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Albanians are very hospitable. Even more so than the rest of the Balkans ‘’TAB’’ organizes trips into Albanian Nature & Culture activities, such as rafting, hiking. For us, local traveling is the way to show our guests real Albania, the stunning nature, miraculous tradition & ancient culture. Most of our tours are off-beaten truck and nature friendly.

Price:

  • 1250 Euro per person sharing a double or twin room for a minimum of 7 participants
  • 1270 Euro per person sharing a double or twin room for a minimum of 6 participants
  • 1290 Euro per person sharing a double or twin room for a minimum of 5 participants
  • 1340 Euro per person sharing a double or twin room for a minimum of 4 participants
  • 1420 Euro per person sharing a double or twin room for a minimum of 3 participants
  • 1520 Euro per person sharing a double or twin room for a minimum of 2 participants
  • 2900 Euro for 1 participant
  • Supplement single supplement of a double room will be 280 Euro.
  • Note: For groups over 7 person prices on request -  info@tours-albania.com 

Itineraries

Day 1

Arrival-Tirana

Arrive at “Mother Teresa” Airport, meet and assist by our representative. Check-in Hotel Tirana, afternoon visits the Tirana Highlights start with the Et’hem Bey Mosque, the clock tower, National Museum- north of Scanderbeg Square, The Palace of Culture, The monument to Mother Albania and The National Historical Museum is the significant spots that catch up the attention of one and all who visit the city. Continuing with the newly opened Atonic bunker, the Bunk’art2 museum in Tirana opened to the public describing it as a museum throwing light on political persecution during the Albanian communist era. The museum – called Bunk’Art 2 – is also intended as a memorial to the tens of thousands of people who were imprisoned and executed by the communist regime,” In the evening, a visit to the former Communist Residential area, with modern bars, restaurants, and pubs where the populated by different age groups, especially Albanian youth. Diner at Traditional Restaurant Era Overnight in Tirana 4*

Day 2

Tirana- Vlora- Llogara

After breakfast, we will drive south towards the coastal city of Vlora and the national park Llogora. On the way, we will visit the ancient ruins of Apollonia, its Byzantine Monastery, and the Museum of Archaeology. Continue to Vlora we will have a shortstop in the bay of Vlora before we drive to our hotel in Llogora Park. Diner in a traditional restaurant. Overnight in Hotel Llogara National Park. Hotel Sofo

Day 3

Llogara

After breakfast, we will explore the surroundings of Llogora Park. Llogara has been described as one of the most dramatic mountains and sea panoramas of the Mediterranean. It is here that our first hike will take place. We will make our way up towards Qafa e Thelle (1200m) – The Deep Pass – through dense mixed forest on the steep western slopes of the Karabruni peninsula, dropping down towards the waters of the Ionian Sea. In the afternoon, upon return, we will have an optional walk or the chance to relax in the hotel until dinner time. Overnight: Dinner: Traditional dinner Hotel Sofo
Walking and Hike information: Gradient: 400m; – 400m, Distance: 7 km, Duration: 4-5 hrs

Day 4

Llogara- Himare- Qeparo

After breakfast in the morning, we will hike up to Mount Cika, Qafa e Erës (1600m). The Cika (2045m) mountain is the highest peak of southwestern Albania. From the summit, you can admire the stunning view of the highlands of “Labëria” – the land of southern shepherds – and the splendor of the Ionian Sea with Corfu and other minor Greek islands on the horizon. After the hike, we will drive further along the Ionian coast until we reach the village of Qeparo (0m) at the sea. Before we reach our final destination we will stop to visit the beautiful bay of Porto Palermo and the Ali Pasha fortress. Overnight: Guesthouse Qeparo guest house. Dinner: a home-cooked meal
Transfer information: Distance: 40 km, Duration: 2 hrs. Hike information: Gradient: .600m; – 600m Distance: 5km, Duration:4hrs

Day 5

Qeparo- Saranda

After breakfast, we will drive further south along the splendid Albanian Riviera. Saranda is set in a lovely horseshoe bay, making it a holiday resort since communist times. Nearby, following a panoramic road along the homonymous lagoon are the remains of the ancient Butrint, Albania’s most important archaeological site. Butrint dates from the 7th century BC, later becoming a Roman colony, then falling under the sway of the Venetians and Turks. Virgil claimed that the Trojans settled Butrint, but no evidence of this has yet been found. Within a century of the Greeks arriving, Butrint had become a fortified trading city with its acropolis, the ruins of which we can still visit. The rediscovered city is a microcosm of almost 3,000 years of Mediterranean history, and its 6th century BC fortification evokes the city’s military power and symbolizes the rich culture of the once-thriving ancient city we will have lunch in a restaurant in the most beautiful Village of Saranda Ksamil (seaside). After this, we will go to a hotel by the sea where we can relax at the beach or stroll through the city until it is time for another tasty dinner. Overnight in Hotel 4* Saranda

Day 6

Saranda- Gjirokastra- Berat

After breakfast, we will leave the coast and drive inland towards Gjirokaster – the City of Stone. Here, we will visit the Castle, the Museum of Weapons, the Ethnographic Museum, and we will take a walk along with the stone-paved alleys of the town. Gjirokastër is one of the most beautiful Albanian historic towns, with a citadel dating from the 13th century. Walks along the stone-paved streets will bring you to discover the charming traditional Albanian architecture. It was in these grey-toned streets that Enver Hoxha (the notorious Albanian dictator) and Ismail Kadare (the notorious Albanian writer) grew up. At the end of our visits to Gjirokaster, we will drive to our next night-stop: Overnight in Hotel Mangalemi Berat.

Day 7

Berat – Tirana

After breakfast, we will visit one of the best-preserved historic towns of Albania. Illyrian, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Socialist buildings accumulated over 2400 years, and show the importance and the rich history of Berat. We will walk in the characteristics neighborhood “Mangalemi” to visit the Ethnographic museum. Then we will hike up to visit the citadel district of Berat, its splendid orthodox churches, and the Onufri Icons museum. In the afternoon, we will drive on to Durres (92km/1hr30min), where we will have a stop for refreshment by the sea before we continue on our way back to Tirana. Overnight in Tirana

Day 8

Tirana- Kruja

Today you will have the morning free in Tirana, then in the afternoon, we will continue our journey to Kruja. We will visit the Kruja Bazar and the Kruja castle, the epicenter of the legendary Albanian resistance against the Ottomans led by national hero Scanderbeg in the 15th century. Overnight in Hotel Panorama Kruja. Dinner with live traditional folk music

Day 9

Kruja- Mount of Sarisalltik- Shkodra

Today we will hike up the holy mountain of Sarisalltik and visit the Bectasci Teqe (Sufi Dervishes Sanctuary) located at 1100m. Afterward, we will start driving north. At the entrance of Shkoder, the largest city of the North, we will visit the Rozafa Castle and admire the superb view of the lake surrounded by mountains. In the evening, we will relax at the lake and walkabout in town, until dinner. Overnight in Hotel Tradita

Day 10

Shkodra- Koman- Tropoja- Valbona

After breakfast, in the early morning, we will drive to the ferry, which goes through the spectacular canyon of River Drin. The lake was man-made, after the construction of the dam of Koman, in the 1980s. The transfer will continue along the beautiful valley of river Valbona until reaching the picturesque location of Dunishë (750m) where we will stay overnight. Overnight: Guesthouse in a beautiful setting in Valbona Dinner: home-cooked meal.
Transfer information: Distance: 75 km. Duration: 6 hrs. Overnight in Hotel Margjeka

Day 11

Valbona

After breakfast, the hike will start from the house in direction of the village of Kukaj (900m). From there, a shepherd’s path will bring us to remote landscapes of the eastern Alps of Albania until reaching Qafa e Rosit (2000m). The path climbs smoothly in the middle of green meadows, with gorgeous views of Jezerca Mountain and Rrethi I Bardhë – The White Circle. At the end of the day, we arrive in the village Rragam (900), where we will overnight in Valbona. Hotel Margjeka
Hike information: Gradient: 1100m; 950m.Distance:18.7km.Duration: 7-8 hrs.

Day 12

Valbona- Thethi Pass

Today we will hike the classic pass of the Albanian Alps which, for centuries, has linked the two most renowned valleys of the area, Valbona (Valnona pass; 1966m a.s.l) and Thethi. We will use mules to carry the luggage to the next house. Several springs of water will make the stops pleasant and refreshing while admiring the steep and jagged surrounding peaks of Jezerca and Radohima. From there the group will start the descent towards the village of Thethi (850m a.s.l), where we will stay overnight after up to 8 hrs of walking. Thethi is the best-preserved alpine village in Albania. It has typical houses still roofed with wooden tiles and its location is spectacular. We will stay overnight and have dinner in one of these traditional houses and experience the unforgettable hospitality of the place. Overnight: Guesthouse Thethi, Dinner: home-cooked meal. Overnight in Thethi Guest House. Bujtina Polia
Hike information: Gradient: 1150m; – 900m Distance: 14km, Duration: 6 hrs.

Day 13

Thethi

Today we will have a pleasant day exploring the surroundings of Thethi. We will start walking downhill from the house (850m) and visit the attractions near the village, such as the Church (750m), the Kulla e Ngujimit (a tower house used in the past by men as a shelter against ongoing vendetta), the Thethi Waterfall, Grunasi Canyon, and the cyclopean stone walled terraces dating from the late bronze era, recently discovered in 2007. Overnight: Guesthouse Thethi. Dinner: home-cooked meal.
Hike information: Gradient: .200m; – 200m Distance: 11km, Duration:5 hrs

Day 14

Thethi- Boga- Shkodra- Tirana

After breakfast, we will leave Thethi (850m a.s.l) to start another day of spectacular trekking toward the village of Boga (900m). We will walk along Shtegu I Dheneve – the Path of the Sheep – which is another classic path with stunning views of the “Accursed Mountains”, until we reach the village of Boga (900m a.s.l). We will have lunch in this picturesque village surrounded by vertical slopes with peaks above 000m high, and then leave through the Boga valley towards Shkoder and then Tirana (160km – 3hrs). Overnight in Hotel Vila Alba Tirana

Day 15

Tirana- Tirana Airport

After breakfast free time before the transfer to Tirana Airport

  • Transfers from and to Airport
  • All the transfers with modern a/c vehicles/throughout the tour
  • Experienced English, German, French, Italian, Russian, Polish. Speaking tour guide/driver (separate driver and guide only for 7 or more participants)
  • Accommodation for 13 nights in good 4* hotels, with breakfast
  • Ferry Ticket
  • All taxes
  • Flight Tickets
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities/Tip to Driver/Guide
  • Entrance fees (approx. 45 Euro pp)

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