The Balkans

Design Your Own Trip to Albania

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Handcrafted, Private Tours to Albania


You want to do things your way. We get it. MIR has been planning custom, private tours from scratch for over three decades, and we understand just how important flexibility is in travel.

Traveling privately on a custom private tour affords a great deal of flexibility – flexibility to immerse yourself in your own exclusive experience, to craft an itinerary around your interests, to go at your own pace, and to travel when it’s right for you.

How does it work? We’ll connect you with one of our Private Tour Designers so that you can share your vision and expectations with us.

We’ll ask you questions to better learn about your interests: 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?

We’ll share our extensive experience in the region – and our suggestions. And then we’ll dig into it and custom-craft a private tour itinerary for your review. Give us a call at 800-424-7289 to get started, or click here to be on your way.

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 Tour Designers 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.

Suggested Private Tours

And if you don’t feel that a fully-customized trip is what you seek, we’ve got the perfect solution. Whether you’re looking for a compact trip that hits the highlights or something more in depth, MIR offers suggested private tours 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 suggested private tours: Essential Albania; Essential Albania, North Macedonia & Kosovo, Essential Balkans

Need a bit more encouragement? Or want a better lay of the land? Read more about how to design your own trip.

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


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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