Fly into Tirana to explore its cafe culture, complicated past and historic monuments. Spend a day in Kruja, birthplace of Albanian national hero Skanderbeg, whose statue looms over the city, before travelling to Durres in the Albanian Riviera for beaches, seafront restaurants and Roman architecture – including its world-famous amphitheatre, built by Roman emperor Hadrian. End back in Tirana.

Key information

Destinations Destinations Durres, Kruja, Tirana
Activity Activity Culture, Archaeology, Cities
Physical Level Physical Level Easy
Season Season May - September

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Enjoy Albanian hospitality in Tirana

Enjoy Albanian hospitality in Tirana

Day 1–2 in Tirana

Tirana’s small size makes it a perfect place to explore in a day, but to truly get under its skin, try out its cafe culture for coffee, beer and pastries. If you’re lucky, a local will invite you for a rakija (plum brandy) and a chat.

See Albania’s national hero in Kruja

See Albania’s national hero in Kruja

Day 3 in Kruja

Gjergj Kastrioti, also known as Skanderbeg, was a military commander famous for resisting Turkish invaders in the 1400s. Skanderbeg was born in Kruja and made it his citadel. As soon as you reach Kruja, you’ll come face-to-face with an enormous statue of Skanderbeg and his mighty sword, before exploring the museum in his name.

Visit the Durres amphitheatre

Visit the Durres amphitheatre

Day 4 in Durres

The port town of Durres is home to Albania’s liveliest beach, but it is the town’s amphitheatre that is the main attraction. One of the Balkan’s most impressive surviving architecture, the amphitheatre was built in 100AD by Roman emperor Hadrian and could seat 20,000 spectators. Make sure to visit the onsite chapel.

Return to Tirana and depart

Return to Tirana and depart

Day 5 in Tirana

Transfer to the airport for your flight.

Where to stay

Superior

Hotel Boutique Kotoni

Situated in the heart of Tirana's upmarket Blloku area, Hotel Boutique Kotoni offers stylish, air-conditioned suites, a 2-floor à-la-carte restaurant serving Albanian and international cuisine and a large terrace for al fresco dining.

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This route booked with one of our specialist tour operators would cost from £840pp. Pricing varies by accommodation class, and can be tailored to suit your budget.

Pricing is typically inclusive of hotels, transfers, meals, and all guided excursions and activities.

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