Since we had a lot of interest in 2015, we started running the tour for travelers but also artists and journalists  in a regular calendar and we don’t exagerate if we say that we’re quite knowledgeble and good at doing this. The famous BunkArt reopened its doors after a period of silence for public on the 9th of April as Bunk’Art 1 and it was followed by a very central Tirana Bunk’Art 2. We will select one of those two to be included in a day like this, for sure (opened from Monday to Sunday).

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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.

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 above and the amount of people with your group! Contact us to get the conversation going.

Tour 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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