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Ruins of the ancient Apollonia town, Albania

Albania

Albania is one of the most fascinating countries emerging from within the Balkan Peninsular. Discover the ancient city of Butrint with archaeological remains spanning 2,500 years and the Ottoman cities of Gjirokastra and Berat.

Albania is an immensely diverse country with a multitude of options for a holiday. Archaeology enthusiasts can spend hours in the complex sites of Butrint and Byllis, while history lovers have plenty of ancient castles, Ottoman fortresses and museums in places such as Berati and Gjirokastra.

Art connoisseurs should visit the little-known medieval churches, with their beautiful frescoes, and the icon collections in Tirana, Korca and Berati. All of these towns and cities have a backdrop of mountains which cover 70% of the country.

Cliched though it may be to say it, it is the friendliness and humour of the Albanian people that will remain with you.

Butrin National Park, Albania
Albania
Kruja, Durres, Albania
Albania
Berat Old Town, Albania
Berat, Albania
Gjirokaster Village, Albania
Gjirokaster, Albania
Waterfall, Eye of Thethi, Albanian Alps, Albania
Waterfall, Alps, Albania, Kruja, Albania

Why we like Albania

We think that Albania is emerging as one of the most fascinating countries within the Balkan Peninsula. Far from being the stereotyped socialist satellite that one might expect, today Albania is more culturally allied to Greece and Turkey than it is to Russia. There is no denying Albania has a long way to go, but if you thrive on being one of the first, then we urge you to explore it now.

Mountain Lake, Theth National Park, Albanian Alps, Albania
Theth, Albania
Vegetable market
Dhermi Beach - Albania
Albania
View at Albanian nature from Rozafa Castle
Shkodra, Albania
Kruja Castle, Albania
Castles, Albania

What to expect on your holiday or tour to Albania

The essence of Albania is to stay in small family-run hotels or guest houses in idyllic little mountain villages where delicious lamb, fresh vegetables and excellent Albanian wine are always on the menu.

Experiences

What do you really love doing? We curate your itinerary especially for you.

Visit Butrint

Don’t miss the ancient city of Butrint, with archaeological remains spanning 2,500 years.

Explore Gjirokastra and Berat

Discover these Ottoman cities, with their unique domestic architecture and their imposing hilltop castles.

Rozafa Castle

Built before the Roman conquest, Rozafa Castle was last used for military purposes as recently as 1913.

Visit Kruja

Discover the family seat of Albania’s 15th-century hero, Skanderbeg.

Mountain lakes in Albanian Alps, Albania
Albania

The Essence of Albania

Albania is a short-haul destination that is emerging as one of the most fascinating countries within Europe. It is an eighth of the size of the UK, and the entirety of the country is accessible by road, enabling easy exploration of all four corners of the country on this classic journey.

10 days

from $2,461 pp

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Explore Albania

  • Tirana
  • Kruja
  • Durres
  • Berat
  • Saranda
  • Gjirokastra
Kruja, Durres, Albania
Albania

Albania – Origins of Illyria

Journey through the ‘Land of Eagles’, known as Illyria throughout the classical era and discover a country with a fascinating past and present. Travelling in Albania gives a window on an age that was rich with tales of empires, war, riches and rebellion.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Craven

Paul is the Conde Nast Traveler chosen Specialist for Central Asia and the Silk Route.

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz. Later, my father’s postings took us to Nepal where we had to transit Delhi and Kathmandu where we were sometimes stranded for days and Hong Kong from where I travelled in 1983 through China for two months.

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From the very initial point of contact to the receipt of the travel documentation, Joe and Amy were excellent. They responded promptly to all our questions (which were numerous) and were able to provide us with all the information needed for the trip. Superb service for a magnificent trip and experience.

Albania

Frequently asked questions about Albania

Can I use my mobile phone in Albania?

Albania has excellent mobile phone service in coastal and lowland areas, but coverage can be less reliable in the mountainous north and east of the country. As always, be aware that roaming rates will apply when using your phone in Albania, and these can be very expensive. However, obtaining a local SIM card is cheap and easy.

What is the international dialling code for Albania?

355

What is the time zone in Albania?

Albania is one hour ahead of GMT. It observes daylight saving time.

How long are the flights to Albania from the UK?

From London to Tirana, direct flights take around three hours.

Where can I find updates on the weather before my trip?

The Internet is the best place to find a comprehensive weather forecast for Albania. Recommended sites include www.onlineweather.com and www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/world

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