April-October
Dates
Large (13-16)
Group size

THE AGRITOURISM TOUR

EXPERIENCE THE AGRITOURISM & WINE TOUR IN ALBANIA

VISIT THE CHEESE FARMS, TASTE THE LOCAL MEALS.

Captivated by the gorgeous scenery and astound of the fantastic food and drinks, we’ll unwind our way into organic grape farms where local families will be our hosts, giving you an in-depth sight at what rural life in Albania is like. The agritourism tour offers plenty of opportunities for the culinary and farming enthusiasts to get hands ‘dirty’ by giving a try at preparing local foods or handling traditional farming equipment.

At least 10 people required to be guaranteed.

TOUR CODE                                                                                                                                              19-104
START OF TOUR TIRANA
POI’S Tirana, Durres, Lezhe, Diber, Pogradec, Korça, Erseka, Permet, Tepelene, Berat.
DURATION 8 DAYS
WEAR Comfortable shoes
INCLUDED
Local English speaking professional guide All meals
Airport pick up service as a group Transportation in mini-coach
Free time 3* Hotel costs 
Transportation to the airport as a group Airport taxes

 

NOT INCLUDED
Personal spending Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Guide gratuity Personal requests for route diversions.
Calamities fund Single room allowance

 

Booking’s costs

This agritourism tour is for people who are interested in experiencing the agrotourism in Albania, who like fresh biological meals, a glass of wine and the warmth of an incredibly hospitable country, that has not been discovered by mass tourism yet. Albania is an emerging traveling destination that has much to offer, even in this field. In this tour, we will bring you to some of the most interesting farms and wineries, so that you can enjoy Albanian yields to the fullest.

Additional information

Difficulty LevelEasy

VISITS TO MUSEUMS, HANDICRAFTS, WINERIES, LOCAL FARMS

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Day 1: TIRANA

After arrival at the airport and after being accommodated at the hotel, our tour will start with the first visit to a wine farm just outside of Tirana. The best products of this winery are made from renowned cultivars such as Kallmet etc. We will see the farm, its facilities, and its vineyards. Having landed in the world of grapes and olives, you will feel refreshed as you start your wine and cheese tasting.

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Day 2: DURRES –LEZHE

Today we will visit another winery situated in the hills that surround Tirana. The farm is just as famous for its wine, as the history of its brand name. After some wine tasting, we set out to visit a second farm just a few kilometers away, where lunch is waiting under the shadows of oaks and the cool breeze that an aquaculture reservoir helps bring about. After that, we will be on our way to a place full of history. The trip will take approximately one and a half hour, perfectly justified by a lovely dinner and accommodation. 

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Day 3: DIBER

After breakfast, we will visit a pottery workshop nearby. They have been passing on their centuries-long craftsmanship to the new generation. After that we set out to the upper north, to a national wine processor, handling what may quite possibly be the best cultivar. Lunch will be enjoyed in this area and then we will be heading to Dibra, to a milk and apple farm, a fresh juice processor and an aquaculture farm. The scenery offers a lot of mountains and landscapes, and you might also like to visit the hot baths, or the medieval city ruins and in the end. Accommodation shall be as comfortable as you have ever experienced.

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Day 4: POGRADEC - KORCA

We’ll start fresh and relaxed for a drive through a beautiful valley where a dairy farm of small ruminant’s milk products awaits to be explored in the mountains. A little further on and we are into another winery for a short stop. After that we’ll drive all the way to Pogradec and Korca; the most important regions in the southeast. Here your stamina we’ll be challenged as there will be plenty of nature, lakes, churches, and of course an entire empire of apple farms. Accommodation is organized in what used to be a medieval oasis of Byzantine Christianity and education, Voskopoja.

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Day 5: ERSEKA - PERMET

From there we’ll be heading further south towards Erseka and Leskovik. In this area, we will enjoy and try out the delicacies of an organic farm. Meals cooked after the traditional style of this area. The city of Permet is well known for its flowers, landscape, hot baths, and wine. We can take a break to feel relaxed by these thermal waters where a swim can be enjoyed at any time of the year. Here we will taste the traditional “Gliko”, one of the best handmade jams of Albania, replete with different fruits. Some of the best Albanian writers of the last century are originally from this area. If interested we will provide you with information on their literature.

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Day 6: TEPELENE – BERAT

Our tour continues into the valleys, towards the city of Tepelena. We’ll check out the “Cold Water” spring of Tepelena, one of the most famous tourist attractions of Albania. Honey, medicinal herbs, mountain tea, organic dairy products can be found here, all to the delight of the traveler. From there we’ll detour up into the hills to check out another winery where the view is amazing. Lunch and a small tour of the area are all organized. Don’t give up on us now, as the best is in front of you. We are driving shortly through the hills to the city of Berat where the next day has a clash of centuries in store.

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Day 7: TIRANA

We’ll start our day by visiting the only castle in the Balkans still inhabited as it was during the middle ages. Museums, handicrafts, churches, and of course a visit to a winery are all in the deal. From there we’ll visit the only monastery with monks in Albania, and their historical church. Lunch is reserved in a restaurant nearby. We will be on the top of a hill from where you can see all of the southern midlands. After this lovely scenery will visit another winery and jam producer, handling a vineyard with a cultivar that has been attended to since Roman times. We’ll have dinner in a restaurant nearby and head back to Tirana. Overnight in Tirana.

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Day 8: TIRANA

We have come to the end of our tour. Dependent on the flight schedule you might have time to visit the capital on your own. Otherwise, you will be picked up by our airport service. We hope you have had a very good time, and by then in the spirit and habit of good friendship, by no means, it shall be farewell, but only a goodbye.

See below for you starting dates, prices, and guides.

START DETAILS

PRICE

APRIL

1 – 10

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€ 950,-

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APRIL

15 – 24

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€ 950,-

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APRIL-MAY

29 – 8

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€ 950,-

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MAY

13 – 22

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€ 950,-

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MAY-JUNE

27 – 5

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€ 950,-

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JUNE

10 – 19

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€ 950,-

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JUNE – JULY

24 – 3

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€ 950,-

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JULY

8 – 17

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€ 950,-

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JULY

22 – 31

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€ 950,-

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AUGUST

5 – 14

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€ 950,-

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AUGUST

19 – 28

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€ 950,-

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SEPTEMBER

2 – 11

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€ 950,-

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SEPTEMBER

16 – 25

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€ 950,-

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SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER

30 – 9

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€ 950,-

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OCTOBER

14 – 23

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€ 950,-

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OCTOBER-NOVEMBER

28 – 6

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€ 950,-

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Travel documents

International passport:

We advise you to travel with an international passport that is valid for at least six months on your return journey.

Visa:

Dutch or Belgian travelers do not need a visa for visiting Albania.

If you have another nationality please check the website of our partner Visumloket.nl. There you will find all the information about the required travel documents, such as passport and visa.

 You will also find information about the visa procedure and required forms. Submit your application at Visumloket at least 4 to 6 weeks before the departure of your trip.

If you choose to arrange your visa through our Visa counter, we will charge € 35.00 mediation costs per person per visa in addition to the visa costs.

Travelers who do not have Dutch or Belgian nationality must contact the relevant embassy (s) and arrange their visa.

Passengers traveling with children must inform themselves at the relevant embassy about any additional admission requirements.

The impressions of our travelers will be reflected in these reviews. 

What are the popular drinks?

Albanians love coffee as the English love tea. They have a whole ceremony around it.  It’s the preferred moment to think the day through. The Albanians have taken over the Turkish way of making coffee from the Turks. The finely ground coffee, together with sugar and water, is cooked until it foams. But this is not the only way they drink it. Espresso is serverd almost everywhere. The younger generation prefers cappuccino and latte as well. They have taken over the Greek way of drinking coffee too, by ordering Frappes during the hot summer months. In addition to coffee, a lot of tea is drunk, especially the Albanian mountain tea. The original Albanian mountain tea grows indeed in the mountains and is picked by hand. The tea has a fresh taste and is very healthy. It is organic, soothing and decaffeinated.

The Albanian wines come mainly from the area of Korçë, Berat, Permet, and Shkodër. This wine is also for sale in supermarkets. The traditional alcoholic drink from Albania is raki. Many Albanians make it themselves from grapes or prunes. Albanians drink a lot of beer too, next to raki and wine.

Do I need a world plug?

No. Not for Dutch, Belgian of German travelers.

We refer you to the following website where you can see what you need and check for yourself too. http://www.wereldstopcontacten.nl/

How are the roads in Albania?

In principle, the roads in Albania are perfectly commendable. However, some roads could take longer than you are used to, despite the minimum number of kilometers, so the ride can still take a few hours. 

Is wi-fi available in the hotels?

Yes, Wi-Fi is available in most hotels (and also in many restaurants).

Can I travel best with a suitcase or travel bag?

We recommend traveling with a travel bag or a soft case. That can be a backpack, but also a travel bag on wheels. Please do not travel with a hard-shell case, because it is difficult to transport. We also recommend limiting the weight to 15 kg for your travel comfort.

Can I pay or do I have to bring cash?

Yes, but not everywhere.

In Albania, the currency is LEK. The easiest way is to pin this on the spot, but because Albania is outside of the EU, your bank can charge you extra costs. So, check what the costs are. Another thing is that paying by credit card is not possible at small shops or bazaars. You will need to exchange your euros to LEK. We advise 150-200 euros as pocket money which is best exchanged at banks or exchange offices. At hotels you generally get a slightly worse rate than at banks and exchange offices.

What is the best travel time?

Albania has a Mediterranean climate. Summers are hot and dry, winters are mild and wet. The higher you come the more variation there is. From May to October you can swim in the sea with water temperatures of about 23 C. On the coast there are 270 to 300 sunny days. There is always a refreshing breeze in the vicinity of the sea. In the high mountains in the north and east of the country, there is a chance of snow from November to March.

The best travel time for Albania is spring. Then the apple and cherry trees are in full bloom and many flowers decorate the landscape. The early autumn (September and October) is also a pleasant journey time.

How do we travel through Albania?

During our trip, we use our own (mini) bus. Having your own bus has many advantages in Albania. Many attractions are far from the usual routes and could hardly be visited by public transport.

What do they eat in Albania?

Albanians themselves do not take a full breakfast. They often limit themselves to a cup of strong coffee. For their guests, they usually make a full breakfast with eggs, bread, fruit, cold cuts, kos (a type of yogurt), feta cheese and coffee. In the afternoon there is extensive lunch, usually a hot meal with meat or fish. And in the evening, at about 9:00 a.m., another warm meal.

In addition, snacks are available at food stalls such as byrek, puff pastry with feta cheese, onion, meat, and spinach. You have round byrek and triangular byrek. And there is qofte (mince meatballs) and pita (a puff pastry).

In the larger towns, you also have Greek and Italian (pizza) restaurants next to Albanian ones. In the countryside you should not be surprised if you are asked if you are hungry. The table is always richly covered with fresh meat or fish, potatoes or rice, salad, cheese, eggs, vegetables, and bread. After the meal, there is – for the good digestion – a glass of raki, also with the Muslims. That raki is even drunk early in the morning.

What kind of ingredients are used in Albanian cuisine?

Albanian cuisine uses various vegetables such as peppers, tomatoes, onions, pickles, aubergines, courgettes, and olives. In the winter months, there is cabbage and carrots. As far as meat is concerned, there is sheep and goat meat. That is roasted or grilled. The intestines (heart, liver, kidneys, brains) are also loved. If you stop at eateries along the way, you can get pilaf (rice with meat sauce) or roasted kebab. The kebab can be lamb, pork or beef.

Fish is everywhere and served fresh. You have trout in small rivers. The specialty of Shkodër is carp. Along the coast, you have all kinds of fish such as perch, bream, and hake.

What are the few typical Albanian dishes?

Albanian lamb is prepared with butter, eggs, yogurt, flour, parsley, and dill. Përshesh was originally a poor meat dish, but nowadays one of the top dishes of, for example, the King’s Park Hotel. Old bread is mixed with egg, salt, and oil. Then the meat broth is added. It is completely absorbed by the bread. This is served with white wine. A special treat is salce kosi, made from thick home-made yogurt. Other desserts are halva (a sweet pastry), xupa (similar to pudding) or sheqerpare (traditional biscuts in syrup).

What is the time difference with the Netherlands?

There is no time difference

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