Albanian Trip‘s founding group consists of travel enthusiasts who were born and bred in Tirana and have, over the years, grown to include several incredible external collaborators – certainly some of the best guides, agents, hotels, character accommodations, NGOs, tourism consultants, transport companies and specialized drivers in the country. Passionate, friendly, knowledgeable and with connections to almost every pocket of this diverse country (trust us, we know a lot of people!) we are one of the top choices for a genuine travel experience for a reason. Scroll below to find out who we are!
Albanian Trip has proudly shown off Albania and the beautiful surrounding regions of Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro to thousands of high quality travelers with different needs, most of whom have been greatly impacted by their experience. We’re doing this for ourselves, but we do deeply care about Albania and its people, too. Our main focus is to be able to provide travel services for groups and individuals while always keeping in mind that Albania and the Balkans (just like the rest of the world) need to be preserved for the future generations. Responsible and sustainable tourism is a philosophy inherent to Albanian Trip! We always support locals first, care about the environment, traditions, the past and the future, our country, our region and the world. Of course, we are tiny and will hardly change the global situation, but we serve as an example and educate our children to care about others and hope to give a minimum positive contribution to the globe.
Albanian Trip is registered with the Albanian Finance authorities:
VAT nr : L72314029D
Travel Agent and Tour Operator Licence nr: LN – 4437 -01 – 2018
We are a member of the Albanian Union of Tour Operators.
Please check out some of the links below to see a few of our recent collaborations with different media, film makers, producers and researchers from all around the world – we’re getting better and better at this!
Elton (Toni) Caushi +355 68 405 85 29
Toni began his career translating for journalists and NGOs back in the 1990s, including a stint in Kosovo. His studies then took him to Switzerland and then he returned to Albania and began guiding for international tour operators. In 2006 he founded Albanian Trip with his (now wife) Vilma and close friend Gjergji Mihali. Elton speaks English, Italian, French and Shqip and he truly is a bundle of pure joy to be around – his energy and passion never seem to end. Connect with Elton on LinkedIn.
After eight years in Munich where he studied Political Science, Gjergji came back to Tirana to help Elton build Albanian Trip. While Gjergji has now since moved on to bigger and better things (starting a family – the founding father is becoming an actual father!) he was an integral part to this company’s history and many people got to enjoy a tour with him. Best wishes to him (and if you want a contact Germany, his new home, he is your man!)
Vilma looks after the Albanian Trip office and bookings. She’s sweet, efficient and kind and is the person to be contacted in relation to calendar and availability related issues – she has a computer in her mind and is able to memorize and organize everything to your best interest. She speaks German, English, Italian and does understand a bit of French, too!
Jenn McLaughlin This Canadian girl randomly hopped on board after doing a two-week trip with us in 2016 and she has since signed herself on as editor of the website and business consultant (I think she might like us.) Affectionately known as “The Godmother” by Elton, he and Jenn exchange sarcasm and itinerary ideas while she dreams of the day she can return to his country to stuff her face with its delicious food. Feel free to ask for her email address if you want an outsider’s perspective of traveling here! Unlike her multi-lingual counterparts, she merely speaks English. We can’t all be perfect.
Erion Puca Erion has been loving his many years as a seasoned guide and driver and is very careful to ensure his guests have a good time. He knows that travelers to Albania put their faith in his abilities and he always pulls through! He loves history, nature, walking and skiing and takes on any challenges with vigor, always looking to understand the needs of his guests. He can speak Italian and French as well as English (and he is full of surprises – he has even studied classical music in order to be an orchestra director!)