RESPONSIBLE TOURISM IN ALBANIA & BALKANS

RESPONSIBLE TOURISM IN ALBANIA & BALKANS

Expert-led Small Group Tours  
  • Responsible Tourism Tours in 

    ALBANIA, MACEDONIA, KOSOVO & MONTENEGRO

    We’ve created our responsible tourism tours in Albania and the Western Balkans to provide travelers with the unique opportunity of discovering the great cultural and natural heritage of the region, while at the same time experiencing the warm hospitality of the local people.   

    Led by expert, local guides, these off the beaten track itineraries are especially conceived for all those who wish to explore the region by following its paths and routes with the awareness of the conscious traveler.

    Our daily programs make room for encounters with local inhabitants and propose detours from the usual mass tourism tracks, to allow travelers to get in touch with the deep and most authentic identity of the visited areas.

    These tours often move across national borders, inviting travelers to discover the area by overcoming the artificial barriers that have sometimes risen to separate the people inhabiting the Balkan region.

    The proposed itineraries offer also the opportunity to discover the remarkable historical and cultural heritage of the region, both a meeting place and a melting pot of civilizations over the centuries:

    internationally renowned museums, such as the new National Museum of Archeology of Skopje; impressive archaeological sites of the Hellenistic and Roman period, linked to such legendary figures of antiquity as Philip II of Macedon and his son Alexander the Great, king Pyrrhus of Epirus, Giulius Ceasar and roman emperors Augustus and Justinian I, among others; enigmatic churches and monasteries of the Byzantine era, such as Sveti Naum and Decani, richly decorated with mosaics, frescoes and splendid paintings; perfectly preserved and still inhabited, historical boroughs of the Ottoman and Venetian periods, such as Berat, Gjirokastra, Prizren, Budva or Kotor.

    No less striking is the beauty of the landscapes along the way: from the great lakes of Ohrid and Prespa, to the renowned Albanian and Montenegrin rivieras, passing through the Kosovo plateau and the imposing and legendary Balkan Alps..

    Our tours are also a great opportunity to deepen the knowledge of the recent history of the region: from the fall of the Berlin Wall and the turbulent dissolution of former Yugoslavia, to the current processes of European and international integration.

    Finally, of course, we make sure to introduce our travelers to the excellencies of the local culinary tradition, where Mediterranean and continental influences combine in a completely original way, to create many delicious land and sea dishes, based on high quality, fresh, seasonal produce. Every planned meal in our tours is conceived as a real gastronomic experience, dedicated to the discovery of the typical flavors of the visited regions. 

    The proposed itineraries can focus on a single country, or cross the entire territory in a regional grand tour. The duration can be of only 4-5 days, or much more, depending on the preferred itineraries and visiting experiences.

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  • WHEN TO VISIT ALBANIA AND THE BALKANS
    We propose cultural tours and holidays in Albania and the Western Balkans all year round, of course by adapting the itineraries to the different seasons.


    HOW TO REACH ALBANIA AND THE BALKANS
    The region's main gateway is the ‘International Airport Mother Teresa’ of Tirana, the Albanian capital, reachable by direct flights from many European and international hubs. Albania is also very well connected by sea with Italy, where it can be reached from the ports of Ancona, Bari and Brindisi. Arrivals and departures can of course be planned and customized according to the chosen tour itinerary.

    NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS

    We create customized proposals, for any expected number of participants, from couples to large groups.  

    GROUND TRANSPORTATION

    Wherever possible, and in any case in all the cities and sites we visit, we usually walk around, both to reduce our environmental impact and to fully enjoy the experience of visiting and meeting with the local population. For transfers between locations, we provide a dedicated vehicle and driver, for the entire duration of the tour (from minibuses to coaches, based on the number, or the preferences of the participants).

    QUALITY OF ROADS AND TRAVEL TIMES

    The roads in the region are safe and generally in good conditions, although not very fast. We choose the best itineraries, to minimize coach travel times and make them as interesting as possible. The average daily time dedicated to transfers depends of course on the chosen itinerary.

    ACCOMMODATION

    We want our travelers overnight stay experience to be as comfortable and relaxing as possible, especially after a long and exiting day of visits and experiences. To achieve this, we partner with a wide network of hotels (3, 4 and 5-starred, wherever available), as well as with many characteristic accommodation structures, created in historic buildings.

    MEALS
    Traditional cuisine is one of the main attractions of the region and we are committed to make our travelers gastronomic experience as memorable as possible, by carefully selecting our partners among the best restaurants and local taverns.   

    TOUR DIRECTORS
    All tours are managed by qualified and experienced native directors (guides), fluent in the languages of our travelers. They constantly provide insights and illustrate their themes with on-site talks; where appropriate the tour directors are supported by local experts, - archaeologists, historians, art experts, intellectuals and inhabitants of specific locations, - that supplement their knowledge and enrich the overall experience of our travelers.

    TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND HEALTH ISSUES
    An identity card valid for expatriation is generally accepted in all countries of the region, with the exception of Kosovo, which requires a valid passport. Generally, no vaccination and no visas are required, but for more specific information about your country of residence, please contact us.

    WEATHER
    The climate of the region varies greatly, depending on the specific location. In general it is comparable to that of Southern Italy: dry, warm and well-ventilated near the sea, cooler in the mountain areas of the hinterland.
  • ENCOUNTERS WITH LOCALS

    ENCOUNTERS WITH LOCALS
    The relationship with host communities is an essential dimension of responsible tourism tours in Albania and the Balkans. For this reason, our travel programs always include meetings with intellectuals, cultural heritage experts, NGO volunteers, inhabitants of visited historic boroughs and rural areas; they’re all people who help us to deal with diversity and to better understand Albanian and Balkan culture and society.

    MUSEUMS AND UNESCO SITES

    MUSEUMS AND UNESCO SITES

    The region is particularly rich in museums, historic boroughs and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

    BALKAN CUISINE

    BALKAN CUISINE

    From the fresh seafood delicacies of coastal areas, to the slow-food proposals of the Albanian farmhouses, passing through the best of the culinary tradition of Macedonia and Kosovo: our tours are also gastronomic encounters with Western Balkan cuisine.

    HISTORY AND ARCHEOLOGY

    HISTORY AND ARCHEOLOGY

    The memory of Alexander the Great, probably the most famous figure of antiquity in this part of Europe, is preserved in internationally renowned museums and sites across the Balkans, such as the Unesco World Heritage site Heraclea Lyncestis or the National Archaeological Museum of Skopje.

    DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT

    DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT
    Tourism plays a fundamental role in the economic, cultural and social development of the Balkans. To promote fair and sustainable development, for our tours we partner exclusively with local operators and organizations.  A part of our revenues goes to support associations and non-governmental organizations that work in favor of environmental sustainability and social justice.

    OTTOMAN INHERITANCE: The Carsija of Skopje and Prizren

    OTTOMAN INHERITANCE: The Carsija of Skopje and Prizren
    The long dominion of the Ottoman Sublime Porte over the region has influenced the architectural style of many historic towns and boroughs; it can still be admired today in timeless places such as the ancient Carsija of Skopje, in Macedonia and the small town of Prizren, in Kosovo.

    ORTHODOX-CHRISTIAN HERITAGE: From Sveti Naum to Decani

    ORTHODOX-CHRISTIAN HERITAGE: From Sveti Naum to Decani

    The splendor of the great Christian Orthodox courts of Byzantine Middle Ages can still be perceived in the imposing monasteries and richly decorated churches  scattered throughout the Western Balkans: the Patriarcate of Peja, the Monasteries of Decani and Ostrog, the region of Korca and that of lakes Ohrid and Prespa are some representative examples.

    ALBANIAN ALPS: Valbona and Lake Komani

    ALBANIAN ALPS: Valbona and Lake Komani

    Enveloped in epics just as their imposing peaks are in the clouds, the Albanian Alps offer travelers the opportunity to experience the renowned hospitality of the highlanders while relaxing in the pristine nature of the high valleys.

    MONTENEGRO RIVIERA: Budva and Kotor Bay

    MONTENEGRO RIVIERA: Budva and Kotor Bay

    The gems of the historic Albania Veneta, an important part of the Venetian Domains of the Sea in the Middle Ages, still constitute one of the main tourist attractions on the eastern shore of the Adriatic.


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