Walking Albania's National Parks
- accommodation in hotels and guest houses including breakfast, 4 lunches and 5 dinners
- folk evening in Valbona
- English speaking guide for 9 days:
- hiking guide for 5 days
- luggage transportation by horses
- luggage transportation by 4×4 cars for 2 days
- transportation by local minibuses
- local assistance
from 24 Jun 2017 to 02 Jul 2017
from 29 Jul 2017 to 06 Aug 2017
from 26 Aug 2017 to 03 Sep 2017
Enjoy the National Parks of Theth, Valbona and the Gashi River Reserve combined with the historic towns of Prizren, Berat, Durrës, Kruja and Tirana.
What we like
- the pristine nature of Albania's main national parks
- the folk performance in Valbona
- the fascinating towns of Prizren and Berat
- tasting typical homemade food and drink
Day 1: Airport – Tirana
You'll be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel in Tirana. In the afternoon, we enjoy a city tour of Tirana’s highlights followed by a dinner in a local restaurant.
Dinner and overnight in Tirana
Day 2: Tiranë – Shkodër – Theth
After breakfast, we travel to Theth after stopping in Shkodër to visit the Rozafa Castle and the Old Town. In Theth, we check-in in a village guesthouse and after a short rest, we start a 3-hour walk around the village.
Day 3: Theth – Qafë Valbonë – Valbona
After a rich breakfast, our luggage is loaded onto horses and we start walking to Valbona through water springs, waterfall and small hamlets. We stayed in Valbona for the night where we'll also enjoy a typical folk music show.
Day 4: Valbonë – Çerem – Mullafc
Today we travel by minibus up to the village of Çerem for about 1 hour. From there we begin walking to Mullafci Alpine Pastures passing through Gjarpri and Kunji i Armeve pastures. Accommodation in typical huts.
Day 5: Mullafc – Begaj – Tropoje
As soon as after breakfast, we hike along the National Park of Gashi River following the trail of Mullafc – Herushte – Bradozhnice – Begaj. This area is considered a protected reserves park and holds outstanding flora and fauna. From Begaj we continue by minibus to Tropoja village where we stay overnight.
Day 6: Tropoje – Kasaj – Qafe Morine – Prizren – Rubik
Today we walk along the cross-border trails between Kosovo and Albania. The walk will take us through the Yugoslavian military checkpoint on to Kosovo side. Next, after a coffee break, we head to Prizren where we will visit the Sinan Pasha Mosque, the Turk Hamam, the memorial of the “Albanian League of Prizren”. The journey continues to the village of Katund i Vjeter, near Rubik, in Mirdita District.
Day 7: Katund i Vjeter – Mulliri – Katund i Vjeter-Rubik –Durres – Berat
After breakfast, we walk for a 3-hour round trip to the village of Katund i Vjeter.
After our walk, we drive to the ancient city of Durres where we will visit the Roman Amphitheatre dating from 2nd century BC. After lunch in Durres we resume driving to the UNESCO city of Berat. In the afternoon we will take a walk along the Ottoman quarters of Mangalem and Gorica.
Day 8: Berat – Kruje
Today, we make our way to Kruje after visiting the Ethnographic Museum and the King Mosque.
In Kruja we visit the Castle and the Scanderbeg Museum and have lunch in a restaurant nearby.
Day 9: Kruje – Sari Salltik – Kruje-Tirane – Airport
Today we walk up to Kruja mountain to visit the holy shrine of Sari Salltik. An important site for the Bektashi community in Albania. Transfer to Tirana airport.