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MH Travel Agency organizes a food experience tour in the world-famous restaurant "Mrizi i Zanave" in Albania. After several years of searching for the best food experience restaurant in Montenegro and neighboring countries, we found Mrizi i Zanave as the absolute winner. The popularity of this place started immediately after the restaurant has been opened in 2010. The main concept of the brothers, owners, and chefs Altin and Anton Prenga is to use the best quality of organic ingredients, prepare only local food and sell it at a very fair price, which made their restaurant the best in Albania. The second part of the tour is a visit to the city of Shkodra and the famous Rozafa Castle. It will be the perfect end of a beautiful day.
Type of the tour: Agritourism tour, food, and sightseeing
Highlights: "Mrizi i Zanave" Restaurant and Farm, and The City of Shkodra
Duration: 12 hours
Total length: 320 km
Language: English guided tour
8:00 departure from Kotor
8:45 departure from Budva
10:00 departure from Podgorica
12:30 arrival to the restaurant "Mrizi i Zanave"
Lunch and visit the farm of 3 hours
16:00 arrival to Rosafa Castle in Shkoder
Visit Rosafa of 45 minutes
17:00 arrival to the city center of Skhodra
Visit the city center 45 minutes
18:00 departure from Skhodra
19:30 arrival to Podgorica
20:15 arrival to Budva
21:00 arrival to Kotor
NOTE: Due to COVID-19 infection restrictions, the booking is currently closed. Booking will be open as soon as the crossing on the Montenegrin-Albanian border will establish without any travel restrictions.
Full description of the tour you can find HERE.
WHEN AND WHERE WILL WE START?
The tour departs from Budva at 8 in the morning, which is the standard time for all our trips, and after a maximum of 45 minutes drive we will arrive in Kotor where we will pick up the guests, and then we will continue to Podgorica. We will pick up the guests who depart from that city and continue our trip. If guests take the private tour we will pick up them from their accommodations. Also, if guests stay in some accommodation close to our route (for example guests from Tivat), we can pick them up on the main road. Pick-up location can be flexible sometimes if suits guest better than the standard one.
NOTE: MH Travel Agency is the only one in Kotor that organizes excursions to Albania. That makes that the guests from Kotor will spend 14 hours on the tour. If we don't have guests from Podgorica on the tour, we will go straight to the Sukobin border crossing, much closer to the cities of Kotor and Budva.
WHERE WE WILL GO?
We will go to the farm and the restaurant Mrizi i Zanave and the city of Shkodra
MRIZI I ZANAVE FARM (MRIZI I ZANAVE AGROTURIZËM)
The restaurant is located 30 km far away from the city of Shkodra in the village Fishtë in Lezhë District. After we pass the border crossing we will go straight to the restaurant and arrive there between noon and 13:00 depending on the time spent at the border crossing. Mrizi i Zanave is an agrotourism complex spread on 3 hectares that consists animal farm with cows, ducks, goats, horses, turkeys, chicken, sheep, ostriches, pheasants, rabbits as well as vineyards, olive groves, and gardens.
Also the Mrizi i Zanave complex has modern production of their cheese, juices, jams, sauces, and smoked ham, wine productions, ceramic production of souvenirs, a food shop, a lovely guesthouse with several suites rooms, and a restaurant with 200 seats. But, this is not enough. More than 400 families and small farmers in the region Pukë supply Mrizi i Zanave every day with 1000 liters of goat and cow milk, fresh meat, and wild treasures: blackberry, wild pomegranate, mushrooms, blueberry, herbs, etc. All the meals are prepared only using seasonal vegetables and fruits.
This is not the place with a-la-cart offers. The restaurant has a daily menu which consists of around 30 traditional Albanian meals. Almost 50% of the meals are vegetarian and vegan. Some meals will be served in the traditional way, but some will have a "wow" effect and will be served in some very original way, which makes the lunch interesting and attractive. The best comes in the end when the average bill per person costs 15 euros, including domestic wine during the lunch and unlimited bottles of spring freshwater.
The lunch starts a few minutes after our arrival, with the starter: salad, various types of cheeses, grilled vegetables, ham, sausages, different pies and breads followed by pasta with blueberries, truffles, or mushrooms. The third course will be meat with potatoes, and the last one is several desserts mostly with fruits. Lunch lasts 2 hours. After lunch, we will have a half-hour visit to the farm where the guests will be able to buy some of their organic products.
Mrizi i Zanave restaurant is fully booked every day. Making a reservation could be "mission impossible" sometimes. If you are tourists who don't have time to wait for weeks to get a table in this restaurant, you can take our tour as an excellent option for visiting and having lunch. We are going there once per week, every Wednesday at lunchtime. In the very case that the customer wants to go on some other day (birthdays, engagements, anniversaries, celebrations, or any other private reason) we can organize it only on demand.
After lunch and a tour of the farm, we will go to the city of Shkodra. Our first stop will be Rosafa Castle located 2 km away from the city center. Rozafa was founded by the Illyrians and was rebuilt several times by the Romans, Venetians, and Ottomans. The ruins of the castle consist of 3 courtyards and several buildings. The oldest still existing building on the castle is the Church of St. Stephen dating from 1319. One of the main reasons for visiting the castle is its location on a 130 m high hill with a panoramic view of Shkodra, rivers Buna and Drin, as well as the southern end of Skadar Lake.
Next to the Rozafa castle is located multiple-domed Lead Mosque (Xamia e Plumbit) which dates back to 1773, when it was built in Ottoman style by Memet Pasha Bushati. The name Lead Mosque derives from the material which was used for the roof and the cupolas. In 1948 the mosque was declared a Cultural Monument which probably also saved it from destruction during the communist years. In 1967 the minaret was destroyed by alighting.
The last stop will be the city center of Shkoder and the most popular pedestrian street Kolë Idromeno known as Pjaca. This part of the city is full of charming cafes, restaurants, and shops. At the beginning of the street, guests will see the Mother Theresa monument (Nene Teresa), who was a Catholic nun born in an Albanian family in neighboring Macedonia. In 1979 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. On the left of the monument, the large Ebu Bekër Mosque dominates, which is the focal point of the local Muslim community.
Across the mosque is the statue of poet Luigj Gurakuqi (1879-1925), who was born in Shkodra. Today, the University of Shkodra was named after him. We will walk slowly to Shatervani Central Park, which is surrounded by City Hall, Gymnasium (28 Nentori), the University, and the Parrucë Mosque. The city center is small, so we will need 45 minutes to see the main attractions. After our visit to Shkodra, we will be heading back to Podgorica, Budva, and Kotor.
Tour is organized by air-conditioned cars, minivans, or minibusses.
Licensed tour guide in the English language.
PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE
Standard lunch costs from 15 to 20 euros per person.
The entrance fee to Rozafa Castle is 2 euro
NOTE: Guests who want to bring their luggage on the tour and finish the tour in another city (Kotor or Budva or Podgorica) can easily do that. There is no luggage fee.
For more info about the tour and booking, contact us on e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (Viber and WhatsApp) at +38269039751
Hope you will enjoy our tour:)
MH Travel Agency Team