ADS is a yacht agent based in Albania offering all visiting yachts and superyachts. A complete range of shore support services. As Albanian coast is relatively. Quickly becoming a traveler hotspot, Albania’s mix of modernity and tradition combined with its stunning scenery has made it one of Europe’s must-see destinations. We round-up some of the country’s most beautiful towns and cities, from historic Gjirokastra to the tiny mountain village of Theth.
Albania. Not likely a country you could point out with confidence on a map, and I’ll admit I couldn’t have done it either before we booked our trip, but my goodness this is one country you should make it a mission to learn where it is and all about it. And then you should put it firmly on your ‘Places to Visit’ list and then go. Sooner than later.
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I read somewhere that ‘Albania is a land to be loved‘ and I love it I do. This love started months ago when Lee and I were looking through some possibilities for tours with his favourite tour company, Cosmos Tours (UK site/US site). We didn’t really have anything specific in mind and we stumbled upon a new tour for them called ‘Mystical Albania‘ that looked intriguing. We didn’t book it right away but it stuck with me, even when we talked about other possibilities I couldn’t get Albania out of my head. There just seemed to be something about it. And there still is.
I thought I was bad before our trip telling everyone I knew how excited I was to be going, despite questions like ‘Why would you go there?’ and ‘Aren’t you afraid of going there?’ Having returned over a week ago and I’m still gushing about how awesome our trip was to anyone that will listen. And now I’m going to gush all about it on here as I share our wonderful week. As we were saying our goodbyes to our guide he asked us to be ‘ambassadors for Albania’ and I couldn’t be happier than to do just that over the coming weeks here on my blog, and then for years and years to come with everyone I share my lifetime travel highlights with.
I’m going to kick the Albania series of posts off with an overview of the day-to-day highlights and some photos. Then over the coming weeks, I’ll go into each day’s sights in more detail, share lots of photos to inspire you, review our accommodations and flights, and describe the new sights, sounds, and tastes we experienced. Albania may be a small country that is poor in economic wealth, but it is very rich in heritage, culture, and spirit. I can’t wait to show you around!After our overnight flight with Turkish Airlines (from Houston via Istanbul to Tirana), we arrived about 9:00 Saturday evening to our hotel inKruja with Lee arriving on his flight at almost midnight. While we waited for Lee, the kiddo and I enjoyed the view from our balcony of the castle all lit up on the hill. Little did I know I’d be seeing that same view a mere six hours later when I was up with the roosters (literally) at 6:20 am! But the view was even better, because now instead of just the castle I could also see the mountains as the sun was rising.
After going back to bed for a couple more hours of sleep it was time to get up and start our first day of the tour which included:
Accommodations:Hotel Panoramain Kruja for two nights.
Today we travelled by coach from Kruja to the second largest port in Albania, called Vlorë. Along the way we made stops at:
Accommodations:Hotel Partner in Vlorë for one night.
Driving through Albania was a feast for the eyes with endless spectacular scenery every day but I think this day was my favourite. Beaches, mountains, and forests. The day had it all.
Accommodations:Hotel Brilantin Saranda for the first night of two nights.
Today we took a little day trip from Saranda for stops at:
Accommodations: Hotel Brilant in Saranda for the second night of two nights.
A big Faleminderit to Ilia for both surprises today! Such a wonderful day.
Accommodations:Hotel Kalemi in Gjirokastra for one night.
Today we were off to the city of Berat, which is another UNESCO site (yes there are three UNESCO sites in Albania!) where we spent a good part of the day visiting inside the walls of the castle for:
Accommodations:Hotel Bleartin Durres for one night.
Sadly our last day in Albania. :-( But it was a busy one as we:
Accommodations:Hotel Doro Cityin Tirana for one night.
John Buchan once wrote, “It struck me that Albania was the kind of place that might keep a man from yawning“, and he wassoright. With so much to see and do there are plenty of reasons to visit this wonderful little country. Even on the coach, when you think you might be bored just driving along, oh no, not at all. Our guide was an excellent teacher and gave us so much information about the people, culture, history, and even memories from his own life growing up in Albania. I found it fascinating learning about what Albania was like, not so long ago, under Communist rule and to compare it to the Albania of today.
As it was a new tour for Cosmos we weren’t really sure what to expect. Would there be glitches, issues, or things overlooked? Very happily we can say that everything about this tour went smoothly and we were well taken care of. Like I said earlier, our coach driver deserved an award for navigating the roads as he did, especially as we were in such a big coach. And our guide, Ilia. We could not have asked for a nicer, more patient, friendly, fun, or more knowledgeable guide to show us around his home country. His love of his country was very evident when he spoke, and that, that made me love Albania even more.
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ADS is a yacht agent based in Albania offering all visiting yachts and superyachts
a complete range of shore support services. As Albanian coast is relatively
unknown, we are focused in bringing quality and stress free service for hasstle
free cruising experience. Wether it’s clearance procedures, supplying the best fuel
at most competitive prices in Europe, or tailor excursion of Albanian unexplored
beauties, we are happy to bring you dedicated and personalised service.
We are dedicated to delivering clients with reliable fuelling service directly from a
supplier, with the guaranteed best price and quality in Europe.
We deliver duty free fuel at any desired time in ports Sarande and Durres.
Some of our satisfied customers include:
S/Y “A”, “Maltese Falcon”, MY “Pacific“, “Christina O”, “Mary Jean II”, “Moon sand”,
“Coco Veinte”, “Mouchka“,“Forty Love“,“Were dreams, “Iman“, “SY Vertigo“
Located perfectly between Italy, Greece
and Croatia, Albania is a hidden gem of
Adriatic with beautiful coast to explore
Our dedicated team is offering a
comprehensive and bespoke service to
superyachts in all Albanian ports
Once the Europe’s Enigma, today Albania’s rumpled mountains, fortress towns and
sparkling unspoiled beaches are becoming new destination of the Mediterannean.
Our agency is a reliable choice for organising you a memorable day exploring
beauties of Albania. We invite you to come with us on an unforgettable experience
Bike racing games. and fully enjoy the treasures that our little country has to offer.
Albania destination services has very strong cooperation with one of the best fuel suppliers in the region – Eida, where its manager Arlind Fida is brother of Indrit Fida, CEO of ADS.