Horseback riding in south Albania

Take a regenerating break from the busy weeks and enjoy a weekend on horseback in the beautiful sweet city of Permet. 2 days off work.
All year long

Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Tirana (TIA)

Discover the National Park “Bredhi i Hotovës – Dangëlli” and the beautiful landscapes of Lengarica canyon.Experience a country riding trip with a wonderful combination of old forests and fields! During this holiday, you can ride with breathtaking views and get close to nature. The endless forest paths and trails are ready to be explored.  Albania is an undiscovered adventure destination that is steeped in history. 


Need To Know

The only extra costs are:

  • Flights to Tirana International Airport
  • Dinner on the second day
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Tickets to cultural sites

Albanian food is hearty and healthy, usually based around meat and vegetables much of which is seasonal 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.

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

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 16.

Active Albania provides:

  • Helmets
  • First aid Equipment

You do not need to be a riding expert but you should have tried riding before, love the animals and the outdoors.

Absolutely! The trip runs with a minimum group of 4 people and a maximum of 16, so you’ll be exploring with other like-minded travellers. Lot’s of people book our trips as a solo traveller - it’s a great way to meet people.

No previous experience is needed, however a moderate level of fitness is required along with the ability to ride.  Rider weight limit: 100 kilograms / 220 pounds

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

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

We’ve teamed up with the guys at WorldNomad to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across the country that includes medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.

Besides offering the perfect insurance for our kind of adventures, they are also helping different community development projects. 

  • Closed toe shoes with a heel;
  • Long pants;
  • Long sleeve shirt.;
  • Rain gear and extra clothing. Because the weatherman is not always right. Dressing in layers allows you to adjust to changing weather and activity levels. Two rules: avoid cotton (it keeps moisture close to your skin) and always carry a hat. Do not forget rain jacket for hiking;
  • Sun cream and sun glasses;
  • Camera;
  • BONUS: Trash Bag. This 7th piece of gear is essential to making sure that the trails you love stay beautiful for generations to come. A zip lock bag is a great option as well for keeping the trash you pick up along the trail separate from the rest of your gear.
  • Kindly keep all your clothes and personal belongings in backpacks, which can be easily transported on minibus and on horse.

Other recommendations are: - Camera - Mobile phone - Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

Please be aware to wear long trousers and closed toe shoes with a heel for the hike on day 2 qand 3.


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What to Expect

The park can be considered without a doubt the natural lungs of southern Albania. It represents one of the touristic pearls of Albania, offering pleasant surprises year-round, and stretching all the way to Greece. The hidden gem, Lengarica Canyon is decorated with stunning rock formations, and accompanied by the ambling river alongside them. Highlights Horse back riding Local food tasting Meeting local people Visit of Shen Jani church Thermal sprint of Lengarica Canyon Visit of the UNESCO site of Gjirokastra Perfect for:  Those who are looking to explore this up-and-coming adventure hot-spot, and help support it’s growing tourism industry.

Day I

Meeting with the local guide in Tirana and departure to Permet. After 1,5 hours of drive, local lunch and a short break in a local restaurant. After about 2 hours drive accommodation in a guest house in Permet. Visit of the thermal sprint of Benja and traditional dinner.

Day II

Breakfast. Transportation close to the Lengarica Canyon and getting ready to start horseback riding. In Shqeria region we will ride into ancient trails on the edge of Lengarica Canyon, we will visit the stone bridge, the waterfall of Mixhaj. We will enjoy a delicious local lunch. About 4 hours riding. Return in Permet and enjoy a traditional dinner.


Breakfast. Horseback riding to the national park of Bredhi i Hotoves. We will visit the church of Shen Jani, pass old stone bridges and see the shepherds farms. We will enjoy a typical lunch in a guest house. Return to Permet and free evening.

Day IV

Breakfast and visit of the beautiful UNESCO protected site of Gjirokastra. Local lunch and return to Tirana International Airport. Time to say goodbye.

Please note that the itinerary is subject to change based on weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.



You’ll spend your three nights in a comfortable guest house in Permet where you can exchange stories with the local residents.. All rooms are air-conditioned with a TV and seating area. The rooms also offers free WiFi.

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!


We’re really flexible and none of our itineraries are written in stone, so if you have a particular interest you’d like to include or you need to leave a trip earlier or join later (at a pro-rated fare), just let us know and we can almost always make it happen. Likewise, all adventure travel requires a certain amount of flexibility and we sometimes have to make minor changes to the activities because of weather and availability, but we have plenty of options up our sleeve.

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices, which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Rafting in the wild Vjosa river (50 Eur/person). Payable before departure

Single Occupancy Supplement (55 Eur/person), Payable before departure

Additional Night Accommodation (55 Eur/person), Payable before departure

Private Port Transfer (30 Eur/person), Payable before departure

Dates & Prices

Price: 380 €

Available Dates
  • July 25, 2019
E.g., 01/28/2021
Please choose the date of your tour from the allowed dates in the left.


Get In Touch


Active Albania offers pickup service from the airport and back after you finish your trip if preferred. Contact Us for more information.

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