The National Park of Llogara and the Ionian Coast: Hiking & walking, sea & sun.

Booking code SWHZG 22

8 Days € 690

Travel dates:2017-07-08 to 2017-07-15           Reservation

Travel dates:2017-09-09 to 2017-09-16           Reservation

Travel dates:2017-06-03 to 2017-06-10           Reservation

Walking along the picturesque coast of the Ionian Sea and hiking through the National Park of Llogara.
Summit ascent possibility: the Peak of Qorre, 2018 m.
A memorable boat trip around the Karaburun Peninsula.
Accommodation and visits to various villages along the coast: Dhërmi, Ngjipe, Jali.
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 city of Durrës, a visit to its amphitheater and Vlora.
Accommodation at hotels and the tents.

In this journey organized for you, we have very well combined walking and hiking with entertainment and seaside relaxation. After descending 2,000 meters, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the sun in peace and bathe in the crystal-clear sea. The main destination of the travel is Karaburun Peninsula and part of the Ionian coast. But you will be even allowed some time to visit Tirana, the capital city.

Day 1: Durrës and Vlora - two of the prettiest cities on the coast
The journey begins immediately after arriving at Tirana airport at noon and Durrës is the first stop. Founded in 627 BC, the city is an important tourist destination of Albania because most tourists visiting the country relax on the beaches around it. A coffee break is planned here in one of the bars on the seaside promenade. The journey continues in the direction of Vlora, the city with a very long coastline that stretches between the Adriatic and Ionian seas. Dinner is planned in one of the most beautiful restaurants near the sea where you can enjoy fresh fish or sea fruits. After dinner, we will be driven to the National Park of Llogara where we will be accommodated in a small, but comfortable hotel.(-/-/D)

Day 2: Llogara, the evergreen national park (800 - 1400 m) and the mountain peak of Qorre: 2018 m. T3, Wt 6 h, Am↑1200 Dm ↓1200
The National Park of Llogara is one of the most beautiful sites in Albania with a total area of 1020 hectares. Today's destination is the Peak of Qorre located on the Mount of Çikë, which rises at an altitude of 2018 meters and is the second highest peak of the Ceraunian Mountains. On the west, the Mount of Çikë goes sharp into the sea: a difference of 2000 meters in less than 5 kilometers. Especially on its upper part, there are very steep mountain slopes. The trail to the top is very visible, but steep and you’ll have to walk on scree. At the top you will be rewarded with a magnificent view: wild mountains and paradise beaches stretching along the coast. After a short photo break, descent begins. As we approach the park, the path becomes less difficult and goes through pine trees with very large trunks. Return to hotel is planned for afternoon.(B/L/D)

Day 3: Caesar’s Pass (Qafa e Cezarit) and the idyllic Grama Bay: T2 +, Wt 7 - 8 h, Am↑400 Dm ↓1200
Day 3 will start early in the morning towards the path of Caesar, which begins near the hotel. In 48 BC, during the Roman civil war, on his way to Orik, Julius Caesar crossed the mountains through this pass, which was later named after him. We will walk through the woods toward the “Pits of Zaho"(Gropat e Zahos) and the "Pits of Piri" (Gropat e Pirit) and then onto the mountain ridge. The descending trail is sometimes steep and sometimes not, mainly of scree, up to Grama Bay, following the ridge of the mountain. The walk ends around noon at Grama Bay - an untouched beach in a special atmosphere, where you can enjoy nature or bathe in the crystalline sea water. The sailors who sheltered here over thousands of years have left notes on the cliffs. Accommodation is in tents .(B/L/D)

Day 4: The stream of "White Roads" and the characteristic village of Dhërmi: 200 m. T2 +, Wt 7 h, Am↑35 Dm ↓35
The walk starts early in the morning while temperature has not yet gone up. The trail goes parallel with the sea and the scenery is very beautiful. The trail is not very steep and in some cases flat. The first stop is at St. Andrew’s Bay, located about 5 km away from Grama Bay. Totally isolated from the rest of the world, the bay has kept its natural beauty intact. After a short break to bathe, we will continue walking toward Palasë, again taking the trail parallel to the sea. The delta on the beach of Palasë is a particular geographical phenomenon, because due to the presence of limestone, it looks always white. It consists of sediments of solid material brought in from the stream of Palasë. It has the shape of a large cone and is called the "Stream of white roads". In Palasa will be waiting the vehicles to transport us to the hotel in the village of Dhërmi. After lunch and a short break we will stroll the countryside, visit the old village and few churches and then have dinner. (B/L/D)

Day 5: 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, the hike 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. 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. After the break, we will continue towards Jalë, which will be reached after walking through a partially steep trail. Here is planned the lunch and free time to enjoy the sun and the clean warm sea. In the late afternoon transfer to Radhima near Vlora, where dinner and accommodation are planned. (B/L/D)

Day 6: Boat trip around the picturesque peninsula of Karaburun
After breakfast, we will be transferred to the port of Orikum, where the tour of day starts. Karaburun is known for its abundant nature attractions and its various archaeological discoveries. The first stop is at the north end of the peninsula, where the 30 meters long, 10-15 meters high and 9.5 meters wide cave of Haji Ali (Haxhi Ali) is found. For a long time, it served as the 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 the hotel in Radhima in the late afternoon. (B/L/D)

Day 7: Tirana, a vibrant city, 110 m
The trip to Tirana begins right after breakfast. Upon arrival to Tirana, there will be time for a short break after which we start first by car and then by cable car to the National Park of Dajti. Dajti Mountain with its height of 1613 m rises on the east of Tirana city and is part of the Kruja mountain range, which is "cut through" by deep river valleys. Its lowest peak of Tujan (1531 m) is north of Dajti.
The mountain is mainly composed of limestone. Lunch is planned at a traditional "A la carte" restaurant in Dajti. In the afternoon, you will have time to visit the city with its National Historical Museum, the Mosque of Et’hem-Bey, the clock tower and the statue of Skanderbeg. Dinner will be provided at a restaurant in Tirana where you can choose among various dishes on the menu. After dinner you can spend some time at any of the bars in the neighborhood of "Block" and enjoy the night life in Tirana. Wt.3 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 days 2, 4 and 6, due to the length of walks, it is impossible to go back to the restaurant for lunch. You will be given a lunch packet with you. The same goes for the day to be spent at the Grama Bay.

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 tour 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: 10 - 12 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.
•   6 nights hotel accommodation in a double/twin room, with shower or bathtub and toilet.
•   1 overnight in a tent
•   6 x full board (Lunch packet for 1 breakfast, 4 x lunch and 1 x dinner)
•   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