• Hire a Land Rover in Albania

    Albanian Trip 4×4 Hire

    Summer has arrived! In the peak season finding a car or 4×4 to hire can be a real nightmare, with the big international rental firms charging a...

  • Painting by Albanian Socialist Realist artist Robert Permeti

    Socialist Realism Art Tours

    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,...

  • A small beach on Albania's southern coast

    Visit the Albanian Riviera

    Who knows where the winter went, but summer is creeping up on us. For the team at Albanian Trip, it’s the busiest time of year. For most...

  • Bulcesh

    A Big Scout Out

    Last week we headed out into the mountains behind Krujë on a scouting expedition for a forthcoming tour. It was a great opportunity to give a friend’s Land...

  • Gjirokastra

    New Tour – The Southern Cities

    We’re delighted to announce we’ve scheduled an escorted cultural tour for English-speaking visitors for this October. The seven-day tour will start off in Tirana and take in...

Summer has arrived! In the peak season 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!

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

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

Who knows where the winter went, but summer is creeping up on us. For the team at Albanian Trip, it’s the busiest time of year. For most people, it’s a time to unwind and take it easy for a few weeks – ideally on a beautiful beach. Albania’s beaches are definitely beautiful and are beginning to become more widely known, but still outside the July and August high season 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!

Last week we headed out into the mountains behind Krujë on a scouting expedition for a forthcoming tour. It was a great opportunity to give a friend’s Land Rover Discovery, which we want to use on the tour, a try-out on Albania’s rough back roads. Things, ahem, didn’t go so well (we’re only telling you this as the problem was with a part of the car that’s about to be ripped out and replaced). However, we did get to enjoy some truly beautiful scenery (see above), and make some new friends along the way.

Good news from our friends at the Association for the Protection & Preservation of the Natural Environment in Albania (PPNEA). Their camera traps in the Pukë-Mirditë region have caught some super-sharp images of the critically endangered Balkan lynx (check them out at PPNEA’s Facebook page). We’re working with the team at PPNEA to develop some great initiatives in wildlife tourism. The intention is to bring tourists to the more remote villages and gradually develop some infrastructure for bear-spotting, birdwatching and so forth. The Balkan lynx might just be a little bit too elusive though!