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Albania is one of the most beautiful mountainous regions that boast of the charm of its mountains. Albania will give you a reason to make a close connection with the beauty of nature. Located in the Balkan peninsula, Albania is a tiny mountainous nation. With its lonial & Adriatic coastline, it makes for one of the most exciting travel destinations in Europe. Tirana is the capital of Albania, and is also one of the largest cities in the entire southern Europe. For around 104 years, the country has been independent. For many years, Albania has been one of the most fascinating tourist destinations and the best thing about the country is that, there’s something for everyone in the country - from amazing beaches to mouthwatering traditional cuisines, plenty of historical attractions, Albania is one must-see tourist destinations. 

Before you plan an Albania vacation, you must know certain things before you finalize everything:

Quick information on Albania Vacation

Capital City: Tirana (800,000 inhabitants)

Official Language: Albanian

Population: Approximately 3 million

Known for: Being the home of Great Mother Teresa (Nobel laureate from Albania)

Main Cities: Vlorë, Durrës, Elbasan, Tirana

Religious Belief (Majority): Roman Catholic, Muslim & Orthodox

Let’s Familiarize You with some of the Important Facts about Albania before you make it with Albania vacation:

  • Albanians nod when they are disagreeing on something and they will shake their heads when they are agreeing on something.

  • Around 70%of the people living in Albania are Muslims and out of them, 60% of Muslims practice Sunni and Bektashi Shia. Christianity is the second most important religion in the country.

  • Don’t get surprised if you see scarecrows at odd places at any point through the vacation - it’s usual. People in Albania believe that having a scarecrow placed on a building or a newly constructed home will ward off any negativity and it will bring good luck.

Best things to do in Top Cities in Albania

Albania is more beautiful than you could ever imagine! It has way more beautiful & exciting things than a person can ever picture in his head. There are undoubtedly countless reasons that will make you to travel to Albania.

The key concern whenever you are gearing up to plan a vacation is where to visit, what to see, and how to make the most of your time. There are plenty of villages, cities, and towns that cannot be missed when you are visiting Albania. At every step, you will get to see something unique & special. You will love the way people in Albania welcome and their warm gestures. . 

Learn below about the top places to visit in Albania all through from South to North. Let’s begin!

1. Vlora (Vlorë)

You can find thousands of reasons to visit Vlorë! More than anything else, the vibes of the city in itself are so wonderful that it would make you feel rejuvenated. Located on the bay of Albanian Riviera, the city offers unbelievably great scope to satiate your wanderlust. You will have the opportunity to discover an assortment of sunsets & wonderful sites. 

Best Things to Do in Vlora: Monuments showcasing the Independence of Albania, 500-year-old Muradie mosque, Enjoying your morning dose of Caffeine,  Discovering the ruins of Oricum and Kaninë castle, Karaburun-Sazan national marine park, Zvërnec monastery, bird watching, Hiking, and more.

2. Berat

“The town of thousand windows”, Berat has been named so because of those wonderful Ottoman-style houses. The city is also now listed among UNESCO World Heritage Sites because of its 2000 years old history. From the top of the castle, you will get an amazing view of the entire city. 

Top things to Do in Berat: Admire the city’s beauty from the top of Kala, Visiting Onufri Museum, admiring the beauty of Holy Trinity Church, the Ottoman-era houses of Mangalam, Gorica visit, the Ethnographic Museum, old mosques of Berat, taste local wines at four wineries including Luani, Nurellari,  Cabo, and Nurellari.

3. Himarё

Located at around four-hour driving distance from Saranda, Himare, the beach town is less busy as compared to other beaches. This is something to really look for if you want some me time to chill by the side of a beach. Unlike Saranda, Himara has more of chilled, peaceful & relaxing vibes. This is one of those places in Himare where one can get to enjoy a great nightlife along with eating options. The old part of Himare from which the city’s view is perfect.

Best things to Do in Himare: Visit the old castle, eating at Enigma restaurant, Enjoying beachfront,  Xhiro walk, Hiking in Himare, Rent a Vehicle Himare Boat Trip, and more.

4. Shkodër

You’ll meet with some really interesting hiking destinations in the northern part of Albania, Shkodër. There are enormously great things for the adventurers. You will love the fact that Shkodër is a bikers’ city with biking lovers everywhere around the city. And, the best thing is that this is one of the cheapest cities throughout Albania. Another fascinating thing about Shkodër is its quint old-fashioned charm that should not be missed. 

Best things to Do in Shkodër: Rozafa Fortress, Marubi National Photography Museum, Restaurant Elita, Vila Bekteshi, Sofra, San Francisco, Rozafa Fortress Museum, Piazza Park, Enoteka, and maker.

5. Gjirokastёr

While there’s a misconception that GjirokastÑ‘r & Berat are similar, but that’s not actually true. Both of the UNESCO cities have something different to discover. Therefore, you must visit GjirokastÑ‘r & Berat both on your Albania vacation. You will definitely love the beautiful castles perched at the top & the Cobbled streets. Make sure that you spend some time at the castle and climb through the old army tanks and enjoy the perfect panoramic view. 

Things to Do in GjirokastÑ‘r: Underground tunnels, castle, castle, weapon museum, Zekate House, Gjirokastër Ethnographic Museum, Gjirokastra bazaar, Ismail Kadare's House, Ali Pasha Bridge, and more. 

Best Time to Visit Albania

Want to know the best time to visit Albania? It is worth mentioning here that even if you have no knowledge of the best time to visit Albania - you have all the opportunity to discover it all. Throughout the year, Albania is a great place for travelers - there’s something you can feel great about in every season. Temperature varies from one season to the other and the country offers something special for the travelers in every part of the year. 

Whereas winter & autumn are the best time for exploring museums & skiing, summer & springs are the best time to watch out for the archeological sites & enjoying the water sports. Let’s explore more on the best time to visit Albania:

Seasons in Albania

SEASON

MONTHS

Spring

April - June

Winter

November - March

Summer

July - August

fall

September - October

Best Time to Travel in Albania

Season

Month

Best for

Best Time to Visit Albania

September to October & April - June 

Best for Beach or a Mountain Holiday

High Tourist Season

July - August

The Coastal Scorching Summer Heat is Active - not good to explore all of the countries.

Low Tourist Season

November - March

Not Suitable time to travel in General - A however good season for a Budget Travel Plan

Albania has a plethora of beautifully fascinating things for every type of travelers! And, the Albanian history of violence & communism has a lot to do with how you are planning this Albania vacation. In addition to the rich history, the lofty peaks, wonderful ottoman architecture & astounding Mediterranean beaches are things that are the charm of the country. Given the unprecedented charismatic charm of the country, it’s important to know the best time to plan Albania vacation.

Top Places to Visit in Albania - Entry Fees, Timing & More

Albania is one of those names in Europe which is not as popularly known as it deserves to be. But, over the years, it has emerged as one of the most enchanting tourist destinations, and still, it is. There are some really amazing things to discover in Albania, however, there’s a need to be way more careful and know the top tourist attractions to visit in Albania. Like many other European nations, Albania has a plethora of beaches, museums, castles and more to discover. 

Let’s help you discover a few of these tourist places in Albania their Entry fee, timing & more. 

Blue Eye Albania

Highlights:

  • Blue Eye Albania looks as beautiful as it looks in pictures. 

  • It’s interesting to note that, no one has been able to gauge the depth of the fresh-water spring. 

  • Seeing the force of the current is worth it. It gushes out freezing cold water every time you look around. 

Location: Saranda, Delvine district, south Albania

Entry Fees: 1.90 USD (Approximately)

Timings: Monday to Sunday (9 AM to 6 PM)

Brief Description: If you are looking forward to exploring just the gems of Southern Albania than Blue Eye is one of those things to discover. Another perfect thing about this wonderful creation of Albania is that it can be reached easily from Saranda and also on the way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gjirokastra, which is the twin city of Berat. You have the option to either visit both the Blue Eye & Gjirokastra or together depending on your preferences. 

Skanderbeg Square

Highlights: 

  • Skanderbeg Square is the winner of the European Prize for Urban Public Space.

  • Located in the central part of the city, almost all roads in Tirana lead to the building. 

  • The National History Museum is located just on the northern side of the Square.

Location: Tirana, Albania

Contact No: +355 66 658 0488

Timing: Monday to Sunday (All Day)

Brief Description: Every exploration of Albania begins from Skanderbeg Square. It was named after the National hero of Albania who is the person responsible for starting the Ottoman Empire rebellion. On the 500th death anniversary of his death, an 11 meter of statue was constructed on the southern side of the square. Skanderbeg is still considered as a symbol of integrity, identity & independence of the nation. Located in the center of the city, occupying an important part, this is undeniably worth visiting spots in the country.

National Museum of History

Highlights: 

  • A Gallery showcasing the prosecution under the rule of communist, which is one of the latest additions. 

  • The wonderful exhibition of Onufri icons, which is a 16th-century Albanian attraction. 

  • Showcases more than 5,000 artifacts spread through wonderfully structured pavilions.

Location: Skanderbeg Square, Tirana

Entry Fees: 

  • 200 lek (For Students)

  • Free entry on a special Days

  • Free on every last Sunday of the Month

Timing: 

  • June to October (Everyday): 09:00 - 19:00

  • November to May (Tuesday - Sunday): 10:00 - 17:00

  • Sunday: 9 am to 2 pm

Brief Description: This is the largest museum located in Tirana Albania and it is inclusive of many of the archeological treasures of the country. Also, you have the option to see the giant replica of the massive sword of Skanderbeg. There’s the undeniably great collection of historical artifacts taking you chronologically through the Illyria era to the postcommunist. It is breathtakingly beautiful to see the columns, statues, and mosaics belonging to the Roman & Greek empire. 

Dajti Mountain National Park

Highlights: 

  • Made in Australia cable car will be taking you on the trip to explore almost all of the city in just 15 minutes. 

  • You’ll enjoy some of the family-friendly activities including shooting with toy machine guns, riding, hitting things with a sword, and more.

Location: 25km east of Tirana

Entry Fees: $ 15 for Tour Ride (One way)

Brief Description:

Dajti Mountain National Park is located 25 km east of Tirana. Throughout the country, it is one of the most accessible mountains. Travelers come here to find peace & look for an escape from the hues & cries of the country.  

Albania Vacation Packages List

10 Days Albania Vacation Package - Albania Highlights

Destinations: Tirana, Gjirokastra & more

Minimum Price: $1020

Maximum Price: $1178

Vacation Duration: 10 Days

Highlights of the Trip: Explore Tirana, strolling through Lake Ohrid, savor the taste of Raki with villagers, Kruja, the Adriatic Coast, Balkans Llogara National Park, Adriatic Gjirokastra, and more.

Hotel Type: 4-star to 5-star

Payment mode: Cash/Card Payment

Included: 

  1. 9 Breakfasts & 1 Lunch

  2. 9 Nights in Luxurious Hotel Stay

  3. Tour Manager & Guides

  4. Transport (Bus)

9 Days Albania Vacation Package - Food Tour of Tirana

Destinations: Tirana

Minimum Price: $76

Maximum Price: $90

Vacation Duration: 4 hours

Highlights of the Trip:: Taste 20 different dishes of Albania, Visit to Tirana New Bazaar, Savour the taste of Albanian desserts particularly baklava. 

Hotel Type: 4-star to 5-star

Payment mode: Cash/Card Payment

Included: 

  1. Tasting 20 different Albanian cuisines.

  2. Beverages (Alcoholic & non-alcoholic)

  3. Tour Guide & Trip Manager. 

7 Days Albania Vacation Package - Cycling Tour of Albania

Destinations: Gjirokaster, Benje, Saranda, and more.

Minimum Price: $1329

Maximum Price: $1456

Vacation Duration: 7 Days

Highlights of the Trip: Visit Butrint (the UNESCO World Heritage Site), Cycling all through the Albanian Riviera to mountain plateaux, Huge snow-capped mountains, amazing rural villages, wonderful beaches, and more.

Hotel Type: 4-star to 5-star

Payment mode: Cash/Card Payment

Included: 

  1. 4 Nights Luxurious Hotel & 2 Nights guesthouse

  2. All Day Breakfasts & One-night Dinner

  3. 5 Days Cycling for Full Day

  4. Airport Transfers

  5. Cycling Leader

14 Days Albania Vacation Package - Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo & Explorer

Destinations:  Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo

Minimum Price: $2345

Maximum Price: $2678

Vacation Duration: 14 Days

Highlights of the Trip: Cruise through Lake Koman, the Valbona Valley, the secret staircase of Kalaja Fortress, a lookout over Prizren, the blue waters of Lake Ohrid, Skopje, Lake Ohrid, Greenfields & Rocky mountains of Albania, Lake Koman Ferry, Dečani Monastery, Valbona Valley Village, Hike in Rugova Valley, Tomb of Sultan Murat, Prishtina Trip, Matka Canyon day trip, Lake Ohrid Boat Cruise, and more.

Hotel Type: 4-star to 5-star

Payment mode: Cash/Card Payment

Included: 

  1. 13 Nights in a Luxurious Hotel

  2. 13 Breakfasts & 2 Dinners

  3. Mode of Transportation (private vehicle, taxi, public bus)

  4. Tour Guide

10 Days Albania Vacation Package - Discovering the Quaint Villages of Albania

Destinations: Blokku district of Tirana, Saranda, Corfu, Gjirokastra & more.

Minimum Price: $1478

Maximum Price: $1590

Vacation Duration: 10 Days

Activities on the Trip: Korça, Gjirokastra, Përmet, Rehovë, Shebenik-Jabllanice National Park, Çermenika, Tirana, Nivica Canyons, UNESCO World Heritage cities, Vibrant nightlife, wild camping, hiking, village homestays, mouth-watering food, off-road adventure, and more.

Hotel Type: 4-star to 5-star

Payment mode: Cash/Card Payment

Included: 

  1. Transportation via 4x4 minivan

  2. Stay throughout the trip in Hotel, guesthouse & in camps.

  3. English-speaking Guide

  4. Rafting through River Vjosa

  5. 9 Breakfasts, 2 Dinner & 1 Lunch

10 Days Albania Vacation Package - Adventure in Albania

Destinations: Adventure in Albania

Minimum Price: $1629

Maximum Price: $1734

Vacation Duration: 10 Days

Highlights of the Trip: Pilur, Berat, Gjirokastra, Ohrid, Butrint, the hospitality of villagers, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, visit Macedonia, Lake Prespa, home-cooked meals, the Albanian Riviera, remote rural areas & more. 

Hotel Type: 4-star to 5-star

Payment mode: Cash/Card Payment

Included: 

 

  1. Transportation through 4x4 vehicle
  2. Luxurious hotel accommodation
  3. English speaking Guide
  4. 9 Breakfasts. 2 lunches & 1 Dinner

 

1 Day Albania Vacation Package - Tour of Tirana

Destinations: Tirana

Minimum Price: $99

Maximum Price: $112

Vacation Duration: 8 hours

Activities on the Trip: The UNESCO heritage sites, delving deep into the Ottoman period, visiting the “Onufri” National Iconographic Museum, learn about the Medieval Centre, and more.

Hotel Type: 4-star to 5-star

Payment mode: Cash/Card Payment

Included:  

  1. Hotel pick & drop.

  2. Onufri Museum entrance fees.

  3. Guides 7 tour manager.

  4. Transportation

1 Day Albania Vacation Package - Durrës Full Day Trip

Destinations: Durrës

Minimum Price: $90

Maximum Price: $99

Vacation Duration: 9 Hours

Highlights of the Trip: Largest Roman amphitheater, Archaeological Museum of Durrës, the Byzantine Wall, Ethnographic Museum, Byzantine Chapel, Venetian Tower, and more.

Hotel Type: 4-star to 5-star

Payment mode: Cash/Card Payment

Included: 

  1. Transportation to the trip sites.

  2. Hotel drop & pick

  3. Entrance charges for museums & historical Sites

  4. Local guides & tour managers

1 Days Albania Vacation Package - Kruja & Tirana Day Trip

Destinations: Kruja & Tirana

Minimum Price: $105

Maximum Price: $112

Vacation Duration: 10 Days

Highlights of the Trip: Skanderbeg Square in Tirana, Ottoman Empire siege, Skanderbeg Museum & castle, the Old Bazaar, Et'hem Bey Mosque, the Clock Tower, Opera and Ballet House, National Martyrs Boulevard, and more.

Hotel Type: 4-star to 5-star

Payment mode: Cash/Card Payment

Included: 

  1. Transfers from Skanderbeg Square in Tirana

  2. Entrance fees from the Kruje Skanderbeg Museum 

  3. Local Guides

  4. Transportation included

5 Days Albania Vacation Package - Northern Albania

Destinations: Northern Albania

Minimum Price: $510

Maximum Price: $598

Vacation Duration: 5 Days

Top Highlights of the Trip: The Blue Eye of Theth (picnic & the natural pools), Mrizi I Zanave, Grunau waterfall, Hiking, exploring Shkoder, the National Ethnographic Museum, and more.

Hotel Type: 4-star to 5-star

Payment mode: Cash/Card Payment

Included: 

  1. Airport transfers both at the time of arrival & departure

  2. 4 Nights in a Luxurious Hotel

  3. 5 Breakfast, 5 Lunches & 3 Dinners

  4. Experienced tour manager

  5. Guides as per the requirement

1 Day Albania Vacation Package - Gjirokastra Tour

Destinations: Gjirokastra

Minimum Price: $184

Maximum Price: $211

Vacation Duration: 5 hours

Activities on the Trip: Historical sites & monuments of Gjirokastra, castle, the Ethnographic Museum, Skenduli House, Taste of ground coffee of Gjirokastra, slate-roofed houses, the Drina Valley, and more.

Hotel Type: 4-star to 5-star

Payment mode: Cash/Card Payment

Included: 

  1. Gjirokastra Castle (entry & everything).

  2. Ethnographic Museum tickets

  3. Skenduli House (entry & everything)

  4. Mountain tea & Traditional stone-ground coffee

10 Days Albania Vacation Package - Balkans Exploration

Destinations: Macedonia, Albania & Kosovo

Minimum Price: $1250

Maximum Price: $1345

Vacation Duration: 10 Days

Highlights of the Trip: Kruja, Tirana, Prizren, Lake Ohrid, Shkoder, Pristina Valbona Valley, alpine valley, the Saint Naum Monastery & other monuments, Rozafa Fortress, Kruja bazaar, Decani Monastery, Peja, kulla (traditional mountain houses of Albania), the Drini Bardhe Waterfall, and more.

Hotel Type: 4-star to 5-star

Payment mode: Cash/Card Payment

Included: 

  1. 9 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches & 3 Dinners

  2. 9 Days stay in Luxurious accommodation

  3. Comfortable transportation (cable car & bus)

  4. Local Guide & trip manager

5 Days Albania Vacation Package - Rozafa Castle

Destinations: Shkodra (Rozafa Castle)

Minimum Price: 5 Hours

Maximum Price: $60

Vacation Duration: $68

Activities on the Trip: Rozafa Castle, Shkodra Lake, the Lead Mosque, the Illyrian walls, the confluence of Kir, Buna and Drin rivers, Tarabosh Mountain, and more.

Hotel Type: 4-star to 5-star

Payment mode: Cash/Card Payment

Included: 

  1. Hotel transfers from the Shkodra city

  2. Entry Fee for museums & Rozafa Castle

  3. English speaking vacation Guide

10 Days Albania Vacation Package - Food & Heritage Tour of Albania

Destinations: Tirana, Berat, Gjirokaster, Saraqinisht, Blue Eye spring, Himare

Minimum Price: $1019

Maximum Price: $1123

Vacation Duration: 10 Days

Highlights of the Trip: Tirana, Berat, Bogove Village, Poliçan,  Gjirokaster, Saraqinisht, Blue Eye spring, local cuisines of Albania, different varieties of wines, Apollonia via Llogara National Park, and more.

Hotel Type: 4-star to 5-star

Payment mode: Cash/Card Payment

Included: 

  1. Airport Transfers

  2. 9 Days accommodation (traditional hotel)

  3. 10 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches & 1 Dinner

  4. Multilingual Tour Guide

  5. Wine Tasting 

  6. Entrance fees for certain destinations

8 Days Albania Vacation Package - Albanian Riviera

Destinations: Tirana, Himare, Livadhi Beach, Saranda 

Minimum Price: $612

Maximum Price: $701

Vacation Duration: 8 Days

Activities on the Trip: Vlore & Llogara National Park, Gjipe, Livadhi Beach (Himare), Ali Pasha Castle, Saranda, Borsh Beach, Ksamil Islands, Gjirokaster, Ksamil Islands,Blue Eye spring, Ksamil Islands, and more. 

Hotel Type: 4-star to 5-star

Payment mode: Cash/Card Payment

Included: 

  1. Airport transfers (Arrival & departure)

  2. 7 Nights Stay in a Luxurious Hotel

  3. 8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch & 1 Dinner

  4. An English Speaking Tour Director

  5. Guides & tour Director

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