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Visit Albania And Montenegro
  • Tour Category

    Private Tour

  • Tour Types

    Culture, History, Eco Tourism

  • Duration

    10 Days

  • Activity Level

    Easy

  • Language

    English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Description

This tour provides the opportunity to discover Albania and get a taste of the incredible beauty of Montenegro. Beginning in Albania, our visits include a number of the highlights of this country and its fascinating history, ancient and the more recent years of communist struggle, with four UNESCO sites visited as well as the beautifully scenic Albanian Riviera. In Montenegro we enjoy the stunning scenery of Kotor Bay visiting the old town, a wonderful ‘living museum’ of historic and picturesque streets. We also visit Budva, rich in historical monuments and home to yet another wonderful old town, which offers a treasure chest of cultural heritage. Other visits here include eye-catching Perast and historically glorious Cetinje, Montenegro’s ‘honorary’ capital.

Highlights
  • Ardenica Monastery, a precious relic that dates to the 13th century, when religion was dominant in the country, and where the national hero, Skanderbeg, married in 1451.
  • The famous ‘Blue Eye’, an exquisitely colorful pool and source of fresh water.
  • Berat, known as ‘The City of one thousand windows’ because of its remarkable collection of fine traditional ottoman style houses of great architectural importance that climb up the hillside.
  • Perast, described by the Lonely Planet guide as ‘looking like a chunk of Venice that has floated down the Adriatic and anchored itself onto the bay’, a tiny town that boasts 16 churches and 17 Grand Palazzos.
  • Arrival in Albania – Tirana (20 km) expand_more
    • Arrive in Albania, transfer to our hotel in Tirana.

    • In the afternoon we include a panoramic tour of Tirana.

    • Overnight in Tirana.

  • Tirana – Ardenica – Apollonia – Vlora (230 km) expand_more

    After breakfast we will visit at the National Historical museum in Tirana before we start our journey south through the Albanian countryside and visit the lovely Ardenica Monastery, a precious relic that dates to the 13th century, when religion was dominant in the country, and where the national hero, Skanderbeg, married in 1451. The ancient site of Apollonia is a classical site that dates to 588 BC, set amongst rolling hills with lovely views in all directions, it is a wonderful merge of history and nature. Overnight in Vlora.

  • Vlora – Himara – Saranda (160 km) expand_more
    • After breakfast, we will start a picturesque journey that takes us along the beautiful Albanian Riveria and high across the Llogara pass.

    • We will have time for lunch near the sea at Himare before continuing to the well preserved Ali Pasha castle at Porto Palermo before reaching Sarande.

    • Overnight in Saranda.

  • Saranda – Butrint (UNESCO) – Blue Eye – Gjirokastra (UNESCO) (55 km) expand_more
    • After breakfast, we will drive to the wonderful classical site of Butrint, whose extensive remains lie hidden in woods. After our guided tour we will enjoy lunch (included) at a picturesque beach-side position at Ksamil.

    • After lunch, a wonderful drive, with ever-changing scenery, takes us over the hills to the UNESCO town of Gjirokastra, with an en-route stop at the famous ‘Blue Eye’, an exquisitely colourful pool and source of fresh water. We will visit the 8th C. Castle and one of the traditional houses, which is now a fascinating small museum.

    • Overnight in Gjirokastra.

  • Gjirokastra (UNESCO) – Berat (UNESCO) (145 km) expand_more
    • After breakfast, we travel from one historic city to another. Berat, known as ‘The City of one thousand windows’ because of its remarkable collection of fine traditional ottoman style houses of great architectural importance that climb up the hillside, bears witness to the coexistence of various religious and cultural communities down the centuries. It features a castle, most of which was built in the 13th century, and a lovely old town.

    • Overnight Berat.

  • Berat (UNESCO) – Durres – Shkodra (200 km) expand_more
    • After breakfast, we start our journey north to Shkodra, travelling via Durres. En-route we take the opportunity to stop and enjoy a traditional lunch in the village of Fishte. This ‘slow food’ restaurant, a hidden gem in the countryside, is situated on a farm and serves organic food.

    • We then continue to Shkodra, the center of Roman Catholicism in Albania and a town with long historical roots. It is the only mentioned capital of the Illyrian Kingdom in the 3rd C.B.C.

    • We will visit the colourful pedestrian area, with its Italian influences, and the catholic cathedral.

    • Overnight in Shkodra.

  • Shkodra – Ulcinj – Budva (110 km) expand_more
    • After breakfast, we cross into Montenegro, our first stop Ulcinj, a town where 90% of the inhabitants are Albanian, visiting the fortress and the Archaeological Museum.

    • Continuing to Budva, we pass through the pretty town of Petrovac, visiting the old town, and see the famous island of Sveti Stefan. Budva, rich in historical monuments and home to a wonderful old town, offers a treasure chest of cultural heritage.

    • Overnight in Budva.

  • Budva – Perast – Lady of the Rock – Njegushi – Cetinje – Kotor (UNESCO) (145 km) expand_more
    • Our day begins with a visit to the ‘old town’ of Kotor, a picturesque UNESCO listed town overflowing with history. We will visit Perast, described by the Lonely Planet guide as ‘looking like a chunk of Venice that has floated down the Adriatic and anchored itself onto the bay’, a tiny town that boasts 16 churches and 17 Grand Palazzos.

    • We will visit the picturesque ‘Lady of the Rock’ church and the ethnic village of Njegusi where you can enjoy one of the best views over the whole of Kotor bay and perhaps try the regions well-known smoked ham and local cheese.

    • Our final visit is Cetinje, a cultural and historical Montenegro gem, where we will see the Royal Palace of King Nikola II and the Monastery of St. Petar. 

    • Overnight in Kotor.

  • Kotor – Kruja (190 km) expand_more
    • After breakfast, we return to Albania, and we will visit Kruja, the center of Albanian resistance against the Ottomans, where the national hero, Skanderbeg, continuously defeated and resisted the Ottomans for 25 years.

    • We will visit the castle, which has fantastic views, and the excellent Skanderbeg museum. There will be free time to wander in the Ottoman style bazaar, situated along the atmospheric cobbled streets that lead to the castle.

    • Overnight in Kruja.

  • Kruja – Tirana Airport (30 km)After breakfast we will transfer to the Airport. End of our services. expand_more
    • After breakfast, we will transfer to the Airport. 

    • End of our services.

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

  • Transportation with comfortable a/c vehicle.

  • Tour Guide: English French, German, Italian, Spanish, 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
  • Alan

    We took a personalised 6 day tour, starting in Budva, Montenegro, and finishing in Tirana.An excellent round Albania itinerary was suggested by Albania Express and this proved to be fascinating and most enjoyable.The overall success of the trip was down to our guide/ driver Adam who was quite outstanding. A really good and careful driver, in a comfortable Range rover, who has extensive knowledge and insights into history, politics and personal anecdotes. Always trying to make our trip a success. His knowledge of back roads and routes not used by tourists added to the interest.His experience and authority proved useful on at least two occasions when he rearranged our prebooked hotels after inspecting them, and immediately found much better accommodation for us.The one downside of Albania Express therefore is that they clearly did not suggest the best possible accommodation within the price range. Hotels in Albania are very cheap.

  • Cinzia

    Julian accompanied us to do the Tirana tour.

    He was very kind, helpful and competent.

    To recommend

  • Margaret

    This trip went beyond my expectations in every aspect. Albania Express Travel knows what they're doing and provides the most thoughtful and best experience. I've done many organized trips over the world with other companies, and this was one of the best I've taken. The company and guides create a trip that feels personal (not touristy at all) of the most amazing spots of Albania, while choosing exceptional and beautiful  hotels & places to stay. This was exactly what I was hoping for (even better). This trip has one activity after the next, so if you enjoy being active, you will love this trip. Thank you, Albania Express Travel!”

  • 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.

  • Gertraud

    We were on the Albania Express Travel touring through Albania. We searched and found the company “Albania Express Travel”. We booked  and were very delighted with our choice. We beat the major tour buses to all the popular destinations and did not wait in line once. And we toured where we wanted to tour. We were dropped off at the entrance to every tourist attraction we wanting to tour. We did not walk all over Albania, we were chauffeured by very nice driver in very nice vehicle. I would definitely use this company again if were went back to Albania! I give this company 10 out of 10!

Starting From

From

EUR EUR---- 1850.00
EUR 1850.00 / adult

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