Explore mysterious caves, snorkel in remote bays and kayak an uncrowded lake. 5 days. 3 days off work.
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.
Perfect for: Active travellers who want to experience a range of different outdoor activities in one of Europe’s best-kept secrets.
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, drive for around two hours to the historic city of Vlora on the Adriatic coast. Before sitting down for a meal of traditional Albanian sea food.
Day 3: Protected Waters and Mysterious Caves
After breakfast, we will explore the beautiful Karaburun peninsula by speedboat, including the Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park. This is the only reserve of its kind in the country and little is understood yet of the biodiversity of the park; if you’re extremely lucky turtles, seals and dolphins have been sighted previously.
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.
Return to Vlore and check into your guesthouse, followed by dinner of locally caught fish and seafood.
Day 4: Berat and the Osumi Canyon
Check out of your hotel and drive for around ninety minutes to 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.
We will do rafting from March-June & hiking river and canyon exploration form July-October along 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 and check into your guesthouse. Tonight you are free to explore the town and eat in any of the local restaurants (dinner not included).
Day 5: Hike the Tomorr Mountains
After breakfast, take a short drive to the trailhead and then hike into the rugged Tomorr Mountains.
Visit a local family and eat a picnic lunch high above the surrounding landscape, before returning to Berat.
After plenty of time to rest and relax in this lovely city, drive the short distance to the Cobo winery for dinner and a chance to taste some of the countries beautiful 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.
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 and three you’ll stay at Hotel Bolognia (subject to availability) in Vlore, located just 150 metres from the nearby beach. On night four and five you’ll stay at Hotel Castle Park (subject to availability), set in a quiet area of woodland around 1.5 kilometres from the centre of Berat town. All have free Wi-Fi.
For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for €20 per person, per night (subject to availability). Please request this at the time of booking.
Recommended packing includes:
- Comfortable boots
- Lightweight, breathable clothing that’s suitable for hiking
- Wind/waterproof jacket
- Warm fleece or jumper
- Water bottle
- Insect repellent
- Hiking poles
- A small backpack
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.
Food and drinks, unless specified
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
! Kindly keep all your clothes and personal belongings in a suitcase, which can be easily transported on SUV, minivan and that you can easily bring during the tour.