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The Albanian Alps Experience

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Wild and rugged Albania is truly a hidden Mediterranean gem. Situated just north of mainland Greece, Albania is an undiscovered country full of outstanding natural beauty with a wealth of history just waiting to be explored. From the Romans and the Greeks to the Ottomans, past civilisations have left their distinct marks on Albania’s landscape, architecture and archaeological sites as showcased in fascinating ancient UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Berat and Butrint, and other dramatic mountain citadels dotted across the countryside.

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Day 1

Arrival in Podgorica (capital of Montenegro) followed by an airport transfer into Albania to Shkodra, known as the city of birds and bicycles. Here, you’ll check-in to a traditional Albanian guesthouse which is a museum in itself and has an incredible authentic restaurant with local cuisine and entertainment. There will be time in the afternoon to explore the crumbling ruins of Rozafa Castle

Day 2

Early morning transfer to the ferry port for the magical Lake Koman Ferry Ride journey. Arrive in beautiful Valbona, check in to your accommodation and spend the rest of the day enjoying the serene mountain setting and the fresh traditional food listening to the locals talk about the legends of the blood feuds and sworn virgins.

Day 3

Day based in the Valbona Valley and/or the surrounding area; enjoy the great outdoors with a hike around the Albanian Alps under the shadow of the Accursed Mountains, visit a local stan or get involved with some traditional activities with the locals.

Day 4

Day spent in the Valbona Valley experiencing the authentic life of rural Albania; head out on a nature trail with the knowledge and expertise of an experienced mountain guide admiring the rich flora and fauna and the overwhelming natural beauty; get your hands dirty helping the locals milk cows, herd sheep and pick berries for an afternoon.

Day 5

Morning transfer to the start of the Valbona – Thethi hiking trail. You’ll trek through the Valbona Pass over to the remote village of Thethi led by a local boy whose horse will carry your bags. The trek lasts approximately 5 – 6 hours. On arrival in Thethi you’ll check in to the welcoming guesthouse and enjoy a traditional evening meal.

Day 6

Spend the day in Thethi and its National Park exploring the local Kulla and iconic church or taking some time out before your next trek tomorrow.

Day 7

Early morning drop-off at the start point of the trek across the mountains into Montenegro. The trek lasts approximately 6 – 7 hours. You’ll be collected at the end point of the trek and transferred to Kolasin where you’ll check in to your accommodation.

Day 8

Transfer to Podgorica airport for the flight home.

A country of stunning contrast, Albania boasts both wild and rugged landscapes peppered with jagged mountains and traditional villages alongside long stretches of sandy coastline, lush meadows and green pastures. Albania’s coastline is the ultimate draw with miles of deserted pristine beaches, beautifully sun kissed along the Ionian Coast while the north of the country preserves rural traditions and maintains its reputation as a wild frontier. Here, legends of blood feuds and sworn virgins tumble through menacing mountains and desolate valleys, creating an atmosphere of mystery and intrigue.

With spectacular alpine scenery and local people that offer warmth and genuine hospitality, the fact that Albania is still one of Europe’s poorest countries makes it all the more incredible. But don’t be fooled into thinking that this undiscovered country is only for the adventurous backpacker-type; we have made it easy to explore and enjoy its wild beauty and hidden depths in a way that suits you.

Expect the unexpected and prepare to be blown away.

The Albanian Alps – Legends & Wildlife: An enticing mix of dramatic mountain scenery, rich wildlife and living legends, the Northern region of Albania remains a wild frontier overflowing with natural beauty and rural treasures. The rugged peaks of the Accursed Mountains tower over lush valleys punctuated with clusters of remote mountain villages. Get a taste for the rural mountain lifestyle and experience the warm hospitality of the local people who honour guests like royalty. Set off on an adventure through the wild paths of the Valbona Valley, exploring untravelled paths and witnessing the diverse flora and fauna on offer, revitalised with clean fresh air in your lungs and a dash of colour in your cheeks.  Experience the most spectacular boat ride in Southern Europe and conquer castles along the way.

Transfers Private airport pick-up and drop-off, all in-country transfers

Accommodation 1 night in a traditional guesthouse in Shkodra with breakfast, 3 nights B&B mountain accommodation in Valbona, 2 nights full board guesthouse accommodation in Theth, 1 night B&B accommodation in Kolasin

Activities Tickets for the Lake Koman River Ferry, Valbona – Theth hike, Theth – Plav hike, horse and boy for treks

Other The services of a bi-lingual guide, the Albanian Alps Experience booklet

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