Our most recommended things to do in Gjirokaster

Berat: Osum Canyon and Bogove Waterfall Tour

Berat: Osum Canyon and Bogove Waterfall Tour

Experience the natural beauty of Osum Canyon and Bogove Waterfall with our guided tour. Our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you to this hidden gem of Albania. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to stop at several viewpoints to take pictures of the breathtaking canyon. You will also walk on top of the canyons to enjoy the magnificent views. Our tour includes a hike through Bogove National Park, where you will have the chance to swim in the cold crystal waters of the stunning Bogove waterfall. You will also make a stop in Polican, a small town founded during the communist time to produce weapons and learn about its history. The tour is customizable to your interests and preferences. You can also enjoy a picnic lunch Please note that during the dry season from July to September, we can make a short exploration of the canyon. However, in the other months, it is not possible to explore the canyon, and the tour will focus on sightseeing. Get ready to discover the natural beauty of Albania and create unforgettable memories with our Osum Canyon and Bogove waterfall tour! Meet with the tour guide in Berat and transfer to Osum Canyon On the way to the canyon stop in Polican a town founded during the communist time to produce weapons Proceed the journey to the canyons – Stop in the viewpoints and learn more about some popular legends Take your time to swim On the way back to Berat visit Bogove waterfall Fresh up with the cold waters of the waterfall Return to Berat in the late afternoon

Sarande: Lekursi Castle, Blue Eye, and Gjirokastra Day Trip

Sarande: Lekursi Castle, Blue Eye, and Gjirokastra Day Trip

Start with pickup in Saranda and relax in a comfortable and air-conditioned van on the transfer to the hilltop Lekuresi Castle. Have free time to explore its Ottoman architecture and enjoy panoramic views of the Ionian Sea, the surrounding countryside, and the nearby Greek island of Corfu. Relax on the scenic drive to the Blue Eye, a deep karst spring characterized by its vivid blue color, which contrasts sharply with the surrounding greenery. Go on a short hike to the spring or buy a ticket for the train. Spend some time soaking up the tranquility of this unique spot. Next, discover one of the largest and most well-preserved castles in Albania with a stop at Gjirokastra Castle. Buy a ticket to explore this imposing fortress that offers a blend of rich history, stunning architecture, and panoramic views of the UNESCO-listed town of Gjirokastër and the Drino Valley. Continue to the Gjirokastra Bazaar, a vibrant and historically rich market located in the heart of Gjirokastër that dates back to the 17th-century. Shop for local handicrafts like traditional clothing, textiles, and pottery, and enjoy its traditional Ottoman architectural style. Return to your meeting point at the end of your day trip with unforgettable memories of your time in Albania.

From Berat, Albania: Osumi Canyons Rafting Trip with Lunch

From Berat, Albania: Osumi Canyons Rafting Trip with Lunch

Experience a thrilling adrenaline rush in the wild nature of Albania on a rafting boat, accompanied by a professional guide. Swap tourist trails for off-road adventure on this class 3 rafting tour. See eight waterfalls, a cathedral, and unspoiled nature, and listen as the soothing sounds of running water combine to create a truly unique trip. Enjoy in a refreshing lunch and benefit from the knowledge and supervision of your professional guide. Savour the sight of the Osumi River which is one of the most spectacular natural attractions of Albania.

From Saranda: Gjirokastra Stone City & Blue Eye Day Trip

From Saranda: Gjirokastra Stone City & Blue Eye Day Trip

Explore the city of Gjirokastra on an exciting day trip from Saranda. Begin your journey by arriving at Gjirokastra Castle for a one-hour tour of the historic fortress. Walk through the fascinating Old Bazaar and make your way to the Cold War Tunnel, where you'll have the opportunity to visit the fascinating site for 30 minutes. Then take a leisurely stroll back to the Old Bazaar, where you will have 30–60 minutes free time to explore the local souvenir shops or enjoy a delicious lunch. Visit Skenduli House, a magnificent 300-year-old museum house and learn all about the local culture for another 30 minutes. Finally, head to the stunning Blue Eye Nature Park, where you'll walk a 1.2 km trail to see the exquisite springs. Enjoy an exciting and informative way to explore the treasures of the city of Gjirokastra.

Berat: Rafting Tour through Osumi Canyon.

Berat: Rafting Tour through Osumi Canyon.

The day begins with a drive to Çorovodë city, the location of Osumi Canyon, which is approximately a 1-hour drive from Berat. Upon arrival at the starting point of our activity, you'll meet the guide who will provide all the necessary equipment for the journey, including neoprene wetsuits, waterproof shirts, life jackets, and helmets. The guide will require 10 minutes of your attention to provide instructions on how to hold the paddle, how to sit on the raft, and what to do and not to do during the journey. They will ensure that everyone has clearly understood the instructions before proceeding. As we begin paddling, our first stop is the "Cathedral of Canyon," a rock structure that resembles a cathedral. We then proceed to the gate of the canyon, where tall rock formations surround us, reaching heights of up to 100 meters above our heads. Our next stop is the "Waterfall of Love," the second and largest waterfall along our route. The guide will provide information about the surroundings as we continue down the canyon. We'll make a stop at the "Waterfall of Sugar," where the narrowest part of the canyon briefly halts our raft. After passing this section, we'll park the raft for a longer stop to enjoy some snacks we've brought along, such as sandwiches, fruits, and bottled water. Once we're back in the raft, the guide will ensure that everyone is seated properly before we continue our journey. Along the way, we'll stop at "Devil’s Gate" and "Blue Waterfall," where unique rock formations and viewpoints await. Further down the canyon, we'll encounter the "Bride's Veil" waterfall, followed by the delicate "Waterfall of Champagne." As we paddle onward, the rock formations gradually decrease in height until we reach the "Eye of Canyon." At this point, it's time to return to reality and bid farewell to the majestic canyon. Our car will be waiting for us at the finish point to drive us back to our vehicles, marking the end of this unforgettable experience. Your photos and videos from the trip will be sent to you within one day and are complimentary.

From Tirana & Durres: Private Tour of Gjirokaster & Blue Eye

From Tirana & Durres: Private Tour of Gjirokaster & Blue Eye

Join us in this Day Tour of Gjirokastra and The Blue Eye to explore the secrets behind this Stone City and Castle of Gjirokaster. Part of Albanian UNESCO World Heritage. This Tour brings you nearer to the Unique Architecture, Local life, delicious food, and a stunning water spring. It is a complete guide with the best of what to visit in Gjirokaster, carefully selected by us, along with the last destination being The Blue Eye. Probably it is one of the steepest cities in the world, as Ismail Kadare describes it in his book. Gjirokastra will amaze you with its unique architecture and its dominant castle of Gjirokastra on the top of the hill. It is a city with a rich and glorious history, culture, and delicious local cuisine. Tour of Gjirokaster will start with the Pride of the city, the Castle of Gjirokaster. Walking through the coble stone paths sliding from the castle, you will explore a charming city, strangely attractive, and very Instagramable. While in Gjirokastra, we will explore also most of the Historic city, including some characteristic houses to understand more about how everyday life was organized in the family. Lastly, our final stop will be The Blue Eye water spring, which will leave you speechless and eager to jump in those vibrant blue colors and take a dip. Tour of Gjirokastra The history of the “Stone City” of Gjirokastra dates since the IVth Century AD. Known as Argyrokastro (Silver Castle) it has been an important economic, political and cultural city since the early Byzantine Era. Since 2005 the City is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. In addition, it is known for its highly preserved Ottoman Style Buildings and Architecture. The main components of the unique style are - Stone House Rooftops - Unique “Small Fortes” house style - The old Bazaar Blue Eye The “Blue Eye” is a water spring and a natural phenomenon occurring in a village in Finiq, southern Albania. The clear blue water of the Bistricë River can be seen from a depth of more than 50 meters, which is truly a magical view and makes the Blue Eye one of the most preferred destinations among tourists.

From Tirana: Full-Day Gjirokastra Trip with Hotel Transfer

From Tirana: Full-Day Gjirokastra Trip with Hotel Transfer

Start your day with a convenient pickup from your accommodation in Tirana. Hop aboard your comfortable vehicle and begin the scenic drive to the timeless city of Gjirokastra, the UNESCO World Heritage site also know as "The Stone City". Be amazed by the splendour of Southern Albania's eastern side of the mountain as you arrive. Marvel at Gjirokastra, which resembles a fortified city where every single home is like a small fortress. Immerse yourself in the city's fascinating history and its origins in the 4th century AD. Discover why it is considered one of the Balkans' best-preserved medieval cities. Pass by the incredible Medieval Bazar as you enter Gjirokastra. Feel the atmosphere in the old town as it cascades down the graceful hill, filled with beautiful and narrow stoned streets. Be amazed by the wide variety of handmade crafts from local artisans and producers. Visit one of the best-preserved houses of Gjirokastra, where every detail is original and authentic. Finish your day of discovery with a comfortable ride back to Tirana.

From Tirana/Durres/Golem: Gjirokastra and Blue Eye Day Tour

From Tirana/Durres/Golem: Gjirokastra and Blue Eye Day Tour

Embark on a journey to Gjirokastra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled in the rugged mountains of southern Albania. Begin your exploration in the atmospheric Old Bazaar, where narrow cobblestone streets wind past traditional stone buildings housing artisan workshops, bustling cafes, and local eateries serving up authentic Albanian cuisine. Next, ascend to the imposing Gjirokastra Castle, perched high above the city on a rocky hilltop. This medieval fortress offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and provides insight into the city's storied past. Explore its ancient walls, towers, and courtyards, and learn about the illustrious history of the castle, which once served as the stronghold of the formidable ruler Ali Pasha Tepelena. As you wander the winding streets of Gjirokastra, take time to admire the unique architecture of the city's iconic stone houses. Built with distinctive slate roofs and featuring intricately carved wooden balconies, these historic homes offer a glimpse into Albania's rich cultural heritage. Don't miss the chance to visit Skenduli House, one of Gjirokastra's most renowned architectural landmarks. This beautifully preserved Ottoman-era mansion showcases the craftsmanship and elegance of traditional Albanian design, with its ornate interiors and charming courtyard garden. Embark on an unforgettable journey to the Blue Eye, a natural wonder nestled in the heart of southern Albania. This mesmerizing spring, also known as Syri i Kalter, boasts crystal-clear turquoise waters that seem to shimmer with an otherworldly brilliance. Located near the village of Muzine, the Blue Eye is formed by an underground river that emerges from a stunning karstic spring, creating a mesmerizing pool of vibrant blue water. The spring is surrounded by lush greenery, including dense forests and verdant hillsides, adding to its picturesque allure. Visitors can marvel at the mesmerizing beauty of the Blue Eye as they stand on the wooden viewing platform overlooking the spring. The water's incredible clarity allows you to see all the way to the bottom, where the depths seem to disappear into an azure abyss. With its fascinating history, stunning architecture, and breathtaking scenery & nature, Gjirokastra invites visitors to step back in time and experience the timeless charm of this enchanting Albanian city.

Gjirokastër: Traditional Albanian Vegetarian Cooking Class

Gjirokastër: Traditional Albanian Vegetarian Cooking Class

Starting from Cerciz Topulli square, you will join up with your host and walk over to one of the oldest neighbourhoods in town, “Pazar i Vjeter”. Here we'll meet Marjeta and her husband. The cooking class will begin with a glass of raki or a soft drink. We'll cook a vegetarian menu, and under the guidance of Marjeta we will learn how to make three dishes. The first one is called “Qofte bobollaqe” consisting mainly of yogurt, the traditional “Qifqis” found only in Gjirokastër and consisting mainly on rice, and the desert called “Hasude”. All these three are accompanied by the salad of the season Marjeta has already prepared for you. After all the hard work, we can sit down with the group to savor each of your dishes. Pair your menu with a complimentary glass of wine, raki, or a soft drink and have a nice chat while you eat. Your cooking class will conclude after the meal.In the end a recipe of what you have cooked will be given to you to prepare the same thing at home whenever you want.

2 Euro per Km-Premium Transfer Service All over Albania.

2 Euro per Km-Premium Transfer Service All over Albania.

Book a premium transfer service to cover every corner of Albania. Enjoy peace of mind knowing that you'll arrive at your destination safely and comfortably. Forget about the hassles of driving, parking, and navigating through traffic. The drivers are highly trained and knowledgeable about the local roads, ensuring that you reach your destination efficiently and on time. Take care of all the details, including tolls, gas, and any other expenses along the way. With transparent pricing, know exactly what to expect, with no hidden costs or surprises. Rates start at just 2 euros per kilometer, with a minimum distance of 15 kilometers. Whether you're traveling for business meetings, sightseeing tours, or airport transfers, the transfer service is the perfect choice. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey while the rest is taken care of.

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Would highly recommend this tour, especially if you are only in Tirana for a few days. Guide was on time, very knowledgeable, spoke English well and was very friendly. It is a long day, but worth it.

Rat was a very nice guide and instructor. Because of his experience in rafting and his knowledge about the Osumi Canyon we had a great day! I would recommend this to anyone who visits Berat.

I enjoyed this tour very much, our tour guide was friendly, flexible and knowledgeable. This is a great way to see a few lovely spots in Albania :)

The tour was really good. Ledjon was an excellent guide and we had a very enjoyable day.

Great tour - everything was excellent and very informative!