Sightseeing and hiking tour through north Albania

Booking code VTWHCU19Y

7 Days € 480

Travel dates:2017-09-23 to 2017-09-29           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 emerging Tirana and Dajti Mountain.
Guided visit of Prizren (Kosovo).
Accommodation in hotels and guest houses.

This tour offers a rare taste of adventure, mystery, beauty and solitude: You will have the possibility to enjoy the majestic nature scenery of the Albanian alps and to explore some of the historical treasures of northern Albania. The visit of Prizren is something special too.

Day 1: Kruja-the centre of the Albanian resistance against the Ottomans.
After arrival at noon, drive in the direction of Kruja. It lies on a panoramic mountain 600 m above sea level. After a walk through the traditional handicrafts market, the visit of the Illyrian castle with the Museum of the National Hero and the ethnographic Museum is planned. Then we will drive 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 cetre of north Albania.
Shkodra has an over 2400-year 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/-/D)

Day 3: Theth and surroundings. T1+, Wt 5 h Am 480 ↑ Dm ↓ 480
This day begins with a walk through the countryside to visit the church and the "Isolation Tower" (Kulla e ngujimit). From there hike towards the gorge of Grunas, which is 30 meters high and one meter wide, and waterfall of Grunas. The walk continues along the river, mostly through the forest, on a path that sometimes becomes steeper, up to Ndėrlysa. Its glacier mills offer a unique spectacle of nature. After lunch hike to the "Blue Eye of Kapreja" (Syri i Kaltėr i Kapresė), a natural pool with amazing blue water in a jungle-like environment. On our way back to the guest house we will visit the mill of Kolaj which is operated with water from Shala River. (B/-/D)

Day 4: Through the Pass of Valbonė to Valbona. T2+,Wt 7 h Am 1070 ↑ Dm ↓ 850
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 Valbonė (Qafa e Valbonės). From the height of 1812 meters above sea level, the view over the valleys of Valbonė and Theth is unique. The descent towards Valbonė is initially craggy, getting softer as we approach the valley and then going through an open forest. We will walk through the valley of Valbonė up to the village where dinner and accommodation in guesthouse are provided. (B/L/D)

Day 5: Valbona and surroundings. T2,Wt 5 h Am 650 ↑ Dm ↓ 650
Today we will hike towards a very beautiful meadow called "Bregu i Rrethit", from where you can admire the Valley of Valbonė and the mountain range of "Grykėt e Hapėta - Zhaborre". The Cave of Haxhi, is a few meters away. After a short break for photos, we will follow the descent trail to the guest house. (B/L/D)

Day 6: The return trip runs through Kosovo.
The first stop is planned at Mirusha Waterfall. From there we will be driven to Prizren, where we will have time for lunch and a guided city tour. Transfer to Tirana and after a short break in the hotel, we will take the cable car to Dajti mountain, part of Dajti National Park. From the cable car terminal at "Fusha e Dajtit" (1050 m) there’s a magnificent view over Tirana, Durrės and the whole central-west Albania up to the Adriatic sea. Dinner at a traditional restaurant and then return to the hotel in Tirana,where you can spend some pleasant moments in one of the “Block” area bars and enjoy the vibrant night life of Albanian capital city. (B/ -/ 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 pick the date of this tour yourself.

On days 4 and 5, it is impossible to stop for lunch or dinner in restaurants. Thus, you will be given a daily lunch-packet with you.

Hiking on Valbona Pass will be accompanied by mules that will transport your luggage. You may carry only your personal backpack.

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.

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 sent to our agency.

Number of the participants: 10 - 12 people

The price includes:

  • Transfer from and to the airport
  • All trips(based on public transport), 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 half board and 2 x lunch packet.
  • Dinner on the arrival day and breakfast on departure day.
  • Coffee and water during all coffee breaks.
  • Selected traditional restaurants in Tirana, Shkodra and Prizren.
  • Accompaniment by an English/German-speaking guide during the entire journey.

The price does not include
Any type of insurance.
Dinners and beverages in hotels, restaurants and bars.

Additional cost
A supplement of € 20 /day for a single room.

Equipment list

Backpack, approximately 30l
Rain cover for backpack
Hiking shoes/boots (category B/C)
Shoes/Trainers for traveling and sightseeing
Hiking sandals
Telescopic walking poles
Long legged hiking trousers
Short legged hiking trousers
Waterproof trousers
T-shirts / shirts
Sweater/Jacket: (Recommended Fleece/Wind stopper)
Waterproof jacket
Warm hat
Rain coat
Drinking bottle/ Thermos Flask
First aid kit
Insect repellent