Welcome to Shkodra
Shkodra, the traditional centre of the Gheg cultural region, is one of the oldest cities in Europe. The ancient Rozafa Fortress has stunning views over Lake Shkodra, while a concerted effort to renovate the buildings in the Old Town has made wandering through Shkodra a treat for the eyes. Many travellers pass through here between Tirana and Montenegro, or en route to the Lake Koman Ferry and the villages of Theth... Read More
Top experiences in Shkodra
Classical Highlights of Albania 7-Day Tour
Day 1Tirana- Pick up at Tirana airport and transfer to Hotel. Visit the National Historic Museum in Tirana which offers an in depth introduction to Albanian history. Traditional Albanian restaurant suggestions for dinner will be given. Overnight in Tirana.Day 2Tirana – Shkodra - Kruja – Tirana (3.5 hours driving time). After breakfast we drive to Shkodra. Visit Rozafa Castle from where spectacular views all around can be admired. Proceed to Kruja - the centre of Albanian resistance against the Turks under our national hero Scanderbeg. Return and overnight in Tirana.Day 3Tirana – Ardenica – Apollonia – Vlora (3.5 hours driving time). Depart to Vlora where Albanian Independence was proclaimed. On the way we stop at the Monastery of Ardenica, supposed to have been built in the middle ages. Proceed to the ancient city of Apollonia situated on the famous Via Egnatia - one of the most important cities in Roman times. Afterwards we continue to Vlora.Day 4Vlora – Butrint (UNESCO) – Saranda (4.5 hours driving time). After an early breakfast we depart for Saranda. Drive on the spectacular Albanian Riviera looking down at the Ionian Sea.Then we continue past Saranda, to the ancient city of Butrint a UNESCO world heritage site and the most important archaeological discovery in Albania. Apart the beautiful antique ruins it has the added benefit of being situated in a beautiful peninsula, rich in flora and fauna. After the visits we return to Saranda for overnight.Day 5Saranda – Gjirokastra (UNESCO) – Berat (4.5 hours driving time).Drive to Berat. On our way lays Gjirokastra, a UNESCO site and museum town with beautiful and very distinctive architecture. Visit the medieval Castle which used to be a political prison during the communist dictatorship and the Ethnographic Museum which is also the house the Albanian dictator was born in. Overnight in Berat is a unique experience staying in houses up to 300 years old turned hotels.Day 6Berat (UNESCO) – Durres-Tirana (2.5 hours driving time).Visit the Castle and the Onufri Museum. Berat castle is of particular interest as people still live within its walls in their traditional houses, as have their ancestors for centuries. The castle used to have over 40 churches of which 7 still remain, including one turned into Onufri Museum. After this interesting experience we depart for Durres one of the oldest (founded in 627 B.C.) where we have lunch by the sea (optional). After lunch we take a sightseeing tour of the Amphitheatre situated in the middle of the modern city in an inhabited area, and the Archaeological museum. Tirana overnight.Day 7 Tirana-Airport
8-Day Albanian Alps Adventure
Day 1: Airport –Shkodran (83 Km,1.5 hours driving time). Arrival at “Mother Teresa” aiport. Dinner will be at the hotel. Overnight in Shkodra. Day 2: Shkodra-Bajram Curri–Tropoja and vjeter (164 Km, 4 hours driving time) After breakfast we will drive towards Bajram Curri,embarking the ferry line Koman-Fierze.The journey will take about 2 hours.Before we enter the city, we will make a short visit in the house of Mic Sokoli now transformed into a museum. Lunch is organized in the city of Bajram Curri,afterwards we continue to Tropoja e Vjeter,enjoy dinner in the village lodges. Overnight:Tropoja e Vjeter. Day 3: Tropoje e vjeter-Sylbice. After a good breakfast, prepare the equipments for trekking, and begin our journey walking along the river of Tropoja. It will take about 6 hours, and in the end we arrive in the Alpine Pasture called Sylbice. Accommodation will be in the alpine huts, afterwards we will have a well deserved traditional dinner. Overnight: Sylbice. Approximate walking time: 6 hours Day 4: Sylbice – Doberdol- Mullafc.Today breakfast in Sylbice. Meet with the local guide and once the horses are loaded, we begin our hike, through the forest and panoramic destinations such as the mountains of Mullafcit. We pass through the lakes of Doberdol, mountains of Koshutica,Terkuzi and Lugu i Vocit. In Mullafc we accommodate in Mustafaj's alpine huts, 4-5 persons in each hut. Overnight: Mullafc. Approximate walking time: 4-6 hours Day 5: Mullfaci –Valbone After breakfast, we start our descent through the village of Markofce, explore the area and in the afternoon we reach the village of Cerem. We then proceed to “Fushe e Gjese” tourist center near the village of Valbone, where we will stay for the night, have a traditional dinner and experience the unforgettable hospitality of the village. Overnight: Valbone, walking time: 3-5 hours. Day 06: Valbona - Theth After breakfast,we will start our hiking from Valbona to Theth (packed lunch on the way). On the way you will experience the most magnificent mountain landscapes in the Albanian Alps.Overnight it will be in one of the local guesthouses in Theth. Dinner is served at the guesthouses. Overnight: Theth. Approximate walking time:7-9 hours Day 07: Theth – Tirana (168 Km, 3.5 hours driving time).After breakfast we leave Theth and drive towards Shkodra. Here we will have a short break for lunch and then proceed to the capital of Albania, Tirana. We will have a sightseeing tour. Day 08: Tirana-Airport (18Km, 30 min driving time) After breakfast in the hotel, meet the group at hotel lobby, and transfer to “Mother Teresa” Airport.
Peaks Of the Balkan 12-Day Tour
Day 1: ShkodraPick up at the airport and drive to Shkodra. Short city tour, dinner and accommodation in hotel. Day 2: Cemi valleyDrive along the Cem valley following the winding road, up to Selca. Hike up to Sllapi waterfall and after the lunch, drive to Lëpushë. Accommodation in guesthouse. (Wt 3 h, Ascent/Descent 450 m).Day 3: Trojani peakHike to Trojani Pass and from there on a steeper path up to the peak. The descent trail runs southwards, up to the guesthouse. (Wt 6 hours, A/D 1000 m)Day 4: Ropojana ValleyDrive to Vermosh and from there to the village Vusanje, where the hike starts. We follow the Ropojana Valley in the direction of Buni i Jezercës where lie six glacial lakes. Accommodation in tents (Wt 8 hours, A/D 900/100 m)Day 5: Arapi mountain and ThethHike in the southwestern direction to Jezerca Pass - the field of Runica, up to the Peçakeqi glacial lake. Near Peja Pass, we turn sharply right and hike on a steeper trail up to the peak of Arapi. Ascent to Peja Pass, and from there to Thethi. Accommodation in a guesthouse. (Wt 9 hours, A/D 500/1360 m)Day 6: ThethVisit of the village and walk to the 30 meters high Grunas canyon. Then walk along the river up to the "Blue Eye of Kapre", a natural pool with amazingly blue water. On the way back, we will visit the mill. (Wt 6 hours, A/D 480 m)Day 7: Valbona PassAscent up to Valbona Pass at1812m and from there descent towards Valbonë. Accommodation in guest house. (Wt 6 hours, A/D 1070/800 m)Day 8: Hike to the meadow of "Bregu i Rrethit"In the afternoon opportunity to participate in the traditional manufacturing of cheese, the preparation of the local food, etc. (Walking time 4 hours, A/D 620 m)Day 9: Hike to DobërdolTransfer to Çerem and from there, hike up to the Gashi Valley. Then we follow the ascending path up to the Dobërdol plateau with its glacial lakes. Overnight stay in tents. (Wt 7 hours, A/D 1025/440 m)Day 10: GjeravicaHike through the meadows of Dobërdol and then on the ridge up to the Gjeravica Mountain. Descend to the village where the vehicles will be waiting to drive us to Gjakova. (Wt 9 hours, A/D 1100/1230 m)Day 11: Decani Monastery and PrizrenDrive to Deçani and visit of the monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage. From there drive to Prizren and visit of the city. Afterwards, have lunch in a traditional restaurant, and return to Tirana.Day 12: TiranaVisit of the “Mosaic of Tirana”, Et’hem Bey Mosque, Skanderbeg monument and National Historical Museum. A la carte dinner at a traditional restaurant.Day 13: Transfer to airport
7 Day Cultural discovery and Walking Tour in North Albania and Kosovo
Day 1: Tirana, the vibrant capital. Transfer to Tirana after the guided tour of the city journey towards Petrelë. It is a village 15 km south of Tirana located on a hill 500m above sea level, popular thanks to its castle. The fort of Persqop, which belongs to the Illyrian era, is also in Petrelë. Dinner at a traditional restaurant in the castle of Petrelë.Day 2: Shkodra and Thethi - the oldest village in the Albanian Alps. Transfer to Shkodra. After the guided visit of the city with its main attractions and lunch in a traditional restaurant, we continue our trip to Theth. The accommodation provided is in a simple but clean guest house with shared rooms.Day 3: Theth and its surroundings. Walk through the village and visit the church and the Isolation Tower. Then hike towards the gorge and waterfall of Grunas, and from there to the "Blue Eye of Kapreja”, a natural pool with amazing blue water. We follow the same path to return to Thethi. Transfer to Shkodra, and have dinner and accommodation there. (Easy, Walking time 5 hours, Ascent/Descent 480 m)Day 4: The wild-romantic Valbona Valley. Transfer to Koman, where we will take the ferry and travel along Koman artificial lake up to Fierza. From there the trip continues by car up to Valbona village. After lunch hike towards a very beautiful meadow called "Bregu i Rrethit". There will be a short break for photos before a descent to the guesthouse. (Easy, Walking time 5 hours, Ascent/Descent 650 m)Day 5: Rrugova Mountains in Kosovo. After breakfast drive towards Kosovo and then along the spectacular Rugova Gorge. The hike of the day begins in the vicinity of the village Drelaj and continues up to the place called Liqenat in Kuçista. Dinner and accommodation will be in a guest house in Kuçistë. (Easy, Walking time 5 hours, Ascent/Descent 825/900 m)Day 6: Cultural discovery tour in Kosovo. Transfer to Deçani to visit the Decani monastery, an UNESCO World Heritage. From there we will be driven to Prizren, the multicultural historic city where a guided visit is planned. Lunch will happen in a traditional restaurant in Prizren. Dinner and accommodations will be in a beautiful hotel just in the middle of the Sharri Mountains.Day 7: Tirana and Dajti Mountain. Transfer to Tirana. After lunch the cable car ride to Dajti mountain is planned. From its terminal at 1050m, there’s a magnificent view over Tirana, Durrës and the whole central-western Albania up to the Adriatic sea. After dinner, return in Tirana.Day 8: Transfer to the airport.
8-Day Adventure Tour in North Albania from Tirana
This is how your adventure will look like:Day 1: TiranaAfter your arrival at the airport and hotel check-in, your guide takes you around Tirana to get a feel of this modern capital city.Day 2: ShkoderThe first stop on this tour is the birthplace of an Albanian National Hero, Kruja. Visit the Castle. After your visit at the castle, walk to the bazaar which features many traditional handmade items. Once you are finished in beautiful Kruja, head to the beach of Shengjin, one of the most beautiful sandy beaches on the Adriatic Sea. From there you will be driven to Shkodra, the largest city in the north.Here visit the Rozafa Castle and take in the superb view of Shkodra Lake sur-rounded by mountains.Dinner and accommodation are in Shkodra.Day 3 and 4: ThethAfter breakfast you will be driven through the picturesque National Park of Theth. Then stop at Qafë Thore, a mountain pass that offers spectacular views of the Theth Valley. On arrival to Theth, spend the day in and around the area enjoying the charm of the village known for its stunning nature and traditional wooden-tiled houses.On your second day in Theth, visit some of the most beautiful natural attractions Albania has to offer. After either a 30 minute off-road drive or 2.5 hour walk, visit the famous Blue Eye, a natural phenomenon caused by the extremely cold water that flows up from deep within the ground into the warmer waters of the river. After some time at the Blue eye, visit the waterfall and the Canyon of Theth. This day of exploring nature and enjoying the outdoors will have you ready for the wonderful dinner and accommodation that awaits back at the guest house.Day 5 and 6: ValboneSpend the day traveling from Theth to Valbona. Your travel is filled with beautiful landscapes of the Valbona valley and park and a boat ride to cross Koman Lake.Lunch on the road at a traditional restaurant and visit of the old mill. Dinner and accommodation are in the Valbona guesthouse. Your second day in Valbona includes a moderate hike through the Valbona Valley National Park to the waterfall of Valbona. While you eat your picnic lunch, enjoy the view of the Albanian Alps.After enjoying the waterfalls you will hike back to the village for another delicious traditional dinner.Day 7: TiranaAfter breakfast, your journey continues back to Tirana. Once you‟ve had some time to relax and unwind at the hotel, head out into the capital city to enjoy a taste of the rich nightlife it has to offer. As you walk through the city, you will get to know some of the history of the country's capital. Day 8: AirportDepending on your flight time, our staff will escort you to the airport.
Theth National Park: 3-Day Trip from Tirana
This is how your trip will look like: Day 1: Tirane – ShkoderYour tour will start in the morning in Tirana or at the hotel pick up, from there you will be driven to Shkodra, the largest city in the north. Here visit the Rozafa Castle and take in the superb view of Shkodra Lake surrounded by mountains.After the visit in Shkodra, you will be driven through the picturesque National Park of Theth. Then stop at Qafë Thore, a mountain pass that offers spectacular views of the Theth Valley.On arrival in Theth you will spend the day in and around the area enjoying the charm of the village known for its stunning nature and traditional wooden-tiled houses. Depending on how you are feeling, you can walk or be driven downhill from the guest-house and visit the attractions near the village. There will be a chance to visit the local church and the Kulla e Ngujimit, the tower used in the past by men as a shelter from those involved in vendetta known as 'blood feud'.Day 2 - Theth - Blue EyeOn your second day in Theth you will visit some of the most beautiful natural attractions Albania has to offer. After either a 30 minute off-road drive or 2.5 hour walk, you will visit the famous Blue Eye, a natural phenomenon caused by the extremely cold water that flows up from deep within the ground into the warmer waters of the river.After some time at the Blue eye, visit the waterfall and the Canyon of Theth. This day of exploring nature and enjoying the outdoors will have you ready for the wonderful dinner and accommodations that await us back at the guest house.Day 3 - TiranaSpend the half day in Theth. Afterwards return to Tirana. Your travel will be filled with beautiful landscapes of the Theth valley during the way back. Your adventure will finish in Tirana.