Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer

15 Days | Travel through the valleys, towns and mountainscapes of Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia.

4.9 out of 5 based on 51 reviews submitted.
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It’s hard to find a patch of Europe that as secluded as this one. Hard, but not impossible. Among the rugged mountains and green fields of Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia there are plenty of shepherds, monasteries, lakes, valleys and Byzantine churches – what’s lacking is crowds. It’s taken decades for the Balkans to wipe away memories of conflict and communism, but (amazingly) they’ve emerged strong and smiling. From hip cafes in Skopje and the soft shores of Lake Ohrid to the mosques of picture-perfect Prizren, this 15-day adventure showcases Balkan beauty at its very best.

Trip overview

Map of Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer including Albania, Macedonia, Republic Of and Kosovo
Start
Tirana, Albania
Finish
Tirana, Albania
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
North Macedonia (Macedonia), Albania, Kosovo
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
ZMSX
This trip generates 28 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Explore the remote northern reaches of Albania and take one of the world’s best boat trips with a cruise through the mountainous corridors of Lake Koman
  • Experience daily life in the Valbona Valley with a stay at a local guesthouse. Clink glasses with the locals in the village and hike the rugged valley passes.
  • Sail across the blue waters of Lake Ohrid, one of Europe's oldest lakes. No wonder North Macedonia and Albania share this beautiful attraction – nobody would want to let it go.
  • Kososvo is rich in history and contrasts. Step back in time and learn about the infamous Battle of Kosovo on a day trip to the Field of Blackbirds, before embracing the modern culture thriving in Prishtina, Europe’s youngest capital.
  • Lose yourself in Tirana, the Albanian capital full of a revitalised urban energy, and partake in the local's favourite pastime: drinking coffee and people-watching.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Weather in this part of Europe can be unpredictable. Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. On the other hand, the weather in the mountains can be cold and wet throughout the year. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
  • Hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.
  • On this trip you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we strongly recommend keeping the weight under 15kg / 33lb. Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are likely to encounter while carrying your luggage. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

Itinerary

Map of Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer including Albania, Macedonia, Republic Of and Kosovo

Inclusions

Meals

14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Transport

Public bus, Private vehicle, Boat, Taxi

Accommodation

Hotel (10 nights), Guesthouse (4 nights)

Activities
  • Lake Koman - Private boat ride
  • Valbona Valley - Village Tour
  • Valbona Valley - Tea House
  • Dečani Monastery - UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Rugova Valley - Hike including Lunch
  • Gjakova - Sufi Tekke of the Halveti Order
  • Gjakova - Hadumi Mosque
  • Prizren - Kalaja Fortress Visit
  • Kosovo Polje - Field of the Battle of Blackbirds & Tomb of Sultan Murat
  • Prishtina - Day Trip
  • Gracanica - Gracanica Monastery
  • Prishtina - Bear Sanctuary
  • Skopje - Matka Canyon visit and Boat Ride
  • Ohrid - Lake Ohrid Boat Cruise
Add on activities
  • Tirana - Sky Tower - ALL400
  • Tirana - National History Museum - ALL700
  • Tirana - National Art Gallery - ALL200
  • Tirana - Bunk'Art Gallery - ALL500
  • Tirana - Dajti Mountain Cable Car - ALL1000
  • Shkoder - Rozafa Castle - ALL400
  • Prizren - House of the Albanian League of Prizren - EUR1
  • Prizren - Church of Our Lady of Ljevis - EUR3
  • Prizren - Church of the Holy Saviour - EUR2
  • Prizren - Sinan Pasha Mosque - Free
  • Prizren - Halveti’s Tekke - Free
  • Prizren - Day Trip to Sharr Mountains National Park (Black Lake) - from - EUR180
  • Prizren - Day Trip to Rahovec with Wine Tasting & Lunch - from - EUR60
  • Prishtina - Ethnographic Museum - Free
  • Prishtina - Sultan Fatih Mosque - Free
  • Prishtina - Kosovo Museum - EUR2
  • Skopje - Mount Vodno Cable Car to Millennium Cross - MKD100
  • Skopje - Kale Fortress - Free
  • Skopje - Holocaust Memorial Centre - MKD300
  • Skopje - Daut Pasha Hammam - MKD60
  • Skopje - City Museum - Free
  • Skopje - Archaeological Museum - MKD300
  • Matka Canyon - Boat Ride - MKD400
  • Ohrid - Robev Family House National Museum - MKD150
  • Ohrid - St Jovan Church - MKD150
  • Kruja - Day Trip - ALL900
  • Kruja - Skanderbeg Museum - ALL500

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is bookable for this trip, excluding Days 3&4. Availability is limited due to small property we use. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 51 reviews submitted.
Reviews are from travellers who have completed their trip and want to share their experience. We show all reviews, but may remove any that include profanity or inappropriate content, are unrelated to the trip or reveal personal details.

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Robert · Traveled June 2024
As an inexperienced traveller, I can thoroughly recommend Intrepid Travel. Our tour was amazing, challenging and so much fun. I felt safe and well looked after the entire trip.
Review submitted 18 Jun 2024

Marcel · Traveled June 2024
Worth to visit this region of the balkan. Felt always secure. Tourism starts growing. Wonderful countryside. Lovely food - A must do for meat lovers. Good varity of activities included - Still enough time to explore on yourself. Just do it now.
Review submitted 16 Jun 2024

Melinda · Traveled June 2024
We loved this trip. There was absolutely stunning scenery, great walks and a bit of city life thrown in. However the hikes and the countryside, lunching in family homesteads high in the mountains made this trip special. We cannot appreciate our guide enough for all the hard work and organisation and pleasant disposition enough.
Review submitted 15 Jun 2024

Rachel · Traveled May 2024
The itinerary for this trip is a great mix of nature/mountains/lakes/rivers and interesting cities that are not crowded with tourists. I felt I really got to know the three countries that we visited, all very different. The Tour Leader, Arted, is excellent and the group got on quite well. I added on time in Albania after the tour to see more of Tirana and the south of Albania.
Review submitted 10 Jun 2024

Audrey · Traveled May 2024
A wonderful part of the world that I will be returning to, thanks to this trip. Complex history, lots of variety in experiences and diversity in landscapes. My favourite parts were the Valbona Valley, Kosovo in general and Lake Ohrid. I had an awesome trip leader and group members that made this trip one of my favourite experiences. Highly recommended.
Review submitted 09 Jun 2024
Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer
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