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11 Days Culture tour itinerary for albania: Explore Europe's Hidden Gems En-Route To Montenegro

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

Boating Tour
Food and Drink Tour
Culture Tour

Access some of Europe’s lesser-known national parks and wildlife sanctuaries between the ancient cities bursting with legends, Mediterranean beaches bathed in sunlight and local people with unique charm.

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

Sightseeing tour of Berat (UNESCO) & Wine Tasting

Transfer to Berat passing through suggestive hills full of olive trees.

  • Get settled in the hotel and head 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.

  • Head to Roshnik wine region and visit Alpeta Winery.  The tour of the facilities includes a complete view of the process of vinification and detailed explanations by a member of the family. Follow him on a short walk through the vineyard to see "Pules" and "Merlot" grapes that are used to create the winery’s signature red and white wines. 

  • After the visit to the cellar and vineyard, sample some of the wines and raki, and exchange stories with a member of the Alpeta family while enjoying a variety of homemade Albanian cheeses and locally grown olives.

  • Return in Berat for a free evening.

DAY 03

Saranda via Gjirokaster (UNESCO) & Blue Eye Spring

  • Transfer to Gjirokaster to discover the city of “a thousand steps”.

  • 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.

  • Stop for lunch in a small, local restaurant for a taste of the city’s authentic dishes.

  • Step into Skenduli house, the nicest Ottoman tower house and listen to its history and details from the 10th generation of Skenduli family.

  • 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 04

Ksamil & Butrint National Park (UNESCO)

  • 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 05

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 Durres, 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 06

Kruja & Shkoder

We start our journey from Durres, 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.

  • 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.

DAY 07

Koman Lake to Shala River 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 Shkodra.

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 08

Podgorica, Virpazar & Wine Tasting

En route to Budva, stop and visit the capital Podgorica:

  • Explore Independence Square and the Roman Bridge, where the Moraca and Ribnica rivers converge.

  • From the new capital, make way to the old market town of Virpazar, where the whole country in the past came to trade.

  • Drive towards Skadar lake natural park (UNESCO) and enjoy beautiful panoramas.

  • Continue with lunch and wine tasting in a local family-run Winery.

  • Pass the Montenegro coast to Budva, paying a visit to the charming peninsula village of Sveti Stefan en route. 

Please note: Travellers should be prepared to show their passports at the border crossing between Albania and Montenegro. 

DAY 09

Boka Kotorska | Kotor & Perast (UNESCO)

Today we explore the sunny city of Kotor on a guided walking tour.

  • Passthrough the UNESCO-recognized medieval old town to view the ancient city walls and Cathedral of Saint Tryphon.

  • See the old clock tower and the Orthodox Church.

You will have the option to hike up with your Tour Director the section of Kotor’s UNESCO–listed fortified walls located on the mountain of St. John to enjoy stunning views of the Bay of Kotor.

  • Enjoy free time for lunch and to wander around the Old Town. 

  • Travel along the Bay of Kotor to the Venetian town of Perast.

  • Embark on a boat trip out to the human-made islets of Saint George and Our Lady of the Rocks. 

Return to Budva in the late afternoon.

DAY 10

Cetigne, Njeguški & Lovćen National Park

Visit Montenegro’s former capital of Cetinje, the lovely old town, which was the Capital of Montenegro from the 15th century until 1918.

  • This city is known as the Cetinje Old Royal Capital or the ‘Museum Town of Montenegro.

  • Head for our meze-style lunch to Njeguši through a spectacular mountain drive. A village best known as the birthplace of the Petrović dynasty, which ruled Montenegro from 1696 to 1918. The village is also known for its traditional folk architecture as well as its local forms of cheese and Njeguški prosciutto made solely in this area.

  • Head for Lovcen National Park, where Njegos tomb’ is positioned at its top.

  • Visit the tomb and admire the stunning views of the summits of Montenegro, Skadar lake, (the largest lake in the Balkans) with the Albanian Alps in the background as well as Cetinje, the Adriatic coast and Boka Kotorska Bay.

  • Return to Budva for the last night on tour.

  • In the evening, gather with your group to celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner. 

DAY 11

Departure Day or Return to Tirana (Optional)

Depending on your flight back home, you can choose either to get your flight home from Montenegro or drive back to Tirana with your driver and Tour Leader without any additional cost.

  • 1180 EUR Per Adult
  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily

  • 2 Lunches with beer or wine

  • 1 Meze-style Lunch in Njeguši 

  • 2 Wine Tasting experiences

  • 2 Dinners with beer or wine

  • 2 Boat Rides 

  • Expert Tour Director & local guides 

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • 6 guided sightseeing tours and select entrance fees 

  • Drop off is not included

  • Single Supplement

  • Gratuities


  • The pretty Berat & Wine Tasting

  • City of Stone – Gjirokaster

  • UNESCO Archeological Park of Butrint

  • Castle of Kruja & Old Bazaar 

  • Prosciutto & Wine in Njeguši 

  • UNESCO's Bay of Kotor & Lake Skadar

  • Wine Tasting lunch in Virpazar

  • Ionian & Adriatic Riviera

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

Boating Tour
Food and Drink Tour
Culture Tour

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Good Albania

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Type of Tour

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