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Via Dinarica Tour – Albania, Montenegro and Kosovo

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7 Days
Tirana, Pristina or Prizren
Via Dinarica

In this, Via Dinarica Tour you will have the chance to explore the best of Alpine, wild nature of  Albanian North and some parts of Montenegro and Kosovo. At the same time, this tour is part of a Mega Balkanic Dinaric trail with a total length of 200 km. This trail is one of the least explore trails in Balkans and at the same time, it is also been mentioned as one of the Best Trips for 2017 by National Geographic.

 

Tour Details

In has been considered as one of the most scenics, epic hiking tours in Balkans and Europe. Itienerary of Via Dinarica will take you to North of Albania and it snakes in Montenegro and end at Kosovo. Hiking the Three Bordes point, you will be stunned by the highest peak of Kosovo and Montenegro. Part of the Tour are also Natural Park of Theth and Valbona. The rest continues in Alpine villages where we will be welcomed by locals and shepherds to share the very simple guesthouse and the meals.

We will be walking and exploring parts of the Accursed Mountains. In Albanian Folk, this was the place where the fairies were chilling. By the end of the tour we will have the chance to visit also the city of Prizren. It is one of the most important cities of Kosovo and furthermore known as the Cultural Capital of Kosovo.

Departure & Return Location

  • Tirana (Albania)

On Request this Via Dinarica tour may starts from Pristina or Prizren 

Departure Time

05:30

Price Includes

  • 6 Nights Accomodation in Shared Room
  • All meals apart from Breakfast on the first day and Dinner at the Last Day
  • Tour Guide
  • All Transfers
  • Tickets and Entrance

Price Excludes

  • Snacks and Drinks
  • Personal Expenses and Tips

Complementaries

  • Hiking Shoes
  • Sunscreen and Hat
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Rain Coat
  • Comfortable Backpack. We carry everything on our own through all the trip.
  • Water Containers
  • Hiking Poles
What to Expect in this Via Dinarica Tour
Highlights of the Tour

During this Sevend Hiking Via Danirica Tour we will stay closer to the rural life by staying at local guesthouses and Shepherd summer huts. The Tour is based on Shared Rooms for Triple or Wuadruple Occupancy.

For Private Rooms Please Contact Us.

All the meals are provided. The food is simple and homecook at the guesthouse with the fresh products from the garden and the area.

  • Via Dinarica Tour - Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro
  • Exploration of Theth National Park, its culture and the natural Spring of Blue Eye.
  • Border crossing Hiking Tour. Hiking at the Three Borders Peak
  • Local Stay with shepherds in their simple conditions, but war and welcoming treat
  • Exploration on one of the best cities of Kosovo, Prizren
Itinerary
Via Dinarica Tour

Fist Day Driving from Tirana to Theth

Leaving Tirana we will head toward the North of Albania with the village of Theth as our final destination. In 2 hours comfortable drive we will reach the city of Shkodera. With more than 2000 years of history, Shkodra is the largest city in Northern Albania. Called also as the capital of North Albania, it has been a cultural, economical and political center in centuries.
It is in Shkoder where we change our vehicle. We will jump to a more suitable public transport van to share this driving experience with some locals.
Driving through the Valley of Boga, a course scenery will open in front of us. Driving on a windy road, the view gets even better. Int the end of this bumpy ride, we will find Theth. It will amaze us with its unique nature, history, and traditions including the village’s symbol, the Lock-In Tower. After the Lunch at the Guesthouse, the next destination will the Grunasi waterfall not far from the center of the village.
The last station will be “The Lock inn Tower”, the most iconic building on Theth. Mentioned also at the Edit Durham Journal, it is the symbol of the blood feuds in Albania. Short Presentation of a symbolic process where 2 families were agreeing on peace. We will spend the first night on Theth.

Second DayExploration of the Natural Park of Theth and Blue Eye

Theth is indeed one of the best examples of Alpine Villages in Albania. The second day is planned to be organized as a full-day round trip in a deep exploration of the area and the Blue Eye.
Situated around 10 km from the center of Theth, this natural water pool is the main destination of the third day. With a deep of 5 m and icy waters (5°C), the Blue Eye is formed by the erosion of rock by the water that descends from the mountains. Picnic lunch at the Blue Eye and return at the guesthouse in Theth by the afternoon.
In addition, the second night will be spent in Theth.

Third Day Hiking From Theth to Valbona

We now set off on the thrilling hike from Theth to Valbona following the ancient path that the locals have been using for years. Back in the days, 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 20-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.
Dinner and Overnight in Valbona.

Hiking Trail: 19 Km
Elevation gain: 1043 m
Elevation Loss: 764 m

Fourth Day Hiking from Valbona to Cerem through "Lugu i Persllopit"

The day starts early, to continue further in this Via Dinarica itinerary. We leave the Valbona Valley to head toward a more remote village, hidden in between the mountains. Cerem is well known among the accursed mountains for its blackberries.
The trail meanders along with the pine forests in a very remote area. In a few hours of hike we will reach the highest peak of the trail 2030m. Could it be a better place for a picnic lunch?
We continue our trip by entering the Montenegrian border and hiking for a few kilometers in the sides of Zla Kolata. At the same time, this rocky doom is the highest peak of Montenegro. Re-entering the Albanian border and through the Bori Pass, we will reach the village of Cerem where we will spend the night.

Hiking Trail: 13 Km
Elevation gain: 1089 m
Elevation Loss: 870 m

Fifth Day Hiking from Cerem to Doberdol, the heart of Accursed Mountains

Located in-between high peaks Doberdol has been for centuries a Sheppard summer camp. It is where they bring their cattle for 4-5 months per year.
Today’s hike is relatively easier, mainly in the forests. We leave the rocky massif of Kollata and make our way in the forest for a few hours. We are briefly crossing the border to Montenegro, to return again in the Albanian side, walking on the side of a former military base. Picnic lunch and coffee break in a remote Bar.
In the next kilometers to Doberdol, the terrain is mainly flat and through the patches of the beech forest.
Dinner and Overnight in a basic guesthouse in Doberdol.

Hiking Trail: 15 Km
Elevation gain: 890m
Elevation Loss: 440m

Sixth DayThe Three Borders Peak - Hiking from Doberdol to "Zalli Rupes" in Kosovo

We leave the stunning Doberdol to head toward the Three Borders Peak. The trail is amazingly scenic and symbolic. We will have in our spectrum the Peak of Gjeravica, as the Highest peak of Kosovo. The second one is the Zla Kolata, that we have also left it behind days ago. In addition, in the further horizon the massif of rocky Jezerca, the second peak of Albania.
An additional walk will lead u toward the Peak of Three borders.
The end of our journey will be soon, after passing the Kosovo border, walking into a fir forest. From there we will take a transfer toward the historical city of Prizren.
Dinner and Overnight in Prizren.

Hiking Trail: 6 Km
Elevation gain: 630 m
Elevation Loss: 840 m

Seventh Day City Tour of Prizren and departure to Pristina / Tirana

Famous for its unique style and culture, Prizren is one of the most important cities in the History of Kosovo. It is the city where Ancient History gets fused with Medieval times, Ottoman invasion and plenty of Balkans wars.

Lied on both sides of “Lumbardhi” River (White River) and above the Prizreni’s castle, this Noble city is the place when different ethnicities and religions are living in harmony with each other for centuries. Prizren is the city that everyone falls in love with!
City tour of Prizren and visits at “League of Prizren”
After the tour of Prizren, tours terminates with return in Tirana or transfer to Pristina.

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Images along the Via Dinarica Trail
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