We’ll leave Tirana early in the morning. Now we can profit from the substantial improvement of road infrastructure between the two towns. Reach Gjirokastra after an approximate 3 hours drive.

In Gjirokastra we’ll get to the old part of the town immediately. Visit the Castle and the Weapon Museum. These are both very interesting. Then head to the Bazaar. It’s most logically time for a delicious traditional meal with the romantic atmosphere of the UNESCO “stone town’.

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A visit of the neighborhoods with a couple of the more than 600 houses and buildings that give Gjirokastra the reputation to be a town of tales, legends, witches, dragons and “crazy alleys”.

This town gave birth to a couple of the most prominent Albanians, one famous like Ismail Kadare and one infamous like Enver Hoxha. There’s a bit from both in the atmosphere of the town and although times have changed immensely, the spirit of Chronicle in Stone is still around.

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We’re so excited to tell that we can treat this tour as a daytrip (starting from Tirana and Durres and ending in Tirana, Durres or Berat) as well as we will be really good at organizing what we want to call: the “Kadare Weekend” of Albania. I

Since we had a lot of interest in 2015, we’ll start running this tour as a group tour every Friday starting from September 2015 and so on (with the hope that the BUNKART will be also open until then). Please do send us an email for confirming departures, prices and more info. Of course we’ll be able to organize it in other days of the week if asked in advance!

This is going to be a visit of the countryside and the beach areas nearby Tirana. In the warm season we’ll certainly end on a nice beach with a good refreshing swim the shallow waters of Albanian Adriatic. During the cooler season or if not excited about swimming we’ll anyway bring you near a beach and combine the bunker visit with a delicious fish restaurant on the beach or in a town near Tirana (most probably Durres).

This tour will bring you to:

Tirana’s countryside (western side of the region) between the Capital and Durres. Meetings with local people, lifestyle and personal stories, visiting impressive, still standing all sized bunkers, plenty of landscape and interesting communist street art.

Beach areas of Durres, Gjiri i Lalezit or even further North (depending on last arrangement) with more bunkers but also a beautiful pine forest, good sandy beach and plenty of fresh and tasty Albanian beer. We’ll be happy to integrate to this visit the Roman Amphitheater of Durres and some of the city center attractions too.

We’ll be of course good at organizing longer and more extensive tours of Albanian regions where bunkers still survive and where people have all sorts of uses for them. We can stick the bunker element in plenty of our day or longer trips of Albania. We know pretty well where the best and most interesting are hiding.

We’ll price this tour with all expenses for guide/driver, fuel and car (nice AC) rental, entrance fees, a good Tirana or Korca beer and of course taxes. We have also started to offer this tour including lunches in certainly some of the most special restaurants that serve the delicious Albanian cuisine.

Get in touch with us for arranging this tour, getting availability and more info.

 

We’ll do our best to convince you to come to Albania this winter or next year (2016) and to let us (yes choose us – travel responsibly – your money will go to a better development of the destination – in this case Albania and the Balkans) be your guides and local host. We are already providing some dates for travel to only Albania in Spring and Autumn 2016 and another tour of the Balkans in Spring and Autumn 2016. Another interesting travel plan specially if you are a family or a small group of friends will be proposed as a package holiday based in Tirana.

Please do not hesitate to contact and talk to us about how to organise an even more special private, family or group visit or holiday of Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and more (Greece, Croatia, Bosnia&Herzegovina or Serbia where we have amazing partners). We’ll be excited to help!

One aspect of Albanian culture that interests us is Socialist Realism art – of which Albania has an abundance. The Communist regime took the visual arts very, very seriously and the country is peppered with their works, from mosaics to monuments (many now sadly vandalised or simply neglected).

You can visit the National Gallery of Arts in Tirana to see its collection of Socialist Realism art, but without any context or in-depth descriptions the works can sometimes be more than a little perplexing. That’s why on a recent tour we arranged for our clients a visit to the gallery with one of Albania’s finest Socialist Realism artists, Robert Permeti. Read More

For a good part of the year, finding a car or 4×4 to hire can be a real nightmare, with the big international rental firms charging a small fortune to hire a four-wheel-drive Jeep or Land Rover. Why not give Albanian Trip a call – we’re licensed to hire cars, and have access to a number of reliable, air-conditioned off-road cars. And unlike the international firms, we don’t mind if you actually take them off the asphalt and down a dirt road!

And of course we’re good and experienced and know about many interesting secret ways to travel in different Albanian or Balkanic regions through 4wd cars and alternative ways going through countryside and mountain areas.

We also hire out normal road cars, such as air-conditioned Ford Focus and Citroën C1s. Click here for more information.

Give us the time to organize an unforgettable and not very expensive holiday in one of the nicest Rivieras on the Mediterranean! The Albanian Riviera Holiday! Why not even in winter 2015-2016!? Don’t bring a jacket – bring a bathing suit (it might be useful eventually)!

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Albania’s beaches are definitely beautiful and are beginning to become more widely known, but still outside the July and August high season (10 July – 20 August) you’re likely to have one all to yourself. We know the cutest hotels and guesthouses along the Albanian Riviera, from Saranda to Llogora, and in the larger resorts of Vlorë and Durrës. We’re always delighted to put together packages including accommodation and car hire, and a ‘greeter’ to look after you when you step off the ferry at Saranda (for those coming from Corfu). Do get in touch if you’d like to find out more about beach holidays in Albania! And what we have started to become really good at, is combining mountain and sea visits and holidays: in Albania of course but also in Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo or Greece.

We can organize driven or self driving independent holidays for couples, families or groups of friends in our beautiful region. So do get in touch with us for your holiday and visits in 2016.

We’re delighted to announce that our escorted cultural tour for English-speaking visitors for 2014 and 2015 was a success. The tour started off in Tirana and took in Korça, Përmet, Gjirokastra, Butrint, Llogara and finally Berat. Albanian Trip’s very own Elton Caushi and Gjergj Mihali led the itinerary to avoid marathon drives and ridiculously early starts. The tour took to the amazing and unusual North as well and brought to some of the cream of its regions. Even the British Airways flight times were civilized! We had no big crowds on the tour but the ones that decided to go with us, loved it! So the decision is to run it again in 2016!  And of course we’re already taking interest in the 2016 departures. You can read more about it here.