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From Tirana: 2-Day Private Tour of Theth National Park

1. From Tirana: 2-Day Private Tour of Theth National Park

Explore Theth National Park on a 2-day guided tour and see breathtaking natural wonders such as the Blue Eye and the Grunas Waterfall as well as historical marvels like the Church of Theth and the Lock-in Tower. Arrive in Theth and take some time to settle into your room. Then, head down to the valley for a scenic walk along the river before stopping at the Lock-in Tower. Hear the fascinating history of this old prison from your expert guide. Continue to the Grunas Waterfall, and see one of the most unique natural formations in the Albanian Alps, proclaimed a state-protected natural monument. Then, head back to the guesthouse. Start your morning with a traditional breakfast before traveling to the Blue Eye. As you go, admire the incredible scenery along the trail with mountain ranges above you and rocky pools of freshwater - excellent for swimming. Finally, arrive at Cape Kapre, one of the most beautiful villages in the Alps. Here, marvel at the spectacular Blue Eye pool. Take the opportunity to capture incredible photos or just relax with your group on the edge. While walking back, make a stop at Qafe Thore. Here, admire sweeping views of the national park before your last stop: the Church of Theth. Explore the grounds of this picturesque church built in 1892. After a delicious lunch, travel back to Tirana city.

From Shkodër: Day Trip to Bogë and Theth National Park

2. From Shkodër: Day Trip to Bogë and Theth National Park

myTour has prepared for you a surprising itinerary, a wonderful blend of nature and culture. We will discover how we can still live by following the rhythms of nature and seasons in the village of Theth. We leave early in the morning, meeting our guide at the hotel. After a few kilometers, we stop at Qafe Thore, a beautiful panoramic point and an ancient guard station. We continue on the way towards Theth, which we will reach after 11 am. Once in the village, we are welcomed at a local hostel (bujtina) and get acquainted with the traditional hospitality of the inhabitants of these areas. After lunch, we dedicate ourselves to the discovery of the ancient village of Theth with a guided tour that proceeds in complete tranquility, on foot. The first stop is the church of Theth, built in 1892 and renovated in 2005. Moving inside the town we notice the characteristic tower houses and we reach Kulla e ngujimit. This tower is the symbol of an Albania that no longer exists, linked to traditional family feuds. The tower was in fact used as a shelter in case of blood revenge (gjakmarrja) during the quarrels between families. In the afternoon, turning back to Shkodër.

From Tirana: Private Valbona and Theth Multi-Day Guided Trip

3. From Tirana: Private Valbona and Theth Multi-Day Guided Trip

This active multi-day tour of Valbona and Theth in the heart of the Albanian Alps takes you to Lake Koman, Valbona Valley, and the quaint village of Theth. Enjoy scenic nature and Albanian hospitality alongside a personal guide. Your private trip includes lodging, meals, and all transportation. Day 1: Tirana – Koman Lake – ValbonaLeave Tirana early to drive toward Koman Lake in time for the ferry that departs to Fierza at the other side of the lake. Since 1985, this manmade lake is the only way locals who live in the area can get in touch with the modern world. Driving from Fierza to Valbona, travel for approximately 45 minutes, passing through Bajram Curri, the municipally of the area. Enjoy a lunch break in Valbona and hiking in Kukaj, a very remote area in Valbona Valley, where you’ll get to see how locals do their living. At the end of the day, stay overnight at the guesthouse. Day 2: Hiking from Valbona – ThethAlso considered the big day of the tour, set off on a thrilling hike from Valbona to Theth following the ancient path that the locals have been using for years. Back in the day, it was only possible to travel from Valbona to Shkoder on foot, taking two full days of walking. Walking on this path, you’ll pass through the oldest part of the village where people are still living in their more than 100-year-old stone houses that are remarkable remnants of the past. The 18-km trek offers spectacular views of long rocky valleys and lush green forests. Stop for lunch at one of the traditional cafés along the way and choose to stock up on snacks. After trekking for about 7-8 hours, you’ll arrive in Theth. Spend time admiring Theth’s unique nature, history, and traditions, including the village’s symbol, the Lock-In Tower. Stay overnight and have dinner at the guesthouse. Day 3: Theth – Shkoder – TiranaAfter breakfast at the guesthouse, the Grunas Waterfall is the next attraction. Take an about 45-minute walk from the center of the village, passing through most of the village and into soft hilly terrain. Leaving Theth behind and driving for around 3 hours, reach Shkoder, the biggest city of the Albanian North. Enjoy free time in Shkoder before returning to Tirana in the evening to conclude the tour.

Fom Tirana: Shkodra Main Attractions Tour

4. Fom Tirana: Shkodra Main Attractions Tour

Meet at 9:00 AM at your hotel in Tirana. Head towards Shkodra and begin to explore its main attractions. Located at the entrance of the town, 3km south of the city center, Rozafa Castle (fortress of Shkodra) is located on a rocky hill. It's one of the biggest and most famous castles in Albania. The Rozafa castle has a fascinating history. Archaeological excavations have yielded finds extending from the early Bronze Age. Within its massive defensive walls stand the Church of St. Stephen, several Venetian administrative buildings, and some medieval rooms. On the border of Montenegro and Albania, you'll find Shkodra Lake, a former ocean bay that was cut off from the Adriatic Sea when the sea levels dropped thousands of years ago. The lake is the largest in the Balkans at 41km long and with a surface area between 370-530 km2. The bottom of the lake is well below sea level, making it what's known as a crypto depression. Shkodra Lake is also one of the largest bird reserves in Europe, having some 240 bird species inhabiting its shores, including some of the last pelicans in Europe. Thus, it's very popular with bird watchers.  See the Catholic Cathedral, one of the biggest in Balkans and dedicated to St. Stephen. After a reconstruction in 1991, the cathedral was inaugurated by Mother Theresa and two years later it was visited by Pope John Paul II. Inside the cathedral is a copy of the Shroud of Turin, bearing the negative image of a man, which some claim is Jesus of Nazareth. After visiting the cathedral, enjoy walking on the main boulevard in Shkodra.  You will arrive back in Tirana around 6:00 PM.

From Tirana: Private Day Tour to Shkoder and Skadar Lake

5. From Tirana: Private Day Tour to Shkoder and Skadar Lake

Discover the beauty of Shkoder and Skadar Lake on a private day tour from Tirana. See the famous castles, churches, natural beauty, and lakes of Albania with a professional guide. Depart from Tirana and head towards the north of Albania to see the famous Castle of Rozafa. Built on a hill overlooking the city, the castle is the most important monument of Shkoder. Uncover the fascinating facts and know its historical importance from your professional guide.  Next, travel towards the city of Shkoder, the third-largest town in Albania. Marvel at the beauty of the Catholic Church, Orthodox Church, and Muslim Mosque. Stroll through some of the most famous lanes and notice the diverse religious elements of the city. Afterward, drive away from the city crowd and enjoy tranquility on the shore of Skadar lake. Relax and soak in the magnificent views of Albanian nature. Apart from the crystal waters of the lake, the place is also famous for its “Karp” fish specialties.  Finally, drive back to Tirana after a long and unforgettable experience.

Tirana: 4-Day Trip to Komani Lake, Valbona, Theth & Shkodër

6. Tirana: 4-Day Trip to Komani Lake, Valbona, Theth & Shkodër

Experience Albanian culture on a whole new level with a 4-day guided hiking excursion from Tirana. Discover the lush countryside around the remote village of Berisha and hike to Komani Lake. Take in the views of the Valbona Valley and Gurnas Waterfall before returning to city life in Shkodër. Start the trip with an early morning drive to Komani Lake. Hop on the ferry to Fierza and start your journey to Berisha, a small village off the beaten path. Kayak around Komani Lake and overnight in the home of a local family.  Begin your second day with a trip through the town of Bajram Curri to Valbona for lunch. Hike to Kukaj, another remote area in the Valbona Valley, and experience the local culture miles away from the bustle of the urban center. On your third day, follow the ancient path from Valbona to Theth and pass by traditional stone homes that have been occupied for a century. Enjoy the views of the valley before eating lunch in a local cafe. Discover the unique history and traditions of Theth, with its historic Reconciliation Tower. Begin your final day with breakfast in the local guesthouse. Walk along the soft, hilly terrain to the Gurnas Waterfall. After exploring its clear waters, ease back into urban life with a 3-hour stop in Shkodër before returning to Tirana in the evening.

From Tirana: Lake Koman and Valbona Trip

7. From Tirana: Lake Koman and Valbona Trip

Our adventure starts early in the morning, at 6.00 we meet the guide to leave by car or minivan in the direction of Koman Lake. We stop halfway for a coffee and leave to arrive around 10 on the shores of Lake Koman. Here we get on a small boat, one of the twenty-seat motor boats used as a means of transport by the locals since the birth of the lake. Going up the waters, we immerse ourselves in a landscape made of intense colors. The almost emerald green of the water, the light and warm colors of the rock and the dark ones of the vegetation. A myriad of small farms, livestock farms, villages consisting of three houses in the middle of the woods extend to the edge of the water. In Fierze our journey to the village of Valbona begins in the Tropoja district in northern Albania. The valley of the Valbona River adjacent to the Theth National Park, is situated between the rugged mountain peaks and characterized by a great variety of colors and contrasts.Lunch with traditional local food. Then, accompanied by our guide, we will go to visit the Valbona waterfall. Return to the hotel with dinner and evening of celebrations. Second day Departure on Sunday at 9 for Lake Xhema, to then reach Prizren located in the southern part of the country, not far from the border with Albania and Macedonians. Prizren is the second largest city in Kosovo. Known since the Middle Ages for its beauty, it is located at a height of 450 meters and is protected by the chain of the Sharr Mountains, which rise up to 2748 meters in height. In the center of the old city, a real architectural jewel built along the banks of the Lumbardhi river (the white river also called Bistrica), you move between churches and mosques. Walking respectfully along the winding streets of the old city, you hear secrets and legends. Passing through the ancient stone bridge, you reach Piazza Shadervani, the main square of the city and a meeting place during the day and at night. Around here there are two important places of worship, the wonderful Sinan Pasha mosque and the Orthodox church of San Giorgio. But the most important church in Prizren is the Cathedral of Our Lady of Ljeviš, built in the 14th century and today protected by UNESCO. Many peoples have succeeded one another in Prizren and have left traces that have been stratifying. To get an overview of this Kosovo city from above, just go up to Kalaja, the ancient castle built by the Serbs in 1300 (optional). Departure for Tirana via Rruga e Kombit, stop for a coffee along the way.

Albania: North to South Tour - 8 Days

8. Albania: North to South Tour - 8 Days

We start our journey in Tirana with guided walking tour of the city center, including Skanderbeg Square, Ethem Bey Mosque, National Historical Museum, the Pyramid, Blloku area. Day 2: Thethi via Shkoder 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. You'll transfer for lunch in Shiroke, with Lake Shkoder well known for its fish cuisine. Experience the Old Town, St. Stephen’s Catholic Cathedral and the Ebu Bekr Mosque on a guided tour before transferring to Theth, where on route you will stop in the mountain village of Boge and Thore Pass surrounded by mountains. Day 3: The Blue Eye of Theth & Grunas Waterfall and Canyon Spend a day exploring Theth National Park on a leasure hike. Marvel at the view and sound of Grunas waterfall and Canyon. Enjoy a refreshing bath and lunch at the Natural pools of Nderlysa. Be amazed at the Blue Eye of Theth, after hiking through stunning scenery. Day 4: Durres via Kruja Leave the northern village of Theth and head for the city of Kruja. Set off on a guided tour of Dollma Bektashi Teqe, the surroundings and the Castle itself and the Skanderbeg Museum. Head for lunch in a local restaurant in Kruja, with a tremendous view of the city and valley of Kruja. Enjoy free time to wander around the Old Bazaar, transfer to the seaside city of Durres. Day 5: Saranda via Gjirokaster Transfer to Gjirokaster to discover this "city of a thousand steps” whilst driving through small villages. Once arrived, settle into your hotel before soaking up the rich history of the castle and enjoying the view of the “city of stone” from above. Explore the Ottoman Bazaar and historic wooden house before stopping for lunch in a small local restaurant for a taste of the city’s authentic dishes. On the road to Saranda, you will later stop at the “Blue Eye” spring. Day 6: Butrint and Ksamil Transfer to Butrint for a guided tour of the UNESCO archaeological site. Following that you will have free time for a beach day at the Ksamil Islands, before returning to Saranda in the evening. Day 7: Vlore via Ali Pasha Castle & Riviera Road Visit Porto Palermo Castle with your guide, before spending the day at the beach in the bay of Porto Palermo. Along the way you'll stop by Tirana, as well as the Llogara “balcony” to try local products of the area. Sightseeing tour of Berat (UNESCO) & Tirana Set off from Vlore to reach Berat, the “City of Thousand Windows”, where you will admire the Red and White Mosque, the Church of the Holy Trinity and the arched bridge of Gorica. In the afternoon Alpeta Winery will welcome you for a cellar and vineyard visit. enjoy lunch with their seasonal home-grown and locally sourced organic delights and their fine wine. Transfer in Tirana in afternoom

From Tirana: Guided Tour of Valbona National Park

9. From Tirana: Guided Tour of Valbona National Park

Day 1 : At six o'clock the guide will come and pick you up at the hotel. Then we start the journey to Valbona. We arrive at Komani Lake where we will travel by ferry for about 2.5 hours. During the trip we will have the opportunity to see the Komani Lake surrounded by high mountains and greenery. The nature is amazing! The journey continues towards the town of Bajram Curri. There we will take a walk on the main boulevard and have a coffee / tea. We continue the trip to Valbona National Park. Along the way we are accompanied by the river Valbona where we can stop bathing (Optional). The next stop is at the water mill, where you will learn how water mills work. Overnight in Valbona (Guesthouse). Accommodation is included in the package. Day 2 : After breakfast we will explore the Valbona Valley by 4x4 car/ Van for 30 minutes. Then we will hike to Valbona waterfall, a waterfall with fantastic nature. The hike is easy level, through the beech forest. After visiting the waterfall, we continue walking for about an hour to a point where the Valbona valley is viewed from above. Xhema’s Lake is a spring-fed who creates a magic blue lake in the springtime. During summer, especially in August, it gets dried, losing the magic and being transformed mostly in a puddle. Anyway, the walk to this place is a nice experience exploring the surroundings in every season. On the way back to Tirana, we will pass through Kosovo and will definitely stop at Prizren city.Prizren is one of the oldest settlements in Kosovo and the western Balkans. Archaeological excavations in Prizren Fortress indicate that its fortress area has seen habitation and use since the Bronze Age

Walking Christmas Tour Filled With Magic in Shkodra

10. Walking Christmas Tour Filled With Magic in Shkodra

An exclusive tour available only during the Christmas period! Together with the professional local guide, you will visit the most magical places. You will experience the charming atmosphere and admire stunning Christmas lights and decorations. What makes Christmas time in Shkodra unique? You will get the opportunity to admire the Shkora Christmas tree. What are the city’s holiday traditions and celebrations? You will hear captivating Christmas legends about Shkodra. Fill your heart with joy and feel mesmerized by the Christmas magic of Shkodra.

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What people are saying about Shkoder

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 7 reviews

This is one of the best hiking tours I’ve ever done so far. Kevin, our guide, was very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. Because it was a little bit early in the season, there’s still a lot of snow in the summer path, thankfully Kevin knows how to navigate around without it being too dangerous. The ferry ride was incredibly beautiful. Valbona is like straight out of a fairly tale. Theth feels like a movie set. Doesn’t look real. Would definitely do this tour again in a heartbeat!

Really nice trip. The description for the trip states that everyone can join as long as they are not newly operated on. We chose the hike because hiking was apparently easy (one of us has a bit of a knee problem), however, the hikes were somewhat more strenuous than expected, there were two hikes of 5+ km on hilly terrain along fairly steep mountain trails. The trip requires that you are in reasonable shape.

The tour was very nicely organized. Theth is definitely worth visiting, our tourguide Xhek was very friendly, super helpful and attentive, we would recommend him anytime. The food in the guesthouse was delicious and the guesthouse itself was also super well selected. Great experience!

Actividad muy completa, agradable paseo por la montaña , el guía fue excelente y muy atento. Lo único que hay que saber que viene de primeras con un coche particular y al principio resulta rara la situación pero todo irá sobre ruedas .