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Pack your bags and embark on a Balkan adventure you will never forget! Our tailor-made Albania, Kosovo, and North Macedonia tours promise to show you multiple cultural sites, breathtaking landscapes, and fun activities. We have over 12 years of expertise, and our guided tours have proven their quality and uniqueness. Visit Albania, Kosovo, and Macedonia, and you will return to the Balkans begging for more!

The Allure of Albania: Where History Meets Modernity

Albania is a country with a rich historical background that is eager to add a pinch of modernity to its vibe. From the lively streets of Tirana, with its colorful architecture and bustling markets, to the UNESCO-listed city of Gjirokaster, Albania is a fusion of the old and the new. Let’s dive into what you will see in the first stop of your Albania, Kosovo, and Macedonia itinerary.

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1. Diverse Landscapes, One Adventure

Albania’s landscapes are as varied as its history. The sunny beaches of the Albanian Riviera, the enchanting Accursed Mountains, and the tranquil Lake Ohrid are just a few of the places you will visit on your tour. The privacy and uniqueness of your Albania, Kosovo, and Macedonia road trip will ensure all of the activities you do are to your preferences.

2. Tailored Excellence: Your Personalized Journey

Our tours in Albania are crafted with you in mind. Experience the warmth of Albanian hospitality with local guides, who will spill all the secrets of the region.

3. The Scenic Drive: Connect to the Heart of Albania

The roads of Albania are more than just routes; they are gateways to breathtaking vistas. The drive between the different landmarks of Albania will be filled with fascinating tales told by our English-speaking drivers. The Adriatic coastline and the mountainous landscapes make for a scenic road trip.

Kosovo: A Land of Contrasts and Rich Heritage

As we cross into Kosovo, the land of contrasts and rich heritage, a new chapter of your Balkan adventure unfolds. Kosovo might be the youngest country in Europe, but the region’s history dates back to medieval times.

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1. Diverse Landscapes, One Discovery

Kosovo’s landscapes are a testament to its diversity. From the vibrant capital, Pristina, where modern cafes coexist with historic landmarks, to the serene beauty of Rugova Valley, where majestic mountains create a natural wonderland, Kosovo is a revelation waiting to be explored.

2. Tailored Excellence: Craft Your Kosovo Experience

In Kosovo, your journey is more than a visit; it’s a personalized exploration. Our local guides are passionate storytellers who are full of exciting stories about Kosovo’s past and present. One thing to do before you visit Albania, Kosovo, and Macedonia is learn about the region’s history, as this will make your journey more intriguing.

3. The Scenic Drive: Traverse Kosovo’s Beauty

The roads of Kosovo wind through landscapes that seamlessly blend the old and the new. Your scenic drive, guided by English-speaking drivers, unfolds the captivating scenery of the Balkans. Every kilometre of your Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia road trip is a visual feast for the senses.

North Macedonia: A Country All About Tradition

As our journey continues into North Macedonia, you’ll encounter a country rich in cultural heritage and natural treasures. North Macedonia is famous for its historic cities, pristine lakes, and mountainous landscapes. This is the last stop of our Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia tours, and as the saying goes – we saved the best for last!

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1. Diverse Landscapes, One Odyssey

North Macedonia’s landscapes are a fusion of historical marvels and untouched nature. From the lively streets of Skopje, where ancient history coexists with modernity, to the serene shores of Lake Ohrid, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the diversity of North Macedonia unfolds.

2. Tailored Excellence: Craft Your North Macedonian Journey

In North Macedonia, your journey is a personalized narrative shaped by your preferences. As usual, our guides are locals, which ensures your experience will be 100% authentic. Our custom-made Albania, Kosovo, and Macedonia itinerary will ensure each client gets what he/she desires out of that trip.

3. The Scenic Drive: Traverse North Macedonia’s Majesty

The roads of North Macedonia lead you through a landscape that echoes tales of the past. Enjoy a scenic drive with our English-speaking drivers, connecting the historical landmarks, serene lakesides, and mountainous panoramas. This drive is a journey through the soul of North Macedonia, and you will discover its most well-kept secrets.

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#1 Albania, Kosovo, and North Macedonia – 10 DAYS

Duration: 10 days, 9 nights
Starting Point: Tirana, Albania
Finish Point: Skopje, Macedonia
Countries Albania, Kosovo, North Macedonia
Number of cities: 13


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DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN TIRANA, ALBANIA

→ Welcome you at Tirana International Airport (TIA)
→ Transfer to your hotel in Tirana (30 – 40 min)
→ Free time to relax after a long flight

Overnight in Tirana, Albania

DAY 2 | TIRANA, ALBANIA

→ City tour of Tirana (1-1.5 hours)
Explore the vibrant city centre of Tirana and visit “Skanderberg Square”, the lively main square with the famous Skanderberg statue. The 19th-century clock tower reflects the city’s rich cultural and historical heritage, and the “Ethem Bey” Mosque is Tirana’s only historic mosque. See the striking Enver Hoxha Pyramid, a unique architectural landmark. Experience Albania’s communist history, housed in a fascinating bunker dedicated to the victims of the communist regime, and enjoy the walk along Maria Theresa Boulevard and Square leading to Tirana University.
Possibility for food tour and other activities
→ Free time in the afternoon

Overnight in Tirana, Albania

DAY 3 | SHKODER, ALBANIA

→ Transfer to Shkoder, Albania (2 hours).
→ City tour of Shkoder (1 hour)
Visit the Xhamia e Madhe – Ebu Bekr mosque and the Shkoder fortress (Rozafa Castle), a centuries-old, historic, and legendary fortress. It has panoramic views of Lake Shkodra, the Drin River, and the Albanian Alps.
→ Free time in the afternoon (option for a boat trip at Skadar Lake)
Overnight in Shkoder, Albania
→ Free time in Shkoder in the late afternoon
→ Transfer back to Tirana in the afternoon (2 hours)

Overnight in Tirana, Albania

DAY 4 | GJIROKASTER, ALBANIA

→ Transfer to Gjirokaster, Albania (3.5 hours)
→ City tour of Gjirokaster, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Albania, is known for its well-preserved Ottoman architecture and rich history. Visit the Gjirokastër Fortress (Kalaja e Gjirokastrës). Explore the medieval castle and its various chambers. The Church of St. Mary (Kisha e Shën Marisë) Byzantine-style church (13th century), one of the oldest in Gjirokastër; The Bazaar of Gjirokastër (a great place to experience local life); the Skenduli House
→ Free time in Gjirokaster in the afternoon

Overnight in Gjirokaster, Albania

DAY 5 | THE BLUE EYE AND BUTRINT, ALBANIA

→ Transfer to the Blue Eye, Albania (1 hour)
Explore the unique and beautiful natural spring that forms a deep pool of clear, blue water.
→ Transfer to Butrint (1 hour)
→ Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its well-preserved ancient ruins. Visit the Ancient City of Butrint, which dates back to the 7th century BC; the Theater of Butrint, built in the 3rd century BC; the Baptistery of Butrint, an early Christian baptistery that dates back to the 6th century AD; and the Lion Gate, one of the ancient entrances to Butrint.
→ Transfer to Sarande, Albania (30-40 min)
→ Free time for relaxing, beach, and other activities
→ Transfer to Gjirokaster (2 hours)

Overnight in Gjirokaster, Albania

DAY 6 | BERAT, ALBANIA

→ Transfer to Berat, Albania (2.5-3 hours)
→ City tour of Berat
Visit the Berat Castle (The historic castle of Berat is a testimony to Albania’s rich cultural heritage. The UNESCO World Heritage Site invites visitors to stroll through its cobbled streets, explore ancient churches and enjoy panoramic views); The Orthodox Church “The Holy Trinity”; The Gorica Bridge, and the city centre
→ Free time in Berat in the afternoon

Overnight in Berat, Albania

DAY 7 | OHRID, NORTH MACEDONIA

→ Transfer to Ohrid, North Macedonia (3 hours + border)
→ City tour of Ohrid, North Macedonia (1-1.5 hours)
Begin your journey at pristine Lake Ohrid, a natural gem that sets the scene for a day of cultural discovery. Visit the Monument of St. Naum of Ohrid, a tribute to the revered saint and a testament to the city’s spiritual heritage. Continue to the Monument of Saint Kliment Ohridski, honouring the legacy of Ohrid’s scholar and patron saint. Continue the Ohrid city tour with a visit to the Church of St. Sofia, the ancient theatre of Ohrid, and St John at Kaneo church. (Historical church with lake views), Church of Saints Clement and Panteleimon and Plaosnik (Monastery and archaeological site)
→ Free time in Ohrid in the late afternoon

Overnight in Ohrid, North Macedonia

DAY 8 | SKOPJE AND MATKA CANYON, NORTH MACEDONIA

→ Transfer to Matka Canyon (1.5 hours)
→ Free time for a boat tour or have a walk to explore one of the most popular outdoor destinations in the Balkans
→ Transfer to Skopje (30 min)
→ Walking tour of Skopje (1-1.5 hours)
Visit the Old Muslim Quarter, the Stone Bridge (an Old bridge from the 15th Century); Macedonia Square, the Memorial house of Mother Teresa (From outside); the “Warrior on a Horse” monument, the “Mustafa Pasha” mosque (Renovated 15th-century mosque with historic architecture, a rose garden & a tomb, the Skopje art bridge, the “Daut Pasha” Hamam, the “Mothers of Macedonia” fountain, The Divers statue, Kapan Han, the King Samuil monument, The Civilization bridge; the Archeological museum building.
→ Free time in Skopje, Macedonia for dinner
Overnight in Skopje, North Macedonia

DAY 9 | PRISTINA AND PRIZREN, KOSOVO

→ Transfer to Pristina, Kosovo (1.5 hours + border)
→ Walking tour of Pristina (1 hour)
Explore the city centre, including the Pristina Library and the Great Mosque (15th Century Mosque).
→ Continue to Prizren, Kosovo (1 hour)
→ Stroll through the old town of Prizren
Visit the city centre, including Our Lady of Ljeviš Church (14th-century Serbian Orthodox church) and Sinan Pasha Mosque (17th-century mosque).
→ Enjoy free time in Prizren, Kosovo, before heading back to Skopje
→ Transfer to Skopje, Macedonia (2 hours + border)
→ Free time in Skopje, Macedonia, for dinner

Overnight in Skopje, Macedonia

DAY 10 | DEPARTURE

→ Transfer to Skopje Airport
END OF THE TOUR

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#2 Albania, Kosovo, and North Macedonia – 14 DAYS

Duration: 14 days, 13 nights
Starting Point: Tirana, Albania
Finish Point: Skopje, Macedonia
Countries: Albania, Kosovo, North Macedonia
Number of cities: 14


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DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN TIRANA, ALBANIA

→ Welcome you at Tirana International Airport (TIA)
→ Transfer to your hotel in Tirana (30 – 40 min)
→ Free time to relax after a long flight in Tirana, Albania

DAY 2 | TIRANA, ALBANIA

→ City tour of Tirana (1-1.5 hours)
Explore the vibrant city centre of Tirana and visit “Skanderberg Square”, the lively main square with the famous Skanderberg statue. The 19th-century clock tower reflects the city’s rich cultural and historical heritage, and the “Ethem Bey” Mosque is Tirana’s only historic mosque. See the striking Enver Hoxha Pyramid, a unique architectural landmark. Experience Albania’s communist history, housed in a fascinating bunker dedicated to the victims of the communist regime, and enjoy the walk along Maria Theresa Boulevard and Square leading to Tirana University.
Possibility for food tour and other activities
→ Free time in the afternoon

Overnight in Tirana, Albania

DAY 3 | SHKODER, ALBANIA

→ Transfer to Shkoder, Albania (2 hours).
→ City tour of Shkoder (1 hour)
Visit the Xhamia e Madhe – Ebu Bekr mosque and the Shkoder fortress (Rozafa Castle), a centuries-old, historic, and legendary fortress. It has panoramic views of Lake Shkodra, the Drin River, and the Albanian Alps.
→ Free time in the afternoon (option for a boat trip at Skadar Lake)
Overnight in Shkoder, Albania
→ Free time in Shkoder in the late afternoon
→ Transfer back to Tirana in the afternoon (2 hours)

Overnight in Shkoder, Albania

DAY 4 | SHKODER, ALBANIA

→ The morning visit to Shkoder will continue with the visit to the Venetian Masks. This small business was started some years ago by a local who lived in Italy and has now become the main producer of Venetian Masks for Venetia.
→ Visit a local farm, Mrizi Zavane, where you can try homemade products from with products from the farm.
→ Free time in Shkoder in the afternoon

Overnight in Shkoder

DAY 5 | THETH, ALBANIA

→ Transfer to Theth (2 hours), the first National Park of Albania in the Alps (Dynaric Alps).
→ Arrive in Theth, have some free time, and take a short walk (circa 7 km and some easy climbing) to visit some of the natural attractions, the Waterfall and Grunas Canyon.
→ Transfer back to Shkoder (2 hours )

Overnight in Shkoder, Albania

DAY 6 | KRUJE AND VLORE, ALBANIA

→ Transfer to Kruje castle (1.5 hours)
Visit the Krujë Castle and explore its well-preserved walls and towers, which have witnessed significant historical events, including the defence led by national hero Skanderbeg.
→ Morning transfer to Vlore, Albania (2 hours) after lunch
→ Free time in Vlore in the afternoon

Overnight in Vlore

DAY 7 | BUTRINT AND SARANDE, ALBANIA

→ Transfer to Butrint (2.5 hours)
→ Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its well-preserved ancient ruins. Visit the Ancient City of Butrint, which dates back to the 7th century BC; the Theater of Butrint, built in the 3rd century BC; the Baptistery of Butrint, an early Christian baptistery that dates back to the 6th century AD; and the Lion Gate, one of the ancient entrances to Butrint.
→ Transfer to Sarande, Albania (30-40 min)
→ Free time in Sarande

Overnight in Sarande, Albania

DAY 8 | THE BLUE EYE AND GJIROKASTER, ALBANIA

→ Transfer to the Blue Eye, Albania (1 hour)
Explore the unique and beautiful natural spring that forms a deep pool of clear, blue water.
→ Transfer to Gjirokaster, Albania (1 hour)
→ City tour of Gjirokaster, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Albania, is known for its well-preserved Ottoman architecture and rich history. Visit the Gjirokastër Fortress (Kalaja e Gjirokastrës). Explore the medieval castle and its various chambers. The Church of St. Mary (Kisha e Shën Marisë) Byzantine-style church (13th century), one of the oldest in Gjirokastër; The Bazaar of Gjirokastër (a great place to experience local life); the Skenduli House
→ Free time in Gjirokaster in the afternoon

Overnight in Gjirokaster, Albania

DAY 9 | BERAT, ALBANIA

→ Transfer to Berat, Albania (2.5-3 hours)
→ City tour of Berat
Visit the Berat Castle (The historic castle of Berat is a testimony to Albania’s rich cultural heritage. The UNESCO World Heritage Site invites visitors to stroll through its cobbled streets, explore ancient churches, and enjoy panoramic views); The Orthodox Church “The Holy Trinity”, The Gorica Bridge, and the city centre
→ Free time in Berat in the afternoon

Overnight in Berat, Albania

DAY 10 | OHRID, NORTH MACEDONIA

→ Transfer to Ohrid, North Macedonia (3 hours + border)
→ City tour of Ohrid, North Macedonia (1-1.5 hours)
Begin your journey at pristine Lake Ohrid, a natural gem that sets the scene for a day of cultural discovery. Visit the Monument of St. Naum of Ohrid, a tribute to the revered saint and a testament to the city’s spiritual heritage. Continue to the Monument of Saint Kliment Ohridski, honouring the legacy of Ohrid’s scholar and patron saint. Continue the Ohrid city tour with a visit to the Church of St. Sofia, the Ancient Theatre of Ohrid, and St John at Kaneo church. (Historical church with lake views), Church of Saints Clement and Panteleimon and Plaosnik (Monastery and archaeological site)
→ Free time in Ohrid in the late afternoon

Overnight in Ohrid, North Macedonia

DAY 11 | OHRID FREE DAY

Free day in Ohrid for a boat tour along the lake, hiking, or relax

Overnight in Ohrid, North Macedonia

DAY 12 | SKOPJE AND MATKA CANYON, NORTH MACEDONIA

→ Transfer to Matka Canyon (1.5 hours)
→ Free time for a boat tour or have a walk to explore one of the most popular outdoor destinations in the Balkans
→ Transfer to Skopje (30 min)
→ Walking tour of Skopje (1-1.5 hours)
Visit the Old Muslim quarter, the Stone Bridge (Old bridge from the 15th Century); Macedonia Square, the Memorial house of Mother Teresa (From outside); the “Warrior on a Horse” monument, the “Mustafa Pasha” mosque (Renovated 15th-century mosque with historic architecture, a rose garden & a tomb, the Skopje art bridge, the “Daut Pasha” Hamam, the “Mothers of Macedonia” fountain, The Divers statue, Kapan Han, the King Samuil monument, The Civilization bridge; the Archeological museum building.
→ Free time in Skopje, Macedonia for dinner

Overnight in Skopje, North Macedonia

DAY 13 | PRISTINA AND PRIZREN, KOSOVO

→ Transfer to Pristina, Kosovo (1.5 hours + border)
→ Walking tour of Pristina (1 hour)
Explore the city centre, including the Pristina Library and the Great Mosque (15th Century Mosque).
→ Continue to Prizren, Kosovo (1 hour)
→ Stroll through the old town of Prizren
Visit the city centre, including Our Lady of Ljeviš Church (14th-century Serbian Orthodox church) and Sinan Pasha Mosque (17th-century mosque).
→ Enjoy free time in Prizren, Kosovo, before heading back to Skopje
→ Transfer to Skopje, Macedonia (2 hours + border)
→ Free time in Skopje, Macedonia for dinner

Overnight in Skopje, Macedonia

DAY 14 | DEPARTURE

→ Transfer to Skopje Airport
END OF THE TOUR

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