5 UNESCO sites: tour of Albania and Kosovo in eight days

Departure Date

01 Jan - 31 Dec


8 days



Maximum Seats


Epic journeys

Professional tour guide
Transport provided by the company
Hotel pick up and drop off in Tirana
BB for seven overnights
Entry tickets for the ''will be visited'' sites
Tourist taxes
Road taxes

This 8-day tour program is tailored to offer its participants the best combination of historical sites of Albania and Kosovo, with some of the best national parks of these two Balkan countries. During these eight days, you will be able to visit the most important tourist attractions of Albania and Kosovo.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Tirana (Albania) – Kruja – Shkodra

Our professional tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in Tirana, at 9:00 am to start our journey towards Northern Albania. On our way to Shkodra, we will visit the historic town of Kruja, its medieval castle and the Scanderbeg National Museum. At 12:30, you will get some free time on all of the days during this tour to have some delicious lunch and to wander around by yourself till 14:00 pm. After lunch, we will visit Rozafa castle and the Venetian style pedestrian street “pedonale”. Overnight in Shkodra.
Day 2

Shkodra – Peja (Kosovo)

Our journey continues towards Peja in Kosovo. On our way, we will pass the Monastery of Decan. This one stands out for its white colour, but even more remarkable is the fact that Orthodox monks still inhabit the monastery and make fresh organic food there, such as cheeses. The monastery became part of UNESCO in 2004 because of its frescoes, which portray people’s lives during the 14th century as well as the Palaeologan renaissance in the Byzantine way of painting. Peja itself also has one cultural UNESCO heritage site, the Patriarchate of Peja, located near the entrance of the Rugova Valley. This medieval Orthodox Monastery was built in the 13th century, having four churches in a beautiful red colour. We will also wander through the characteristic Old Bazaar of the city. Overnight in Peja.
Day 3

Peja – Prizren

Our next destination in Kosovo is Prizren. Prizren is considered as the cultural capital of Kosovo, mixing its rich history, incredible nature, religious tolerance and gastronomic delights. Prizren has played an important role in the region as an Illyrian settlement and a crossroads for the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, contributing to the unique architecture of the city. The river flows through the heart of the old town and under the many bridges that crisscross the city. The best way to explore the town is by wandering through the streets passing by elegant medieval houses that fight for your attention. Overnight in Prizren.
Day 4

Prizren - Tirana (Albania)

Tirana, the capital of Albania will be our destination for the fifth day, where we have a full day city tour. Colourful, lively, vibrant, dynamic, 24/7 and crazy nightlife - these are some of the words that better describe this city where the communist and capitalist-era buildings battle on a daily basis. Tirana offers a great combination of very interesting museums, historic sites, national parks, mountains and Ottoman, Italian and communist style architecture all clashing with each other, but offering a great pleasure to wander through. Not to be missed is Tirana’s delicious food varieties, from the tasty and cheap street food to the finest gourmet options. Overnight in Tirana.
Day 5

Tirana – Durres – Berat

We head to the ancient town of Durres to explore the amphitheatre, the Roman ruins and the Venetian Tower. The town of 1001 windows Berat (UNESCO world heritage) is our next destination. Berat has it all; a beautiful medieval castle, ancient churches and mosques, a lively lower town consisting of grand old houses draped on steep hillsides, an old stone bridge, great museums and remains from the communism era in Albania. Overnight in Berat.
Day 6

Berat – Vlora – Llogara National Park

On our way to Vlora, we will visit the Narta Lagoon, the island of Zvërnec and its ancient Monastery of Saint Mary (XIII century). Our tour continues towards Vlora where the Adriatic and Ionian Seas meet. Vlora is known as the ‘’City of the Flag’’ where on the 28th of November 1912 the independence of Albania was declared. We will visit the Flag Square where you can see the Independence Monument. We will visit the historic center of Vlora and have a free afternoon by the seaside. Our next destination is Llogara National Park. Overnight in Llogara.
Day 7

Llogara – Butrint - Gjirokastra

We drive along the coastline known as Albanian Riviera. Our next stop will be the beautiful castle of Ali Pasha at Porto Palermo. The ancient site Butrint is our next destination. Part of the UNESCO world heritage, Butrint is the most important archaeological site in Albania. On our way to Gjirokastra, we will visit the natural wonder called the Blue Eye. Overnight in Gjirokastra.
Day 8

Gjirokastra – Apollonia – Tirana

After breakfast, we will continue the city tour of Gjirokastra, which is also known as “The Stone City”, part of UNESCO World heritage. The origin of the city starts with the castle of Gjirokastra, built in IV century AD, and is considered to be one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the Balkans. Right before entering the castle of Gjirokastra, you will have to pass by the medieval bazaar. The atmospheric old town cascades down in a graceful hill crammed with beautiful narrowed stone decorated streets, where you will be amazed by the wide variety of handmade crafts from local artisans and producers. On our way to Tirana, we will visit the ruins of the ancient city of Apollonia, the Odeon Theatre, the Church of Saint Mary, the ancient statues of Illyrian times and the mosaic. We will head back to Tirana, which is our final destination for this tour. This marks the end of this amazing experience through history and culture.

                Price: 875 Euros/person

Will be visited:

  • The Old Bazaar in Kruja
  • Kruja castle
  • The Etnographic Museum OR Skanderbeg Museum in Kruja
  • Dollmës Tekke in Kruja
  • Shkodra castle (Kalaja e Rozafes)
  • The pedestrian street (Pedonale)
  • Venetian mask showroom in Shkodra
  • The Catholic Cathedral in Shkodra
  • The Great Mosque in Shkodra
  • The Patriarchate of Peja
  • The Old Bazaar in Peja
  • Decan Monastery
  • The Old Town in Prizren
  • The bazaar in Prizren
  • Prizren fortress
  • The Archeological Museum and its tower in Prizren
  • The Church of Our Lady Ljevis in Prizren
  • Sinan Pasha Mosque in Prizren
  • Skanderbeg square in Tirana
  • Clock tower in Tirana
  • Bunk’Art in Tirana
  • Durres amphitheatre, Roman ruins and the Venetian Tower
  • Fortress of Berat
  • Mangalem neighbourhood and Gorica neighbourhood in Berat
  • “Ura e Gorrices” – Gorrica Bridge in Berat
  • The Onufri Museum OR Ethnographic Museum in Berat
  • Xhamia e Beqarit – Bachelor’s Mosque in Berat
  • Historical centre of Vlora
  • The Independence Monument in Vlora
  • Llogara National Park
  • Zverneci Island
  • The fortress in Gjirokaster (Kalaja e Gjirokastres)
  • Museum of Weapons in Gjirokaster
  • The old city of Gjirokaster
  • Medieval bazaar in Gjirokaster
  • The ruins of the ancient city of Apollonia
  • The Odeon Theatre and the Church of Saint Mary
  • The ancient statues of Illyrian times and the mosaic

Included in the price:

  • BB (Accommodation and Breakfast) for all overnights
  • Transport provided by the company
  • Professional tour guide
  • Hotel pick up in Tirana
  • Hotel drop off in Tirana
  • Entry tickets for the ‘’will be visited’’ sites
  • Tourist taxes
  • Road taxes
  • International car insurance
  • Petrol

Not included:

  • Lunches, Dinners, Drinks & Snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Personal spending
  • Everything that is not mentioned in the included

* Tips are not a must in Albania or the Balkans, however, our recommendation is to tip the tour guide/driver 5 – 6 Euros per day/person as an international practice to tip good service.

* Single Supplement: To guarantee tour departure even for one participant we require a single supplement of 550 Euros. If other participants join this tour, you will be refunded this full single supplement amount. We organize small groups up to 8 pax. Please contact us if you are a larger group of participants for a quotation.

* Please note that prices are calculated on triple or quadruples room occupancy. Double or single room occupancy is possible on extra charge.

* The Triple/Quadruple room occupancy means you might share the room with other travellers and/or the tour guide (whom could be males or females).

* Double room occupancy is possible on 10 Euros extra charge per night per person.

* Single room occupancy is possible on 20 Euros extra charge per night per person.

* Choose Balkans reserves the rights to add other participants in and during the tour program. If you are interested in a private tour please contact us for a quotation.

* On request this tour may also depart from other cities of Albania or neighbouring countries such as Kosovo, Montenegro or Macedonia. Please contact us for more information on the extra costs.

* All participants are responsible for having their own health/travel insurance.

* Please note that transaction and payment fees are on the sender (you in this case). We will notify you with a print screen of the amount received at our account as soon as we receive your down payment.

* Please note that Credit/Debit card payments are possible at our office in Tirana and apply a 5% bank commission.

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5 UNESCO sites: tour of Albania and Kosovo in eight days875.00612.50437.500.00801 Jan ~ 31 Dec8 days

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