Outdoor Albania is a leading travel agency and tour operator based in Tirana, Albania. We offer group tours, Tailormade tours and Private tours. Our client base is both independent travelers and professional business partners.
Our specialties include one-day and multi-day hiking tours, and Albanian heritage tours. Our tours are focused on both Albanian nature and culture. We have also established ourselves as an authority for outdoor adventure activities in Albania such as cycling, sea-kayaking, rafting snowshoeing and canyoning.
Our tours are itinerary based, nature friendly tours, with a combination of culture - in other words, we show you around the country with stops at several different destinations along the way so that you can see, learn and enjoy as much about your Albania as possible. We don't run package holidays with a single beach resort and we do not sell flight tickets either.
Outdoor Albania is committed to principles of sustainable tourism. We aim to conserve Albania’s rich cultural heritage and natural environments while bringing economic benefits to local people. To achieve this, we count on a wide range of local accommodations, such as family-run guesthouses, and localy owned hotels as suppliers. We arrange reliable local ground transportation and support the Outdoor Albania Association and its various conservation projects.
What transport do we use?
To support sustainable tourism we have decided to work with local transport providers that own the vehicles. We have a reliable network of taxis, mini buses and private coaches, and we work closely with several car rental companies. In addition Outdoor Albania owns Toyota Land Cruisers (8+1) for small groups and off road experiences.
Our logistic experts make it possible to access even the most remote corners of the country at any time of the year. Horse or mule carriage support is also provided in tours away from roads, such as multi-day trekking and mountaineering.
“OA” Tour leaders
All our tour-leaders are fully trained and have a good level of English, Spanish, French and German and are experienced in dealing with western travellers.
Our tourleaders are carefully selected and we value them very highly as we know how important a good tourleader is to the holiday experience of your clients. We are very pleased that most of our tourleaders have been working with us for many years.
Our choice of Accommodation
During many years of operating we have established a trustworthy cooperation with small and bigger sized accommodation providers all around the country.
We do our best to use accommodation which reflects the local area and the famous Albanian hospitality. The hotels we use are comparable with European bed and breakfasts or 2/3 star hotels. In addition we can organize a stay in more luxurious accommodations when/if requested.
If you book a place on a tour joining a small-group departure, or as a private departure, then we will let you know the hotels to be used for your holiday a couple of weeks before your departure. If you have specific requests for particular hotels, then please request a tailor-made tour or book directly online via our accomodation page
Most of our tours shown on our site have regular departures that you may join as an individual, a couple, a family or a group of friends. Joining an Outdoor Albania small group tour is a great way to enjoy Albania at a lower cost, and to also meet some like-minded people along the way. The language spoken during our small group tours is English.
We keep the maximum number in each group small (max 12-18) to improve your experience and relationship with your tour leader and with other members in the group. The minimum number of travelers required for a tour to run is also kept as low as possible (min 3-6) which means that we hardly ever cancel a tour departure. Most tours depart several times per season- exact dates for each tour are given with the tour details on our website, and are also available on request.
Our trips are based on participants sharing twin bedded rooms. If you are traveling alone you will be placed in a room with someone of the same sex. In case your tour runs in the Albanian Alps, we often use guesthouses where you will stay in a dorm with usualy 5 persons per room. In case of a private tour we can also arrange single rooms, in which case you would not be staying at a guesthouse but in a small hotel.
Single room option
“OA” offers the opportunity to pay a supplement and pre-book a single room. However, this is not always possible in the guesthouses in the Albanian Alps.
The “OA” tours are widely regarded for their choice of good cuisine, and we often receive compliments from our guests. Breakfast is always included, some tours are half board and some full board. Soft drinks and alcohol are to be paid by our guests. If you have specific dietary requirements please let us know at booking, although we do ask people to have realistic expectations.
Everyone that travels with “Outdoor Albania” will have slightly different expectations when they arrive on tour. A vital part of tour leaders role is to understand individual expectations and to run the tour in such a way that everyone gets the most out of their holiday. However group tours do have to adhere to the schedule to insure that they run smoothly.
The “OA” tours are Land Only; the prices do not include your flight, nor transport to and from the airport and to the beginning point of your tour. In case you would like to get an organized transfer, please state this in your booking form.
With a tailor-made tour, you can, with help of us, design your own itinerary and decide on your own preferred dates.You can use the itineraries on this website as a starting point to give you some interesting ideas and to show you what is possible. If you contact us with ideas and requirements, we can then customize an itinerary to fit your personal preferences and interests, available dates and budget. We know Albania very well and have years of experience in designing itineraries for our travelers. We are here to help you with creating your own special albanian holiday. Please contact us for more information
All the suggested tours on this website can also be run privately on nearly any date (depending on availability). A private tour is most suited if our small group dates do not fit with your available dates, if you do not want to travel with other people, or if you want extra flexibility and a personal touch in your private tour. You can book the itineraries exactly as they are described including the airport transfers, or the tour can be extended or shortened to suit your travel requirements. Based on your itinerary wishes and the amount of persons joining your group we will give you a price quote on request.
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