MH Travel Agency organizes English-speaking shared or private tours from Kotor, Budva, and Podgorica to the city of Shkodra and the world-famous restaurant "Mrizi i Zanave" in Albania from the1st of February to the 1st of December (except August). The tour is not exclusively only for our guests. Anyone can book it, and it is organized every Wednesday if the minimum group of 10 passengers is reached. Private tours can depart any day. Look at the overview, highlights, itinerary, video presentation, photo gallery, terms, and conditions of the tour. If you like to take a seat on it you can easily make an online reservation, using the button BOOK NOW!
FOOD EXPERIENCE TOUR (ALBANIA) WITH MH TRAVEL AGENCY
DAILY EXCURSION FROMMONTENEGRO to ALBANIA...DEPARTURES FROMKOTOR, BUDVA, and PODGORICA...HIGHLIGHTS:THE CITY OF SHKODRA and THE CITY OF KRUJE...DURATION: 12-15 hours...TICKET PRICE €50.00 (from Podgorica),€55.00 (FROM Budva), €60.00 (FROM Kotor)
Searching for the best food experience restaurant in Montenegro and neighboring countries, we found Mrizi i Zanave as the absolute winner. The popularity of this place started immediately after the restaurant has been opened in 2010. The main concept of the brothers, owners, and chefs Altin and Anton Prenga is to use the best quality organic ingredients and prepare only local food at a very fair price, which made their restaurant the best in Albania. The second part of the tour is a visit to the city of Shkodra and the famous Rozafa Castle. This tour is an ideal day excursion from Montenegro to Albania because it is not intensive, it has an excellent balance between driving, lunch, and visits, so it is recommended for both individual guests and families with children. 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.
The departure point in Kotor is from the ECO PETROL gas station next to the main bus station. The departure point in Budva is from the ECO PETROL gas station next to the hotel Slovenska Plaža The departure point in Podgorica is from the PETROL gas station next to the main bus station.
NOTE: MH Travel Agency is the only one that organizes excursions to Albania departures from Kotor, but guests should be aware that a tour can last up to 15 hours. 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 traditional organic farm and the restaurant Mrizi i Zanave and the city of Shkodra
MRIZI I ZANAVE FARM (MRIZI I ZANAVE AGROTURIZËM)
The restaurant is located 30 km far away from the city of Shkodra in the village Fishtë in Lezhë District. After we pass the border crossing we will go straight to the restaurant and arrive there between noon and 13:00 depending on the time spent at the border crossing. Mrizi i Zanave is an agrotourism complex spread over 5 hectares that consists animal farm with cows, ducks, goats, horses, turkeys, chickens, sheep, ostriches, pheasants, rabbits as well as vineyards, olive groves, and gardens.
Also the Mrizi i Zanave complex has modern production of their cheese, juices, jams, sauces, and smoked ham, wine productions, ceramic production of souvenirs, a food shop, a lovely guesthouse with several suites rooms, and a restaurant with 200 seats. But, this is not enough. More than 400 families and small farmers in the region Pukë supply Mrizi i Zanave every day with 1000 liters of goat and cow milk, fresh meat, and wild treasures: blackberry, wild pomegranate, mushrooms, blueberry, herbs, etc. All the meals are prepared only using seasonal vegetables and fruits.
This is not the place with a-la-cart offers. The restaurant has a daily menu that consists of around 30 traditional Albanian meals. Almost 50% of the meals are vegetarian and vegan. Some meals will be served in the traditional way, but some will be served in a very original way, which makes the lunch interesting and attractive. The best comes in the end when the average bill per person costs 20 euros, including domestic wine during lunch and unlimited bottles of spring freshwater.
The lunch starts a few minutes after our arrival, with the starter: salad, various types of cheeses, grilled vegetables, ham, sausages, different pies, and bread followed by pasta with blueberries, truffles, or mushrooms. The third course will be meat with potatoes, and the last one is several desserts mostly with fruits. Lunch lasts 2 hours. After lunch, we will have a half-hour visit to the farm where the guests will be able to buy some of their organic products.
Mrizi i Zanave is fully booked every day. Making a reservation could be "mission impossible" sometimes. If you are tourists who don't have time to wait for weeks to get a table in this restaurant, you can take our tour as an excellent option for visiting and having lunch. We are going there once per week, every Wednesday at lunchtime. In the case that the customer wants to go on some other day (birthdays, engagements, anniversaries, celebrations, or any other private reason) we can organize it only on demand.
NOTE:Guests who are used to eating fast and industrial food, might be a bit surprised since there is nothing in the restaurant that can be ordered such as French fries, hamburgers, pizza, sandwiches, etc. In case you take this tour with children or a partner who is picky, then count on the fact that the "Mrizi i Zanave" salads, spaghetti with blueberries and mushrooms as well as the desserts taste fantastic. Especially ice creams:)
After lunch and a tour of the farm, we will go to the city of Shkodra. Our first stop will be Rosafa Castle located 2 km away from the city center. Rozafa was founded by the Illyrians and was rebuilt several times by the Romans, Venetians, and Ottomans. The ruins of the castle consist of 3 courtyards and several buildings. The oldest still existing building on the castle is the Church of St. Stephen dating from 1319. One of the main reasons for visiting the castle is its location on a 130 m high hill with a panoramic view of Shkodra, rivers Buna and Drini, as well as the southern end of Skadar Lake.
Next to the Rozafa castle is located a multiple-domed Lead Mosque (Xamia e Plumbit) which dates back to 1773, when it was built in Ottoman style by Mehmet Pasha Bushati. The name Lead Mosque derives from the material which was used for the roof and the cupolas. In 1948 the mosque was declared a Cultural Monument which probably also saved it from destruction during the communist years. In 1967 the minaret was destroyed by alighting.
The last stop will be the city center of Shkoder and the most popular pedestrian street Kolë Idromeno known as Pjaca. This part of the city is full of charming cafes, restaurants, and shops. At the beginning of the street, guests will see the Mother Theresamonument (Nene Teresa), who was a Catholic nun born in an Albanian family in neighboring Macedonia. In 1979 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. On the left of the monument, the large Ebu Bekër Mosque dominates, which is the focal point of the local Muslim community.
Across the mosque is the statue of poet Luigj Gurakuqi (1879-1925), who was born in Shkodra. Today, the University of Shkodra was named after him. We will walk slowly to Shatervani Central Park, which is surrounded by City Hall, Gymnasium (28 Nentori), the University, and the Parrucë Mosque. The city center is small, so we will need 45 minutes to see the main attractions. After our visit to Shkodra, we will be heading back to Podgorica, Budva, and Kotor. We will carefully monitor the situation at the border and in the event that there is a wait at the border for more than an hour, we will start the tour an hour earlier.
The tour is organized by middle-class air-conditioned cars or minibusses. Our tour to Shkodra and Kruje goes directly via border crossingsBozaj(MNE)/ Hani i Hotit (AL) close to the city of Podgorica. If we will have only guests from Kotor and Budva (not from Podgorica), we will go directly via border crossingsSukobin(MNE)/ Muriqan (AL), close to the city of Ulcinj.
Albania is not part of the European Union, so the Schengen Visa is not required.
The price of the private tour is per car, not per person. The maximum number of guests in the car is 4. The private tour from Kotor costs 240 euros, from Budva is 220 euros, and from Podgorica is 200 euros.
We give a discount for groups of more than 10 people.
Licensed tour guide in the English language.
THE PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE
Standard lunch costs from 20-25 euros per person.
The entrance fee to Rozafa Castle is 4 euro
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, in the case that we will have guests from all 3 cities on the tour. There is no luggage fee.
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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 22:00 (10 pm) the day before departure.Guests who stay in Podgorica can book only online.
Hope you will enjoy our tour:)
MH Travel Agency Team
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
INTRODUCTION MH Travel Agency (hereinafter called 'the Agency'), guarantees the authenticity of the displayed visual and written data related to the accommodation unit characteristics in its offer available at www.montenegrohostel.com as well as the authenticity of the conditions of the same offer. By taking one or more offers of the Agency the client enters a legal relationship with MH Travel and confirms that he/she accepts the General Terms And Conditions of Accommodation Reservation Service (hereinafter called 'General Conditions'), which are presented here. All the details stated in the offer represent the legal obligation of the client as well as MH Travel. The General Conditions represent the basis for the settlement of any possible dispute that may arise between the client and MH Travel. The client is advised to read the General Conditions carefully prior to any advance payment.
1. BOOKING AND PAYMENT
Purchasing tickets for tours is possible electronically by completing the online form on our site. Reservations are only possible by paying the entire amount on our website before departure. After we receive the entire amount we will send you the confirmation of reservation and the voucher that consists of the details of the relevant arrangements (details of the host, guest details, date of arrival and departure, and also other services that the guest has paid). The payment can be made by credit card (Visa, Master...), (the agency bears the bank charges). By making the payment of the reservation the client certifies that he/she is completely familiarized with all the details and conditions under which the reservation of the accommodation service is provided. By making the payment all the conditions and terms specified in this contract become a legal obligation for both the client and the Agency.
2. CHANGES AND CANCELLATIONS BY CLIENT
If the client wants to cancel the reservation, the client must submit the request in written form by e-mail.
Online purchased tour tickets are possible to cancel free of charge up to 7 days before departure, only in the case that the transfer is still not confirmed and the money funds are only authorized, not fully charged.
If the minimum group is reached after the booking, when the customer automatically gets the online ticket and the ticket is fully charged, then the cancelation is not 100% free of charge. The cancelation fee costs 10% of the card ticket and 90% of the ticket amount will return to the customer's card. This cancelation is possible to do any time from the moment of booking up to 7 days before departure.
For a cancellation occurring from 7 to 0 days before the start of using the reserved service, MH Travel charges 100% of the total price of the tour ticket booked.
3. AGENCY’S OBLIGATIONS
MH Travel is responsible for the execution of services and selection of the service providers. and concerns about the rights and interests of the client in accordance with good practices in tourism. MH Travel is responsible for assure that the client receives all the services he/she has booked and is therefore liable to the client for a possible non-provision of the services or a part of the services the client paid for. MH Travel is not responsible if the non-provision of the service is due to a case of force majeure in the client's country or in the country where the service is to be provided (war, riots, strikes, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, official authority interventions, etc.). MH Travel has the right to cancel the transfer in the very case of unpredictable situations, which cannot be controlled by an agency (earthquakes, floods, closing borders, etc). In that case, we will refund the full amount of the tour tickets to the guests.
Food Experience Tour in Albania has to have a minimum number of passengers (10 in total) to be organized. The agency charges booking amounts for transfers, tours, and activities ONLY after the minimum number of passengers is reached and the transfer, tour, or activity is confirmed by e-mail. Agency has the right to cancel transfer, tour, and activity up to 720 minutes (12 hours) before departure if the minimum of participants is not reached.
This cancellation is free of charge.
5. TRAVEL INSURANCE The cost of the trip does not include the travel insurance 'package': insurance against accidents and illnesses that may occur during the trip, damage or loss of luggage, or voluntary health insurance. When confirming the reservation online, the Traveler has to accept these General Terms and Conditions by selecting a payment method and completing the reservation confirmation process. The same applies to reservations confirmed and completed via e-mail. Should the Traveler request additional insurance, arrangements can be made directly with the insurance company or at MH Travel itself wherein the Agency acts only as a mediator.
6. COMPLAINS The client reserves the right to complain in case of any incorrect photographs and information published on the site. The client is not entitled to complain about any other grounds, including bad weather conditions, traffic jams, or any other similar situation or event that may cause the client's dissatisfaction, and is not in relation to the quality of the reserved transfer service. Any justified complaint about deficiencies will be resolved on the spot. If the service provider is not able to resolve the reported deficiencies, and MH Travel cannot propose any alternative tour, the client will get a full refund of the amount paid.
7. ARBITRATION If the guest is not satisfied with the solution offered by the agency he/she has a right to take the issue to the court jurisdiction of Podgorica.
8. NOTICE By making the advance payment or paying the entire arrangement amount the guest accepts these general terms and conditions.