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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.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"My company has an Albanian and Montenegrin team, so we focus on ethnic Albania, including Kosovo, western Macedonia and south Montenegro. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"I got into travel completely by accident - I took a job with Condé Nast Publications in London focused on restaurants, gastronomy and hotels. In 2012 I travelled to Albania to write a story for the UK Sunday Telegraph and one thing led to another... In a bad case of mission creep I ended up setting up a small tour company. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"On my first African safari we spent three days searching for a lion. On the fourth, we met a huge male taking a morning nap on the plain. Our arrival woke him up, so he enjoyed a stretch - which scared a lady in our Land Rover so much that she screamed in terror, sending him scurrying into the bush. She was very nearly tumbled out the vehicle after him as a high-calorie apology. "

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Recent trip reviews for Ed

Excellent tour company
Albania | Oct 29 - Nov 8, 2023

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Lara N.
Australia | Reviewed on Dec 12, 2023

Ed planned a fantastic trip for me based on both the places I wanted to visit and his own extensive local knowledge.
During the trip Ed and his team provided friendly and efficient service and assistance as needed.
I would recommend anyone to book a trip through the team!

Local specialist: Ed Reeves
Ed
Ed Reeves
Local specialist in Tirana, Albania | Replied on Dec 18, 2023

Thanks so much for the kind words, Lara! Glad you had a good tour with us!

Tirana and south of Albania
Albania | Aug 24 - Sep 3, 2023

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george g.
Saint Clair Shores, MI | Reviewed on Sep 04, 2023
We had an amazing trip to south of Albania! As we got so used to from the Kimkim team (and we are getting spoiled after the years), from the first contact with Ed to the final goodbye at the Tirana airport from "Nik" (Kreshnik), our guide and driver, all went great. The trip was as we envisioned in our request: explore as much as possible the "real" Albania, stay away from tourist traps and crowds and get to see how "real" people live. Nik was a treasure trove of history, culture, politics... Read more

We had an amazing trip to south of Albania! As we got so used to from the Kimkim team (and we are getting spoiled after the years), from the first contact with Ed to the final goodbye at the Tirana airport from "Nik" (Kreshnik), our guide and driver, all went great. The trip was as we envisioned in our request: explore as much as possible the "real" Albania, stay away from tourist traps and crowds and get to see how "real" people live. Nik was a treasure trove of history, culture, politics and everything else. He knows his country like back of his hand and he seems to know everyone (and everyone seems to know him....) so he/we were treated like locals. The only downside: we ran out of time (but that was out problem).

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Boka
Tirana

Very nice hotel in a nice location in downtown Tirana, close to the local market, many restaurants and shops. Friendly staff and very nice breakfast. The only issue was the air conditioning seemed to be turned off at night which was nit fun in the hot weather...

Authenticity & Character
small, boutique hotel with friendly staff
Location
as above
Staff
pleasant, approachable, accommodating
Cleanliness & Comfort
everything seemed to be clean...
Guesthouse Chri Chri
Përmet

Remote, relatively inaccessible location but terrific experience with the host family.

Authenticity & Character
private house converted into a guest facility; a true "mom and pop place"
Location
remote location, high in the mountains, accessible only by ATV via a poor road
Staff
very friendly, accessible and accommodating
Cleanliness & Comfort
everything was spick and span
Local specialist: Ed Reeves
Ed
Ed Reeves
Local specialist in Tirana, Albania | Replied on Sep 06, 2023

Thanks so much for the kind words! Hope you can make it back one day and Nik can show you the north and Kosovo - he spent a lot of time in Prizren when working on the infamous Pristina-Tirana highway so has a lot of friends in Kosovo too! I know he had a great time showing you around, so thanks for choosing us!

We would go back tomorrow
Albania | Jun 18 - Jun 25, 2023

Christine
Christine R.
Australia | Reviewed on Jul 02, 2023
Margil was an amazing guide. He was prompt, energetic, extremely knowledgeable and highly personable. He genuinely likes people and loves to show off his country. Notwithstanding this, he doesn’t shy away from its less savoury past snd present. We left with an abiding love for the country and a great appreciation for its people. They are remarkably resilient, hardworking and engaging. We would go back tomorrow, with Kimkim, if we could. Read more

Margil was an amazing guide. He was prompt, energetic, extremely knowledgeable and highly personable. He genuinely likes people and loves to show off his country. Notwithstanding this, he doesn’t shy away from its less savoury past snd present. We left with an abiding love for the country and a great appreciation for its people. They are remarkably resilient, hardworking and engaging. We would go back tomorrow, with Kimkim, if we could.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Boka
Tiranë

We stayed, NOT at the Hotel Boka, but the Hotel Art. This was a lovely hotel, perfectly located and spotlessly clean. The staff were excellent and the breakfast was exceptional.

Authenticity & Character
It was an old building that had been beautifully repurposed as a hotel. It was true to the name Hotel Art, with wonderful local and European art at every turn.
Location
Close to the Skandereg Square and east walking distance to all that we wanted to see.
Staff
Nothing was too much trouble. Their English was excellent.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Onufri

The ceilings in the rooms of this hotel were unbelievable. Such craftsmanship!

Authenticity & Character
The woodwork was so very special.
Location
Very central and within east walking distance to most things. (We drove to the fortress)
Staff
When present, the staff were very helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Guesthouse Chri Chri
Përmet

This was the only time on our trip that we got to speak with other travellers. It made a delightful change. Gilberto had access to the key to a local, rarely available to the public, orthodox cathedral and he gave us a private tour.

Authenticity & Character
The walls of the guesthouse were made of 3ft thick stone. The outbuildings were original. The road was … an adventure.
Location
While we did not see Përmet, we did enjoy the rural location of the guest house.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Praga

This was a quirky, but charming hotel. It was well situated within walking distance to the market and the castle.

Authenticity & Character
The bedroom was filled with historical pieces and the communal areas were similarly decorated
Location
Staff
The staff spoke excellent English snd were eager to be if assistance.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Riviera
Himare

One got the impression that the owners of this hotel are working very hard to improve the facilities and ambiance of their hotel. It was entirely comfortable, but still in yhrr we process of becoming more.

Authenticity & Character
Location
The location was pretty, but there was not much “activity”. As we were there for two days, without a car, it gave us time to rest up from our busy schedule.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The hotel room was basic but clean and comfortable.
Hotel Panorama Kruje
Krujë

This surpassed our expectations in every way.

Authenticity & Character
It could have been s hôtel anywhere in Europe, but it was an excellent example to of one.
Location
Brilliant!! Even the 6am call to prayer from the adjacent mosque was mellifluous.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Kruja Bazaar - Albania's Best Shopping Opportunity
Kruja Bazaar - Albania's Best Shopping Opportunity
Kruje

Great fun - colour and movement and a feast for the eyes.

Quality of Experience
The unsurpassed views; the extraordinary history museum I’m the castle precinct and the hotel’s location, combined to make this a fitting hurrah to an extraordinary holiday
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Margil was like so many of the prolly we met - gracious, keen to show their country, interested in learning from us.
Transport
Home-cooked Evening Meal
Përmet

It was a lovely meal, on the terrace, with good company.

Quality of Experience
My grandparents were Albanian. I found myself in Albania.
Food
Loved it. Margil was a great help with this, too, those we wished that he would have joined us.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Margil was exceptional. Words fail to do him justice.
Transport
I’m not going to lie, the Jaz was the one thing we would have changed. It was poorly air conditioned, poorly sprung and underpowered. It’s a good thing the countryside kept us diverted.
Berat - Exploring The "City Of A Thousand Windows"
Berat - Exploring The "City Of A Thousand Windows"
Berat

We love the city of Berat. It’s like no other place. The sunset tour of the castle was breathtaking

Quality of Experience
Dinner at Lili’s was so much fun! Everything was designed to relax us, make us laugh and feel very special.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Brilliant
Transport
We walked everywhere (except up to the castle).
Tirana - Welcome to Albania's Chaotic Capital!
Tirana - Welcome to Albania's Chaotic Capital!
Tirana

We initially thought we would self drive, but a friend who lives in Albania convinced us otherwise. Thank goodness. Hectic, doesn’t begin to describe the traffic. Tirana is so much prettier than I had anticipated and so rich in history. We loved it.

Quality of Experience
It suited our interests. It was tailor made for us.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Driving through morning peak hour was probably the one time we really appreciated the mighty Kaz
Gjirokastra - Exploring Albania's "Stone City"
Gjirokastra - Exploring Albania's "Stone City"
Gjirokastra

Gorgeous city! Loved everything about this place. Don’t miss the markets.

Quality of Experience
It was very easy to get by with just English, wherever we went.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Ed Reeves
Ed
Ed Reeves
Local specialist in Tirana, Albania | Replied on Jul 03, 2023

Thanks so much for the kind words - and all the photos! Margil really enjoyed showing you Albania, and we hope you make it back one day for the north and Kosovo!

Northern Albania and Kotor
Albania | Jun 10 - Jun 18, 2023

Matt
Matt B.
Manhattan, NY | Reviewed on Jun 20, 2023

We had a great time on our trip to Northern Albania and Kotor. Ed was very responsive and helped us with reservations before hand. Kreshnik was a very fun guide and made sure we had a fun and safe trip. While all of the trip was enjoyable the highlight for us had to be Valbone and Theth. While the weather was not fully cooperative it was still a great hike and the area was beautiful.

Local specialist: Ed Reeves
Ed
Ed Reeves
Local specialist in Tirana, Albania | Replied on Jun 29, 2023

Thanks so much for the kind words, and glad the tour went well! Shame about the weather but it's so crazy nowadays... Hope you make it back one day to visit south Albania!

A ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Trip to Albania!!!
Albania | May 23 - May 31, 2023

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Evie W.
Canada | Reviewed on Jun 01, 2023
We could not have asked for a better guide…..competent, thoughtful, knowledgeable with a focus on our safety at all times . Nik’s love for his Albania was palpable and infectious. Read more

We could not have asked for a better guide…..competent, thoughtful, knowledgeable with a focus on our safety at all times . Nik’s love for his Albania was palpable and infectious.

Hotel Reviews
Rose Garden Hotel
Gjirokastra
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Camp Nivica
Authenticity & Character
The amount of food served was short…. This was an area that could use some tweaking.
Location
Off the beaten track
Staff
The hiking guides were wonderful!
Cleanliness & Comfort
No
Hotel Riviera
Himare

Being in a lovely small hotel before the tourist season started was a gift….

Authenticity & Character
Staff…..
Location
Right on the beach was perfect
Staff
Friendly…. Attentive….
Cleanliness & Comfort
No
Hotel Panorama Kruje
Krujë

Big touristy hotel…nothing stood out… as expected

Authenticity & Character
Nothing…. large hotels lack authenticity…
Location
The view was spectacular
Staff
Seemed okay
Cleanliness & Comfort
The room was clean
Local specialist: Ed Reeves
Ed
Ed Reeves
Local specialist in Tirana, Albania | Replied on Jun 01, 2023

Thanks so much for the kind words, Evie - Nik had a great time showing you around! Sorry Panorama was a bit impersonal for your taste but it does have the benefit of being close to the airport for the three departure flights, and another night in Tirana seemed overkill! We've passed on your comment about portion size to Camp Nivica - they have a new chef so are bedding him in! Thanks so much for travelling with us despite the issues booking!

The whole trip was amazing, well planned by E...
Albania | Nov 12 - Nov 19, 2022

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Richard D.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Dec 06, 2022

The whole trip was amazing, well planned by Ed. Our guide Nik was amazing, really friendly, accommodating, welcoming and really made the trip. Would recommend for sure.

Local specialist: Ed Reeves
Ed
Ed Reeves
Local specialist in Tirana, Albania | Replied on Dec 15, 2022

Thanks so much for the kind words - I know Nik had a great time showing you Albania! And if we'd known you were so dog-friendly we would have brought Bubi for the entire trip, not just the last day!

Nick did a fantastic job!
Albania | May 26 - Jun 3, 2022

Cecilia
Cecilia R.
Pensacola, FL | Reviewed on Jun 29, 2022
Nick, our tour guide, did a fantastic job showing us his beautiful country. At our request, this was a personalized tour with some new destinations which sometimes presented challenges. Nick was always able to handle well any unexpected circumstances. The ride in the tour bus was at times a bit rough, but that is to be expected when traveling some not so good roads in a four wheel drive vehicle. The food was excellent, specially the salads and local ice cream. The pace of the trip was... Read more

Nick, our tour guide, did a fantastic job showing us his beautiful country. At our request, this was a personalized tour with some new destinations which sometimes presented challenges. Nick was always able to handle well any unexpected circumstances. The ride in the tour bus was at times a bit rough, but that is to be expected when traveling some not so good roads in a four wheel drive vehicle. The food was excellent, specially the salads and local ice cream. The pace of the trip was perfect for two retired couples and Nick was ready to assist with any question or necessity. Great experience. Thank You.

Local specialist: Ed Reeves
Ed
Ed Reeves
Local specialist in Tirana, Albania | Replied on Jun 29, 2022

Thanks so much, Cecilia! Glad you enjoyed the tour, and I know Nick had a great time showing you some more off-beat corners of Albania that were new even for him! Hope you can all make it back to explore the south one day!

Albania: A wonderful experience
Albania | Jul 26 - Aug 8, 2021

Stephen
Stephen L.
the United Arab Emirates | Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021
We have recently completed two amazing weeks is Albania. In planning the trip we were keen to really see the country, taking in many of the main sights. Ed put together a wonderful itinerary taking into account our specific wishes and really listening to what we wanted. Originally we had planned to self-drive but in the end opted for a driver and guide. This was the best decision. Ardi was fantastic and having him with us for most of the journey (Ed stepped in a for a few days) really made a... Read more

We have recently completed two amazing weeks is Albania. In planning the trip we were keen to really see the country, taking in many of the main sights. Ed put together a wonderful itinerary taking into account our specific wishes and really listening to what we wanted. Originally we had planned to self-drive but in the end opted for a driver and guide. This was the best decision. Ardi was fantastic and having him with us for most of the journey (Ed stepped in a for a few days) really made a difference. Their knowledge of Albania meant that we were really able to enjoy the country and learn about its past, present and future. They were also great company. Their ability to adapt the itinerary as required meant we enjoyed unexpected experiences and were able to get closer to the local people. We came away having fallen in love with Albania and can’t thank Ed and Ardi enough for putting together such a fantastic trip. We would love to travel again with Drive Albania.

Local specialist: Ed Reeves
Ed
Ed Reeves
Local specialist in Tirana, Albania | Replied on Aug 31, 2021

Thanks so much for the kind words, Stephen! We're glad you enjoyed your trip with us and hope one day you can make it back to discover the north and Kosovo!

A Fabulous Balkan Trip!
Albania | Jun 1 - Jun 16, 2021

Annette
Annette P.
PA | Reviewed on Jun 30, 2021
I have visited more than 40 different countries and this was easily one of my favorite vacations of all time! We visited Albania, Kosovo, Northern Macedonia, and Montenegro through the company Drive Albania. These countries were wonderful and should be seen by all! My friend and I were supposed to travel in 2020, but Covid canceled our flights so we postponed for 2021. Ed gave us constant updates through all the covid related issues and planed everything during a very turbulent time. He... Read more

I have visited more than 40 different countries and this was easily one of my favorite vacations of all time! We visited Albania, Kosovo, Northern Macedonia, and Montenegro through the company Drive Albania. These countries were wonderful and should be seen by all!

My friend and I were supposed to travel in 2020, but Covid canceled our flights so we postponed for 2021. Ed gave us constant updates through all the covid related issues and planed everything during a very turbulent time. He answered all of my questions promptly (even if I asked multiple times). He adjusted the itinerary based on our new flights and even arrange for two additional friends to join half way through our tour making us a group of four. Ed personally picked everyone up from the airport (on three separate flights on three different days) and drove for hours to ensure the group was fully united! We had the pleasure of touring with Ed for a few days, and Ardi for the majority of our vacation. They were both knowledgeable, professional, made wonderful food suggestions and were delightful company! Our tour was so thoroughly planned and went so smoothly, that our group began to joke that Drive Albania was controlling everything including the weather! We had a unique tour group with two people who frequently vacation together; later joined by two less experienced travelers. Ardi was quick to assess everyone’s needs and resolved any potential issues (caused by us) so seamlessly, one would hardly know that anything was out of sorts.

Traveling with Ardi and Ed felt more like visiting with friends than traveling with a tour company. They ate with us, joked with us, and even joined our group selfie photos.

I am typically an anxious person, but on this trip, I was completely at ease! I can’t remember the last time I went on such a stress-free trip, and I know it was due to the thorough planning and good decisions of Ardi and Ed. I will definitely return to the Balkans, and travel with Drive Albania when I do!

Local specialist: Ed Reeves
Ed
Ed Reeves
Local specialist in Tirana, Albania | Replied on Jun 30, 2021

Thank you so much for the kind words! We're just glad the trip was able to happen after so much craziness in the world! Ardi and I feel bad for photo-bombing all your group selfies though... Hope you can make it back to the Balkans one day - it was our pleasure to show you around!

We can't even say how wonderful this trip was...
Albania | May 28 - Jun 11, 2021

Margaret
Margaret C.
Scottsdale, AZ | Reviewed on Jun 19, 2021

We can't even say how wonderful this trip was! Both Ardi, and Ed were very good. Not only did they show us fabulous sights, nature and culture they introduced us to the locals and gave us fabulous service! The places they chose were great and the places we stayed were historical but very comfortable. I highly recommend Drive Albania. We have traveled to many places in Europe. This was probably one of the best. Don't wait until it gets expensive, go now! Because it is very inexpensive for what you get! But the country is changing fast! Go have a RAKI and a espresso!

Local specialist: Ed Reeves
Ed
Ed Reeves
Local specialist in Tirana, Albania | Replied on Jun 20, 2021

So glad you and Luke enjoyed the tour! It was a fun one for us, too! Ardi and I hope you can make it back in the future - Montenegro and Kosovo await...