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 161km long and is known for its 12km 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 hiking and swimming. During the trip a short break to have lunch (lunch packet) 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 churches with precious frescos and icons were built inside the castle. Today, the castle is made unique by the fact that people continue to live inside. In 2008, the old town of Berat was added to the UNESCO list of world heritage sites.

We will visit the Mangalemi district and its attractions, the Ethnographic Museum and the small Michaelis Church. Then we will walk through Gorica district on the Ottoman stone bridge named "Ura e Goricës". "Finally, the visit the castle of Berat, which is one of the top attractions of the old city, is planned.

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


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

Included in the price:

• Transport with air-conditioned vehicle

• Accompaniment by an English-speaking guide

• Entries and visits listed in the program

• Lunch packet


Not included in the price:

• Any type of insurance

• Any beverages


Equipment list

Backpack

Drinking bottle

Sunhat

Sunscreen

Old sneakers or aqua shoes for the river hiking

Swimwear

Towel

Sunglasses