Day 1 : Tirana - Kruja
Arrive into Tirana airport where you will be met by a Travel The Unknown representative and transferred to your hotel in Kruja. Overnight in Kruja.
Overnight in Panorama, Kruja
Meal plan: Dinner
Finally emerging in the 1990s from the shadow of one of the most brutal communist regimes in the region, Albania is like a child raised alone - its culture and quirks are distinctively its own. As well as a fascinating history since World War II, Albania also betrays more ancient influences - from Byzantines, Romans, Ottomans, Ostrogoths, Venetians, Bulgarians and Normans. Visit the remarkable ruins of Butrint, walk the stunning stone cities of Berat and Girokastra, explore remote monasteries and rustic villages and indulge your palette 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.
Kruja - Berat - Saranda - Butrint - Girokastra - Permet - Korca - Shkodra - Valbona - Tirana - Prizren
Grey herons, sandpipers and little ringed plovers
Fairytale landscapes, pine forests and breathtaking panoramic views
Step back in time to Albania's ancient history
Serbia, North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro & Bosnia
Ancient Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians & Ottomans
Discover the culture and hospitality of Albania
Laurel & Paul Smallwood , Balkan Odyssey & Albanian Odyssey, Balkans
The Balkans is a fascinating part of the world to visit with such complex histories. Wonderful scenery, great food, terrific variety of accommodation and especially loved the vineyards and wine tastings! Albania was 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.
Raymond & Janet Sterling (USA) , Tailormade Balkans
We were looking for a land tour in the Balkans and contacted Travel The Unknown. The staff were very responsive in setting up a private tour schedule for us that proved to be perfect and reasonable in cost. We have just got back from our travels and can say that it was certainly a good choice The itinerary was varied and interesting and the accommodation well chosen. The quality and price of the food and wine in the region were an added bonus. Our drivers/guides were friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable. They went out of their way to accommodation our interests and preference.s Highly recommended!