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Travel From Ljubljana To Tirana
  • Tour Category

    Private Tour

  • Tour Types

    Food and Drink, Culture, History

  • Duration

    9 Days

  • Language

    English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

  • Activity Level

    Easy

Description

Our Adriatic Tour begins in Slovenia, past glacial lakes, lush green valleys and majestic mountain ranges, and venture through culturally fascinating small towns bustling cities and quaint hamlets brimming with historic sites of interest. We enjoy a easy-paced walking tour of the capital, Ljubljana, before heading into Croatia and exploring the Istrian Peninsula, a region rife with ancient Roman and Illyrian relics and monuments. We travel along the Dalmatian coast, taking in the centuries old cathedrals, monasteries and fortresses that dot the Croatian countryside. We venture into Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, where we bear witness to a blend of Mediterranean and Oriental architecture in the former and the UNESCO-protected city of Kotor, as well as the Montenegrin cultural capital in the latter. After a memorable drive along the breathtaking Adriatic coast, we make for Tirana, Albania and expose ourselves to the intriguing contemporary culture of this destination that lays claim to a fabulous collection of wondrous mosques as well as innumerable archaeological artifacts that detail almost 3,000 years of history. We travel farther afield from the capital, stopping in at various towns and cities along the Albanian Riviera and beyond to appreciate Roman amphitheaters, ancient bridges, Franciscan churches and glorious panoramas.

Highlights
  • Postojna cave there are several halls that are decorated with beautiful drip-stones, named stalagmites and stalactites.
  • The Old Bridge in Mostar that dates back to the 16th century.
  • Characterized by winding streets and squares, its medieval old town has several Romanesque churches, including Kotor Cathedral.
  • Tirana Bunk’Art, this huge underground nuclear bunker built in the 1970s for Albania’s political and military elite has been transformed into a combined museum and art space.
  • Arrival in Slovenia – Ljubljana (10km) expand_more
    • Arrive in Ljubjana, transfer to our hotel for overnight.

  • Ljubljana expand_more
    • After breakfast, we will visit Ljubjana. Ljubljana is Slovenia’s capital and largest city. It is known for its university population and green spaces, including expansive Tivoli Park. The curving Ljubljanica River, lined in outdoor cafes, divides the city’s old town from its commercial hub. Ljubljana has many museums, including the National Museum of Slovenia, displaying historic exhibitions, and the Museum of Modern Art, home to 20th-century Slovene paintings and sculptures. Ljubljana Castle, standing on a hill above the city for about 900 years, is Ljubljana’s main attraction. You can reach it by funicular railway or climb it on foot. The castle’s tower and ramparts offer the most beautiful views of the city. There are two permanent museum exhibitions, two restaurants, a café, and a nightclub. The dragon is a symbol of Ljubljana, which has been proudly reigning in the city coat of arms since the late Middle Ages. Masterfully designed dragon sculptures at the Dragon Bridge (built in 1901) are both scary and magnificent at the same time. If you haven’t taken a photo with either one of them, it is considered that you have not really visited Ljubljana.

    • The Town Hall, National Gallery, The cathedral of the city, The Franciscan Church, The Central Market, these are also some more attractions to visit in Ljubjana.

    • Overnight in Ljubljana.

  • Ljubljana – Postojna Cave – Rijeka (120 km) expand_more
    • After breakfast, we travel to one of the most famous Caves in the World, Postojna Cave. It seems that anyone who steps on Slovenian soil wants to be a part of this beautiful underworld experience. Postojnska Jama in Slovenia is a pearl in records, as it has been visited by as many as 40 million people in the last 200 years when it was opened for outside visitors. In the Postojna cave, several halls are decorated with beautiful drip-stones, named stalagmites and stalactites. In addition to stalagmites and stalactites, there are also other cave formations, such as the famous drip-stone pillar, named Brilijant, a symbolic form in the cave. In the year 1872, the first cave railway in the world was built in the Postojna cave, where it has been improving and expanding throughout the years. In the past, people visited the cave by walking on foot; however, in the present time, you can take a tour inside the cave with a unique miniature electric train.

    • Then we drive to Rijeka city in Croatia. Rijeka is a Croatian port city on Kvarner Bay in the northern Adriatic Sea. It’s known as a gateway to Croatia’s islands. Korzo, the main promenade, is lined with Habsburg-era buildings. Nearby, the 19th-century Ivan pl. Zajc Croatian National Theatre has ceiling paintings by Gustav Klimt. The hilltop Trsat Castle complex, which includes a religious shrine, has sweeping views of the islands of Kvarner Bay.

    • Overnight in Rijeka.

  • Rijeka – Split (420 km) expand_more
    • After breakfast, we drive to the city of Split. Split, the second-largest city in Croatia, is a mix of modern life and ancient history. With ruins dating back to the Roman Empire, a bustling waterfront, and fresh seafood served daily at many of the restaurants in town; Split is well worth a visit on tour through Croatia.

    • What to visit: Diocletian’s Palace, St. Domnius Cathedral, The Old Town, the Riva Promenade.

    • Overnight in Split.

  • Split – Mostar (170 km) expand_more
    • After breakfast, we travel to Mostar, and we will visit the historic town of Mostar, spanning a deep valley of the Neretva River, developed in the 15th and 16th centuries as an Ottoman frontier town and during the Austro-Hungarian period in the 19th and 20th centuries. Mostar has long been known for its old Turkish houses and Old Bridge, Stari Most, after which it is named. In the 1990s conflict, however, most of the historic town and the Old Bridge, designed by the renowned architect Sinan, was destroyed. The Old Bridge was recently rebuilt, and many of the edifices in the Old Town have been restored or rebuilt with the contribution of an international scientific committee established by UNESCO. The Old Bridge area, with its pre-Ottoman, eastern Ottoman, Mediterranean and western European architectural features, is an outstanding example of a multicultural urban settlement. The reconstructed Old Bridge and Old City of Mostar is a symbol of reconciliation, international co-operation and of the coexistence of diverse cultural, ethnic and religious communities.

    • Overnight in Mostar.

  • Mostar – Kotor (UNESCO) – Budva (210 km) expand_more
    • After breakfast, we drive to Kotor, Montenegro. Kotor is a fortified town on Adriatic coast, in a bay near the limestone cliffs of Mt. Lovćen. Characterized by winding streets and squares, its medieval old town has several Romanesque churches, including Kotor Cathedral. It’s also home to the Maritime Museum, which explores local seafaring history. Sveti Đorđe, one of 2 tiny islands off the ancient town of Perast, features a centuries-old church.

    • After Kotor, we proceed to Budva. Budva is a town in Montenegro on the Adriatic Sea. Part of the Budva Riviera, it’s known for sandy beaches and nightlife. Stone walls built by the Venetians surround the narrow streets of the medieval old town (Stari Grad). This historic district is home to a seaside citadel and religious sites such as the Church of Santa Maria in Punta, established in the 9th century.

    • Overnight in Budva.

  • Budva – Shkodra – Tirana (190 km) expand_more
    • After breakfast, we drive to Shkodra, Albania. The city is an important cultural and economic center of Albania. Shkoder is also known as the center of the Albanian Catholicism and perfect proof of the fact that all different religions can adjoin in one country. It became the capital of Illyria in the 3d century B.C.

    • We will visit the castle of Rozafa, the Cathedral of Saint Stefan,  Franciscan church, Old Town.

    • Then we travel to the Capital of Albania, Tirana. Overnight in Tirana.

  • Tirana – Kruja – Tirana (80 km) expand_more
    • After breakfast, we will visit Kruja. Kruja is just 32 km away from Tirana. This historic city is 608 m above sea level and offers an open vista to an amazing panoramic view. The name and the importance of the city are closely related to the 25 years of activity of our national hero, Skanderbeg, who in the fifteenth century made Kruja a bastion of uncompromising resistance against the Ottoman. Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg Museum is situated inside the castle walls, which date back to the fifth and sixth centuries A.D. Also in Kruja, we will visit the Old Bazaar, the best place to buy souvenirs in Albania.

    • Then we get back to Tirana, and we will do a walking tour. Tirana is situated in a valley at the foot of mountain Daiti. For the past 400 years, the city combined Turkish, Italian and Soviet Union architecture and can offer the tourists many historical values and vivid nightlife.

    • We will visit Scanderbeg Square, Main Boulevard, Government Buildings, Bunk’Art and then we stop for a coffee or drink at Blloku, famous area, full with coffee shops, restaurants, night clubs. Blloku was an area where communist leaders lived.

    • Overnight in Tirana.

  • Tirana – Tirana Airport (17 km) expand_more
    • After breakfast transfer to the airport. 

    • End of our service.

What's Included
  • Accommodation in good 3*  4* standard hotels with breakfast.

  • Transportation with comfortable a/c vehicle.

  • English speaking tour guide/driver.

  • All taxes

What's Excluded
  • Lunches

  • Dinners

  • Entrance Fees

Meeting Point

Airport Road, Tirana, Albania

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Tour Reviews
  • Chris

    I was organising a trip on my own to Albania and wanted a reliable, friendly and value for money guide. Best Guides were recommended on TourHQ and i can only say good things. From beginning to end Adam was extremely helpful in answering all questions. He was excellent in knowledge and very helpful and friendly. If you want a reliable, excellent tour guide and company this is the one to use.

  • Margareth

    We went to visit Albania with our tour guide "Adam Picaku". He made the experience extra special. He loves photography and helped us take awesome photos at the right spots. He was funny and could tell us Albanian history in a fun, entertaining story-telling way. It's obvious he has a true passion on what he does, and not simply just as a job. He took care of us very well throughout the day. In such a short time, we felt like we could have been old friends. He's definitely the BEST tour guide we've ever had on any tours.

  • Michael

    Adam is welcoming, funny and "in the know" of how tourism works in many of the popular historical sites in Albania and the Balkans. He made us feel comfortable and advised us when we were getting gypped on certain goods or offers. He negotiated the price of our tour, offered his wealth of knowledge and made the Albania tour very eventful.

  • Brittany

    Adam is very knowledgeable and helpful during this tour and it's very well organized. Phenomenal restaurants and shops await you! Can't wait to do this again on our next trip to check out a different neighbourhood. Absolutely delicious food and something for everyone to savour.

    Absolutely recommended :)

  • Ulrike

    The service we received was outstanding. Easy to arrange,  and the guide we had for 5 days, Adam Picaku, was fantastic - very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Absolutely recommended.

  • Hidero

    Adam is an amazing, incredibly gifted tour guide. He led our group of 26 experienced visitors to Albania on an extraordinary 10-day adventure. Our group wanted to see Albania in a different way, and Adam made it the best trip ever. He is unbelievably knowledgeable, of the history, geography, economy, and current situation in Albania and he shared his knowledge generously. He is such a delightful person -- so warm and personable and engaging...all of us looked forward to getting on the bus every day to see what adventures Adam would have for us. He was flexible, allowing more time when it was clear that the group needed it, and adjusting along the way as needed. I can't praise Adam too highly...if you have a trip to Albania in mind, be sure to book Adam now. He's the best.

  • Elisabeth

    My husband and I selected this tour and were very happy with everything about it. Our guide Adam spoke excellent English and our driver was polite and helpful. Adam always managed to steer us away from the crowds and was extremely knowledgable about the history of Albania and Balkans in general. We would highly recommend this tour company and Adam.

  • Gregor

    We were lucky enough to have Adam as our guide for 8 days in Albania. He was an absolute joy. He made history come alive and his presentation was so lively and exciting. His passion for his work comes through with everything he does. Couldn't recommend anyone more highly! We all missed him and look forward to returning to Albania! He is just enchanting!!!!

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