Adventure, nature and culture in Albania

Duration : 8 days

Albania

Level : intermediate

from 680 € / p. from 2 to 20 persons

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Description

Albania is undoubtedly the most little-known gem of the Adriatic. The visitors who go there today are in a way pioneers because tourism is still relatively confidential. Located on strategic routes connecting the West and the East, Albania has been since ancient times at the heart of the lusts of the great Mediterranean powers which have left their mark there.

Don't wait to come and discover this amazing country!

According to my disponibility, the guide could also be a local one.

"Date on demand".

Program

D1: Flight to Tirana
Meet your guide upon arrival at Tirana International Airport and depart for the city center of the Albanian capital.Tirana is a city in constant evolution. Formerly dull and gray, the city experienced an international post-communism boom, becoming a lively, colorful and very lively metropolis thanks to its unique atmosphere. Fascinating, Tirana represents both the past and the future of Albania.

D2: Tirana - Berat - Permët.
Departure early in the morning for Berat or the "city of a thousand windows".
You will discover another example of a city with an architectural style typical of the Ottoman period. The visit of Berat is characterized by the coexistence of different religious and cultural communities over the centuries.
Then start an ascent to the heights of the city to reach the "Kala" fortress of Berat built in the 13th century and classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Church of the Holy Trinity overlooking the city. Continue your exploration in the Albanian lands and join the picturesque village of Permët.
On the road, go to a family vineyard for a wine tasting in the cellar "Çobo Winery" and discover the wine heritage of Albania.

D3: Visit of Përmet.
The town of Përmet, crossed by the Vjosa river, is located in the eastern part of Albania and is known for its many tourist attractions, both cultural and natural, including its thermal springs.
The city of Permët is an example of agrotourism in Albania for its ecological farms, its production of local products like rakia or honey, and for its commitment to the environment.
You will enjoy a change of scenery in the heart of rural Albania and may have the chance to attend traditional events such as the summer festival which takes place every year from March 13 to 14 and which presents local Albanian traditions. with its gastronomic specialties, its costumes and its traditional dances.

D4: Aquatic activities.
After breakfast, meet your local instructor and gear up for a morning rafting trip on the Vjosa River, through sumptuous landscapes.
In the afternoon, you will hike in the Langarica Canyon. You will reach the hot springs at the end of the walk and can take the opportunity to bathe in the thermal baths or simply enjoy this sublime postcard landscape.
At the end of the afternoon, head towards a new agritourism farm and discover a cheese dairy located in a bunker.

D5: Permet - Gjirokastra - Butrint - Saranda.
After breakfast, you reach Gjirokastra and start a guided city tour.
You will also visit the Skenduli house, a typical Ottoman house dating from the 18th century. Transfer to Butrint , bigest resort on the Albanian Riviera. Visit of an archaeological site of an ancient city built by the Trojans after the fall of Troy.
Then continue to Saranda and drop your luggage at the hotel.

D6: Adventure by jeep through the sumptuous landscapes of the Albanian Riviera.You will leave for your first destination, the village of Borsh and join its waterfall, where you will take a break for a coffee and take pictures.
You will then continue to the old village of Pilur to discover rural Albania. Traditional lunch in the village.
Depending on the weather, you will reach LLamani beach, where you can relax, sunbathe or snorkel on a magnificent beach.
On the way back, stop at Ali Pasha's Castle, a famous governor of the region on behalf of the Ottoman Empire, often compared to Napoleon for his military strategies and alliances.
Option: traditional dinner with Albanian dance and music in a castle on the heights of Saranda (15€ / person).

D7: Saranda - Dhermi - Hiking in Gjipe - Dhermi.
Head towards the charming seaside resort of Dhermi.
Hike to discover the wonders of the Albanian Riviera. Discover Gjippe canyon and its secluded beach. You will continue your day with a boat trip to discover the pirate caves.
After your boat trip, return to Dhermi and free afternoon to relax on the seafront or enjoy the city beaches.

D8: Dhermi - Divjake - Kruje.
After breakfast, departure for Northern Albania and stop at the Karavasta Lagoon in Divjakë, the largest lagoon in Albania with a large concentration of flora and fauna.
You can climb up a panoramic tower to enjoy a splendid view of the lagoon. Lunch at Karavasta, then boat for a short ride on the lagoon.
Then leave for Kruje, one of the oldest European cities. You will visit the town with its old bazaar and the medieval fortress of Skanderbeg. Visit to the Ethnographic Museum which traces the life and objects used by the Albanians for generations. It represents one of the best ethnographic museums in Albania.

D9: Back to France.
Breakfast and free time until your transfer to the airport for your return flight.

The price includes

  • Transport by minibus, adapted to the size of the group (from 2 to 6 participants, the guide will also be the driver, from 7 to 20 participants, there will be a driver).
  • Group transfers from the airport to Tirana and back.
  • Supervision by an English-speaking guide.
  • Nights in 3* and 4* hotels (local standards, subject to availability).
  • Half board (breakfast and lunch).
  • Entrance fees to monuments.
  • All activities mentioned in the programme.
  • Wine tasting in Berat.
  • Rafting in Permët.
  • Trekking in the Langarica canyon.
  • Cheese tasting in Permët with dinner.
  • Jeep tour to discover rural Albania.
  • Boat trip to Dhermi.
  • Boat trip on the Karavasta lagoon.
Number of participants 2 3 or 4 5 to 7 8 to 10 11 to 15 16 to 20
Price / person 1390€ 1090€ 970€ 880€ 780€ 680€

The price does not include

  • All additional expenses not mentioned in the program.
  • Drinks.
  • Dinners (except dinner on day 3).
  • Tips.
  • Insurance.
  • Round trip flight.
  • Single room: extra 120€ per person.
  • Anything not mentioned in "The price includes".

Accommodation

  • 3* and 4* hotels (local norms).
Next departures :

No scheduled departure, but you can contact me to book your dates.

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