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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.

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

2. 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.

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.

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

4. 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.

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

5. 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.

From Tirana: Korab Mountain Hike and Radomira 2-Day Tour

6. From Tirana: Korab Mountain Hike and Radomira 2-Day Tour

Leave Tirana bright and early for a scenic tour of North-East Albania. Visit small towns and villages on the 190 km road to Radomira, and get a taste for rural living. Venture to the summit of Korab Mountain, the highest peak in Albania, and feel like you’re on top of the world. Arrive at lunchtime in Radomira, a charming village nestled in plush grasslands on the mountainside, with a unique mix of traditional and industrial buildings. Relax by the glacial waters of the Black Lake, enclosed with thick greenery that creates a mystical aura, and breathe the pure air. You’ll be welcomed at the guesthouse for dinner that evening and breakfast in the morning. Rest up for your hike to Korab’s peak along the moderately difficult trail. Refuel with a picnic lunch and plenty of water breaks, and be sure to enjoy the scenes of valleys, lakes, and forests. Notice the mountains’ biodiversity, from ancient oaks whose colors reflect the season, to grassy fields where shepherds care for their sheep. Get the best view from the peak, and see the full glory of the Balkans. Take your time hiking back to Radomira, and relax on the drive back to Tirana.

From Tirana: Dajti Mountain Hiking Trip

7. 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.

Tirana: Green Tirana Half-Day Walking Tour

8. 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.

From Tirana: Lake Koman and Valbona Trip

9. 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.

From Tirana: Birdwatching at Karavasta Lagoon with Lunch

10. 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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What people are saying about Tirana

This tour was the highlight of our trip to Albania. It was slightly challenging but our guide Bledi was brilliant in distracting me at the more tricky bits. The dip in the lake was a welcome cool down. Bledi was knowledgable and engaging and very funny. If you want to do something energetic and experience beautiful scenery then I highly recommend this (especially if you are lucky enough to get Bledi)

This tour was great! Jack did a great job navigating the trail and offering words of encouragement and assistance where needed. Great guy! The hike was a bit hectic (6/10 for moderately actively persons) but the view at the top is well worth it. If you don’t give up along the way, that is! .

It was amazing but I think the hiking was not easy as stated, specially for absolute beginners. The guide was super friendly, informative, professional, helpful. It was just perfect trip. I would recommend it.

We had an amazing day with Alban being super nice, fun and supportive the whole time. Thank you so much!

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