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From Tirana: Tour to Vlora, Butrint, Saranda & Gjirokaster

1. From Tirana: Tour to Vlora, Butrint, Saranda & Gjirokaster

Travel south along the Albanian coast and explore the best of this region on a guided tour. Spend the day discovering Vlora, Butrint, Saranda, and Gjirokaster. Start your trip with a comfortable ride in an air-conditioned vehicle from your hotel in Tirana. Travel to Vlora, the city of independence. Proceed to Llogara to enjoy the breathtaking views of the coast from a 1043-meter height. Continue to Saranda and see enchanting beaches such as Gjipe Beach, Porto Palermo, Lukovë, and more. Next, visit the National Park of Butrint that holds more than 2000 years of history. Head to the source of the “Blue Eye” before getting to Gjirokaster. It’s a water spring with clear blue waters coming from the depth of the earth, running in the shape of an eye. The road leading to Gjirokaster will take you to the castle of the city and the old bazaar neighborhood. Visit the former homes of Ismail Kadare and Enver Hoxha, which are now museums dedicated to communism. Enjoy this last stop of the coastal tour before returning to Tirana.

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Tirana: 4-Day Albanian Heritage Highlights Trip

2. Tirana: 4-Day Albanian Heritage Highlights Trip

Explore Albania's top attractions in the hands of an expert tour director during a 4-day, 3-night sightseeing tour. Sample authentic Albanian food and visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Berat, Gjirokastra, and Butrint. Day 1: Durres and Berat Start the tour with a hotel or airport pickup in Tirana and head to Durres for a short guided walking tour and coffee break. Alternatively, you can start with a hotel pickup in Durres. Transfer to Berat, the "city of a thousand windows." Get settled in your picturesque hotel before enjoying lunch in a restaurant with city views. In the afternoon, follow your expert local guide on a guided tour of this fascinating city. Visit Berat Castle/Citadel and explore the upper town with churches, mosques, and 27 watchtowers packed inside its walls. Admire the Ottoman houses, where people still live as they have done for centuries. In the evening, your tour director will guide you to the best restaurants to sample Berat’s typical dishes. Day 2: Gjirokaster After breakfast, admire small villages during your transfer to Gjirokaster. Once you arrive in this “city of a thousand steps,” settle into your hotel before heading for lunch in a small local restaurant for a taste of the city’s authentic dishes. Next, visit Skenduli House, the best-preserved Ottoman house in the old city of Gjirokaster. Hear about its past from your local guide and the house’s owner, a descendant of the Skenduli family. Then, soak up the castle's rich history and enjoy the view of the “city of stone” from above. Explore the Ottoman Bazaar and historic wooden houses before visiting the Gjirokaster Obelisk dedicated to the town's first school. Enjoy its 360º views. Spend a relaxing evening in the streets of Gjirokaster. Day 3: “Blue Eye” and Butrint Travel to the “Blue Eye” spring. Admire the shades of blue and surrounding nature before heading to Butrint. There, marvel at 2,500 years of history on a guided tour with a local guide. See the highlights, such as the amphitheater, castle, churches, and Lion Gate. Drive to Ksamil and enjoy lunch by the lake at the Mussel House. Spend your afternoon in Ksamil before heading to Saranda via Lekursi Castle, which overlooks the city. Day 4: Llogara National Park and Vlore Transfer to the city of Vlore via Ali Pasha Castle, which you will explore with your tour director. Marvel at the architecture and listen to entertaining legends about the man who built it, Ali Pasha of Tepelenë. Head to the Llogara “balcony” for a stunning view of the South Coast beaches before indulging in lunch at Llogara National Park surrounded by pine trees and a fresh mountain breeze. Visit the city of Vlore, the hometown of the Albanian nationalist movement, in the afternoon. See sights such as Flag Square with its Independence Monument right in the center, the Muradie Mosque, and Vlore Lungomare. After you have explored Vlore, you will get transferred back to Tirana.

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From Tirana: Full Day Guided Walking Tour to Prizren

3. From Tirana: Full Day Guided Walking Tour to Prizren

Start your day with a pickup from your hotel at 8:00 AM. After meeting your guide, begin your relaxing drive to the Kosovo border. Travel to the picturesque region on the peninsula and admire the beauty of the rural areas. Prizren, the capital of Kosovo is considered the most charming and colorful town in the region. On arrival in Prizren, begin your visit with the castle of the city, located on a hilltop. The castle is known as ‘the Prizren Crown’ as it lies on a dominant hill like a crown and oversees the city. Discover the fascinating history while you take in glorious panoramic views over the city. A must-see attraction is the Sinan Pasha mosque that stands as a central landmark of Prizren. Take a leisurely walk and then continue with your visit to the Ethnographic Museum, a monument of culture from the 18th century. Enjoy another highlight when you visit the St, Ljevis Cathedral, a historic church from the 14th century. Recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site it is one of many important medieval monuments of Kosovo. Stroll through the streets of the city and relish your free time for eating and shopping before returning to Tirana.

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From Tirana: Durres & Lalzi Bay Wine Tasting Tour

4. From Tirana: Durres & Lalzi Bay Wine Tasting Tour

After being collected from your accommodation, you will begin your day exploring the port city of Durres. Discover a mixture of modern and ancient features, with this town having many interesting stories to tell. You will walk around encountering its city walls, alongside other famous landmarks such as the Byzantine Forum, the Roman Thermal Baths, and other ancient monuments. Later, you can enjoy Durres’s now-famous street-art, and have a coffee break on top of the Venetian Tower. After your break, you can visit the amphitheater and the Archeological Museum. Towards the end of your tour travel towards Lazli Bay and visit the Duka Winery and Vineyard. Enjoy a scenic setting on the shores of a lake and with the fantastic views of the Adriatic as you taste wines, cheeses, and local food. Return to Tirana in the late afternoon.

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From Tirana: Full-Day Berat Tour

5. From Tirana: Full-Day Berat Tour

Travel to Berat in the morning at 08:30. Once you get to the city, you will learn that it was invaded three times by Ottomans, Romans and Bulgarians and then became a big principality under the rule of the Albanian noble family of Muzaka in the 14th century. Your will walk on well preserved cobblestone streets. Explore the Onufri Museum inside of the Cathedral of the Saint Mary Assumption (18th century) and admire the icons of the mysterious work of the Onufri painter. Visit the castle, one the most marvelous sights of the city and one of the biggest inhabited castles with many Byzantine churches, as well as some mosques built under the Ottoman era which began in 1417. You will also visit the King Mosque and Helveti Teke. Your next stop will be the old quarters of Mangalem and Gorica connected with each other by the Gorica Bridge over the Osumi River. Both quarters take pride in their architecture and the rare shapes of their houses. Finally, return to Tirana.

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From Tirana: Private Day Tour to Shkoder and Skadar Lake

6. 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.

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Tirana: 8-Day North to South Albania Tour

7. Tirana: 8-Day North to South Albania Tour

Day 1: Travel Day and Tirana An airport pickup service is available throughout the day, following which you can get settled in your hotel. If you are not too tired, there is a guided walking tour of the city also available. Day 2: Kruja and Shkoder You'll begin your journey from Tirana directly to the city of Kruja. From there you will set off on a guided tour of the castle, the Skanderbeg Museum, and the National Ethnographic Museum. You'll transfer for lunch in Shiroke, with Lake Shkoder well known for its fish cuisine. Following lunch, visit the Rozafa Fortress and enjoy amazing views whilst learning the fortress’s fascinating history. Afterwards, get settled in to your hotel in Shkoder and experience the Old Town, St. Stephen’s Catholic Cathedral, the Ebu Bekr Mosque, and Marubi Museum throughout a guided tour. Later, enjoy free time in the evening in the Pedonalja area. Day 3: Koman Lake to Shala River through Koman Lake boat ride Transfer to Koman in the early morning, where you will take a scenic boat ride passing by rocky mountains and vivid green hills towards the Shala River. This river is a hidden paradise which is also referred to as “Albanian Thailand”. Later, enjoy lunch with views over the Mirror River whilst surrounded by the quietness of the mountains and nature. You'll eventually leave this idyllic spot in the afternoon, at which point you will transfer to the seaside city of Durres. Day 4: Berat and Vlore On your fourth day you will transfer to Berat, passing through scenic hills full of olive trees. You'll later take a guided tour to admire the citadel/castle of Berat complete with a Red Mosque, White Mosque, the Church of the Holy Trinity, and the arched bridge of Gorica. Following that, enjoy lunch with city views and take some free time to wander the two main districts of Mangalem and Gorica. In the afternoon you'll visit the city of Vlore, which is the hometown to the National Independence Movement. There you can visit Flag Square, the Muradie Mosque, and Vlore’s Lungomare. 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: Ali Pasha Castle & Llogara National Park 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. Day 8: Departure Day Following breakfast on your final day, your tour will conclude.

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from Tirana: 3 Days in Kosovo and UNESCO Medieval Monuments

8. from Tirana: 3 Days in Kosovo and UNESCO Medieval Monuments

Explore everything Kosovo has to offer as you visit Prizren, a real treasure hidden in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula, and The Museum of Prizren League. Discover the Ottoman Old Town known for its gold and silver filigree craftsmen. Begin your tour by arriving in Prizren, a charming town surrounded by mountains. Enter the Sinan Pasha Mosque painted inside with floral patterns and Qur'an verses, and The Church of Our Lady of Ljevis, a 14th-century Serbian Orthodox church. After lunch, head to the capital of Kosovo, Prishtina. In the afternoon, wander around Prishtina with your expert guide and delve into the city’s many mosques, cathedrals, and markets. Spend the night in Prishtina before your next exciting day. Start your second day by driving to the village of Prekaz, home of Adem Jashari, considered one of the founders of the Kosovo Liberation Army. Visit the Memorial Complex and Museum. Hear about the chilling attack on his family and the armed resistance against the Serbian president Slobodan Milošević. Go for lunch in a local restaurant at the White Drin Waterfall. Then, make your way to the Serbian Orthodox Church of Peja, dating back to the 12th century. Admire its many frescoes and the peaceful atmosphere. Reach the town of Peja and get settled in the hotel. Enjoy a relaxing evening in Peja. Spend your morning in the Old Bazaar of Peja. Next, travel to the Monastery Visoki Decani, a stunning 14th-century white building with a small cupola. Go inside the church to admire the frescoes with various scenes from the Bible. Learn about the Orthodox monks that still live in the Monastery and produce fresh organic foods like cheeses and wines. Have the chance to buy some of their homemade products including candles and incense. Continue the tour to Gjakova, which dates to the Ottoman Empire. Enjoy lunch and explore Kosovo’s oldest bazaar, featuring first-class craft shops known for their gold-plated wedding attire. Travel to Tirana in the late afternoon and finally be dropped off at your accommodation.

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From Tirana: Private Day Trip to Apollonia and Berat

9. From Tirana: Private Day Trip to Apollonia and Berat

Explore the ancient Greek, Roman, and medieval ruins at the Apollonia Archaeological Park on this day trip from Tirana. Take a tour of the Mangalem and Gorica neighborhoods in the UNESCO world Heritage town of Berat.  Be picked up from your accommodation in Tirana and sit back and relax on the drive to the ruins at Apollonia. Explore this 6th century BC Greek trade colony which is surrounded by soft, picturesque hills and rolling olive groves. Uncover the Greek, Roman, and medieval heritage of this ancient city. View monuments from the classical period such as Doric columns, an obelisk, and the Gate of Temenos. Admire a well-preserved 13th century monastery complex.  Continue to the ruins of the Castle of Berat which was built in the 13th century and has Byzantine and Ottoman influences. Learn about what daily life was once like in Berat at the Ethnographic Museum of Berat. See how local styles fused with Ottoman styles at the museum.  Head to the Mangalem neighborhood of Berat. Snap pictures of the layered houses with large windows that overlook the river. Uncover how this place earned the name 'town of a thousand windows' as you explore the neighborhood of Gorica. Return to your accommodation in the city of Tirana.

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Tirana: Day Trip to Budva

10. Tirana: Day Trip to Budva

Begin your experience by meeting at Scanderbeg Square, from where you journey towards Budva. Passing custom controls along the way, you soon arrive to Budva. The old town of Budva is more than 2,500 years old. It is one of the oldest towns in Europe, built with a unique architectonic and urban entity. The old town is considered as “the place to be seen”, where you can find items ranging from designer clothes to souvenirs to take with you as a memory. In the middle of the town you can discover the Citadel, the castle of Budva which offers outstanding views of the Riviera. Following that, move on to soak up the amazing views of Sveti Stefan, one of the most amazing islets of Budva. This town is one of the most attractive coastal cities of Montenegro, and the old part of the city is the jewel on the crown. As an illustration of that, encounter the Italian presence around the city through the Old Town's Venetian-influenced walls. Finally, visit the museum of Budva, which is home to important and informative artifacts.

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What people are saying about Tirana District

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

I liked the most Durres and Kruje, these places look amazing and they are well preserved. Kruje was the best of them all, a little physically demanded as is a little steep the way to castle grounds, but I enjoyed it very much. The bazaar on the way up is very pleasant. We had a marvellous lunch ( with an amazing view). Julian is a great tour guide. He knows all the historical facts and his English is great. He makes sure you’re comfortable & safe at all times.

The tour was awesome! I have been lucky to have Andi as a guide. Both the tour and the guide were amazing! The landscape is astonishing. Andi knows a lot about the region and the surrounding territories. Go for it, you won’t regret it and that will surely stay a memory for life.

The program was very well organized, our guide was extremely prepared, kind, with a lot of information and respect for all our requests, the lunch was delicious, the sights were special.

It was wonderful experience of Kruje and Duress tour with Mr. Gret’s thorough knowledge and his friendly conversations- Everything went perfectly!

Exciting trip with helpful guide & amazing food in lunch