Sazan island has a bit of an odd history. It is Albania’s only one (there are more close by, but they belong to other countries!) and for the longest time it was closed off to the public as a military base.
For the first time ever, this island opened to visitors in June of 2019 and since than we keep bringing guests there as part of this three day itinerary! We are one of the only companies to offer this tour, and it’s perfect for those who want a taste of the beautiful sea with a touch of obscurity.
Close to Vlora (on Albania’s coast in the west), it’s in a marine park with plenty of beaches, mountains and abounding nature. There are derelict military buildings on site that were looted in the 90s and also endless bunkers that remain untouched. It closes in September so it’s best visited in the summer months. Discover the unique biodiversity and wild nature of Albania, with a mix of history, cultural heritage and gastronomical delights! We offer a longer package of this tour with the help of our close friends at DestiMED – an agency geared towards sustainable tourism.
Also in relation of the Stalinist past of the area we do recommand you watch this great movie before you visit it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjFE0aOVv5w It’s literally translated: Front to front and tells about the moment Albania broke with the Soviet Union and popped out of the Warsaw Pact.
This tour is flexible, but we have offered a sample itinerary here to let you know what we can offer:
Price and Information:
This tour is offered only as a private tour (it’s a special one!) Please use this contact form to sign up – and let us know your plans (the number of people, dates, etc., are helpful).
Private tours are slightly more expensive and can be done any day of the year according to your needs. For private tours we can offer pick-ups in Tirana or from another spot like Durres (the price will change if the pick-up is outside of 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: