Hi there - We have been on a daytrip to Albania twice - and I highly recommend it. On the first trips we went to see Buthrint and areas close to Saranda - and last year we went again and did a trip to a very old traditional village Gjirokastre - which was very interesting. On both occasions we went with a young Albania guy, who has a small tour operator Sipa Tours. They go in small groups and it is well worth taking the trip.
Yes we went to Albania about 3 weeks ago and booked through value plus in Sidari. It was an amazing day and well worth a visit. We nearly went about 14 years ago, and now wish we had so we could compare the differences. It is now 'work in progress' with loads of new buildings and hotels being constructed for te move to opeing the place to tourists. We also went on the Brutini visit and that was so interesting, a really good day out and thoroughly recommended.
Message posted by Nicola89 on 23 May 2008 at 9:41pm - IP Logged
how much roughly are the trips to albania? Do you need visa to go there to?
The trip will cost (again I can only give what we paid through Value Plus) 20 euros for the boat trip which was with Ionian cruises you then have to pay 9 euros port tax when you get on the boat and 19.50 euros for the guided tour and buffet lunch (which was an eat as much as you like and delicious)You do need to show your passports when booking the trip and details are taken at time of booking and again you show your passport when boarding the boat. You always used to get the passport stamped, they do not do this now but if you request it they will stamp it for you. On arrival at the port (before boarding) you will have the chance to buy duty free. If you purchase cigs please be aware they will let you buy as many as you like to take with you, but because Albania is not EU you are only allowed to bring back 200 per person. So do not be tempted to buy loads because they are only 15 euros per 200, you will not get them back into Corfu if you exceed this limit. Also the currency is different. With value plus we were picked up at the port in Albania and taken to a restaurant for a drink before we went on our guided tour. At this restaurant there was a guy changing euros into albania currency with no commision, when we returned for our buffet lunch any money you had left he changed back into euros again with no commision, so a really good service. So check with the agent you are booking with to see what service they are actually offering within the price. It really is a great day and worth every penny (euro)
Message posted by Nicola89 on 23 May 2008 at 10:09pm - IP Logged
Thanks for your help! Think i may do it. Would be good to see somewhere else.
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