River hiking along Osumi Canyon and cultural discovery of Berati
Booking code CUMD55
1 Days € 40
-River hiking along Osumi river through its spectacular canyon.
-Guided visit of Berati.
08: 00 - 11:30: Drive to Çorovoda, near Berati, where the activity of the day starts.
11:30 - 15:30: River hiking along Osumi river.
Osumi river is 161 km long and is known for its 12 km long canyon, the largest in Albania, which is the result of water erosion. During the Spring the water of melting snow forms many beautiful waterfalls that flow into the river. The canyon is characterized by a particular ecosystem, and includes six very narrow sections which are only 1,5m wide.
The river hiking is a special experience and a very good combination between two sport activities: hiking and swimming. During the trip a short break to have lunch(lunch paket) is planned.
16:30 - 18:30: After a short coffe break, visit of Berati and its castle.
Berat is one of the main attractions of the country. It has a 2407 years old history and is a wonderful combination of eastern and western cultures, costumes, traditions. The city's life began as an Illyrian settlement. Later, in the 3rd century B.C., it was turned into a castle city known as Antipatrea. During feudalism inside the castle were built churches with precious frescos and icons. Today, the castle is made unique by the fact that people continue to live inside of it.
In 2008, the old town of Berat was added to the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage.
We will visit Mangalemi district and its attractions, the Ethnographic Museum and the small Michaelis Church. Then we will walk through Gorica district through the Ottoman stone bridge named "'Ura e Goricës". "Finally we will visit the castle of Berat, which is one of the top attractions of the old city.
Its numerous small houses are still inhabited. Here lie diverse interesting churches and we will visit some of them. An interesting attraction is the Roman cistern, which has been in use up to the 19th century. Famous is the Onufri museum displaying works of the most important Albanian icon painter with the same name.
18:30 - 21:00: Transfer to Tirana.
If you are coming in a prearranged group, you can pick the date of this tour yourself.
This tour includes river hiking. It is a combination between walking and swimming. The maximal difficulty grade of walking is T2. There are some deep sections, where good swimming abilities are needed.
The journey begins in Tirana and we will pick you up at your hotel.
If you are accommodated in another city, we can pick you up against additional charge, enabling your participation in the travel.
If you are a group staying in another city, it is possible to start the tour from that location at no additional charge, distance permitting.
Number of the participants 12 - 15
The price includes:
Transport with air conditioned vehicle.
Accompaniment by an English-speaking guide.
Entries and visits listed in the program
Coffee and water during the break.
The price does not include
Any type of insurance.
Sneakers for traveling and sightseeing
Old sneakers or aqua shoes for the river hiking
Drinking bottle/ Thermos Flask