The Peak of Qorre and the Ionian coast: a short, intense and diversified trip.


Booking code SWHZGK 24

5 Days € 460

Travel dates:2018-09-08 to 2018-09-12           Reservation

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

Walking through the National Park of Llogara, hiking down to Grama Bay and along the Ionian Coast

Summit ascent possibility: Qorre, 2018 m

A memorable boat trip along the Ionian coast

Opportunities to swim in the clear water of the Ionian Sea and to enjoy the serenity and privacy of its bays

The ancient and modern cities of Durrës and Vlora

Accommodation at hotels and tents



A diverse landscape with high mountains and steep cliffs, gorgeous bays and beaches, as well as traditional villages will accompany you throughout the travel. In this tour, we have combined walking & hiking with relaxation on the coast, so that you have the opportunity to enjoy to the Ionian coast and its entire diversity. We have carefully planned all the stages of this journey, giving you every day the opportunity to discover something new, be active and in touch with nature.


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

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 afternoon.

Dinner will be provided at a restaurant in Llogara where you can choose among various dishes on the menu. (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: Boat trip along the Ionian coast

After the breakfast we start our boat tour along the coast. On the way from Grama to Palasa lay many totally isolated bays and beaches and some underwater caves. The natural and wild romantic beauty of this part of the Ionian coast is breath-taking. Several stops are planned giving you the possibility to explore them. 

The delta of the Palasa Stream is another natural attraction. It collects the limestone and other mineral deposits picked up in the mountains and forms an open fan shape as it reaches the lower levels. The delta as a whole appears white and is called the “Stream of White Roads”.

Lunch is planned in Dhërmi, one of the picturesque coastal villages in Albania. The old village is set onto the mountain and is one of the oldest and most characteristic villages on the Ionian Coast, with its stone, mountain houses nestling happily with historical monuments.

After lunch, the boat tour continues in the direction of Ngjipe. On the way lies the Pirates’ Cave, created by the power of the waves. 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.

The canyon of Ngjipe is situated along the lower parts of Ngjipe stream, between the villages Vuno and Ilias. It is formed by water erosion, is more than 2km long and 100m deep. The landscape is attractive, the beach is clean and the water clear. It is a real paradise for all intrepid climbers. 

After some free time to explore the canyon or even try to climb its walls, boat tour to Dhërmi, where the vehicles will be waiting for the transfer to Tirana. Dinner in a traditional "A la carte" restaurant and accommodation in Tirana. (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 and 3, due to the length of the walks, we will not be able to stop for lunch in restaurants. Thus, you will be given a lunch packet. 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 at 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

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

• 1 overnight in a tent

• 3 x full board (Lunch packet for 1 breakfast, 2 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 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)

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