Albania Photo tour – 8 days with Valbona valley

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Albania Photo tour

Itinerary of the Albania Photo tour

Day 1 Arrival – transfer to Shkodra

Meet at the airport with our guide and drive for about 1hour 45 minutes to Shkodra the most important town in the North of Albania. Photo shooting in the old town, the stony street promenade with a big influence from the Italian and Austrian architecture testimony to this town historic links with both these countries. Photo shooting from the castle of rozafa, located at the top of the hill, overlooking the city and the river surrounding it. In Shkodra we can visit the first museum of Albanian Photography, Marubi Museum, with photos from 1800. In the afternoon we can photoshoot as well as local people with folkloric dresses, in the garden area of a local traditional house. Dinner with a traditional menu of the region and overnight in Shkodra. Begin of our Albania Photo tour.

Day 2 Shkodra – ferry ride to Koman lake – Valbona valley

Today we head towards Valbona Valley, one of the highlights of the Albanian Alps. For almost 3 hours we take a  spectacular boat trip through the artificial lake ok Koman. The lake is created by the hydropower stations built on the Drin River. The depth of the lake has given it an opal green color while being surrounded by high mountains, Many visitors call this area as similar to the Norwegians fjords. After the ferry trip, drive through the alpine villages towards Valbona. Valbona Valley is an authentic village, where it looks like time has stopped for many decades. In the valley we can sleep in a alpine-style hotel; in guesthouses or with a local family Dinner can as well be organized in a local family house for a more authentic experience.

Day 3 & 4 Valbona Valley photo shooting  (2 Full days)

During our Albania Photo tour, we will spend 2 days in the village, photo shooting the villages of valbona and nearby, photo shooting the unique flora of the valley and the forests, being between the rugged and breathtaking mountain peaks the panorama makes a festival of colors and contrasts. We walk to the Valbona River, a is crystal clear river well known for its clean water, where visitors can swim, catch fishes and do canoeing and kayaking.

Day 5 Valbona – drive through Kosovo – Prizren *UNESCO – Tirana

Today we leave the village and drive for 2 hours to the Unesco town of Prizren in Kosovo. We take a lunch break and spend time photo shooting in the city, famous for the ottoman style bridge & the castle overlooking the city. Further, we transfer to Tirana in 3.5 hours driver, for free afternoon or evening photoshoot of the city central areas.

Day 6 Tirana & Dajti Mountain

Today we can spend the morning photo shooting in the city, in the old bazaar and touristic areas if the group is interested. If not we can speed the full day in Dajti Mountain. The mountain is located close to Tirana and provides many panoramic spots to overlook the city. The transfer to Dajti mountain is done by the longest cable car ride in the region, which takes more than 15 minutes. In Dajti we can spend the day photo shooting the park, and the view of Tirana from the mountain top.

Day 6 – Shkodra – 2.5 hrs Ferry Trip in Koman Lake – Valbona Valley

This morning on our Balkan Photo tour we take the ferry to Lake Koman, leading to Valbona Valley. A boat trip on Lake Koman is often described as one of the greatest boat rides of the world, passing through magnificent and rugged fjord-like mountain scenery. The boat trip passes between 1000m-1500m high mountains and through a series of deep gorgeous and interconnected lakes, with hardly any signs of human activities on the shores – though occasionally the ferry will stop to let off some hardy peasants, who proceed to climb up the steep hills to their hidden villages.

Day 7 Tirana – Karavasta Lagoon – Tirana

Today we can spend a full day in the lagoon of Karavasta. It is located only 1.5 hrs drive from Tirana and is an amazing spot for landscape and nature photography. It is the largest lagoon in Albania and one of the largest in the Mediterranean Sea. There is a Mediterranian Pine Forest near the Karavasta lagoon, and it contains one of the most interesting faunas of the country. The lagoons provide living conditions and breeding sites above 5% of the world population of this bird. The islands in the lagoon are one of the most important features of the area for the conservation of birds. Although in the past, the Dalmatian pelicans have nested in other parts of the lagoon, they now only nest on these islands, owning to disturbance elsewhere. In addition, many of the other important breeding birds of the lagoon nest on the island because they are safe from predators and human disturbance. These include Collared pratincole (Glareola pratincola) and Little tern (Sterna albifrons).

Day 8 Tirana Return Flight

Free morning in the city and apt transfer. End of our Albania Photo tour.

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April-June / September-October


11 Days / 10 nights

Photographic themes:

Landscape, people, nature, culture,




Valbona Valley,


Dajti Mountain,

Karvasta Lagoon


  • All meals
  • 7-night accommodation in 3* or 4* hotels – BB
  • Privet AC Car based on group size with driver
  • Accompanied English speaking guide with local knowledge of history and culture
  • All entrance for the parks and monuments
  • Ferry ticket and entrance fees in all mentioned sites

  • Professional photographer guidance

Not included:

  • International flights to/from Delhi
  • Optional tours
  • Drinks/sodas
  • Tips and Travel Insurance
  • medical travel insurance
  • Cost for alcoholic beverage
  • Tips for guide, drivers or hotel boys

Getting there:

You will organize your own travel from and to Tirana

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Albania Photo tour

Photography Instructor for Balkan Photo tour

Tim Vollmer

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Tim has devoted his life to photography. Photography has been his long-held hobby and great passion. Tim has always felt drawn to the power and beauty he finds in nature. Tim has been leading photo tours and workshops in Iceland and many different countries over the years. He has had the world as his workplace. He is Photographing everything from the dramatic landscape in Iceland, to the native people in the remote corners of the world and the culture that is unique to each country.

His journeys have taken him around the world in pursuit of memorable travel experiences and the creation of compelling images. His work has been featured in international publications. His images and stories are shared on various internet outlets. As a driven artist, professional, entrepreneur, and adventurer, Tim is eager to share his passion, knowledge in photography, and travel through the tours he designed on his own, or through his partnership with professional photographers from around the globe. Tim and his family lived 11 years in Iceland. Now they are based in the Czech Republic.

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