Boat tour around Karaburun Peninsula and ascending Mount Qorre


Booking code SWHGK 23

5 Days € 430

Travel dates:2018-07-15 to 2018-07-19           Reservation

Travel dates:2018-09-23 to 2018-09-27           Reservation

Walking through the National Park of Llogara and along the Ionian coast

Summit ascent possibilities: Qorre, 2018 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 second highest peak of the Ceraunian mountains, 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 town on the Adriatic Sea

The journey begins at noon, immediately after arriving at Tirana airport, and Durrës will be the first stop. The city, founded in 627 BC has much to tell of its colourful story, beautiful beaches and attractions. We will have time for a short visit of the city, its Roman amphitheatre and a drink at 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 can enjoy not only the view, but also the delicious cuisine. (-/-/D)


Day 2: 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 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+, WT 4h, Am↑250m, Dm↓250m

This day begins with the transfer to Palasa, the starting point of our hike. We will follow the path, which runs parallel to the sea up to Saint Andre bay. During the entire hike 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 by boat to the beach of Dhërmi.

Here, the lunch in a restaurant by the sea, and a visit to the village, which is situated on a hill, 200 meters above sea level, are planned. 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 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 sites in Albania with a total area of 1020 hectares. In the woods, beautiful lawns, numerous natural resources and a variety of birds and animals are to be found. (B/L/D)


Day 4: Llogara, the evergreen national park (800-1400m) and the Qorre Summit (2018m): T3, WT 6h, Am↑1200m, Dm↓1200m

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 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, the descent begins. As we approach the park, the path becomes less difficult and goes through pine trees. Return to the hotel is planned for the early afternoon.

After a coffee break, we will travel to Tirana. Dinner will be served in a traditional restaurant where you can choose among various dishes on the menu. In the evening 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 5: 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 & 4, 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 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

• 4 nights hotel accommodation in a double/twin room, with shower or bathtub and toilet

• 3 x full board (Lunch packet for 2 x lunch)

• Dinner on the arrival day and breakfast on departure day

• Selected restaurants "A la carte" in Tirana, Vlora and Llogara

• 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)

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