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.
My contact with Encounters representative was a pleasure, she answered my questions promptly, provided a quotation and changed it quickly when different flights were preferred. Both by e-mail and phone the response was very timely.
Ant provided excellent service. He always responded as quickly as he could, attending to the questions I had for him. He was also very patient and pleasant. I depended on his knowledge and service to make the trip.
I liked the service and the tour guide & driver on the tour. They were professional and provided very good service. I thought 1-2 hotels on the trip were not quite 4-star. It also happened that this group of people was always late for schedule and our walk pace was too slow. It really needs the guide to make people on schedule and be punctual for the activity. Overall I think the time management of this tour needs improvement.
Trip booked through Groupon at a Great offer price - Encounters was nothing but professional from the start. I even purchased insurance - extra days and got the best flights from my local airport- Great experience
This is our first travel through Encounters Travel and so far the arrangement is working very well. Our travel is not until April 2017 so I am more than hopeful all will continue to run as smoothly as it has so far.
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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