Hiking and leisure tour on the Albanian Riviera


Booking code SWHGK 25

5 Days € 390

Travel dates:2018-06-06 to 2018-06-10           Reservation

Travel dates:2018-07-01 to 2018-07-05           Reservation

Travel dates:2018-09-05 to 2018-09-09           Reservation

Walking through the National Park of Llogara

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 and Vlora

The vibrant Tirana and Pëllumbas Cave


This journey will take you to Durrës and Vlora, two of the most important cities of Albania, and also to Tirana. The main destination is the Ionian coast with its many bays, white beaches and the crystal-clear sea. The Ionian coast is one of the rare beauties of Albanian nature. The typical Mediterranean climate offers wonderful opportunities for an active vacation. The walks are not very difficult and for this reason this trip is suitable even for families with children.


Day 1: Tirana, the vibrant capital (110m) and the Pëllumbas Cave (479m): WT 3h, T2, Am↑300m, Dm↓300m

After arrival at noon, transfer from “Mother Teresa” airport to the hotel in downtown Tirana. After a short break we will pick you up at the hotel and proceed to the Pëllumbas cave. The well-marked path runs along some steep cliffs with stunning views over the gorge of the Erzen River. The cave is 380 meters long, 10-15m wide and 15-45m high. The path to the cave is very pleasant and secure. There are rest areas with benches and several lookout points along the way. After the first 40 meters, the cave is completely dark. The ground can be muddy and slippery. 

Dinner and accommodation are provided in Tirana. (-/-/D)


Day 2: The ancient and modern cities of Durrës and Vlora

The day begins with a short walk through Tirana. Founded in 1614, Tirana became the capital of Albania in 1920 and is the main cultural and industrial centre of Albania. Tirana is a city where fun is guaranteed: lively, loud, crazy, colourful, simply fascinating. The trip continues by car towards Durrës. 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 and its Roman amphitheatre, one of the greatest monuments of antiquity in Albania that was built in the first decades of the 2nd century, probably during the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian. After lunch in a restaurant "A la carte" by the sea promenade, the journey continues in the direction of Vlorë. The most ancient traces of Vlora date back to the period of antiquity, and today Vlora is an important trade and touristic centre in Albania. Dinner is planned in one of the most beautiful restaurants near the sea where you can enjoy fresh fish or sea fruit. After dinner, transfer to the National Park of Llogara where the accommodation in a hotel is provided. (B/L/D)


Day 3: Llogara, the evergreen park (800-1400m): T2, WT 4h, Am↑300m, Dm↓300m

The National Park of Llogara is one of the most beautiful places in Albania with woods, beautiful valleys, countless natural resources, as well as numerous species of plants, animals and birds. Walking in the park is planned for the day. After lunch, journey to Vlora begins. In the afternoon time is scheduled for bathing in the sea. Dinner and accommodation will be provided in Radhimë. (B/L/D)


Day 4: Boat trip around the picturesque peninsula of Karaburun 

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. In the afternoon the return trip to Tirana starts. There you will have dinner at a traditional restaurant, where you can choose between various dishes on the menu. After dinner, you can spend some pleasant moments in one of the bars in the “Block” area. (B/L/D)


Day 5: Transfer to the airport

After breakfast, 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 the fourth day, it will not be possible to stop for dining in restaurants. Thus, during the day, 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 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: 10 - 12 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 1 x lunch)

• Dinner on the arrival day and breakfast on departure day

• Selected restaurants "A la carte" in Tirana, Durrës, 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

Drinking bottle

Sunhat

Sunscreen

Swimwear

Towel

Sunglasses

Slippers

Tissues

First aid kit