Discover South Albania's

cultural treasures

The treasures of southeast Albania’s magnificent landscape are waiting to be discovered. The area’s wealth of monuments and historic sites compose an astonishing cultural heritage.

Enjoy those quiet moments on the grey cobbled alleys of Gjirokastër – the “City in Stone”, wander through the ancient Greco-Roman ruins at the archeological site of nearby Butrint, or be captured by the irresistible charms of the great white-washed historic districts of Berat, adorned by thousands of wooden windows in elegant 18’th Century Ottoman style.

Warm people, delicious food, delicate wines and strong raki will complement the experience. Gëzuar!

Sights and cities of

the charming South-East

Travel through the spectacular gorge of Kelcyra towards the small town of Permet, which is situated on a rocky bluff in the one of the most scenic parts of river Vjosa. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and go for a dip in the nearby thermal pools of Benja in plain nature, next to the perfect arc of a beautiful Ottoman bridge in stone. For the adventurous, we offer exciting rafting trips on the waves of Vjosa and river hiking exploration of the spectacular Langarica canyon! (Check out our rafting trip in Vjosa here).

Continue further inland towards the plateau of Leskovik, and you’ll be stunned by the mighty views of the 2500m rocky dome of mount Nemerçka towering above the green Vjosa Valley. It has scored a number of covers on books and magazines.

The journey enters the wild and peaceful forests of Germenj, aligning the Gramos mountain range that defines the border with Greece on the East along the ridge-line. This tour is especially beautiful and entertaining to do on bike. If you are an avid cyclist, be sure to check out our bike tours that run in the area.

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Gjirokastër — The City of Stone
Gjirokastër; the “City of Stone” and UNESCO World Heritage site extends downhill from the 13th century castle and is one of the most beautiful Albanian historic towns. A stroll along the grey stone paved streets will bring you to the charming traditional architecture that originates from the Ottoman times. Gjirokaster is also the hometown of former dictator Enver Hoxha and award-winning writer Ismail Kadare.

Berat
The City of “Thousand Windows”
Berat is the best-preserved historic town of Albania. Illyrian and Roman walls surround Byzantine churches and Ottoman houses, and coexist with the Socialist buildings in an impressive historic span of more than 2,400 years. Continue upstream the river towards the imposing “Baba Tomor” mountain.

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South Albania

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Rafting in the marvelous Vjosa Valley (Day Trip)

The trip takes place in the Vjosa river, which flows at the foothills of the mighty Nemerçka, the highest mountain of Southern Albania.  The trip ends where the river reaches the city of Permet.
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Albania
Moderate
1 day
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Kayaking Experience on Lake Shkopet (Day Trip)

This trip is for active people who enjoy being on the water and kayak through wonderful surroundings. During this trip, we will paddle on the lake along pristine river beaches and farm houses.
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Albania
Moderate
1 day
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Rafting the mighty Osumi Canyon (Day Trip)

The trip takes place in the Canyon of Osumi, one of the most beautiful places in Albania where we will explore the river and its stunning surroundings with incredible rock formations and waterfalls by raft.
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1 day
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River hiking in the Osumi Canyon (Day Trip)

In late summer, the river water level drops but the canyon of Osumi still remains a magnificent exhibit of Albanian nature. The fun activity of river hiking is a great alternative for rafting.
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Albania
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1 day
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Hiking in scenic Southern Albania (8 Days)

This tour is for people who enjoy a balanced mix of hikes, cultural visits and relaxation in the beautiful South of Albania. Traveling from the Adriatic to the Ionian coast, you can marvel at the splendour of Llogora Pass....
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Grand Albania Hiking Tour (15 Days)

This two-week walking tour is for fit people who want to explore Albania in it’s full length, from the most Northern to the most Southern parts of the country.
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Albania
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Cultural Tour Albania (8 Days)

This cultural tour is for people who are interested to discover the history and experience the culture of a warm and incredibly hospitable country that has not been discovered by mass tourism yet.
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Albania
Moderate
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UNESCO Cycling Tour (9 Days)

This tour is for fit people who enjoy cycling into the nature and history of the southern coast, known as the “Albanian Riviera” with UNESCO Heritage sites, picturesque villages, tropical beaches and more.
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Longer than 8 days
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Cycling Tour South Albania (15 Days)

This tour is for active people who want to explore the coastal mountains of Southern Albania by bike. We will cycle through hills covered in olive groves, around the magnificent Lake Ohrid, and along the sparsely...
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Albania
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Longer than 8 days
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Sea-kayak along the beautiful Ionian coast (7 Days)

This sea kayaking tour is for people who like to be on the water and visit secluded beaches that can only be reached from the water. We will explore the caves, beaches, picturesque villages and more.
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Albania
Fit
5 to 8 days