Up, Down and Around Albania

Country cousin of Greece and Italy, little-known Albania has 225 miles of coastline, Greek and Roman ruins and vestiges of Ottoman heritage. Beginning in the capital, Tirana, travel overland up and down the lovely Adriatic coast, finding medieval fortresses, Byzantine churches, mosques, and monasteries.

9 Day Trip

  • Private Journey
    Minimum of 2 Travelers
  • Travels to:
    Albania, Balkans
  • Flexible Essential:
    Tirana to the north, south and back

Overview Itinerary

MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • Browse a medieval Turkish bazaar
    Browse the wooden stalls of the medieval Turkish bazaar in Kruja, a great place to shop for traditional handicrafts such as alabaster jewelry, silver filigree, hand-carved wooden items and hand-loomed carpets....
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  • Explore one of the oldest continuously inhabited sites in Albania
    Enter the city of Berat, sitting on one of the oldest continuously inhabited sites in Albania; its medieval fortress stands virtually unchanged today despite the region’s...
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • Over two decades of Albania travel experience
  • Many individuals and groups have chosen MIR to guide them to Albania
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-3: Tirana, Kruja, Shkodra

Visit the museums and mosques of the capital, Tirana, then meet with local villagers in a private home, learning firsthand about life in rural Albania over a home-cooked dinner. Take a day trip to the medieval hillside fortress of Kruja, browsing the colorful stalls at the Turkish Bazaar for traditional handicrafts and alabaster jewelry, and inspect the fortress ruins of striking lakeside Shkodra.


  • Albania’s capital, brightly-painted Tirana
  • The fortress, Ethnographic Museum and medieval Turkish bazaar of Kruja

Days 4-5: Elbasan, Pogradec, Korce, Permet, Gjirokastra

Set off south to the former Turkish stronghold of Elbasan, admiring its ancient city walls and St. Mary's Orthodox Church. Continue to Pogradec on the shores of UNESCO-listed Lake Ohrid, and spend a night in Korce on the Greek border. Stroll through the small town of Permet, famed for its fiery raki, then drive through the mountains to the UNESCO-listed Ottoman town of Gjirokastra.


  • Pogradec’s ancient Illyrian fortress
  • Museum of Medieval Art and the first Albanian school, in Korce
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Days 6-9: Saranda, Apollonia, Berat, Durres, Tirana

Admire the 6th century BC site of Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, en route to coastal Saranda, within sight of Corfu. Explore the ruins of Apollonia, mentioned by both Aristotle and Cicero. On the way back to Tirana, visit UNESCO-listed medieval Berat and the Roman amphitheater in coastal Durres.


  • Albanian port and resort city of Saranda
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site of Butrint with its 6th century BC fortifications, 3rd century BC amphitheater, temples, public baths and houses
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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 9 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 2 Traveler Minimum $3,695
  • Single Supplement $595

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  • Min 2 Travelers

Group Size

Pricing is based on a minimum of 2 travelers on this trip. Call for solo trip pricing.

Private trip prices vary by season and are subject to hotel availability for your travel dates. Hotel upgrades, additional nights and solo traveler prices are available on request.

What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Shared accommodations in well-located superior tourist class hotels throughout the itinerary.
  • Breakfast daily and 2 dinners, per the itinerary. Other lunches and dinners are left free to allow for independent exploration.
  • Services of experienced, English-speaking local guides in each city.
  • One arrival and one departure transfer. (Additional arrival and departure transfers are available at additional cost.) MIR arranges for travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure whether we make your airfare arrangements or not.
  • Ground transportation throughout itinerary by private van or car (type of vehicle depends on the size of your party). Note, one vehicle and driver will be used throughout the itinerary.
  • Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary.

Before Your Tour

  • Personalized pre-departure support from one of our knowledgeable Tour Specialists.
  • Complete pre-departure information including detailed packing list, reading list, insurance information.
  • Assistance booking your custom flight arrangements (on request; please note that international airfare is not included in the land tour cost).
  • Touring with MIR handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Final document packet including luggage tags, final updates, and more.
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Prepare for Your Trip

International Airfare

MIR's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

MIR recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Most MIR programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Travel Insurance

Stay a Little Longer…

MIR can arrange for an extended program in nearby Balkan countries such as Macedonia and Montenegro, as well as to Bulgaria or Romania, Ukraine, Belarus, or Western Russia.  All of MIR’s destinations are open to you, and all can be attached to this program. Please contact MIR for more details about exciting options for extended travel.

Or, choose from one of these suggested itineraries:

Is this Trip Right for You?

While the accommodations are designed to be comfortable for travel in this part of the world, they will vary from four star hotels to moderate three star, some quite small with basic amenities and services. It is important to keep in mind that Albania may not be up to the standards North American travelers expect.

A full list of details about the rigors of this tour are explained in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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