Albania's Ionian coast: close to nature like never before.

Booking code SWHGZK 26

8 Days € 560

Travel dates:2017-10-07 to 2017-10-14           Reservation

Walking along the picturesque coast of the Ionian Sea and hiking through the National Park of Llogara.
Summit ascent possibility: the Peak of Qorre, 2018 m.
Accommodation and visits to various villages along the coast: Dhërmi, Ngjipe, Himara, Porto Palermo.
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 and Vlora.
Accommodation in tents and at hotels

We have carefully planned the stages of this journey so that you have the opportunity to discover something new every day, be active and in touch with nature. Diversified landscapes with high mountains and steep cliffs, gorgeous bays and beaches, traditional villages will accompany you during the entire travel. In this trip, we have very well combined walking & hiking with relaxation on the coast, so that you have the opportunity to enjoy to its best the Ionian riviera.

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, we will be driven to the National Park of Llogara where the accommodation in hotel is planned. (-/-/D)

Day 2: Llogara, the evergreen national park (800 - 1400 m) and the Qorre Summit: 2018 m. T3, Wt 6 h, Am↑1200 Dm ↓1200
The National Park of Llogara is one of the most beautiful sites in Albania with a total area of 1020 hectares. Today's destination is the Peak of Qorre located on the Mount of Çikë, which rises at an altitude of 2018 meters and is the second highest peak of the Ceraunian Mountains. On the west, the Mount of Çikë goes sharp into the sea: a difference of 2000 meters in less than 5 kilometers. 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, descent begins, initially on scree. As we approach the park, the trail becomes less difficult and goes through pine trees with very large trunks. Accommodation in the same hotel. (B/L/D)

Day 3: Caesar’s Pass (Qafa e Cezarit) and the idyllic Grama Bay: T2 +, Wt 7 - 8 h, Am↑400 Dm ↓1200
Day 3 will start early in the morning towards the path of Caesar, which begins near the hotel. In 48 BC, during the Roman civil war, on his way to Oric, Julius Caesar crossed the mountains through this pass, which was later named after him. We will walk through the woods toward the “Pits of Zaho" (Gropat e Zahos) and the "Pits of Piri" (Gropat e Pirit) and then onto the mountain ridge. The descending trail is sometimes steep and sometimes not, mainly of scree, up to Grama Bay, following the ridge of the mountain. The walk ends around noon at Grama Bay - an untouched beach in a special atmosphere, where you can enjoy 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 tents. (B/L/D)

Day 4: The stream of "White Roads" and " Drymadhes" beach. T2 +, Wt 7 h, Am↑35 Dm ↓35
The walk starts early in the morning while temperature has not yet gone up. The trail goes parallel with the sea and the scenery is very beautiful. The trail is not very steep and in some cases flat. The first stop is at St. Andrew’s Bay, located about 5 km away from Grama Bay. Totally isolated from the rest of the world, the bay has kept its natural beauty intact. After a short break for sea-bathing, we will continue walking toward Palasë, again taking the trail parallel to the sea.
The delta on the beach of Palasë is a particular geographical phenomenon, because due to the presence of limestone, it looks always white. It consists of sediments of solid material brought in from the stream of Palasë. It has the shape of a large cone and is called the "Stream of white roads". Transfer to Dhërmi where accommodation in a small family run hotel is planned. Dinner in one of the restaurants  near the sea where you can choose among various dishes on the menu. (B/L/D)

Day 5: Dhërmi: the characteristic and picturesque village on the Ionian coast ( 200 m) and the canyon of Ngjipe. T2, Wt 4h, Am↑250 Dm ↓250.
Right after breakfast, drive to the village of Dhërmi, with many old houses of characteristic architecture. The oldest traces of village belong to 1st century BC.
In the village, there are 30 churches, some of which are very well preserved. We will visit some of them. Lunch is provided at a restaurant in Dhërmi, which offers a very nice view. After lunch walking starts through a visible and not too steep trail that is partly running through olive trees to the monastery of Saint Theodora, which is built on rock. Few meters away the Pirates’ Cave, created by the power of the waves, is situated. 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. Hiking continues towards the bay and the beach of Ngjipe, where accommodation in tents is planned. The landscape is very attractive, the beach is clean and the water clear and you can enjoy them in serenity. The canyon of Ngjipe is very deep and its vertical walls are suitable for climbing. (B/L/D)

Day 6: Jalë and Livadh, two of the most beautiful beaches of the Albanian Riviera. T1+, Wt.4 h, Am↑ 180 Dm ↓180
This day starts early in the morning. We will walk through a trail that at times is very steep and mostly without vegetation towards the Bay of Jalë, which is one of the most popular beaches in Albania, due to its particularly clean and warm water.
After a break for sea-bathing, is planed the lunch  and then a short trip by boat to the bay which is called the "aquarium", because of its particularly clear and calm water. Before hiking through a not very steep and visible trail towards Livadh, you will be able to freshen up at sea. Dinner at a seaside restaurant and accommodation in a family run hotel. (B/L/D)

Day 7: Porto Palermo harbor with the castle of Ali Pasha Tepelena and Himara, one of the oldest centers of Christianity in Albania: 100 m. Wt. 2 h.
Right after breakfast, we will travel southwards to the Harbor of Porto Palermo, which is one of the most beautiful sites of the entire Ionian coast. The harbor has been one of the most important military bases during the Cold War. The tunnel entrance, where submarines used to anchor, is visible from the height of the road. The magnificent castle of Ali Pasha, built by him as a gift for one of his wives, lies on a small island. The view from the castle, over the whole coast, is wonderful. After a short break, we will be driven in the direction of Himara. Visits to some churches and monasteries, as well as lunch are planned there. You will be guests to a Himara family where you can enjoy a cup of coffee in a fascinating view. The journey continues to Vlora and after a short break to Tirana, where the dinner in a traditional restaurant "A la carte" and the accommodation in hotel are planned. (B/L/D)

Day 8: 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 days 2,3, 4 and 5, due to the length of walks, it is impossible to go back to the restaurant for lunch. You will be given a lunch packet with you.

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 trip. 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 according to the program schedule.
•   5 nights hotel accommodation in a double/twin room, with shower or bathtub and toilet.
•   2 overnights in tents.
•   6 x full board (Lunch packet for 2 breakfast, 3 x lunch and 2 x dinner)
•   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 places along the Riviera.
•   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