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Western Balkans Highlights

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Day 1: Airport – Tirana

Arrival in Albania and transfer from the airport to Tirana. In Tirana we visit Et’hem Beu Mosque, Mother Theresa square, ex-residential area called the “Block”. Dinner in a traditional restaurant. Accommodation in “Golden City” Hotel.

Day 2: Tirana – Krujë – Marikaj – Tiranë

Today we visit Kruja, the castle and Scanderbeg Museum. Lunch will be in the agritourist center of Marikaj. Free time in the afternoon in Tirana.

Day 3: Tirana – Ardenicë – Berat

We continue traveling to Ardenica monastery, the place where our National Hero Scanderbeg was married in the 15th century. Arrival in Berat, a city protected by UNESCO.

Day 4. Berat – Vlorë –Llogara – Himarë – Borsh – Sarande 

Stopover in Vlora, the city where the independence of Albania was proclaimed in 1912. In Llogara N.P we will have lunch as we listen to Isopoliphonia, a traditional way of singing in Southern Albania.

Day 5: Saranda – Butrint – Gjirokastër – Përmet

Tour Butrint archeological center. Next we travel to Gjirokastra where we visit the Castle and the Ethnographic Museum. 

Day 6: Përmet – Germenj N.P – Korçë

Today we travel through Ersekë and Gërmenj Park where will have an organized picnic lunch. I

Day 7: Korçë – Pogradec – Saint Naum – Ohrid

When we will be in Tushemisht we can relax and enjoy a coffee in Drilon, a place which attracted very often even the Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha 

Day 8: Ohrid

Ohrid is one of the oldest cities of the Balkans, an important center of the Episcopal Church of Rome and Byzantium. 

Day 9: Ohrid – Skopje

We resume driving to the city of Skopje via Ohrid – Tetovo – Skopje. 

Day 10: Skopje – Brezovica – Prizren

Today we travel to Prizren. Prizren is one of the few cities in Kosovo to have 3 religious communities cohabiting together (Catholic, Orthodox, and Muslim).

Day 11: Prizren – Gjakovë – Deçan – Pejë

Next we travel to Gjakova and visit the Ottoman bazaar, one of the longest in the Balkan. 

Day 12. Pejë – Rožaje – Kolašin – Cetinje – Budva

We continue to Budva – Montenegro, driving through Rozaje – Kolasin – Cetinje – Budva. 

Day 13: Budva – Kotor – Shkodër

Visit the castle of Budva and old town. Transfer to Kotor a city part of UNESCO World Heritage list. 

Day 14: Shkodër – Mother Theresa Airport

We take a walk through the pedestrian street leads us to the Catholic Cathedral one of the biggest in the Balkan. Next we drive to the castle of Rozafa and transfer to the airport.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Tirana Albania
14 days
Return Details
Shkoder, Albania
  • Accommodation in 3 or 4 stars Hotel, BB services for 13 nights
  • 8 lunches in traditional restaurants.
  • 5 dinners in hotels or traditional restaurants.
  • Transportation for 14 days
  • Tour guide in the English language: for 14 days
  • Assistant guides in Ohrid, Skopje and Kotor
  • Assistance by our agency during all days of stay in the region
  • 130 euro per single supplement
  • Everything else that is not mentioned above.
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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By: Sondor Travel
11 Reviews
Tampa, Florida, USA
Great Visit to Prizren with Dorian
Can’t say enough about how informative this tour was. It gave us a great understanding of Albania and the Balkans. If you are looking for a number of photo opportunities this may not be the trip for you; however, if you want to drive through a beautiful mountain land scape and have an in depth history lesson, book this tour. Highly recommend.
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Tour Curiosity...
I have been in Albania, for some time only, last year...and now ,here I am, back to Albania ..in Durres , accompagnied by some friends! We had beautiful moments for ourselves , feeling special, the Adriatic Sea warmly inviting us to ..try it😏! The goldy warm softy sand, too! Not to mention any kind of tasty food ! Really great ..and worthy to visit it 😇
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Manila, Philippines
Walls and War Tour Dubrovnik
Very informative tour of Davor. He is also funny. We learned a lot from him. The tour started and finished on time.
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London, United Kingdom
Day trip to Albania from Corfu
We couldn’t fault this day excursion. Pricier than other excursions but so many components made it a memorable day. Picked up 6:35an arrived back at hotel 8pm. Coach to Corfu Town (worth visit on it’s own by local bus. The old town is the place to see.) then boat to Albania took 70mins. Taken to Restaurant for refreshments. Price of drinks extra but relatively low cost compared with Kavos. Then on to an archaeological site with some lovely scenery. Ruins can be boring. The young guide we had was very well prepared and bought the place alive with descriptions and explanations of each area.Again the views were beautiful. We then went to lunch at the restaurant stopped at earlier. With exception of drinks, all food was included. Buffet meal which was excellent. Off to a castle then and spectacular views from the high vantage point. Back to the town for 75min free time. Very built up but, like Corfu, not many shops. Then back to port and Corfu. It was enough to make us want to visit this once war torn country again for longer time. €48/person plus €10/person like visitor tax.
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Singapore, Singapore
Berat private tour (winter month)
Berat is one of the best UNESCO heritage site that u will be able to take very nice pictures. The tour guide Marin was humorous and engaging. He is passionate about his work and explained in simple terms for us to understand. He valued - added the tour by helping us to take creative pictures. It was one of the most enjoyable private tour that i had ever had. Strongly recommended anyone who want to know more about berat to sign up the private tour and ask for Marin.
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Walking Tour in Albania
I joined a walking tour in Albania and our guide Dori was brilliant; he has a wealth of knowledge and passion for Albania and he was able to show us a side of Albania that I don't think any of us on the tour could ever have imagined. He led us confidently on all of the hikes using his local knowledge and contacts to ensure we got an authentic taste of Albania. On the more cultural side of the tour he was able to give us so much information on the history of the country and could easily augment the information that was being given by the local guides. I would have no issue recommending Sondor Travel if you are planning a trip to Albania.
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Riba-roja d'Ebre, Spain
Walking/culture in Albania
I went as an individual joining a group of other adventurers from UK and USA on a 9 day tour.... Most of us had no idea what to expect of Albania but we had a wonderful time led by the amazing Dori. We saw and trekked in, beautiful countryside; met generous, welcoming people; stuffed ourselves on fabulous food and stayed in great hotels/guesthouses in superb locations. The ethos of the company seems to be to spread the word about what a wonderful country Albania is - and I can only agree wholeheartedly
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Hong Kong, China
A fine travel operator with their hearts in the right place
In March, 2016, I organized a trip for fourteen persons from Hong Kong to visit Albania, Meteora, Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro. The company we used was Sondor Tours, and our guide was Dorien Malaj, its owner. I don't normally rate travel agencies, but this is an exception. From our first correspondence to our visit, Dorien fulfilled our assignment with professional dedication, skill and charm despite the fact that his father had just passed away shortly before our visit. We went through and reviewed the entire itinerary, dissected each hotel and made some changes to our liking, rerouted the trip several times, and that entailed much additional work, as hotel dates had to be juggled every time we moved the itinerary. Not once did he complain. During the tour, he was patient, courteous, knowledgeable, succinct, punctual; he was also congenial and humourous, and his love of people and travel shows through the quality of his tour. His recommendations were 99% spot on - the one exception was that we ought to have stayed in Meteora for two nights instead of one, which he has now fixed for subsequent tours based on our shared experience. His choice of hotels was always the best in the area, and the restaurants he recommended were superb. His knowledge of history, politics and geography was also first class, and what's more, he was not afraid to share his views with us, as an Albanian, and yet with impartiality even when we were visiting the Serbian sights and discussing the recent events. Because of our group size, we found in the beginning that our travel bus was too small; no problem, he chartered a larger bus from elsewhere to arrive in Tirana on the day we started our journey so that we would be more comfortable, at extra cost, but it relieved us from twelve days of discomfort. The tour itself offers the travellers stunning visits to Meteora, Butrinti, Lake Ohrid, Kotor, the Valbona Mountains, the Visoki Decani, balanced with a visit to a Kosovo village that suffered from a recent massacre, and at a great value. For travellers curious for the offbeat places, this is a real gem. Go now, before Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia become overcrowded. https://en.tripadvisor.com.hk/ShowUserReviews-g294446-d10190845-r376037409-Travel_Albania-Tirana.html#
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Una guida eccellente
Il nostro tour è stato davvero interessante e la guida molto preparata e disponibile ad accogliere le nostre esigenze. Piccola pecca la non chiarezza in merito al punto di ritrovo.
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Ostergotland County, Sweden
En dag på landet
Det blir tyvärr rätt mycket transport innan man kommer fram till vad som är anledning till utflykten, nämligen orten Berat. Två timmar åt varje håll kan tyckas långt men med en bra chaufför, vilket vi hade, så fungerar det ändå relativt bra men framförallt säkert. När vi väl var framme i Berat anslöt den lokala guiden. Guiden får godkänt men hade nog tjänat på att inte försöka skämta om allting, det kanske fungerar för vissa men inte för oss.
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Tirana e Kruja
Ho prenotato questo tour di Tirana e Kruja direttamente dall'Italia. Tutto è stato perfetto e piacevole.Il giro è durato 7 ore: alla mattina abbiamo effettuato la visita della città di Tirana e nella tarda mattinata ci siamo recati nella città di kruja. La nostra guida turistica Marin che parlava italiano si è dimostrato molto bravo e preparato. Lo consiglio.
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