Europe Explorer Grand Tour "Adriatic Route"

15 Days Starting and ending in Tirana, Albania

Visiting: Lezhë District, Ulcinj, Budva, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Makarska, Split, Trogir, Zadar, Stari Grad, Lukovo, Rijeka, Opatija, Pula, Province of Trieste, Trieste, Venice, Ravenna, Province of Rimini, San Marino, Province of Ancona, Province of Pescara, San Giovanni Rotondo, Castel del Monte, Metropolitan City of Bari, Ferry Terminal Como, Durrës, Tirana

Tour operator:

Albania Explorer

Tour code:

361088

Recommended For:

Couples

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 26

Physical rating:

Low, easy

Age range:

min age: 12

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Gluten Free

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Shopping, Sightseeing

Private Available:

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From:
$4954
$4706 (USD) The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$248

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Tour Overview

Europe Explorer Grand Tour “Adriatic Route” is the best possibility for travelers looking for a special experience of the best parts of the Illyrian (Balkan) Peninsula and Apennine Peninsula’s all Adriatic Sea coast lines, amazing natural, archaeological and historical sites, and not only. It is a great opportunity to explore and enjoy the cultural inheritance, nature, history, traditions, multi-ethnicity, multi-religion, etc. It is a specially designed program, trying to optimize all “must see’' places for Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia and Italy, This tour is a real mosaic of Balkan and Italy’s multicultural world as the crossroad of all East-West Europe and Mediterranean civilizations. 

Highlights

  • Europe Explorer Grand Tour “Adriatic Route” is the best possibility for travelers looking for a special experience of the best parts of the Illyrian (Balkan) Peninsula and Apennine Peninsula’s all Adriatic Sea coast lines, amazing natural, archaeological and historical sites, and not only

  • It is a great opportunity to explore and enjoy the cultural inheritance, nature, history, traditions, multi-ethnicity, multi-religion, etc

  • It is a specially designed program, trying to optimize all “must see’' places for Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia and Italy, This tour is a real mosaic of Balkan and Italy’s multicultural world as the crossroad of all East-West Europe and Mediterranean civilizations

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Tirana - Lezha – Ulcinj(131 Km, 2H 15 Min)
Location: Lezhë District, Ulcinj
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Vila e Balshajve, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, we head to Lezha in the north west of the country where we visit the mausoleum of Skanderbeg and the castle before heading to Ulcinj. Then continue to Ulcinj. Ulcinj is part of the "south coast" region of Montenegro and is a popular tourist destination. Although still undiscovered by many travelers from larger countries, repeat tourists and an increasing number of first time visitors make Ulcinj a hot spot for vacationers. Visit to the Castle of Ulcinj, its old town is a very well preserved castle-looking community that is left over from medieval times. The old town sits atop a mountain overlooking the shore and is a tourist attraction on its own. Overnight in Ulcinj.) Overnight in the Hotel (Vila e Balshajve, or similar).

Day 2 : Budva (Unesco) - Kotor (Unesco). (157 Km, 3 H 40 Min).
Location: Budva, Kotor
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Vila Maria, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, we will drive to Budva (UNESCO). We will visit the capital of Montenegro tourism to enjoy the amazing combination of the wonderful beaches with the history of the ancient, cultural and religious monuments. Visit in the Old City, Sveti Trojica Church, Stanjevici Monastery. Then continue to Kotor. We visit the Old Town and show you the most important historical monuments and buildings in town: Square of Arms, Byzanti Palace, Beskuca Palace, Pima Palace, St Tryphon Cathedral, Maritime Museum, St Nicholas Church, Blessed Ozana Church as well as the North gate, and the biggest attraction the city ramparts thanks to which Kotor became a part of UNESCO World Heritage.

Overnight in Kotor at Hotel (Vila Maria, or similar).

Day 3 : Dubrovnik (Unesco)(91 Km, 1 H 40 Min).
Location: Dubrovnik
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Petka 3*, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, we will depart for Dubrovnik. City tour. The walking route takes you around the Old Town via Onofrio's Fountain and up Prijeko Street to the Old Port - the key to Dubrovnik's trading and maritime success. Along the way you will pay a visit to St. Saviour's, the grandiose Franciscan and Dominican church, and see wine-producing vines believed to be more than 100 years old.

Accomodation in hotel  (Petka 3*, or similar) and overnight.

Day 4 : Makarska - Split (Unesco). (213 Km, 3 H 20 Min).
Location: Makarska, Split
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: As Hotel 3*, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast continue to Makarska. Makarska is a port town on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, known for its Makarska Riviera beaches, seafront promenade and nightlife. On a small bay between wooded headlands, the old town centers on Kačić Square. Ferries connect the port to nearby Brač island. To the east towers the rugged Mt. Biokovo, a nature reserve home to golden eagles and Balkan chamois, with hairpin roads up to Sveti Jure’s summit.

Then proceed to Split. Split, a town on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, is known for its beaches and the fortresslike complex at its center, Diocletian's Palace, erected by the Roman emperor in the 4th century. Once home to thousands, its sprawling remains include more than 200 buildings. Within its white stone walls and under its courtyards are a cathedral and numerous shops, bars, cafes, hotels and houses. Split walking tour includes the Roman part of town (Diocletian palace) and the old part of town (City hall, promenade, Fishmarket..) The ruins of the Palace can be found throughout the city. The cathedral locally known as St. Duje church was built in the Middle Ages, reusing materials from the ancient mausoleum. Twelfth- and 13th-century Romanesque churches, medieval fortifications, 15th-century Gothic palaces and other palaces in Renaissance and Baroque style make up the rest of the protected area.

Accomodation in hotel  (As Hotel 3*, or similar) and overnight.

Day 5 : Trogir (Unesco) - Zadar - Starigrad(211 Km, 3 H 10 Min).
Location: Trogir, Zadar, Stari Grad
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Vicko Hotel 3*, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

We will continue our journey through history towards Trogir, a small, well preserved town sandwiched between Croatia’s mainland and the island of Čiovo. It is hard to find another town on the Mediterranean as small as Trogir and as rich in respect of the cultural heritage. This fact was noticed by UNESCO back in 1997 when Trogir was included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. This small town is a mosaic of monuments that date from the ancient Greek period to the Middle Ages and further on to the present. Stroll through the streets of this charming little town; admire an undeniable masterpiece of the Cathedral of St. Lawrence and the famous Romanesque Portal of Radovan, 15th century’s palaces of noble families, the Town hall and 11th century’s Benedictine monastery.

Afterward, continue to Zadar. Zadar, a city on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, is known for the Roman and Venetian ruins of its peninsular Old Town. There are several Venetian gates in the city walls. Surrounding the Roman-era Forum is 11th-century St. Mary’s Convent, with religious art dating to the 8th century.

In the afternoon we will depart for Starigrad. Stari Grad (Pharos) is the oldest town in Croatia. Mentioned same year - 384 b.c. by ancient philosopher Aristotle.

Accomodation in hotel  (Vicko Hotel 3*, or similar) and overnight.

Day 6 : Lukovo - Rijeka - Opatija (191 Km, 3 H 10 Min).
Location: Lukovo, Rijeka, Opatija
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Galeb 3*, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, we will continue to Rijeka, where you will visit the fortress of Trsat, built at the turn of the 12th and 13th century. You will learn about the long and interesting history of the castle which oversees the entire city of Rijeka, the administrative and cultural center of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar county and the third largest city in Croatia by number of inhabitants.

Opatija. Opatija is a beautiful Croatian city located on the Istrian Peninsula. Among its many attractions are the Villa Angiolina, Saint James's Church, the Juraj Sporer Arts Pavillion, and many picturesque parks. Then we will continue to Opatia. Opatija is a beautiful Croatian city located on the Istrian Peninsula. Among its many attractions are the Villa Angiolina, Saint James's Church, the Juraj Sporer Arts Pavillion, and many picturesque parks.

Accomodation in hotel (Galeb 3*, or similar) and overnight.

Day 7 : Pula (Unesco) - Trieste (Italy). (230 Km, 2 H 55 Min)
Location: Pula, Province of Trieste
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Roma 3*, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, continue to Pula. We will have a walking tour to take you to the old city of Pula, where you can see and hear about all the important monuments, and the rich history of this town. Remains of ancient Roman times, early Christianity, the times of Venice, Napoleon, Austria, Italy written in the city walls. We visit the Amphitheater (option to enter), then we go pass the remains of the Hercules' temple, to the Catedral, then to Forum Romanum with Augustus Temple, and the City Hall. From there we go pass the Chapel of Santa Maria Formosa, then to the gates of the Roman city : The Sergii Gates - Porta Aurea, The Hercules Gates, The Twin Gates - Porta Gemina, then pass the Church of St. Nicholas, we come to the Castle of Pula where you can enjoy the wonderful view of the city, and have a look from above at the remains of the small roman theatre.

Accomodation in hotel (Roma 3*, or similar) and overnight.

Day 8 : Trieste
Location: Trieste
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: trieste*, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

Leisure day in Trieste. Overnight in Trieste

Day 9 : Venice (Unesco). (155 Km, 1 H 48 Min)
Location: Venice
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Venezia 3*, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, continue to Venice. City tour, which will give you a better comprehension of the city and you will have many useful tips about Do’s and Don'ts, food suggestions and guide recommendations about the most important museums and churches to visit while in Venice. This tour is a great introduction to the city and it will cover the history of Venice, the unique city construction, orientation in Venice and its main sights, stories about some famous Venetians, few amazing buildings, food and drinks tips, the origins of Venetian masks and some other topics. This tour will cover the eastern part of Cannaregio district and the western part of Castello district.

Accomodation in hotel in Mestre (Venezia 3*, or similar) and overnight.

Day 10 : Ravenna (Unesco) - Rimini. (225 Km, 2 H 25 Min).
Location: Ravenna, Province of Rimini
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Sport 3*, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

In the morning we departed for Ravenna. Famous for Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna (UNESCO) heritage list since 1996. Where we also will enjoy a city tour  to explore the city's top attractions: Basilica of San Vitale, Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Piazza del Popolo, St. Francis' crypt, the tomb of Dante Alighieri, and the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo.

In the afternoon proceed to Rimini. Those who believe that all roads lead to Rome are mistaken. Rimini was already from the times of the Roman Empire, a maritime city that fulfilled the function of access from the Mediterranean to the whole of Europe. A walk through the city is a travel through time that takes us through twenty-two centuries of history of a central city, from ancient Rome to Fellini, passing through the Middle Ages and Renaissance noble families. The classic itinerary of the historic center starts from the Roman Arena. The remains of this amphitheater are the last testimonies of grandiose shows of gladiators that amused the Rimini of the III century. As further proof of the importance of Rimini at the time of imperial Rome, we continue with the Arch of Augustus, a monumental entrance to the Roman city of the first century BC. Walking along Corso d’Augusto, ancient “decumanus”, we reach Piazza Tre Martiri, ancient Roman forum transformed for centuries into the lively “piazza delle erbe” surrounded by shops and by the lovely sixteenth-century temple dedicated to Sant’Antonio da Padova.

Accomodation in hotel (Sport 3*, or similar) and overnight.

Day 11 : San Marino (Unesco) - Ancona. (135 Km, 1 H 55 Min).
Location: San Marino, Province of Ancona
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Europa3*, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast continue to San Marino. Where we will explore the most famous attractions of San Marino at your own pace, exploring the streets and squares of the old city, a place filled with history and culture. Among others, you will have time to admire the beautiful Palazzo del Governo and Piazza della Libertà, as well as the wonderful Basilica del Santo Marino. You will learn more about the unique history of San Marino and how this small country came to exist and survived until now. The tour of San Marino will give you the chance to enjoy the breathtaking views from atop the towers of the city, admiring the hills and seaside of the Italian countryside.

Then continue to Ancona. We will have a walking tour among the alleys, monuments and views of Ancona to admire the town through the ages, from its doric origins to the present days. Walking through the streets of the Old Town it will be possible to capture the images of the main attractions and to know anecdotes, stories and legends that make Ancona fascinating and mysterious.

Accomodation in hotel (Europa3*, or similar) and overnight.

Day 12 : Pescara. (155 Km, 2 H 15 Min).
Location: Province of Pescara
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Alba 3*, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

 In the morning we will depart for Pescara. Pescara is the city that embodies all this nature and the challenge. Abruzzo is a region where the mountains are the highest in the Apennines and the coast is long and varied. It has been defined as the “Green Region of Europe.” Located not far from mount Gran Sasso and Maiella, overlooking the coast of the Adriatic Sea, and developed around the mouth of the river that bears the same name, and that cuts it in two. Where to cross the river, just near the point where it definitely immerses into the Adriatic, the citizens of Pescara have built a bridge - among the longest in Europe - and have called it Ponte del Mare. It rises above all sea that defines the city; in Pescara, where everything is mostly modern.

Accomodation in hotel (Alba 3*, or similar) and overnight.

Day 13 : San Giovanni Rotondo - Foggia.
Location: San Giovanni Rotondo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Palazzo Sant'elena 3*, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

 Departure to visit San Giovanni Rotondo, one of the most popular religious destinations in Italy. We will have a walking tour through the places where the friar lived and the explanation of his life. You will visit the ancient church, the remains of the saint, the convent, the private room of San Pio and the new sanctuary, designed by the architect Renzo Piano and almost entirely created by pilgrims' offers.

Then continue to Foggia. Where we have a city tour. Discover the fascination of Foggia, with special openings of monuments and the historic centre. Visit for free the Civic Museum and the Cathedral Beata Maria Vergine Assunta in Cielo. Let yourself be enchanted by the beauty of the historic centre, to discover the most fascinating places in the city from the period of Emperor Frederik II, to the second world war.

Accomodation in hotel (Palazzo Sant'elena 3*, or similar) and overnight.

Day 14 : Castel Del Monte (Unesco) - Bari (161 Km, 2 H 15 Min) - Ferry To Durres (Albania) Overnight In Ferry, (300 Km, 8 H 0 Min).
Location: Castel del Monte, Metropolitan City of Bari, Ferry Terminal Como
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Overnight on the ferry
Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, we will depart for Castel del Monte. Located in the Communes of Andria and Corato (Bari Province), it was built by the Emperor Frederick II in the 13th century. First of all, Del Monte Castle is a symbol of medieval military architecture. Perfectly preserved, it is able to enchant for some details such as the rigour of its plan and form, and the eclecticism of its cultural elements. Then continue to Bari. Bari, the capital of the Puglia region, is a city where time seems to have stopped. The presence of the relics of the Patron Saint Nicholas in the homonymous Basilica make it one of the most important religious destinations of southern Italy. The ancient village, also called "Bari vecchia" is a magical place, where you can learn about the culture and traditions of Bari and exchange a few words with the friendly inhabitants. On the doorstep of the houses the women will invite you to taste the local specialties while they prepare the famous orecchiette, the typical handmade pasta. You will not be able to resist the scent of the focaccia and the very tasty street food. In the evening we onboard the Ferry trip to Durres Albania.

Overnight on the ferry.

Day 15 : Durres - Tirana.
Location: Durrës, Tirana
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: freddys hotel 3*, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

After arrival in Durres, we will have a city tour. Durres city lies on the Adriatic coast and is the main commercial port of Albania. Durres, Albania's second largest city was known formerly as Durrahium and is one of the oldest towns in the country. Legend says that it was founded by Epidamnos, the Illyrian King of the area, who called it by his own name and named the port area after his grandson, Dyrrah. It was for centuries the largest port on the Adriatic, and the start of the Via Egnatia to Constantinople/Istanbul. We visit the Roman amphitheatre and the Archaeological Museum, situated near the sea and rich in objects excavated in Durres. We also will visit the Roman Baths behind the Aleksander Moisiu Theatre on the central square. Then we will continue to Tirana, Albania’s capital. We will visit Skanderbeg Square, dedicated to Albania’s national hero, the Mosque of Ethem Bey, one of the oldest buildings in Tirana, and the Archaeological Museum among other sites. Overnight in your hotel.

What's Included

  •  Accommodation 3* hotels on double occupancy in good locations of respective cities/places. Twin share basis for 7 overnights as per program. For children 2 - 11 year old sharing a room with 2 adults.
  • Ferry: Tickets in cabins with private bathrooms.  
  • Transportation: Air Conditioned modern van/minibus/bus and other transportation listed in itinerary; All parking and Road tolls as per itinerary.
  • Breakfast: Daily breakfast. All other meals not listed are at your expense.
  • Guide: English speaking tour leader/manager.

What's Not Included

  • Admission/entry Fees
  • If you would like to join the optional activities, please pay the fee in cash to the tour guide. The tour guide will arrange the tickets for the group.
  • Audio guide equipment 7 EUR / person / day
  • Local guide can be provided for every destination/city (at an extra charge), prior confirmation required
  • Travel insurance, visa fees (if applicable)
  • A mandatory service fee for tour guide/bus driver (min. 5-7 Euro /day per person).
  • Excess baggage charges from Airlines
  • Personal expenses such as room service, telephone, laundry service charges
  • Losses or additional expenses: The Company will accept no responsibilities for losses or additional expenses due to accidents.
  • Lunch and Dinner charges (if applicable)
  • Everything not mentioned in “Inclusions”

Please Note

  Confirmation


  • Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a receipt of booking by email. Please do not book any airline tickets until you receive the status of your booking.

  Redemption


  • You will receive a confirmation voucher in 2-3 business days after you receive the e-ticket. Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination and departure details, is included in your confirmation voucher. When you reserve your attractions and services you will be asked to print the confirmation voucher to present when you arrive at your destination. It is your proof of purchase.

 
 


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  • Will you available while I am on my vacation?

    Yes, we will be available to answer any questions or address any concerns that you may have. You can get in touch with us anytime. We are committed to providing the best possible service and helping our clients create memorable vacations that they will always remember.

  • How do I set up the consultation with the Albania Explorer agent ?

    To set up a consultation with Albania Explorer's travel expert, you can contact us directly via phone or email us at contact@albaniaexplorer.com. You can even reach us on Whatsapp at +355 68 399 9480 . local operation working hours during week monday to friday : 08.00-18.00 , saturday 09.00-14.00 , Sunday - off.

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    Yes, we book group travel all the time! We specialize in helping groups of all sizes plan their dream trips. From family reunions to corporate retreats, we can take care of all the details so you can relax and enjoy your time away.

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  • Do I need Travel insurance?

    We do not offer insurance packages but we highly recommend travel protection, it’s important to protect your trip investment and loved ones. We will offer you the best option for your vacation.

  • How do I set up the consultation with the Albania Explorer agent ?

    To set up a consultation with Albania Explorer's travel expert, you can contact us directly via phone or email us at contact@albaniaexplorer.com. You can even reach us on Whatsapp at +355 68 399 9480 . local operation working hours during week monday to friday : 08.00-18.00 , saturday 09.00-14.00 , Sunday - off.

Reviews of this Operator

meir shabtai mazar (Google Reviewer)  

as a 50 years experience...

05-Sep-2019

as a 50 years experience as guide myself i can said that the 7 days of tour in Albania was orgenized perfectly by the travl company was perfect. the guide Dashi did more then we could expect to introduce his country to us.. the cost more then fair.

Jawad Mohammed (Google Reviewer)  

I visited Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo...

13-Aug-2019

I visited Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo and the Republic of North Macedonia with this company. We had a wonderful time and a trip full of adventure and beautiful memories. Before the visit, I had a lot of doubt about the safety and the tourism potential of those countries compared to other countries that I visited in western, northern, central and eastern Europe. I started contacting a number of tour agencies in the Balkan region for the arrangements. The moment I dealt with Albania Explorer, I felt very comfortable because of their professional dealing and prompt responses. Moreover, their price was reasonable and competitive compared to other agencies. All the arrangements were perfect. Ms.Alma, the booking/ arrangements manager was very helpful. In addition, the tour guide and driver, Mr. Stive, was very professional, friendly and knowledgeable about all the countries we visited with him. Moreover, we found all the above mentioned countries to be very charming, safe and full of tourist attractions and places worth visiting. I highly recommend dealing with this agency for visiting Albania and the surrounding Balkan countries. You can rely on their professionalism and expertise to have an unforgettable trip

Karmen Louis  

Review

23-May-2020

Albania Explorer helped me during my trip to Albania. Being an outsider, this place was unknown for me. But they helped me very well and made my trip awesome. Thanks.

Ziad S. Abdul Majid (Google Reviewer)  

I recently used Albania Explorer...

25-Apr-2023

I recently used Albania Explorer Tour for my vacation and I was blown away by their amazing service! From start to finish, the team was incredibly helpful, knowledgeable, and accommodating. They took the time to listen to my needs and preferences, and created a personalized itinerary that exceeded my expectations. Throughout my trip, everything ran smoothly thanks to the excellent planning and attention to detail. The accommodations were top-notch, the activities were well-organized, and the guides were friendly and informative. Overall, I had an unforgettable experience thanks to Albania Explorer Tour and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a stress-free and enjoyable vacation. Thank you to the entire team for their exceptional service!

Allison Ford (Google Reviewer)  

I booked Albania explorer’s Dajti...

22-Jun-2023

I booked Albania explorer’s Dajti cable care experience and had the loveliest time! Maybe not for people who are scared of heights but also a good opportunity to conquer that fear! Edmond was our tour guide and he was such a delight! He made us feel very comfortable and cared for, he really went above and beyond! Edmond also had a lot of knowledge and personable stories to share, I would recommend him and this company to anybody visiting Albania / Balkan region!

Sam Parkin  

Review

15-Apr-2021

It was great experience to travel in Albania. This is my second trip of albania with this agency and its wonderful.

JULIE MUNDAY (Google Reviewer)  

We went on the 7...

15-Apr-2022

We went on the 7 day Illyrian Route tour in April 2022. From the start the communication with the company was excellent. They were quick to respond and very helpful. We were fully expecting to join a small group tour but when we were picked up we found out it was just us two and our excellent guide Saimir. We were very lucky to have such an informative and friendly guide and to enjoy such a personal tour. We would never have been able to discover so much of this beautiful country by ourselves. We saw so much and were able to visit places you just couldn’t reach by public transport. The tour was a good pace and we were able to be flexible with times for setting off every day and we had time to ourselves in each place in the evenings. We learnt so much about the history and culture of Albania and have Saimir to thank for this. The hotels varied between traditional and modern but most also had a great buffet breakfast. The food in Albania is excellent and we ate very well. I would definitely recommend this tour to others and also Saimir as a very friendly, helpful and informative guide.

Olesea Alexandra (Google Reviewer)  

When you consider a trip...

14-Apr-2024

When you consider a trip and get to know a country, the first thing you want is safety and then satisfy your curiosity, get to know another culture, live experiences and rest from the routine life of your place of origin. Companies that work in the travel sector work with hopes and expectations. Clients make a significant financial effort and many sacrifices to be able to have a few pleasant days/weeks, in this case in Albania. A single person can ruin the work of an entire team. When you hire an agency like this, the visible face of the company is the tour guide who is the coordinator and the person who spends the most time with you. For a travel agency, this figure should be carefully selected because behind that choice there are many other people involved, in the selection of hotels, in the chosen itinerary, in administration, in the purchase of tickets and flights (in many cases). , drivers etc. In our case, the person chosen, Florian xhekaj, was a total mistake and nightmare, horrible experience. His knowledge of Spanish was level A2 (lower intermediate), to be generous. He didn't understand you nor did we understand him in the explanations. When I asked him the first day how long he had been a tour guide, the first lie came and he told me 6 years which was not true. Their lack of knowledge of the history of Albania was proverbial (without being experts in history, their disorientation in dates, centuries and historical people was obvious) their lack of interest in explaining important things was absolute (He did not even explain to us that we could not drink tap water) He did not announce the meeting times nor did he tell if we were all there (we organized ourselves among the people in the group) he did not know the Orthodox liturgy (my partner is Orthodox and had to correct him on numerous occasions for giving wrong information) and also the Muslim one. He boasted of knowing Spain and its history, of having studied philology and a master's degree in tourism, but we really came to the conclusion that either he was the worst in the class or the level of demand in Albania is limited. On the last day he didn't even say goodbye to the group after having been together for 10 days. That is a sign of very serious lack of respect for the company and for us as clients or people, but even though it is serious, it was worse that he vented his frustration every day with the driver (Uzur, who was an excellent and professional driver) speaking badly about the group (we called aristocrats ) spoke badly about the agency and its salary conditions, selected itineraries and in general everything bothered him and he took it on the bad side. We sat next to the driver and the new mobile phones with artificial intelligence translate everything from Albanian to Spanish or English in real time, so we couldn't believe what the phone was translating to our endless surprise. I don't know if the guides in Albania have this profile, if they are not used to tourism or if they take us for ignorance but in the end they play with illusions and with a lack of respect and there is only one person in charge and it is the agency that hires this type of people who are not prepared to perform a function as beautiful as teaching your country, your culture and your history. Please don´t day this person not worked for Albanian explorer and please don´t send us a template message of apologies because it is too late. You should know at this point who you work with and who represents your company.

Anthony Peters (Google Reviewer)  

Horrible experience with tour guide...

14-Apr-2024

Horrible experience with tour guide in Spanish called Florian. He has not an attitude to be a guide, to coordinate anything or to explain elementary things about culture or history about Albania. He looks to be more interested in video games or stuff like that. He looks to be another tourist rather than a person that organizes times, schedules or meetings. His level of Spanish is so poor as his knowledge of history. This type of persons ruins a company.

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  • Low Deposit

    Albania Explorer requires a minimum deposit of 10% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 30 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of albania explorer charges.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 30% of booking price.

    At 15 days before tour starts: Forfeit 70% of booking price.

    At 7 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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