Grand Albania Hiking Tour

Day 1
Check in to your hotel in TIrana you will meet the guide at the agreed time, and go over the program for the coming week.
Later, a walking tour through the city’s landmarks like Scanderbeg Square, the Clock Tower, the Mosque of Et'hem Bej , etc, will follow.
Enjoy dinner in a restaurant in town, and then return to the hotel for the night.

Overnight: Hotel in Tirana
Dinner: Traditional restaurant


Day 2
Today 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 (if you wish) the Museum of Archaeology.
We will have lunch under the shade of the trees in one of the restaurants of the Apollonia Park.
Before we drive to our hotel in Llogora Park (750m), we will have a short stop in the bay of Vlora to have a refreshment in a panoramic location.

Overnight: Hotel llogara National Park
Dinner: Traditional dinner

Transfer information:
Distance: 235 km
Duration: 5 hrs


Day 3
The surroundings of Llogora Park have been described as one of the most dramatic mountain 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 the steep western slopes of the Karabruni penisula, 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 it is time for dinner.

Overnight: Hotel llogara National Park
Dinner: Traditional dinner

Hike information:
Gradient: 400m ; - 400m
Distance: 7 km
Duration: 3:30-4 hrs


Day 4
In the morning, we will hike up to Mount Cika, Qafa e Erës (1600m). The Cika (2045m) mountain is the highest peak of south-western Albania. From the summit, you can admire the stunning view of the highlands of “Labëria” – 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 Tepelena fortress.

Overnight: Guesthouse Qeparo
Dinner: home-cooked meal

Transfer information:
Distance: 40 km
Duration: 2 hrs

Hike information:
Gradient: .600m ; - 600m
Distance: 5km
Duration:4hrs


Day 5
The drive will bring us further south along the splendid Albanian Riviera. Saranda it 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 that we are going to visit.
“Butrint is undeniably a beautiful place. Close to modern civilization yet with its monuments in thick woodland. With remains dating from so many different periods covering two and a half thousand years."
We will have lunch in a restaurant not far from Butrint. 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: Hotel Saranda
Dinner: restaurant

Transfer information:
Distance: 75km
Duration: 2:30 hrs

Hike information:
Gradient: .70m ; - 70m
Distance:1.5km
Duration: 2 hrs


Day 6
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 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 gray-toned streets that Enver Hoxha (the notorious Albanian dictator) and Ismail Kadare (the notorious Albanian writer) grew up.
At the end of our visits in Gjirokaster, we will drive to our next night-stop: Berat.

Overnight: 3 star hotel in Berat
Dinner: traditional restaurant

Transfer information:
Distance: 200 km
Duration: 6 hrs


Day 7
Berat is the best-preserved historic town 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 a refreshment by the sea, before we continue on our way back to Tirana.

Overnight: 2/3 star hotel in Tirana
Dinner: traditional restaurant

Transfer information:
Distance: 92 km
Duration: 1:30 hrs


Day 8
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, epicenter of the legendary Albanian resistance against the Ottomans led by national hero Scanderbeg in the 14th century.

Overnight: 3 star hotel in Kruja
Dinner: traditional restaurant

Transfer information:
Distance: 42 km
Duration: 45 min


Day 9
Today we will hike up the holy mountain of Sarisalltik and visit the Bectasci Teqe (Sufi Dervishes Sanctuary) located at 1100m . Afterwards 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 walk about in town, until dinner.

Overnight: 2 star hotel in Shkodra
Dinner: traditional restaurant

Transfer information:
Distance: 85 km
Duration: 1:30 hrs

Hike information:
Gradient: 600m ; - 600m
Distance: 2.5 km
Duration: 3 hrs


Day 10
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


Day 11
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 Rrogam (900), where we will overnight in a mountain hotel.

Overnight: Mountain hotel or guesthouse, Valbona
Dinner: traditional dinner

Hike information:
Gradient: 1100m ; - 950m
Distance:18.7km
Duration: 7-8 hrs


Hike 'The White Circle': 750m – 1600m (optional hike to 2000m / additional 2 hrs) – 900m /6hrs.

Day 12
Today we will hike the classic pass of the Albanian Alps which, for centuries, has linked the two most renown 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

Hike information:
Gradient: .1150m ; - 900m
Distance: 14km
Duration: 6 hrs


Day 13
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 on-going 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
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: 2/3 star hotel Tirana
Dinner: restaurant

Hike information:
Gradient: .900m ; - 1100m
Distance: 17km
Duration: 6-7 hrs

Transfer information:
Distance: 160km
Duration: 3 hrs


Day 15
The end of the tour.

*Private tour
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