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Immerse yourself in the Albanian culture and learn how to cook the most delicious authentic dishes during this holiday. Experience everything this beautiful region has to offer and treat yourself to the healthy options that will be presented to you in the kitchen every day. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy amazing homemade wines and participate in the making, as well as visiting iconic sites that will take your breath away.
Florian Guesthouse and Hotel is a small family run bed and breakfast that was started in 2009. It is located amongst orchards and vineyards in a very authentic part of Northern Albania, just a short walk from the center of Shkoder and a short bike ride to the lake. They have a number of different rooms and all of them are private; except the dormitory, which can be booked individually per bed or on a group basis.
During this holiday, the daily schedule will be very flexible and can adjust to your wishes; however, the typical day will start by cooking breakfast together around 08:00. After breakfast, you will participate in the cooking course with Emmannuella for two hours. You will prepare lunch at 12:00 and after lunch, you are free to explore Shokder at your leisure. Dinner will be prepared at around 18:00 and you can drink wine and chat with the other guests.
You are always free to assist with the meal preparations or simply observe. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a day trip to the lake, to the castle, or to the famous bridge nearby from the Ottoman Empire. On your free time, you can also walk around the orchard and gardens and pick some of the delicious fruits and vegetables that you will find.
A day trip to the lake, castle, or to the nearby bridge dating back to the Ottoman Empire will be part of this holiday's itinerary.
This holiday will take place in Shkoder, Albania. If you are planning on visiting the Albanian Northern Alps, or maybe extending your journey over to Montenegro, Shkoder is an essential stop along the way. You will enjoy exploring the area and tourists are always welcomed and assisted by the Albanian locals in more languages than you would expect.
North Albania Tours serves mainly vegetarian Albanian cuisine, prepared with ingredients grown organically in their own garden. You can also help yourself to the fruit and vegetables in their orchards and gardens. At the guesthouse, you can taste and buy wine that is made by Florian's father. He has made organically grown wine and Rakia for over 45 years.
During this visit, you will be able to see traditional handmade Albanian handicrafts, such as Albanian flags and much more.
During the communist times, most of the prisoners in this jail were Catholic priests or clergy, Muslim imams, and other political prisoners.
Lake Buna is a gypsy settlement and the largest lake in the Balkans.
Built in the 18th century by Kara Mahmud Bushati, the local Ottoman pasha, this bridge is often referred to as the "Lord of the Rings Bridge". It is one of the longest Ottoman bridges in the area and spans the Kir River.
On request, North Albania Tours offers horse-riding tours or they can organize tours to the nearby mountains, rivers, lakes, sea, museums, castles, and different historical places in the countryside. They can also organize discount transportation to Montenegro. An optional mountain ferry tour with hiking is also available at additional cost.
Shkoder has many restaurants that offer traditional meals, including either seafood or mountain food.
Set on a rocky hill, approximately 130 meters above sea level, this imposing fortress has beautiful views of Shkoder and its surrounding areas. It was built by the Illyrians and is more than 1,000 years old.
Coming from Montenegro, turn down from E762 Road towards Shtoj i Ri.
Please book your flight to arrive at Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza (TIA). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request at an additional cost. For more information, please send an inquiry to North Albania Tours.
From the bus station, ask any taxi driver to take you to Florian’s Guesthouse. They should know where it is. The taxi should be no more than 3 EUR or 4 EUR from there.
N 42.099000, E 19.516000