The Balkans

Design Your Own Trip to Albania

Photo credit: Mike Belton & Karen McGrath

Plot Your Own Path


Traveling privately on a custom itinerary means flexibility – flexibility to immerse yourself in your own exclusive experience, to craft an itinerary around your interests, and to travel when it’s right for you.

Want to explore the country’s up-and-coming farm-to-table culinary scene? How about a visit to the first school in Albania, opened towards the end of the 19th century? Need suggestions?

To get started planning an Albania itinerary, take a look at our suggested Private Journeys to the region – Essential Albania; Essential Albania, North Macedonia & Kosovo, Essential Balkans – or read more about how to design your own trip.

Also keep in mind that you can customize any of our small group tours to match your preferred dates of travel. Get in touch, we’re here to help.

Signature Experiences

Below are just a few examples of the signature experiences that MIR can arrange for you in Albania. Let them be a source of inspiration, then get in touch with one of our Private Journey Specialists to craft an itinerary uniquely suited to your travel goals, budget, and style.

  • Enjoy a private tour of Gjirokastra with a local archaeologist, digging deep into the ancient origins and history of this UNESCO-listed Ottoman stone town.
  • Head to the market with a chef to select ingredients, then step into a local home and learn to make lakror, a traditional flaky pastry pie that’s a favorite in Boboshtica Village.
  • Step into a local family’s century-old home for a degustation of homemade traditional jams, compote, and a variety of raki – Albania’s favorite, fiery alcoholic spirit.
  • Take a guided tour of a school in Permet, learning first-hand from students and teachers what Albanian education is like today, and how it’s evolved since Soviet times.

Private Itineraries

Whether you’re looking for a compact trip that hits the highlights or something more in depth, MIR offers private itineraries that can be adapted to your choice of dates. Our itinerary, your dates – it’s a great option whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple, or in a small group.

Explore trips: Essential Albania; Essential Albania, North Macedonia & Kosovo, Essential Balkans


Traveler Reviews

  • "[Our favorite part was] the wedding in Albania that we just stumbled upon! Loved the cultural interactions."

    G. Sample

    Shreveport, LA

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