We had our very first lepidopterist tour of Northern Albania in the summer of 2016 and it was a lot of fun! For those who are unsure, the northern part of Albania is an enchanting land of mountains, valleys, beautiful traditions and interesting folklore! (And yes, there are lots of butterflies and moths!)
In 2016 we had a surprising adventure with a fantastic bunch of butterfly and nature connoisseurs that did help us learn and understand so much about our natural world!  With endless enthusiasm, persistence and hard work we did enjoy the company of some of the most dedicated lepidopterists ever.
We do have good reasons to  believe that if we will manage to have this tour running, we will be led by eventually one of these great specialists and gurus of specially butterflies but also moths, flora and fauna too.
We’ll be most happy to arrange longer stays if you’re interested in Albanian mountains, beach or city stays.
We want to see how much interest we can gather for this trip! If you believe this sounds like something you’d love to do, please drop us a line at: contact@albaniantrip.com! If you have a small group ready to go, even better! We have picked the set dates for this summer, hoping to get a little crowd of enthusiasts together but we are open to negotiating with you on other dates according to your timing and interest:
July 1st – July 7th, 2017
The activities on each day will mostly revolve around butterfly and moth adventures but we can also add on excursions to dive into other parts of Albanian heritage and history.  For now, we are listing just a general idea of where we will be staying each night.  The day’s activities will vary.
Itinerary
Day 1
  • Meet in Tirana in the morning.
  • Drive to Shkodra. Lunch in Shkodra and then on to the beautiful deep valley of Theth. Overnight in Theth.
Day 2
  • We’ll explore and adventure around the area of Theth, visit the village and take time to see what butterflies and moths we find around. Overnight in Theth.
Day 3
  • We’ll hike to a nearby meadow with the presence of a lot of insects, butterflies, springs and views of stunning wild mountains all around. Back to Theth for the overnight.

Day 4

  • Transfer back and exploration of the shores of the large and beautiful Lake of Shkodra. Visit the Rozafa Castle in Shkodra. Overnight in Shkodra.

Day 5

  • Early departure to Koman. Take the ferry and cross to the eastern side of the huge artificial but beautiful lake. Drive to Valbona. Check in at hotel. Overnight in Valbona.

Day 6

  • Full day exploring the meadows and the fields of Valbona. More than 50 kinds of butterflies can be expected to be found only in this part of Albania in the months of June, July and eventually August. Overnight in Valbona.

Day 7 

  • Finish up with morning plans.
  • Depart for Tirana for flight home or transfer elsewhere (we’d be happy to discuss this!)
Price:
899.0 Euros/per person (single supplement 149.0 euros/person.) Of course, we can take Albanian Lek, GBP and USD, too. We will discuss payment options with you.
Price includes:
  • All expenses for your guides/driver.
  • Fuel and AC car/minibus/4WD rental depending on terrain.
  • Local taxes.
  • 6 Nights in Standard double rooms in charming small local hotels.
  • All breakfasts, picnic lunches and dinners too. It will include lunch until day 7 when we expect to get to the area of the airport of Tirana. We’ll be happy to extend our services in case need will be.
  • VAT tax.

Since we had a lot of interest in 2015, we’ll start running this tour as a group tour every Saturday starting from March 2016 and so on. The famous BunkArt reopened its doors after a period of silence for public on the 9th of April and it will definitely be part of our day-trip (except for those that will be organized on Mondays eventually).

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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 in the shallow warm waters of the Albanian Adriatic coast. 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.

This tour will bring you to:

Bunk’Art & 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.

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Beach areas of Durres, Gjiri i Lalezit or even further North (depending on last arrangement) with more bunkers but also a beautiful countryside, 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, the site of Apollonia or bird-watching in the Karavasta Lagoon. We will try to make something new of this day-trip, every time we’ll have a booked group and will also be offering it as a thematic weekend in Western Albania.

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 ones are hiding.

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We’ll price this tour with all expenses for guide/driver, fuel and car (nice AC) rental, entrance fees  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.

Either  in one day, a weekend or several days and several parts of the region, will be more than able to offer a surprising experience of the Balkanic and Mediterranean  cuisine. Albania is specially rich in that and in only one day we’ll jump from chaotic bazaar restaurants to pieceful farms, fishermen cottages or very fine restaurants, elegant wines, fresh local beer and of course plenty of ‘magic’ local pride called Raki. Let us know what you’re most interested in and to find a bit more inspiration start from here.