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We’re organizing six-day group tours to see Albania’s famous lagoons. This tour is mainly focused on bird-watching and nature! It is definitely designed for those with a love of the outdoors but we will indeed visit other points of interest that don’t have to do with birds or fauna. The group will have a maximum of 12 participants and we’ll only run it if we will manage to have a minimum of 4 participants. Get in touch!
Please keep in mind that the itinerary will be flexible in order to allow for the best viewings!  We will have a more complete itinerary closer to the date but we do know where we’ll be staying each night (see below.)  From there we can make the best plans for you according to conditions and interests. Our local ornithology specialists will be hired by us to lead us through the best areas to visit for birds. This will make for a very fun trip!
We are consistently amazed by all the new things learned and by the enthusiasm of our amazing friends from Karavasta, one of the most famous parks in Albania. Albanian Trip and PPNEA are trying to promote the natural, historical and human beauties of Divjaka as well as trying to help local communities get stronger. Quite close to Tirana and Central Albania, this is a great place to visit – it’s the Kingdom of the Curly Pelican of Albania!
We have set some dates for the tour and we’ve chosen it to be in peak of the newborn season when the activity in the lagoons among the resident bird communities is at its highest!
Please keep in mind that we also have a Day Trip we offer of bird watching.
Contact us for more information on 2019 group departures -we’d be happy to plan that now!
An extension to the tour can be definitely discussed for groups or individual tours and we can add on the historical, artistic and culinary sides of Albania and the region, too!
Itinerary
Day 1
  • Meet in Tirana in the morning.
  • Dinner and overnight in Tirana.
Day 2
  • Visits of Tirana downtown and the Nature History Museum. Drive to Karavasta. Overnight in Divjaka beach right in the middle of the protected park.
Day 3
  • Early start with bird-watching and visits of the lagoon and the sites with high activity of birds, fauna and flora. Meals and overnight in Divjaka.

Day 4

  • Transfer to the region of Vlora. Bird-watching in the Lagoon of Narta. Overnight in a city hotel in Vlora.

Day 5

  • Day spent in the surroundings of Orikum for bird-watching and visits of the lagoon. Visits of the archaeological site of Orik. Overnight in Berat.

Day 6

  • Visits of the very fine UNESCO site of Berat.
  • Depart for Tirana for flight home or transfer elsewhere (we’d be happy to discuss this!)
Price:
759.0 Euros/per person (single supplement 99.0 euros/person).  Of course, we can take Albanian Lek, GBP and USD, too. For groups larger than 5 we are happy to discuss a more ‘civilized’ price. We will discuss payment options with you.
Price includes:
  • All expenses for your guides/driver.
  • Fuel and AC car rental.
  • Park entrance fees.
  • Local taxes.
  • 5 Nights in Standard double rooms in charming small local hotels.
  • All Breakfasts and dinners
  • VAT and tourist tax

The founders of Albanian Trip were all born and bred in Tirana and you can’t find a better company with whom to explore this magical city.  Tirana is a city teeming with life; a certain raw quality makes it appealing to those who love to dig deeper to find the true character of a place – there is so much to see, do and eat!  We want to help expose to you the real Tirana and this tour will combine old and new, authentic and ordinary, primitive and  modern,  known and unknown stories, public and private spaces, solid and liquid delicacies, walked and driven paths.

We can offer it as a private or group tour for 4 hours  or as a full day-trip of 8 hours of walking, exploring, tasting, meeting and cruising around. While we do have a full list of potential activities, we are willing to work with your particular tastes so you get the most out of the wander.

Itinerary:

We’ll approach it in the usual Tirana way: let’s start avash-avash around 09h30am. Depending on whether you decide on the 4 or 8 hour day, we’ll walk around some central neighborhoods first (learning the historical and cultural particularities of the area), take a break for a delicious bite to eat and drink and can then dive into more local surroundings for great stories, characters, meetings and tastes if time permits.

Contact us in order to plan this unique way of visiting Tirana and to discuss group size.

Price:

For the 4 hour half-day: starts from 24.9 euros/person

For the 8 hour full-day: starts from 46.9 euros/person

The price will include:
  • All expenses for professional guide.
  • Entrance fees at any suggested sites.
  • VAT tax.

This tour is designed for those who have 1-2 days free.  You can let us know the days that you are coming and we can go from there! Afterwards, we can either take you back to Tirana or on to another destination (which we can discuss! We are flexible.)  We are offering two separate options, both based in beautiful Gjirokaster:
1. A One-Day Trip encompassing the fascinating history and sites of this UNESCO World Heritage Town
or
2. A Two-Day Trip with the above, but also a focus on the famous Albanian author Ismail Kadare
If you don’t know about Kadare’s works or life yet, let us recommend some of his books before you come!  Start with his popular Chronicle in Stone and/or The General of the Dead Army – neither of which have been difficult for past visitors to order online in English. They have excellent translations and some have in-depth biographies which help explain his complex mind and life situation (he lived through many tragic events.)  He paints a story of 20th century Albania like no other author has, and nowhere can this history come to life better than in Gjirokaster!

If you only have one day free but wish to focus mainly on Kadare, we can certainly help you with this!
Itinerary for the 1-Day Gjirokaster Tour:
  • Depart Tirana early in the morning for Gjirokaster (approx. 3 hour drive.) Thanks to who knows who, we can profit from the substantial improvement of road infrastructure between the two towns! We will happily stop for a bathroom break or coffee on the way.
  • Tour of the Old Town. Visit the beautifully located Castle and the Weapon Museum. Then head to the Bazaar.
  • Enjoy a delicious traditional meal in the romantic atmosphere of the “stone town” and its wonderfully preserved Ottoman era homes. (We can suggest some great dishes to try here!)
  • Visit the neighbourhoods and some of the more than 600 houses and buildings that give Gjirokaster the reputation of being a town of unique legends, witches, dragons and “crazy alleys.” (Enver Hoxha’s birthplace is also here, just to add to the mystique.)
  • Depart back for Tirana or on to another destination of your choosing (we can certainly discuss your plans!)

Itinerary for the 2-Day Weekend Ismail Kadare Tour:
  • Depart for Gjirokaster from Tirana (approx. 3 hour drive.)
  • Check into a charming boutique family hotel.
  • On this tour we will combine visiting all of the sites mentioned in the 1-Day itinerary above over a two day period with trips to some of the corners that Kadare mentions in his books. We will comment on his works and have some deeper discussions on some of the imagery in his writing (which will be easy to imagine walking through his birthplace!) We can be flexible – if you have studied him well, just let us know what you know and we’ll try to design a tour around your readings.
  • Overnight in Gjirokaster.
  • Next day return to Tirana or on to another destination.

Price:

We can discuss this depending on which tour is chosen about and the amount of people with your group! Contact us to get the conversation going.

The price will include:

  • All expenses for your guide/driver.
  • Fuel and AC car rental.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Local taxes.
  • Transfers back to Tirana or to next destination.
  • If taking the 2-Day tour, one night in a charming boutique hotel.

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