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Trekking in Albania

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Overview
Despite its small size, Albania offers many activities for its visitors. From mountains to the sea, from archaeological parks to UNESCO heritage towns, from contemporary art museums to incredible hikes: Albania has it all. The country is an exciting destination located on the Balkan trail and is one of the best places to enjoy outdoor activities.
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Itinerary

Day 1: Mother Teresa Airport – Shkodra

Stop At: Mesi Bridge, Rruga Mesit Postribe, Boks, Shkoder 4012 Albania
Meet at airport with our guide and drive for about 1 hour 45 minutes to Shkodra the most important town in the North of Albania. Shkodra was the capital of an important Illyrian Kingdom in the 3rd century BC, with its centre where the Rozafa fortress is situated today upon entry into the modern city. Shkodra was also the centre of the Roman Catholic minority in Albania due to its traditional centuries old ties with Venice. In fact Italian architecture is present also in the buildings of the beginning of the 20th century. We will take a walk in the newly renovated pedestrian area of Italian and Austrian architecture influences, testimony to this town historic links with both these countries. Overnight in Shkodra.
Duration: 4 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: 3-4* hotel in Shkodra

Day 2: Shkoder – Theth

Stop At: Theth National Park, Rruga Nikgjonaj Rruga Nikgjonaj, Nr.18, Theth 4009 Albania
After early breakfast we drive towards Lake Shkoder in Koplik and then turn to the right through lavender fields before starting to climb through stunning limestone mountains . Once the road reaches Boga village, we twist and turn past breathtaking scenery and arrive at the mountain village of Theth in the middle of the Thethi National Park, passing through the neck of Thore. After unloading our discovery equipment we will take a familiarization tour of the village lasting between 3-5 hours, staring with the church of Thethi originally built in 1892, rebuilt and reroofed in 2005. Roughly opposite the church across a field is the “Kulla e ngujimit” or “Lock-in Tower” which can be seen only from outside, testimony to a system of rigid and cruel codes to the modern visitors, but which has regulated an isolated lifestyle in these far away mountains, for centuries. Another inaccessible monument inside, the old water-mill, situated just below the tower was used by the locals to grind corn. Then we walk up the mill, following a footpath leading to the bridge of Gerla which hangs more than 30metres above Thethi canyon which is wide only 2 metres providing a spectacular site. At the wonderful Grunasi waterfall the waters plunges tens of metres into a deep pool, and its crystal clear water is so cold that any thoughts of a swim will be quickly dispelled, the moment it reaches your ankles. Overnight at local guest house in Theth village.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Guests Houth Theth Village

Day 3: Theth – Valbona

Stop At: Valbona Valley National Park, Valbona Albania
Walk to Valbona through some of the wildest scenery into the Tropoje District, known as the home of Albanian folk culture. We walk for about 8 hours through forests and alpine pastures and from Valbona pass (1950m), we take a few moments to enjoy the spectacular views down Valbona and Theth Valley. As we pass Valbona River, some beautiful waterfalls and the quaint village of Rragam, our luggage is transported by horse to the next guesthouse. The National Park of Valbona valley is situated 30 kilometers north-west of the town of Bajram Curri. It has a surface of about 8,000 hectares. This park is considered a miracle of the Albanian Alps offering an amazing diversity in shapes, forms, colors, flora and fauna. The forests and pastures, the rivers and alpine lakes, the miscellaneous flowers, the characteristic houses and the hospitality of the inhabitants altogether create a unique place which can be explored on different levels. Our journey of today will provide you with plenty of material to satisfy your senses and brag about to friends and family. During the communism period , only members of the government, locals and authorized forest technicians and a handful of important visitors from foreign countries with which Albania had political relations – such as Russia, Bulgaria, Poland - were allowed to enter this region needed a special authorization from the government. Luckily the beauty of Valbona is nowadays available for all to explore and respect. Overnight at local guest house.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Guest House Valbona

Day 4: Valbona

Stop At: Valbona Pass, Rruga Azem Hajdari, Bajram Curri Albania
Our route today takes us through beech and pine forests down Rosi Peak and leads us onto the “White Circle”, where we enjoy panoramic views across the peaks and valleys of the Albanian Alps (approx. 6 hours walk). Valbona Valley is part of Tropoja district which in turn falls under the Albanian Alps with numerous mountains reaching a height of above 2,000 meters. There are mountainous massifs like the Eastern Block of Jezerca (its peak is 2,694 meters high). The Block of Maja e Hekurave (2,561 m) is distinguished for its asymmetric slopes and the peak which has a conical form. Shkelzeni peak (2,407 m) lies among the tectonic formations and has a pyramidal shape. The ridge is covered with forests of oaks, beech wood and some conifers up to the carbonic slopes whereas on the top there are some alpine pastures. Overnight at local guest house.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Guests House Valbona

Day 5: Valbona - Koman Lake - Kruja - Tirana

Stop At: Komani Lake, Koman Albania
An early morning departure to take the Koman Lake ferry. A spectacular boat trip through the artificial lake created by the hydro power stations built on Drin River. The depth of the lake has given it an opal green colour while the surrounding mountains have created the magnificent effect of a fjord. After the trip ends we drive toward Kruja, the Albanian center of resistance against the Ottoman invasion led by the Albanian National Hero, Scanderbeg. He kept the Ottomans engaged in Albanian territories for 25 years during the 15th century, thus hampering their progress north into Western Europe. This was recognized by the pope of the time who named Scanderbeg “Athleta Christi” translated Champion of Christ. Visits the Scanderbeg museum where we gain an incredible amount of knowledge about Albanian history, and also Kruja’s Ottoman bazaar, the best place in Albania to find handmade, traditional crafts. After visits depart to the capital Tirana for overnight.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: 3-4* hotel in Tirana

Day 6: TIRANA – KEPI I RODONIT – TIRANA

Stop At: Rodoni Castle, Cape of Rodon Albania
After we continue “Kepi i Rodonit” a wonderful Cape only 55 km from the Capital. Here we take a walk in the beautiful natural small peninsula which has much to offer. As we walk we explore the history of Albania from the 15th century at the Church of St Anthony, one of the oldest in Albania thought to have healing powers, to its communist recent past with anti-aircraft huge bunkers built by the regime thinking of a possible “enemy” Invasion. We walk through lush vegetation for about 2 hours and explore the place called Scanderbeg castle at the edge of the Cape overlooking the sea. After the visit return to Tirana to take a driven tour of the main sites of the capital and visit the National Historic Museum which gives an in depth introduction to Albanian history. Overnight In Tirana.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: 3-4* hotel in Tirana

Day 7: TIRANA – BERAT (UNESCO) – DURRES - TIRANA

Stop At: Berat Castle, Rruga Mihal Komnena, Berat 5001 Albania
After breakfast we drive to Berat known as the museum town of a “one over one windows” due to the fact that its characteristic houses are built on a slope and have many windows which to observes seem as if the windows stand on top of each other. It has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and it is a must visit place in Albania. Berat castle is of particular interest as people still live within its walls in their traditional houses, as have their ancestors for centuries. The castle used to have over 40 churches of which 7 still remain including St. Mary’s church turned into Onufri Museum. Onufri was a famous Albanian Icon master painter of the 16th century who painted many orthodox churches in Albania and Greece, using a special red color. We suggest lunch in the castle at the little place of a family which serves homemade specialties. After visits return to Tirana for overnight with a stop to visit the center of Durres with its ancient amphitheater considered the biggest in the Balkans.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: 3-4* hotel in Tirana

Day 8: Tirana - Airport

Stop At: Tirana East Gate, Rruga e elbasanit, km 5 Rruga e Elbasanit, Tirana 1001 Albania
After breakfast you are left free to explore on your own until time of transfer to Airport for the flight back
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We will pick up at airport
Departure Time
9:00 AM
Duration
8 days
Return Details
Tirana Airport
Inclusions
  • 7x Breakfast
  • Accommodation included: 7 nights
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • All activities
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Round-trip private transfer
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Entry/Admission - Mesi Bridge
  • Entry/Admission - Komani Lake
  • Entry/Admission - Rodoni Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Berat Castle
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • All Fees and Taxes
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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By: Albania Express Travel
14 reviews
kiwibuddy1
Grand Bend, Canada
495288
Wonderful day with Adam
I had the pleasure of having Adam as my tourguide/driver on a day trip from Tirana to Ohrid. First of all, Adam is
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beentheredonethat53
Edmonton, Canada
3612
Excellent 30 day Balkan tour
Thank you to Alma at Albania Express Travel for arranging an exceptional 30 day private tour of 8 Balkan
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terry m
aberdeen
20
Albania..what a gem!!
great place to visit..not a MakkieieD or KFC in sight, no beer bellied, tattooed pond life sporting union jack
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alan2706
Glasgow, United Kingdom
3011
6 day round trip - outstanding guide.
We took a personalised 6 day tour, starting in Budva, Montenegro, and finishing in Tirana. An excellent round
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Maria_91288
Munich, Germany
33
Enjoyable trip with amazing guide
I made this wonderful trip today and can just recommend it to everyone. Shkodra is an amazing place! If you get
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Shubham S
24
Incredible trip around the Balkans
I highly recommend Albania Express Travel for an amazing experience around the Balkans! Special thanks to Alma for
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Giulia B
London, United Kingdom
51
Wonderful day trips from Tirana
We've booked 4 days private trip from Tirana with this tour company. Berat, Prizen, Tirana city tour, Durres and
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Explore623669
10
Excellent tour across the balkans
Great guides and itinerary. Plenty of information provided along the way. Comfortable vehicles and friendly staff.
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dazovic
glasgow
76
trip to kosovo and albania
adam is a great guy, friendly helpful and knowledgeable. he is good fun to travel with, and the transport was very
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Qrempuca
MALTA
135
Albania Trip in November 2018
This company has delivered an excellent service. We were two persons travelling together and Albania Express
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ilturquoise
Ireland
90
A taste of the Balkans
My friend and I paid a visit to 5 Balkan countries including Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Bosnia Herzegovina and
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Margaret S
10
Wonderful trip
Excellent travel and accommodations . Beautiful country and history. Love its culture and exquisite cousin. The
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