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Pack raft, Snorkel and Hike Canyons in Albania - 5 Days

Packrafting / Hiking / Snorkeling / Cave Exploration

Pack raft, Snorkel and Hike Canyons in Albania

Explore mysterious caves, snorkel in remote bays and pack raft an uncrowded lake and National Parks.

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Duration

6 Days

Group of people

GROUP SIZE

Up to 16 people

Accomodation

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel / Guest House

Location W

MEETING POINT

Tirana Airport

Season W

SEASON

Mar—Sep

2

DIFFICULTY

Moderate

No Snorkeling or hiking experience needed, just a reasonable level of fitness and the ability to handle 3-6 hours of activity a day.

From

€590

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Travel to a part of Europe still untouched by mass tourism. Visit an ancient fortified city, explore the beautiful Karaburun – Sazan Marine National Park by speedboat, explore the spectacular Osumi Canyons and meet a local family in the Tomorr mountain.

Location/Region highlights

The region is a diverse landscape of rugged hills, high cliffs, and endless, rolling agricultural land. The Mediterranean climate is perfect for growing grapes and other fruits. It’s the perfect place to get off the beaten path and have a unique Balkans experience."

Essential Info

Visas :Albania & North Macedonia
No visa required for most nationalities, including UK passport holders, most other EU nationalities, US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand.
Vaccinations: Albania and North Macedonia
There are no specific health risks.

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What is Like ?
  • What is Included
  • Getting there
  • Food & Accomodation
  • Itinerary
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Expert, friendly, English-speaking guides

5 nights accommodation

Natural, fresh food
5 Breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners

Airport and local  transfers

Pack rafting and snorkeling equipment

Albanian food is hearty and healthy, usually based around meat and vegetables much of which is sea-sonal and sourced locally. Popular dishes include turkey, lamb or goat Pershesh, served with a local bread known as Kulac, a meat and leek pie made with thin pastry called Byrek and freshly caught fish served in a Mediterranean style. Fish dishes are often flavored with white vinegar and olive oil grown in Southern Albania and many dishes are served with wine from one the local vineyards.

Accommodation is in twin rooms in small family ruined hotels or bed and breakfasts. Optional single room supplement is available.

The best months for hiking and adventure activities in Albania are February to July and September to November when the weather is warm and sunny, reaching temperatures of around 30 degrees. August can be hotter, however this is usually broken up by cool coastal breezes.

The Republic of Albania is a mountainous and green country that’s only now appearing on many travellers radar thanks some of the best and least developed beaches on the Mediterranean. Destina-tions on this trip include the countries capital, Tirana, home to a thriving café culture, the Karaburun peninsula, at the heart of the Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park, the UNESCO world heritage site of Berat, The Osumi gorge Monument of Nature, whose unique ecosystem keeps it green all year round, the Tomorr National Park and Ulza Regional Park, known for its green tourism and lovely man made lake.

Your guide will collect you from Tirana International Airport on day one. You can book any flight arriving before 12:00.

At the end of your trip you will be returned to Tirana International Airport. You’re free to book any flight you like on the last day.

Tirana

Day 1: Welcome in Albania

Fly to Tirana Airport in Albania. Drive to the bed and breakfast. At 5 pm you’ll meet the guide for a short city tour and a welcoming dinner.

Ulza National Park
Vlora
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Day 2: Pack raft in Ulza lake

Drive for around one hour to Ulza National Park and kayak around Lake Ulza, enjoying the fresh air and clear water of this protected nature reserve.

After a lunch of locally caught fish, depart to Vlora and check into your guesthouse for the night.

Free evening  to explore the city by your own (dinner not included)

Karaburun
Haxhi Aliu Cave
Berat
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Day 3: Protected Waters and Mysterious Caves

Check out of your hotel and be ready to explore the national marine park.

Explore the beautiful Karaburun peninsula by speedboat, including the Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park, the only reserve of its kind in the country, home to turtles, seals and dolphins.

Visit the mysterious cave at Haxhi Aliu, used by traders and smugglers for millennia and now a national monument.

Snorkel in a remote bay, sunbathe on an untouched beach and then eat a picnic lunch on the sand.

Drive for around ninety minutes to Berat ancient city and enjoy a traditional dinner.

Osumi Canion
Love Waterfall
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Day 4: Berat and the Osumi Canyon

After breakfast, take a drive (60 km, about 1,5 hours)  to visit the Osumi Canyon, one of the most spectacular natural attractions in Europe and swim in a natural pool surrounded by the canyon’s unique, green ecosystem.

Walk along the banks of the river Osum through an unspoilt landscape of pine forests and river plains, visiting local landmarks like the Crocodile Head, Love Waterfall and Devils Gate.

After plenty of time to rest and relax in this spectacular canyon, drive back to Berat. This is the chance to explore the city by your own. (dinner not included)

Tomor Mountain

Day 5: Hike in the Tomor Mountains

After a short break in the hotel, take a short drive to the trailhead and then hike into the rugged  Tomor Mountains. (about 5 hours hike up and down)

Visit a local family and eat a picnic lunch high above the surrounding landscape, before returning to a local winery where we have a chance to taste some of the best wines in Albania accompanied with some typical food.

Return to Berat.

Pellumbas Cave

Day 6: Exploration of Pellumbas cave

Today we will explore the Pellumbas villag. We will do a 3 hours hike (up and down to the Pellumbas cave).  After the exploration of the cave we will enjoy a local lunch.

After 2 pm we will  head to Tirana International Airport and say goodbye to your Albanian adventure.

Accommodation is in twin rooms in small family ruined hotels or bed and breakfasts. Optional single room supplement is available.

 

Not Included: The trip fare doesn’t include coffee and any kind of drink except water. You’ll have extra activities (optional tour) if you choose them, and you’ll probably feel like tipping your guides at the end of a fabulous trip, though you won’t need to pull out your wallet every few minutes on your Active Albania adventure tour!

Experienced English speaking guide
5 nights accommodation
5 Breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners
Local transportation
Airport transfers
Pack rafting and snorkeling equipment

The trip fare doesn’t include coffee and any kind of drink except water. You’ll have extra activities (optional tour) if you choose them, and you’ll probably feel like tipping your guides at the end of a fabulous trip, though you won’t need to pull out your wallet every few minutes on your Active Albania adventure tour!

Recommended packing includes: – Comfortable boots – Lightweight, breathable clothing that’s suita-ble for hiking – Wind/waterproof jacket – Hat – Warm fleece or jumper – Bath suit – Water bottle – Sunglasses – Sunscreen – Head torch – Insect repellent – Hiking poles – Swimwear – Towel – A small backpack

        40 Eur/person.

        45 Eur/person.

Q Can all dietary requirements be catered to?

Please let us know of any dietary requirements in advance so we can cater to these.

Q What is the weather like in the the season you’re running the trip?

The best months for hiking and adventure activities in Albania are February to July and September to November when the weather is warm and sunny, reaching temperatures of around 30 degrees. August can be hotter, however this is usually broken up by cool coastal breezes.

Q What equipment is included?

Active Albania provides:
✓ Pack rafting equipment
✓ Snorkeling equipment

Q What experience of fitness do I need?

No previous experience is needed, however a moderate level of fitness is required along with the ability to swim.

QIs this trip suitable for children?

Yes! When booking this trip as a private trip, children from the age of 5 can join this adventure.

QWhat flights should I book?

You’ll need to arrive into Tirana before lunchtime on day one, or the night before. On day five you can depart at any time.

QWhat should I pack?

Recommended packing includes: - Comfortable boots - Lightweight, breathable clothing that’s suita-ble for hiking - Wind/waterproof jacket - Hat - Warm fleece or jumper – Bath suit - Water bottle - Sunglasses - Sunscreen – Head torch - Insect repellent - Hiking poles - Swimwear - Towel - A small backpack

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