Kayak, Snorkel and Hike Canyons in Albania

Explore mysterious caves, snorkel in remote bays and kayak an uncrowded lake. 6 days. 4 days off work.
ALBANIA
February to November

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 Karaburun peninsula by speedboat and meet a local family in the Tomorr mountains.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • Experienced, English speaking guide
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Local transportation
  • Airport transfers
  • Kayak, snorkelling and river hiking equipment

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

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Need To Know

The only extra costs are:

  • Flights to and from Tirana
  • Dinner on day three
  • 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 and snorkelling 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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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 UNESCO world heritage site of Berat, The Osumi gorge, whose unique ecosystem keeps it green all year round, the Tomorr National Park and Ulza Regional Park, known for its green tourism and lovely man made lake.

Start point

Tirana Airport

Your adventure begins at Tirana Airport (TIA) with your airport transfer. Please schedule your flight to arrive more than 30 minutes before this time. You will meet your host and fellow adventurers in the arrivals area.

Note - for trips departing before 1 April 2019 - please contact us before booking your flights so we can advise the best option. You will be collected from the airport on arrival.

Finish point

Tirana Airport

At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped back at Tirana Airport (TIA), and you are free to book any flight.

 

What to Expect

This is the itinerary for departures after 1 April 2019. For departures before 1 April 2019 - days 1 and 2 are condensed. Please contact us for more details.

Day 1: Arrival into Tirana

Fly to Tirana Airport in Albania and get transferred to your guest house for the night before sitting down for a meal of traditional Albanian food with your fellow adventurers.

Day 2: Kayak Lake Ulza

Drive for around one hour to Ulza National Park and kayak around Lake Ulza, enjoying the fresh air and clear water of this protected nature reserve.

After a lunch of locally caught fish, departure to Vlora city for the night, before sitting down for a delicous dinner.

Day 3: Protected Waters and Mysterious Caves

After breakfast, we direct to 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.

Departure to Berat and check into your guesthouse, followed by dinner of a meal of traditional Albanian food.

Day 4: Berat and the Osumi Canyon

Drive for around ninety minutes to the spectacular of Osumi Canyons, 60 km from the ancient fortified city of Berat, A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Visit the Osumi Canyon, one of the most spectacular natural attractions in Europe and swim in a natural pool surrounded by the canyon’s unique, green ecosystem.

Hike along the banks of the river Osum through an unspoilt landscape of pine forests and river plains, visiting local landmarks like the Crocodile Head, Love Waterfall and Devils Gate.

Return to Berat. Tonight you are free to explore the town and eat in any of the local restaurants (dinner not included).

Day 5: Hike the Tomorr Mountain

After breakfast, take a short drive to the trailhead and then hike into the rugged Tomorr Mountain.

Visit a local family and eat a picnic lunch high above the surrounding landscape in Sotira waterfall.

After plenty of time to rest and relax in this lovely landscape, drive the short distance to the Alpeta winery for dinner and a chance to taste some of the countries typical wine.

Day 6: Depart for Tirana

For departure before 1st April 2019 - you go directly back to the airport after breakfast to catch your return flight home.

For departures after 1st April 2019 - after breakfast, you depart to Pellumbas Village, Tirana for a hike and Black Cave exploration.

The Cave of Pellumbas, or the Black Cave (Shpelle e Zezë), is about an hour hike outside the village of Pellumbas. The cave itself is approximately 360 meters deep, and inside are impressive stalagmites and stalactites, as well as bats flying around the cave. The inside of the cave is completely dark after single upon entrance. Local lunch in the villages. 

For the afternoon, you will get a short guided tour of Tirana city. You will then get dropped back at the airport in time to get your return flight home.

(Extra payment of 50 Eur/person)

 

Accomodation

On night one 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 a guestohouse in Vlore, located just 150 metres from the nearby beach. On night three, for and five you’ll stay at a guest house in the beautiful quarter of Mangalem. 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.

Dates & Prices

Price: 540 €

Available Dates
  • March 27, 2019
  • May 1, 2019
  • May 22, 2019
  • June 26, 2019
  • July 27, 2019
  • May 21, 2019
  • September 11, 2019
  • October 16, 2019
E.g., 09/18/2019
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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