Tirana District
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Tirana: Gamti Mountain Hike with Lake Views

1. Tirana: Gamti Mountain Hike with Lake Views

Your experience begins as you are collected from your accommodation at 8:00AM, from where you depart for Bovilla Lake. The road is about 21 kilometers long, with half of it being off-road. Along the way, enjoy views of the suburban neighborhoods of Tirana, taking in the very different lifestyle to that of the city. Drive up to the lake's dam, before preparing to hike in Gamti Mountain. Your hiking track is of a simple level, with each step providing you with a more beautiful view than the last as you ascend to the top. Your hike lasts about 40 minutes, and on top of the hill you can enjoy the impressive views of the lake and the green hills that surround it. Whilst there, take some time to rest, enjoy the gorgeous view, and talk and eat food under the shadows of the cave. Following your break, return back down via the same track. Once done hiking, make a short stop at the river below the dam, which is home to unique canyons. You can also choose to refresh yourself with a swim in the fresh water of the river. At the conclusion of your adventure, your guide returns you back to Tirana.

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

2. 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

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

4. 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: Hiking in Qafeshtama National Park

5. From Tirana: Hiking in Qafeshtama National Park

Discover the best of Albanian culture and nature on this guided tour from Tirana. After getting picked up from your hotel, begin the journey to the town of Kruja, one of the most important towns in Albania. Enjoy a stroll around the town and learn more about its history as a major battleground of the Ottoman Empire. Later, stroll through the Old Bazaar and pick up some souvenirs at one of the many shops selling traditional handmade items. Next, visit the castle where you can choose to visit the ethnographic museum and learn more about Albanian traditions and customs.  In the afternoon, begin your hike through the Qafeshtama National Park. Along the way, admire spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and visit the spring where the Albanian Royal family gets their daily supply from. After your hike, head back to Tirana and get dropped off back at your hotel.

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From Tirana: Birdwatching at Karavasta Lagoon with Lunch

6. From Tirana: Birdwatching at Karavasta Lagoon with Lunch

Start your day with pickup from your hotel in Tirana before traveling to Karavasta Lagoon. When you arrive, meet your guide, a trained and knowledgeable ornithologist who will introduce you to the park and its many species. Admire the natural beauty of the lagoon as you climb the 50m observation tower. Watch over the whole of the lagoon and look out for flamingos, pelicans, and other rare species. Enjoy a swim in the lagoon during your free time and, before leaving, sit down for lunch in a small restaurant that offers local specialties.

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

7. 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 and enjoy some lunch. 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 for some dinner and an evening of music. 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.

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From Kotor: Cetinje, Budva, and Lovcen National Park

8. From Kotor: Cetinje, Budva, and Lovcen National Park

Spend a day exploring Montenegro in the company of a local guide who will show you the best of the country. Travel through coastal towns and then inland to enjoy stunning landscapes, Balkan culture, and the rich history of Montenegro. Meet your guide in the Old Town of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its Medieval architecture. Wander around the city before hopping in an air-conditioned bus for a 30-minute drive to Budva, where you will be guided through the Old Town. After visiting Budva, continue to Cetinje to visit the Royal capital of Montenegro. Stop along the way at a viewpoint for breathtaking vistas of Sveti Stefan Island below. Cetinje was, and still is, an important cultural center of Montenegro, so enjoy plenty of time to visit its main sights, museums, the royal theater, and churches. Next, travel through Lovcen National Park and catch a glimpse of Mount Lovcen, the inspiration behind the name Montenegro (Black Mountain). Stop in Njegusi Village, known as the birthplace of the Petrovic dynasty, to taste the best prosciutto (smoked ham) in the region. Continue along serpentine roads to Kotor stopping on the way to enjoy stunning views of Boka Bay from more than 1,000 meters above sea level.

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From Tirana: Dajti Mountain Hiking Trip

9. From Tirana: Dajti Mountain Hiking Trip

Start your adventure by meeting your local English-speaking guide. Then take a scenic cable car ride that will take you to the highest peak of Mount Dajti. Enjoy panoramic views of the landscape during the ride. Discover the Mountain and National Park of Dajti, located on the outskirts of Tirana, measuring 1,613 meters above sea level. From the summit located in the Scanderbeg mountain range, enjoy fantastic views of the capital of Albania. After, you can hike towards the highest foot-accessible summit of the mountain. While there, soak up the beautiful views of Bovilla Lake. After the hike, visit the Bunk'Art Museum in Tirana and learn about the history of communism in Albania.

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Tirana: Green Tirana Half-Day Walking Tour

10. Tirana: Green Tirana Half-Day Walking Tour

Discover the beautiful city of Tirana on a guided 4-hour tour of its beautiful parks, squares, and green spaces. Museums and historical monuments are great, but this is the perfect tour for outdoor lovers. Explore the culture and history of Albania’s capital on a fascinating city tour of green Tirana with a local guide. Ride the longest cable car in the Balkans into Dajti Mountain National Park and admire views over the city. Visit Skanderbeg Square, see the famous Et'hem Bey Mosque, and learn the story of the Clock Tower. Wander past Tanners’ Bridge, the Pyramid of Tirana, Mother Teresa Square, the Blloku area, and the city’s Grand Park.

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What people are saying about Tirana District

Alban was the best guide I have ever had. He goes over and above to ensure that we were well looked after and is very knowledgeable about all things Albanian. He encourages you to go the extra mile, even though I was a little nervous at first on the hike. Would thoroughly recommend. We went further and booked him for a five day private tour, which was absolutely fantastic, and went through the Albanian alps, including Komani Lake, Shala River, Valbone to Theth mountain pass and Shkoder. He ensured we had the best rooms in the guesthouses, the best seats when we needed to share transportation and allowed us full flexibility to hike and see and go swimming in waterfalls and blue eyes off the beaten track. Thank you very much Alban for making our trip to Albania unforgettable! J&O

The tour was better than expected. Our tour guide Alban is the best. He is very helpful and pushes us to enjoy the experience. The hike was amazing, it starts on an easy track but once you reach the top it becomes challenging and totally worth it. The restaurant there also serves very good food. Highly recommended

Excellent tour ! The view is amazing, it's really a must see. The hiking isn't that hard but still a bit sporty. The swimming was really nice at the end. I highly recommend for you to book this tour

Nice mountains+beautiful river=perfect combination. Everything was good. Very friendly guide make our trip perfect. Note that due to heavy traffic trip may take whole day.

Our guide Heldi was amazing, you can learn a lot from him and he will motivate you to push yourself in reaching the top of the mountain. Highly recommended!