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Introducing Albania

With its unparalleled natural beauty, ancient approach to hospitality, forgotten history, and villages that seem frozen in time, this Balkan country is quickly rising as a new travel destination.

When is the best time to visit?
The best time to visit Albania is during the Summer, when the weather is warmer and dryer.

Where to go in Albania?
Experience the natural splendor of the Accursed Mountains, the vibrant hustle of Berat and the capital city Tirana, the castle and cold war tunnel of Gjirokastra, and the Mediterranean beaches of the Albanian Riviera. Foodies will relish in the unique and flavorful tastes of Northern Albania.

How many days do I need?
Spend at minimum 3 days and up to 10 or 12 to see everything that this unique country has to offer.

Albania Travel Insights

Perast, Montenegro
Albania to Montenegro Road Trip - 4 Days

Experience the enchanting scenery and rich history of Albania and Montenegro on this short-but-sweet road trip through the Balkans. Beginning in the Albanian Riviera, you'll route will take you to the historic cities of Gjirokastra and Berat, the sunny beaches of Ulcinj in Montenegro, and the photogenic shores of the Bay of Kotor. Along the way, you'll make detours at a natural spring, an Albanian winery, a legendary castle, and more.

Highlights of Albania - 8 Days
Highlights of Albania - 8 Days

See the best of Albania in just over a week with a tour from modern Tirana to the Ionian Sea. See Greek and Byzantine ruins in UNESCO-listed Butrint National Park, take in the village-lined shores from a boat ride on Lake Prespa, tour historic sites like ancient Apolloni and seaside Berat, and grab dinner and drinks in the capital's hippest neighborhood.

Classic Albania - 8 Days
Classic Albania - 8 Days

Get a snapshot of beautiful Albania with a tour from modern Tirana to the Ionian Sea. In just over a week, you'll take in many of the country's best highlights: see ancient ruins in Butrint National Park, stroll the seaside promenade of charming Sarandë, and tour multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the way. End your journey with a fun night out in Blloku, one of the capital's hippest neighborhoods.

Rugged mountains in the north
Albania Mountain Road Trip - 14 Days

Discover rugged mountain terrain and small traditional villages in this two-week road trip through rural Albania. Start in Tirana—the capital—then head north to see the ancient city of Kruja, stay in traditional stone Kulla houses, and learn about the country's communist past. Continue to Southern Albania to explore the relaxed Riviera coast, sleepy mountain towns, and old village Bazaars.

A child leads a pack animal in rural Albania
Highlights of Northern Albania - 7 Days

Explore mountainous terrain and small villages on this one-week tour through the remote regions of northern Albania and Kosovo. Start near Lake Skadar and see the ancient Rozafa Castle, then continue through the Albanian Alps to the scenic Rugova Valley. Cross the border to see the ancient Ottoman trading cities of Peja and Gjakova, then take the ferry across Lake Koman to the mining city of Bulqize to stay in a traditional stone Kulla home.

Kotor and Bay of Kotor, Montenegro
Cycle Tour of Montenegro, Kosovo & North Albania – 12 Days

Criss-cross the borders of Montenegro, Kosovo, and North Albania on a fully-guided cycling tour. Visit the World Heritage-listed medieval town of Kotor, the former Royal Capital of Cetinje, and catch the Berisha Ferry to Fierze, one of the most scenic inland ferry journeys in the world. The tour ends in southern Albania at the World Heritage-listed town of Berat.

Albania Travel Maps

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Albania to Montenegro Road Trip - 4 Days
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Highlights of Albania - 8 Days
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Albania
Travel specialist Xheni Tirana
active 3 days ago

Xheni Tirana

My name is Xheni and I have studied Foreign Languages, French and English specifically and one of my profiles is being a translator. I have done this for a long time and I can say that I am in love...

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Travel specialist Ed Reeves
active 7 hours ago

Ed Reeves

I'm the owner of a small travel agency based in Tirana. I'm able to arrange tours through Albania & Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro.

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Travel specialist Jared Reisman
active 7 hours ago

Jared Reisman

I am a travel advisor for JayWay Travel and I get joy from planning amazing adventures for clients with the knowledge I've gained having traveled extensively throughout Europe. I prefer to build a...

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Travel specialist Silviu Martin
active 3 days ago

Silviu Martin

I'm Silviu Martin, an entrepreneur who is passionate about cycling and travel. My promise is to support you with my unmatched local expertise to deliver the most authentic experience possible....

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Trip Reviews for Albania

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Everyone should go to Albania! It’s awesome! · Albania - Oct 12 - Oct 20, 2019

Traveler: rani h. - Local specialist: Xheni Tirana

Our guide Alban was amazing - a veritable font of Albanian history, knowledge and culture. He is very well educated and speaks fluent English and French. Our group of three spent 8 days with Alban traversing the length of Albania and definitely want to go back. As avid hikers and a vegan with a highly specific diet, Alban tailored the trip with our needs in mind and always made sure I was well catered for, The historic sites are interesting, the country side is beautiful, the... read more

Our guide Alban was amazing - a veritable font of Albanian history, knowledge and culture. He is very well educated and speaks fluent English and French. Our group of three spent 8 days with Alban traversing the length of Albania and definitely want to go back. As avid hikers and a vegan with a highly specific diet, Alban tailored the trip with our needs in mind and always made sure I was well catered for, The historic sites are interesting, the country side is beautiful, the people are warm and friendly and almost everyone speaks fluent English. This country should be much better known for Americans...

Our review is highly positive for Alban and Evasion Albanie but also for Albania as a whole.

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Xheni Tirana, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear, Rani!
Thank you so much for your lovely review! I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip in Albania and I was really glad to help you planning your tour in here. I do hope that you may come back to Albania in the future for some more hiking as well. As for your guide Alban, it was a really great experience for him too being your guide in Albania. Thanks again and see you next year my friends
Best regards,
Xheni

Ray

Dubrovnik to Athens via Albania · Albania - Oct 2 - Oct 18, 2019

Traveler: Ray T. - Local specialist: Ed Reeves

We had an outstanding trip Ed designed a trip around our preferences and Ardie our tour guide was amazing making sure everything was organised correctly while remaining flexible enough to try extra things, his recommendations were always spot on. I would recommend Drive Albania to anyone wanting to visit this part of the world

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Ed Reeves, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Ray,

I was watching England's total demolition of the All Blacks on Saturday and it reminded me I hadn't yet thanked you for your review ;)

Glad so much you had a good tour, and that Ardi looked after you so well. It was an epic Balkan road trip, and packed a lot in, so pleased it was a success!

Thanks so much for travelling with us - Ardi is determined to make it out to New Zealand now, you've really sold it to him!

Best,

Ed

Dubrovnik to Athens via Albania · Albania - Oct 2 - Oct 18, 2019

Traveler: Sheryll K. - Local specialist: Ed Reeves

Kimkim were great to deal with. Was a bit nervous to use them as hadn't heard about them in our part of the world but wouldn't hesitate to use them again.
Ed was also wonderful to deal with. Always quick with replies and happy to make changes and answer my endless questions. He certainly gave us an itinerary to suit us.
Our guide Ardi was brilliant. Can't praise him enough. He quickly assessed what we liked and didn't like and would make small changes to the itinerary, after consulting us... read more

Kimkim were great to deal with. Was a bit nervous to use them as hadn't heard about them in our part of the world but wouldn't hesitate to use them again.
Ed was also wonderful to deal with. Always quick with replies and happy to make changes and answer my endless questions. He certainly gave us an itinerary to suit us.
Our guide Ardi was brilliant. Can't praise him enough. He quickly assessed what we liked and didn't like and would make small changes to the itinerary, after consulting us and Ed. We loved the fact he was so generous with his time and we really enjoyed the fact that we ate most nights together and he shared his insights into the people and its history. One time we went off road and stayed almost on the edge of a cliff in a canyon. It was wonderful to be in such a beautiful part of the world and feel like we were the only people there.
Albania is a wonderful country and will always have great memories of it's people and places.

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Ed Reeves, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Sheryll,

Thank you so much for the kind words! It was a BIG trip and I know Ardi enjoyed it too (though that's not really the point!). Pleased the tweaks Ardi made fitted the bill - hope you got a good insight into Albanian village life.

Thanks so much for being such lovely clients!

Best,

Ed