Special Edition : North to South Tour

 

North to South Tour – Special Edition

8 days

The Albanian Highlands have much to offer when it comes to hiking but for those of you short on time that want to get a taste of the Albanian Alps, its gorgeous landscapes and delicious food, this tour is for you..

The Albanian Riviera has so many heaven beaches that you start to forget the names. 

In this laid-back tour, immerse yourself in inimitable culture, amazing food and natural wonders. Sunbathe in deserted beaches and relax in seaside villages. Get ready to dine surrounded by pine trees in Llogara National Park, sip coffee listening to the music of waterfalls in Borsh and firm your eyes in the natural spring lake of “Blue Eye”.

Max group size: 16 travelers

Tour pace: During day 2 you will walk for about 3-4 hours across mostly flat terrain (dirt paths).

 

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Expert Tour Director

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Local cousine

 

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Handpicked hotels

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Trekking with local guides

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Private trasport

 

Your tour includes :                   Your tour highlights :

  • 7 nights in handpicked Hotels
  • Breakfast daily, 7 three-course meals with beer or wine
  • Multilingual Tour Director
  • Private deluxe motor coach
  • Guided sightseeing with local guides and select entrance fee
  • The bustling capital – Tirana 
  • Canyons, waterfalls and natural pools in Theth
  • A hypnotic spring and a coffee break in the middle of waterfalls
  • The endurance richness of the Highlanders culture

 

 

 

Tirane  1 night

 

Day 1: Travel day

Cutlery-52 Included meals: Dinner

 

Airport pick-up service available throughout the day (included).

Welcome to Albania! Get settled in the hotel and for those of you not too tired, there is a

guided walking tour of the city center before a welcome cocktail in the evening.

 

 

Theth  2 nights

Day 2: Theth via Shkoder

Cutlery-52 Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

From Tirana, we travel north to Shkoder, stopping for a short visit in the National Museum of Skanderbeg’s Grave.

With a short drive from the city of Shkodra, we head for lunch in Shiroke. This small town on the lake is well – known by locals for its fish cuisine, quietness and natural beauty.

Enjoy free time in the afternoon exploring the city like the Old Town, St. Stephen’s Catholic Cathedral, Ebu Bekr Mosque, Pedonalja ( the beating heart of Shkodra ).

Transfer to Theth in the late afternoon. Enjoy a rustic dinner with a glass or two of Raki

Day 3: The Blue Eye of Theth & Grunas Waterfall and Canyon

Cutlery-52 Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Spend a day exploring Theth National Park, where your local guide shares Highlander legends explaining nature around you.

  • Enjoy a refreshing bath at the Natural pools after hiking for around 40min through stunning scenery.
  • We enjoy lunch in our guesthouse before our next 30 minutes of a hike.
  • Marvel at the view and sound of Grunas waterfall and Canyon in the afternoon.

 

 

Durres  1 night

Day 4: The Village of Theth

Cutlery-52 Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

vintage Included entrances: Museums

 

 

Head out in a morning walking guide of the Village where a four century old tower used as reconciliation tower and the 100 – year – old, well-preserved church are the highlights.

 Celebrate your morning with a mountain view lunch before transfering to Durres.

 

Sarande  2 nights

Day 5: Sarande via Gjirokaster

Cutlery-52 Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

vintage Included entrances: Museums

 

Transfer to Gjirokaster to discover the city of “a thousand steps”, driving through small villages. You will have free time to wonder around before heading for lunch in the heart of the city, at “Kujtimi” for a taste of local delicacies. 

On the road to Saranda, stop at the “Blue Eye” spring.

  • Marvel at the hypnotic waters and hundreds shades of blue.
  • Explore the park’s communist ruins while listening to the calming sound of the river,

crossing it.

 

 

Day 6: Butrint & Ksamil

Cutlery-52 Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

vintage Included entrances: Butrint Archaeological Park

 

Set off for a beach day at Ksamil Islands where you will have them practically all to

yourselves to explore, swim, sunbathe and enjoy food and drinks at small cafés and

restaurant on the Islands.

Spend your afternoon in Ksamil.

  • Optional Excursion: Unesco – recognized Butrint Archaeological Park. (available for free, morning exploration).

 

Vlore  1 night

Day 7: Gjipe Canyon and Bay

Cutlery-52 Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Transfer to Gjipe, through snakey seaside road. After 10min of walking through plain terrain, it will unveil e well protected bay with a gravel beach and turquoise waters. A 30min downhill hike along it’s canyon is another option to reach the bay.  

Enjoy a relaxed beach day until the late afternoon, where en route to Vlore, you will stop

and explore the Ali Pasha Castle with your Tour Director.

  • Marvel at the architecture and listen to entertaining legends about the man who build it, Ali Pashe Tepelena.

Stop at Llogara “balcony” for a stunning view from above of the South Coast beaches and then head for dinner to Llogara National Park freshened by the mountain breeze and pine trees. Transfer to the airport for your return flight home

 

 

Day 8: Departure

Cutlery-52 Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

 

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home

 


780 € / person

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