Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia vacation
This tour takes travelers on an incredible cultural history lesson amongst the capital cities, UNESCO sites and most significant highlights of these formerly closed nations.
Tirana Shkoder Rozafa castle Lake Komani Valbona Albania Kosovo Junik Prizen Rugova Valley Peja Monastery Haxhi Beut Mosque Sheremet Tower Pristina Macedonia Mavrovo and Blue Eye national parks Ohrid UNESCO World Heritage Site Vlora Berat Durres amphitheatre
£1995 excluding flights
Albania, Kosovo, North Macedonia
Price includes: Accommodation • transfers • guiding (We ONLY use LOCAL GUIDES) • breakfast • Maximum group size 12 people • ABTA and ATOL bonded • Single Supplement - £265
Description of Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia vacation
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Our top tip:
There is an awful lot to take in so doing a spot of personal research prior to setting off will certainly whet your cultural thirst for the experience ahead.
Small group. Max size 12. No minimum age.
Mainly local hotels and the occasional guesthouse.
Private minibus, entrance fees, tour leader throughout.
14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners.
Solo travelers welcome. Single room supplements available.
Traveling by train:
For most journeys from the UK to Eastern Europe you can expect a 2 or 3 day adventure traveling by combination of high-speed daytime trains and in the case of reaching Albania, an overnight ferry from Italy. In addition you will need to stay overnight en-route in Milan. Please inquire with us for details of the route traveling via Paris and Milan to the Italian port city of Bari, from where there is daily overnight service across the Adriatic Sea to Durres, Albania. From Durres it is just 40km by road to the capital, Tirana, the joining point for our tours.
3 Reviews of Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia vacation
4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 06 Jun 2018 by William FrancisReally enjoyed it and the company. At least now I know a little about the forgotten part of Europe and its peoples. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Aug 2017 by Michael CainThe variation between the coast and the mountains was amazing and we enjoyed the trip immensely. We saw some beautiful countryside and towns, villages, monasteries, castles etc, it was great. The standout highlights, and there were many, were Skopje, Budva, Kotor, Biogradska Gora National Park, Ohrid, Prizren, Blue Eye National Park, Gjirokastra to name a few. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Oct 2016 by Sue ReynoldsWe were welcomed everywhere, particularly in Albania - tourism is an important source of income. Read full review
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetWe spend time walking in pristine environments and our guides are careful to brief travelers on appropriate behaviour and the importance of taking all rubbish with us. In areas such as Boge, one of the most beautiful valleys in Albania and Mavrovo National Park, the biggest in Macedonia, tourist are rarely seen and we monitor our impact closely, not only of our group visits but the impact any increase in tourism may have.
Our visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the beautiful town of Ohrid help to support local projects to conserve the areas cultural and geographical heritage. Clients and guides are briefed on local customs and general courtesy (such as asking permission before taking photographs/dress-codes/conduct in places of worship etc) and behave appropriately.
The village guesthouses and local homes that we stay in use predominantly local produce in the preparation of meals, avoiding as much as possible bringing food from far away and thus reducing carbon footprints. Hotel Osumi is a great example of this, offering comfortable hospitality and home comforts all locally sourced. We make every effort to alert the owners of the accommodation in question to ways of improving their service with the environment in mind.
We do not send a tour leader from the UK to accompany our tours. We believe that to send a foreign tour leader along to accompany the group is unnecessary and increases the carbon footprint.
If you would like to avoid taking flight, we are happy to book trains for you - reaching the start point by train is an enjoyable option and a real alternative to flying.
PeopleThis trip has a strong focus on staying in rural communities. We believe that staying small village guesthouses and family homes in regions not only gives travelers an authentic and very special insight into the lives of local people, but brings tangible benefits to small communities that may otherwise be overlooked by the tourism industry. This includes areas such as Gjirokastra, where we visit the local museum, housed in the building in which the former dictator Enver Hoxha was born.
Our philosophy is to only use small and locally owned suppliers, meaning that the income remains within the country and creates a real economic contribution. We also feel that the passion inherent within such suppliers means that your experience will be enhanced.
We aim to always treat our suppliers fairly and with respect; they are after all part of the key to our success and to us working together is much more than just a business arrangement, but an on going relationship that we aim to ensure truly benefits everyone involved. People such as Ndrec in Albania are part of our team and take great pride in showing people their country.
We believe that tourism is a double edged sword that needs to be wielded very carefully. Our philosophy is to have a limited amount of departures – usually between one and three a year - for each of our itineraries. By limiting our presence in areas where local culture can be quite fragile, we hope to avoid as much as possible the phenomenon whereby an area changes in character due to repeated and prolonged exposure to tourism. We want to visit an area as friends, not intruders and to ensure that what we see will also be there for others to enjoy for many years to come.
We only employ local staff and unlike many operators we believe that to send a foreign Tour Leader along to accompany your trip is an unnecessary burden on your wallet and our carbon footprint. We believe that locals know best. Our local operators only use locally owned accommodation. This means your money stays in the area to benefit the local community. When possible we use local transport, (i.e. rail or bus) and we always use local restaurants, markets and shops and encourage our clients to interact both financially and socially with the communities that they are passing through. In doing this your travels are supporting and encouraging the development of local services.
We only work with operators who are as committed as we are to putting something back into the communities we visit. This may include giving a percentage of the profits from each tour to a foundation to help street children or local conservation projects. Furthermore, in order to allow our clients to make an informed decision on where a greater proportion of their money should be spent, we avoid including pre-paid full board meals where possible. Local restaurants and cafes then benefit
Our groups average only six clients, and many tours operate on a private basis with just two travelers. This has much less impact when traveling through rural areas, reducing our environmental and social affects. Finally to emphasis our commitment to Responsible Tourism all clients will receive a copy of our Travelers Code of Conduct with their travel documents.
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