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Tirana Airport: Bus Transfer from/to Tirana Central

1. Tirana Airport: Bus Transfer from/to Tirana Central

Relax with a shuttle service from Tirana International Airport (TIA) to Tirana and vice versa. Travel with ease on a regular bus line that offers 24-hour service, 7-days a week. Avoid the hassle of navigating the public transportation system before or after a long journey, instead, relax and enjoy the views of Tirana from the comfort of your seat. Be greeted and supported by staff who will help you onboard. Board a modern bus to leave your worries behind, and arrive on time at your destination at the airport, or in the city in an only 20-minute ride. You can freely plan your departure time with a ticket valid up to 24-hours on purchase date.

From Tirana: Gamti Mountain and Bovilla Lake Hiking Tour

2. From Tirana: Gamti Mountain and Bovilla Lake Hiking Tour

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking natural beauty of the Albanian countryside on a tour to Gamti Mountain and Lake Bovilla from Tirana. Enjoy round-trip transportation by air-conditioned vehicle. Begin your tour with pickup from your accommodation and set out on a scenic drive to Lake Bovilla. Discover the patterns of life in suburban Tirana as you pass through the city on your way to the countryside. As you approach Lake Bovilla, see the lake's impressive dam. Admire the lake's shimmering teal and turquoise waters, nestled at the base of Gamti Mountain. Head up to the hiking track to begin your ascent of the mountain, soaking up the nature atmosphere. After about 40 minutes of hiking, reach the balcony of the mountain and observe the expansive, rolling forest and hills stretching out before you. At your feet, gaze in wonder at the stunning views of Lake Bovilla. Breathe in the fresh mountain air on your cheeks in a setting of pure natural beauty. Trail details : Min Altitude : 460 m Max Altitude : 620 m Elevation: 160 m Distance up and down : 1.95 km ( 0,97 km one way) Pause to sip water and chat in the shadows of a mountain cave before descending the mountain along the same route. Once you've finished your hike, round off your trip by visiting the shore of the river and admire the unique, canyon-like scenery as you splash and paddle in the cool waters. Note: Swimming on the lake is available only from: May to September.

From Tirana: Kruja Castle, Old Bazaar & Sari Salltik Tour

3. From Tirana: Kruja Castle, Old Bazaar & Sari Salltik Tour

Join a guided tour of Kruja city to explore all its iconic attractions. Visit Kruja Castle, Skanderbeg’s Museum, the Old Bazaar, and Sari Salltik mountain. We will pick you up from the hotel and start the tour to Kruja city. After around one hour driving you are in Kruja and we continue the first visit to the Castle of Kruja, which houses Skanderbeg’s Museum. It was the epicenter of the legendary Albanian resistance to the Ottomans, led by national hero Skanderbeg in the 15th century. See a copy of the helmet and the sword of Scanderbeg in the main hall, the flags and stems of prominent families of that time who supported the national hero and a lot of the history telling by the guide. After soaking in the culture and history, discover the current arts and crafts in the Old Bazaar. Look for souvenirs, including intricate local handicrafts. Finally, driving by car on a panoramic mountain road to visit the holy site of Sari Salltik. Head to this cave located on the edge of a mountain 1176 meters high and also enjoy the amazing view from the top of the mountain. Afterward, head back to Tirana.

From Tirana: Berat City UNESCO Heritage and Belshi Lake Tour

4. From Tirana: Berat City UNESCO Heritage and Belshi Lake Tour

Embark on a cultural and artistic pilgrimage. See master painter Onufri's work in the churches of Berat. Visit Berat Castle, Onufri Museum, Mangalemi & Gorica neighborhoods, and Gorica bridge. Meet your guide at your hotel and start the tour of Berat city. Berat is one of the most visited and characteristic towns in Albania. It is under the protection of UNESCO and considered a World Heritage site due to its unique architecture. Visit Berat Castle and the Onufri Museum. The Berat castle is of particular interest because people still live within its walls in their traditional houses, just like their ancestors did for centuries. Explore this fortress overlooking the town of Berat and its many Byzantine churches. Witness some of the most beautiful shades of red and gold you have ever laid eyes on in the museum. Then, continue to your next stop in the old quarters of Mangalemi and Gorica that connect with each other by the Gorica Bridge over the Osumi River. On the way back you will visit Belshi, a very small town, with a small lake in front of the buildings.

From Tirana: Lake Bovilla Day Trip with Gamti Mountain Hike

5. From Tirana: Lake Bovilla Day Trip with Gamti Mountain Hike

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life on this day trip from Tirana to Bovilla Lake. Take in spectacular views of the Albanian countryside, learn about the lake's flora and fauna, and enjoy a guided trek to the summit of Gamti Mountain. Begin your tour with a convenient pickup from your accommodation in Tirana. After boarding your air-conditioned transportation, leave Tirana behind on a scenic drive toward Bovilla Lake, admiring picturesque landscapes of rolling hills, quaint villages, and expansive fields along the way. Upon arrival at Bovilla Lake, feel captivated by the untouched beauty of the surroundings in the Albanian countryside. Take a moment to absorb the serenity of the lake's crystal-clear waters and surrounding lush greenery before embarking on the day's exploration. With your guide, begin a lakeside hike to explore the natural wonders of Bovilla. Stroll along the tranquil shoreline, taking in panoramic views and enjoying the refreshing air, as your guide tells you about the local flora and fauna, as well as the cultural significance of the lake. As you forge ahead on your hike toward the summit of Gamti Mountain, intermittent breaks will provide moments to rest and bask in the scenery. Upon reaching the mountain's peak, a prolonged pause awaits to allow you to appreciate the mesmerizing views fully. As you marvel at the breathtaking tableau of the sprawling lake and encircling mountains, enjoy some time to grab a meal at the nearby restaurant (at your own expense) or feel free to bring your own snacks to reenergize after the ascent. As your day concludes, the descent back to the base begins. Take your time to relish the journey downward, contemplating your experience on this invigorating hike. Once back at the base, return to Tirana for drop-off at your accommodation.

Tirana: Express Walking Tour with a Guide

6. Tirana: Express Walking Tour with a Guide

Embark on a walking tour through Tirana, the vibrant capital city of Albania. Discover its rich history and culture as you explore iconic landmarks such as Skanderbeg Square, the National Historical Museum, and the Et'hem Bey Mosque. Follow your guide through the Pedestrian Road, experience the charm of the Castle of Tirana, and marvel at the unique architecture of the Pyramid. Explore the city's religious diversity with visits to Saint Paul's Church and Namazgah Mosque. Delve into the intriguing past of communist Albania at the Post-Block Checkpoint memorial and the former museum of Enver Hoxha. Experience a fascinating blend of the old and the new, leaving you eager to uncover more hidden treasures in this captivating city.

From Tirana: Daily Tour to Kruja Castle and Old Bazar

7. From Tirana: Daily Tour to Kruja Castle and Old Bazar

Welcome to Kruje - Your Ultimate Adventure Destination! Our team of expert guides ensures your safety and enjoyment, making Kruje the perfect choice for both seasoned adventurers and first-timers. Join us today for an unforgettable journey filled with excitement and wonder. Don't miss the chance to explore the historic Kruje Castle and its National Museum "Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg" for a cultural dimension to your adventure. Extend your exploration to Sarisalltik, where you can discover even more hidden gems and immerse yourself in the beauty of this captivating region. Create memories that will last a lifetime at Kruje.

From Tirana: Komani Lake and Shala River Day Trip

8. From Tirana: Komani Lake and Shala River Day Trip

Komani Lake and Shala River Day Trip is ideal for people seeking a fresh peaceful day with scenic views of Komani Lake and Shala River. You will get a chance to do the Boat Trip in Komani Lake and then swim and relax in the fresh crystal clear waters of the Shala River with views of dreamlike nature. The tour starts in Tirana at 6:00 AM and involves a 3-hour and 20-minute car ride with a short stop on the way to the Komani Lake, which was formed in the 1970s by damming the Drini valley. Visitors will then board a boat and embark on a ride through a series of deep gorges and interconnected lakes, passing between high mountains and enjoying the tranquil beauty of the natural surroundings. The ride will continue for approximately 1 hour until reaching the Shala River, which is known for its crystal-clear waters and breathtaking scenery. Visitors can even take a dip in the river's cool waters if they wish. Additionally, there is an option to go on a 45-minute hike up the mountain at the Shala River to reach a beautiful viewpoint. Afterward, visitors will return to the boat and head back to the Komani Dam by 3:30 PM, followed by a drive back to Tirana. Overall, this tour offers a unique and unforgettable experience for visitors to explore the stunning natural beauty of Albania's Komani Lake and Shala River, making it an excellent option for nature lovers and those looking for adventure.

Tirana: Bus Transfer from/to Durres and Tirana Airport

9. Tirana: Bus Transfer from/to Durres and Tirana Airport

Relax with a shuttle service connecting directly Tirana International Airport (TIA) and Durres Central Bus Station in just a 35-minute ride. Travel with ease on a regular bus line that offers 24-hour service, 7-days a week. Make the journey before and after your flight easier by booking your bus ticket in advance. Simply relax on your way to Durres and enjoying the views of Tirana from the comfort of your seat. Benefit from, modern buses equipped with air-conditioning and free Wifi on board. The seat also has additional leg space to offer you the most comfortable ride. You can charge your mobile devices with power socket available at every seat and stay entertained with a media system available on board. Freely plan your departure time with a ticket valid up to 24 hours.

Tirana Walking Tour

10. Tirana Walking Tour

Widely known for its contemporary 'Dolce Vita' atmosphere of cafes and restaurants, Albania's capital city of Tirana is like no other Balkan capital cities. Following its recent rapid transformation, it now vividly showcases iconic high-rise architecture and redesigned public spaces, created by renowned architects whose work attracts international attention and is winning awards worldwide.  Manifesting Albania's delayed capitalism is the unprecedented construction boom that also embodies the quality of the designs and professional finesse of the ultramodern Belgian and Dutch architects, much like the Austrian and Italian architects who a century ago transformed Tirana from an oriental town into a western city. We will meet at the designated hour in front of the Tirana International hotel. Our half day walking tour will start at the very heart of the city's Monumental Center, where we will observe the strong differences between the overbearing communist buildings of the Palace of Culture and the National History Museum, versus the Italian governmental buildings of the 1920s by the Italian architect Armando Brasini. As we will walk by the statue of Albania's national hero Skenderbeg, we will initially head to the Et’hem Bey Mosque and the Watch Tower - reminders of Tirana's 17th and 19th centuries expansion, and later its twentieth century turbulent history. Prior to exploring what remains of Tirana’s historic heart - the old bazaar, we will have a chance to walk on by the newly reopened Toptani castle, and the stone Tanner's Bridge. We will have a quick stop at the repurposed Pyramid, and visit the Blloku area, along with the dictator's Enver Hoxha villa. Afterwards we can enjoy some time together in a fashionable Blloku cafe to address any additional questions about our history, the local restaurants, customs, or other things of interest you may have while in Albania.

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The tour started on time, and our driver/ tour guide, Daniel, picked me up at the scheduled time. It is a half-day tour in which you can climb and see a beautiful view of the lake. There is also a restaurant where you can eat/ drink after you return from the mountain. In our case, I would point out that Daniel was very patient and nice with the whole group. I recommend this tour if you come to Tirana.

Deo our guide was great! Two of them came to pick us up from our accommodation, then we made several stops to discover as much as possible. Deo did his best so that everyone could have beautiful souvenir photos, it’s really nice! He did it according to each member of the group (some did not want to go up, others wanted to swim, etc.). This outing is definitely worth it

Vladimir was fantastic with showing us the highlights of Kosovo. A lot was fit in one day. He took care of all the details and planning and we didn't have to worry about anything. Thanks again for the experience.

A relaxed and interesting day trip. The less hectic pace was welcome and everyone had a nice time seeing the sights - and free time to enjoy - and meeting others in the small group from all around the globe.

Its was amazing! The landscape was beautiful. Our guide Valter was so nice and fun. He made sure that everyone has a good time. We really enjoyed the excursion. Really worth the price :)