Hiking and leisure tour on the Albanian Riviera

Booking code SWHGK 25

5 Days € 390

Travel dates:2017-07-01 to 2017-07-05           Reservation

Travel dates:2017-06-06 to 2017-06-10           Reservation

Travel dates:2017-09-05 to 2017-09-09           Reservation

Walking through the National Park of Llogara.
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 and Vlora.
The vibrant Tirana and Pëllumbas Cave
Accommodation at hotels.

This journey will take you to Durres 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 vacation and practicing of many activities. Walks are not very difficult and for this reason this trip is suitable even for families with children.

Day 1: Tirana, the vibrant capital, 110 m and the Pëllumbas Cave, 479 m. 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 river Erzen. The cave is 380 meters long, 10-15 m wide and 15-45 m high, and you need about two hours to explore it. The path to the cave is very pleasant, well marked and secured. There are rest areas with benches, several lookout points along the way. After the first 40 meters, the cave is completely dark. The ground can be muddy and slippery. After visiting the cave, we return back to the city and walk to the restaurant for the dinner. You can choose between different dishes from the menu. Accompaniment back to the hotel. Wt 3 h, T2, Am↑ 300 Dm ↓300. (-/ -/ D)

Day 2: The ancient and modern town 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, colorful, simply fascinating. We’ll continue our trip by car towards Durrës. The city founded in 627 BC has much to tell of its colorful story, beautiful beaches and attractions. We will have time for a short visit to the city and its Roman amphitheater, 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 the 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, since century VI B.C. 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 seafruits. After dinner, we will be driven to the National Park of Llogara where we will be accommodated in a small, but comfortable hotel Wt.3 h (B/L/D).

Day 3: Llogara, the evergreen park: 800 - 1400m . T2, Wt. 4 h, Am↑300 Dm ↓300
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 at an "a la carte" restaurant, journey to Vlora (Radhimë) begins. In the afternoon time is scheduled for sea-bathing. Dinner and accommodation will be provided in Radhimë. (B/L/D)

Day 4: Boat trip around the picturesque peninsula of Karaburun
After breakfast, we will be transferred to the port of Orikum, where the tour of day starts. Karaburun is known for its abundant nature attractions and its various archaeological discoveries. The first stop is at the north end of the peninsula, where the 30 meters long, 10-15 meters high and 9.5 meters wide cave of Haji Ali (Haxhi Ali) is found. For a long time, it served as the 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. At 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 “Block” area bars. (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 the fourth day, we will not be able 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 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: 10 - 12 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, Durrës, 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
Long legged hiking trousers
Short legged hiking trousers
Waterproof trousers
T-shirts / shirts
Waterproof jacket
Drinking bottle/ Thermos Flask
First aid kit
Insect repellent