Multisport experience in Southwestern Albania


Booking code SBGWH50

8 Days € 790

Travel dates:2018-06-16 to 2018-06-23           Reservation

Travel dates:2018-06-30 to 2018-07-06           Reservation

Tirana – the vibrant capital and Vlora – the nice coastal city

Cycling through the remote areas along the Ionian coast

Kayaking from Himara to Jali

Walking along the picturesque Ionian Coast and hiking through the National Park of Llogara

A memorable boat trip around the Karaburun Peninsula

Visits to various villages and locations 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


This is a special trip for the lovers of sport and nature, who are looking for a colourful and dynamic holiday, filled with new destinations and unforgettable experiences. We have carefully programmed each day of this tour, so that within a week you will be biking, hiking, kayaking, touching centuries old historic heritage, sailing around some marvellous unspoilt beaches, as well as swimming in the deep blue waters of the Ionian Sea. 


Day 1: The coastal city of Vlora

After arrival at noon, transfer from “Mother Teresa” airport to Vlora, the city with a very long coastline that stretches between the Adriatic and Ionian seas. After a short walk through the city´s boulevards we will have a dinner "A la carte" in a nice restaurant where you will choose your favourite dishes, and afterwards will be accommodated in a 3-star hotel. (-/-/D)


Day 2: Cycling from Brataj to Borsh: G3, D 80km, CT 6h, Am↑380 m, Dm↓710 m

Right after breakfast transfer to the starting point of the bike trip. There we will get the bicycles and continue southeast over a road covered in old and badly damaged tarmac. Several short breaks are planned during the ride. The track is unexposed and the slope gains altitude up to the village Kuç, 550m above sea level. Departing from Kuç we follow the sometimes-exposed road that winds down around the slope of the mountain for another 20km, until we arrive at the village Borsh. In the village we’ll have dinner and will be accommodated in a hotel with a very beautiful view over the coast. On demand it will be possible to ride to the beach of Borshi and take some time for a swim in the clear waters of the Ionian Sea. (B/L/D)


Day 3: Mountain biking from Borsh to Pilur and Himara: G3, D 26km, CT 3h, Am↑600m, Dm↓700m

Today’s trip includes up-and downhill cycling on badly paved roads. They are mostly exposed and sometimes quite steep. Early in the morning we leave Borsh, ride in the direction of Qeparo and then head east by the stream of Kudhës. Close to the village with the same name, we turn north and ride uphill up to the village of Pilur at 700m above sea level. A short visit of the village and a breath-taking view of the coast from this altitude will be a rare experience. Then we’ll ride downhill to the town of Himara, a small cradle of history and heritage in south-western Albania. Here the visit the old village is planned. Dinner and accommodation in a hotel in Himara. (B/L/D)


Day 4: Kayaking from Himara to Jali: 7km, 5h

On this day we will visit several beautiful small beaches that are almost exclusively accessible from the sea. After breakfast we leave Himara and mount on our kayaks to head south for the beach of Filikuri, which is a small bay not far from the town, noted for its crystal-clear waters. A short break and a swim here will be followed by paddling north towards Livadhi beach, where we’ll have lunch in a restaurant by the seaside. Afterwards the tour continues towards the small “Aquarium” bay, which has taken its name from its surrounding and water’s similarity to an aquarium. The last destination of the day is Jali Bay, where dinner and accommodation in a hotel by the beach will be provided. (B/L/D)


Day 5: Walking from Vuno to Dhërmi: T2, WT 3h, Am↑250m, Dm↓350m

After breakfast, transfer to the starting point of our hike, near the village of Vuno. We will descend towards the bay and the beach of Ngjipe, where a break is scheduled. 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 appropriate for climbing. After spending some time in Ngjipe, the hike continues ascending up to the point where the vehicle will be waiting to transfer us to Dhërmi, where dinner and accommodation are provided. (B/L/D)


Day 6: Llogara National Park (800-1400m): T2, WT 5h, Am↑300m, Dm↓300m

After breakfast, drive to the National Park of Llogara. On the way a short sightseeing visit is planned in the village of Dhërmi. The day will include hikes and strolls on trails of the Llogara park, surrounded by dense vegetation. The paths are partially shadowed by tall trees, and the terrain is easy and unexposed. The park is noted for its rich variety of flora and fauna and a cool climate even during the hottest summer days. Beautiful panoramic views of the Gulf of Vlora can be enjoyed from the park. The lunch will be offered in the form of a snack during the walk, while the accommodation and dinner will be in a hotel in the park. (B/L/D)


Day 7: 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 Tirana, where dinner and accommodation are provided. After dinner you will have some time to enjoy the nightlife in any of the several pubs and night clubs of downtown Tirana. (B/L/D)


Day 8: 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 days 2, 3 and 5-7, due to length of biking, hiking or boat trip around the Karaburun peninsula, it is impossible to stop for lunch in restaurants. Thus, you will be given a daily lunch-packet with you.


Biking on days 2 and 3 will be accompanied by an off-road vehicle that will transport your luggage and will be in your disposal to support you and resolve any problems with the bikes. If you want, you may carry your personal backpack. This applies for the kayaking day too.


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.


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 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, off road vehicle and boat according to the program schedule

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

• 6 x full board (Lunch packet for 5 x lunch)

• Dinner on the arrival day and breakfast on departure day

• Selected restaurants "A la carte" during the entire tour

• Luggage transport up to 15 kg per person during the entire journey

• Accompaniment by an English-speaking bike, hiking or culture guide during the entire journey

• Accompaniment by a support vehicle during the bike trip

• Assistance during days 2 and 3 for the problems concerning the bicycles

• Kayaks and equipment on the fourth day


Not included in the price:

• Any type of insurance

• Any beverages


Surcharges:

€ 20, –/Day Single room supplement

Possibility to rent a mountain bike for € 15, –/Day


Equipment list

Cycling
Front or full suspension mountain bike
Cycling helmet
Cycling gloves
Water bottles for bikes or drinking system

Hikking

Hiking shoes/boots (category B/C)
Telescopic walking poles
Long legged hiking trousers
Short legged hiking trousers
T-shirts / shirts

Others
Backpack, approximately 25 l
Rain cover for backpack
First aid kit
Sweater/Jacket (Recommended Fleece/Wind stopper)
Waterproof jacket
Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Slippers
Toiletry
Towel
Wipes
Tissues