North to South Albania

Start: Tirana Finish: Tirana

Visiting: Tirana, Castle of Kruja, Shkodër, Komani Lake, Durrës, Berat Castle, Vlorë, Gjirokaster, Blue Eye, Sarandë, Butrint National Park, Ksamil, Porto Palermo, Llogara National Park


Duration: 7 Nights

Physical rating: Low, EASY

Special diets catered: Kosher, Vegans, Meat, Vegetarians, Halal

Tour Operator: Good Albania

Group size: 2 - 12

Age range: 6-90

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $1150 $1066

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Tour Overview

The Albanian Highlands have much to offer when it comes to hiking but for those of you short on time that want to get a taste of the Albanian Alps, its gorgeous landscapes and delicious food, this tour is for you. The Albanian Riviera has so many heaven beaches that you start to forget the names. In this laid-back tour, immerse yourself in inimitable culture, amazing food and natural wonders. Sunbathe in deserted beaches and relax in seaside villages. Get ready to dine surrounded by pine trees in Llogara National Park, sip coffee listening to the music of waterfalls in Borsh and firm your eyes in the natural spring lake of “Blue Eye”.

Highlights

  • iconShala River on Lake Koman Boat Ride
  • iconUNESCO Berat, Gjirokaster & Butrint
  • iconThe Albanian Riviera
  • iconA hypnotic spring and a coffee break in the middle of waterfalls
  • iconThe bustling capital of Tirana
  • iconNational Archeological Park of Butrint - UNESCO

Places You'll See

Countries:
Gjirokaster
Koman Lake
Berat
Gjirokaster
Berat
Koman Lake
Sarande

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Travel day & Tirana

Location: Tirana

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Green House Hotel or similar

Meals: Dinner

Airport pick-up service available throughout the day (included). Welcome to Albania! Transfer to Tirana and settle in to your hotel. For those of you not too tired, there is a guided walking tour of the city center, including Skanderbeg Square, Et’hem Bey Mosque, the Pyramid and the Blloku area. Then, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

icon Day 2 : Kruja & Shkoder

Location: Castle of Kruja, Shkodër

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Tradita Hotel or similar

Meals: Breakfast

We start our journey from Tirana, directly to the city of Kruja. Set off on a guided tour of Dollma Bektashi Teqe, the surroundings and the Castle itself, the Skanderbeg Museum and the National Ethnographic Museum. You will have planty of free time for lunch and to wander around the Old Bazaar, with beautiful cobblestone alleys and lovely old architecture. En route to Shkodra, a small city situated at the foot of the Albania Alps, stop and visit the hilltop Rozafa Castle. Enjoy its amazing views and the fortress’s fascinating history. Get settled in the hotel in Shkoder and experience the Old Town, St. Stephen’s Catholic Cathedral and the Ebu Bekr Mosque on a guided tour. Enjoy free time in the “Pedonalja”, the beating heart of Shkodra. Equipped with everything you need to relax, it’s a great street to wander around, shop and drink something.

icon Day 3 : Koman Lake to Shala River through Koman Lake boat ride

Location: Komani Lake, Durrës

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Bel Conte Hotel or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Early morning transfer to Koman, where you will take a scenic boat ride passing by rocky mountains and vivid green hills towards Shala River, a hidden paradise called also the “Albanian Thailand”. Enjoy lunch with the view of the mirror river, the quietness of the mountains and nature around you. Leave this idyllic spot in the afternoon and transfer to the seaside city of Durres. Please note that if the water level of Shala River is very low, there will be a boat ride in Koman Lake instead and lunch on a lake-view restaurant.

icon Day 4 : Berat (UNESCO) & Vlore

Location: Berat Castle, Vlorë

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Bologna Hotel or similar

Meals: Breakfast

Transfer to Berat passing through suggestive hills full of olive trees. Set out for a guided tour with the local guide admiring the citadel / castle of Berat with the Red Mosque, recognized by its solitary minaret. The Transfer to Berat passing through suggestive hills full of olive trees. Set out for a guided tour with the local guide admiring the citadel / castle of Berat with the Red Mosque, recognized by its solitary minaret. The White Mosque, the Church of the Holy Trinity and the arched bridge of Gorica, built in 1780 are the other attractions that await you after the Castle. Step in the Onufri National Iconographic Museum, built in 1986. The Museum’s name honours the Albanian master painter of the 16th century, Onufri, who is responsible for a rich legacy of iconography in the country. The museum contains an immense collection of one-hundred and seventy-three select objects from Albanian churches and monasteries. Enjoy free time for lunch with the city as the view and wander in the two main districts of Mangalem and Gorica. Visit the city of Vlore in the afternoon. Hometown to the National Independence movement, visit the Flag Square with its Independence Monument right in the center, the Muradie Mosque and Vlore’s Lungomare.

icon Day 5 : Saranda via Gjirokaster (UNESCO)

Location: Gjirokaster, Blue Eye, Sarandë

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Titania Hotel or similar

Meals: Breakfast

Transfer to Gjirokaster to discover the city of “a thousand steps”, driving through small villages. Step into Skenduli house, the nicest Ottoman tower house and listen to its history and details from the 10th generation of Skenduli family. Soak up to the rich history of the castle and enjoy the view of the “city of stone” from above. Pass by the Ottoman Bazaar and historic wooden houses and visit Gjirokastra Obelisk dedicated to the first school of Gjirokastra and enjoy the 360º view from there. Enjoy some free time in the "Neck of the Bazaar" for lunch and to wander around the local shops. Travel to the "Blue Eye" and marvel at the spring’s shades of blue and nature around it, before reaching Saranda in the late afternoon.

icon Day 6 : Butrint & Ksamil

Location: Butrint National Park, Ksamil, Sarandë

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Titania Hotel or similar

Meals: Breakfast

Transfer to Butrint for a guided tour of the UNESCO Archaeological site where a local guided explains 2500 years of history embedded in the Amphitheater, the Castle, the Churches and the Lion’s Gate. Set off for a beach day at Ksamil Islands where you will have them to explore, swim, sunbathe and enjoy food and drinks at small cafés and restaurants on the Islands. Spend your afternoon in Ksamil and on the way back to Saranda visit the Lekursi Castle overseeing the city.

icon Day 7 : Ali Pasha Castle & Llogara National Park

Location: Porto Palermo, Llogara National Park, Vlorë, Tirana

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Green House Hotel or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Head to Porto Palermo and explore the Ali Pasha Castle with your Tour Director. Marvel at the architecture and listen to entertaining legends about the man who build it, Ali Pashe Tepelena. En route to Tirana, stop at Llogara “balcony” for a stunning view from above of the South Coast beaches and then head for lunch to Llogara National Park freshened by the mountain breeze and pine trees.

icon Day 8 : Departure Day

Location: Tirana

Meals: Breakfast

Please note that the airport drop off is not included on tour. If you want to include this service, you can book it during your reservation.

What's Included

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    Fully Guided

    Expert Tour Director & local guides

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    Meals – Half Board

    2 Lunches with beer or wine 1 Dinner with beer or wine

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    Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

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    Private deluxe motor coach

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    Accommodation

    7 nights in handpicked Hotels

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    Drinks with Meals

    2 Lunches with beer or wine 1 Dinner with beer or wine

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    Local Taxes

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    1 Boat ride

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

    Pick Up

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    Entrance Fees

    4 guided sightseeing tours and select entrance fees

What's Not Included

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

    Drop off

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    International Travel

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    Tipping and Gratuities

Optional Extras

  • Pre/Post Tour Accommodation

    Double Room

  • Airport Drop off

    Airport Drop off

  • Pre/Post Tour Accommodation

    Single Room

Requirements

From April to October light clothing that provide comfort are advised. Sunglasses, a sun hat, and good pair of walking shoes or sneakers are recommended for sightseeing. A lightweight jacket and emergency rainwear are also advised  

Book with Confidence

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    Low Deposit

    Good Albania requires a deposit of 15% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 45 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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Reviews

From the North to the South
Albania, beautiful country with beautiful people , where the tradition meet the modernity and hospitality is still a word with sense. My big thank´s to Rando which was more than ....more Albania, beautiful country with beautiful people , where the tradition meet the modernity and hospitality is still a word with sense.

My big thank´s to Rando which was more than our guide on this tour, more like a friend.

He spend all his time with us, showing us the amazing landscapes of his country, introduce us in the history of Albania and bring us into the simple life of the Albanian people.

We made beautiful experiences and meet people with heart and simplicity.

Like me you will love the simple but excellent taste of the local food.

After that you can only love this country.

I will return back next year for sure.

My special thank goes also to Geri who give us a little taste of Tirana and his history.

The restaurant Oda was amazing.

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Anthony F

20-Sep-2019

Unforgettable Memories & Experiences A++ !!
Absolutely Incredible!! 10/10 Good Albania! We loved Albania & all the unique unforgettable experiences we had traveling on The Best of Albania - 10 day tour with our amazing guide, ....more Absolutely Incredible!! 10/10 Good Albania! We loved Albania & all the unique unforgettable experiences we had traveling on The Best of Albania - 10 day tour with our amazing guide, driver & new friend, Rando.

Rando went over and above for my husband and I, to have the best life changing travel experiences ever in Albania.

We have traveled a lot with other small group tour companies in the past and never have we been treated, more like a special guest, than we were with Rando & also the easy booking process & communications we had with Deni at Good Albania to create our perfect trip.

Albania & its beautiful people, just make you feel like you are a welcome new friend everywhere you go & that’s also thanks to the vast local expert knowledge & different experiences Good Albania offered us.

With our love of food, wine & cooking, Rando also made sure we had some additional fantastic home cooking opportunities with some of the beautiful local people, which are memories we will never forget.

We also added 2 other day tours, the Durres, Rodon Cape & Wine Tasting and a by request Kosovo day tour, both were also excellent with knowledgeable local guides & experiences.

If you want to have an authentic Albanian travel adventure, Good Albania is absolutely for you too! Leanne & Hunter Australia; ....less
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LeannaM

08-Jun-2019

The best Albania tours
We booked three excursions through Good Albania, having found them by accident. As accidents go, this was an awesome one. They were quick to reply, helpful, friendly and really wanted ....more We booked three excursions through Good Albania, having found them by accident.

As accidents go, this was an awesome one.

They were quick to reply, helpful, friendly and really wanted to make sure we had the best, authentic experience possible.

Special thanks go to Rando who drove us around, it was always more a road trip with a friend than an excursion, which made it relaxed, enjoyable and great fun; ....less
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Phil A

03-Apr-2019

North to South Albania
expect but we had seen such great reviews for Good Albania tours that we decided to go all in and do the 8 day tour. We absolutely made the right ....more expect but we had seen such great reviews for Good Albania tours that we decided to go all in and do the 8 day tour.

We absolutely made the right decision! First off Albania is a beautiful country with some of the most friendly and welcoming people you'll ever meet.

The food was fantastic, the beaches beautiful and the mountains breathtaking.

The tour itinerary gave us an excellent mix of culture and history while also allowing enough downtime and relaxation that it still felt like a vacation.

Our tour guide Rando went so far above and beyond expectations in making us feel comfortable and safe while providing us with the most authentic experience one could ask for.

Even on evenings that dinner was not provided by the tour Rando would take us to his favorite local spots and show us an incredible time.

We cannot say enough good things about this tour and highly recommend to everyone.

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Brent Barkhouse

20-Nov-2019

North to South Albania
What a wonderful, interesting and truly fascinating country. If you are thinking of visiting Albania, i would strongly recommend this tour. It is a country of such dramatic contrasts that ....more What a wonderful, interesting and truly fascinating country.

If you are thinking of visiting Albania, i would strongly recommend this tour.

It is a country of such dramatic contrasts that would not be appreciated by staying in one part.

Breathtaking mountains, beautiful beaches, amazing historical sites.

It has a bit of everything.

Our guide, now our friend, Edvin, could not have done any more to make it a memorable holiday.

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John

17-Oct-2019

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