Boat tour around Karaburun Peninsula and climbing Mount Çika

Booking code SWHGK 23

5 Days € 490

Travel dates:2017-09-23 to 2017-09-27           Reservation

Travel dates:2017-07-15 to 2017-07-19           Reservation

Walking through the National Park of Llogara and along the Ionian coast.
Summit ascent possibilities: the Peak of Qorre, 2018 m and (optional) the Peak of Çika, 2045 m.
A memorable boat trip around the Karaburun Peninsula.
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, Vlora and the characteristic village Dhërmi.
The vibrant Tirana, the capital city of Albania.
Accommodation in hotels.

Short, intense, diversified: The highest peak of the Ceraunian mountains, the longest and most beautiful Peninsula of Albania, Durrës, one of the most ancient cities of the Balkans and much more. All to be revealed during this travel. Have fun!

Day 1: Durrës, the ancient and modern city   on the Adriatic Sea
The journey begins at noon, immediately after arriving at Tirana airport, and Durrës will be the first stop. The city was founded in 627 BC and has much to tell of its colorful history, beautiful beaches and attractions. We will have time for a short visit to the city and 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 with a special location 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 tour 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 are provided in a hotel in the National Park of Llogara. The park is one of the most beautiful spots in Albania with an evergreen area of 1020 hectares. In the woods, you will find beautiful lawns, numerous natural resources and a variety of birds and animals. (B/L/D)

Day 4: Çika, the highest mountain of the Ceraunian Mountain range, T3+, Wt. 7 - 8 h, Am↑1230 Dm ↓1230.
The hike towards Mount Çika starts early in the morning. The ascent starts right from the national road and continues through a trail in the pine forest. The path follows towards the peak of Qorre (2018 m), which is the 2nd highest summit of Mount Çika and the entire Ceraunian range. On the west, the Mount of Çika goes sharp into the sea: a difference of 2000 meters altitude in less than 5 kilometers distance. Especially on its upper part, there are steep mountain slopes. The trail to the top is visible, but steep and you’ll have to walk on scree. At the summit, you will be rewarded with a magnificent view: wild mountains and paradise beaches stretching along the coast. It is optional that for an additional 2 hours hike on the mountain ridge, we can reach the peak Çika (2045 m). After a short photo break, descent begins. As we approach the park, the trail becomes less difficult and goes through pine trees with very large trunks. Return to the hotel is planned for early afternoon.
After lunch in a restaurant a la carte at the Park, we will travel to Tirana. Dinner will be served in a traditional restaurant where you can choose among various dishes on the menu. After dinner you can have a drink at any of the bars in the neighborhood of "Block" and enjoy the nightlife in Tirana. (B/L/D)

Day 5: 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 day 2, during the trip around the Karaburun peninsula, it is impossible to go back to the restaurant for lunch. 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 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: 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.
•   4 nights hotel accommodation in a double/twin room, with shower or bathtub and toilet.
•   3 x full board (Lunch packet for 1 x 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 Llogara.
•   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