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Active Tour of Albania in 9 Days North to South Hiking & Beach

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9 Days
Tirana
All Albania

This guided tour of Albania in 9 days is an optimal combination of the majesty of the Albanian Alps, the stunning Albanian Riviera, and part of the local vibes of Albania. Travel Albania in style as we explore the beauty of the inland with gems like Valbona and Theth National Park and the gorgeous ancient town of Gjirokaster & Berat, then hit the Riviera as we discover secluded beaches and crystal clear seas on the ultimate Albanian road trip.

Tour Details

The multiday Active tour of Albania is an optimal combination of hiking into Albania’s Alps, Cultural bits, UNESCO Sites, and the deep blue water Riviera. The tour requires a Moderate Level of Fitness. 

All the activities are carefully handpicked to cover the most interesting parts of the country and we always go in line with supporting the local supplier, and tourism sustainability. We always keep in mind to offer a good balance of guided time and also personal time during the day. Therefore aside from the activities, most of the days are built to offer free time to relax, disconnect, and recharge.

 

Departure & Return Location

Hotel Pick Up in Tirana

Departure Time

Tour of Albania

Price Includes

  • 8 Nights Hotel Accomodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location
  • Meals

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Driver Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect

This multi-day active tour of Albania is the best combination for everyone active, fit, and passionate about nature, city life, history, beach, and good food. It will start challenging on the first day, at the North of Albani and Albania Alps, and in addition, it will get slower and more comfortable as we are reaching the end.

 

  • Hiking on the National Park of Valbona
  • Moderate Hiking from Valbona to Theth and Visit to the National park of Theth
  • Encounter the vibrant tunes of Tirana, the capital of Albania
  • Get lost in the narrow, cobble stone streets of  the "city of the windows", Berat
  • Discover the secrets behind the legend on Gjirokastra, the steepest city on the Albania
  • Sun soaking, sea and amazing little beaches around Himara
  • Boat Trips into secret caves and bays organised by the locals

The Water Situation

Along the trip, we will have access to fresh spring water. If you know from the past that you have a sensitive stomach we recommend bringing bottled water to avoid any Upset Stomach symptoms. If you have a history of that, bringing some medicine might come in handy. 
Feel free to ask the guide where you can buy bottled water. 
 
Itinerary
Active tour of Albania - Hiking, Culture and Beach

First Day Tirana - Koman Lake - Valbona

We will leave Tirana at 5:30 am to drive toward Koman Lake when the ferry departs at 9:00 am to the other side of the lake, Fierza. Since 1985 this manmade lake is the only way how locals who live in the surroundings to get in touch with the modern world.
Driving from Fierza to Valbona will needs around 45 minutes, passing through Bajram Curri, the municipality of the area. Lunch break in Valbona and hiking in Kukaj, a very remote area in Valbona Valley surroundings where we will see how the people do their living.

Based also on the weather and temperatures we may also explore some fantastic natural pools for swimming, an exquisite treat in between the mountains. Dinner and Overnight in Valbona. 

Second DayHiking from Valbona – Theth

Also called “the Big Day” of the tour, we now set off on the thrilling hike from Valbona to Theth following the ancient path that the locals have been using for years. Back in the day, it was only possible to travel from Valbona to Shkoder on foot taking two full days of walking!
Walking on this path we will pass through the oldest part of the village where people are still living in their more than 100-year-old stone houses that are remarkable remnants of the past. The 18-km trek offers spectacular views of long rocky valleys and lush green forests. We stop for lunch at one of the traditional cafés along the way but do stock up on snacks just in case. After trekking for about 7-8 hours we arrive in Theth which will for sure amaze us with its unique nature, history, and traditions including the village’s symbol, the Lock-In Tower. Overnight and dinner at the guesthouse.

Third Day Theth - Shkoder - Tirana

After breakfast at the Guesthouse, the” Gurnas” Waterfall is the next attraction. Around 45 minutes walk from the center of the village they round to their pass through most of the village into soft hilly terrain.
Living Theth behind and driving for around 3 hours we will reach Shkoder, the biggest city in the Albanian North. Free time in Shkoder and return to Tirana in the evening. Free evening in Tirana to explore the bustling capital and vibrant nightlife.  

Fourth DayTirana - Durres - Berat

Be ready for leaving Tirana at 09:00 and driving toward Durres. Named also as an “Open Book of History”, it is living proof of the last 25 centuries and many civilizations. Founded as the Greek Colony, the city had passed glorious points in History, Luckily we have some of them still today.
City tour of Durres with a visit at the “Roman Amphitheater”, Medieval Market, and more.

We will leave Durres behind to head toward another city with great importance for Albanian History, Culture and Heritage. Being part of UNESCO World Heritage, Berat is known as a typical Ottoman Style City with a local blend of styles in architecture, With more than 20 centuries of history, it is a mosaic city of different cultures and influences.
City Tour of Berat into its 3 typical neighborhoods “Kala”, “Mangalem” and “Gorica”.
Visit the Orthodox Monastery, “Dormitory of Saint Mary” and “Onufri” museum of Iconography.
Overnight in Berat.

OPTIONAL: Wine Tasting in a Local Winery in Berat for 20 euros / per person.

Fifth DayBerat - Gjirokaster

We will leave Berat and head toward Gjirokaster. It is often described as “a rare example of a well-preserved Ottoman town, built by farmers of the large estate”. Driving through deep South Albania, the road is mainly surrounded by planted fields in one of the most fertile regions of Albanian agriculture. In addition, we will drive by the Vjosa River, one of the very few wild rivers in Albania and the Balkans. 

City tour of Gjirokaster and free evening to enjoy the interesting atmosphere of the city. 

Sixth DayGjirokaster - Himara

We will leave the “City of the Stones” and head toward the Riviera to one of its most beautiful cities, Himara. On our way from Gjirokastra to Himara we will have a stop at the refreshing “Blue Eye”. 

This Natural Fountain is one of the most visited sites in Albania.  We continue further toward the city of Sarande to enjoy the magnificent view of the city facing the Greek Island of Corfu.
Driving through the typical villages along the seaside we will arrive in Himara in the afternoon where after being accommodated in the hotel you can enjoy the rest of the day on one of the magnificent beaches sunbathing or just be amused by the stunning sunset.

Seventh Day Exploring Himara - The alluring beaches and the appealing villages

The mornings start beautifully by the coast with a delicious breakfast, a view, and sun. After leaving the hotel we would be ready for an unforgettable sailing experience.
During this 2 hours sail, we will stop at some of the best Albanian beaches Aquarium Bay, Gjipe Beach, Pigeon Cave, and get inside the Pirates Cave. Optional lunch at Himara where you can choose between the Seafood specialties at local restaurants or the Greek culinary twist

After lunch and some rest, you can take your time just to relax or we can visit some historical sites such as the Castle of Ali Pasha in Porto Palermo built by the ruler of the time as a dedication to its wife.  After a short tour inside the castle located in the amusing bay of Palermo, we can visit the charming half-abandoned village of Old Qeparo,  positioned on top of a mountain 300m above sea level. The architecture in this old town is incredible. You will be blessed with windy cobbled paths, ruins of once stood stone buildings, and a step back in time.

Eighth DayHimare- Short Hike and picnic day

We start the day with some activity hiking from the city of Himara to the village of Pilur, the balcony of the coast with a splendid panoramic view of the city facing the Ionian Sea and its shades of blue. The hike lasts for nearly 2 hours with an elevation of 700 meters. Half the way we will stop and visit the church St. Mary of Athal a historic church very holy to the locals and a pilgrimage destination built in the 18th century.  After having a picnic lunch we can head back down to the beach. 

 

Ninth Day Himare-Llogara national Park-Zvernec-Tirane

Driving from Himara we will go through Llogara National Park where we will also have a short stop to enjoy the most panoramic view of the Albanian Rivera and the paragliders flying in the air giving a show for the spectators on the ground. 

The ride continues through the coastal city of Vlora where the two Seas hug each other, the Adriatic and The Ionian Sea.  Zvernec (Vlore) is our next destination where we will visit its island which connects with the land by a wooden bridge above the salty lagoon of Narta. On the island, we will also visit the St. Mary’s Monastery a medieval Byzantine church and also a monk’s shelter. If we are lucky enough we will spot among the many migrating birds the rose Flamingos staying in groups on the lagoon.

The Tour ends back in Tirana where we can drop you off to your hotel.

 

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Guided Tour of Albania - Hiking, Cultura, Sailing & Beach
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Guided Tour of Albania
Accomodation in Valbona and Theth

Accomodation

Fancy, woden cabins with a fantastic view

Located in the center of Valbona this complex of wooden cabins provides one of the most comfortable stays in Valbona. In addition, a restaurant on-site, specializing in Traditional Cuisine will make your stay unforgettable. 

Guesthouse in Theth
Comfortable stay in a Typical House of the North

Traditional Guesthouse in Theth

What started with the Old house of the family is now one of the best guesthouses in Theth. In addition, comfortable, clean rooms and delicious, local food cooked by the family will be the best combination with the epicness of the village. 

Travelwith kidsa in Albania
The balcony toward Ionian sea

Seaside stay in Himara

Small and charming seaside hotels, for a pleasant and relaxing stay in Himara. Fully equipped and comfortable for the end of your time in Albania. 

Stay one night in Berat in your tour in Albania
The city of the windows

Stay as a Local on the Historical Quartier

We really belive that a good way to enjoy and understand the vibe of the city is to stay in the neighborhood where every stone speaks and has a story to tell. A small, family-based bed and breakfast in one of the oldest parts of the city will welcome us and make us feel at home. 

Local Stay in Gjirokaster on the Albanian Tour
The balcony toward Ionian sea

Seaside stay in Himara

Small and charming seaside hotels, for a pleasant and relaxing stay in Himara. Fully equipped and comfortable for the end of your time in Albania. 

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