Look what well-known Austrian writer Robert Menasse recently said about us:
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, 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. We do work to set up family holidays from famous locations at the beach or secret shepherd huts, provide experiences for individual travelers just as we organize respectable size events for MICE and events for high end companies from all around Western Europe, the US and other parts of the World. And we always love to do things with the heart – we are not good at doing otherwise! We’re good at business of course but we are partisans of the idea that money can be made in a responsible way – we want our guests and collaborators to bless us for what we do! And that’s how it’s gone in more than 15 years of our existence! And we’re looking forward to many many more to come!
Scroll below to find out who we are! And you’ll be happy to know that in 2021, 2022 and 2023 Conde Nast Traveler listed Albanian Trip and Elton Caushi as one of its World Travel Specialists! See the link here.
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. 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 (for both the people and the environment) is a philosophy inherent to Albanian Trip!
Sustainable tourism is so important to us that we are proud collaborators of DestiMED, RisiAlbania and Celim, some truly innovative environmental protection agencies set up to help sustainable tourism activities with the collaboration of the Protected Areas in Albania and the Mediterranean.
We have also been a proud member of the Adventure Travel Trade Association and we have signed in the Future of Tourism Coalition trying to set up a new sector mindset for both collaborators and consumers of destinations around our region but also the World.
Check out this article on the Guardian (2022) where Albanian Trip was a contributor. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/29/uk-tourists-head-to-albania-for-sense-of-exotic-without-long-haul-flight
Here’s what we did for Camilla Bell-Davies of the Financial Times in more than just one article in the last couple of years:
“The chefs that came in from the cold” where we tell about our amazing experiences built up with families of farmers, shepherds and some of the most important chefs from Albania. https://www.ft.com/content/d7692750-b014-4901-acd3-c83a045c77b3
“Albania untamed” where we bring Camilla in some of the most unexpected locations and stories from Albanian isolated locations and communities of the mountains and the shores. https://www.ft.com/content/2e6ea521-91da-44e1-b090-7a4ee87d0635
Recently, we’ve partnered up with https://trip101.com/, who have written an interesting article for us! 5 Things You Can Do in Albania That Will Make Your Trip Special and Safe
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.
OUR MEDIA PORTFOLIO
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’ve actually been working with so many that we are afraid to have our website collapse if we add all. So here’s a little taste of a few of them (while we are actually working with British based production company Like a Shot Entertainment in order to produce more series of Mysteries of the Abandoned) airing in 2020 and after, on Discovery Science and other Western medias.
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 now 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.