Europe’s former North Korea? The Balkans’ India? - It’s difficult to describe colorful, turbulent and quickly changing Albania in a short way. It’s an extraordinary oasis in a conformist Europe.
While before nearly undocumented, Albania only emerges in history when taking its stand against the Ottoman Empire under national hero Skanderbeg. After his death the alliance crumbled and the monuments left from 500 years of Ottoman occupation will be highlights of our tour.
And so are the many bunkers dating back to the communist period under which Albania was almost completely closed off from the rest of the world and preserved in an early 19th century state, only released to the public after the collapse of the Hoxha regime.
Now, 20 years after its opening, Albania is calling the world to discover its natural glamour and authentic culture. No surprise that is was chosen the top country to visit in 2011 by Lonely Planet.
Starting in 2013, we invite you to discover Albania’s South and natural and cultural gems like the Karavasta Lagoon, Apollonia archeological site, Llogora National Park, the Ionian Coast, Gjirokaster and Berat on our Sea to Summits tour with us. For the gorgeous mountain panoramas of the Albanian Alps, we take you to the picturesque mountain village Theth and to Valbona valley to discover captivating Albanian Magic. If you are an experienced hiker and are up for a real challenge, take a look at our Albania X-treme tour, and be one of very few people to claim for yourself to have crossed Albania’s “Accursed Mountains” on foot.