer outdoor seating for a pleasant evening experience.
  • Gjirokaster Castle at Sunset: If the castle is open in the evening, consider taking a walk up to Gjirokaster Castle to witness the sunset over the town. The panoramic views are particularly stunning during this time, offering a unique perspective of the city.

DAY 7: Blue Eye, Butrint NP & Albanian Riviera

Destination:Gjirokastër, Albania
Inclusions:4* Hotel with Breakfast | Farewell Dinner
Driving Time:3h

Butrint National Park - Albania

Activity Note:Prepare for a day of exploration and relaxation as you venture to the enchanting Blue Eye, the ancient ruins of Butrint, and the picturesque coastal town of Saranda, before returning to Gjirokaster for a leisurely evening.

Depart from Gjirokaster in the morning, setting out on a captivating journey through Albania’s natural and historical treasures.

Your first stop is the mesmerizing Blue Eye, a natural spring renowned for its crystal-clear, vibrant blue waters. Marvel at the stunning clarity of this unique geological phenomenon, set amidst lush greenery. Take time to soak in the serene atmosphere and appreciate the beauty of this pristine natural site.

Blue Eye - South Albania

Continue your journey to Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where ancient ruins and historical significance await. Explore the archaeological wonders of Butrint, including well-preserved Roman and Byzantine remains, ancient theaters, and a Venetian fortress. Immerse yourself in the rich history and cultural heritage of this remarkable site.

Butrint National Park - UNESCO - Albania

Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant near Butrint, allowing you to savor regional flavors while taking in the scenic surroundings.

Proceed to Saranda, a picturesque coastal town known for its stunning seafront views. Spend your afternoon relaxing on Ksamil Beach, a pristine paradise with crystal-clear waters and white sandy shores. Take leisurely walks along the beach, swim in the azure waters, or simply unwind under the Mediterranean sun.

As the day comes to a close, return to Gjirokaster, where you can settle back into your boutique hotel.

You’ll have the evening free in Gjirokaster to enjoy at your own pace. Explore the town further, savor a delicious dinner, or simply relax and soak in the ambiance of this historic and charming destination.

Day 6 offers a diverse and enchanting blend of natural beauty, historical exploration, and coastal relaxation, allowing you to experience the best of southern Albania’s treasures.

ALBANIAN FAREWELL DINNER

As your 8-day Albanian adventure draws to a close, we invite you to join us for a memorable farewell dinner on Day 7. Reflect on the incredible experiences and friendships forged during this journey while savoring a delicious meal at a local restaurant.

It’s a time to celebrate the cherished memories you’ve created and bid farewell to this beautiful Balkan gem, leaving with your heart full of Albania’s warmth and hospitality.

DAY 8: Berat & Elbasan

Destination:Gjirokastër, Albania
Inclusions:4* Hotel with Breakfast | Wine Tasting
Driving Time:3h

Berat - Albania

Activity Note:Your final day in Albania offers a journey through history, architecture, and culture as you travel from Gjirokaster to the captivating city of Berat, explore Elbasan, and return to Tirana.

Begin your day by departing from Gjirokaster in the morning, marking the start of your scenic drive through Albania’s cultural gems.

Your first destination is Berat, often referred to as the “City of a Thousand Windows” due to its distinctive Ottoman architecture. Explore the iconic Berat Castle, perched high on a hill and offering panoramic views of the city and the Osum River below. Inside the castle walls, discover well-preserved medieval churches and historic buildings. Stroll through the charming cobbled streets of the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and admire the unique architecture of the Ottoman-era houses.

Enjoy a delightful lunch at a local restaurant in Berat, where you can savor regional cuisine and take in the city’s ambiance.

Depart from Berat and drive to Elbasan, a historic town known for its old bazaar and rich cultural heritage. Explore the charming streets, visit local shops, and soak in the atmosphere of this picturesque town.

Conclude your journey with a scenic drive back to Tirana, where your 8-day Albanian adventure began. You have the option to end your tour either in Tirana or at a location along the stunning Albanian coast.

Your tour concludes in Tirana on the evening of Day 8. You can choose to return to the capital city or finish your journey at a coastal destination of your preference, allowing you to continue exploring or unwind by the beautiful Albanian coastline.

Day 8 provides a fitting finale to your Albanian exploration, offering a blend of history, architecture, and culture as you journey from Berat to Elbasan and return to Tirana or your chosen coastal destination.

BERAT WINE TASTING

On Day 8, we conclude our Albanian adventure with a final touch of indulgence in the beautiful Berat wine region. Before bidding farewell to this enchanting country, we invite you to join us for a memorable wine tasting experience. Raise your glass to the incredible journey you’ve had, savoring the exquisite local wines in the company of fellow travelers. It’s a fitting end to a remarkable tour, where the flavors of Albania linger on your palate as you bid adieu to this land of treasures.

AVAILABLE EXTENSIONS

2-Nights Extension in South-East Albania
Extend your Albanian adventure, with two additional nights that take you from Elbasan to Tirana via south-east Albania, stopping at Pogradec, Korçë, Farma Sotira, Benjë, and Përmet. Each destination offers its own unique charm and experiences:

  • Pogradec is a charming lakeside town situated on the shores of Lake Ohrid, one of Europe’s oldest and deepest lakes. Enjoy leisurely walks along the lake promenade, where you can soak in picturesque views and visit the iconic Drilon Springs, a lush natural spring area that served as a favorite retreat for the former Albanian communist leader, Enver Hoxha.
  • Korçë, known as the “City of Serenades,” is celebrated for its rich cultural heritage and lively arts scene. Explore the Resurrection of Christ Orthodox Cathedral, visit the National Museum of Medieval Art, and immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant atmosphere. Don’t miss the opportunity to sample Korçë’s famous beer at one of its local breweries.
  • Farma Sotira is a captivating organic farm nestled amidst the beautiful Albanian countryside. Explore the farm’s lush gardens, orchards, and vineyards, and gain insight into traditional Albanian farming practices. Enjoy a farm-to-table culinary experience, savoring fresh and organic Albanian dishes prepared with ingredients sourced directly from the farm.
  • Benjë, a thermal spa village nestled in the serene landscape of southern Albania, is renowned for its hot springs and rejuvenating natural pools. Unwind and relax in the soothing thermal waters, surrounded by lush greenery and the Babameto Mountains.
  • Përmet, often referred to as the “City of Flowers,” offers a tranquil and picturesque setting. Explore the quaint town, visit the Church of St. Mary, and stroll along the Vjosa River promenade. Përmet is also known for its delightful cuisine, so be sure to savor local dishes at one of the town’s restaurants.

1-Night Extension in the Albanian Alps
Embark on an exhilarating 1-night extension to your Albanian adventure, venturing from Theth to Valbona on a thrilling hiking journey and cruising along the mesmerizing Koman Lake. This extension introduces you to the rugged beauty of the Albanian Alps and the serene waters of Koman Lake.

  • Theth to Valbona Hiking: Begin your extension with an early morning departure from Theth, where you’ll embark on a breathtaking journey through the heart of the Albanian Alps. Hike along picturesque trails, surrounded by towering peaks, lush valleys, and pristine landscapes. Marvel at the natural beauty of Theth National Park as you traverse its stunning terrain. Arrive in Valbona Valley, a remote and unspoiled gem nestled amidst the majestic Albanian Alps. Explore the valley’s charming village, where traditional wooden houses and warm hospitality await. Immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere of this mountain paradise and take in the awe-inspiring views of the surrounding peaks. Overnight at Valbona.
  • Fierza to Koman Lake Cruise: In the morning, transfer to Fierza, where you’ll embark on a scenic cruise across the tranquil waters of Koman Lake. The cruise offers a captivating journey through the rugged canyons and pristine wilderness that flank the lake. Admire the stunning reflections of the cliffs and forests in the crystal-clear waters, making this a photographer’s dream. Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with locals who call the remote shores of Koman Lake home.

What to Bring

What Do I Need to Bring?

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Swimming gear for the summer period (usually June to October)
  • Waterproof and warm jacket in case of rains during the winter period
  • Light-weight, breathable walking shirts, and trousers
  • Warm hat and light gloves (during the winter period)
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock)

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Shy should I book with Funky Tours?
    With over 20 years of experience, hundreds of verified reviews, our unique packages, tours and experiences, we are the only Balkan based and unbiased tour operator constantly striving for offering a unique and life changing experiences via service excellence. If this doesn’t convince you, your tour manager is happy to set up and meet over a video call and respond any questions or concerns you might have. We love to learn about our guests and their preferences so we strongly encourage each one of you to get in touch with our team!
  2. Is this tour for me?
    This tour requires normal level of fitness and is doable for anyone of normal level of fitness.
  3. Is this a shared tour?
    Yes, this is a shared tour meaning we do need a minimum number of people to confirm the departure.
  4. Are the “last minute” bookings accepted?
    The tour sales officially closes at least 7 days before the date of departure. However, in case we do have available spots we will be more than happy to take you with us.
  5. How much should I tip?
    Tips are not included in the tour costs, nor they are heavily expected in Balkan culture. However when you receive excellent service, we recommend tipping.
  6. Is EUR accepted in Balkans?
    Other than Slovenia, EUR is not accepted in countries we will be visiting. Each of the country have its own currency. Credit card is widely accepted but pocket money is recommendable. Your tour leader will assist you all the way.
  7. Will there be a one guide all the way through a trip?
    Local guidance and first-hand stories are a valuable addition to overall experience. Besides a full time tour leader / guide and driver who will be both on disposal 24/7, you will also meet local experts for each country we visit.
  8. Can I join the group from other than starting point location? 
    Yes, in case you find a more affordable arrival destination please feel free to contact our team so we could find the best way for you to join our departure.
  9. Can I book a private customised trip based on this one? 
    Yes, you can. Custom-tailored trips are our speciality. Please contact our team with your preferences and we will be happy to work on it accordingly and suggest some amazing options.
  10. How much pocket money I should have for personal expenses?
    Balkans in general are a lot more affordable than other European countries. Depending on the country, you should have between 25 and 50 EUR per day for personal expenses such as food and small shopping.

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