Experience all the flavours of Albania with a visit to her oldest city and a sampling of locally made brandy and wines. First up is the walled city of Durrës. Once an important outpost of the Roman Empire, it's now a vibrant and modern port area. Your expert guide will show you all the monuments including the 5th century fortress and the ancient Greco-Roman amphitheatre. You'll then hit the archaeological museum to marvel at its impressive collection of finely carved statuettes, busts and stone sarcophagi. After free time to explore, we'll head to a local distillery for a snifter of traditional Albanian brandy.
This action-packed 4x4 experience has adventure stamped all over it. It all kicks off speeding towards Cape Rodon to admire wow-factor panoramas over the Adriatic and the Ottoman-era Castle Skanderberg. You'll stop by the ancient St. Anthony church to see one of Albania's most treasured religious monuments before exploring one of the thousands of abandoned Cold War military bunkers along the coast. Whilst the war has long since ended, many of these squat steel structures remain as a fascinating window to the past. Afterwards, it's back in the vehicles and on to a local vineyard for a well-earned glass of Balkan wine.
Just across the border in North Macedonia is a treasure trove of religious relics, crumbling castles and beautiful Byzantine architecture. Known as 'the Jerusalem of the Balkans', UNESCO-listed Ohrid is a fascinating city to explore. Arrive in the city, and you'll take a guided tour. Stroll streets dotted with beautiful houses and see the bones of a medieval castle looming above. Peek inside the grand St Sophia Cathedral to see faded frescoes, and then head to the coast to visit the charming church of St John.
Immerse yourself in the monuments of classical Durres. Explore the archaeological sites with an expert guide and learn how the city was considered the Tavern of the Adriatic in ancient Albania....
If sun on your face and a cool sea breeze blowing by sound like your idea of holiday heaven, then this relaxing boat trip is for you. Climb aboard early morning in the port city of Vlore, and we'll cast off into the Ionian Sea. Cruising by all the cliffs, crags and caves of the coastline, you can top up your tan on deck as your skipper sails towards Karaburun Bay. After a few hours relaxing and swimming in this Balkan beauty spot, we'll head on to Sazan Island. Come ashore here and thrill seekers can explore the spooky skeleton of Cold War submarine base, or those looking for a more sedate time can snooze on the sands of the beach.
A newcomer to the tourist trail, a boat trip on Lake Komani is fast earning itself a reputation as one of the Balkan‘s best experiences. After an early start, it's a journey north through the Albanian countryside. We'll skirt the scenic shores of Vau I Dejes Dam before finally arriving at Komani harbour. Cruise across the lake and let the timeless landscape of the Accursed Mountains transport you a world away from 21st century Europe. Drifting by rugged rock formations and reed beds, we'll drop anchor at a remote bay to swim, sunbathe and soak up the scenery. Then, after a few hours of relaxing, we'll make a leisurely return to Durrës.
Shkodra is a meeting point of civilizations that's a must when in Albania. This city tour takes in its top sights. Kick off at Rozafa Castle overlooking the city before visiting a typical local bakery. There's the chance to visit a museum before a Venetian mask factory visit and an optional stop at the 13-arch Mesi stone bridge.
An evening of Albanian hospitality awaits on this tour from Durrës. After pick-up from your hotel, you'll be swept away to a traditional restaurant where you'll spend your evening in the company of your fellow guests and an Albanian polyphonic band who will provide the entertainment. Dine on typical Albanian dishes paired with local wine, before dancers in traditional costume get the party going long into the night. Once you've watched the show of folk music and dance, you'll also have the chance to learn a few steps alongside the dancers.
Two of Albania's stellar cities are the stars of this trip. First up is Tirana, Albania's capital since 1920, to tick off sights like the towering minarets of Et'hem Bey mosque, the impressive Skanderbeg square and the National Museum. You'll also get to visit the Blloku district, once home to the communist-era elite and former dictator, Enver Hoxha. Then it's on to the hilltop city of Kruja. We'll visit an exhibition dedicated to the country's national hero, George Castriot, then round off with some shopping in the bustling bazaar.
Add some Albanian flavour to your trip with this fun and friendly cooking class. Under the guidance of a professional chef, you'll learn how to rustle up a sumptuous selection of local dishes all paired with a glass of good Albanian wine.
Known as 'The City of a Thousand Windows', beautiful Berat invites you to peek into the past at its monuments, mosques and museums. Follow your guide on a tour of the mosque minarets and imposing cathedrals that dot the skyline and see the gleaming-white Ottoman-era houses climbing the mountainside towards the castle. You'll also visit the Historical House for the chance to pick up traditional treats like gliko, a special Albanian jam.After all that exploring, you'll have built up quite a thirst – so we round off at a local winery for a sampling of typical Berati wines, all accompanied by their perfect snack pairing.