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VJOSA – EUROPE’S LAST WILD RIVER

Rafting / Hiking / Wine tasting / UNESCO Culture Site visits

VJOSA – EUROPE’S LAST WILD RIVER

EUROPE AND MEDITERRANEAN REGION

Sonnig 128

Dauer

7 Tage

Gruppe von Leuten

GRUPPENGRÖSSE

Bis zu 14 Personen

Unterkunft

UNTERKUNFT

Hotel / Camping / Gästehaus

Standort W.

TREFFPUNKT

Internationaler Flughafen Tirana

Staffel W.

JAHRESZEIT

März - November

2

SCHWIERIGKEIT

Mäßig

Prior rafting experience recommended
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The Vjosa River is often referred to as the last wild river in Europe. The waterway is a near-natural river system which has been largely lost elsewhere in Europe.

From its source in the Greek mountains the river flows largely unobstructed for over 270 kilometres to the Adriatic Sea. It’s an enormous mosaic of large and small habitats with over 1100 plant and animal species across the catchment, including 13 globally threatened animal and 2 plant species.

With 40 small and large dams having been planned for the Vjosa River and its tributaries there has been enormous concern both from international and Albanian conservation groups.

In addition to the catastrophic environmental loss caused by large dams there is the human impact as the river is the lifeblood of many traditional farming communities.

new agreement between the Albanian government, the Save the Blue Heart of Europe coalition and the outdoor equipment and clothing company Patagonia was signed in early June 2022. The aim of the agreement is to create an IUCN Category II Level National Park that would severely limit the potential for future hydropower and dam construction in the Vjosa Basin, in order to conserve its biodiversity and ecosystems.

Active Albania supports efforts to protect the Vjosa River and make it Europe’s first Wild River National Park. Join us to raft the wild Vjosa and learn how you can help protect this unique ecosystem.

Highlights von Standort / Region

Die Region ist eine abwechslungsreiche Landschaft aus schroffen Hügeln, hohen Klippen und endlosen, hügeligen landwirtschaftlichen Flächen. Das mediterrane Klima ist perfekt für den Anbau von Trauben und anderen Früchten. Es ist der ideale Ort, um abseits der ausgetretenen Pfade ein einzigartiges Balkanerlebnis zu erleben.

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Professional Local rafting guide with cultural/natural history knowledge.
5 days of rafting on the Vjosa River.
7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 6 dinners.
1 night camping, 2 nights hotel and 4 nights village guesthouses.
Walks and activities listed in the itinerary.

Alcoholic drinks (other than those listed in the itinerary).
Gratuities.
Limited mobile phone access.
Wifi in Tirana only.

Small daypack (35L or under) or back pack style dry bag.
Rucksack or soft sided duffel bag for the rest of your gear.
Light-weight waterproof jacket.
Breathable, light-weight t-shirts & trousers for hiking (synthetic not cotton).
Underwear and Bathing suit.
Shorts
Cap or hat.
Wind stopper jacket.
Comfortable lightweight hiking boots.
Camera (Battery packs and storage) / waterproof GoPro or similar.
Sunscreen and lip balm.
Sunglasses.

Tirana

DAY 1 - Arrival in Tirana

Arrival in Tirana Airport. Welcome dinner.

Rafting Brief
Permet
Bisherige
Nächster

DAY 2 - Departure to Permet

After breakfast departure by vehicle for a 4.5-hour drive to Permet on the border with Greece.

On arrival we’ll have a safety briefing and introduction to rafting before we enjoy our first taste of rafting in the Vjosa River. We’ll raft for approximately 15 kilometres which will take about 3-4 hrs enjoying a packaged lunch en route. If time allows, we’ll enjoy a late afternoon hike to Sopoti waterfall.

Rafting class III

Tonight, we’ll camp in Stermbec village and enjoy a local dinner in a village guesthouse.

Rafting in Vjosa River

DAY 3 - Rafting Stermbec to Petran

After an early breakfast, we’ll raft the 18 kilometres between Stermbec and Petran.

Class III-IV (about 4-5 hrs)

As we float downstream, we’ll enjoy a lunch of local fresh caught fish and hike in the river canyons of Lengarica and thermal pools at Benja. Tonight, we’ll enjoy a typical local dinner with traditional saze folk music in Permet. Accommodation at a local guesthouse in Permet.

Vjosa Rafting

DAY 4 - Rafting Petran to Grabove

Today we’ll raft between Petran and Grabove which is about 15 kilometres taking in class II-III rapids over about 3 to 4 hours. Today’s float is spectacular through the remote and spectacular Përmet Alps. We stop for lunch to enjoy a gastronomic treat of cheese and local wine and our visit to the isolated village of Limar is like stepping back in time to another age. Dinner and accommodation in a local guesthouse.

Vjosa River

DAY 5 - Rafting Grabova - Tepelene

We depart early to raft 26 kilometres between Grabova and Tepelena. It’s an easy Class II float that will about 6-7 hrs. We’ll stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Before dinner we’ll visit of the Castle of Tepelena. Overnight at a local guesthouse in Tepelena.

DAY 6 - Rafting

Our last day of rafting is approximately 23 kilometres and will take us to Qesarat. For those that wish, we will use packrafts on this stretch of the river. We will then transfer on to Kalivac where the construction of one of the 2 main proposed hydro-electric dams was planned. It’s a long but rewarding day of about 6 to 7 hrs with lunch in Memaliaj. Here we’ll meet with the local community that has been opposing the construction of the hydropower dam. Overnight in a local guesthouse.

Tirana

DAY 7 - Transfer to Tirana

Today is our final day in Albania and we’ll transfer overland to Tirana where we’ll overnight. There’s free time to explore the capital. Overnight in a central hotel.

DAY 8 - Departure

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Q. Wie groß wird die Gruppe sein?

Mindestens 6 Personen und maximal 14 Personen.

Q. Diätetische Anforderungen

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Q.Wetter

Die besten Monate, um diese Tour zu erleben, sind April bis Juni und September bis November, wenn das Wetter warm und sonnig ist und Temperaturen von etwa 30 Grad erreicht.

Q. Mindestalter (auf einer privaten Reise)

Die Kinder können nur an privaten Ausflügen teilnehmen. Sie sollten mindestens 15 Jahre alt sein.

Q. Der Kunde sollte sich dessen bewusst sein

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