Albania, Walking Holidays The Accursed Mountains
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- 480 Euro per person sharing a double/twin room for a minimum of 12-16 participants
- 495 Euro per person sharing a double/twin room for a minimum of 10-14 participants
- 545 Euro per person sharing a double/twin room for a minimum of 8 participants
- 610 Euro per person sharing a double/twin room for a minimum of 6 participants
- 675 Euro per person sharing a double/twin room for a minimum of 4 participants
- 920 Euro per person sharing a double/twin room for a minimum of 2 participants
- Supplement single occupancy of a double room 140 Euro.
Tirana Airport - Shkodra
Meet with our representative guide at Tirana Airport. Drive to Shkodra. Shkodra is one of the oldest cities in the country. Visit the Rozafa Castle that rises on a rocky hill to the west of the city's entrance and, after dinner, takes a walk around the city's pedestrian area, 'pjaca', Catholic Cathedral, City Hall with low elegant buildings from the Venetian period. Hotel 4* Boutique Central located
Shkodra- Koman Lake- boat ride- Valbona
After breakfast drive to Lake of Koman, boarding on the ferry. A spectacular boat trip through the artificial lake created by the hydropower stations built on Drin River. The depth of the lake has given it opal green colors while the surrounding mountains have created the magnificent effect of a fjord. Then drive to Valbona and dive into an alpine landscape, stopping on route for a beautiful riverside walk Overnight in Valbona Hotel 4*
Hiking in Valbona National Park
After breakfast, we will walk straight from our hotel to the mountain slopes in front of us that create the massif of Paplluga. The trail winds through woods of beech and fir, crossing occasionally an old road used during the regime years for timber, until we reach the plateau known as 'Rrethi i Jubanit' and continue towards a panoramic spot where we'll have a picnic lunch. In front of us tower the magnificent vertical peaks of Grykat e Hapta, which create an impressive amphitheater of limestone stretching till the end of the valley in the southwest, where the Valbona Pass awaits for us to cross it in the coming day. After lunch, we will continue to stay high on the plateau before starting the descent in the east-facing slopes of 'Rrethri' to reach the hamlet of Kukaj where we will taste a cup of herbal mountain tea on the terrace of a local family's home. Refreshed, we will then descend to the bottom of the valley under the soft late afternoon light. Overnight in Valbona Hotel 4*
Valbona Pass- Thethi
After breakfast transfer from the hotel to the top of the valley in Rrogam where the road ends. Luggage will be loaded onto horses and we start walking uphill to reach the Valbona Springs via a steep and winding forest trail. Later the walk continues into wide alpine pastures with large glacier erratic rocks, scattered here and there. The path then continues to steepen into a narrow trail that leads to the Valbona Pass. On clear days the views from this location at the heart of the Accursed Massif are truly breathtaking. From here we follow a trail that winds through fir and beech forest and descends into the Thethi valley, also surrounded by several 2500m high sheer rocky domes, such as the Radohima and the Harapit. Arrive in Thethi overnight in Thethi Hotel 4*
Exploring the Thethi Valley
Thethi is an iconic Northern Albanian (highlands) village. Enclosed in the full remoteness of the Accursed Mountains it stayed protected from the multiple invasions that afflicted the more accessible parts of the Alps and life was organized following the detailed rules of the 'Kanun' - the Unwritten Code of the Mountains. These aspects were well pictured by the Victorian traveler Mrs. Edith Durham in the book, High Albania, written on her journey into the area at the beginning of the 20th Century. We will spend the day discovering the village on foot in a succession of attractions such as the stone-built catholic church, Kulla e Ngujimit - the blood feud lock-in tower, the waterfall, and then along the Grunas Canyon's ancient terraces towards the hamlet of Nderlysa; here we will have a tasty lunch prepared by one of the local families. In the afternoon, after some free time to relax by the natural pools of Nderlysa - created by the clear and icy water of the Kaprea Creek - a short transfer of around 20 minutes will bring us back to Thethi for dinner and overnight.
Walk to Thore Pass- Shkodra- Tirana
After breakfast we leave our hotel on foot, passing through the village and crossing meadows and woods in a gradual climb in the direction of Thore Pass. Walking on the unsealed village road we will reach the memorial of Edith Durham, known by the highlanders as - the Queen of the Highlands - in respect of her support of the Albanian cause after World War One. This spot offers fantastic views of the Thethi Valley with the imposing big wall of Mt Harapit in full sight. From here we start driving into the scenic valley of Boga, slowly leaving behind the silhouette of the Albanian Alps and heading towards the Shkodra plain. In the afternoon our drive ends in the colorful Albanian capital of Tirana, Begin the tour of Tirana City. It starts with a newly opened Atonic nuclear 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,” continue with National Historical museum followed by a stop at the Mosque of Et`hem Bey built-in 1793. The Opera House (National Theatre of Opera and Ballet) looks over Scanderbeg Square. A walk in the main boulevard provides a close sight of the City Hall and several Governmental buildings, on both sides. You cannot miss the National Gallery of Arts along this walk. In the evening, a visit to the former Communist Residential area, with modern bars, restaurants, and pubs were populated by different age groups, especially Albanian youth. . Overnight in Tirana Boutique 4* Hotel located in the center
Tirana – Tirana Airport
After breakfast, Free time at your leisure - Transfer to Tirana Airport-End of the services
- Accommodation: 7 nights in 3,4* Hotels BB,
- Meals: 7 x breakfasts, Professional English, German, Italian, French, Polish & Russian speaking tour guide (separate driver and guide only for groups of 7 or more participants).
- All transport as per itinerary
- All luggage transfer by mule and vehicle (bring bags, no suitcases!)
- Ferry ride Koman-Fierze
- All entry fees are as described in the itinerary.
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- Everything else is not mentioned in the included section.
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