Soft adventure through the Albanian Alps

Booking code VTWHCU020Y

8 Days € 499

Travel dates:2017-06-03 to 2017-06-10           Reservation

Travel dates:2017-08-05 to 2017-08-12           Reservation

The capital city - Tirana, guided visit of its main attractions and Petrela castle.
Kruja and visit of the traditional handicrafts market, the Illyrian castle and the ethnographic Museum.
Walking to the sacred Sari Salltik Mountain.
Unforgettable boat trip through the picturesque Lake Koman.
Walking/hiking in the romantic Valbona valley and Thethi Natural Park.
Hiking over Valbona Pass to Thethi valley.
The traditional city of Shkodra and Rozafa Castle
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 humans have created. You will have the possibility to enjoy the fabulous landscapes and intact nature, to touch archaeological and historical treasures, to taste unique the traditional food, to experience relationships which can hardly be found elsewhere.

Day 1: Tirana, the vibrant capital, 110 m. 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.
In the afternoon, a tour of the city is planned along with a visit to the National Historical Museum, Et’hem Bey Mosque, Skanderbeg monument, clock tower and a journey towards Petrelė. It is a village 15 km south of Tirana located on a hill 500 m above sea level. Petrelė is particularly popular thanks to its castle which was also used during the war of Skanderbeg against the Turks. The fort of Persqop, which belongs to the Illyrian era, is also in Petrelė. When weather is good, the Adriatic Sea can be seen from the castle. Dinner will be provided at a traditional restaurant. Then, you will be accompanied to the hotel. Wt 3 h, T1. (-/ -/ D)

Day 2: Kruja(550 m) -the centre of the Albanian resistance against the Ottomans and Sari Salltik Mountain (1148 m). T2, Wt 4 h, Am↑600 Dm ↓600
After the breakfast drive to Kruja, where today's walking begins. We follow the cobblestone path leading up to the Sari Salltik summit. There, we will visit the Bektashi tomb, which is located in a cave near the summit. The place is considered sacred and hundreds of pilgrims visit it every year. The view from the top is wonderful and extends up to Montenegro.
Free time for lunch and then are planned the guided tour through the traditional handicrafts market, the visits of the Illyrian castle with the Museum of the National Hero and the ethnographic Museum. Then we will drive in the direction of Fishta, a village near Lezha where the dinner in a traditional restaurant is planned. It is known for the bio and homemade food. Overnight stay in Shkodra. (B/ -/ D)

Day 3: The wild-romantic Valbona Valley, 500 - 1100 m.
We’ll start today's trip by car towards north Albania. Then we will take the ferry in Koman, travel along the Koman artificial lake up to Fierza, from where the trip will continue by car to Bajram Curri. Afterwards the road runs through the valley, along the clear waters of Valbona river, surrounded by wild and beautiful natural panorama and the rugged mountain peaks of the Albanian Alps, until the village of Valbona. After lunch and a break, we’ll discuss the program for the next days. The accommodation is provided in a guest house in Valbona. (B/ -/ D)

Day 4: Walking to "Rrethi i Bardhė" and Haxhia Cave. Wt 4 h, T2, Am↑620, Dm↓620
Just after breakfast we start hiking towards the hanging glacial valley of Kukaj. The ascending trail runs through boulders and meadows, entering the beech forest, 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, which we are going to visit, 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 5: Over Valbona Pass (Qafa e Valbonės) to Theth. T2+, Wt 7 h, Am ↑ 900 Dm ↓ 1070
Today's hike starts early in the morning. We will walk along Valbona valley up to Rragam located at 1130 m altitude. After crossing the stream, the trail leads gently uphill through open forest to a glade with rocks and then begins a rough upward slope. On the "Qafa e Valbones" in the altitude of 1812 m, the view of both valleys is unique. The descent towards Thethi begins very steep on a gravel path and follows through the forest, becoming smoother. During this entire trip we will be accompanied by horses that carry our luggage. The overnight stay is planned in Theth (B/L/D)

Day 6: Hiking up to the picturesque Ndėrlysė 500m and to the "Blue Eye of Kapre"600 m. T1+, Wt. 5h, Am ↑480 Dm ↓480
We start the day with a hike towards the gorge of Grunas, which is 30 meters high and one meter wide, and waterfall of Grunas. After a short break we walk along the river, mostly through the forest, on a path that sometimes becomes steeper, up to Ndėrlysa. The glacier mills of Ndėrlysa offer a unique spectacle of nature: The waters of Lumi i Zi (Black River) squeeze through a narrow approach that has arisen over the millennia. Rounded and sharp rock formations, in the sunlight shimmering colors of water and stone can be observed from both shores. We continue in the direction of the "Blue Eye of Kapreja" (Syri i Kaltėr i Kapresė), a natural pool with amazing blue water in a jungle-like environment. After a short break, we follow the same path to the guest house. On our way back we will visit the mill of Kolaj which is operated with water from Shala River. (B/-/D)

Day 7: Shkodra - the centre of north Albania
After the breakfast we will be driven to Shkodra, the cultural, economic and political centre of the northern Albania. Shkodra has an over 2400-years history and is one of the oldest inhabited cities in Albania. Numerous people, countries and cultures have left their traces on this city of culture. Many places, sights, monuments, memorials, statues and ruins, bear witness of this eventful history.
Here are planned the guided visits of the Rozafa castle ruins, the Ethnographic Museum, the Lead Mosque and the "Mesi Bridge". After some free time for lunch we continue to Shėngjin near Lezha, for a short swimming break. Dinner is planned in the vicinity of Lezha in a restaurant where only organic and home-made products are consumed. The accommodation is provided in Tirana, where some time is planned to be spend in one of the “Block” area bars to enjoy the vibrant night life of Albanian capital city.
Wt 4 h (B/-/D)

Day 8: Transfer to airport after breakfast according to the flight schedules. (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 Persons

The price includes

  • Transfer from and to the airport
  • All trips(based on public transport) according to the program schedule.
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing as per program
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in a double/twin room with shower or bathtub and toilet.
  • 4 nights in guest house in shared rooms, shower/ WC
  • 6 x half board and lunch packet for 2 x lunch
  • Dinner on arrival day and breakfast on departure day
  • Selected restaurants in Tirana, Shkodra and Lezha.
  • Accompaniment by an English-or German-speaking mountain or culture guide during the entire journey.

The price doesn't include
Any type of insurance.
Dinners and all drinks in guest houses, hotels and bars.

€ 20 per day Single room supplement

Equipment list

Backpack, approximately 30l
Rain cover for backpack
Hiking shoes/boots (category B/C)
Shoes/Sneakers 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