tourhq

Connecting travellers to guides around the world

tourhq
Explore Albania And Kosovo
  • Tour Category

    Private Tour

  • Tour Types

    Nature, Culture, Sightseeing

  • Duration

    9 Days

  • Activity Level

    Easy

  • Language

    English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Description

Among the rugged mountains and green fields of Albania and Kosovo there are plenty of shepherds, monasteries, lakes, valleys and Byzantine churches, what’s lacking is crowds. It’s taken decades for the Balkans to wipe away memories of conflict and communism, but they’ve emerged strong and smiling. From hip cafes in Tirana and the soft shore of Koman Lake to the mosques of picture perfect Prizren, this 9-day adventure showcases Balkan beauty at its very best.

Highlights
  • Kruja, the center of Albanian resistance against the Ottomans under our national hero Scanderbeg.
  • Prizren which is a true open air museum, one of the most beautiful towns of Kosovo.
  • Decani Monastery complex is a wonderful example of the Orthodox religious architecture and art part of UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must for anyone visiting Kosovo.
  • A spectacular boat trip through the artificial Koman Lake created by the hydro power stations built on Drin River.
  • Arrival in Albania – Tirana (17 km) expand_more

    Meet at airport and transfer to Tirane for a visit to the National Museum of History; which is a great introduction to the country and its people from antiquity to the present.

    • Drive to the major sites of Tirana, including the colourful buildings the Albanian capital is now recognized for. The dull grey communist buildings have been transformed into modern art canvases through splashes of bright colours and abstract shapes. It is considered an ingenious way of uplifting the facades and the moods of the inhabitants. 

    • Continue to Dajti Mountain by cable car. This is a cable car service which travels for about 300 m to the top of Dajti Mountain and gives you a spectacular view of the beautiful capital city of Tirane. You can see the local farmers down below using ancient farming methods even today. The restaurant at the top has a breath-taking panoramic view.

    Overnight in Tirana.

  • Tirana – Kruje – Prizren (200 km) expand_more

    Departure to Prizren.

    • On the way, stop at Kruja - the center of Albanian resistance against the Ottomans under our national hero Scanderbeg who defeated them in 22 battles including one of the most warriors like sultans Mehmet the Conqueror and resisted the Ottoman occupation for 25 years.

    • Visit the Castle with two great Museums and the Old Ottoman-style bazaar.

    • Proceed to Prizren which is a true open-air museum, one of the most beautiful towns of Kosovo. It is situated on the slopes of the Sharr Mountains and the banks of the river Bistrica. The craftsmen of Prizren are well known for their beautiful gold and silver articles, embroidery, the Prizren cloth, knives and other folk handcrafts. From all the cities of Kosovo, Prizren has best preserved the architectural physiognomy of the past. Overlooking the town on a hill that dominates over the Prizren plateau is the Fortress of Prizren.

    Overnight in Prizren.

  • Prizren – Gracanica Monastery – Prishtine – Decan Monastery – Peje (200 km) expand_more
    • Departure to Peje and first stop in Prishtina for a short city tour.

    • Visit Gracanica Monastery which was constructed on the ruins of an older 13th-century church of the Holy Virgin, which was built on the ruins of a 6th century early Christian basilica.

    • Drive towards Peja through the magnificent the Rugova Gorge to the Decani Monastery near it. This monastery complex is a wonderful example of the Orthodox religious architecture and art part of UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must for anyone visiting Kosovo.

    Overnight in Peja.

  • Peja – Gjakova – Koma Lake (Ferry 2.30 hours) – Shkoder (145 km) expand_more
    • Drive to Gjakova for a visit to this town which has one of the oldest bazaars built in the 17th century which has survived till today. This ancient shopping center has many stores and stalls where you can buy all sorts of handicrafts. Aside from shopping, the Gjakova Old Bazaar also has a 15th-century mosque which is one of the major attractions at the site.

    • Departure to Fierze where we take the Koman Lake ferry. A spectacular boat trip through the artificial lake created by the hydropower stations built on Drin River. The depth of the lake has given it an opal green colour while the surrounding mountains have created the magnificent effect of a fjord. After arrival in Koman and drive to Shkodra the most important town of north Albania and the Illyrian capital, in the 3rd century BC.

    • Visit Rozafa Castle with striking views all around.

    • Continue to town and take a walk in the newly renovated pedestrian area of Italian and Austrian architecture, testimony to this town historic links with both these countries and visit a communist prison turned museum.

    Overnight in Shkodra.

  • Shkoder – Durres – Berat (UNESCO) (200 km) expand_more
    • After breakfast, depart for Durres one of the oldest (founded in 627 B.C.) where we have lunch by the sea (optional). In Durres take a sightseeing tour of the Amphitheater situated in the middle of the modern city in an inhabited area and departure for proceeding to Berat, Albania’s second museum town, sometimes called “the city of a thousand windows” and one of the most attractive Albanian towns.

    • See the Fortress, Onufri Museum and several Churches and  Mosque.

    • In downtown, visit the Leaden Mosque, the King Mosque, the Bachelor Mosque and Alveti Tekke.

    Overnight in Berat.

  • Berat (UNESCO) – Gjirokastra (UNESCO) – Blue Eye – Saranda (220 km) expand_more
    • After breakfast, proceed to Gjirokastra. Gjirokastra is the birthplace of the former iron-fisted dictator of Albania, Enver Hoxha. Visit in the pre-Ottoman citadel with a weapons museum and ex-political prison. Free to stroll around town where many of the buildings retain their original wood and stonework—lunch in a local restaurant in Gjirokastra.

    • Departure for Saranda and on the way we will stop at the beautiful Blue Eye spring shaped like an eye with beautiful blue and turquoise green colours among old maple trees.

    • Visit the ancient city of Butrint, a world heritage site. The city was first settled by Greek colonists and was continuously inhabited for centuries forming archaeological layers of passing civilizations. It is situated in a beautiful peninsula among dense vegetation.

    Overnight in Saranda.

  • Saranda – Albania Riviera – Llogara National Park – Vlora (125 km) expand_more
    • After breakfast, drive on the spectacular Albanian Riviera towards Vlora. Breathtaking sceneries await us at the Llogara pass – 1000 m above sea level. 

    • Visit the Himara region's water springs of Borshi before continuing towards Ali Pasha fortress in the bay of Porto Palermo which is a rare example of French military engineering, built in the first decade of the XIX century.

    • Stop at 1100 meters above sea level, through the forest of Llogara National Park, to admire the whole coastline and the Greek islands in the Ionian sea.

    Arrival in Vlora and the afternoon city tour of Vlora. 

    Overnight in Vlora.

  • Vlora – Apollonia Archaeological Park – Ardenica Monastery – Tirana (165 km) expand_more
    • Visit Apollonia Archaeological park which started in the 7th century BC as the ancient town of Apollonia, the second largest Greek colony in Albania. Founded in the VII century BC, Apollonia became one of the most important towns in the region in the IV century bc. Nowadays, it is one of the biggest archaeological parks in Albania.

    • Drive towards Ardenica Orthodox monastery (XII century) located on a hill overlooking the valley, which has one of the best-preserved Byzantine churches in Albania, famous for its wooden carved altar, and its frescoes covered walls. In the afternoon we will check in our hotel located in the city center.

    • Drive to Tirana, the capital of Albania. Walking tour in Tirana.

    Overnight in Tirana.

  • Tirana – “Mother Teresa” Airport (17 km) expand_more

    After breakfast, the tour ends with a transfer to “Mother Teresa” Airport.

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

  • Transportation with comfortable a/c vehicle.

  • English French, German, Italian, Spanish speaking tour guide/driver.

  • All taxes.

What's Excluded
  • Lunches

  • Dinners

  • All 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!!!!

1
Starting From

From

EUR EUR---- 1790.00
EUR 1790.00 / adult

Copyright © 2014 Tour HQ. All Rights Reserved

View full site