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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.

Full-Day Berat Trip from Tirana

2. Full-Day Berat Trip from Tirana

Depart for Berat at 8:30 am and you will be transferred to this beautiful city for around 2.5 hours. This is one of the oldest cities and the pride of Albanian architecture. The three major neighborhoods of the old city are Mangalemi, Gorica, and Kala where the castle itself is located. You will start our tour with the castle area. Visiting the 'Kala' involves a steep walk up a cobbled path, but those who make it to the top will be rewarded with a fine view of the surrounding area. You will visit the Museum of Iconography 'Onufri' which bears the name of the renowned fresco and icon-painter Onufri, who has left a rich inheritance. This museum is located within the cathedral of St. Mary’s Assumption. You will also visit the Red Mosque, recognized by its lonely minaret and St. Trinity Church. After the fortress you will visit the Mangalemi quarter and the National Ethnographic Museum. This museum is located in one of the most characteristic and interesting houses of the town, a rich assemblage of traditional objects (more than 1000) and is one of the greatest examples of Berat’s long history and culture. Across the Osumi River lies the Gorica neighborhood, whose houses face those of Mangalemi. The arched bridge of Gorica, built in 1780, is a beautiful architectural monument constructed to link Gorica with Mangelemi. Enjoy some free time to stroll on the bridge. After the tour, there will be optional lunch in a restaurant with traditional cuisine (at extra cost) Return to Tirana.

Shkoder Day Trip

3. Shkoder Day Trip

After a pick-up from you hotel, drive to the city of Shkoder, the third largest town in Albania, located 95 km north of Tirana. Known for its culture, tradition, and natural beauty, this city offers a diversity that is rarely found in any other city in Albania: with rivers, lakes, lagoons, and mountains which make Shkodra an unforgettable destination in Albania. Built on a rocky hill overlooking the city by the rivers of Buna and Drini, you will find the most important monument of Shkoder: The Castle of Rozafa. After visiting the Castle area you will have the chance to explore the Leaden Mosque and Catholic Church and notice the diverse religious elements and architecture. You will also have the possibility of strolling through the local bazaar of Shkoder, get a glimpse of Albanian traditions, and maybe buy a souvenir.  Optional: lunch with traditional dishes from the region including krap fish which is cooked on a roof tile. Head back to Tirana. End of service.

Apollonia and Durres

4. Apollonia and Durres

On your way to Apollonia, stop in Golem Beach for a beachfront coffee break. Set off on a guided tour in Apollonia, where an on-site archeologist explains the history behind the temple of Artemis, the Odeon, the Triumphal Arch, and more. Then, head for lunch in a local restaurant in the countryside around Apollonia. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Durrës, for a guided tour of the city’s famed ruins. You will wander around its City Walls, Byzantine Forum, roman Thermal Baths, the Venetian Tower, and more. Visit its Amphitheater and then take a coffee break on top of the Venetian Tower before traveling back to Tirana.

Tirana: City Highlights + Cape of Rodon Tour w/Wine Tasting

5. Tirana: City Highlights + Cape of Rodon Tour w/Wine Tasting

Discover Tirana's highlights and enjoy a wine tasting at the beautiful Cape of Rodon all in one day. Meet your guide at your hotel and head to the center of Tirana to see the most important historical attractions in Tirana. After exploring Tirana's highlights, make your way to Durres. Visit the hidden gem of Cape of Rodon, a rocky peninsula pointing into the Adriatic Sea. See the ruins of Skanderbeg Castle and stop at the 14th century St. Anthony Church while taking in its scenic surroundings. Make the best of your free time by walking along the sandy beaches or swimming in the clear waters. Afterward, head to the Duka Winery and Vineyard to unwind in the relaxed atmosphere. Relax with transfer back to Tirana in the evening.

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

6. 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.

Tirana: Lake and Town Ohrid Day Trip

7. Tirana: Lake and Town Ohrid Day Trip

Following a pickup from your accommodation in Durrës or Tirana, embark on a guided tour of the charming city of Ohrid. Begin the tour at the magnificent Church of Saint Sophia. Then visit the National Workshop for a handmade paper-making demonstration. Next, pass by Samuil’s Fortress and walk along its historic 4th-century walls. See the Ancient Theatre of Ohrid built in Hellenistic style and walk up to the cliff-top church of Saint John at Kaneo for panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Enjoy your free time with a lunch in the city. After your lunch, continue the tour to the Medieval Monastery of Saint Naum. See the resident peacocks that roam the grounds and enter the monastery to marvel at its intricate frescoes. On the way to Ohrid, visit the one of a kind Bay of Bones Museum, a prehistoric settlement located on Lake Ohrid. It is an authentic reconstruction from the pile-dwelling settlement, dating back between 1200 and 700 BC. Transfer to Tirana in the late afternoon with a short stop in the town of Pogradec.

Tirana: Lake Bovilla and Mount Gamti Hiking Day Trip

8. Tirana: Lake Bovilla and Mount Gamti Hiking Day Trip

Explore the natural beauty of Albania on this hiking day trip on Mount Gamti. Depart from Tirana and have the option of hiking to the peak or taking an easier route to the 'Balcony of Bovilla' viewpoint. Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel in Tirana and enjoy the scenic drive to lake Bovilla. Start your hike at on a trail to Gamti peak. Keep an eye out for local wildlife like foxes, golden eagles, and peregrine falcons as you climb.  Choose if you would like to take a the easy trail or the more challenging trail. Take the easy trail up to the 'Balcony of Bovilla' where you can experience sweeping views of the forests, valleys, and the Bovilla lake hydropower dam.  Stop for some free time where you can purchase a delicious lunch at a local farm-style restaurant with stunning views of the lake. Select the more difficult trail and climb to the peak of Gamti where you are rewarded with splendid views of the mountain range. Return to your accommodation in Tirana.

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.

Tirana and Kruja in a Day Trip

10. Tirana and Kruja in a Day Trip

We will pick you up at Scanderbeg Square in Tirana, 8:30 am, and drive you up to Kruja town, where you’ll experience a step back in medieval history by visiting the castle and Scanderbeg Museum. Kruja was the most important town for the Albanians during the 15th century which withstood successfully to at least 3 major sieges by the Ottoman Empire. The medieval hero Gjergj Kastrioti called “Scanderbeg” is considered not only by Albanians as a symbol of resistance and savior but also by ottomans who believed that a supernatural force dwelt in him. Therefore after his death they destroyed his tomb and took parts of his bones to keep them as a charm for good luck. Walk in the Old Bazaar full of old shops that sell traditional handmade items. Next we will drive you to Tirana, the capital of Albania. As you walk around the Scanderbeg square, you’ll see an interesting complex of building which reflect the periods that have influenced Tirana’s architecture. Only the Clock Tower and Et’hem Bey Mosque remain as reminders of the city’s Ottoman past. The communist government left its own footprint by destroying the Ottoman Bazaar and building the new Opera and Ballet House on the site. The next stop on the itinerary is Et’hem Bey Mosque, where you’ll learn about the difficulties faced by the clergy especially after 1967 when freedom of religious expression was prohibited. The mosque was built in 1821 by Et’hem Bey in a typical Turkish style. Continue to King’s Palace and National Martyrs Boulevard. Here you’ll get to know a piece of daily life of former dictator Enver Hoxha, by visiting the pyramid, meant to be a museum for his life and the “Bllok” zone where he and other communist leaders lived in. The area that was once prohibited for people is now the most favorite neighborhood for young people, businesses and coffee shops. In the end, around 3:30 pm, we will take you back to Scanderbeg square, in the center of Tirana city, where we started our day and here your wonderful tour is over.

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What people are saying about Tirana

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 16 reviews

This tour was really amazing. We started in Krujë, strolled through the old street market and then went to the castle. After lunch, which was excellent, by the way, we went to Durrës. We had a cappuccino by the sea and went out to the beach. There we visit the walls that surround the city, the Roman amphitheater and the Venetian tower. Then we went to the viewpoint where you can see the whole city and that indescribable blue sea. We returned to Tirana in the late afternoon, not wanting the day to end.

For anyone coming to Albania, Berat is a must visit. The place is amazing. From the castle, where you take a trip back in time, to the ethnographic museum where you can kill the urge to enter one of those houses that make up the thousand windows. I was lucky to have Blendi, the best guide ever.

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.

The tour was great. The guide, Dio, had a lot of informations and was also a very enjoyable company.

Thank you Olsi for such an amazing day! It was truly magical.