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Lake Skadar: Guided Panoramic Boat Tour to Kom Monastery

1. Lake Skadar: Guided Panoramic Boat Tour to Kom Monastery

If you are on the lookout for the most beautiful places to visit in Montenegro, the medieval Kom Monastery is sure to catch your eye. Experience for yourself why this tour was a bestseller on Lake Skadar during the 2023 season! Enjoy the perfect balance between nature, culture, and picturesque scenic views. Travel aboard a traditional wooden boat and savour the delicious local wine, while your guide reveals all the fascinating stories from the region. Begin your journey in Virpazar, a charming fishing village. This idyllic location is just a short half-hour drive from Podgorica, Montenegro's capital. Once you arrive at the meeting point, the local tour operator will check your vouchers and explain how to pay the National Park fee. After that, you're all set to board! Marvel at the breathtaking sight of Vranjina's two majestic peaks as you sail through a narrow river canal. Admire Lesendro, the Key of Lake Skadar, a centuries-old structure where birds often perch atop the ruins. Discover the hidden beauty of three islands adorned with thousands of water lilies next, just before arriving at the medieval monastery Kom. Perched atop Odrin Hill, this hidden gem is accessible only by boat and is home to the best-preserved frescoes in the area. Immerse yourself in the sweet aroma of wild thyme during your 30-minute visit. Finally, enjoy a refreshing swim in the pristine waters of Lake Skadar, and take in the picturesque views of the untouched nature that surrounds you on the way back.

Tirana Airport: Bus Transfer from/to Tirana Central

2. Tirana Airport: Bus Transfer from/to Tirana Central

Relax with a shuttle service from Tirana International Airport (TIA) to Tirana and vice versa. Travel with ease on a regular bus line that offers 24-hour service, 7-days a week. Avoid the hassle of navigating the public transportation system before or after a long journey, instead, relax and enjoy the views of Tirana from the comfort of your seat. Be greeted and supported by staff who will help you onboard. Board a modern bus to leave your worries behind, and arrive on time at your destination at the airport, or in the city in an only 20-minute ride. You can freely plan your departure time with a ticket valid up to 24-hours on purchase date.

From Vlore: Haxhi Ali Cave & Karaburun Speedboat Tour

3. From Vlore: Haxhi Ali Cave & Karaburun Speedboat Tour

Brace yourself for a tour of discovery and excitement with our exclusive experience that promises to unlock the hidden gems of the Karaburun peninsula. Our tour begins with a thrilling 40 minute speedboat ride to the enchanting Haxhi Ali cave, an natural wonder that beckons with its mesmerizing allure. Where you can swim in the crystal-clear waters and explore for 20 minutes the cave to indulge in thrilling activities such as diving, snorkeling, and discovering the hidden gems of the cave's breathtaking beauty. The adventure continues on the pristine shores of St. beach. Here, for 1.5 hours, you will find yourself surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the Karaburun peninsula, providing a perfect backdrop for relaxation. Soak up the sun, swim in the azure waters and provide the perfect backdrop for relaxation. But the excitement doesn't end there, a 10-minute walk leads us to the secluded paradise of St. Koli bay, boasting two small, wild beaches with blue crystal waters and amazing underwater world for an intimate connection with nature. As the tour comes to the end, we guarantee an unforgettable experience, leaving you with the desire to relive this extraordinary tour again. Don't miss the chance to book your spot and indulge in a day of exploration and wonder.

From Tirana: Gamti Mountain and Bovilla Lake Hiking Tour

4. From Tirana: Gamti Mountain and Bovilla Lake Hiking Tour

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking natural beauty of the Albanian countryside on a tour to Gamti Mountain and Lake Bovilla from Tirana. Enjoy round-trip transportation by air-conditioned vehicle. Begin your tour with pickup from your accommodation in the morning and set out on a scenic drive to Lake Bovilla. Discover the patterns of life in suburban Tirana as you pass through the city on your way to the countryside. As you approach Lake Bovilla, see the lake's impressive dam. Admire the lake's shimmering teal and turquoise waters, nestled at the base of Gamti Mountain. Head up to the hiking track to begin your ascent of the mountain, soaking up the nature atmosphere. After about 40 minutes of hiking, reach the balcony of the mountain and observe the expansive, rolling forest and hills stretching out before you. At your feet, gaze in wonder at the stunning views of Lake Bovilla. Breathe in the fresh mountain air on your cheeks in a setting of pure natural beauty. Pause to sip water and chat in the shadows of a mountain cave before descending the mountain along the same route. Once you've finished your hike, round off your trip by visiting the shore of the river and admire the unique, canyon-like scenery as you splash and paddle in the cool waters. Note: Swimming on the lake is available only from: May to September.

From Vlorë: Haxhi Ali Cave and Karaburun Speedboat Trip

5. From Vlorë: Haxhi Ali Cave and Karaburun Speedboat Trip

The departure time is from 09:00 am and at 1:30 pm. You will meet the guide at Vlora Touristic Port, make sure to be 10 minutes before the departure time. We jump on Board and the trip's first stop is Haxhi Ali Cave, the journey takes about 30 minutes. We enter the cave where we stay to snorkel and explore the cave, snorkel gear can be requested from the guide free of charge. Next to the exploration of the cave, we continue the journey and stop at a wonderful beach inland of the Karaburun Peninsula, it is an equipped beach, where you will find a small tavern, serving local food and drinks, where you can have a bite. After enjoying the crystal clear waters and the amazing view, we jump on board and head back to the Vlora Touristic Port, about 30 minutes ride. End of the journey.

From Tirana: Berat City UNESCO Heritage and Belshi Lake Tour

6. From Tirana: Berat City UNESCO Heritage and Belshi Lake Tour

Embark on a cultural and artistic pilgrimage. See master painter Onufri's work in the churches of Berat. Visit Berat Castle, Onufri Museum, Mangalemi & Gorica neighborhoods, and Gorica bridge. Meet your guide at your hotel and start the tour of Berat city. Berat is one of the most visited and characteristic towns in Albania. It is under the protection of UNESCO and considered a World Heritage site due to its unique architecture. Visit Berat Castle and the Onufri Museum. The Berat castle is of particular interest because people still live within its walls in their traditional houses, just like their ancestors did for centuries. Explore this fortress overlooking the town of Berat and its many Byzantine churches. Witness some of the most beautiful shades of red and gold you have ever laid eyes on in the museum. Then, continue to your next stop in the old quarters of Mangalemi and Gorica that connect with each other by the Gorica Bridge over the Osumi River. On the way back you will visit Belshi, a very small town, with a small lake in front of the buildings.

Clare: Sazan Island & Karaburun Speedboat Trip & Snorkeling

7. Clare: Sazan Island & Karaburun Speedboat Trip & Snorkeling

The departure time is from 9:30 AM. You will meet the guide at Vlora Touristic Port, make sure to be 10 minutes before the departure time. We jump on Board and the trip's first stop is Sazan Island the journey to the island lasts about 40/50 min. We stay on the island for about an hour, the guide will bring you to visit Sazan Island Old inhabited Town, telling the history and interesting anecdotes around, back off the tour you can spend the rest of the time lying on the crystal waters beach of the island, drinks will be served to cool off from the heat. We board again and head to Haxhi Ali Cave, the journey from Sazan Island to the cave takes about 15 minutes. We enter the cave where we stay to snorkel and explore the cave, snorkel gear can be requested from the guide free of charge. Next to the exploration of the cave, we continue the journey and stop at a wonderful beach in the inland of the Karaburun Peninsula, it is an equipped beach, where you will find a small tavern, serving local food and drinks, where you can have your lunch. After enjoying the crystal clear waters and the amazing view, we jump on board and head back to the Vlora Touristic Port, about 30 minutes ride. End of the journey.

From Tirana: Kruja Castle, Old Bazaar & Sari Salltik Tour

8. From Tirana: Kruja Castle, Old Bazaar & Sari Salltik Tour

Join a guided tour of Kruja city to explore all its iconic attractions. Visit Kruja Castle, Skanderbeg’s Museum, the Old Bazaar, and Sari Salltik mountain. We will pick you up from the hotel and start the tour to Kruja city. After around one hour driving you are in Kruja and we continue the first visit to the Castle of Kruja, which houses Skanderbeg’s Museum. It was the epicenter of the legendary Albanian resistance to the Ottomans, led by national hero Skanderbeg in the 15th century. See a copy of the helmet and the sword of Scanderbeg in the main hall, the flags and stems of prominent families of that time who supported the national hero and a lot of the history telling by the guide. After soaking in the culture and history, discover the current arts and crafts in the Old Bazaar. Look for souvenirs, including intricate local handicrafts. Finally, driving by car on a panoramic mountain road to visit the holy site of Sari Salltik. Head to this cave located on the edge of a mountain 1176 meters high and also enjoy the amazing view from the top of the mountain. Afterward, head back to Tirana.

Europe Data eSIM: 0.5GB/daily to 20GB-30 Days

9. Europe Data eSIM: 0.5GB/daily to 20GB-30 Days

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Berat: Osum Canyon and Bogove Waterfall Tour

10. Berat: Osum Canyon and Bogove Waterfall Tour

Experience the natural beauty of Osum Canyon and Bogove Waterfall with our guided tour. Our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you to this hidden gem of Albania. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to stop at several viewpoints to take pictures of the breathtaking canyon. You will also walk on top of the canyons to enjoy the magnificent views. Our tour includes a hike through Bogove National Park, where you will have the chance to swim in the cold crystal waters of the stunning Bogove waterfall. You will also make a stop in Polican, a small town founded during the communist time to produce weapons and learn about its history. The tour is customizable to your interests and preferences. You can also enjoy a picnic lunch Please note that during the dry season from July to September, we can make a short exploration of the canyon. However, in the other months, it is not possible to explore the canyon, and the tour will focus on sightseeing. Get ready to discover the natural beauty of Albania and create unforgettable memories with our Osum Canyon and Bogove waterfall tour! Meet with the tour guide in Berat and transfer to Osum Canyon On the way to the canyon stop in Polican a town founded during the communist time to produce weapons Proceed the journey to the canyons – Stop in the viewpoints and learn more about some popular legends Take your time to swim On the way back to Berat visit Bogove waterfall Fresh up with the cold waters of the waterfall Return to Berat in the late afternoon

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Orlanda was the best guide EVER! She knew so much about Tirana and the hike itself. She took many photos and videos of me while on the hike as well. This experience was extremely unique and I liked that it was a tiny group of travelers so we got to know everyone very well. This hike was one is the most exciting things I have done and so so beautiful. So worth it!! Views were crazy and there are different parts you can climb up when you get to the top of the mountain. Orlanda made this experience 1000x better. Highly recommend this hike and our tour guide.

Thanks to Antonio, I really enjoyed my first day of Albania! Pick up is really smooth. Really convenient as he came and picked me up to my hotel. He is really knowledgeable and explained a lot about the history and background of the sightseeing places. He took care me a lot the whole day. Thank you very much Antonio:)

Everything was great. Tour was extremely interesting and entertaining. Also some pleasant breaks. Ani as a tour guide did a great job, with a lot of knowledge and very sensitively. Thank you very much again Ani and all the best.

I really enjoyed today! Bledi is very friendly and he explain enjoyed a lot about the places and history:) I highly recommend this tour!

Dritan (driver and tour guide) was awesome, kind and respectful. The day was amazing, the lake was beautiful, highly recommend.