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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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For either a one day-, weekend- or mutli-day-tour that covers several parts of the region, we can offer you a succulent and surprising experience of Balkanic and Mediterranean cuisine! Albania is especially rich in this field and in just one day we’ll jump from chaotic bazaar restaurants to peaceful farms; fishermen cottages to very fine restaurants; elegant wineries to drinking fresh local beer (and of course plenty of the ‘magic’ local pride called Raki.) Let us know what you’re most interested in and to find a bit more inspiration start from here.

 

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 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!
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.
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 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!
Price:
This tour starts from 64.9 euros/per person for a group of 2 – 5 persons. Of course, if we make changes or add extensions depending on preferences, the price may change. Contact us to get started!
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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