Albania holidays, small group tour
Optional single supplement from £185 - £200.
Minimum age 16.
Description of Albania holidays, small group tour
This Albania is a ten day cultural tour around this highly underrated Mediterranean country which is packed with Byzantine and Roman history, just as its neighbouring Greece is, and yet so much further off the cultural tourists radar. As well as its ancient civilisations, architecture and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Albania also has its own Alps, known as the Accursed Mountains, with remote villages bearing little change since times when blood feuds were the norm and small family farms tucked into exquisite valleys still are.
During this Albania holiday we travel in a circuit, starting in the culture clash capital city of Tirana where Italian architecture, Ottoman minarets, mosques and crumbling communist remnants sit side by side. You can see all of its history just walking down one street. From here, we head south taking in a mixture of military heritage, such as the ancient fortress at Elbasan or the National Museum of Weapons located in Gjirokaster fort which was not to be argued with, located ominously on a remote mountain slope. Most impressively of all things militia, however, is the mediaeval citadel of Krujλ the site of the resistance made to the omnipotent Ottomans.
It is not all battle scars on this trip, however, with some extraordinary natural heritage to explore as well. We spend some time at Pogradec on the shores of the great Lake Ohrid, surrounded by mountains. We enjoy mountain villages such as Ersekλ, enveloped by the luscious green slopes of the Gramos Mountains and also visit the Blue Eye, famous for its seven natural springs that come to the surface here. And we also take time to enjoy the Mediterranean climes by sauntering and swimming at Porto Palermo Bay.
Every day is different on this trip, and along the way we not only stay in small locally owned guesthouses that are still unchanged by the modern face of tourism, but also enjoy local food and wine, this aspect of Albanian culture another of Europes well kept secrets. In fact, Albania is still one big hidden secret when it comes to tourism, and so the feeling is generally one of get in quick, before the word gets out.
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Reviewed on 16 May 2022 by Margaret PhelanExcellent Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Oct 2019 by Frona HallThe whole trip was so informative and interesting made more so by the most fantastic and knowledgeable guide. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Oct 2019 by Helen PrestonAn truly excellent and memorable tour with a great group. We knew little about beautiful Albania, but returned home having learnt so much, seen so much and experienced so much. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Nov 2019 by Susan RingThe most memorable part of the holiday was visiting Butrint National Park and the village of Voskopoja. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Sep 2019 by Peter LowlesLovely country and people. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Jul 2019 by Frances Meyerthe most memorable part of the holiday was the mountain villages and towns, wonderful icons, Roman excavations, swimming in Lake Ohrid and the Mediterranean Read full review
Reviewed on 02 May 2019 by Ian HoskingVery good. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Sep 2018 by Andy WoodOne of the best holidays we've ever had! Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Jul 2018 by Neeta BhadauriaThe whole trip was fascinating. Everywhere we went in Albania was amazing. Some highlights were the farmhouse luncheon in the mountains, Blue Eye Spring, the archaeological sites... the lake resort at Podredec to name a few. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Oct 2018 by Rod KantorGood...Overall the itinerary was fine but it could be enhanced. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 May 2018 by Liz ReesSeeing a new country was the highlight. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Sep 2017 by Anne HigginsLoved walking around the Spa town of Vrnjacka Banja in Serbia. Would liked to have stayed here overnight. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Oct 2017 by James SmithIt was a berat--beautiful city Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Apr 2017 by Tony BarkerWe loved Albania so it is hard to think of one memorable part but the visits to the Blue eye, Gjirokaster, Butrint & Berat stand out. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Apr 2017 by Kay Emblen-PerryA brilliant experience. Fun, educational and eye-opening. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Sep 2015 by Theodore John LevinI feel that it supported local conservations in terms of restricting visitor numbers to archaeological sites, local museums. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Jul 2015 by Sandra KillickVery enjoyable with some lovely memories Read full review
PlanetHow this trip helps protect and conserve local landscapes and nature.
By travelling in a small group we tread lightly to minimise our impact on local resources and the environment.
We work with our partners on the ground to proactively reduce waste; this includes eliminating all single-use plastic water bottles by providing refills for re-usable bottles.
We encourage guests to make donations when visiting cultural landmarks such as the National History Museum, as this contributes towards the upkeep of these sites.
We rewild 100 square metres per passenger to compensate for all trip and flight emissions.
Tips for sustainable travel on this trip
Leave no trace: we do all we can to ensure we leave no rubbish in the wild and beautiful places we visit; we ask that you do the same. If there are no recycling facilities in-country, consider bringing recyclable materials home with you.
Plastic waste reduction: please bring a re-usable water bottle on this trip, also consider avoiding single-use hotel toiletries, which generate a large amount of plastic waste.
PeopleHow this trip helps improve life for local communities.
Local guides keep you well informed about local traditions and cultural-social sensitivities.
This trip brings income and opportunity to the destination community through the inclusion of locally owned hotels, restaurants, and other enterprises, and by championing locally produced food wherever possible.
We have a homecooked meal in the traditional village of Dhoksat.
We include visits to local bazaars such as Gjirokaster, Korca, and Kruje which is a great way to support the local economies and for guests to get a real taste of life in these locations.
We visit Voskopoja Village (formerly known as Moskopole) which is an important and well-known centre of art where many talented Albanian painters chose to practice their profession.
Our local partner is always trying to operate with the locals and wider communities in mind. They have fundraised within their organisation and with their partners to help children with learning disabilities, providing school materials for a day care centre on the outskirts of Tirana.
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