undiscovered north albania, kosovo and montenegro

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Hiking, Experiences, Cultural Discovery


Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro




9 Days

Group Size

8 – 10

Trip Code


Why join this tour?

  • Discover Tirana – the vibrant capital city of Albania
  • Enjoy the guided visit of Kruja and its main attractions
  • Visit the handicrafts market in Kruja and watch how the traditional costumes are made
  • Explore the traditional cities of Prizren and Gjakova in Kosovo
  • Admire the pristine nature and the dramatic mountain landscape during an easy hike in the surroundings of Valbona
  • Enjoy a memorable ferry ride along Komani Lake surrounded by the rugged mountain peaks of the Albanian Alps
  • Get the spirit of the traditional and joyful Shkodra – the centre of northern Albania, and visit its main attractions
  • Engage in unique local life experiences
  • Undertake a hiking tour in the surroundings of Thethi – a magical place for nature lovers
  • Immerse yourself into the unknown world of “Kanun”, a set of traditional Albanian laws
  • Jump into a boat for a memorable boat tour on Shkodra Lake
  • Enjoy a wine tasting tour at a 400 years old winery in Montenegro
  • Discover Ulqinj – a coastal resort in Montenegro
  • Enjoy a special dinner at one of the best slow food restaurants in the Balkans at Mrizi i Zanave agrotourism

The right tour for you?

  • This tour is a perfect combination of visits, hikes and other outdoor activities. You will enjoy the untouched landscapes, undertake a journey into the well-preserved traditions and customs of the locals, engage in unique local life experiences.
  • The tour includes some easy hikes and a good level of fitness is required. We kindly ask you to read our daily trip descriptions which give detailed information about: terrain, technical difficulty, estimated walking times, ascent/descent in meters.
  • Please read the packing list carefully and bring all essential items with you, especially the right walking shoes.
  • This tour starts in the afternoon on the arrival day. If you arrive in the evening of this day, it is impossible to participate in activities scheduled for day one.
  • We take care for the transportation of your luggage between the accommodations. Please bring a day pack/bag to carry clothing, water, packed meals, a camera etc. for the day trips.
  • We recommend you to pack smart as you will be required to carry your own luggage from the vehicle to your accommodation. Some of the places you will visit may be hilly with cobblestone streets that become slippery if wet.
  • This trip covers two countries, so there is a fair amount of driving involved. We’ve planned it well, but make sure you are comfortable with spending up to 3 hours in the seat on any given day.
  • The temperatures may be very high during the Summer and don’t forget to bring a hat and sun protection, and have always plenty of water with you.
  • We are strongly committed towards responsible and sustainable travel. We please you to follow our guidelines regarding sustainability.
Day 1: Tirana, the vibrant capital

In the afternoon, you will meet your guide to start the guided tour of the city and its main attractions.
Founded in 1614, Tirana became the capital of Albania in 1920 and is the main cultural and industrial center of Albania. The city boulevards are marked with fascinating relics of the Ottoman, Italian and communist past.
Dinner will be provided in a traditional restaurant in Tirana.
After dinner you can have a drink at one of the numerous cafes or trendy bars of the “Blloku” district. The most animated quarter of the city lies at the place where before the democratic changes it was not allowed for the public to enter as it was inhabited only by the higher leadership.
The price includes:
• Welcome Dinner
• Accommodation in a 4-Star hotel in Tirana
*Please see “Inclusions” section!


Day 2: Guided visit of Kruja – the city of artisans and the center of the Albanian resistance against the Ottomans

The day begins with the transfer to Kruja. It lies on a panoramic mountain 600m above sea level and has a very ancient history.
It was the capital of Albanopolis inhabited by the Illyrian tribes of Albans, was the capital of the principality of Arber, is the city where the history of Skanderbeg began. The city resisted different Ottoman attacks and fell under Ottoman rule only after the death of Skanderbeg.
The city is rich in monuments of culture and ethnography.
The castle of Kruja is situated on a hill and the views from there are magnificent. Inside the castle ruins there are two important museums: the Museum of the National Hero and the Ethnographic Museum.
The tour of Kruja ends with a walk along the handicrafts market, built about 400 years ago. You will have the opportunity to visit a handicraft workshop watching the traditional way of wool processing and the production of different items which are part of Albanian traditional costumes.
After the lunch in a traditional restaurant, the journey continues towards Prizren in Kosovo. There are planned a guided visit of the city, the walk to Prizren Castle, and some free time to enjoy the city on your own.
In the late afternoon transfer to Gjakova, where accommodation is provided.
The price includes:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Accommodation in a 3-Star hotel in Gjakovë
*Please see “Inclusions” section!


Day 3: The traditional city of Gjakova
Hiking in the surroundings of Valbona: T2, 3h, ↑400m, ↓400m, 7km

The guided tour through the alleys of the old town will give you a taste of Gjakova and will include a visit to the reconstructed bazaar which dates back to the 16th Century, representing one of the finest showcasing of local handicrafts.
The city is also famous for the ancient handicraft of filigree which uses fine thread, mostly silver and gold, to produce astonishingly intricate and beautiful, lace-like works of art. You can visit a filigree workshop and watch how it is to make artistic crafts from silver.
After the visit the journey continues towards Valbona, in Albania. As we cross the border, the road runs through the valley, along Valbona river, surrounded by wild and beautiful natural panorama and the rugged mountain peaks of the Albanian Alps,
We will have some time to settle in the guesthouse in Valbona and have lunch. In the afternoon we will start a short hike on a well-maintained trail on the hills above the valley. Today you will not gain a lot of altitude, but the views will be amazing none the less. After reaching the highest point of the trail, you will descend at first towards “Kukaj”, and then down to the guesthouse in the valley where dinner and accommodation are provided.
The price includes:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
• Accommodation in a guesthouse in Valbona
*Please see “Inclusions” section!


Day 4: Boat tour along Koman artificial lake and Shala River

We will start the day with the transfer to Fierza where we will board the boat for a tour along the lake. The Koman Lake winds its way between high cliffs and towering peaks like a Norwegian fjord.
We will be guest of a local family to have lunch and taste some of the traditional dishes of the region. Today’s will be a deep immersion into the real life in this corner of Europe, isolated from the rest of the world maintaining untouched its natural beauty and traditions.
After lunch, you will have some free time to bathe in the crystal-clear waters of the Shala River.
In the afternoon, the boat tour continues in the direction of Koman, where the vehicle will be waiting for the transfer to Shkodra. Dinner and accommodation in Shkodra.
The price includes:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
• Accommodation in a 4-Star hotel in Shkodër
*Please see “Inclusions” section!


Day 5: Shkodra - the center of north Albania

Shkodra is the cultural, economic and political center of the northern Albania. It has an over 2400-years history and is one of the oldest inhabited cities in Albania.
The guided visit of the ethnographic museum and a short walk uphill to Rozafa Castle are planned. The ruins of the castle lie on a steep hill between the rivers Buna and Drin.
Its origins date back to pre-Roman times of the Illyrians and the castle has determined the destiny of the city until modern times.
After some free time to have lunch, we will travel towards Theth. Its National Park is one of the most beautiful spots of Albania and includes an area of 2,630 hectares. It is located at an altitude of 1000 to 2567m above sea level. The Park is surrounded by high peaks and about two-thirds of it is covered in forests. Some sections of the forests in very steep areas are inaccessible and can be considered as virgin forest. The village lies in a very impressive valley and is suitable as a starting point for various categories of hiking and walking in the national park.
Dinner and accommodation are provided in guesthouse in Theth.
The price includes:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
• Accommodation in a guesthouse in Theth
*Please see “Inclusions” section!


Day 6: Hiking in the Theth National Park: T2, 5h, ↑550m, ↓350m, 11km

The day starts with the short transfer to the spot called Ndërlysaj, where the hike of the day starts. The glacier mills of Ndërlysa offer a unique spectacle of nature: The water of the Black River squeezes 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 hike to the “Blue Eye of Kaprre”, a spellbinding natural pool with amazingly blue water in a jungle-like environment. After a short break, we will hike back to Ndërlysa, where lunch is planned.
Then, the hike continues towards the waterfall and gorge of Grunas. The canyon is 30m high and one meter wide, and the waterfall is a Nature Monument.
The return in Thethi is planned in the afternoon. After a short break we will visit the Isolation tower. During the visit you will become acquainted with the “Kanun” and its regulations. The Kanun is a set of traditional Albanian laws. It was primarily oral and was published in writing only in the 20th century. It has been used mostly in northern and central Albania and in the surrounding areas where there is a large ethnic Albanian population. It was first codified in the 15th century but the use of it has been outspread much earlier in time. It was used under that form until the 20th century.
It is not just a set of laws, but a way of life, a totally new reality worth to be explored.
Dinner and accommodation in the guesthouse in Theth.
The price includes:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
• Accommodation in a guesthouse in Theth
*Please see “Inclusions” section!


Day 7: Boat trip on Shkodra lake and wine tasting at a 400 years old winery

Today we will travel to Virpazar in Montenegro, where the boat trip begins.
A boat trip through Shkodra Lake and its narrow canals is the perfect way to kick back, relax and see the highlights of the lake. You can pick water lilies as you drift through the lily pads, see baby ducks as they hide in the reeds and feel like you’ve discovered a hidden world as blue butterflies and dragonflies with rainbow wings flutter around your boat, or admire the fascinating stone villages and ancient monasteries on the shoreline that can only be reached by boat.
We will stop to visit one of the historical sites on the lake – The Kom Monastery. The monastery was built between 1415 and 1427 and is still a spiritual site for locals of Shkodra Lake. From a small seating area, you can enjoy the peace and tranquility accompanied by a few cats, friendly dogs, a mind-boggling array of chickens and perhaps a donkey.
In the afternoon you will experience the unique wine culture through a tour of the centuries-old vineyards. Transfer to Ulcinj, where the accommodation is provided.
The price includes:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Accommodation in a 4-Star hotel in Ulcinj
*Please see “Inclusions” section!


Day 8: Visit of Ulcinj

Ulcinj is one of the oldest towns on the Adriatic, dating back to around the 5th century BC. The town was founded by the Illyrian tribe of the Ardiaei, but has been conquered by Romans, Byzantines, Slavs, Venetians and Ottomans.
These days it’s a town of about 10,000 people and the southern-most town in Montenegro. Because most of the population identifies as ethnic Albanian and Albanian is spoken more often than Montenegrin/Serbo-Croatian, the town has a distinctly different feel to the rest of Montenegro.
The day will start with a short tour of the old town and the visit of the museum.
Then begins the return drive to Tirana.
Lunch is planned in Fishtë, in a slow food restaurant well known in Albania for its homemade food.
In the afternoon some free time is planned in Tirana to explore the city on your own.
Dinner and accommodation in Tirana.
The price includes:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Farewell Dinner
• Accommodation in a 4-Star hotel in Tirana
*Please see “Inclusions” section!


Day 9: Departure

After breakfast at your hotel, it is time to say goodbye to Albania.
The price includes:
• Breakfast
*Please see “Inclusions” section!

Performance level:

Different easy hikes are planned during this tour. Our daily trips descriptions give detailed information about: terrain, technical difficulty, estimated walking times, ascent/descent in meters. We kindly ask you to read these very carefully and consider them while choosing this trip.

The given technical difficulty for each daily trip specifies in any case the maximum difficulty in the course of the corresponding trip. That does not necessarily mean that the whole day trip is technically that difficult.



↑ = Ascent in meters

↓ = Descent in meters


Walking time:

Estimated walking times are given for each day. These times do vary, however, according to the day’s weather conditions, and the fitness levels of the tour participants. These times do not include times taken for meals and breaks.



During this tour you will be accommodated in carefully selected:

• Hotels on days 1, 2, 4, 7 and 8 on a twin-share basis
• Guesthouses on days 3, 5 and 6 on a multi-share basis*
*An accommodation upgrade option is available for day 3

The accommodation in hotels will be provided on a twin-share basis. The hotel rooms all have a private bathroom with a shower/bath and toilet. In rare occasions, the accommodation in hotels will be provided in triple rooms.

The accommodation in guesthouses will be provided on a multi-share basis. Bathrooms with a shower and toilet may be shared between multiple rooms. Please note that there may be occasions when you share a room with passengers travelling on different trips than your own.

In all cases, we pair up solo travelers with other travelers of the same gender as per the gender marker on each of their passports.


Solo travelers:

The tour is suitable for solo travelers.


Luggage transportation:

We take care of the luggage transportation between the accommodations.



All transfers described in the itinerary are included in the price and will be organized by us.



If you wish to extend your journey by a few days, we are at your disposal to further organize your tour according to your wishes. All related services and costs are not included in the tour price and as such will be additionally calculated.

If you wish to start or end your tour from/to a different location, we can pick you up or drop you off against additional charge, enabling your participation in the travel.



We are strongly committed towards responsible and sustainable travel.

We please our guests to follow our guidelines regarding sustainability:

• Respect the local people, their culture and environment.
• Support locally owned businesses, restaurants and other services: Eat local food and drink local brands and brews.
• Shop from traditional artisans and for locally made products. Favor local products over imported items. This helps in keeping traditional crafts alive. Even a small amount could be extremely important to local producers.
• Always ask first before photographing or videoing people. Send them back copies of photos to help make it a two-way exchange.
• We strongly recommend bringing reusable water bottles. In places where tap water is potable, this eliminates the usage of single-use plastic bottles entirely.
• Bring a water filter. This way you can drink tap water even in places where it is otherwise unsafe to do so.
• Bring a reusable straw in case you use them regularly.

Feel free to ask any questions you might have. Our staff and guides are trained and able to advise you in detail about our approach towards sustainability.

Included in the price:
• All trips according to the program schedule
• Transport in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
• 4 nights’ accommodation in 4 Star hotels
• 1 night’s accommodation in a 3 Star hotel
• 3 nights’ accommodation in guesthouses
• Meals as described in the program
• Water during the meals and for the hikes
• Entries and visits listed in the program
• Luggage transport between accommodations
• Accompaniment by English-speaking guide during the entire journey


Not included in the price:
• Transfer from and to the airport
• Any type of insurance
• Any beverages
• Other services not mentioned in the included section above or in the itinerary

Essential Equipment:
• Daypack
• Rain cover for daypack
• Hiking boots (category B/C)
• Hiking trousers
• Sweater/Jacket
• Waterproof jacket and trousers
• T-shirts/shirts
• Spare socks
• Reusable water bottles (at least 2 litres in total)
• Comfortable shoes for traveling and sightseeing
• Sunhat
• Sunscreen
• Sunglasses
• Blister bandages
• Any prescription medication you might need
• Passport or ID


Recommended Equipment:
• Water filter or alternative water purification system
• Reusable container for packed lunch
• Reusable straw
• Hydration system
• Slippers
• Personal first aid kit
• Insect repellent
• Trekking Poles

Departure Dates:

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08 June 2024 – 16 June 2024

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