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Berat: Osum Canyon and Bogove Waterfall Tour

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

Sarande: Lekursi Castle, Blue Eye, and Gjirokastra Day Trip

Sarande: Lekursi Castle, Blue Eye, and Gjirokastra Day Trip

Start with pickup in Saranda and relax in a comfortable and air-conditioned van on the transfer to the hilltop Lekuresi Castle. Have free time to explore its Ottoman architecture and enjoy panoramic views of the Ionian Sea, the surrounding countryside, and the nearby Greek island of Corfu. Relax on the scenic drive to the Blue Eye, a deep karst spring characterized by its vivid blue color, which contrasts sharply with the surrounding greenery. Go on a short hike to the spring or buy a ticket for the train. Spend some time soaking up the tranquility of this unique spot. Next, discover one of the largest and most well-preserved castles in Albania with a stop at Gjirokastra Castle. Buy a ticket to explore this imposing fortress that offers a blend of rich history, stunning architecture, and panoramic views of the UNESCO-listed town of Gjirokastër and the Drino Valley. Continue to the Gjirokastra Bazaar, a vibrant and historically rich market located in the heart of Gjirokastër that dates back to the 17th-century. Shop for local handicrafts like traditional clothing, textiles, and pottery, and enjoy its traditional Ottoman architectural style. Return to your meeting point at the end of your day trip with unforgettable memories of your time in Albania.

Çorovoda: Osumi Canyon River Tubing Tour with Picnic Lunch

Çorovoda: Osumi Canyon River Tubing Tour with Picnic Lunch

Start with pickup from a meeting point in central Çorovoda. Be greeted by your guide and provided with all the all the necessary equipment for the journey, including neoprene wetsuits, waterproof shirts, life jackets, and helmets. Enjoy a scenic transfer to the Osumi Canyon. Listen as your guide clearly provides step-by-step instruction on what to do and not to do during the journey. Hop on your rubber tube and begin your relaxing adventure. Admire a breathtaking landscape that was sculpted by water over the course of millions of years Pass by highlights like the Cathedral of the canyon, an island in the canyon, and Blezencka Bridge. Venture to the Bigasi Waterfall and Big Waterfall, stopping to swim in deep places inside the canyon. Float with confidence, knowing that the guide is there to support you all times and to take photos/videos for you. Bid farewell to the majestic canyon on a 15-minute walk to the vehicle that is waiting to whisk you back to your meeting point in Çorovoda. Share the experience with ease, as videos and photos of the trip are shared digitally with you after the tour, ensuring that you can cherish this unforgettable day.

From Saranda: Gjirokastra Stone City & Blue Eye Day Trip

From Saranda: Gjirokastra Stone City & Blue Eye Day Trip

Explore the city of Gjirokastra on an exciting day trip from Saranda. Begin your journey by arriving at Gjirokastra Castle for a one-hour tour of the historic fortress. Walk through the fascinating Old Bazaar and make your way to the Cold War Tunnel, where you'll have the opportunity to visit the fascinating site for 30 minutes. Then take a leisurely stroll back to the Old Bazaar, where you will have 30–60 minutes free time to explore the local souvenir shops or enjoy a delicious lunch. Visit Skenduli House, a magnificent 300-year-old museum house and learn all about the local culture for another 30 minutes. Finally, head to the stunning Blue Eye Nature Park, where you'll walk a 1.2 km trail to see the exquisite springs. Enjoy an exciting and informative way to explore the treasures of the city of Gjirokastra.

From Tirana & Durres: Private Tour of Gjirokaster & Blue Eye

From Tirana & Durres: Private Tour of Gjirokaster & Blue Eye

Join us in this Day Tour of Gjirokastra and The Blue Eye to explore the secrets behind this Stone City and Castle of Gjirokaster. Part of Albanian UNESCO World Heritage. This Tour brings you nearer to the Unique Architecture, Local life, delicious food, and a stunning water spring. It is a complete guide with the best of what to visit in Gjirokaster, carefully selected by us, along with the last destination being The Blue Eye. Probably it is one of the steepest cities in the world, as Ismail Kadare describes it in his book. Gjirokastra will amaze you with its unique architecture and its dominant castle of Gjirokastra on the top of the hill. It is a city with a rich and glorious history, culture, and delicious local cuisine. Tour of Gjirokaster will start with the Pride of the city, the Castle of Gjirokaster. Walking through the coble stone paths sliding from the castle, you will explore a charming city, strangely attractive, and very Instagramable. While in Gjirokastra, we will explore also most of the Historic city, including some characteristic houses to understand more about how everyday life was organized in the family. Lastly, our final stop will be The Blue Eye water spring, which will leave you speechless and eager to jump in those vibrant blue colors and take a dip. Tour of Gjirokastra The history of the “Stone City” of Gjirokastra dates since the IVth Century AD. Known as Argyrokastro (Silver Castle) it has been an important economic, political and cultural city since the early Byzantine Era. Since 2005 the City is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. In addition, it is known for its highly preserved Ottoman Style Buildings and Architecture. The main components of the unique style are - Stone House Rooftops - Unique “Small Fortes” house style - The old Bazaar Blue Eye The “Blue Eye” is a water spring and a natural phenomenon occurring in a village in Finiq, southern Albania. The clear blue water of the Bistricë River can be seen from a depth of more than 50 meters, which is truly a magical view and makes the Blue Eye one of the most preferred destinations among tourists.

Albania : eSIM Internet Data Plan for 4G/5G

Albania : eSIM Internet Data Plan for 4G/5G

Stay connected effortlessly while exploring the beautiful landscapes and rich culture of Albania with an eSIM Internet Data Plan. Enjoy seamless 4G/5G coverage throughout the country, ensuring you can navigate, browse, and share your experiences without the hassle of traditional SIM cards. Benefit from extensive coverage throughout Albania, including major cities like Tirana, Durres, and Shkoder, as well as popular tourist destinations such as Berat, Gjirokaster, and the Albanian Riviera. Choose from a variety of data packages tailored to your needs, whether you require a small amount for short stays or a larger plan for extended trips. Manage your eSIM and data usage through a user-friendly app or online portal. Save money with competitive data plans and avoid unexpected roaming charges. Make your trip to Albania stress-free and enjoyable with an eSIM Internet Data Plan. Stay connected, share your experiences, and navigate with ease, all while enjoying the flexibility and reliability of an eSIM service.

From Tirana: Full-Day Gjirokastra Trip with Hotel Transfer

From Tirana: Full-Day Gjirokastra Trip with Hotel Transfer

Start your day with a convenient pickup from your accommodation in Tirana. Hop aboard your comfortable vehicle and begin the scenic drive to the timeless city of Gjirokastra, the UNESCO World Heritage site also know as "The Stone City". Be amazed by the splendour of Southern Albania's eastern side of the mountain as you arrive. Marvel at Gjirokastra, which resembles a fortified city where every single home is like a small fortress. Immerse yourself in the city's fascinating history and its origins in the 4th century AD. Discover why it is considered one of the Balkans' best-preserved medieval cities. Pass by the incredible Medieval Bazar as you enter Gjirokastra. Feel the atmosphere in the old town as it cascades down the graceful hill, filled with beautiful and narrow stoned streets. Be amazed by the wide variety of handmade crafts from local artisans and producers. Visit one of the best-preserved houses of Gjirokastra, where every detail is original and authentic. Finish your day of discovery with a comfortable ride back to Tirana.

From Tirana/Durres/Golem: Gjirokastra and Blue Eye Day Tour

From Tirana/Durres/Golem: Gjirokastra and Blue Eye Day Tour

Embark on a journey to Gjirokastra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled in the rugged mountains of southern Albania. Begin your exploration in the atmospheric Old Bazaar, where narrow cobblestone streets wind past traditional stone buildings housing artisan workshops, bustling cafes, and local eateries serving up authentic Albanian cuisine. Next, ascend to the imposing Gjirokastra Castle, perched high above the city on a rocky hilltop. This medieval fortress offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and provides insight into the city's storied past. Explore its ancient walls, towers, and courtyards, and learn about the illustrious history of the castle, which once served as the stronghold of the formidable ruler Ali Pasha Tepelena. As you wander the winding streets of Gjirokastra, take time to admire the unique architecture of the city's iconic stone houses. Built with distinctive slate roofs and featuring intricately carved wooden balconies, these historic homes offer a glimpse into Albania's rich cultural heritage. Don't miss the chance to visit Skenduli House, one of Gjirokastra's most renowned architectural landmarks. This beautifully preserved Ottoman-era mansion showcases the craftsmanship and elegance of traditional Albanian design, with its ornate interiors and charming courtyard garden. Embark on an unforgettable journey to the Blue Eye, a natural wonder nestled in the heart of southern Albania. This mesmerizing spring, also known as Syri i Kalter, boasts crystal-clear turquoise waters that seem to shimmer with an otherworldly brilliance. Located near the village of Muzine, the Blue Eye is formed by an underground river that emerges from a stunning karstic spring, creating a mesmerizing pool of vibrant blue water. The spring is surrounded by lush greenery, including dense forests and verdant hillsides, adding to its picturesque allure. Visitors can marvel at the mesmerizing beauty of the Blue Eye as they stand on the wooden viewing platform overlooking the spring. The water's incredible clarity allows you to see all the way to the bottom, where the depths seem to disappear into an azure abyss. With its fascinating history, stunning architecture, and breathtaking scenery & nature, Gjirokastra invites visitors to step back in time and experience the timeless charm of this enchanting Albanian city.

Gjirokastra FREE tour

Gjirokastra FREE tour

This tour is the latest and unique of its kind in all of the Gjirokaster area. It starts at the heart of the old city Gjirokaster, the Old Bazaar center. It consists of a leisurely walk around the historic area and frequent stops for storytelling because Gjirokaster has a vast history and a very rich culture. You'll be introduced to local history and culture in an interactive manner and most of all it won't be one of those boring tours that just has history dates and nothing more to remember. After all, you go on holiday to have some fun, so what better way of having fun than learning something interesting and having fun while at it? Join us now. It'll be a tour through time in cronological order of all the vast time periods of Gjirokaster.

Half day trip to the Blue Eye

Half day trip to the Blue Eye

Half day trip to the source of the Blue Eye Albania The tour departs from the port of Saranda at 9 am. After meeting our guide, we take the road from Saranda to Gjirokastra, reaching our destination in about 40 minutes. Syri i Kalter, this is the name of the site in Albanian, is located right on the border between Vlora County and Gjirokastra County. To preserve its beauty, the Albanian authorities have protected this area, making it a national park which can be accessed by paying for a ticket (included in the tour price). Once we arrive, we enter the dense vegetation, between paths and narrow streets. The immersion into the greenery precedes the arrival at the small lake formed by the source, a wonderful feeling! At the center of the body of water a dark blue oval attracts our gaze. It is the point where spring waters emerge from the heart of the mountain. As you approach it you can better notice that the dark blue of the eye is due precisely to this huge hole, from which fresh water emerges. The dark depths of the water reaching up to the surface meets with the karst rock of the waters surface, giving life to fantastic and changing play of light that follow one another during the day. If you are wondering how deep the hole is, just know that there is still no answer to this question. The depth is still unknown, but some expeditions of divers have managed to go fifty meters deep. Bathing in the spring waters, where the temperature is between 10 ° C and 14 ° C depending on the season, is a unique sensation, but its temperature is good.. For the less courageous, the satisfaction of visiting the area will still be well worth it. Here you can breathe in fresh, clean air, between old oaks and the scent of Mediterranean scrub. During the course of our trip we will have the opportunity to move around, through the dense network of paths that surround the site. We will be able to discover other even more exclusive and sheltered small springs and small caves. We will do it lulled by the coolness and sound of water that flows and drips from the rocks.

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