Kayak, Hike and Culinary Experience in Albania

Explore the back roads un tamed Albania and journey through its nature, culture, history and people.
ALBANIA

Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Tirana (TIA)

Travel to a part of Europe still untouched by mass tourism. Visit an ancient fortified city, explore the beautiful lagoon of Karavasta, meet a local family in the Tomorr mountains and feel the energy of the vibrant capital of Tirana.

Highlights

Hike the Tomor Mountain
Sightseeing
Bird watching
Wildlife
Local picnic lunch
Visit of a local house in the village
Vist the UNESCO site of Berat
Visit of Cobo Winery
Cooking class with excellent Albanian chiefs

Perfect for: Active travellers who want to experience a range of different outdoor activities in one of Europe’s best-kept secrets.

Location: Tirane, Divjake, Berat
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. Destinations on this trip include the countries capital, Tirana, home to a thriving café culture, the UNESCO world heritage site of Berat, the Tomorri National Park and the lovely lagoon of Karavasta, known for its biodiversity and European importance.

Start point? 
Your guide will collect you from Tirana International Airport on day one. You can book any flight arriving before 12:00.
Finish point?
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, after 15:00

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Need To Know

The only extra costs are:

  • Flights to and from Tirana
  • Any personal expenses such as drinks
  • Clothing suitable for hiking

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 flavoured with white vinegar and olive oil grown in Southern Albania and many dishes are served with wine from one the local vineyards.

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

The best months for hiking 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.

All kayaking equipment is included.

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 swim.

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

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

This trip will run with a maximum of 16 participants.

Location

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What to Expect

Day I - Kayaking the Divjaka Karavasta National Park
Arrival to the airport of Tirana and meeting with the local guide. Driving to Berat UNESCO sites city. On the way we offer a great opportunity to have a closer look at the amazing beauty of Divjake-Karavasta National Park.  Visit this natural oasis of untouched nature and of stunning biodiversity, the biggest lagoon in Albania. With a surface of 22 230 ha, the park is home to the rare Dalmatian pelican and so many beautiful birds. A birdwatchers heaven and a perfect place to relax and have a quiet time in the beautiful surroundings of the park.

Level of difficulty (1-5) 1
Not previous paddling skill required.

Arrival to the western part of the Lagoon (about 30 min) and preparation to start the kayaking adventure.2-2,5 hours paddling and swimming into the lagoon and sightseeing the Mediterranean Pine Forest near the Karavasta lagoon, and it contains one of the most interesting faunas of the country.  Bird Watching. Divjakë-Karavasta area provides the special conditions for accommodation of a number of plant communities and animal species, among which many of them are at risk of extinction in the world such as Pelican (Pelicanus crispus Bruch). 

Instructions
You should have worn:
Swimming bath
Very sport light wear (short trousers and t-shirt)
Sandals / sneakers for walking, strong and non-slippery
Hat
Sun glasses
A smile

You should take with you:
Sunlight protection cream
A pair of underneath
An extra pair of long trouser, t-shirt

Active Albania provides:
Professional guide
Kayaking equipment
Binoculars
Anti Mosquito spray
Waterproof bag
Light head

After the kayaking we jump to the car and go to taste e delicious local lunch (fish food based but also meet upon   request). After lunch we go for 1 hour walking to the first observation point of the Lagoon and later we go to the watchtower to have a sightseeing of the whole Lagoon.

Departure to Berat and accommodation in hotel. Local dinner.

Day II - Hiking to the holy Mountain of Tomor
Tomor Mountain’s varied geology and topography have resulted in a unique diversity of flora and fauna. Forests of the Tomori National Park are composed of diverse specie of deciduous and coniferous trees and a great variety of flowers. Numerous species of large mammals such as wolves, foxes, wild boars, roe deers, wild goats, rabbits, golden eagles, owles, and sparrowhawks can be found inside the national park. Small mammals include forest dormouse, and wood mouse.

General Trip Information
Level of difficulty (1-5) 2
It is required previous hiking experience.
Duration of the tour: Full day (about 9 hours)

Departure at 9 a.m. SUV trip to the village of Qafe Dardhe  (about 2 hours) and meeting with the shepherds. 3 hours hike with 10 minutes rest in every hour. After arriving at Kala of Tomor we will do 1 hour rest and have the picnic lunch. After that we will hike back for another 1,5 hours and visit the village Qaf Dardhe where we will meet the locals. Drive back for about 1,5 hours to a local agro tourism and have dinner. Drive back to the guesthouse for about 30 min.

Things You Should Bring on the Hike:
Backpack. Recommended waterproof backpack;
Hiking stick;
Appropriate footwear. Hiking boots;
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.

Active Albania provides:
English speaking professional guide
Transportation with SUV
First aid equipment
Anti Mosquito spray
Light head
Water bottle (1,5 l)
Picnic lunch
Kindly keep all your clothes and personal belongings in a backpack, which can be easily transported on SUV and on horse/mule.

Day III - The beautiful world heritage city and vibrant capital of Tirana
Breakfast. Sightseeing of the castle of Berat and have lunch to the Cobo winery. Departure to Tirana. Elegant evening celebrations.

You should have worn:
Very sport light wear (short trousers and t-shirt)
Sandals / sneakers for walking, strong and non-slippery
Hat
Sun glasses
A smile
You should take with you:
Sunlight protection cream

Active Albania provides:
Professional cultural guide

Day IV - Cooking class and time to say goodbye
In love with Albania, with the Albanian food? Today it's time for a "Behind the scenes look"? A fun, relaxing, high-quality experience in Tirana today and we will cook like an Albanian! Tirana is where the 'new Europe' is really coming into being, with all its contradictions intact, and full of energy, hospitality and culture. Truly undiscovered, unknown and incredible. We will explore Tirana through a sightseeing tour and taste the flavours of Albanian old dishes cooked with love from expert local hosts, top cooking schools and chiefs. Departure to Tirana International Airport and time to say goodbye.

 

Accomodation

On nights one and two you’ll stay at a guesthouse "bujtina" in the historical quarter of Mangalem. On night three, you’ll stay in a shared twin room at the Artistic Tirana Guesthouse, a newly refurbished building in the heart of Tirana. Mostly of them have free Wi-Fi.

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!

Flexibility

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

Dates & Prices

Price: 385 €

Available Dates
  • March 23, 2023
E.g., 09/25/2020
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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