Hike, Packraft and Snorkel

Albania

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Packraft through Ulza National Park, Snorkel in the Adriatic Sea and Gorge-Walk at Osumi.

Itinerary

Day 1: Explore Tirana

You'll be collected at 1 pm from Tirana airport - most people like to arrive early so that they can explore this colourful capital. In the evening, you'll meet your fellow travel companions over a night of traditional Albanian food, in the heart of the city.

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Today is a relaxed day of PAckrafting through the crystal-clear waters of Ulza National Park. In the afternoon, you'll head to Tina and Artan's house for a delicious meal, made using locally sourced ingredients from their farm. Afterwards you'll head over to your guesthouse in Vlora, on the Adriatic coast.

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Jump onto your speedboat and head to the Karaburun Peninsula - you may even see some turtles, seals and dolphins.

Enjoy some snorkeling in a remote bay inside the Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park - the only reserve of its kind in the country, and home to some amazing marine life. Afterwards, you'll head to an isolated beach for a picnic lunch.

In the evening you'll stay in the Berat UNESCO world heritage site, with it's picturesque white Ottoman houses. A traditional Albanian dinner is all part of the experience!

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Today you enter the Osumi Canyon - known as one of the most spectacular gorges in Europe.

You'll river-hike or raft, depending on the water levels, along the river Osum. The scenery is a dramatic contrast of unspoiled pine forests, steep cliffs and the famous Love Waterfall. There are also some river jumps for those who want!

In the evening we'll all head back to Berat, with some time to explore the town a little more and check out some of the local restaurants.

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After breakfast, you hike the rugged trails through the Tomorr Mountains. The trek starts high up, and the views are spectacular! Enjoy a picnic lunch, before heading over to the Sotira Waterfall. In the evening, you'll visit the Alpeta Winery for dinner and some wine tasting.

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Descend 360m underground into the Cave of Pellumbas, and check out the spectacular stalagmites and stalactites! After lunch in a local village, you'll have a short guided tour of the city center, before heading back to the airport for 6 pm.

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5.00 (1 review)

Klein
Verified - Travelled August 2020

Amazing trip in Albania ! Super guide, super food and super activities ! I enjoyed my holidays !

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FAQs

Included:

  • Guides (English speaking)
  • Accommodation in guesthouses and hotels
  • Food as per the itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • Local transportation
  • Kayak, snorkelling and river hiking equipment

Excluded:

  • International flights
  • Tips for guides
  • Any visa fees
  • Travel insurance

Albanian food is hearty and healthy, usually based around meat and vegetables much of which is seasonal and sourced locally. Popular dishes include turkey or lamb served with a local bread known as Kulac. The guides cater to most dietary requirements - just let us know before you go.

Yes of course! We get lots of solo travellers on the trips. Before you go, be sure to join the Facebook group, so you can meet the other people on your trip.

No experience necessary. The guides cater for all abilities.

A moderate level of fitness is required, along with the ability to swim.

The trip is for over 16's. Anybody under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The groups are a maximum of 12 people.

Start: You will be collected from Tirana airport at 1 pm on day 1 of your itinerary. You can arrange a collection at a different time for 20EUR. If you would prefer to meet the group in Tirana, then please meet at the Artistic Guest House .

End: The guides will take you back to the airport for 6 pm, on day 6 of your itinerary. 

The guides can arrange a taxi to collect you from Tirana airport for 20EUR.

You will stay in guest houses and hotels, which vary in standard and facilities: some may be without air conditioning, English speaking staff and require you to use stairs. However, they are locally run with traditional character and in fantastic locations to allow you to fully optimise your time.

Albania is a developing country and the infrastructure is not as reliable as what you would expect at home. Hotels generally have intermittent Wi-Fi and showers.

Rooms are on twin or triple sharing basis.

Single supplement is available for 30EUR per night. This is payable directly to the lead guide upon arrival.

We can't advise you on this, but we recommend you check at http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx.

Some of the accommodations offer a laundry service at a charge.

Please contact your local embassy to check the visa requirements for your nationality.

Winter season (Nov – Feb)

Winter in Albania can vary in temperature. In Tirana the average temperature is around 4 – 12 degrees Celsius, with some rainfall. However, this temperature can drop a lot lower in the mountain regions of Berat.

Shoulder (Mar – May & Sep - Oct)

Temperatures in Tirana are quite pleasant at this time of year, with an average of around 16 – 24 degrees Celsius. Rain is infrequent.

High Season (Jun – Aug)

June to Aug in Tirana can be hot. The average temperatures can be between 25 – 32 degrees Celsius, with little/no rain.

We would recommend using Albanian Lek, which is the local currency. Most places will accept Euro's, but you are likely to get a worse rate with everything you buy.

Every traveller is different, and the amount people spend will vary. Some people will buy lots of souvenirs, whilst others will not buy any at all. It is worth considering your own spending habits to allow for any shopping, tipping or extras you may want to buy.

Activities on this trip include kayaking, hiking, snorkelling, cave exploring and river hiking, or rafting depending on the water levels. You have the option to skip any of the activities if you wish.

All countries require a valid passport, with a minimum of 6 months validity.

To date, UK and USA nationals do not require a visa to enter Morocco for the purpose of tourism, up to a 3-month period.

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/albania/entry-requirements

Please contact your local embassy to check the visa requirements for your nationality, as the above information could have changed from the time of writing this.

Albanian is the official language of Albania. However, many people speak English, Italian or Greek.

Islam is the official religion with much of the population being Muslim.

Albania has a strong tipping culture – It is customary and even expected to tip in places such as bars and restaurants. At the end of your trip, if you feel that your guides did an outstanding job, then tipping is also expected and appreciated. A good rule of thumb is around 30 – 50 euros per week.

If traveling between Nov – Mar, then the weather can be colder. Ensure you bring warmer clothes if traveling then. Temperatures can vary in different regions.

Documents

• Passport

• Visa if applicable

• Travel insurance details

• Boarding passes for flights

• Wallet

Footwear

• Comfortable hiking boots

• Trainers or sandals

Bags

• Small backpack (35L)

• Rucksack or similar for the rest of your gear

Clothing

• Breathable, light-weight waterproof clothing

• Breathable, light-weight t-shirts & trousers for hiking

• Underwear

• Socks

• Fleece

• Shorts

• Cap or hat

• Wind stopper jacket

Other

• Cash

• Credit/Debit card

• Camera (Battery packs and storage)

• Ear plugs

• First aid kit (Optional for personal medication)

• Sunscreen and lip balm

• Plugs and chargers

• Reusable water bottle

• Travel towel

• Watch with alarm (You can use the alarm on your phone)

• Sunglasses

• Toiletries

• Insect repellent

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