Our trips are designed to be an outstanding experience for everyone, if you are 18 or 88, to us it is important that you are safe and that you are enjoying yourself.
We recommend to research flights online first and then check in with us here at Active HQ. After years of helping travellers achieve their dreams we certainly know a good flight deal when we see one. Also, please be aware that travel insurance is a must on all our trips and means you can travel with peace of mind.
We have different accommodation styles depending on the trip and day-to-day – activities. You’ll stay in a variety of places from high-end hotels to guesthouses, local motels and friendly lodges. Our focus is on getting you out into amazing places in the most stunning parts of Albania, and it is not necessarily about fancy accommodation! We want you to have a good place to rest and rejuvenate at the end of a busy day, and to make sure we are fully charged for the next day’s activities, so you’ll always find yourself in a clean, comfortable room, quite often with a spectacular view. We also want you to soak in the local culture and experience what makes Albania stand out from other countries, its authenticity and unbelievable hospitality.
Our trips attract a wide range of people from all different backgrounds, countries and ages, which makes our small group adventures all the more interesting and fun. All our people tend to enjoy active lifestyles, great food, good company and new experiences. If this sounds like you, then you’ll be in good company. If you’re feeling nervous about travelling in a group, then you won’t be the only one and we can assure you that it almost always works out to be a positive and life enriching experience.
There’s also plenty of time to enjoy your own company if you don’t want to do group time for the whole time and you can go at your own pace on the trails. We’re really flexible and can ensure your trip is everything you want it to be, and hopefully more.
You certainly don’t need any technical skills (such as kayaking lessons or rope skills) though some outdoor experience in hiking would be an advantage or a good idea to try before you arrive. This is so you can be familiar with your hiking boots and have them well worn in (blisters are really no fun), setting a comfortable and sustainable hiking pace and making sure you are all set to have the best possible time. It’s difficult to specify a fitness level as there’s no universal rule, but we’ve found time and time again that people who enjoy active lifestyles involving walking, gym sessions, swimming, travelling, bike riding or keeping fit, usually love our trips. Our trips can be challenging in places, though with a few practice hikes under your belt before you arrive, you’ll find yourself in good shape to enjoy yourself thoroughly.
This is the question we get asked the most! Our trips are designed for real people who enjoy the outdoors, so you don’t have to be a triathlete in training or anything (though if you are, that’s all good too)! You’ll find our trips are active, challenging in places (like on the Vjosa rafting trip) and will leave you rejuvenated, refreshed and full of energy by the end. Age and experience is not important, as long as you enjoy being outdoors, are open to trying new things and want to feel a fantastic sense of achievement at the end of every day then our trips are for you.
We always recommend doing practice hikes and a bit of training before your trip so you can enjoy your experience all the more. Our fantastic guides will encourage you on your way, make sure you are comfortable and well informed, and ensure you are having the trip of a lifetime. You will be in good company!
The average price for a coffee in Albania is from 70 cents to 2$, a pint of beer will cost you from 1.5$-4$ and the average meal will cost you about 10-15$ per person. Albania is still one of the most affordable places in Europe, this how we manage to offer you an exclusive experience at the best price possible.