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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 with it because it has helped me a lot to discover different cultures, to communicate with other people and to explore their traditions and viewpoints. Translating made me connect with the tourism branch even more and start a new exploration era that is definitely very intriguing for everyone. Tourism is a highly dynamic and full of adrenaline field.

Tourism, similarly to translation, is the connecting bridge with the mankind, landscapes, nature, culture and gastronomy. It is a tool to discover the vivid colors of cities, the clever and noisy youth and the uniqueness of the people all around the globe as if I were in the process of translating a book full of stories and characters. For years now, I create and prepare custom made trips for travelers interested in Albania, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Montenegro.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in places such as Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia and tailor made tours to these countries. When interested in cultural and culinary tours, archaeological and UNESCO sites, hiking, biking, 4 x 4, kayaking, canyoning, rafting and so more across the Balkan countries, you are just one step closer to having your best experience in these yet not fully explored places. Visit us and discover the endless canyons and rivers, the Alps, the Riviera, the richness of the flora and fauna and last but not least, our hospitality!"

How did you get involved in travel?

"I have started travelling initially to visit every corner of my country, Albania and later on the Balkans and Europe. Travelling enriches the mind and soul just like the books do. Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia are the countries that resemble the most with Albania and at the same time have their own unique beauties and attractive sites. Their geographical position allows me to organize many different activities such as kayaking, caving, paragliding, hiking, biking, 4 x 4 and of course cultural tours."

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.

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.

Recent trip reviews for Xheni

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

Trip to Albania · Albania - Jul 21 - Jul 26, 2019

Traveler: David C. - Local specialist: Xheni Tirana

We had a fantastic time in Albania! The sights and beaches were terrific. Kakome bay was spectacular, Gjirokaster was extremely interesting and notably, getting an opportunity to drink Turkish coffee and Raki with the proprietor from the Zekate house was a real highlight for us.

A special mention for our guide Franko. He exceeded expectations. He provided expert knowledge of all of the places we visited and structured each day to meet our needs: sights, coffee stops, and dining. He was also... read more

We had a fantastic time in Albania! The sights and beaches were terrific. Kakome bay was spectacular, Gjirokaster was extremely interesting and notably, getting an opportunity to drink Turkish coffee and Raki with the proprietor from the Zekate house was a real highlight for us.

A special mention for our guide Franko. He exceeded expectations. He provided expert knowledge of all of the places we visited and structured each day to meet our needs: sights, coffee stops, and dining. He was also a wealth of knowledge about Albania, its interesting history, and answered all of our questions! He is also a funny guy and very easy to be around which was perfect for our adventure in Albania.

Also to note, Xheni was very accommodating when planning our adventure and did a great job including everything we were looking to experience!

On our last day in Albania, we were thinking about when we would be able to come back and see other parts of the country - with Franko, of course!

Thank you for all of your help with organizing a memorable and special holiday for us!

Take care,

David and Jim

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Xheni Tirana, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear David and Jim,
We are very happy to hear these great words about our travel agency, our services and our professional tour guide Franko.
I am happy you liked Albania and I hope to see you again travelling with KimKim platform into the other countries.
Best regards,
Xheni

Karen

Highlights of Macedonia · North Macedonia - May 12 - May 16, 2019

Traveler: Karen B. - Local specialist: Xheni Tirana

Xheni was incredibly patient! I changed my plans several times and she was always flexible and understanding. We had a really great time in North Macedonia and really appreciate all the excellent input from Xheni. Thanks for everything.

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Xheni Tirana, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Karen,
I hope you are still adventuring the world !
Thank you for your nice words, it was a pleasure for me to create this trip for you, and I am glad you had a great time.
Wish you all the best, and please spread the good words for North Macedonia.
Yours,
Xheni

Louis

50th anniversary - visit homeland of my familly · Albania - Apr 30 - May 2, 2019

Traveler: Louis B. - Local specialist: Xheni Tirana

The goal of our trip was to visit the area of Albania where my grandparents lived before emigrating to the US and become acquainted with Albanian culture and history. Alban,our guide , was extremely knowledgeable and we accomplished everything we set out to do and more.
Hopefully we will return to Albania someday -it is a beautiful country and the people are wonderful!

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Xheni Tirana, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Mr. Bregou,
Thank you very much for the warm compliments to Alban.
We are very happy to hear you had a good time in Albania, you will always be welcome and it is a pleasure for us to provide services to Albanian diaspora.
Thank you and have a great one !
Xheni

Albania in a week. · Albania - Feb 24 - Mar 9, 2019

Traveler: Bruce S. - Local specialist: Xheni Tirana

My partner and I spent 14 wonderful days touring Kosovo and Albania.

This was booked through KimKim Travel. The reason we chose KimKim was that they used a local company to organise the itinerary and the travel details.

Where possible we choose locals, as they have a better understanding of their own territory and hopefully some of our money stays in the country.

Our contact at KimKim was Xheni from Evasion Albanie.

She was fabulous.

We hired a car for the two weeks and that was also... read more

My partner and I spent 14 wonderful days touring Kosovo and Albania.

This was booked through KimKim Travel. The reason we chose KimKim was that they used a local company to organise the itinerary and the travel details.

Where possible we choose locals, as they have a better understanding of their own territory and hopefully some of our money stays in the country.

Our contact at KimKim was Xheni from Evasion Albanie.

She was fabulous.

We hired a car for the two weeks and that was also arranged by Xheni.

Unfortunately we had an accident in Prizren and under most circumstances this would have been a disaster. However Xheni and the team at Evasion Albanie helped us through and then very quickly arranged for us to get a replacement vehicle in Tirana, our next stop.

As part of the travel arrangements we were given a Sat Nav, local mobile, an extensive touring itinerary and full size country maps.

We had a great adventure and I would recommend KimKim and Evasion Albanie if you are going to tour the Balkans.

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Xheni Tirana, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Bruce and Thea,
I hope you are doing well!
It was such a pleasure for me to read your review and I am very honored about this.
I am happy to know that you spent a wonderful time in Albania (my country) and Kosovo.
I am very sorry about your accident in Prizren, but fortunately it was nothing serious and thanks to God nothing happened to you. In that moment I was very concerned about you and when I spoke with Thea on the phone, she was very kind and I was very glad to hear that you were... read more

Dear Bruce and Thea,
I hope you are doing well!
It was such a pleasure for me to read your review and I am very honored about this.
I am happy to know that you spent a wonderful time in Albania (my country) and Kosovo.
I am very sorry about your accident in Prizren, but fortunately it was nothing serious and thanks to God nothing happened to you. In that moment I was very concerned about you and when I spoke with Thea on the phone, she was very kind and I was very glad to hear that you were fine.
Everyday me and my colleagues work to offer the best proposal trips for tourists who plan to visit our beautiful country and all the neighbors’ countries, but we will all remember all the positivity you transmit to us by messages and when meeting you in person.
My only wish is that good words and beautiful impressions travel around the world and that everyone lives here an unforgettable experience.
We thank you very much for all your suggestions, thing that we really appreciate and we will take this in consideration in the future in all the programs we will make for other tourists.
Please let me know how was your whole journey 😊.
I wish you all the best and hope one day your or your family come back and visit again Albania and Kosovo.
Sincerely,
Xheni