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

1. 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.

Tirana: Learn to Cook a 3-Course Albanian Meal

2. Tirana: Learn to Cook a 3-Course Albanian Meal

Participate in this cooking class and learn more about Albanian traditions. This country is a rich table of delicious dishes and there is no better way than to learn how to cook them from the locals. Your guide will explain everything you have to know about the recipes and prepare yourself to cook with your tour leader. Learn how to cook “Tave Kosi” a traditional dish that consists of the cooking of yogurt with meat. This dish holds its own history behind it. Your guide will tell you why this dish is also called the “independence dish. You'll also learn how to cook Byrek (Albanian for pie), but Albanian pie is special and you will learn the methods of preparing it. To make this meal complete, you'll also be introduced to Albanian traditional desserts. At the end of the tour, try the local alcoholic drinks, Raki, and homemade wine.

From Tirana: Private Day Trip to Apollonia and Berat

3. 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.

From Tirana: Berat city unesco heritage

4. From Tirana: Berat city unesco heritage

Embark on a cultural and artistic pilgrimage. See master painter Onufri's work in the churches of Berat. Visit Berat Castle, Onufri Museum, Mangalemi and Gorica neighborhoods, and Gorica bridge. Meet your guide at your hotel and start the tour of Berat city. Berat is one of the most visited and characteristic towns in Albania. It is under the protection of UNESCO and considered a World Heritage site due to its unique architecture. Visit Berat Castle and the Onufri Museum. The Berat castle is of particular interest because people still live within its walls in their traditional houses, just like their ancestors did for centuries. Explore this fortress overlooking the town of Berat and its many Byzantine churches. The castle used to have over 40 churches of which 7 still remain today, including the Church of the Dormition of St Mary. The latter was converted into Onufri Museum, honoring the 16th-century Albanian master painter who painted many orthodox churches in Albania and Greece. Witness some of the most beautiful shades of red and gold you have ever laid eyes on in the museum. Then, continue to your next stop in the old quarters of Mangalemi and Gorica that connect with each other by the Gorica Bridge over the Osumi River.

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.

From Tirana: Full-Day Tour to Gjirokastra

6. From Tirana: Full-Day Tour to Gjirokastra

Begin your day tour with a transfer from Tirana. Once there, visit the medieval bazaar and the Ottoman-style houses in the old part of the town. Witness artisan women making handmade doilies, carving wood or silver and other guild shops in the narrow cobbled stone streets of this suburb. While visiting people in their homes, traditional coffee (ground in stone) and mountain tea will be served.  You will also visit Gjirokastra city, the castle and much more. Later, you will have the chance to taste the typical local food cooked by local women. You will also visit the Skenduli House, you'll most likely be shown around by Mr Skenduli himself. The house was built around the year 1700 and has many fascinating features. Later, you will visit the Ethnographic Museum. In the end, you will enjoy free time around the city.

From Tirana: Pogradec, Drilon, and Tushemisht Day Tour

7. From Tirana: Pogradec, Drilon, and Tushemisht Day Tour

On this day trip out of Tirana, visit the beautiful southeast of Albania. See Pogradec's famous main boulevard and stunning Ohrid Lake, visit the romantic National Park of Drilon, and stroll through the picturesque villages of Tushemisht and Lin. Meet your guide outside your Tirana accommodation and begin your tour to Pogradec. Spend time with the locals wandering along Pogradec's traditional main boulevard, see the pristine Ohrid Lake, and learn about Pogradec's long history. With your guide, continue to the beautiful National Park of Drilon, where you can enjoy a walk through nature. Keep an eye out for happy couples; the rippling water, willow trees, and picturesque swamps make the National Park a popular spot for wedding photos. After leaving the park, head to one of the area's quaint villages, Tushemisht. This traditional Orthodox village is a favorite for Albanian filmmakers because of its beautiful springs running above the houses. Finish your day trip with a tour of the ancient area of Lin. Resting on a peninsula overlooking Ohrid Lake, Lin offers a stunning view of crystal clear waters and rugged lakeshores. After taking in the beautiful sights of Lin, return to your Tirana accommodation with your guide.

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What people are saying about Tirana District

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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!

Our guide Sindi was super nice and guided us through the day with red wine and raki! 3 very tasty dishes are prepared by everyone and then eaten together. There is, of course, the opportunity to exchange mutual experiences and stories - whether cooking, politics or travelling! A very nice and relaxing day - thank you very much!

My guide was Bledi and he was amazing! So Knowledgeable, helpful and lovely. I had a wonderful time with him to Berat and he told me some great Albania legends that I will never forget. Faleminderit Bledi

Tour to Apollonia and Berat - both places well worth seeing - friendly and competent guide - lots of interesting information - good food in Berat - an entertaining excursion.

Great time! The host was very good and the entire experience was a great time. I highly recommend this activity if you are in Tirana. The food is also amazing!