Sightseeing and hiking tour through north Albania


Booking code VTWHCU022

8 Days € 660

Travel dates:2018-06-02 to 2018-06-09           Reservation

Travel dates:2018-08-04 to 2018-08-11           Reservation

Kruja and visit of the traditional handicrafts market, the Illyrian castle and the ethnographic Museum

The traditional city of Shkodra and Rozafa Castle

Walking/hiking in the romantic Valbona valley and Thethi Natural Park

The vibrant Capital City of Tirana

Accommodation in hotels and guest houses


This will be a tour through a land where the time seems has stood still to preserve what both nature and people have created. You will have the possibility to enjoy the fabulous landscapes and intact nature, to touch archaeological and historical treasures, to taste the unique traditional food, to experience relationships which can hardly be found elsewhere.


Day 1: Kruja (550m), the centre of the Albanian resistance against the Ottomans

After arrival at noon, transfer from “Mother Teresa” airport to Kruja, where a guided tour through the traditional handicrafts market, the visits of the Illyrian castle with the Museum of the National Hero and the ethnographic Museum are planned. Then we will be transferred in the direction of Fishta, a village near Lezha to have dinner in a traditional restaurant. It is known for the bio and homemade food. Overnight stay in Shkodra. (-/-/D)


Day 2: Shkodra, the centre of north Albania

Shkodra has an over 2400-year old history and is one of the oldest inhabited cities of Albania. The day begins with a guided walk through the city and the visits of the Historic Museum and the Lead Mosque. A short walk uphill to Rozafa Castle is then planned. Its origins date back to pre-Roman times of the Illyrians. After lunch drive to Theth where dinner and accommodation in a simple guest house are provided. (B/L/D)


Day 3: Theth and surroundings: T1+, WT 6h, Am↑450m, Dm↓450m

For today is planned a less demanding hike through the forest. The walk begins in the village with a visit of the "Isolation Tower". Then we will hike to the Waterfall of Grunas and to the Grunas Canyon that is 30 meters in height and one meter in width. After a short break, the hike continues up to Ndërlysa. On the way, is planed the visit of the mill of Kolaj, a small structure which is put to work by a stream of water diverted from the river.

The glacier mills of Ndërlysë offer a unique nature spectacle. The water squeezes itself through a narrow approach that has arisen over the millennia. Rounded and sharp rocks, half dipped into the shimmering colours of water and all around green vegetation will surround our path. We will continue our hike up to the "Blue Eye of Kaprre" (Syri i kaltër i Kaprresë), a spellbinding natural pool with amazingly blue water in a jungle-like environment. After a short break, follows the hike back to Ndërlysa, from where we will be transferred to our guesthouse. (B/L/D)


Day 4: Through the Pass of Valbonë (1812m) to Valbona: T2+, WT 7h, Am↑1070m, Dm↓900m

Today’s hiking starts early in the morning. The ascent is initially soft and runs through the woods, then becomes steeper and continues on scree to the Pass of Valbonë (Qafa e Valbonës). From the height of 1812 meters above sea level, the view over the valleys of Valbonë and Theth is unique. The descent towards Valbonë is initially craggy, getting softer as we approach the valley. We will walk through the valley of Valbonë up to the village where dinner and accommodation in guesthouse are provided. (B/L/D)


Day 5: Local life in the surroundings of Valbona (1650 m): T2, WT 4h, Am↑750m, Dm↓750m

Just after breakfast, the hike towards the hanging glacial valley of Kukaj starts. The trail runs through boulders and meadows, entering the beech forest. Passing by the houses of Kukaj, we will follow the path to right side of the valley until we reach a small grassy plateau with a mountain hut on it, where we will be offered a coffee from the local shepherds.

After a short photo break, hike down to the guest house in the valley. (B/L/D)


Day 6: The Koman lake and Tirana (110m)

The day starts with the transfer to Fierza, where our ferry ride begins (important to note that the ferry trip depends on the water level of the lake). The ferry ride across Lake Koman allows you to see some spectacular scenery, not unlike a Norwegian fjord winding its way between high cliffs and towering peaks. We will leave the ferry in Koman, from where the trip will continue by car to 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, grey city it once was. Tirana is a city where fun is guaranteed: lively, loud, crazy, colourful, simply fascinating.

In the afternoon, a tour of the city is planned along with a visit to the National Historical Museum, Et’hem Bey Mosque and the Skanderbeg monument. After the visit, we will walk to the restaurant for the dinner. Accompaniment back to the hotel. (B/L/D)


Day 7: 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 4, 5 and 6 it is impossible to stop for lunch in restaurants. Thus, you will be given a lunch-packet with you.


Hiking on day 4 will be accompanied by mules / horses that will carry the luggage. Therefore, it is important to pack your belongings in bags and not in suitcases. You will carry only your personal backpack. 


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, according to the program schedule

• Entries and visits listed in the program

• 2 nights hotel accommodation in a double/twin room with shower and toilet

• 4 nights in guest house in shared rooms, shower/ WC

• 5 x full board (3 x lunch packet)

• Dinner on the arrival day and breakfast on departure day

• Selected restaurants a la carte in Tirana and Shkodra

• Luggage transport up to 15 kg per person on day 4

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


Not included in the price:

• Any type of insurance

• Beverages in hotels, restaurants and bars


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

Warm hat

Drinking bottle

Sunhat

Sunscreen

Sunglasses

Slippers

Toiletry

Wipes

Tissues

First aid kit