Albania is a gem of a travel destination in the Balkan Peninsula and Albania tours are the most incredible way to experience it. Geographically, the entire western part of the country lies on the bright blue Adriatic Sea, and the interior boasts the Albanian Alps and other mountainous terrain. In the villages and hamlets, stunning mosques abound—you’ll get used to hearing the call to prayer here. Albania’s intense history is palpable, and its people are resilient and welcoming. You’ll note the blend of Mediterranean influence and eastern European culture in the open-air cafes and restaurants. Any of the amazing Albania tours on offer will be sure to satiate your adventure travel thirst.
Guided Tours in Albania
Guided tours in Albania will bring you from cliff sides that are situated on unspoiled coastlines to alpine lakes high up in the dramatic Albanian Alps. Choose from hiking or biking to explore this magnificent country in your own way and at your own pace. If you want a unique adventure that includes hiking along the coastline and summiting peaks, guided tours in Albania should move to the top of your travel list. Below we’ve listed some of our top guided tours in the Balkan Peninsula.
When is the Best Time to Visit Albania?
The best time to visit Albania depends on the type of activities you would like to do during your visit and the specific regions you would like to explore, as the weather in Albania can vary significantly depending on the region. In general, Albania experiences hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. The coastal regions tend to be warmer and more humid than the areas that are further inland.
High season in Albania runs from June to September, when the weather is warm and sunny, making it a good time to travel if you want to spend time doing outdoor activities. If you prefer cooler weather and want to avoid the crowds of summer, you might consider visiting Albania in the spring or fall – the spring months of April and May are particularly nice with their green and blooming foliage. If you enjoy skiing and other winter sports, you might want to visit Albania in the winter when the ski resorts in the Albanian Alps are open and the weather is cold and snowy.
Popular Activities in Albania
With a wealth of incredible national parks and outdoor areas to explore, such as the Albanian Alps and the Adriatic Coast, it shouldn’t be a surprise that there are plenty of outdoor activities to take part in when visiting Albania. Here are some popular activities in Albania to base your next trip around:
Bike Tours in Albania
Bike tours in Albania are a wonderful way to experience the beautiful landscapes, historic buildings, and rich culture that can be found in the Balkans. From the rolling hills and dramatic peaks of the Albanian Alps in the north of the country to the serene shores of Lake Ohrid and Lake Prespa in the south, there is no shortage of incredible scenery to take in on bike tours in Albania.
Hiking Tours in Albania
If you really want to get the most out of your trip to the Balkans, then hiking tours in Albania are the way to go. Whether you want to trek high into the Albanian Alps, walk along the Adriatic Coast, or take in the scenery within Albania’s many national parks and protected wildlife areas, such as Tomorri Mountain Park or Valbona Valley National Park, you will be sure to find an incredible adventure around the corner on one of these spectacular hiking tours in Albania.
Where to Travel in Albania
If you are thinking of taking a trip to the Balkans and are wondering where to travel in Albania, there are a few great options that will provide you with hours, days, or even weeks of adventure opportunities!
While most people are familiar with the French, Swiss, or Italian Alps, few people know about the Albanian Alps! This stunning mountain region is the perfect destination if you enjoy hiking, climbing, or skiing, and it is only a few hours drive north of Tirana. If you are looking for a beautifully scenic - and less touristy - mountain getaway in Europe, consider planning your next adventure in the Albanian Alps.
Frequently Asked Questions About Albania
How many days are enough in Albania?
When it comes to planning a trip to Albania, 10-14 days should be enough to experience the cities and surrounding natural areas.
Is Albania a good tourist destination?
With plenty of national parks, friendly locals, an incredible food scene, and relatively low cost, Albania is a great travel destination in Europe if you are looking for a unique trip.
Where should I stay in Albania?
While many people will base their trip out of Tirana, Berat is considered the unofficial capital of Albanian culture and is one of Europe’s oldest inhabited cities, making it a great place to stay.
Where to fly into Albania?
When travelling to Albania there is one main airport in Tirana, Nënë Tereza (TIA).
What language is spoken in Albania?
Albanian is the official language of Albania and has two dialects: Tosk and Gheg, which were originally based on the Greek and Latin alphabets respectively.
Albania Tour Highlights
Butrint Archaeological Park
Butrint National Park, also known as Butrint Archaeological Park can be found in Southern Albania and contains some of the most important natural and historic sites in the country. In terms of the landscape, Butrint National Park is made up of wetlands, freshwater lakes, salt marshes, islands, and open plains, all of which are key ecosystems for the more than 1200 plant and animal species that live there.
From a historical standpoint, Butrint Archaeological Park is home to some of the most important historical sites in all of Albania, featuring a range of Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Middle Age structures. Visitors to the park will find the remains of many roman structures, including temples to Asclepius and Minerva, as well as a theatre, forum, and aqueduct. For anyone interested in ancient history, Butrint Archaeological Park is a great place to explore.
Dajti Mountain National Park
Established in 1966, Dajti Mountain National Park is a natural area within Central Albania that features extremely rugged topography and a great level of biodiversity. It is inhabited by a number of important European mammal species, such as the Eurasian wolf, red fox, wild boar, brown bear, and European wildcat. Dajti Mountain National Park has some incredible views that extend out across its 294km² boundary to the Adriatic Sea in the West and the Albanian Alps in the east.
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North Macedonia and Albania Cycling Tour
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Do you want to explore two gorgeous lakes, Balkan culture in small villages, protected nature, and Albanian and North Macedonian food and wine? And do you want to do all that on two wheels? Read on to see what this incredible 8-day cycling tour in North Macedonia and Albania has to offer.
Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia Hiking Tour
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There’s never enough time to do all the travelling you want to do, but if you want to explore Albania, Kosovo, and North Macedonia, this 11-day hiking tour will show you the highlights (and you can always return another time!).
Cycling North Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro
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On this 10-day cycling tour, you will see the highlights of North Macedonia, Albania, and Montenegro. If you are curious about the Balkan peninsula and are an avid cyclist, check out this phenomenal journey!
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