For a good part of the year, finding a car or 4×4 to hire can be a real nightmare with the big international rental firms charging a small fortune to hire a four-wheel-drive Jeep or Land Rover. Why not give Albanian Trip a call? – we’re licensed to hire cars and have access to a number of reliable, air-conditioned off-road vehicles. And unlike the international firms, we don’t mind if you actually take them off the asphalt and down a dirt road!
We know about many interesting and secret ways to travel in different Albanian or Balkan regions with 4wd cars (and alternative ways to get through countryside and mountain areas!) We also hire out normal road cars, such as air-conditioned Ford Focus and Citroën C1s. Click here for more information.
“You are going to Albania” shrieked our friends in Australia …”why on earth would you go there?” Murmuring that it had always been on our bucket list we replied that we couldn’t wait to see the country that had been shrouded in mystery for so much of our lives.
Well now we’ve had a week in Albania we can tell our friends what we experienced and why they should come. It is a fantastic country to visit! The weather in late August was perfect: blue skies, hours of sunshine and beautiful fresh fruit and vegetables everywhere we went.
The history of Albania is fascinating and the remnants of these earlier civilisations are scattered around the country. We flew into Tirana where we picked up our rental 4×4 from Elton at Albanian Trip and then drove off to Vlore, Sarander, Gjirokaster, Berat and Kruja. We had to keep pinching ourselves – we just couldn’t believe we were actually driving around Albania.
Everyone we met was friendly and some went out of their way to help us to find our hotel or to to give us directions to a poorly signed archeological site. (And yes, the signage is often very sparse.)
We picnicked along the way buying bread, cheese, lovely red tomatoes and juicy, golden peaches and nectarines to eat in the pine groves or by the magnificent ruins we visited. We stayed in lovely (and inexpensive) hotels and everywhere we went we were welcomed with warmth and generosity.
It was a unique experience and we loved every moment that we were there.
We had a fantastic time with Albanian Trip this summer. We used them for car hire for our two weeks in Albania but they actually helped us with much more. The cars we had were fantastic and fully insured but having Gjergji as an English speaking contact (who seemed to know everyone in Albania!) was wonderful as we knew that if we ever needed him, he was there to help. He also gave us lots of recommendations on where to stay in the North which was lovely. Thank you for making our trip so enjoyable and worry-free! We will definitely use Albanian Trip next time we are lucky enough to come to Albania!