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 discover the Osumi Canyon - known as one of the most spectacular gorges in Europe.

You'll walk or sunbath depending on the water levels, along the river Osum. The scenery is a dramatic contrast of unspoiled pine forests and steep cliffs. There are also some river jumps for those who want! In the evening, you'll visit the Alpeta Winery for dinner and some wine tasting.

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After breakfast, you hike the rugged trails through the Tomor Mountains. The trek starts high up, and the views are spectacular! Enjoy a local lunch, after heading over to the Bektashi Tekke of the mountain.

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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Descend 360m underground into the Cave of Pellumbas, and check out the spectacular stalagmites and stalactites! After lunch in a local village, you'll head back to the airport for 6 pm.

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7 verified reviews

Rated 5.0
Jessica
Jessica

Traveled Apr 2022

Wonderful trip , if you want to try of a variety of activities , kayaking, hiking , boat trip there is something different everyday . It’s not very challenging if your fit , but certainly enough to be rewarding for all fitness levels. The tour guide Aldo was knowledgeable, caring and funny. The food is incredible (and I don’t eat meat ) every meal is a feast , quite a lot of booze (decent stuff) was thrown in too, which made the whole trip very good value. How I could drink that much raki and not have a hangover (just the last night ) remains a mystery , but we are told it’s organic !

Tess
Tess

Traveled Apr 2022

We had a wonderful adventure holiday, our guide Aldo was fantastic. Really informative, fun and cared about our welfare! We loved it! Thanks you so much x

Jo
Jo

Traveled Apr 2022

I just returned from this fantastic trip with my daughter. We both had an amazing time taking part in all the activities. The parts of Albania we saw were beautiful and we were surprised at how fresh and delicious every local meal we had was (including freshly caught fish BBQd on the beach!) A special mention goes to our guide Aldo who really made the trip special. He was incredibly knowledgeable about Albanian history and answered all our questions, he had a great sense of humour and made the tour fun and we felt in completely safe hands with all the activities under his instruction. Would thoroughly recommend this trip and Aldo as a guide. The wine and raki tasting was also fun :)

Daytona
Daytona

Traveled Apr 2022

Me and my partner have just completed this trip and have had the best time! We really didn't know what to expect from Albania but it has been amazing. The food has been out of this world, all of the activities have been just the right amount of challenging and fun and our tour guide Alnderim (Aldo) just made the trip, it was like being guided around Albania by a close friend, and he knew so much history, was great at answering our questions and listening to what we wanted to do. All in all a fantastic experience!

Amanda
Amanda

Traveled Mar 2022

This was the most amazing adventure! Trying a variety of fun activities. The guide was excellent. Made it a truly memorable experience

Klein
Klein

Traveled Aug 2020

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

Kevin
Kevin

Traveled Aug 2020

Great guide and amazing adventure. I would remember plenty of sun screen

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FAQs

Included:

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

Excluded:

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

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

The groups are a maximum of 16 people.

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.

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.

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

No experience necessary. The guides cater for all abilities.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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. 

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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