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Albania Vacation & Tour Packages

"Untouched" is the word that comes to mind when thinking about Albania. In fact, the country doesn’t even have a McDonald’s. Albania may not be famous, but it is welcoming, intriguing, and safe. It is also very affordable compared to Western Europe. This is why Albania is an inviting destination for travelers looking for a unique holiday. Visitors to Albania always leave feeling nostalgic. Albania's reputation stems from its former dictatorship but the country is moving toward greater integration with the rest Europe. Now is the perfect time to visit Albania and the welcomes are as warm as they come.

Albania's Best Destinations

Tirana, the capital of Albania, is a vibrant and unique destination. The city stands on the brink of a tourist boom, so now is the perfect time to visit before the crowds arrive. You’ll find a variety of cultural influences, with Mediterranean and Ottoman styles in the architecture and the cuisine. Just outside the city, the Dajti mountains are perfect for hiking. Beneath the mountain, former dictator Enver Hoxha's nuclear fallout shelter now houses a museum and art gallery You can get breathtaking views over Tirana and the countryside.

A country of diverse landscapes

Albania has something for everyone. Choose from inviting cities, beautiful mountains, and pristine coastline. Travelers in Albania will love visiting the stunning beaches of the Albanian Riviera. They are the perfect place to unwind. They also offer easy travel options for visiting Corfu by ferry. Day trip to the impressive UNESCO-listed Butrint, an ancient Greek settlement nearby. In the southern region of Albania, you can explore the beautiful city of Gjirokastra. It boasts an iconic white-painted Old Town. Since the prices are low, you can enjoy a level of comfort that might not be available in western Europe.

We took a group of five bloggers to Albania in 2016 as part of the JayWayBalkans Press trip. They loved their working holiday in Albania. See the article to get a feel for the country.

Food that will wow you

There's something about the produce in Albania, it'll take you back to childhood memories of how you remember fruit and vegetables tasting. That flavor explosion is backed up by a rich selection of locally sourced fish, seafood and meat that'll have you singing the praises of Albanian cuisine to your friends when you get home.

Visit a neighboring country

If you want to see more than one country when you're in the region you've got plenty of choices. We often combine Albania with neighboring Macedonia. You could also see Montenegro and Croatia in the same trip. If you're happy to take an overnight ferry you could also spend some time in Italy's Puglia.

Get your customized Albanian Trip Plan

Public transport in Albania is basic and not always reliable, but the cost of a private driver is more than reasonable, so you’ll travel in style. Traveling in Albania may be different from what you are used to, but it is thrilling and a private tour means you can explore at your own pace. Our local guides will be on-hand to assist all vacationers. Wherever you want to travel in Albania, we can make it happen. Visit Gjirokastra, Ksamil, Tirana, or a combination of all three. Contact us for a free travel consultation. We'll start planning the perfect Albanian vacation, just for you.

Explore Our Destinations in and Around Albania

Popular Albania Vacation Itineraries

Our suggested itineraries in Albania and neighboring countries allow you to enjoy a multi-destination tour with ease. Our vacation packages make traveling in Central & Eastern Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.9 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of our Albanian vacation packages
Based on 6 reviews
Review by Sonia & Bryan

Sonia & Bryan

Alberta

Loved every part of our trip and each city or beach had highlights. Thanks JayWay for making my birthday a memorable occasion. JayWay Travel is the go to travel agency who pays close attention to details and creates a memorable holiday to suit your budget.

Loved every part of our trip and each city or beach had highlights. Thanks JayWay for making my birthday a memorable occasion. JayWay Travel is the go to travel agency who pays close attention to details and creates a memorable holiday to suit your budget.

Year : 2019
Visited : Albania
Itinerary : Tirana, Ksamil, Qeparo, Dhermi, Vlore, Tirana
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Albania
Itinerary : Tirana, Ksamil, Qeparo, Dhermi, Vlore, Tirana
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Todd & Jennifer

Todd & Jennifer

Ontario

The JayWay Travel experience is customized and personalized. Each trip will be unique to you and it is a wonderful way to ensure you focus on what matters most while travelling (sights, activities, etc.) rather than booking hotels, transfers, etc. that take up so much of your time and energy.

The JayWay Travel experience is customized and personalized. Each trip will be unique to you and it is a wonderful way to ensure you focus on what matters most while travelling (sights, activities, etc.) rather than booking hotels, transfers, etc. that take up so much of your time and energy.

Year : 2019
Visited : Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria
Itinerary : Bucharest, Sibiu, Belgrade, Kotor, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje, Sofia, Burgas, Constanta
Rating :
4.6 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria
Itinerary : Bucharest, Sibiu, Belgrade, Kotor, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje, Sofia, Burgas, Constanta
Rating :
4.6 / 5
Review by Russell MacLeod Stormont

Russell MacLeod Stormont

Virginia

Albania and Macedonia were exotic and fascinating and the people were very welcoming to me. Without the localized staff to assist me I do not think this trip would have been so satisfying. I highly endorse all services.

Albania and Macedonia were exotic and fascinating and the people were very welcoming to me. Without the localized staff to assist me I do not think this trip would have been so satisfying. I highly endorse all services.

Year : 2018
Visited : Albania, Macedonia
Itinerary : Tirana, Gjirokastra, Ohrid, Skopje
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Albania, Macedonia
Itinerary : Tirana, Gjirokastra, Ohrid, Skopje
Rating :
5 / 5

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Albania

When is the best time to visit Albania?

Due to its mountains, the weather within Albania can vary. Tirana is one of the sunniest cities in Europe, but has very wet winters, especially in November and December. The coast is likewise very sunny, and dry in the summer. Highs in the upper 80s are common in summer, so unless you're looking to spend a lot of time on the beach we recommend visiting between mid-April and early June, and from mid-September to late October.

Is Albania safe?

Albania is considered a safe country. In fact according to various measures of global safety, the country ranks as safer than the US, but caution is advised when crossing the street due to occasionally reckless drivers. People in the countryside can be more conservative, so less revealing clothing is recommended outside of cities and towns.

What is Albanian cuisine like?

The country combines Italian and Balkan influences. The coast has excellent fresh seafood at good prices, while the cuisine inland is focused on grilled meat and vegetables like peppers, zucchini, and eggplant. Stuffed peppers and a salty white cheese akin to feta are common. Although Burek is common throughout the Eastern Europe and the Middle East, Albanians take their take on this pastry seriously. Their "Byrek" is a baked pastry made with phyllo dough, often filled with a combination of salted curd cheese, meat, onions, spinach, and eggs. Lakror is similar, but generally filled with greens, although it may even feature pumpkin or nettles.

Tap water is not recommended, but there are plenty of good alternatives, especially Skenderbeu Cognac, which is aged in oak and made from various plants and fruits. Albania has good, inexpensive wines, and a shot of Rakia (a strong plum or grape brandy) is a popular digestif.

What is public transportation like in Albania?

Although a priority of the government, Albania's public transportation remains underdeveloped. While Albania has modern new highways, its drivers have a reckless reputation. Albania has no rail links to its neighbors, and its trains are slow and unreliable. Tirana has no central bus station, as informal minibuses are the norm. Although there are no direct ferries between Ksamil and neighboring Greece, the nearby town of Sarande does have a ferry connection to Corfu. Fortunately, drivers don’t charge much, so we are happy to provide private transfers with people we’ve vetted ourselves.
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