Kayak, Snorkel and Food Tasting in Albania

Explore mysterious caves, snorkel in remote bays and kayak a national park in the untouched Albania.
ALBANIA
April—November

Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Tirana (TIA)

Travel to a part of Europe still untouched by mass tourism. Enjoy the vibrant night life of Tirana, kayak the beautiful lagoon of Karavasta, visit an ancient amphitheatre and  explore the beautiful Karaburun peninsula by speedboat.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • Experienced, English speaking guide
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Local transportation
  • Airport transfers
  • Kayak, and snorkeling equipment

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

 

Need To Know

The only extra costs are:

  • Flights to and from Tirana
  • Any personal expenses such as drinks
  • Clothing suitable for hiking
  • Dinner on day 3

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 outdoor 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.

Active Albania provides:

  • Kayaking equipment
  • Snorkeling equipment

Absolutely! The trip runs with a minimum group of 2 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.

You’ll need to arrive into Tirana by dinner time. On day three you can depart at any time. There are direct flights every Friday and Monday with Edelweiss: https://booking.flyedelweiss.com/en-ch/search?action=AUTOSEARCH&calendarStart=APR19&origin1=ZRH&destination1=TIA&origin2=TIA&destination2=ZRH&adult=1

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomad 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, World Nomad are also helping our community development projects. 

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

Location

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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 Karaburun peninsula, at the heart of the Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park, the culture heritage site of Apollonia and one of the largest lagoons in the Mediterrenean, Divjaka - Karavasta National Park.

Start point? 
Your guide will collect you from Tirana International Airport on day one. You can book any flight arriving before 21:00. 

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. 

What to Expect

Day 1: Tirana Local Food Tasting and Night life

Fly to Tirana Airport in Albania where your guide will meet you.

Accommodation in a bed and breakfast in the heart of the capital. Enjoy a tasteful Albanian dinner with local products.

Tirana will not dissapoint with its vibrant nightlife. We will have fun in the beautiful nightclubs where we will sip excellent cocktails.

Day 2:  Kayaking in the National Park of Karavasta lagoon

After breakfast  we depart Divjaka. Kayaking is a great opportunity to have a closer look at the amazing beauty of the 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, flamingos 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. After paddling for about 3 hours we will relax enjoying a fish based local lunch.

Than we depart to Vlora city and we will do a stop in Apollonia amphiteatre to do a 1 hours sunset walking into history.

Arrilval in Vlora city and accommodation in 3 stars hotel. 

Day 3: Protected Waters and Mysterious Caves

After breakfast, drive for around two hours to the historic city of Vlora on the Adriatic coast.

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.

Return to Tirana and free dinner.

Day 4: Depart from Albania

After breakfast head back to Tirana Airport where your Albanian adventure will end.

 

Accomodation

On night one  and three you’ll stay in a shared twin room at the Artistic Tirana Guesthouse, a newly refurbished building in the heart of Tirana. On night two you’ll stay at Hotel Bologna in Vlore, located just nearby the sea. All 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 and dinner on day 3. 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 par- ticular 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 re- quires 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.

Single Occupancy Supplement (55 Eur/person), Payable Before Departure Additional Night Accommodation (55 Eur/person), Payable Before Departure Private Airport Transfer (50 Eur/person), Payable Before Departure.

Dates & Prices

Price: 345 €

Available Dates
  • April 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019
E.g., 10/22/2019
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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