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per person
Tour Highlights
  • Return to the country where it all began for Regent Holidays on a short group tour
  • Travel and talk with our co-founder Neil Taylor
  • An introduction to the country from some of Albania's top writers
  • Enjoy a detailed look at the intriguing capital, Tirana
  • Journey south for a stay in the UNESCO-listed city of Gjirokaster
  • Visit perhaps Albania's most famous attraction, the archaeological site of Butrint
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50th anniversary short group tour to Albania

5 Day Tour, from £1050 per person
Itinerary Dates
19 May  -  23 May

Join us in commemorating Regent’s 50th anniversary (albeit a little late for obvious reasons) as we return to the country where it all began; our beloved Albania. In 1970 we set up the first group tours to the then People’s Socialist Republic of Albania and we’ve never looked back. Albania still continues to delight and enthral our travellers and whilst the days of flying into Montenegro, crossing the border on foot (with a trip to the state barber first if you weren't clean shaven!), and being tracked by minders may be gone, it still retains an air of mystery. Even today, Albania is often one of the last countries in Europe that people have to tick off their list.

This short group tour will be accompanied by Neil Taylor, Regent’s former co- director and fount of all travel-based knowledge. Come and pick his brains and relive tales of Albanian travels gone by.

This is a small group tour that operates with a minimum of 10 persons/maximum of 20.

Tour Itinerary

Tirana cityscape

Arrive in Tirana, meet the local guide and transfer to a centrally located hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

Skanderbeg Square, Tirana

This morning enjoy a welcome to the country by some of Albania’s top writers, who will give an overview of the country from its Communist era to the present day. Get to know your local guide a little better as he happens to have led some of Regent's first tours in the 1970s. Continue the day with a tour of the nation's capital. Visit the National Art Gallery, the 18th Century Et’hem Bey Mosque and the intriguing Bunk’art 2 and House of Leaves; one a communist era bunker and the other an interrogation and surveillance centre, now both tourist attractions in their own right. After lunch, pay a visit to the National Museum of Albania which provides an excellent introduction to Albania’s history, and the fascinating Bektashi Sufi Order Temple. The evening is at leisure. (B,L)

Sunset over Gjirokaster Fortress

Head out of Tirana this morning, towards the south and the beautiful UNESCO-listed town of Gjirokaster. Along the way, stop off at Ardenica Monastery to visit the fine 18th Century Church of St Mary, with its iconostasis of saints and sinners, and its golden pulpit. Another few hours on the road arrive in Gjirokaster. Enjoy a group lunch before exploring this well-preserved Ottoman town and its imposing Citadel. Here, discover the Ethnographic Museum, located in Enver Hoxha’s former house. Take an evening stroll around the town and enjoy dinner in a local restaurant. (B,L,D)

Remains of the baptistry, Butrint

Today head to the far south-west corner of the country and perhaps its most famous tourist attraction; the archaeological site of Butrint. Prospering under Ancient Greek and Roman rule, and abandoned after the Byzantines, the settlement has seen a lot in its 2,500 year history. The site is set within an area of National Park, making the experience of visiting all the more pleasurable. Enjoy lunch in the small coastal resort of Ksamil, before returning to Gjirokaster, via the Church of St Nicholas at Mesapotami, and experience the calming and hypnotic blue waters of the Blue Eye Spring. Enjoy another group dinner this evening in Gjirokaster. (B,L,D)

Berat town houses

Journey back towards Tirana this morning, making a worthy stop off in another UNESCO-listed town; glorious Berat, or the ‘town of a thousand windows’ (so named due to the many large windows that adorn the houses of the Old Town). One of the highlights is a visit to the Onufri Museum, where many fine examples of Onufri’s work are displayed, including a number of splendid iconostas. Another highlight is the commanding views from the Citadel across to Mt Tomorri. After the majority of the day spent in Berat, return to Tirana Airport for the return flight this evening. (B,L)

Pricing Information

5 day tour, from £1050 per person

Price Includes

  • Return flights in economy class with British Airways direct from London Gatwick
  • All airport taxes & security charges
  • Accommodation in 4* hotels including breakfast
  • Meals as specified (B=breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Lunch & dinners include three courses and a glass of wine/beer or coffee
  • All transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned minivan
  • Sightseeing with English-speaking guide 
  • Entrance fees on sightseeing tours as specified

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Additional meals

Price Includes

Price Excludes

Price Notes

Good news for our solo travellers or for those whose travel companion snores - there is no single room supplement on this group tour to Albania.

Itinerary Dates From Price Single Room Supp.  
19 May 2022
23 May 2022
£1050 £0

Tour Route Map

  1. Albania, Tirana
  2. Albania, Gjirokastra
  3. Albania, Berat
  4. Albania, Tirana

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