Albania Expedition

9 Days | Experience rugged beauty and warm hospitality in this Balkan treasure

5 out of 5 based on 6 reviews submitted.
CHF  1,400
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It may be an under-the-radar-travel destination, but when it comes to dazzling landscapes and fascinating culture, Albania is every bit as magnificent as its more popular neighbours. Spend nine days getting to know this Balkan gem with a local leader, travelling from bustling cities to remote reaches. Drink coffee with locals in Tirana, hike along off-grid rivers in the country’s north, stay in welcoming guesthouses and beachside hotels, and spend the night on a sustainable farm. You’ll learn about local crafts with artists, birdwatch as you eat breakfast in a spectacular national park, and learn about Albania’s culture and history from those who know it best.

Trip overview

Map of Albania Expedition including Albania
Tirana, Albania
Tirana, Albania
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
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This trip generates 19 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
  • Venture into the wild and beautiful landscapes of northern Albania, explore spectacular lakes and rivers and experience a slice of rural life.
  • Spend the night on a sustainable farm, where you’ll enjoy dinner made from fresh ingredients grown on site and learn about local farming practices.
  • With the support of non-profit ecotourism organisation MEET, learn about conservation efforts at the Karavasta Lagoon in Divjake- Karavasta National Park, spend the night at a locally owned beach accommodation and rise for a sunrise breakfast atop a birdwatching tower.
  • Visit the village of Babunje, where you’ll take part in a hands-on craft experience with local artists and be introduced to polyphonic singing, homemade raki and Turkish coffee reading plus enjoy a home-cooked lunch with a family.
  • Get to know Albania’s capital as you explore Tirana with your local leader, and share a coffee in the garden of our local friends to learn about their culture and family history.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Don’t let the heat keep you from exploring the world! Summer temperatures can be very high in Albania, which can make things uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water.
  • Space is at a premium in Europe and your accommodation is no exception. Rooms are often small, but usually the central location makes up for that. For those travelling as a duo, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together. In some cases, bathroom facilities will be shared rather than ensuite.
  • Albania is a developing country and accommodations are basic but comfortable – a combination of simple hotels, guesthouses, apartments and a farmstay. The farmstay is a wonderful opportunity to witness every day rural Albanian life and includes a home-cooked dinner.


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8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners


Private vehicle, Ferry, Motorboat


Hotel (3 nights), Village Guesthouse (2 nights), Farmstay (1 night), Apartment (2 nights)

  • Shala River - Hiking
  • Mrizi I Zanave - Farm to table dinner
  • Divjaka-Karavasta National Park - Conservation tour
  • Durres - Beach stop
  • Divjaka-Karavasta National Park - Sunrise birdwatching breakfast
  • Babunje - Local handicrafts experience
  • Babunje - Turkish coffee reading
  • Babunje - Family visit & home-cooked lunch
  • Bay of Vlora - Hike to Tragjas Village & farm visit
  • Berat - Old Town & Berat Castle guided tour
  • Tirana - Villa with a Star Memorabilia Collection visit
Add on activities
  • Shala River - Hiking to Molle Village ruins - EUR20
  • Divjaka-Karavasta National Park - Bike ride - EUR10
  • Bay of Vlora - Boat ride from - EUR25

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Important notes

1. A Single Supplement is available for this trip with the exception of Days 2 & 3 where we will be in multi-share village guesthouse accommodation.

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5 out of 5 based on 6 reviews submitted.
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Peter · Traveled June 2024
An excellent blend of sight seeing, activities, food and learning about the history.
Review submitted 23 Jun 2024

David · Traveled June 2024
Intrepid is a great company to tour with, and this trip raised the standard even higher. A great itinerary and a truly fantastic tour leader made this a trip to remember. Thank you Intrepid and thank you Aldo. 🇦🇱
Review submitted 24 Jun 2024

Mita · Traveled May 2024
We had a lovely group and a professional and informative tour leader, Elton. This is a very busy and active itinerary with not much free time so be prepared! There were some inconsistencies with timings and activites compared to the itinerary. I would absolutely recommend bringing hiking boots (plus mosquito spray and anti-histamines!) as the hikes were more challenging than expected. The food everywhere is excellent and plentiful, and sometimes this felt more like a food tour! I particularly enjoyed Marjana's farm stay and the "agrotourism" Mrizi I Zanave farm. Lots of beautiful scenery. 2 days in Tirana was sufficient to get a feel for the city and for its history. Overall this is a great trip to explore Albania.
Review submitted 30 May 2024

Elizabeth · Traveled May 2024
There was a surprise and delight at every turn. Amazing scenery, friendly people, great food and engrossing history. Our tour guide was excellent, his enthusiasm for his country was contagious. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to get out of the cities and explore Albania.
Review submitted 11 Jun 2024

Bindu · Traveled September 2023
Intrepid does it again! My visit to Albania was magical. The sourcing and selection of experiences have left me with indelible memories. The stay in Marjana's farm, visits to Mrizi i Zanave, Karavasta NP, Tragjas and Berat left me speechless. Kudos Interpid - my go to for adventure travel.
Review submitted 17 Oct 2023
Albania Expedition
CHF  1,400