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


Booking code SWHZG 22

8 Days € 690

Travel dates:2018-06-02 to 2018-06-09           Reservation

Travel dates:2018-07-07 to 2018-07-14           Reservation

Travel dates:2018-09-08 to 2018-09-15           Reservation


Walking along the picturesque coast of the Ionian Sea and hiking through the National Park of Llogara

Summit ascent possibility: 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 amphitheatre and Vlora

Accommodation at hotels and the tents



In this journey, we have 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 even have 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, transfer to the National Park of Llogara where we will be accommodated in a hotel. (-/-/D)


Day 2: Llogara, the evergreen national park (800-1400m) and the Qorre Summit (2018m): T3, WT 6h, Am↑1200m, Dm↓1200m

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 Qorre Summit, which rises at an altitude of 2018 meters and is the second highest peak of the Ceraunian Mountains. On the southeast, Mount Çikë goes sharp into the sea: a difference of 2000 meters in less than 5 kilometres. Especially on its upper part, there are very steep mountain slopes. The trail to the top is very visible, but steep and we’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, the descent begins. As we approach the park, the path becomes less difficult and goes through pine trees. The return to the hotel is planned for afternoon. (B/L/D)


Day 3: Caesar’s Pass and the idyllic Grama Bay: T2+, WT 7.5h, Am↑400m, Dm↓1200m

The day will start with the hike towards the Caesar`s Path, 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 Gropat e Zahos and the Gropat e Pirit and then onto the mountain ridge. The descending trail is sometimes steep and sometimes not, mainly on scree, up to Grama Bay - an untouched beach in a special atmosphere, where you can enjoy the nature or bathe in the crystal-clear sea. The sailors who sheltered here over thousands of years have left notes on the cliffs. Accommodation is provided in tents. (B/L/D)


Day 4: The stream of "White Roads" and the characteristic village of Dhërmi (200m): T2+, WT 7h, Am↑350m, Dm↓350m

The hike 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 following 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, the vehicles to transport us to the hotel in the village of Dhërmi, will be waiting. After lunch and a short break, we will 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: T2, WT 3h, Am↑350m, Dm↓250m

After breakfast, transfer to the starting point of our hike. We will descend towards the bay and the beach of Ngjipe, where a break is scheduled. 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 spending some time in Ngjipe, the hike continues to the village of Vuno, from where we will be transferred to our our lunch spot in Jalë. After some free time, in the late afternoon transfer to Radhima near Vlora, where dinner and accommodation are planned. (B/L/D)


Day 6: Boat tour around the Karaburun Peninsula

Right after breakfast, transfer to the port 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 Haxhi Ali, located at the north end of the peninsula. This cave is 30 meters long, 10-15 meters high, and 9.5 meters wide. If the sea conditions permit, we can visit the cave. Our trip continues to the Sazan island, a former cold war naval base, opened last year for the first time to the public. Another break is planned at the bay of Saint Vasil which lies on the eastern side of the Karaburun peninsula. Return to the port in the late afternoon and from there transfer to the hotel in Radhima. (B/L/D)


Day 7: Tirana, a vibrant city 

The day starts with the transfer to Tirana. Upon arrival, time for a short break after which we will travel by cable car to the National Park of Dajti. Dajti with its height of 1613m rises on the east of Tirana and is part of the Kruja mountain range. 

Lunch is planned at a traditional "A la carte" restaurant in Dajti. In the afternoon, we will have time to visit Tirana with its National Historical Museum, the Mosque of Et’hem-Bey and the statue of Skanderbeg. Dinner will be provided in a restaurant in Tirana. After the dinner, you can have a drink in one of the nice bars in the "Blloku" quarter, the most animated quarter of the capital. (B/L/D)


Day 8: Transfer to the airport

The transfer to the airport will be according to your scheduled flight. (B/-/-)



Additional information

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


On days 2, 3, 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 in small boats as close as possible to the shore.


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.


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 travel 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 sent to our agency.

Number of the participants: 12 - 14 people

Included in the price:

• 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

• Selected restaurants "A la carte" in Tirana, Vlora and places along the Riviera

• Luggage transport during the entire journey

• Accompaniment by an English-speaking hiking or culture guide during the entire journey


Not included in the price:

• Any type of insurance

• Any beverages


Surcharges:

€ 20, –/Day Single room supplement


Equipment list

Backpack, approximately 30l

Rain cover for backpack

Hiking shoes/boots (category B/C)

Sleeping pad and sleeping bag (3 season)

Long legged hiking trousers

Waterproof trousers

T-shirts / shirts

Sweater/Jacket: (Recommended Fleece/Wind stopper)

Waterproof jacket

Warm hat

Drinking bottle

Headlamp

Sunhat

Sunscreen

Swimwear

Towel

Sunglasses

Slippers

Toiletry

Wipes

Tissues

First aid kit