Tirana: 4-Day Northern Albania Mini Tour
- Private group
- Pickup available
- Duration: 4 days
Explore Theth National Park on a 2-day guided tour and see breathtaking natural wonders such as the Blue Eye and the Grunas Waterfall as well as historical marvels like the Church of Theth and the Lock-in Tower. Arrive in Theth and take some time to settle into your room and enjoy some lunch. Then, head down to the valley for a scenic walk along the river before stopping at the Lock-in Tower. Hear the fascinating history of this old prison from your expert guide. Continue to the Grunas Waterfall, and see one of the most unique natural formations in the Albanian Alps, proclaimed a state-protected natural monument. Then, head back to the guesthouse for some dinner and an evening of music. Start your morning with a traditional breakfast before traveling to the Blue Eye. As you go, admire the incredible scenery along the trail with mountain ranges above you and rocky pools of freshwater -...
Visit the most charming places in Shkodra all decorated and lit up for the holidays on a special Christmas walking tour.
Enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of the holiday season as you stroll the city's streets and learn all about the history of this beloved holiday. Hear the story behind Christmas trees and how they are decorated, learn about Christmas spells, and listen to fascinating local legends told by your guide.
See St. Stephen's Cathedral and discover the Shkodra Christmas tree. Find out what local foods you should taste during the holidays and learn about local Christmas traditions on this unique guided walking tour during the Christmas holidays.
Discover the best of Albanian culture and nature on this guided tour from Tirana. After getting picked up from your hotel, begin the journey to the town of Kruja, one of the most important towns in Albania. Enjoy a stroll around the town and learn more about its history as a major battleground of the Ottoman Empire. Later, stroll through the Old Bazaar and pick up some souvenirs at one of the many shops selling traditional handmade items. Next, visit the castle where you can choose to visit the ethnographic museum and learn more about Albanian traditions and customs. In the afternoon, begin your hike through the Qafeshtama National Park. Along the way, admire spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and visit the spring where the Albanian Royal family gets their daily supply from. After your hike, head back to Tirana and get dropped off back at your hotel.
Meet at 9:00 AM at your hotel in Tirana. Head towards Shkodra and begin to explore its main attractions. Located at the entrance of the town, 3km south of the city center, Rozafa Castle (fortress of Shkodra) is located on a rocky hill. It's one of the biggest and most famous castles in Albania. The Rozafa castle has a fascinating history. Archaeological excavations have yielded finds extending from the early Bronze Age. Within its massive defensive walls stand the Church of St. Stephen, several Venetian administrative buildings, and some medieval rooms. On the border of Montenegro and Albania, you'll find Shkodra Lake, a former ocean bay that was cut off from the Adriatic Sea when the sea levels dropped thousands of years ago. The lake is the largest in the Balkans at 41km long and with a surface area between 370-530 km2. The bottom of the lake is well below sea level, making it what's ...
Day 1: Travel Day and Tirana An airport pickup service is available throughout the day, following which you can get settled in your hotel. If you are not too tired, there is a guided walking tour of the city also available. Day 2: Kruja and Shkoder You'll begin your journey from Tirana directly to the city of Kruja. From there you will set off on a guided tour of the castle, the Skanderbeg Museum, and the National Ethnographic Museum. You'll transfer for lunch in Shiroke, with Lake Shkoder well known for its fish cuisine. Following lunch, visit the Rozafa Fortress and enjoy amazing views whilst learning the fortress’s fascinating history. Afterwards, get settled in to your hotel in Shkoder and experience the Old Town, St. Stephen’s Catholic Cathedral, the Ebu Bekr Mosque, and Marubi Museum throughout a guided tour. Later, enjoy free time in the even...
Visit the Rozafa castle and museum in Shkodër. The museum showcases artifacts from the Hellenistic and medieval periods up until World War I. As you walk along the Illyrian walls from the 4th-century, you will learn about the history and the vivid legend of the woman who got buried alive within the castle walls. Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the breathtaking views over the confluence of the Buna, Drini and Kiri rivers. You'll be picked up from your hotel in Shkodër and walk up through the cobblestoned street to the entrance of the castle. Along the way, you will be rewarded with fantastic views of Shkodra Lake and the Lead Mosque. Once inside the castle, you will see the monument of Rozafa feeding her baby from the walls. In addition you will get to know more about the people’s history and how they survived different occupations. The next stop is the museum that sheds light on every...
Your journey begins from your hotel in Budva, from where you travel towards the border control that separates Montenegro and Albania. Once having crossed the border, continue towards Shkoder where you visit the Rozafa Castle. Following your tour of the castle, make a visit to the museum. This museum sheds light on every stone and ruin that you have visited and observed so far on your tour. Any questions you might have had throughout the tour of the castle will be answered there, and in addition to the story of the castle, the museum showcases artifacts from the Hellenistic and medieval periods up until World War I. You then move on to see the famous pedestrian road of Shkoder. Following your tour of Shkoder, your tour concludes as your guide drives you back to your hotel in Budva.
Together with a professional guide, you will visit the most charming places in the city. One of the oldest cities in Albania was founded in the 4th century. Plumb the depths of the ancient city, while hearing fascinating facts and legends. Perfect for those who are visiting the city for the first time and want to get the most of it. Hear tales of liberation movements, local secrets, and much more. The streets, buildings, and corners of Kruja contain a surprising number of hidden facts and accompanying stories. Listen as your charming guide tells you what is special and unique about living in this wonderful city, allowing one to experience it through the eyes of a local.
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