Multisport experience in Southwestern Albania
Booking code SBGWH50
8 Days € 790
Travel dates:2017-09-02 to 2017-09-09 Reservation
Travel dates:2017-07-01 to 2017-07-08 Reservation
Travel dates:2017-06-17 to 2017-06-24 Reservation
Tirana – the vibrant capital and Vlora – the nice coastal city.
Cycling through the remote areas of Kuç and Pilur.
Kayaking from Himara to Jali.
Walking along the picturesque coast of the Ionian Sea 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.
Accommodation in three star hotels in Vlora, Qeparo, Himara, Jali, Dhërmi, Llogara.
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 in general, who are looking for a colorful 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 marvelous unspoilt beaches, as well as swimming in the deep blue waters of the Ionian sea.
Day 1: Tirana, the vibrant capital, and Vlora. After arrival at noon, transfer from “Mother Teresa” airport to the hotel in downtown Tirana. Founded in 1614, Tirana became the capital of Albania in 1920 and is the main cultural and industrial centre of Albania. The city boulevards are marked with fascinating relics of the Ottoman, Italian and communist past.
Tirana has changed incredibly in the last twenty years, from the dull, gray city it once was. Tirana is a city where fun is guaranteed: lively, loud, crazy, colorful, simply fascinating. After a short rest, a sightseeing mini-tour in downtown Tirana including visits of Et’hem Bey Mosque, the Tanners’ Bridge (Ura e Tabakëve) and the Mosaic of Tirana (old Roman villa transformed into a paleochristian church and now representing the oldest surviving remains in Tirana city). Then a coffee or drink will precede the departure for Vlora. In the coastal city we will have a dinner "A la carte" in a nice restaurant where you will choose your favorite dishes and afterwards accommodation in a 3 star hotel Wt 2 h. ( -/-/D)
Day 2: Cycling from Brataj to Borsh. 40 km, G2( Brataj - Kuç) and G3 (Kuç - Borsh)5 h, Am↑380 m, Dm↓710 m.
Right after breakfast drive for almost 50 km until the starting point of the bike trip, near Brataj village, at 300 m above sea level. There we will get the bicycles and continue southeast for 20 km over a road that has an old and badly damaged tarmac. Several short breaks are planned during the ride. The way is unexposed and the slope increases up to the village Kuç, at 550 m altitude. Departing from Kuç we follow the sometimes exposed road that winds down around the slope of the mountain for another 20 km, surrounded by vegetation until we arrive at the village Borsh. Here we’ll have a break and then hike up a 300 m hill, on top of which the ancient castle of Borsh which dates back to the 4th century BC, is situated. In the village we’ll have dinner ‘à la carte’ and will be accommodated in a hotel with a very beautiful view over the coast. On demand we can ride to the beach of Borshi and take some time for a swim in the clean water of the Ionian Sea. (B/L/D).
Day 3: Biking from Borsh to Pilur and Himara. 26 km, G3, 4 h, Am ↑600 m, Dm ↓700m.
Today’s trip is more demanding since includes more up-and downhill cycling on unpaved roads. The road is mostly exposed and sometimes quite steep. Early in the morning we leave Borshi, ride in the direction of Qeparo and then head north by the stream of Kudhes. Close to the village with the same name, we turn right and ride uphill until we arrive at the village of Pilur at 700 m above sea level. Here we’ll stop and have lunch. A short visit of the village and a breathtaking 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 southwestern Albania. Here we’ll visit the old town and have a walk by the waterfront of Himara. Dinner "A la carte" and accommodation will be in a hotel in Himara. (B/L/D)
Day 4: Kayaking from Himara to Jali. 7 km, 5 h
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 rest and a swim here will be followed by paddling north towards Livadhi beach, where we’ll have lunch in a restaurant by the seaside. After meal we continue our tour and have a shot stop in the small “Aquarium” bay (Akuariumi), which has taken its name from its surrounding and water’s similarity to an aquarium. Leaving behind the “Aquarium”, we reach Jali Bay. Dinner ‘à la carte’ and accommodation will be organized in a hotel by the beach. On demand we can paddle a little further north up to some small isolated beaches in Jali’s vicinity. (B/L/D)
Day 5: Walking from Jali to Dhërmi. T 2, Wt 5h, Am↑300 Dm ↓100
This day is based on walking and starts by following the path from Jal to Ngjipe Canyon. The canyon is around 2 km long, 100 meters deep and opens to the sea coast to form a wonderful gravel beach with crystal clear water. The canyon cliffs and rocky faces are appropriate for rock climbing. On the beach we will have a swim, snack and then follow the path west, to the ruins of Saint Theodore’s monastery. Below the cliffs of the monastery, lies the Pirates’ cave, a natural monument. After a short break we will follow the trail to Dhërmi. The accommodation and dinner are planned in a restaurant and hotel on a hill overlooking the coast. (B/L/D)
Day 6: Llogara National Park (800 -1400 m). T2, Wt. 5 h, Hm↑300, Hm ↓300
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 of pines. The paths are partially shadowed by tall trees, and terrain is easy and unexposed. The park is noted for its rich variety of flora and fauna, fresh and cool air 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 trip around Karaburun Peninsula
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. In the afternoon we’ll return back to Oricum marina and then drive to Vlora, where we’ll have dinner "A la carte" in a fine restaurant, and drive back to the capital, Tirana. You are free to enjoy the nightlife in any of several pubs and night clubs of downtown Tirana. (B/L/D)
Day 8: Departure after the breakfast. (-/-/D)
If you are coming in a prearranged group, you can pick 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 offroad 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 with little boats as close as possible to shore, if necessary.
This journey starts around noon on the arrival day. If you arrive in Tirana in the evening of this day, it is impossible to participate in activities scheduled for day one. All saved expenses will be reimbursed.
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 travel, the sequence of the daily tours may change depending on weather conditions. Your mountain guide will adapt the program to the weather conditions in the best possible way.
If you wish to travel to Albania a few days earlier or extend your stay by a few days, we are at your disposal to further organize your journey 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 our agency.
Number of the participants: 10 - 12 people
The price includes
• 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.
• Coffee and water during all coffee breaks.
• Selected restaurants "A la carte" in Vlora, Qeparo, Himara, Jali, Dhërmi, Llogara.
• Luggage transport during all the 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
The price does not include
Any type of insurance.
Any beverages in hotels, restaurants and bars.
A supplement of € 20 /day for a single room.
Tips of about € 30.
Possibility to rent a mountain bike for € 15,–/Day
Front or full suspension mountain bike
Water bottles for bikes or drinking system
Hiking shoes/boots (category B/C)
Telescopic walking poles
Long legged hiking trousers
Short legged hiking trousers
T-shirts / shirts
Backpack, approximately 25 l
Rain cover for backpack
First aid kit
Shoes/Sneakers for traveling and sightseeing
Sweater/Jacket (Recommended Fleece/Wind stopper)