Lost in Albanian Alps

6 Day / 5 Nights Tour

Lost in Albanian Alps

Start (Saturday) 06.00am, End (Thursday) 20:00

Tour itinerary and schedule from Tirana to Albanian Alps.

Day 1 (Saturday)

Arriving at the Tirana International Airport, pickup to the hotel. (privat transport & hotel included)
You will have printed a program we suggest you to follow while in Tirana including places to visit, places to eat, or how to move around the city for the best experience. (museums and food expenses not included)

Day 2 (Sunday)

Breakfast at the hotel, Meeting the guide and moving to north. (breakfast & private transport included)
On the way, we will stop to visit the historical city of Kruja, a crucial city of the story of Albania.
We will visit the characteristic Kruja bazaar where you can enjoy and buy the artisanal souvenir, the famous handmade qilim of Kruja, Xhubleta the traditional dress of the north region in the ancient times, (Now UNESCO heritage).
Will visit around the castle of Kruja. (included)
Inside the castle you will have the opportunity to choose if visiting the Skenderbe museum and the ethnographic museum (not included).
You have the opportunity to choose the place for the lunch (not included).
Will arrive in Shkoder after lunch (around 3pm).
Time to settle down at the hotel and you will have free time to spend as you wish, maybe visit the Rozafa Castle, Marubi museum, city center and have dinner (not included) but the guide will be happy to advice you the best places to eat, depending on your preferences, fish, meat, or specific tasty traditional dishes.

Kruja Castle
Shkodra Castle

Day 3 (Monday)

The hotel will prepare the take away breakfast and a minivan will come to pick you up. (included)
Finally, we’re going to taste a glimpse of paradise!
Arriving to Koman Lake, we will take a boat navigating through the Komani Lake and then to Shala river, the little “Thailand of Albania”. (included)
There you will have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the nature and those rocky mountains, swim in the limpid turquoise water, kayaking, zipline and have lunch (expenses not included).
On the afternoon, around 3pm, the boat will drop us to Fierze and a private car will be waiting for us.
We will drive through the city of Bajram Curri, the central city of the Tropoja region.
Will stop to take pics on the most beautiful views that offers Valbona river.
Arriving in Valbone we will stop to visit the Xhema’s lake, from the limpid green color and the Water Millstone, the only one of the village. (included)
Will arrive at the guesthouse, after the warm welcoming of the owners, will settle down to our rooms.
Time to rest/have showers and will have dinner all together, tasting the most delicious dishes of the region, bio fresh homemade food. (included)
After dinner maybe will have the chance to hear the locals play cifteli (traditional musical instrument of the region) or learn Albanian folk dances. (all included)

Komani Lake
Shala River
Valbona Valley

Day 4 (Tuesday)

Will have traditional breakfast, and prepare a picnic for the hike. (included)
A private car will drop us to the starting point of the hike. (included)
During our hike, will find two spots to rest and have drinks (not included), will enjoy and take lots of pics as you will be amazed by the views that the Dinaric Alps offers.
In the afternoon will be in Theth where a private car will be waiting for us at the finish point of the hike and drive us to Nderlysaj, will enjoy the view and the natural cave bathtubs.
Straight after will keep hiking for a little more to get to the Blu Eye, natural fountain from a deep blue color forming an eye shape stream.
Will come back to Nderlysaj, where the car will be waiting for us to drive us to the guesthouse.
We will settle down to our rooms and come all together to have dinner, tasty fresh traditional dishes.
(all included)

Day 5 (Wednesday)

Breakfast at the guesthouse. Right after we leave to visit the Isolation Tower and learn about the Kanun of Lek Dukagjini (the first written constitution, used in the whole northern region). (1,5euro/person not included)
Then will move to visit the amazing Grunas waterfall.
Will come back at the guesthouse as the van will be waiting for us to drive us back to Shkoder. (included)
Lunch in Shkoder included.
Rigth after lunch, the car will drive us back to Tirana hotel and the next day to the airport. (included)

Church in Thethi Valley
Hiking in Albanian Alps
Hiking from Valbone to Theth

Included in this tour:

All type of transport: public or private; boats from the beginning (Tirana Airport) and back.
The guide in English and Italian for the whole tour.
All breakfasts starting from Tirana to Theth.
Hotels and guesthouses from Tirana to Theth.
Dinners in Valbona & Theth
Lunch in Shkoder on the way back to Tirana.
The last day pickup from hotel to Airport
Not Included:

Activities in Tirana
Museums and lunch in Kruja
Museums and dinner in Shkoder
Lunch and activities in Shala River
Isolation Tower Museum in Theth
Should know:

Due to the traffic jam, the timetable may be change
The hike from Valbona to Theth lasts 6-8 hours
The tour is available every Sunday from Tirana, from 15th of May to 30 September
Not recommended if you suffer any cardiovascular diseases
Hiking difficulties level: medium
Please communicate your food allergies to the guide as soon as you meet. Also if you are vegan or vegetarian.
What to bring with you:

Comfortable hiking shoes
Comfortable hiking clothes
Warm clothes as the morning and evening in Alps gets cold
Swim suit
Hiking stick
Sun’s cream
Sun glasses
Not a heavy backpack
Tour Price : 599 Euro/person