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Albania Packs in Adventure

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | October 14, 2016

Albania Packs in Adventure

PHOTO: Albania packs a lot of beauty into a small space. (Photo courtesy

Tucked away on the Balkan Peninsula, the tiny country of Albania — it’s not much larger than Massachusetts — has an adventurous and diverse landscape. 

“This little nation packs an unexpectedly large punch. Between the Albanian Alps of the north, the vast coastlines in the west and the more rugged countryside of the interior, it’s easy to get your fill of sceneries without traveling all that far,” Auron Tare, founder of Our Own Expeditions, an Albanian-based tour agency, tells Paste Magazine’s Dillon Thompson. 

Tare has a long history with tourism in Albania. According to Paste, he helped establish the nation’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site and his company has been guiding expeditions for 22 years, showcasing the diversity of the small country every step of the way. 

One of his adventures includes the Lord Byron Horseback Tour. 

Tare tells Paste that “the Lord Byron was the company’s first guided expedition, as it was mainly adventure tourists who made the first large-scale journeys to Albania during the post-Communist era of the mid-1990s.”

The Via Egnatia shows off the country’s natural wonders. 

“The Via Egnatia expedition follows the path of the ancient Roman road of the same name. In its imperial prime, the trail was the most popular route between Rome and Constantinople, meaning tour participants are actually walking in the footsteps of figures such as Brutus, Mark Antony and Cicero as they work their way from Durres, Albania, to Thessaloniki, Greece,” writes Thompson. 

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Tare also takes visitors to the northern part of the country. 

“Bringing guests to the country’s northern tip, where the Albanian Alps rise harshly out of green landscapes, the Northern Albanian excursion is all about curating a friendly atmosphere. Vacationers spend four nights at a quaint, mountainside bed & breakfast, eating traditional dishes and exploring the depths of Valbona Valley National Park,” writes Thompson. 

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