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ALBANIA TOUR (TIRANA) WITH MH TRAVEL AGENCY
DAILY EXCURSION FROM Montenegro to Albania...DEPARTURES FROM Kotor, Budva, and Podgorica...HIGHLIGHTS: The City of Tirana...DURATION: 14 hours...TICKET PRICE €50.00 (from Podgorica), €55.00 (FROM Budva), €60.00 (FROM Kotor)
This is a very simple daily trip to Tirana, the capital of Albania. For guests who prefer visiting the capitals, the Albania Tour Tirana is the perfect choice as it focuses only on the center of Tirana. That makes enough time for exploring the main attractions in the city, having lunch, and shopping without any rushing. Walking distance from one attraction to another is mainly centered around Skanderbeg Square as the city center itself. This is not a guided tour in the way that our tour guide will go with the guests and make detailed explanations of all attractions. The guide will give you the most important tips for exploring the city center and then guests can do it freely as they like. Guests will be surprised by the pleasant colors in the city, the differences from super modern buildings to traditional ones, and artistic places on every corner (frescoes, statues, fountains, monuments, etc.). If you decide to take this tour, you will spend a nice and fulfilling day, primarily thanks to the atmosphere in the city center "without haste" and affordable prices in restaurants and shops. Welcome!
WHEN AND WHERE WILL WE START?
The tour departs from Kotor at 8:00 in the morning, which is the standard time for all our trips. After a maximum of 45 minutes of driving, we will arrive in Budva, where we will pick up guests. We will arrive in Podgorica 60 minutes later, picking up the guests and continuing our journey. If guests take the private tour we will pick up them from their accommodations. Also, if guests stay in some accommodation close to our route (for example guests from Tivat), we can pick them up on the main road. Pick-up location can be flexible sometimes if suits guest better than the standard one.
NOTE: MH Travel Agency is the only one in Kotor that organizes excursions to Albania. That makes that the guests from Kotor will spend 14 hours on the tour. If we don't have guests from Podgorica on the tour, we will go straight to the Sukobin border crossing, much closer to the cities of Kotor and Budva.
WHERE WE WILL GO?
We will go to the city center of Tirana.
After crossing the border, we will take a 30-minute break in the restaurant near the main road. We should save every precious minute on this tour. If we spend more time at the border, the break will be shorter. Then we will continue towards Tirana, the city of half of million inhabitants. Driving from the suburb to the city center lasts 30 minutes. In the suburban areas, the street trades in the traditional way still exist as well as brick buildings without facades built during the communist time.
We will park the vehicle in the Toptani shopping center on Skanderbeg Square, which is the starting and central point of exploring the city.
During communist leader Enver Hoxha, who was head of state from 1944 to 1985, Albania was very closed. Hoxha was obsessed with the idea that a new great war will come and he ordered the construction of 170,000 bunkers across the country to protect Albania from ground attacks. But the new war has never happened, so the bunkers have remained only as a tourist attraction. Most of the bunkers were demolished, some became restaurants, souvenir shops, or art workshops. Several bunkers still exist in the center of Tirana where guests can enter and take a look. The largest and most visited is the Bunk'Art 2 on Skanderbeg Square.
Tirana is the last secret in Europe with its own local charm and local retailers that take you back to a time when cities were slower and not so generic. The people of Tirana are pleasant, hospitable, and will help you if you have any questions. Apart from Albanian, most people speak Italian well and then English.
After the end of the communist rule in 1990, many artists wanted to erase the communist darkness by painting the facades in vivid colors, which gave a new happier look. The city is safe and tourists are welcomed. Some guests want to visit Dajti National Park close to Tirana and go back by cable car to enjoy the amazing panoramic view. This is possible but in that case, we cannot stay in the city center longer than 90 minutes.
The main attractions on Skanderbeg Square are the National History Museum, Et'hem Bay Mosque, Bunk'Art 2, TID Tower (the tallest building in Tirana), Opera, City Hall, Clock Tower, Kombëtar Theater, attractive yellow-green-orange buildings of several ministries (finance, interior, transport, infrastructure, and energy) and the Orthodox Cathedral.
Walking along Dëshmorët e Kombit Boulevard, guests will see Rinia Park with the Independence Monument, the National Art Gallery, the Taiwan Shopping Center, the Pyramid, Lena River, Mother Teresa Square where the University of Tirana is located and Grand Park with the zoo and the artificial lake, where guests can have lunch in the shade of the trees.
Guests who prefer the city view can walk to the Sky Tower near the pedestrian zone and have lunch on the top-floor terrace enjoying the refreshing air. But those looking to explore more can sit in some of the many cafes and restaurants near the Sky Tower and the river Lena.
4 hours is the maximum time that we can spend in Tirana (it can be shorter than 30 minutes if we will need to wait longer at the border), after which we will return to Podgorica, Budva, and Kotor.
WATCH THE VIDEO OF ALBANIA TOUR TIRANA
BOOKING AND PAYMENT
Tour tickets can be bought online via the BOOK NOW! option, or directly at the reception of Montenegro Hostel B&B Budva (address: Vuka Karadzica 12, located in the old town of Budva GPS Latitude 42,278238 Longitude 18,837430). and Montenegro Hostel B&B Kotor (address: Stari Grad 333, located in the old town of Kotor GPS Latitude 42,424562 Longitude 18,771051). The last online booking can be made until 21:00 (9 pm) the day before departure. After that time, the ticket can only be purchased at the hostel's reception until 23:00 (11 pm) the day before departure. Guests who stay in Podgorica can book only online.
WATCH THE VIDEO OF TOUR CONDITIONS
Tour is organized by air-conditioned cars, minivans, or minibusses.
Licensed tour guide in the English language.
PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE
Guests can use their own food and drink (breakfast and lunch are not mandatory).
NOTE: 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.
All vehicles are detailed clean and have sanitizers. Drivers and passengers should wear facial masks all the time in the vehicle during the tour.
NOTE: The information above is only relevant for the 2022 season, which has been hit by an epidemic of Covid-19. Every future year we will update new conditions adapted to the current situation until we come out of the pandemic and start living normally as before it.
For COVID-19 info in Montenegro click HERE
Hope you will enjoy our tour:)
MH Travel Agency Team