Walking, Cycling and Rafting in Northern Albania
- 9 nights on a BB basis staying in 3 or 4-star hotels
- 4 lunches and 6 dinners
- folk activity in Valbona
- English speaking guide for 10 days
- local guide during the hiking days
- luggage transportation by horse
- transportation with local minibuses
- bicycle rental
- 2-hour rafting excursion in the Valbona River
- local assistance
from 24 Jun 2017 to 03 Jul 2017
from 09 Sep 2017 to 18 Sep 2017
A combination of walking, cycling and rafting in Northern Albania. We start the tour with some general information and history as we travel to the city of Kruja.
Next, we drive to the Albanian Alps and cycle toward the village of Theth, a charming village tucked amidst impressive mountains above 2500 m. We walk to Valbona Valley reaching the altitude of 1815 m from where we enjoy breathtaking views of Theth and Valbona.
Rafting from Dizdar to Fierza Hydroelectric Power Station through Valbona River will be another great experience. We will have the chance to cycle through Kosovo up to Junik to visit the typical Dukagjinian Tower Houses.
What we like
- Cycling through the scenic roads in Albanian Alps
- Visiting the Dukagjinian towers and learn about their history in Kosovo
- Walking to Valbona Valley and experience breathtaking views of the Alps
- Rafting through the Valbona River
Day 1. Tirana Airport – Kruja
Our local tour guide will meet you at the airport to transfer to the city of Kruja. We visit the Castle and the Scanderbeg Museum. Kruja was the most important town for the Albanians during the 15th century which withstood successfully to at least 3 major sieges by the Ottoman Empire.
Day 2. Kruje – Shkoder – Koplik – Boge (by minibus). Boge – Theth (cycling)
Today we travel to the city of Shkodra and visit Rozafa Castle. The castle rises imposingly on a rocky hill, 130 metres above sea level, surrounded by Buna, Drini and Kiri rivers. Being an Illyrian stronghold it was eventually captured by the Romans in 167 BC after several battles with the Illyrian Kingdom. After lunch in Shkodra, we take the bicycles and start cycling along the mountain road of Bogë – Qafë T’thorë – Theth.
Day 3. Theth – Valbona (walking)
We begin walking to Valbona, while our bikes will be transported by minibus. The walk is a bit challenging at first part but it gets better after the first 2 hours. We will have a picnic lunch before we reach the Valbona Pass. At the end of our walk, we'll drive to our accommodation.
Day 4. Valbona (walking and cycling)
Today you can choose whether to cycle or walk the 4-hour trail Kukaj – Podi – Kollates – Valbona
A picnic lunch is provided on the way. During dinner, we will enjoy an Albanian folk music and dance show. Overnight in Valbona at 3* Hotel Margjeka
Day 5. Valbona – Shoshan (cycling ) – Dezdar (Rafting in Valbona River)
The group starts cycling for around 20km, along Valbona Valley. In Shoshan village, we load the bikes in our minibus and begin rafting in Valbona River until the Gri village. After lunch, we continue cycling toward the village of Tropoja. Overnight and dinner in Tropoja Village at the 3* Astë Guesthouse
Day 6. Tropoje e Vjeter – Bucaj – Padesh – Koshare (Kos) – Botushe – Junik (Cycling)
The group travels on and off road to the picturesque village of Padesh which borders with Kosovo. Picnic in Padesh. We continue further down to the village of Botusha and then in the residential centre of Junik in Kosovo. here, we'll stay in a typical turret type guesthouse. Dinner and Overnight: Junik, 3* Turret type guesthouse
Day 7. Junik – Qafë Morinë – Fierzë – Qafë Mali – Fushë arrëz – Pukë (cycling and driving)
We drive through Junik – Qafë Morinë – Cërnicë – Fierzë. From Fierzë we can travel in two ways toward Pukë.
Option 1. We drive from Fierza to Dardhë village. From there we begin riding the bikes through asphalted mountain roads. The itinerary is: Dardhë – Qafë Mali – Fushë Arrëz – Pukë. Lunch is served in Dardhë village.
Option 2. The trip continues rafting in Koman lake beginning from Fierza until we reach Koman. The bikes will be loaded in the ferry. Once we finish lunch we take the bikes and begin riding off road the Koman – Qafa e Mjedes – Gomsiqe – Puka trail. In the afternoon we arrive in Puka which is situated 838 meters above sea level. It’s one of the highest towns in Albania and an attractive ski resort for the winter season. Overnight: Puka, 3* Hotel Puka
Day 8. Puka – Gjegjan – Rrëshen – Rubik (cycling).
Breakfast in Puka. We begin the day cycling through mountain roads following the itinerary Pukë – Gjegjan – Rrëshen – Rubik. In the afternoon we make a 2-hour walk and after that visit the 12 century old Rubik Church from where the view of the area is spectacular. Dinner and overnight in the Old village Rubik at the 3* Hotel Marubi.
Day 9. Rubik – Milot – Lac – Fushekurje – Kamez – Tirana (cycling)
Breakfast in Rubik. We continue cycling through the old track that connects some residential areas, like Milot – Lac – Fushe Kruje – Kamez. Next, we travel to Tirana. As we visit the centre of Tirana and the National History Museum, we will explore its Ottoman, Italian and Communist past. Overnight in Tirana at Hotel Golden City 4 *
Day 10. Tiranë – Mother Theresa Airport
Breakfast in Tirana. This is a free day for the group. You can either visit the city centre and the Et’hem Bey mosque or take some time for shopping before departure. Next, we drive to the airport where the tour ends.