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From Vlore: Dafina Bay and Haxhi Ali Cave Guided Boat Trip

1. From Vlore: Dafina Bay and Haxhi Ali Cave Guided Boat Trip

Explore the sandy beaches, splashing bays, and scenic caves of Southern Albania on a multi-stop speedboat trip from Vlore. Cruise through the Bay of Vlora, Dafina, and Bristan, and explore the Haxhi Ali Cave. Spend free time on the beach and enjoy included sandwiches and soft drinks. After meeting your guide, hop on board and head to the Haxhi Ali Cave. The cave gets its name from the pirate Haxhi Ali, who used it as a refuge in the 16th century. After a 20-minute break in the cave, return through the Bay of Vlore.  Admire some of the most popular places on the riviera, like Zhiron and Kalasa Beach, on the way to Dafina Bay, a small horseshoe-shaped bay with white sandy beaches about 50 meters wide. The bay is one of the wonders of the Karaburun Marine Area. To get to Dafina Bay’s beaches, it takes hours of walking on foot, so being able to visit by boat is a real privilege. Dafina Bay is also known for the small cave it houses. Enter directly by boat and see a picture-perfect small beach with white stones and a palm tree.  Stop for 4 hours at Dafina Beach before leaving for another beautiful bay, Bristan Bay, a rocky beach with a shore dominated by steep cliffs that fall towards the sea and rocky pebble beaches where vegetation often grows right up to the sand. Set anchor at another one of the best beaches in Albania on the Karaburun-Sazan Peninsula, where ships used to take shelter in the past when the sea was too rough. Here, peace and tranquility are the real protagonists.  In addition to the beach, you can step onto the mainland and see an abandoned military building, a small pier, and some protected bunkers behind steep cliffs. Among the rocks, you’ll find deep canyons that were once used as fallout shelters 30 years ago.

From Tirana: Tour to Vlora, Butrint, Saranda & Gjirokaster

2. From Tirana: Tour to Vlora, Butrint, Saranda & Gjirokaster

Travel south along the Albanian coast and explore the best of this region on a guided tour. Spend the day discovering Vlora, Butrint, Saranda, and Gjirokaster. Start your trip with a comfortable ride in an air-conditioned vehicle from your hotel in Tirana. Travel to Vlora, the city of independence. Proceed to Llogara to enjoy the breathtaking views of the coast from a 1043-meter height. Continue to Saranda and see enchanting beaches such as Gjipe Beach, Porto Palermo, Lukovë, and more. Next, visit the National Park of Butrint that holds more than 2000 years of history. Head to the source of the “Blue Eye” before getting to Gjirokaster. It’s a water spring with clear blue waters coming from the depth of the earth, running in the shape of an eye. The road leading to Gjirokaster will take you to the castle of the city and the old bazaar neighborhood. Visit the former homes of Ismail Kadare and Enver Hoxha, which are now museums dedicated to communism. Enjoy this last stop of the coastal tour before returning to Tirana.

From Berat: Bogovë Waterfalls Day Trip

3. From Berat: Bogovë Waterfalls Day Trip

Your professional guide will lead you to a wonderful destination in Berat. Be prepared to immerse yourself into the beauty of nature. In about 1 ¼ hour you will reach Bogova,a picturesque village famous for its waters and waterfalls. Along the way to Bogova you will make a pit stop to Polican, a small town being known for weapon production in communism years. After enjoying the Bogova Waterfalls your trip will continue to Canyons on the Osum River.The same river that crosses the entire city of Berat, has created this wonderful canyon, where the adventure lovers are becoming more attracted over the years. Nature here offers a beautiful landscape that you can enjoy in this full-day tour.

Tirana: 4-Day Albanian Heritage Highlights Trip

4. Tirana: 4-Day Albanian Heritage Highlights Trip

Explore Albania's top attractions in the hands of an expert tour director during a 4-day, 3-night sightseeing tour. Sample authentic Albanian food and visit Unesco World Heritage Sites such as Berat, Gjirokastra, and Butrint. Day 1: Sightseeing tour of Berat via Durres Travel to Berat, stopping in Durres for a short walking tour of the City Walls, Byzantine Forum, Roman Thermal Baths, the Venetian Tower, and the Amphitheater. Transfer to Berat passing through suggestive hills full of olive trees. Then, get settled in the hotel and head out for a guided tour admiring the citadel/castle of Berat with the Red Mosque, recognized by its solitary minaret, and the many Byzantine Churches like the Holy Trinity Church and the St. George Church. Finally, step inside a local home inside the castle of Berat for a coffee, raki, and dessert break. Enjoy the rest of the day wandering in the two main districts of Mangalam and Gorica. Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Gjirokastra After breakfast, admire small villages during your transfer to Gjirokaster. Once you arrive in this “city of a thousand steps,” settle into your hotel before soaking up the rich history of the castle and enjoying the view of the “city of stone” from above. Next, see the Ottoman Bazaar and historic wooden houses. Visit the Gjirokastra Obelisk dedicated to the first school of Gjirokastra and enjoy the 360º view from there. Next, stop for lunch in a small local restaurant for a taste of the city’s authentic dishes. Step into Skenduli house, the nicest Ottoman tower house, and listen to its history and details from the 10th generation of the Skenduli family. Spend a relaxing evening in the streets of Gjirokaster. Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Butrint & the Blue Eye spring Travel to the “Blue Eye” spring. Admire the shades of blue and surrounding nature before heading to Butrint. There, marvel at 2,500 years of history on a guided tour with a local guide. See the highlights, such as the amphitheater, castle, churches, and Lion Gate. Drive to Ksamil and enjoy lunch by the lake at the Mussel House. Spend your afternoon in Ksamil before heading to Saranda via Lekursi Castle, which overlooks the city. Day 4: Tirana via Vlore and Riviera Road En route to the city of Vlore via the scenic Riviera road, and explore the Ali Pasha Castle with your Tour Director. First, head to the Llogara “balcony” for a stunning view of the South Coast beaches before indulging in lunch at Llogara National. Next, visit a park surrounded by pine trees and a fresh mountain breeze. Marvel at the architecture and listen to entertaining legends about the man who built it, Ali Pashe Tepelena. Then, stop for lunch at a rustic local restaurant along Shushica river. After lunch, visit the city of Vlore, the hometown of the National Independence movement. visit Flag Square with its Independence Monument in the center, the Muradie Mosque, and Vlore Lungomare. Transfer to Tirana. (Hotel accommodation in Tirana is not included on the tour).

Vlorë: Boat Trip to Karaburun Peninsula

5. Vlorë: Boat Trip to Karaburun Peninsula

You will be located on the Ionian Sea, at the eastern end of the Otranto Channel, in the center of the Bay of Vlora. Here we have the Marine Protected Area of Karaburun. A natural park that was established in 2010 by the Ministry of the Environment of Albania in order to preserve the characteristic features of this area. Where we find uniqueness and biodiversity. Visit the Pirate's Cave You will leave by boat in the early morning from Vlora, to reach the Haxhi Ali Cave, located at the end of the Karaburun Peninsula, after about half an hour on the water. Arriving at the cave by boat is a unique experience. You enter a cubic-shaped area that extends for 30 meters in length, with a maximum height of 18 meters, and 12 meters in width. Inside this cave, the view is lost between the rock formations and the stalactites, the result of the constant work of water on the rocks over thousands of years. In addition, at the end of the cave there is a source of freshwater. After a half-hour guided tour, the participants are free to choose between snorkeling in the wonderful crystal clear water, full of life, of the cave, or enjoy a pleasant drink on the boat. The best beaches on the Karaburun peninsula After the stop, you will set off again to travel along the wild coast of Karaburun. Here you will have the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful beaches with caves, of the peninsula up close. Corners of paradise such as Shen Jani, Aquamarina Beach, and San Basil Beach. After lunchtime, you will stop on the beach of Zhanpovel Beach, refreshing yourselves with the best specialties of the local gastronomic tradition at the restaurant located on the beach. Returning in the early afternoon, you will cross the bay, flanking the Vlora coast, approaching the beaches with caves, of Zhironi and Kalasa and skirting the entire Cold Water district. The story of the pirate Haxhi Ali cave owes its name to the legendary pirate Haxhi Alia Ulqinaku. Born in Calabria in 1569, he moved with his family to Ulcinj, Albania and received military education under the Ottoman Empire. After serving in the Ottoman fleet, in 1609 he moved with his children and some Albanian sailors to the Karaburun peninsula. Here he began to defend the coasts from the incursions of the Venetians and the French, cooperating with the local population, which supplied the pirate with timber and raw materials. It was an episode that handed him over to the legend. Haxhi Alia was attacked in 1623 off the coast of Otranto by a powerful fleet of Venetians and British, but he heroically defended himself, until he earned legendary fame among the inhabitants of the Karaburun peninsula, who still sing songs in his honor.

Vlore: Sazan Karaburun National Marine Park Private Tour

6. Vlore: Sazan Karaburun National Marine Park Private Tour

The Sazan Karaburun National Marine Park is a marine park in the Vlorë County of southwestern Albania. Explore and have a wonderful experience both the boundaries of the Peninsula of Karaburun and the Island of Sazan. Enjoy the vast array of landforms, including mountains, caves, islands, bays, cliffs, beaches, and rocky coasts. The departure time is set by the customer. We meet at the beginning of the promenade of Vlora, there is a nice tiki bar ´Olympia Bar´ where we serve coffee, drinks, and cocktails. Distinguishable and easy to find with a colorful atmosphere, which has the head of a yellow car placed on the sidewalk. First, we visit the Sazan island where we stay for about 1 hour which you decide how to spend it. Stay on the beach of Sazan or have a 30 min walk to visit the old town of Sazan island. Then we head to Haxhi Ali cave where we stay for 20 min to have some diving snorkeling and exploring the cave. After the visit to the cave of Haxhi Ali we go to one of the most beautiful beaches of Karaburun peninsula to Dhim Kushta Bay where we stay for 4 hours or more. Once we are at Dhim Kushta Bay we can access to the small and wonderful beach of Shen Koli by walking for 20 min. We can go to the beach of Shen Koli by boat but it depends on sea weather conditions. In the end, get back to the port of Vlore where we start the tour at Olympia Bar.

Vlorë: Speedboat Trip to Grama Bay w/ Snorkeling & Swimming

7. Vlorë: Speedboat Trip to Grama Bay w/ Snorkeling & Swimming

Full day speedboat trip to Grama Bay is a 360-degree journey of the Karaburun peninsula. The departure time is at 9:00, at the Tourist Port of Vlora, in front of the Hotel Bologna, where you will meet the guide, who will spend the whole day with you, telling you about the history, the fauna, and the flora of the beaches you will visit and certainly curious and amusing anecdotes. First, we visit Haxhi Ali cave, the journey to the cave takes about 30-40 minutes, we enter the cave where you can dive, snorkel and explore the cave. Will continue the ride, we will stop at Dafina Bay, a virgin bay where we will have the opportunity to see the wilderness of the Karaburun peninsula, also, just next to the beach, we will visit Dafina cave. We will stay in Dafina Bay to snorkel and swim in the crystal clear waters and drinks and snacks will be served. The journey will carry on and stop in Bristan Bay, English Bay, Skalome Bay, and Petruni Bay (or Lovizi Bay) where we will visit the amazing Blue Cave, all the beaches are beautiful, wild, and virgin with crystal clear water perfect places for snorkeling and diving. The last destination is Grama Bay, with a perfect combination of mountain and sea, here we will stay for about 2 hours and you can relax, dive, snorkel, and swim exploring the clear water and deep blue sea, it will be an amazing experience. Together with the Guide, you can also take a 20-minute hike up the mountain to enjoy an incredible view of the bay. Back off will jump on board and enjoy the way back along the Ionian Sea and the cliffs of Karaburun Peninsula.

From Vlore: Guided Boat Trip to Sazan and Karaburun

8. From Vlore: Guided Boat Trip to Sazan and Karaburun

Welcome on board of our boats, for a pleasant boat trip on the former military Albania island of Sazan and to the wonderful south Albanian beaches. Your professional guide will represent you with the history of this island and next will be time for some relaxing time. You will spend some time admiring the Admiral beach. You will get on board again and will be time to see the Illyrian Cave, also called Haxhi Ali Cave. After some free time, you will leave to go along Karaburun. This area has some of the most beautiful Albania beaches, such as Saint Jan Beach, Aquamarine Beach, Saint Basil Beach. A delicious lunch awaits you at the seaside restaurant. Here comes the last part of the journey, you will cross the bay to see the most famous Albania beaches: Zhironi, Kalasa, and the residential district of Cold Water.

Vlore:Speedboat Tour,Karaburun,Haxhi Ali Cave Small Group

9. Vlore:Speedboat Tour,Karaburun,Haxhi Ali Cave Small Group

First we visit the cave of "Haxhi Ali",the trip to the cave lasts about 30-40 min,we enter the cave where we stay about 15-20 min for some diving and exploring the cave.After visiting the cave we go to one of the wonderful beaches of the Karaburun peninsula at “Dhim Kushta Bay” where we stay until around 16:00-17:00.Then we return to the departure point in the city of Vlore.

Small Group -Speedboat Trip to Haxhi Ali Cave and Karaburun

10. Small Group -Speedboat Trip to Haxhi Ali Cave and Karaburun

The departure time is from 09:00 am and at 1:00 pm. You will meet the guide at Vlora Touristic Port, in front of Hotel Bologna, make sure to be 10 minutes before the departure time. We jump on Board and the trip's first stop is Haxhi Ali Cave, the journey takes about 30 minutes. We enter the cave where we stay to snorkel and explore the cave, snorkel gear can be requested from the guide free of charge. Next the exploration of the cave, we continue the journey and stop at a wonderful beach inland of the Karaburun Peninsula, it is an equipped beach, where you will find a small tavern, serving local food and drinks, where you can have a bite. Thereafter a little rest on the beach, the guide will take you to discover a small hidden virgin beach about 15 minutes walk through the paths of Karaburun. After enjoying the crystal clear waters and the amazing view, we jump on board and head back to the Vlora Touristic Port, about 30 minutes ride. End of the journey.

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4.7 / 5

based on 3 reviews

The tour is definitely to be recommended! Interesting destinations including characteristic villages that can hardly be reached and visited optimally with your own or local means. Note on the organization of the trip: they moved and reorganized the stages of the tour in advance to meet our need to end the trip in a different destination from the one planned (we basically left as a group of 7 friends). Mimi, our guide (from 110 and praise!), Told us many curiosities about the history of Albania and tried to satisfy us as much as possible by giving us a truly unique experience. Happy tour future travelers !!

It was interesting journey trought the Albania. We like hotels where we stay. Our guide was very nice young men and tell us lot of Albania. We recomend the trip.

Interesting destinations but perhaps too busy considering the distance to be covered.