Tour of Albania and Kosovo in eight days

Departure Date

15 May - 30 Sep

Duration

8 days

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Maximum Seats

15

Epic journeys

Professional tour guide
Airport or hotel pickup and drop off.
Accommodation
Breakfast and Dinner for all overnights
Museums’ tickets

This eight days 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 8 days you will be able to visit the most important tourist attractions of Albania and Kosovo.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Shkodra

Our professional tour guide will pick you up at 9:00 am at your hotel in Tirana. Right after the group gets together we start our journey toward northern Albania. On our way to Shkodra we will visit the historic town of Kruja, its medieval castle and the Scanderbeg National Museum. Overnight in Shkodra, where we visit Rozafa castle, and the Venetian style pedestrian street “pedonale”.
Day 2

Valbona Valley

Komani Lake journey is described as “one of the World’s greatest boat trips”. As we take the turn from the main road the area becomes more rural, with fewer cars but more wild nature and amazing landscapes. We will stop for a short break by Vau i Dejes Lake, a beautiful and tranquil setting. At 09:00 we get on a ferry that will take us through Komani Lake offering spectacular views of the Albanian Alps, waterfalls, rural villages and wild forests. Our next destination will be Valbona Valley National Park. After a delicious traditional lunch, we hike to Kukaj, explore the area and admire the so-called Crown of the Albanian Alps. Overnight in Valbona.
Day 3

Prizren

Our journey continues towards Prizren (Kosovo). This town played an important role in the region firstly as an Illyrian settlement and as a crossroad for the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, contributing to the unique architecture of the city. Prizren is considered as the cultural capital of Kosovo, mixing its’ rich history, incredible nature, religious tolerance and gastronomic delights. Our final destination for the day will be the capital of Albania, Tirana. Overnight in Tirana.
Day 4

Durres

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 5

Vlore

On our way to Vlora we 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. Free afternoon by the seaside. Overnight in Vlora.
Day 6

Saranda

We drive along the coastline known as Albanian Riviera. We will shortly stop at Llogara National Park offering a spectacular view of the Palasa Beach. 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, Butrinti is the most important archaeological site in Albania. In the evening we take a city tour of Saranda, including the synagogue and Lekursi castle. On the ruins of the old castle there is a bar with a breath taking view of Saranda and Corfu Island. Overnight in Saranda.
Day 7

Gjirokaster

On our way to Gjirokastra we will visit the natural wonder of Blue Eye. Gjirokastra 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 one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the Balkans. Right before entering the castle of Gjirokastra you would have to pass by the medieval bazar. The atmospheric old town cascading down in graceful hill crammed full of beautiful narrowed stone decorated streets, where you would be amazed by the wide variety of hand made crafts from local artisans and producers. Overnight in Gjirokaster.
Day 8

Apollonia

After breakfast we head back to Tirana our final destination for this tour. On our way to Tirana we 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. This marks the end of this amazing experience through history and adventure.

It includes:

HB (Accommodation, Breakfast, Dinner)

Comfortable AC minibus or private car depending on the size of the group

Museums’ tickets

Professional tour guide

Airport or hotel pickup and drop off.

Office’s Assistance during the whole trip.

Tourist City taxes

Road Taxes

Not included:

Lunch, Drinks & Snacks

Souvenirs

Personal spending

Everything not mentioned in the included section

* 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.

* 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 travelers 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.

Possible options about this tour:

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

* Minimum number of participants for this tour is 3 Pax. Please contact us if you are fewer participants for a quotation.

* 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.

* Children Discounts: Age 0 – 3 Free of charge; Age 4 – 8 discount of 50%; Age 9 – 12 discount of 30%, Age 13+ full fare.

* 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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Tour NamePrice Per Adult (13-99)Price Per Child (9-12)Price Per Child (4-8)Price Per Infant (0-3)Available SeatsSeasonDuration
Tour of Albania and Kosovo in eight days795.00557.00398.000.001515 May ~ 30 Sep8 days

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