Albania
Holidays and Tours

Considering its position at the heart of the Mediterranean, Albania still remains unflinchingly obscure and underexplored. With a stunning landscape consisting of some of the region’s finest beaches, rugged and wild mountains and atmospherically idyllic valleys and forests, the land of the two-headed eagle will enthral those who seek to explore its hidden archaeological treasures, ancient towns and bask in the welcome of its delightful people.

The sense of being off the beaten track both within Europe, but also wherever you tread in Albania never leaves you – this is a world apart, rich in history and habitat and proudly vibrant in its traditions and customs, eager to be discovered.

Our group tours and tailor made trips to Albania draw you into Europe’s best kept secret: this is a fascinating land where the remains of ancient Greek acropolises and dramatic amphitheatres and colonnaded forums from lost Roman imperial grandeur intertwine with Byzantine and Ottoman elegance and rich and unique recent historical sites.

Our local guides will expertly lead you through the gently meandering, but dramatic rural routes which range from dazzling mountain reserves to azure fringed coastal villages and the pristine beaches of the Ionian Sea.

You are never far from another extraordinary and uncelebrated archaeological find in a place where the past seems to enrich the present.

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Our driver & guide were very keen for us to experience as much as we could of Albania in our eight days & we certainly had a great time. We have travelled with Undiscovered Destinations several times before & have never been disappointed.

Andrea Luck, UK

Places to visit in Albania and on our Albania tours

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Why visit Albania?

The land of the Shqiptarë, or ‘sons of eagles’ covers around 28,000 km² and boasts a distinctive heritage and culture, encircled inland by a dramatic range of mountains that rise to over 700m. The people claim their ancestry from the ancient Illyrians and today a mind-boggling plenitude of Hellenic, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Communist sites offer the traveller endless opportunities to connect with bygone ages.  Once away from the charms of the 300 km coastline, the interior is untamed, untraveled and glorious, rewarding you with a real sense of the intrepid.

Despite its relative isolation from the regular world of travel, the Albanian people embrace the novelty of travellers with gusto, making it both a safe destination to explore and an enriching cultural encounter. Famously and proudly secretive for much of the 20th century, the country was a communist enigma, looking heavily towards Maoist China for its inspiration; but the 1992 ushering in of democracy has meant that Albania is now beginning to yield up its rich bounty of historical and geographical sites.

Few are aware of the UNESCO world heritage site of the magnificent ruins of Butrint, a key strategic city that thrived for over 2000 years, fewer still of Benja’s six exquisitely beautiful thermal pools that nestle in the lap of the mountains and flow into the dramatic Lengarica Canyon.  Successive invasions from sundry directions and by a variety of religious creeds have lent the landscape culture sites of military, monastic and communal importance, many of which now lie in ruins, overrun by nature. Visitors to these are uncommon and you may well find yourself entirely alone amidst the remains of once bustling sites. Of equal curiosity are the relics of Supreme Comrade Hoxha’s plethora of concrete bunkers which scatter the nation, legacy of the communist leader’s paranoia over foreign invasion.

Today, the country has shifted towards a far more tolerant and diverse culture – Catholic churches, orthodox basilica, synagogues and mosques stand side by side and indicate the live-and-let-live mindset that characterises this welcoming nation. Expect to luxuriate in the food and drink which synthesises the hearty lamb stews and earthenware baked pulses of the north Balkans with Greek specialities such as Baklava and the pizzas and pastas of Italy. Indeed echoes of the country’s origins and encounters still abound in the vibrant bazaars in its historic town centres. Albania’s past has always been shaped by the great empires of the Mediterranean and their influence stands at every turn, offering a splendid opportunity for what still feels like pioneering adventure.

It’s a uniqueness that beckons irresistibly.

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