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About Choose Balkans
“Choose Balkans” is a tourism company specialised in the inbound tourism toward the Western Balkans. Our aim is to support and promote adventure and geo tourism attractions that characterise Albania and the Balkan region. Since 2009 we have been offering to our guests, coming from around the world, the best flavours of a Balkan experience in adventure, cultural, historical and Geo tourism. To achieve our goals we operate with traditional standards and values of the region, including direct customer contact and a high level of personalised customer service.
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Day Tour of Berat from Tirana

Visiting the historical Ottoman town of Berat from Tirana is tricky without hiring a car. On this full-day tour, travel to Berat with ease in the company of a guide. Depart from your Tirana hotel and head to Berat. Stop at places that include the medieval castle district, ancient churches, and mosques.
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8 to 10 hours
from $105.86

Day tour of Ohrid from Tirana

Venture outside the capital city and see more of Albania on this day tour that visits three neighboring cities. Travel to Elbasan to see its namesake 15th-century castle, and Struga, a popular tourist destination. Then it’s on to Ohrid, one of the country’s main religious centers. Here you will tour several ancient churches and historical sites.
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8 to 10 hours
from $214.69

Day tour of Prizren from Tirana

Travel roughly three hours north of the capital to Prizren, a historic city located on the banks of the Bistrica River. Admire the juxtaposition of ancient architecture beside modern buildings and industries. Highlights of the tour include Sinan Pasha Mosque, the Church of Our Lady Ljevis, Prizren Fortress, and the Albanian League of Prizren, an archeological museum boasting many ancient artifacts from the region.
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8 to 10 hours
from $199.36

Day tour of Kruja from Tirana

Explore the historical city of Kruja with ease on this full-day tour. Accompanied by a guide, set out from your hotel to Kruja’s medieval Old Bazaar and learn about its history. Follow your guide through hidden paths to the castle perched above Kruja. As you stroll through the city, stop by the Ethnographic Museum and the Sari Saltik Holly Cave.
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8 to 10 hours
from $115.02

Hiking tour of Komani Lake, Valbona Valley & Theth in three days

According to Bradt Travel Guides, the Komani Lake journey is described as “one of the World’s greatest boat trips”. The tour to Koman Lake, Valbona and Theth is a special interest hiking tour program exclusively designed to offer participants the best combination of pristine wild nature, unforgettable ferry ride through the heart of the Albanian Alps, local folklore and traditions. During these three days you will be able to visit most of the attractions of Northern Albania, combining a variety of exciting outdoor activities with plenty of time to soak up the local culture.
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3 days
from $498.39
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John T wrote a review Sep 2020
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What an amazing experience (3 Day Hiking Tour of Valbona and Theth) . Sarah was excellent. She was responsive and full of information! The rest of the staff as well as the hike guides were awesome and happy to have us. Everybody we were in contact with/met made us feel at home. The hike/adventure itself was spectacular. The first day is a long day of travel but it is worth every second. It culminated with a stunning 2 hour boat ride into Valbona Valley and the scenery was out of this world. The food at the guest house in Valbona was some of the best I've every had (it is so fresh!) and the views out the window in the morning is awe inspiring. We departed for the hike the next morning - we weren't sure how much water to carry but our guide explained everything perfectly. There are a number of water stops built into the hike so no worries there (we drank the water straight from the mountain streams). The hike it a full day but it is not very difficult. Just pay attention to where you step in some places. The 3rd day in Theth was also wonderful and Theth is extremely picturesque. The road home was an adventure in and of itself. All in all, wonderful experience and every detail was worked out and perfectly coordinated. Would do again for sure!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Brooks wrote a review Dec 2019
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Was our first time in Albania, as a couple we are more interested in nature and national parks. We contacted with Choose Balkans and they very fast with email responses. This tour had everything we were looking for. Valbona and Theth have breathtaking views. And trek from Valbona to Theth is definitely a must. Thank you Choose Balkans Team for this experience.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Marley wrote a review Dec 2019
Tirana, Albania3 contributions
Booked their Superior Apartment this December. Location was perfect, just steps away from the Skanderbeg Square and other attractions. Modern, clean, helpful staff. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Kathy S wrote a review Nov 2019
Falls Church, Virginia41 contributions13 helpful votes
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After a conference, a colleague and I had two days to take in everything we could of Albania, w/preference for the Adriatic coast, archeological, historical and cultural sites. ChooseBalkans created the perfect itinerary and provided an exceptional guide, Armando. He picked us up at our hotel in Tirana (in a comfortable new car), drove us down the coast to enjoy the “Albanian Riviera,” with coffee in Himar and a fabulous lunch at Guvat Restaurant in Ksamil, Saranda, and then to Butrint National Park, to view Greek and Roman ruins dating back to 3rd century BC. We watched the sunset from Butrint, then headed inland for a traditional Albanian dinner at Odaja, and an overnight stay at a lovely B&B, the Stone Rooms 1850. The next day we toured Gjirokaster castle, shopped for souvenirs, then headed north to Durres, ate lunch in the sunshine next to the Adriatic, and visited the Durres Amphitheater before returning to Tirana. Armando’s English was excellent, he knew where to go for good coffee and meals along the way, and he took some pictures on our trip of my colleague and I that our families have enjoyed. He also had a deep knowledge of Albanian history and culture, from the Greeks and Romans, through the Ottoman Empire, communist rule (yes, there are hundreds of thousands of bunkers in Albania), and the protests and popular movement that ended communism when the Berlin Wall came down and Eastern European countries pulled away from Soviet rule. I loved Albania and would certainly use ChooseBalkans for any trips to Albania or surrounding countries.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Terry wrote a review Oct 2019
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Many thanks to Choose Balkans and especially my guide Ergi for a wonderful 5 day trip to Valbonna and Theth. It is a gorgeous area, and I am grateful to have been able to experience it.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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