Choose Balkans: Albania Discovery Tour: Explore the Stone City of Gjirokastra

Albania Discovery Tour: Explore the Stone City of Gjirokastra

Tirana, Albania

Choose Balkans

Social Enterprise

11-13 hours
From$123 USDper person

Choose Balkans is a social enterprise that creates a sustainable tourism environment that supports the local economy and helps preserve the valuable traditions and folk treasures of the Balkan region.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the ancient town of Gjirokastra while supporting communities affected by violence.
  • See stunning sites such as the Gjirokastra’s Kala and the old city.
  • See the homes of historical figures.

Revenue is invested in books, food, and clothes for communities in confinement due to blood feuds.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Any day by appointment

  • Start Time

    7 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Duration

    11-13 hours

  • Good For

  • Languages

    English, French, Italian

  • Weather

    Tour will be cancelled or postponed in case of inclement weather

  • Tour Participants

    1 to 12

  • Difficulty

    Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Comfortable clothes, Water, Sunscreen lotion

  • Volunteer Opportunities


Tour Description

During this 11-13 hour day tour, you will visit the town of Gjirokastra (or Gjirokaster), the “Stone City” situated on the eastern slope of mountain “Mali i Gjere”. Gjirokastra is an ancient remnant of the Ottoman empire. It features a beautiful medieval castle district, a lively lower town consisting of grand houses draped on steep hillsides, an a lot of art and culture. It is known also as the birthplace of many famous figures of Albania.

Your itinerary will include visits to:
The fort (Gjirokastra’s Kala)
The old city
Museum of Weapons
The neighbourhood and house of Enver Hoxha, a former Albanian communist Dictator
The neighborhood and house of Ismail Kadare, a renowned writer and candidate for Nobel Prize
The polyphonic festival stage inside the castle

Tour Start Address

Blv. "Bajram Curri" Building - 112 , Number - 19/1 or Hotel pickup, Tirana, Albania

How To Get There

The tour start address is 10 mins from Skanderbeg Square by Bus( unaza). Nearest public transport stop: Ekspozita or Hotel Pick up on request

More About Choose Balkans


To promote adventure and geo-tourism attractions in the Balkan region.