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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 9:00AM, 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 canyon. 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.

Tirana: Lake and Town Ohrid Day Trip

2. 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.

Apollonia and Durres

3. 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.

Albania: Ancient Landmarks Day Tour

4. Albania: Ancient Landmarks Day Tour

Depart in the early morning on a drive through Albania, known for its centuries of notable world history. Travel from the north to south of the ancient nation, where we will uncover pieces of archeological history that still stand today, including churches and castles.  Learn and understand how life was organized more than 2 millennia ago. We will visit notable people’s homes, including dictators and Nobel winners in the Palorto Neighborhood in our last stop, Gjirokaster, after visiting the beaches and basilicas in Saranda, Ksamil Beach, and Butrint. The drive will take us through the Albanian Riviera, where the natural beauty of the nation can be taken in before discovering the history of the ancient world’s architecture in the next stops. The journey will end in Tirana, with stops in between the three-hour return journey.

Tirana: Lake Bovilla and Mount Gamti Hiking Day Trip

5. 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.

Skopje: Transfer to Tirana w/ Half-Day Tour of Ohrid

6. Skopje: Transfer to Tirana w/ Half-Day Tour of Ohrid

Starting from your hotel in Skopje, travel to Ohrid for about 2 hours. Afterwards, break in Ohrid for a half-day tour with a licensed tour guide. The walking tour will start from the town’s harbor. Then, you will head towards the old part of the town and stop at the Lower Gate and the Museum of Robevi (the Robevi family). Have a tour of the Church of St. Sophia which dates from the 11th century and then go up to the Roman amphitheater, dating back to the 3rd century B.C. Afterwards, continue walking to Icon Gallery, which shows a range of some of the most famous and valuable icons in the world right after the ones in Athos and in Russia. In the vicinity of the gallery, you will find the Church of Sveta Bogorodica Perivleptos (St Clement’s Church of the Holy Mother of God Most Glorious) which dates from the 13th century and possesses some of the most beautiful and valuable frescoes from the 13th century, not only in this country but in the Balkans as well. Then, carry on walking to Tsar Samoil’s Fortress which was named after the first tsar of the Macedonian Slavs, who having conquered Byzantium, brought most of Macedonia under his rule. Then, walk to Plaoshnik, the place where you will visit the newly built St. Clement’s Monastery Church which is dedicated to St. Clement (the patron of Ohrid) and St Pantelejmon, which stands beside the original site of St. Clement’s University, the first university of the Macedonian Slavs started in the 9th century A.D. Inside the church, you will also see the tomb with St. Clement’s relics. Besides the church, see the foundations of the 5th century basilica with beautifully preserved mosaic floors and some swastikas also discovered on the floors. From here, head towards the Church of St. Jovan at Kaneo, which was built at the end of the 13th century, and is one of the most frequently visited churches in Ohrid because of its beautiful location on the cliffs directly above the lake. After this, go back to the town on foot. Another option will be to return to the town by boat and at the same time, to make a tour of the lake providing you with a great view of the town. There will also be the possibility for free time or lunch. Continue your trip to Tirana with a drop-off at your address or hotel accommodation.

From Tirana: Budva and Kotor Trip by Car with Entry Tickets

7. From Tirana: Budva and Kotor Trip by Car with Entry Tickets

Leaving Tirana at 7:00 we will head towards Montenegro. The first stop will be at St Stephan. Now an exclusive Resort it dates back from the 14th century as a fisherman village. To continue with Budva, the nigh life and entertainment Capital of Montenegro. City tour in the Old City of Budva. To continue as a last, but not least stop, Kotor. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage this fascinating city is a genial engineering masterpiece. Known as one of the most fortified cities, build by the Venetians, it has been unpassable from a various number of armies throughout history. Walking, city tour in Old City of Kotor. Visit the St Stephan Cathedral.

Tirana: 8-Day North to South Albania Tour

8. 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.

From Tirana: Pogradec, Drilon, and Tushemisht Day Tour

9. 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.

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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The tour has been fantastic. An essential experience if you travel to Albania. Beautiful lake surrounded by mountains and a river at the end where you can rest as in a resort. Along the way we have made stops for coffee and Kristi the guide, simply a 10 out of 10. The communication has been perfect, he has given us a thousand recommendations not only from Albania, but also from Kosovo where we have gone the next day. You can tell he loves his job and cares about people. — The tour has been fantastic. An essential experience if you travel to Albania. Beautiful lake surrounded by mountains and a river at the end where you can rest as in a resort. Along the way we have made stops for coffee and Kristi the guide, simply a 10 out of 10. The communication has been perfect, he has given us a thousand recommendations not only from Albania, but also from Kosovo where we have gone the next day . It is visible that he loves his job and cares about people.

וואוו, אין מילים, מדריך הטיולים נחמד, אדיב ומאוד מנוסה, לקח אותנו למקומות היפים בטירנה, הקפיד לשמור עלינו שלא נחליק בזמן ההליכה ובזמן צילום התמונות. בנוסף, המדריך הסביר בשמחה על כל המקומות והפעילות המומלצות בעיר, לא מובן מאליו. המדריך דובר אנגלית מאוד קלילה ונותן אווירה מאוד כיפית. ממליץ מאוד! WOW there are no words, the tour guide is nice and kind and very experienced, he took us to the most beautiful places in Tirana, he made sure to keep us from slipping while walking and while taking pictures. In addition, the guide happily explained all the recommended places and activities in the city, not a given. The guide speaks English very easily and gives a very fun atmosphere. highly recommend!

It was one of the best tours I ever did. It was actually a private tour with a good car. Ermal the tourguide was extremely good. His knowledge about everything. Very friendly. No problem to answer all my questions. I would highly recommend this tour to everybody visiting Albania.

We had a tour with Dio, super friendly and helpful young boy with good knowledge of history.

Great tour guide, beautiful view. A little pricey but worth it