ABOUT ALBANIA TOUR (TIRANA)
MH Travel Agency organizes a unique one day visit to Tirana, capital of Albania. Guests would be able to look around and learn about the center of Tirana, visit some museums, have lunch or do shopping without any hurry. Center of Tirana is not too large, and doesn’t have too many attractions but is certainly interesting nonetheless. If you want to know more about the modern life in Albania, the way its largest city develops, to see how people in Tirana live today, this is a perfect tour for you. You will be surprised how much this city is pleasant, full of color, calm and cheap. If you decide to take this tour believe when we say, you will spend a beautiful and fulfilling day, above all thanks to the atmosphere in Tirana.
We start from Kotor at 8:00 am, taking guests from Budva at 8:45 and then we drive to Podgorica where we will pick up guests at 10:00 am. Because of the time we need to reach Tirana we will stop early for a breakfast break and then continue towards Tirana. The city of Tirana has about one million inhabitants and when we approach it we will need about half an hour to reach the city center. While approaching the center you will have an opportunity to see the poor suburban area where trading is done the traditional way, on the streets, and where you can still see brick built buildings with no façade built during the time of the communist leader Enver Hoxha which was the head of the state from 1944 until 1985.
During his rule Albania was a very closed state, which was not well-known. Obsessed with the idea that a new big war will happen during his rule, he ordered the building of 700 000 bunkers across the whole country so Albania would be protected from land attacks. But the war never happened. In modern history Albania never experienced a civil war, nor war with its neighbors or any other country, so the bunkers remained only as a tourist attraction.Few bunkers, still remain in the center of the city and guests can enter and take a look. Most bunkers in Albania are demolished, some became restaurants, souvenir shops or art workshops.
In the time of Enver Hoxha total number of cars was around 500.Today, especially in the center there are lots of cars so please be careful when crossing the streets, as some of the drivers don’t respect the rules completely so accidents are common. In last couple of years the local government made a great effort to make roads better and discipline the drivers, which is noticeable but we still recommend caution. Tirana is a big student center and number of young people make more than 50% of city population. People of Tirana are pleasant, welcoming and will help if you have questions. Beside Albanian most of people speak good Italian and then English.
Don’t be surprised if you see somebody running across the street as some old habits still remain in Tirana and other parts of Albania, you can accept it as the atmosphere of the city. Don’t compare Tirana to western cities or the city you are coming from. That is why they say that Tirana is the last secret of Europe. You can’t find world famous and luxurious brands on every corner, but Tirana has its local charm and local traders which takes you back to times when cities were slow-paced and cheap and not so generic. After the end of the communist rule Albanian people started travelling out of the country, many artists wanted to erase the communist darkness by painting the facades in vivid colors, which gave a new happier look to the city. Criminal on the streets is not common, city is safe and tourists welcomed. If you want to take a panoramic photo you can go to the Sky Tower where you can also find a restaurant a have lunch. Prices are very good, sometimes unbelievably low for the quality of the service. You can’t find a traditional bazaar in the city center nor an old town or a fortress. Tirana doesn’t have an old core. Its center is Skanderbeg square with two main boulevards and it’s not larger than 3 square kilometers. As there is no hills and the center is flat it makes a pleasant walk with enough shade, as in summer the temperature can rise up to 40°C.
Main attractions in the center are: National History Museum, Et'hem Bey Mosque, National Gallery of Arts, Pyramid, City of Hall, Grand Park, TID Tower ( the highest building in Tirana), Sky Tower, Resurrection Cathedral in Tirana ( orthodox cathedral, one of the largest in Europe), Taivani Center ( restaurant complex located in Rinia Park), monuments of: Mother Albania, Skanderbeg, Mother Theresa, Thomas Wilson (USA former president), Clock Tower, University of Tirana, Post Block Memorial as well as Skanderbeg and Mother Theresa squares. All of these are located next to each other. Our guide will show you the location when we arrive in Tirana and then you can explore on your own and we believe that you will find even more interesting things in this lively city.
After our visit to Tirana we will be heading back for Podgorica, Budva and Kotor.
BOOKING AND PAYMENT
Tour ticket can be bought on-line via BOOK NOW! option, or directly at the reception of Montenegro Hostel Budva (address: Vuka Karadzica 12, next to cafe Greco, located in the old town of Budva). and Montenegro Hostel Kotor (address: Stari Grad 333, next to the restaurant Regina del Gusto located in the old town of Kotor) and Montenegro Hostel Pogorica (address: Radoja Jovanovica 52, located in the Old Town of Podgorica named Stara Varos). The last on-line booking is possible to make up to 21:00 (9 pm) the day before departure. After that time ticket can be bought only at the reception of Montenegro Hostel Budva or Montenegro Hostel Kotor or Montenegro Hostel Podgorica.
Receptions are open from 8 am till midnight. Guests can purchase the tour ticket at the reception of the hostel up to 23:00 the day before departure.
Purchasing ticket directly in the mini-bus is not possible.
Tour is organized by air conditioned cars or mini bus.
Licensed tour guide on English language.
Price doesn't include
Standard breakfast costs from 5 till 7 euro
Standard lunch costs from 8 till 12 euro
Guests can use their own food and drink (breakfast and lunch are not mandatory).
Guests who want to bring their luggage on the tour and finish the tour in another city ( Kotor or Budva or Podgorica) can easily do that. There is no luggage fee.
Before you decide to purchase the tour ticket check our itinerary and terms and conditions.
Hope you will enjoy on our tour:)
MH Travel Agency Team