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Albania Tours & Tailormade Holidays

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Indulge your curiosity and visit this little known and less explored land perched quietly on the turquoise shores of the Mediterranean. Emerging slowly from a particularly grim and brutal Communist period, Albania has now drawn open its iron curtain, revealing one of Europe's last unspoiled cultures. Travel through fragrant and floral countryside and past sleepy stone-crafted villages, hike the legendary Accursed Mountains and take a boat across spectacular Lake Koman, untouched by mass tourism. Visit its coastline decorated with the crumbling structures of Greek, Roman and Ottoman empires. Discover ancient cultural legacies that still exist today, and come to understand why Albania became Lord Byron's favourite inspirational retreat.




Albania Tours


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Laurel & Paul Smallwood (Albanian Odyssey)
“Such a surprise package! So much more than we anticipated and so much to see and do in this small country. Stunning scenery and roads generally better than we expected. Go before the rest of the world discovers this gem.”


Tour Country Dates Days Price
Albanian Odyssey
Discover the culture and hospitality of Albania

Off the beaten track :   
Activity :  
Albania
06 May 2017
24 Sep 2017
05 May 2018
23 Sep 2018
10 £ 1,695
Archaeology of the Balkans
Ancient Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians & Ottomans

Off the beaten track :   
Activity :  
Serbia
Macedonia
Kosovo
Albania
Montenegro
06 May 2017
16 Sep 2017
05 May 2018
15 Sep 2018
19 £ 3,295
Balkan Explorer
Serbia, Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro & Bosnia

Off the beaten track :   
Activity :  
Albania
Bosnia
Kosovo
Macedonia
Montenegro
Serbia
06 May 2017
30 Sep 2017
02 Jun 2018
29 Sep 2018
20 £ 3,095

Tour Description

Discover Albania (see Albanian Odyssey tour)

Visit the remarkable ruins of Butrint, walk the stunning stone cities of Berat and Girokastra, explore remote monasteries and rustic villages and indulge your palate with delicious Albanian food and wine, a little known Mediterranean culinary secret. Finally, experience a taste of blood feud country in the wild, mountainous and hospitable north of the country.

Tailormade Options

Archaeology

Albania has a proud and ancient history, and today is littered with ancient sites that few outsiders have visited. Apollonia, an ancient city in Illyria located on the Aous River, was founded in 588 BC by Greek colonists from Corfu and Corinth. Excavations conducted by Albanian archaeologists in the 1960s near the modern village of Saraqinishte led to the identification of the fortified city of Antigonea, believed to have been founded by Pyrrhus, the Molossian king, in 296 BC for his wife Antigone. The jewel in the crown, however, is undoubtedly Butrint. Originally ancient Greek, this remarkable site was built upon and extended by Romans, Byzantines and Venetians, each leaving their unique fingerprints on this exceptionally preserved site.

Hiking, Walking & Cycling

More than two thirds of Albania is mountainous landscape making it ideal to discover on foot. Southern Albania walking routes run along the crystal waters of the Ionian Sea, up high ridges and panoramic peaks, through pine forests, olive and citrus groves, visiting monuments that narrate the rich history of the country. In Northern Albania discover the fairy-tale landscapes of the Albanian Alps (or Accursed Mountains). Stay with villagers and discover their proud and vibrant culture and generous hospitality. Cycling tours can also be arranged in either region and throughout Albania.

Adventure Sports

Go river rafting with our experienced guides in Osumi Canyon, Vjosa and Devoli. Try sea kayaking to explore white pebble beaches, limestone cliffs and small hidden bays in the Ionian Sea, or try your hand at some more challenging white-water kayaking on the Valbona, Osum and various other rivers in north and south Albania. Skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing are also possible in the winter, and canyoning and river hiking are available through the warmer months.

Birding

The fresh water marshes around Butrint are particularly attractive to wintering water birds, such as the little egret, spoonbill, grey heron, little-ringed plover and lapwing. During the migration season, terns, sandpipers, and curlews use the area as a feeding and resting ground. In 1993, the critically endangered slender-billed curlew was spotted here. Typical flora found in the ditches are celery leafed buttercup, watercress, and reedmace. The reed beds are home to frogs, snakes, terrapins, kingfishers and warblers.

Lord Byron, Folk Festivals & More

Take a walking or horse-riding tour in Lord Byron's footsteps through the stunning landscapes of Southern Albania - ancient stone towns, traditional villages, dramatic gorges and remote monasteries.

Girokastra folk festival - celebrated every 4 years, it features the best of Albanian traditions, including music, instruments, folk art and colourful costumes.

Culture and Painting tour in the Footsteps of 19th Century Painter Edward Lear. Follow his travels as recounted in his famous book Journals of a Landscape Painter in the Balkans.