This is an old new activity that we’re working on and trying to refine. It’s in strong collaboration with Mirjan Topi and in partnership with RISI Albania that we’re preparing to launch a new initiative in order to attract more birding and nature fanatics into our beautiful country. Work is loading quite beautifully. We love what we’re doing and we’re definitely learning a lot. The more time goes by, the more we are improving our capacities of developing this activity in a sustainable and lovely way. We are in a constant search for ideas, techniques, experiences and innovation in that regard.

Everyone is going to love it. Guests will be delighted, locals will be happy! Lots of potential! Love nature! Protect it as you do with your own home! That’s what it is!

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This tour is extremely unique and is designed for those with an interest in the bizarre sides of history. We started running this tour in 2015 for travelers, artists and journalists alike and it was a huge success! We are not exaggerating when we say that we’re quite knowledgeable and good at doing this – it is something our company is specifically known for! 
The 700,000 (or probably considerably less but still quite a lot) bunkers of Albania, while arguably an eyesore, add character to the landscape and tell us about the mysterious nature of communist rule under Enver Hoxha.  This flexible day tour offers a chance to explore these concrete curiosities and enjoy some time exploring other parts of Albanian heritage.  Of course, we’ll impart historical information, too! Some of these bunkers were HUGE fall-out shelters intended to house members of the communist party.  Here is a fantastic article written on them (but we will impart many more personal stories, too!)
Let us know which day you are coming and we can work out the details from there. We will indulge in meetings with local people to hear about their lifestyles through personal stories, visit impressive bunkers of all sizes, enjoy plenty of gorgeous landscapes and see some interesting communist street art. In the warm season we can certainly end this tour with a refreshing swim in the shallow waters of Albanian Adriatic. During the cooler season, or if you’re not interested in swimming, we’ll bring you to eat instead! Durres has a fine offering of restaurants, including many seafood ones!
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Itinerary Options (Flexible According to Your Interests)
  • In the morning, we’ll drive west from Tirana towards Durres to explore the countryside and meet with local people, visit impressive bunkers of all sizes, see plenty of landscapes and check out communist street art!
  • There is an option to see one or both of the famous BunkArt galleries (1 &2) in Tirana, which recently reopened its doors to the public after a period of silence.
  • We can end the day in Durres (which has more bunkers but also a beautiful pine forest, sandy beaches and plenty of tasty Albanian beer and food.)
  • If the season is right, we can visit derelict Sazan Island, full of ex-military buildings and bunkers (and Albania’s only island!)
  • If interested, we can add a visit to the Roman Amphitheater of Durres and some of the city center attractions too! We can add a trip to Apollonia or include some bird-watching in the Karavasta Lagoon. The day is yours!

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Price and Information:
This tour is offered as a private tour! 
Please use this contact form to sign up – it will provide us with all the information we need from you including your pick-up address, number of people, date and any special requirements.  Once we receive your information, we will quote you the price based on your individual booking.
Private tours can be done any day of the year according to your needs.  For private tours we can offer pick-ups in Tirana or from another spot like Durres (the price will change if the pick-up is outside of Tirana.)
Payment Options: We accept bank transfers, PayPal and we have a debit terminal/POS available at our Castle Kiosk Tourist Office in order to accept Debit, VISA and Mastercard payments (please keep in mind that 5% of the total will be added for the latter option.)  We can also accept cash payments where applicable.
Price includes:
  • All expenses for your guide/driver.
  • Fuel and AC car rental.
  • Entrance fees.
  • A refreshing Tirana or Korca beer.
  • Local taxes.

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Give us the time to organize an unforgettable and really cool holiday in one of the nicest Rivieras on the Mediterranean: the Albanian Riviera Holiday! There is no need for a jacket – bring a bathing suit (it might be useful!)

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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 Llogara, and in the larger resorts of Vlorë, Divjake-Karavasta, Durrës, Shengjin and Velipoja. 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 we can add some mountain experiences and landscapes in Albania of course but also in Croatia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo or Greece.)