Hiking and boat tour: experience the rare beauties of the Ionian Sea.

Booking code SWHG20

8 Days € 680

Travel dates:2017-09-02 to 2017-09-09           Reservation

Travel dates:2017-06-24 to 2017-07-01           Reservation

Walking along the picturesque coast of the Ionian Sea and hiking through the National Park of Llogara.
A memorable boat trip around the Karaburun Peninsula.
Accommodation and visits to various villages along the coast: Dhërmi, Ngjipe, Himara, Porto Palermo.
Opportunities to swim in the clear waters of the Ionian Sea and to enjoy the serenity and privacy of its bays.
The ancient and modern Durrës, a visit to its amphitheater, and Vlora.
Accommodation in hotels.

This journey takes you to some of the most beautiful places of the Albanian Riviera and provides you with the best options to enjoy Albania throughout the diversity it offers. This is a convenient tour for everyone: hikers, families with children of different ages, young people looking for fun and for those loving the sea. We are sure that this will not be your last journey to Albania.

Day 1: Durrës, the ancient and modern town on the Adriatic Sea
The journey begins at noon, immediately after arriving at Tirana airport. Durrës founded in 627 BC has much to tell of its colorful story with beautiful beaches and attractions, will be the first stop. We will have time for a short visit to the city, its Roman amphitheater, and a drink in one of the bars by the sea. The journey continues in the direction of Vlorë, the city with a very long coastline that stretches between the Adriatic and Ionian seas. Dinner and accommodation are planned at a hotel situated by the sea, in Radhimë, near Vlora. Here you will be able to enjoy not only the view, but also the delicious cuisine. Wt.2 h (-/-/D)

Day 2: Boat trip around the Karaburun Peninsula
Right after breakfast, you will be driven to Orikum seaport to start the trip around the Karaburun Peninsula. Karuburun is known for its abundant nature attractions and its various archaeological discoveries. The first stop is planned at the cave of Haji Ali, located at the north end of the peninsula. This cave is 30 meters long, 10-15 meters high, and 9.5 meters wide. For a long time, it served as an army base in the wars against the military vessels of Venice, France and England. If the sea conditions permit, you can visit the cave. Then we continue to the Sazan island, a former cold war naval base, opened last year for the first time to the public. Another bathing break is planned at the bay of Saint Vasil which lies on the eastern side of the Karaburun peninsula. Return to Orikum in the late afternoon and from there transfer to Dhërmi where dinner and accommodation are planned. (B/L/D)

Day 3: Dhërmi: The characteristic village on the Ionian coast, and hike to Saint Andre bay. T2 +, Am50↑Dm ↓50, Wt 4h.
This day begins with the transfer to Palasa, where the hike of the day begins. We will follow the path, which runs parallel to the sea up to Saint Andre bay. The view is magnificent, the terrain is not very steep and sometimes flat. This bay, which is totally isolated from the rest of the world, retains its intact natural beauty, the clean beach and the crystal-clear water. After a short swimming break, we will be transferred to Palasa on a motorboat, and from there to the beach of Dhërmi.
After having lunch in a restaurant by the sea, we have planned a visit to the village, which is situated on a hill at 200 meters above sea level where will arrive after a 2 km-hike. Dhërmi has many old houses with characteristic architecture and the ancient traces of the village belong to the first century BC. We will visit the monastery of Panagia (Panaia) and its church built in the fourteenth century and decorated with engravings of the time. Dinner and accommodation at the same family run hotel in Dhërmi. (B/L/D)

Day 4: Ngjipe and Jalë: two of the most popular beaches on the Ionian coast. T 2, Wt 5h, Am↑100 Dm ↓300
Early in the morning, immediately after breakfast, walking starts through a visible and not too steep trail that is partly running through olive trees to the monastery of Saint Theodora, which is built on rock. Few meters away the Pirates’ Cave, created by the power of the waves, is situated. The cave entrance can be hardly found because of the rocks that hide it. If sea conditions allow, we can even pay a visit to the cave. Hiking continues towards the bay and the beach of Ngjipe, where a break is scheduled for sea bathing. The landscape is very attractive, the beach is clean and the water clear and you can enjoy them in serenity. The canyon of Ngjipe is very deep and its vertical walls are appropriate for climbing. The last stop of the day is Jalë, which will be reached after walking through a partially steep trail. According to the plan, here we are having lunch, dinner and accommodation in a simple, but clean hotel. In the afternoon, you can enjoy the sun and the clean and warm sea, and in the evening you can visit one of the village bars or discos and enjoy the nightlife. (B/L/D)

Day 5: Himara, one of the oldest centers of Christianity in Albania. T1+, Wt.4 h, Am↑ 80 Dm ↓80
The day begins with a short boat trip to the bay, which due to its calm and clear water is called "Aquarium". Before you start hiking to Himara through a visible and not too steep trail, you will be able to swim in the crystal-clear water. On the way to Himara, a stop is scheduled on the beach of Livadh. With its clean beach and the crystal-clear water Himara is an ideal vacation spot. The beach stretches from the city southwards to the small bay and peninsula of Spille. Lunch and dinner are planned in one of the beautiful seaside restaurants where you can choose between various dishes on the menu. Accommodation is also provided at a seaside hotel. (B/L/D)

Day 6: Porto Palermo harbor and the castle of Ali Pasha Tepelena. T1, Wt. 2 h.
Right after breakfast, we will travel southwards to the Harbor of Porto Palermo, which is one of the most beautiful sites of the entire Ionian coast. The harbor has been one of the most important military bases during the Cold War. The tunnel entrance, where submarines used to anchor, is visible from the height of the road. The magnificent castle of Ali Pasha, built by him as a gift for one of his wives, lies on a small island. The view from the castle, over the whole coast, is wonderful. After a short break, we will be driven in the direction of Himara. Visits to some churches and monasteries, as well as lunch are planned there. You will be guests to a Himara family where you can enjoy a cup of coffee in the fascinating view. The journey continues to the park of Llogara where dinner in a restaurant "A la carte" and accommodation are organized. (B/L/D)

Day 7: Llogara, the evergreen park: 800 - 1400m . T2, Wt. 4 h, Am↑300 Dm ↓300
The National Park of Llogara is one of the most beautiful places in Albania with woods, beautiful valleys, countless natural resources, as well as numerous species of plants, animals and birds. Walking in the park is planned for the day. After lunch, the return trip to Tirana starts. There you will have time for a walk in the city and dinner at a traditional restaurant, where you can choose between various dishes on the menu. After dinner, you can spend some pleasant moments in one of the “Block” area bars. Wt.2 h. (B/L/D)

Day 8: Transfer to the airport, after breakfast according to the flight schedule. (B/-/-).

Additional information

If you are coming in a prearranged group, you can pick the date of this tour yourself.

On the second day, we will not be able to stop for dining in restaurants, while sailing around the Karaburun peninsula. Thus, during the day, we will give you a lunch packet. 

Some of the bays along the Ionian coast are totally isolated from the rest of the world and no piers are to be found there. You will be transported with little boats as close as possible to shore, if necessary.

The journey begins right after landing in the airport of Tirana with the noon flight. If your flight is in the evening, it is necessary to come to Tirana one day earlier.

The journey begins immediately after landing at the airport in Tirana where reception is scheduled. If you enter Albania through other border checkpoints and via other routes, we can pick you up against additional charge, enabling your participation in the travel. If this is the case, you should carefully fill in the appropriate field of the reservation form.

Within the journey, the schedule for specific tours may vary depending on weather conditions. Travel & walking guides will adapt the program in the best way allowed by the weather conditions.

If you wish to travel to Albania a few days earlier or extend your journey by a few days, we are at your disposal to further organize your trip according to your wishes. All related services and costs are not included in the tour price and as such will be additionally calculated. For this purpose you should carefully fill in the field "Comments" in the booking form and explain in detail all your desires through an e – mail message sent to the address of our agency.

Number of the participants: 8 people

The price includes:

•   Transfer from and to the airport
•   All trips, whether by bus or boat  according to the program schedule.
•   Entries and visits listed in the program.
•  7 nights hotel accommodation in a double/twin room, with shower or bathtub and toilet.
•   6 x full board (Lunch packet for 1 lunch)
•   Dinner on the arrival day and breakfast on departure day.
•   Coffee and water during all coffee breaks.
•   Selected restaurants "A la carte" in Tirana, Vlora and places along the Riviera.
•   Luggage transport during the journey.
•   Accompaniment by an English-speaking hiking or culture guide during the entire journey.

The price does not include
Any type of insurance.
Any beverages in hotels, restaurants and bars.

Additional cost
A supplement of € 20 /day for a single room.
Tips of about € 30.

Equipment list

Backpack, approximately 20l
Rain cover for backpack
Hiking shoes/boots (category A/B)
Shoes/Sneakers for traveling and sightseeing
Hiking sandals
Telescopic walking poles
Sleeping pad and sleeping bag (3 season)
Long legged hiking trousers
Short legged hiking trousers
Waterproof trousers
T-shirts / shirts
Waterproof jacket
Drinking bottle/ Thermos Flask
First aid kit
Insect repellent