Day 1 - Arrival and transfer to hotel
Arrive in Tirana and take a transfer to your hotel
Accommodation – Oxford Hotel
Day 2 - Welcome to Shkoder, Albania.
Welcome to Shkoder, Albania. Upon checking into the hotel, we will have a walking tour of the city. Followed by free time and dinner at a traditional restaurant.
Accommodation – Tradita or Rozafa
Day 3 - Visit Koman Lake
In the morning, we will hop on our bus and head towards the Koman Ferry Yard. There we will board the ferry and navigate across the magnificent fjord-like Koman Lake. Upon arrival in Fierza, we will hop on the bus and head towards Valbona Valley. Upon arrival you have the option to take part in hiking in the Kukaj Village.
Accommodation – Kol Gjoni Guesthouse / or similar
Day 4 - Hike to Rosi Pass
After breakfast, we will start our hike towards the Rosi Pass. From 950m we will head towards Kukaj village, and continue further towards the Rama hut, located at 1700m. From there, we can continue upwards to the pass, located at 2165m and have our picnic lunch before starting our way back towards the Valbona Village.
Accommodation – Kol Gjoni Guesthouse / or similar
Day 5 - Continue the Rosi Pass hike and visit the Church of Thetth
After breakfast, we will load our luggage on the mules/horses and start heading towards the Valbona pass, located at 1800m. We will start our hike from 950m and walk towards the pass. Almost half-way, we will stop on a remote "bar" in the middle of the mountain where we can enjoy some refreshments or a local coffee. After a short break, we will continue towards the pass. We will have another break when we reach the pass and have incorporated some time for some pictures. We will start our descent towards Thethi. Half way through our descent, we will stop on another "bar" where we will have our picnic lunch. Upon the arrival in Theth, we will head to our guesthouse and have some time to relax. In the afternoon, we will visit the Church of Thetth, the Blood Feud Tower and later return to our guesthouse. This is the most challenging day of the trip - it is possible to arrange a horse to carry you if you don’t want to walk, at extra cost payable on the trip. You will still have to walk only for a few hundred metres near the pass.
Accommodation – Gjergj Harusha Guesthouse / or similar
Day 6 - Visit the Castle of Rozafa, explore the National History Museum and Scanderbeg Square
Today we will continue towards Shkodra. Upon arrival, we can have a stroll in the city centre where we can enjoy lunch in a traditional restaurant. We will continue towards the Castle of Rozafa, after visiting the castle, we will head south towards Tirana. Upon arrival check in at the hotel and have some time to rest. In the afternoon, we will have a tour of the city. First we will visit the National History Museum. From there, we will visit the Skanderbeg Square and the Et'Hem Bey Mosque (if open, we could get inside). We will continue towards the New Bazaar and view the italian-built ministries and boulevards, ending up in the Bllok area. This area is the former home to out dictator and his ruling caste, nowadays transformed into a playground for young albanians, filled with bars, clubs and fancy restaurants.
Accommodation – Oxford Hotel / or similar
Day 7 - Stop at the Apollonia Archaeological Park and enjoy lunch at Llogara Pass
After breakfast, we will hop on the bus and head towards the Albanian Coast. Our first stop will be at the Apollonia Archaeolgical Park. After this, we will continue towards the Albanian Riviera. We will climb the Llogara pass, where we will stop for lunch. There we can try a local delicacy - sheep's yogurt with honey and walnuts. After lunch, we will continue our descent towards the Albanian riviera - stopping for pictures. Just before reaching Qeparo, we will stop at Ali Pasha Fortress at Porto Palermo Bay. We will then continue to the hotel, where we will spend the night.
Accommodation – In Hotel Valta
Day 8 - Spend a day at the beach and the evening in Qeparo
Today we will spend a relaxing day at the beach with an optional sea kayaking experience. In the afternoon, we will head to Saranda, where we will spend the night and enjoy a free evening in the city.
Accommodation – Porto Eda (or similar)
Day 9 - Visit UNESCO site Butrint National Park and see The Blue Eye spring
This morning we will head towards the Butrint National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site). We will then head towards Ksamil Islands, where we will have the opportunity to swim in the turquoise waters. In the afternoon, we will head towards Gjirokaster stopping at The Blue Eye Spring, a natural tectonic spring, half-way. After a coffee break, we will continue towards Gjirokaster. Upon arrival we can check in at the hotel and explore the city centre before heading to dinner.
Accommodation – Argjiro (or similar)
Day 10 - Tour the Castle of Gjirokastra, see the Roman Theatre and view the Venetian Tower in Durres
After breakfast, we will head towards the Castle of Gjirokastra. Here we will have a tour of the castle and visit the Arms Museum. After this, we will hop on the bus and head towards Kruja, stopping at Durres along the way, where we can see the Roman Theatre, Venetian Tower and outer walls of the ancient city. We will then continue towards Kruja where we will spend the night.
Accommodation – Panorama
Day 11 - Explore the Castle of Kruja and the Ethnographic Museum and enjoy free time at the Old Bazaar before departure.
In the morning, we will visit the Castle of Kruja, Ethnographic Museum and the Gjergj Kastrioti History Museum. After the visits, you will have free time to explore the Old Bazaar until we head back towards the airport for departure.