MH Travel Agency organizes English-speaking shared or private tours from Kotor, Budva, and Podgorica to Shkodra and Kruje from the 1st of February to the 1st of December (except August). The tour is not exclusively only for our guests. Anyone can book it, and it is organized every Sunday if the minimum group of 10 passengers is reached.Private tours can depart any day. Look at the overview, highlights, itinerary, video presentation, photo gallery, terms, and conditions of the tour.If you like to take a seat on it you can easily make an online reservation, using the button BOOK NOW!
ALBANIA TOUR (SHKODRA & KRUJE) WITH MH TRAVEL AGENCY
DAILY EXCURSION FROMMONTENEGRO TO ALBANIA...DEPARTURES FROMKOTOR, BUDVA, and PODGORICA...HIGHLIGHTS:THE CITY OF SHKODRA and THE CITY OF KRUJE...DURATION: 12-15 HOURS...TICKET PRICE€50.00 (from Podgorica), €55.00 (from Budva), €60.00 (from Kotor)
After many years of experience, we have created an itinerary in such a way that guests do not feel the pressure of a long drive, enjoying every minute spent on it. The tour enters the heart and soul of Albania the last undiscovered country in Europe and has its own rhythm, which is always focused on the maximum experience of Albania, which includes three parts: culture, history, and traditional life. If you do not have enough time to stay in Albania for a few days, but want to visit it, we warmly recommend choosing this tour. We guarantee you will be delighted. Welcome!
WHEN AND WHERE WILL WE START?
The tour departs from Kotor at 8:00 in the morning, which is the standard time for all our trips. After a maximum of 45 minutes of driving, we will arrive in Budva, where we will pick up guests. We will arrive in Podgorica 60 minutes later, picking up the guests and continuing our journey. If guests take the private tour we will pick up them from their accommodations.
The departure point in Kotor is from the ECO PETROL gas station next to the main bus station. The departure point in Budva is from the ECO PETROL gas station next to the hotel Slovenska Plaža The departure point in Podgorica is from the PETROL gas station next to the main bus station.
NOTE: MH Travel Agency is the only one that organizes excursions to Albania departures from Kotor, but guests should be aware that a tour can last up to 15 hours. Because of that, it is not recommended for small kids. If we don't have guests from Podgorica on the tour, we will go straight to the Sukobin border crossing, much closer to the cities of Kotor and Budva.
WHERE WE WILL GO?
We will go to the city of Shkodra, Rozafa Castle, and the city of Kruje.
The closest city to Montenegro is Shkodra where we will go straight after crossing the border. The Shkodra Region is the second-largest among the 12 regions in Albania. Guests will see the slopes of the Prokletije mountain massif, also known as the Southern Alps, and the Albanian part of Skadar Lake. This is one of the oldest and most historic places in Albania, as well as an important cultural and economic center.
When we arrive in Shkodra, we will first walk along the most popular pedestrian street named Kolë Idromeno (1860-1939) who was a famous Albanian sculptor, photographer, architect, and engineer. The street is full of charming cafes and restaurants where we will have a short refreshment, and then we will walk downtown. We will start with the Abu Baker Mosque which is the focal point of the local Muslim community that dominates the center of Skhodra. This mosque is also known as the Al-Zamil Mosque. It was built in 1995 with funds from Saudi Arabia and Egypt and was extensively renovated in 2008.
At the beginning of the street, guests will see a monument to Mother Teresa (Nene Teresa) and a statue of the poet Luigi Gurakuqi (1879-1925), who was born in Shkodra. Today, the University of Shkodra was named after him. We will walk slowly to Shatervani Central Park, which is surrounded by City Hall, Gymnasium (28 Nentori), the University, and the Parrucë Mosque. You will also see old people playing traditional metal dominoes, which is a very common game in Albania.
ROZAFA CASTLE (KALAJA E ROZAFËS)
After touring the city center we will go to Rozafa Castle 2,5 km southwest of the center of Shkodra. One of the main reasons to visit the castle is its location on a 130 m high hill with a panoramic view of Shkodra, the rivers Buna and Drini, as well as the southern end of Skadar Lake. Rozafa Castle was founded by the Illyrians and was later rebuilt several times by the Romans, Venetians, and Ottomans. The ruins of the castle consist of 3 courtyards and several buildings. The oldest still existing building on the castle is the church of St.Stephen dating from 1319.
Next to Rozafa Castle, there is a lead mosque with several domes (Xamia e Plumbit) dating from 1773, when it was built in the Ottoman style by Memet-pasha Bushati. The name Lead Mosque comes from the material used for the roof and domes. The visit to the castle lasts about 45 minutes after which we will continue our journey to Kruje.
The town of Kruje is located 30 km before Tirana between Mount Kruje and the river Ishëm. Kruje is an important tourist center in Albania. The name “Krujë” is thought to have originated from the word “front head” (water source) because Kruja has many springs. This area gave Albanian history the name of Albania as the first state-Albanian feudal principality of Arber. The Albanian national hero Skanderbeg chose Kruje as the capital of the country.
At the Skanderbeg Kastrioti Museum in the Old Town of Kruja, guests will see exhibits from the era of Illyrians and Romans, then Skanderbeg's works, publications, paintings, sculptures, documents, weapons, study room, library, etc. The town of Kruja is rich in cultural monuments, ethnography, and archeological sites. Kruja has been declared a "city of heroes" as one of the most famous Albanian cities. The museum was restored during the period of communist isolation.
The city’s castle and its historical museum are certainly the two most important attractions, including the characteristic cobbled street of the Old Bazaar, which has 70 traditional shops where guests can buy traditional products: copper utensils, folk costumes, wool products, silver jewelry, carpets, handicrafts, embroidery, antiques, and a lot of handmade souvenirs.
And finally, a traditional lunch will be the best end of the tour. Albanian food is very tasty and very organic. In the case that we need to wait at the border longer, we will skip lunch. After lunch, we will be heading back to Podgorica, Budva, and Kotor.
NOTE: In the case of very hot weather, we will first visit Kruje in the mountainous area, and then we will visit Skhodra. It will be more pleasant to hike up to Rozafa Castle in the afternoon hours.
The tour is organized by middle-class air-conditioned cars or minibusses. Our tour to Shkodra and Kruje goes directly via border crossingsBozaj(MNE)/ Hani i Hotit (AL) close to the city of Podgorica. If we will have only guests from Kotor and Budva (not from Podgorica), we will go directly via border crossingsSukobin(MNE)/ Muriqan (AL), close to the city of Ulcinj.
Albania is not part of the European Union, so the Schengen Visa is not required.
The price of the private tour is per car, not per person. The maximum number of guests in the car is 4. The private tour from Kotor costs 240 euros, from Budva is 220 euros, and from Podgorica is 200 euros. Private tours can depart any day.
We give a discount for groups of more than 10 people.
Licensed tour guide in the English language.
THE PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE
Entrance fee for Rozafa Castle of 4 euros.
Entrance fee for the Museum in Kruje of 4 euros
Guests can use their own food and drink (breakfast and lunch are not mandatory).
NOTE:Guests who want to bring their luggage on the tour and finish the tour in another city (Kotor or Budva or Podgorica) can easily do that, in the case that we will have guests from all 3 cities on the tour. There is no luggage fee.
WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE ALBANIA TOUR-SHKODRA AND KRUJE
MORE PHOTOS OF ALBANIA TOUR SHKODRA AND KRUJE CAN SEEHERE
BOOKING AND PAYMENT
Tour tickets can be bought online via the BOOK NOW! option, or directly at the reception of Montenegro Hostel B&B Budva (address: Vuka Karadzica 12, located in the old town of Budva GPS Latitude 42,278238 Longitude 18,837430). and Montenegro Hostel B&B Kotor (address: Stari Grad 333, located in the old town of Kotor GPS Latitude 42,424562 Longitude 18,771051). The last online booking can be made until 21:00 (9 pm) the day before departure. After that time, the ticket can only be purchased at the hostel's reception until 22:00 (10 pm) the day before departure.Guests who stay in Podgorica can book only online.
Hope you will enjoy our tour:)
MH Travel Agency Team
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
INTRODUCTION MH Travel Agency (hereinafter called 'the Agency'), guarantees the authenticity of the displayed visual and written data related to the accommodation unit characteristics in its offer available at www.montenegrohostel.com as well as the authenticity of the conditions of the same offer. By taking one or more offers of the Agency the client enters a legal relationship with MH Travel and confirms that he/she accepts the General Terms And Conditions of Accommodation Reservation Service (hereinafter called 'General Conditions'), which are presented here. All the details stated in the offer represent the legal obligation of the client as well as MH Travel. The General Conditions represent the basis for the settlement of any possible dispute that may arise between the client and MH Travel. The client is advised to read the General Conditions carefully prior to any advance payment.
1. BOOKING AND PAYMENT
Purchasing tickets for tours is possible electronically by completing the online form on our site. Reservations are only possible by paying the entire amount on our website before departure. After we receive the entire amount we will send you the confirmation of reservation and the voucher that consists of the details of the relevant arrangements (details of the host, guest details, date of arrival and departure, and also other services that the guest has paid). The payment can be made by credit card (Visa, Master...), (the agency bears the bank charges). By making the payment of the reservation the client certifies that he/she is completely familiarized with all the details and conditions under which the reservation of the accommodation service is provided. By making the payment all the conditions and terms specified in this contract become a legal obligation for both the client and the Agency.
2. CHANGES AND CANCELLATIONS BY CLIENT
If the client wants to cancel the reservation, the client must submit the request in written form by e-mail.
Online purchased tour tickets are possible to cancel free of charge up to 7 days before departure, only in the case that the transfer is still not confirmed and the money funds are only authorized, not fully charged.
If the minimum group is reached after the booking, when the customer automatically gets the online ticket and the ticket is fully charged, then the cancelation is not 100% free of charge. The cancelation fee costs 10% of the card ticket and 90% of the ticket amount will return to the customer's card. This cancelation is possible to do any time from the moment of booking up to 7 days before departure.
For a cancellation occurring from 7 to 0 days before the start of using the reserved service, MH Travel charges 100% of the total price of the tour ticket booked.
3. AGENCY’S OBLIGATIONS
MH Travel is responsible for the execution of services and selection of the service providers. and concerns about the rights and interests of the client in accordance with good practices in tourism. MH Travel is responsible for assure that the client receives all the services he/she has booked and is therefore liable to the client for a possible non-provision of the services or a part of the services the client paid for. MH Travel is not responsible if the non-provision of the service is due to a case of force majeure in the client's country or in the country where the service is to be provided (war, riots, strikes, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, official authority interventions, etc.). MH Travel has the right to cancel the transfer in the very case of unpredictable situations, which cannot be controlled by an agency (earthquakes, floods, closing borders, etc). In that case, we will refund the full amount of the tour tickets to the guests.
Albania tour to Shkodra and Kruje has to have a minimum number of passengers (10 in total) to be organized. The agency charges booking amounts for transfers, tours, and activities ONLY after the minimum number of passengers is reached and the transfer, tour, or activity is confirmed by e-mail. Agency has the right to cancel transfer, tour, and activity up to 720 minutes (12 hours) before departure if the minimum of participants is not reached.
This cancellation is free of charge.
5. TRAVEL INSURANCE The cost of the trip does not include the travel insurance 'package': insurance against accidents and illnesses that may occur during the trip, damage or loss of luggage, or voluntary health insurance. When confirming the reservation online, the Traveler has to accept these General Terms and Conditions by selecting a payment method and completing the reservation confirmation process. The same applies to reservations confirmed and completed via e-mail. Should the Traveler request additional insurance, arrangements can be made directly with the insurance company or at MH Travel itself wherein the Agency acts only as a mediator.
6. COMPLAINS The client reserves the right to complain in case of any incorrect photographs and information published on the site. The client is not entitled to complain about any other grounds, including bad weather conditions, traffic jams, or any other similar situation or event that may cause the client's dissatisfaction, and is not in relation to the quality of the reserved transfer service. Any justified complaint about deficiencies will be resolved on the spot. If the service provider is not able to resolve the reported deficiencies, and MH Travel cannot propose any alternative tour, the client will get a full refund of the amount paid.
7. ARBITRATION If the guest is not satisfied with the solution offered by the agency he/she has a right to take the issue to the court jurisdiction of Podgorica.
8. NOTICE By making the advance payment or paying the entire arrangement amount the guest accepts these general terms and conditions.
ALBANIA TOUR (SHKODRA & KRUJE)
Buna River and the city of Shkodra
Kolë Idromeno Street
Ebu Bekr mosque
Pedestrian area in the city center
Mother Teresa monument
viewpoint at Rozafa Castle
Roman well at Rozafa fortress
View of the Drin river from Rozafa fortress
Ebu Bekr mosque
traditional Albanian food
Fatih Sultan Mehmet mosque
Venetian Catholic church St. Stephen
Traditional city center
Monument Luigj Gurakuqi
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Kolë Idromeno pedestrian street
inside Rozafa Castle
bunker next to the Rozafa Fortress
28 Nëntori street
traditional lamb with potatoes
Venetian church from the 13th century at Rozafa
cobblestones towards Rozafa fortress
inside the Rosafa Fortress
Kolë Idromeno street
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the main bridge over the Buna river
city hall of Shkodra
"Marubi" National Museum of Photography
traditional bazaar in Kruje
Skanderbeg and his warriors inside the museum
National History Museum in Kruje
Mural about the Ottomas battle for Kruje
Bazaar in Kruje
The Illyrian part of the museum in Kruje
Ruins of Fatih Sultan Mehmet mosque
the medieval part of the museum in Kruje
viewpoint at the museum
Skanderbeg's working room
handmade carpets in Kruje
traditional local musician in Kruje
View of Mt. Kruje from the Museum
Tower of Kurja
the communist part of the museum
traditional souvenir shops in Kruje
Murad Bej Mosque in Kruje
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Panorama of Kruje
library in the museum
terrace of the museum
Stained glass wall in the museum
Museum of Kruje
paintings, films, coats of arms and books dedicated to Skanderbeg