Our Albania tours explore this small country which was once ruled by the Ottoman Empire over 100 years ago. Albania can be found on Southeastern Europe's Balkan Peninsula and is bordered by three countries - Montenegro, Greece and Macedonia.
Our Albania tours take you to its capital city of Tirana, which is one of Europe's sunniest cities, boasting an an average 2,544 hours of sunshine annually. Albania may be small, but it hosts an incredible amount of flora - in fact, it boasts more than 3,250 species of plants, which accounts for 30 percent of all flora in Europe.
Our Albania tours educate you about the country's iron communist regime that survived until 1990, five years after the death of its great dictator, Enver Hoxha.
A trip to Albania will take you to the stunning beaches along the Albanian Riviera, the Blloku cafe culture in Tirana, explore the breath-taking Ottoman-era mansions and impressive hilltop fortress of Gjirokastra and more.
Do you want to know more about Albania and its beauty? Or do you need accurate visa information?
Contact the Albanian tourism board for more information.
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Albania is a safe country and very welcoming to tourists. There have been few reported acts of violence and crimes.
The currency used in Albania is the Albanian lek, which is subdivided into 100 qindarka.
The best time to visit Albania is between April to June and September to October, as the weather is pleasant for a holiday by the beach or in the mountains.
Like in most European countries, you should round up the bill when eating at a restaurant. If the service is good, you can give more of a tip, and tipping hotel maids is appreciated.
The tap water is drinkable, but it contains a high amount of chlorine and drinking too much of it can cause stomach cramps. We recommend drinking filtered water.
Prices of meals in Albania will vary from restaurant to restaurant. However, on average a burger meal at a fast-food chain like McDonald's will cost approximately $4.50 while a cup of espresso coffee would cost $0.87.
The primary spoken language in Albania is Albanian. However, English is widely taught in schools, making it the most commonly spoken foreign language in Albania.
While not always required, the following vaccinations are recommended to those travelling to Albania; hepatitis A, hepatitis B, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.
Forming part of the breathtaking Balkan Peninsula, Albania has many must-see destinations. These include the capital city of Tirana, Springs of Drilon and Lake Ohrid.
If you are planning a trip to the small, mountainous country of Albania, we suggest that you spend around one to three days minimum in this country. This will allow you to see some of the most important sites this country has to offer.
The best time to visit Albania would be between April to June, and September to October. These months are warmer, with temperatures reaching on average between 59°F and 84,2°F.
My experience with Encounters was excellent from start to finish. The Tour Guide, Sheriff, was the most passionate, enthusiastic and professional guide I have ever had on a tour and his love for Egypt really made me enjoy my time so much more.
I was cautious about arriving in Egypt given the current circumstances about the country, but felt safer that I did living in London as soon as I arrived. All of the Encounters staff are very professional.
Anthony has been amazing throughout my planning of my tour. He has been very quick in replying to my emails and always answering with everything I wanted to know.
I look forward to hopefully planning my next trip through him next year!
There was a lot of communication from the beginning. The encounters staff was very responsive and the tour guide was great and very accommodating. Encounters was also able to help me with last minute changes to my itinerary while I was on the trip.
I liked the fact we were met at the airport and helped thru customs and getting a visa and then upon leaving taken to where we needed to go. Its always tough to figure out where everything is in a foreign airport when you do not travel much
Everything was great. Our guide was very knowledgeable and liked that we were interested in what he was telling us. We were lucky to be in a group with like minded people who also wanted to stay in places longer of which our guide accommodated. Only negative thing was the sitting train. Best to just take the flying option. Train was not bad but has no services, no alcohol, and breakfast was all carbs and an egg. Egypt really seems to like their breads and pastries....
Anthony has been a pleasure to work with and when he is not available, other members of the team respond in a timely manner. I have booked a total of 6 trips since December 2013 and plan to book more to fill my bucket list.
Dial Code: +355
Area: 28,748 km2
Elevation: The lowest point in Albania is the Adriatic Sea 0m (0 ft.) | The highest point in Albania is Mount Korab 2,764m (9,068 ft.)
Population: 2,934,363 (2018)
Government: Parliamentary system, Parliamentary republic
Albania, officially the Republic of Albania, is a country in southern eastern Europe. Tirana is the country's capital, the most populous city, and the main commercial and economic centre. Albania is also a unitary parliamentary constitution republic.
Situated in the southwestern portion of the Balkan Peninsula, Albania is bordered by Montenegro to the northwest, Kosovo to the northeast, the Republic of Macedonia to the east, and Greece to the south and southeast.
The country is mainly mountainous including the Korab Mountains, the Albanian Alps in the north, the Ceraunian Mountains in the south and the Skanderbeg Mountains in the centre. The Adriatic Sea is along the country to the northwest and the Ionian Sea to the southwest.
With an upper-middle income economy, Albania is a democratic and developing country. After the end of communism in 1960, the country underwent a process of transition from a centralised economy to a market-based economy. The country provides universal health care along with free primary and secondary education to its citizens.
Albanian is small, and its landscape is characterised by high or mountainous terrain. The mountains run the length of the country, north to south. The hydrographic network of Albania includes an assortment of the largest and most ancient bodies of freshwater in southern Europe.
Most of the country experiences a Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and hot, dry summers. The country is home to 58 species of mammals, 353 species of birds and 3,000 species of plants.
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