The Balkan country of Albania features both sweeping coastlines and towering Alps. In the summertime, the country’s many beaches and lakes are ideal for lounging, with plenty of sunshine for enjoying a culture, history and heritage tour of its capital city, Tirana, or the ancient city of Kruje. In the colder months, Albania is a winter wonderland - perfect for snowshoeing treks through the deep snow!
“This trip covers parts of Serbia, Macedonia and Albania. You see a variety of different places, including the capital cities of Belgrade, Skopje and Tirana, the hills / mountains in Serbia, beautiful Lake Ohrid, and many ancient and old sites ranging from Roman to Ottoman to relics from Albania's communist past. There are some beautiful places to see.”
“A very enjoyable trip to 3 countries. i think the day in Bosnia Herzogovina (lunch, train ride, bridge over the River Drina and film director's villages) was not necessary and the time could have been better spent elsewhere. the rest of the trip was very good and varied.”
A trip to Albania is like a trek through history. With Greek and Roman ruins dating back to the bronze age, Byzantine churches, and castles in abundance, Albania offers a veritable smorgasbord for the history buff. Bordering both the Ionian and Adriatic coasts, this beautiful little country offers not only ocean views, but majestic mountain peaks that allow visitors to feel as though they are stepping right out of a postcard.
Visit Rozafa Castle, and discover the tragic legend of the young woman who was sacrificed that its walls might stand.
Discover 60,000 years of history at the Muzeu Hostorik Kombetar.
Take a cruise on Skadar, the largest lake in Southern Europe.
Seek out the source of the Bistrice river in The Blue Eye, a natural spring of undetermined depths.
Explore the Bizantin Monastery of Zvernec on an island in the Narta Lagoon. Yes, it is as beautiful as it sounds!
Enjoy the secluded beaches of the Albanian Riviera; while not as “secluded” as they once were, you can still find unspoiled beaches if you look for them. Start your search with Palsa, and you won’t be disappointed.
Public transportation is a bit unconventional, so be flexible with scheduling, and fasten your seat-belt - if there is one. Also, there are no meters, so haggle yourself a good price before you hop onboard.
Don’t expect to do much online while on a tour in Albania, the internet is not readily accessible.
Leks (Albania’s currency) has changed in value, so if a bill says 100 Leks, it is actually 1000. Make sure you know what the price of things are before you pay for them.
If an Albanian offers you something, don’t reject it, it is considered offensive.