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8-Day Culture & Sightseeing Tour Of Albania's Historic Cities From Tirana
  • Tour Category

    Group Tour

  • Tour Types

    Architecture, History, Museum

  • Duration

    8 Days

  • Activity Level

    Easy

  • Language

    English, Italian

Description

Embark on this 8-Day culture tour to the famous historical cities of Albania, starting from the National History Museum in Tirana. Travel across the cities visiting medieval fortresses, ancient towns, various museums, archaeological sites and monasteries. Also, explore a winery, unwind at multiple beautiful beaches, and taste the most authentic Albanian delicacies. 

Highlights
  • Visit Ardenica, an Orthodox monastery built in the 13th century 
  • Watch the sunset from the beautiful Dhermi beach 
  • Explore Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded by the Trojans
  • Drive along the Albanian Riviera and enjoy the view of the Ionian Sea
  • Check out the Blue Eye spring in Gjirokastra, formed by natural underground springs
  • Spend time at the Berat Castle, the Onufri Museum, and the Ethnographic Museum
  • Head to the famous Llogara National Park 
  • SeevBerat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as “the City of Thousand Windows”
  • Day 1: Tirana expand_more
    • Arrive at Mother Teresa Airport in Tirana, meet with our representative and transfer to the hotel.

    • Visit the National Historic Museum in Tirana offering an in-depth introduction to Albanian history from prehistoric times to the present day.

    • Attend a welcome dinner at a traditional Albanian restaurant with live music.

    Overnight in Tirana.

  • Day 2: Tirana – Ardenica – Apollonia – Vlora expand_more
    • Have breakfast, then depart for Vlora with your Albanian tour guide. 

    • On the way to this beautiful coastal town, visit Ardenica, an Orthodox monastery built in the 13th century. It is thought that it was in this idyllic place that the marriage of the Albanian national hero Scanderbeg was celebrated in the 15th century.

    • After Ardenica, proceed to Apollonia, situated on the famous Via Egnatia. Apollonia was founded at the beginning of the 7th century BC by the Greek colonists. In Roman times, it was a large and flourishing city (with 50.000 residents in the second century BCE) near the Aos river (today Vjosa). The monastery (which houses the museum) courtyard enclosed a Byzantine church dating back to the 14th century.

    • Have lunch in Apollonia.

    • Continue to Vlora, where you will visit the Independence Museum, situated in the original house where the first independent Albanian Government had its seat.

    • Spend the afternoon and evening at leisure.

    Overnight in Vlora.

  • Day 3: Vlora – Llogara – Dhermi – Porto Palermo – Borsh – Saranda expand_more
    • Have breakfast, then depart for Saranda. This day you will only drive along the Albanian Riviera overlooking the Ionian Sea.

    • Halt at Llogara National Park for a quick break to have a stunning view of one of the most dramatic mountains of the Mediterranean and with panoramas overlooking the sea.

    • Proceed to Dhermi beach which is a gem with its crystal clear waters.

    • Have a traditional Albanian lunch in a restaurant.

    • Continue to Porto Palermo, where the Ali Pasha Castle stands like a barrier in front of the blue rocky sea as a protection for the country. The bay of Porto Palermo once served as an important secret submarine base during the regime days. The semi-abandoned base and the tunnel are still visible.

    • Travel to Borsh, where you will have a coffee break in an oasis of peace surrounded by waterfalls.

    • Continue your drive through the breathtaking road to Saranda, the final destination for today.

    • Arrive in Saranda, check-in at the hotel, enjoy a stroll along the seaside promenade and prepare for dinner.

    Overnight in Saranda.

  • Day 4: Saranda – Butrint – Blue Eye Spring – Gjirokastra expand_more
    • Have an early morning breakfast and check out from the hotel in Saranda. 

    • Arrive at Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded by the Trojans during the first millennium BCE, continuously inhabited for centuries.

    • Have lunch at a restaurant inside the walls of a medieval fortress on top of the hill overlooking the town of Saranda with a breath-taking view.

    • Drive to Gjirokastra and halt at the Blue Eye spring, formed by natural underground springs. 

    • Arrive at Gjirokastra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is one of the most beautiful historical towns in Albania and is known as a “museum city”.

    • Visit the biggest fortress in Albania, built during the 4th century and house of the National Museum of Weapons.

    • Check out the Ethnographic Museum, located in the house where the Albanian dictator (Enver Hoxha) was born.

    • Explore the rest of the city at your leisure. 

    Overnight in Gjirokastra.

  • Day 5: Gjirokastra – Bylis – Berat expand_more
    • After breakfast and depart for Berat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as “the City of Thousand Windows”.

    • Halt at Bylis, a very important archaeological centre in Albania and one of the ancient Illyrian cities inhabited by the tribe of Bylliones.

    • Arrive at Berat, check-in at the hotel, and have lunch in a traditional local restaurant. 

    • Walk in the neighbourhood of Mangalem and visit the Ethnographic Museum.

    • Continue to the Castle and the Onufri museum. People are still living within the walls of the Castle, just like their ancestors did. Onufri was an Albanian master painter of the 16th century who painted many orthodox churches in Albania and Greece.

    • Explore the town at your leisure.

    Overnight in Berat.

  • Day 6: Berat – Tirana expand_more
    • Stroll along the streets of Berat after breakfast. 

    • Depart for Tirana. 

    • Halt for wine tasting on the way to taste the delicious Albania wine and to have a tour around the winery.
    • Arrive at Tirana, where you will check-in at the hotel and visit the Statue of Skanderbeg in Skanderbeg Square, Et'hem Bey Mosque at the southeast corner of Skanderbeg Square, The Clock Tower next to the Et'hem Bey Mosque and some of the government buildings at the south end of Skenderbeg Square.

    Overnight in Tirana.

  • Day 7: Tirana – Kruja – Durres – Tirana expand_more
    • Have breakfast, then depart for Kruja, the centre of the legendary Albanian resistance against the Turks led by the national hero, Skanderbeg. Kruja is located on the cliffs of mount Kruja which offers superb views of the coast and the surrounding villages.

    • Visit the Kruja fortress, the Skanderbeg museum, the Ethnographic museum and the famous old Bazaar street.

    • Depart from Kruja and continue to Durres, one of the oldest and most important cities of Albania. 

    • Have lunch in a restaurant at the beach.

    • Visit the Amphitheatre and the Archaeological Museum, located in the middle of the modern city.

    • Head back to Tirana, where you will spend the rest of the day at leisure. 

    Overnight in Tirana.

  • Day 8: Tirana - Departure expand_more
    • Explore Tirana at your leisure and depart for the airport.

What's Included
  • Transfer to and from the airport

  • Transportation with the air-conditioned comfortable vehicle

  • English (Italian, German or French) speaking Albanian tour guide

  • Accommodation in well-selected 3* hotels with breakfast

  • Entrance fees

  • All taxes

What's Excluded
  • Flight tickets

  • Tips

  • Lunch & dinner (if you wish, could add this to your trip)

Meeting Point

Tirana International Airport, Tirana, Albania

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

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

    We had the best tour with Migen. He is super friendly, helpful & professional. He was attentive to all our requests/ needs while making sure that our itinerary was fulfilled. We felt safe touring with him & had a memorable experience. Highly recomended & looking forward to travelling with him again. 

  • Tom

    Migen showed up early on our first day. He was lively engaging and had excellent command of English. He showed us several sites and places  not originally on our itinerary which was nice. Migen had a really good contact in Apolonia that gave an excellent talk on this hhistoriuc site. He knows a tremendous byrek place in Lushnje and a local fish restaurant that was better than any of the places I saw in Vlore or Saranda. Ask him about the radio station. He let us go when we did not need anything and was there for us when we did. Migen was able to straighten out an accomodation issue we had in Gjiorcaster. If you are from Texas you are in for a big treat as I have never meet anyone who loves it so much. Migen spent a month in Texas and has some really good stories to entertain on the rides between places. Migen driving was just fine no issues in a place where driving can be a bit of a challenge. I would not to hesitate to use Migen again.

    It was real privlege to get to meet his famiy.

  • Alison

    Myself and my 2 sons aged 15 & 11 were looking for a tour from Tirana to Himara visiting the main historical and cultural sights along with places of natural beauty and including plenty of swimming stops. Migen offered us all this and more and we are so grateful for all the time and effort he put into giving us the best experience of Albania. Migen is one of the most interesting people I have met and extremely kind hearted. He completely understood the need to personalise our tour so as to keep the boys interested and find fun things for them, not always an easy task! We couldn't have asked for, or expected to have such an educated, fun and adaptable guide. Migen is extremely knowledgeable he has spent many years exploring and learning about every aspect of his country.   When we visited Appolonia Migen arranged for his friend to give us a tour.  His friend happened to be the top archeoligist for the whole site. My boys will never forget that tour or what they learnt, they were so impressed to meet such an important archeoligist and it really was a special day.

    I can't list all the little things that Migen did for us on our tour there were so many.  He was a fountain of knowledge  offering restaurant tips, off the beaten track places, magic tricks with my boys, knowing where to take the best photos, a constant smile and genuine kindness that turned our tour guide into our friend.  I asked my boy's about Migen, they told me they miss him and that they had the best time ever!

  • Linda

    My boyfriend and I spent two weeks traveling with Migen through Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, Montenegro and northern Greece in May 2016.  Migen turned what would be a good tour into a great vacation!  He consistently went above and beyond to make our big travel aspirations a reality.  For this we couldn't be more thankful!  

    Migen worked hard each day to make sure that we had everything we needed and then some. He was always timely, knowledgeable, safe and flexible. His flexibility and desire to make us happy gave us the ability to add two additional countries (Montenegro and northern Greece) to our original itinerary. While this was not the norm for a preplanned itinerary it was one of the main reasons we had a fantastic trip. The fact that he understood that we had hired a private guide for the purpose of last minute changes should we choose was a huge asset.  We can't say thank you enough for his helpfulness and creative thinking.

    Migen is a kind individual with a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm about the places he tours.  In addition, if he isn't the expert to a particular place he has many friends and professional contacts; whether it was an archaeologist in Apollonia, owners of a hotel or contacting a museum to open their doors to allow for a private viewing, Migen made sure we had a first class experience to enjoy all of the unique sites, history and art.  

    He was always smiling and working to ensure we had the best of everything. Migen goes out of his way to treat his guests like no other.  For example, there was a store in Gjirokastër that was closed when we were visiting and I had told Migen about it and the souvenir that I had seen in the window...guess what showed up in my mailbox a month after we returned home!  Migen started as our guide but ended as our Albanian friend. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to tour this beautiful region in Europe especially if you enjoy good coffees in fantastic locations along the way.

    Thank you Migen for being such an integral part in making our vacation outstanding!

  • Tali

    Migen was our guide and drove us from Albania to Montenegro to Croatia (Dubrovnik), and then toured us around Albania. We had a great time with Migen. He is knowledgeable, interesting, fun, and a great driver. Throughout our tour he shared with us stories about Alabania, the Balkan region, and gave us insight into Alabanian culture. He showed us parts of the country we otherwise would not have seen. He was welcoming and hospitable, and provided some unique experiences (putting us on the radio!) that we'll never forget. Albania is stunningly beautiful, and Migen knows all the best places to take in the spectactular views of the mountains and sea. We highly recommend Migen to other travellers!

    Tali, Maya, and Lia (Toronto, Canada)

  • Chun
    From when we first met Migen, we were very well looked after with him showing us the historical and cultural aspects of Albania, including sights where we were just about the only tourists. As our tour from Saranda to Vlore was designed to be quite relaxed, we were able to see things that were a bit off the beaten track. It was also excellent that he was able to call on people that were expert on a particular historical venue. He has a very chatty and easy-going manner that made the tour even more enjoyable. He took great care of my pregnant wife and I and we will remember this trip very fondly.
  • Tricia
    My husband and I (57 and 67 years old) have just returned from a 2 week tour of Albania. It really was the holiday of a lifetime. Albania is visually stunning, the people are kind and the food outstanding. It was made absolutely perfect by Migen who was knowledgeable, kind, funny and understanding. Migen took us to so many amazing secret places he knew of, and his love for his country made the trip authentic, fascinating, surprising and most of all beautiful. We couldn't recommend him highly enough and you will be assured of a fantastic holiday if you have Migen to drive you around and show you his breathtaking country. We have the most incredible memories of meals and coffee shared with him which will last a lifetime.
  • Paula and Joe

    Migen was an incredible Driver/Tour Guide, assigned to us through a private Albania Tour Company, on our adventures in Albania and Kosovo. He is passionate and knowledgeable and taught us so much about the history, culture and the people of both beautiful countries. Migen shared his stories, his friends and his family with us. It was nice to meet an Albanian family - so warm and welcoming!Migen is a very skilled driver and we totally put our trust in him in some pretty crazy driving conditions. He also showed compassion in the high mountain passes when we found a section of the highway a little overwhelming. Migen has many connections in the Albania tourist sector; he knows everybody and is well liked. This meant we had some special surprises along the way as well as some personal tours.We knew very little about Albania when we arrived but Migen gave us a great understanding in the end. We made a new friend in Migen! Albania is beautiful!Paula and Joe ThompsonVancouver, BC Canada

  • Billy
    Hilbilly Ellert Jul 08 13:37 Migen Avdullaj was our guide on a recent tour of Albania. We,four middle aged men,arrived in Albania,arrive in Tirana on the 26 June.Migen was waiting for us at the airport.He introduced himself in good English,we loaded our bags and were off.He guided us around Albania for 10 days,expertly explaining the history,politics,culture and generally giving us an interesting ten days getting to know Albania.His English is good,his explanations are excellent and he has a great sense of humour.I heartily recommend using Migen on your next trip to the fascinating Albania
  • Young
    Migen was assigned as our guide when we signed up for a 12-day private tour with an Albanian tour company. At the end of the tour, we were very pleased with not only the company but also with Migen's services. When visiting foreign countries, we usually try to take a private escorted tour whenever it is the most appropriate and efficient way to experience the new culture, people and landscape. As Albania was still a mystery to us and we were not certain if we could manage driving and communicating on our own, it was a no brainer to go with a private tour guide. I can say that Migen is unique among all the guides we came across in many countries over the years. Instead of a business transaction, it was clear from the moment we met him that we were starting a trip hosted by a friend who was eager to show off his beautiful country. There were no limits to the number of hours he was willing to spend with us. Many of the other traditional lines between a guide and clients blurred also during our tour. We made a number of changes to the original itinerary, some on the spur of the moment, in order to fit our preferences. Migen was completely focused on whether we were ultimately happy with our choices every day. Most meals were not included in our itinerary initially, but we ended up having a lot of meals together, especially lunch which occurred on most days when we were on the road. We ended up paying for the majority of meals, but he insisted on paying every single time, which we did not allow. I am mentioning this only as an example of how he was obsessed with demonstrating hospitality. Migen was nice enough to arrange a visit to his parents' apartment in the middle of our trip. That kind of home visit is one of best ways to experience how the locals live. He even went out of his way to spring a sweet surprise on us on our anniversary. As we spent a lot of time together, it was inevitable that we got to know some of his personal circumstances. He was going through some difficult times with his family matters, but he did not let that be a distraction. He is a very positive, optimistic, happy-go-lucky person. He is also a good example of why resourcefulness is more valuable in a guide than actual breadth of knowledge of history and archeology while touring a country like Albania. At many of the important museums and religious or historical sites, there are on-site guides with thorough expertise in that particular location. So the key is to figure out how to access this kind of resource and Migen, who seemed to know practically everyone in every town, was extremely good at making sure we could take advantage of the available information. I fully expect to keep in touch with him in the future. Not only did we experience the wonderful country that is Albania, but we feel that we have gained a friend. If we go back to Albania, we would not hesitate to seek his services again.
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