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8 Days Culture tour itinerary for albania: Journey From North To South Albania

Tirana, Shkoder, Berat, Gjirokaster, Sarande, Kruje, Durres, Butrint National Park, Vlore

Sun and Sand Tour
Culture Tour
Sightseeing Tour

Immerse yourself in inimitable culture, amazing food and natural wonders. Sunbathe in deserted beaches and relax in seaside villages. Get a taste of the Albanian Alps through a spectacular boat ride.

DAY 01

start your journey from tirana

Airport pick-up service available throughout the day (included).

Welcome to Albania! 

  • Transfer to Tirana and settle into 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.

  • Meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers at the welcome dinner.

DAY 02

Kruja & Shkoder

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.

  • Enjoy the free time for lunch and 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 is a great street to wander around, shop and drink something.

DAY 03

Koman Lake to Shala River through Koman Lake boat ride

  • 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 also called 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 shallow, there will be a boat ride in Koman Lake instead and lunch on a lake-view restaurant. 

DAY 04

Berat (UNESCO) & Vlore

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.

DAY 05

Saranda via Gjirokaster (UNESCO)

  • 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.

DAY 06

Butrint & Ksamil

  • 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.

DAY 07

Ali Pasha Castle & Llogara National Park

  • 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 built it, Ali Pashe Tepelena.

  • En route to Tirana, stop at Llogara “balcony” for a stunning view from above of the South Coast beaches.

  • Head for lunch to Llogara National Park freshened by the mountain breeze and pine trees. 

DAY 08

Departure Day

  • Indulge in a scrumptious breakfast.

Please note that airport drop off is not included.

  • 890 ALL Per Adult
  • 7 nights in handpicked Hotels

  • Breakfast daily

  • 2 Lunches with beer or wine

  • 1 Dinner with beer or wine 

  • Expert Tour Director & local guides

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • 4 guided sightseeing tours and select entrance fees 

  • 1 Boat ride  

  • Drop off is not included

  • Single Supplement

  • Gratuities


  • Bustling capital of Tirana

  • UNESCO's cities of Berat & Gjirokaster

  • National Archeological Park of Butrint - UNESCO

  • Hypnotic spring and a coffee break in the middle of waterfalls

  • Shala River on Lake Koman Boat Ride

  • Albanian Riviera  

Tirana, Shkoder, Berat, Gjirokaster, Sarande, Kruje, Durres, Butrint National Park, Vlore

Sun and Sand Tour
Culture Tour
Sightseeing Tour

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