Hiking in Albania

Hiking in Albania

This fascinating, lesser known Mediterranean country has a pristine, rugged and wild landscape waiting to be discovered. It wasn’t until the collapse of the People’s Socialist Republic of Albania in 1991 that the world got its first glimpse of the country within. Our trek is focused in the remote Albanian Alps in the north, where ancient blood feuds and folklore mark its past. We explore the remote regions of Theth and Valbonë on foot, where Agricultural life has remained unchanged for centuries. We then have time to explore the historic towns of Berat and Krujë and delve into the captivating history of this hospitable country.

Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVAL IN ALBANIA – TIRANA (17 KM)

Stop At: Tirana, Tirana, Tirana County
Meeting at the airport with our representative and transfer to the hotel. Start the tour from Skanderbeg Square and National Museum, then you continue to see other important buildings: Palace of Culture, Opera House, National Library, Mosque of Ethem Bey, the Clock Tower, Tirana Castle, Parliament, Ura e Tabakeve, National Art Gallery, mean government buildings, catholic and orthodox cathedrals, the Pyramid, Prime Minister building, Palace of congresses, Mother Teresa Square, Archaeological Museum (there are presented many archaeological discoveries since the Stone Age up to the Medieval), Presidential palace, Ex-Blloku (which used to be the most beautiful and protected zone were the ex-communist leaders families lived). Visit the Cold War corner (one Bunker, part of famous Spac Political Prison, and a piece from Berlin Wall). Overnight in Tirana.
Duration: 3 hours

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

Day 2: TIRANA – SHKODRA – THETH (180 KM)

Stop At: Shkoder, Shkoder, Shkoder County
After breakfast we will drive to Shkodër. Shkodra is the cradle of the most important Albanian poets, like Migjeni, painters like Kol Idromeno and Edi Hila, and photographers, the Marubi Family. Shkodra houses the haunting Marubi National Photography Museum, which displays the first photo taken in Albania, and the Venice Art Mask Factory, where a local master produces the same intricate masks used in the Venice carnivals and Las Vegas shows. A city of myths and legends, the foundations of the famous Castle of Shkodra are said to be held by the body of Rozafa, the beautiful young mother who sacrificed herself for it. You will find that this naturally beautiful city has an abundance of mirrors in the Adriatic Sea, the Lake of Shkodra and the Buna River. Otherwise called the “city of bicycles,” the city’s views are best admired while pedaling in the open air.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Theth, Theth, Shkoder County
Our journey continues into the breathtaking Albanian Alps and Theth National Park, an area admired for its rich flora and fauna. After checking into our quaint guesthouse in Theth, we set off on a gentle walk through the valley nestled between the wonderful surrounding peaks, gaining an insight into agricultural life as we pass locals going about their day. We continue to the Roman Catholic Church of Theth, built in 1892, which was once used as a health center during the communist regime. The highlight, however, is a visit to the shutting tower (or lock-in tower) of Theth, known locally as ‘Kulla’. These historic stone ‘lock-in towers’ were used for protection of families that were involved in blood feuds and this is one of the few that remains today. Overnight on Theth.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: 3-4* Guest House in Theth.

Day 3: THETH

Stop At: Theth National Park, Rruga Nikgjonaj Rruga Nikgjonaj, Nr.18, Theth 4009 Albania
After breakfast we will visit Theth Valley which is predominantly an agricultural region, where age-old farming practices and horse-drawn carts are still used today. We observe rural life as we begin walking to Grunas Waterfall. From here we continue on to Nderlyse where we find a string of natural water pools and a feature known as the ‘Blue Eye of Kapre’. There is an opportunity to swim here, so don’t forget your swimming things. Overnight in Theth.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: 3-4* Guest House in Theth.

Day 4: THETH – VALBONA (6 hr walking)

Stop At: Valbona, Valbona, Kukes County
After breakfast we walk through some of the wildest scenery into the Tropojë District, known as the home of Albanian folk culture. We firstly ascend through forests and alpine pastures to reach the Valbonë Pass (1800 m), from where we take a few moments to enjoy the spectacular views down Valbonë and Theth Valleys. We then follow a trail which brings us alongside the Valbonë River, passing some beautiful waterfalls along the way. We finish at the quaint village of Rragam, where the minibus will wait for us to transport us to our hotel. Overnight in Valbona.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: 3*-4* hotel in Valbona.

Day 5: VALBONA – KOMAN LAKE – KRUJA (200 KM)

Stop At: Komani Lake, Koman Albania
After breakfast, we drive to Koman. The cross-lake trip from Koman to Fierza lasts for less than three hours and is hailed as one of the top travel experiences in Albania. The ferry ride offers the most wonderful moving panorama of the untouched landscape surrounding the lake. At times narrow and surrounded by canyons and at others wide and expansive, the view on the ferry is full of gorgeous twists. With the exception of the winter months, the Koman ferry runs for the majority of the year, as locals also use it for regular transportation needs. However, the best time to visit this area and experience the magical “fairy” ride across the lake is in the summer.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Kruje, Kruje, Durres County
We then drive for another 2.5 hrs to Kruje, the center of Skanderbeg’s resistance to the Ottoman invasion in the 15th century. This afternoon we walk to Kruje mountain, at the top we will be rewarded with fantastic views of Kruja and of the Adriatic sea. Overnight in Kruja.
Duration: 2 hours

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

Day 6: KRUJA – BERAT (UNESCO) (135 KM)

Stop At: Berat, Berat, Berat County
After breakfast we travel to Berat. On arrival, we enjoy a guided tour around the old district of Berat, with its pretty white buildings perched on the hill amid pine forests. Our tour includes a visit to the Ethnographic Museum (a 18th-century Ottoman house) and the King Mosque. We walk through the narrow cobbled streets to finally reach Berat Castle on the slopes of Mount Tomorr, where we are rewarded with breathtaking views. Within the castle walls are dwelling houses and the Onufri Museum (Museum of Iconography). There is free time to enjoy the other sites of Berat or to perhaps absorb the relaxed cafe culture on the promenade. Overnight in Berat.
Duration: 6 hours

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

Day 7: BERAT (UNESCO) – TIRANA AIRPORT (120 KM)

Stop At: Tirana, Tirana, Tirana County
After breakfast we drive to the Airport. End of our Service.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

Informacion Adicional
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"18+"
"Not recommended for travelers with back problems"
"Not recommended for pregnant travelers"
"No heart problems or other serious medical conditions"
"Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level"
"This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate"



Horário de Início: 8:30 AM
Duração: 7 Days
Ponto de partida: Traveler pickup is offered
We will pick up at airport

Airports

  • Rinas Airport, Tirana Albania



Cancelamentos e reembolsos: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Incluído

  • 6x Breakfast
  • 1x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 6 nights
  • Driver/guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Horses for luggage
  • Entry/Admission - Komani Lake

Não Incluído

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • All Fees and Taxes

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