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One aspect of Albanian culture that interests us is Socialist Realism art – of which Albania has in abundance. The communist regime took the visual arts very, very seriously and the country is peppered with their works, from mosaics to monuments (many of which are now sadly vandalized or have simply been neglected.)

You can visit the National Gallery of Arts in Tirana to see its collection of Socialist Realism art, but without any context or in-depth descriptions, the works can sometimes be a little perplexing. This is why we try to arrange for our clients a visit to the gallery with one of Albania’s finest Socialist Realism artists, Robert Permeti. Those who have taken the tour with him before have been moved by his stories and have learned a lot about the time period.

Check out the Socialist Realism tour we offer!
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We will definitely surprise you with our small but very interesting collection of books and all sorts of objects related to Albania’s history of the last 100 years but also more. We have all kinds of paraphernalia from the Marxist literature competition to the Canadian Communist Party’s publicity to travel Albania in the 80s! We’ve hundreds of objects related to communist and capitalist (lol) Albanian life in general. Tirana has no ethnographic museum but this place can be considered as one or even more. You can touch things, ask questions and feel free to spend a bit of time in it. We always had historians, artists and researchers to come and spend a bit of time roaming through the many objects and the literature that we have.


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If you find yourself with a bit of time in Tirana and have already visited (or don’t have enough time to spend in) big museums like the National History one, send us a message and come and visit our garden and the collection – this will surely add a lot of charm to your visit of Tirana!

Wherever in the world you come from, we’re certain this is going to be interesting. We showcase artifacts from a part of history that many modern Albanians are not even aware of – many of the objects we’re displaying have sadly been thrown away (mainly by young brides) and have been replaced with cheap post-Communist elements. We’re not nostalgic but we’ve taken pains to preserve these things and we’re certainly good at telling you the stories! So do come and visit us also to try the Raki we make with the grapes of the garden next door – and why not a fantastic Turkish coffee that will help you stay awake for the rest of the day!?

Since we’re not very fancy and business-minded yet (but it has started to happen) when it comes to our collection, we will not charge but will be happy to let you give a little contribution to the maintenance (and hopefully the expanding) of our collection in the future.

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.

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.  We can include stops for food and anything else you will need!

Itinerary:

We’ll approach it in the usual Tirana way: let’s start avash-avash around 9:30. 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.

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.  This tour is done directly in Tirana so we will only offer pick-ups in 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.
 
The price will include:
  • All expenses for professional guide.
  • Entrance fees at any suggested sites.
  • VAT tax.