Albania is an undiscovered adventure destination that is steeped in history. Help to preserve its natural biodiversity by experiencing it first-hand, rafting on the Vjosa river.
Over 3 days you’ll kayak to breathtaking beaches, snorkel in crystal waters, take an adrenaline ride on the free-flowing Vjosa River and hike through Albania's historic cities and villages.
This adventure includes:
- Rafting on the Vjosa River
- Guided hiking, kayaking and snorkelling
- Guided cultural sightseeing
- 2 nights accommodation
- Rafting, kayaking and snorkelling equipment
- Meals during the trip
- Local professional certified English-speaking guides
- All transfers in Albania, including pick-up from Saranda harbour
- All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip
**Perfect for: **
Those who are looking to explore this up-and-coming adventure hot-spot, and help support it's growing tourism industry.
Recently featured as an 'Adventure That Will Make an Impact in 2018' by Adventure.com.
Meals as described
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Day 1: Kayaking from Butrint to Ali Pasha Castle
At 9:45 you’ll be met by your hosts at Saranda harbour. The action begins as you kayak along the Ionian coastline from the Butrint amphitheatre to the historic Ali Pasha Castle. Amidst visiting these UNESCO world heritage sites, you’ll be in awe of the magnificent views along the way.
After lunch, you’ll be taken to Lukove (1.5-hour drive), a small, traditional village with breathtaking beaches and characteristically clear waters.
When you arrive, you’ll embark on a relatively easy hike to one of the most beautiful beaches in this area, Krorez Bay. In the afternoon, it’s time to see what this unspoiled cove has to offer; get closer to those crystal waters and go for a swim among its inhabitants. Don’t forget your snorkel and underwater camera.
1 hour kayaking, 3 hours hiking, 1 hour swimming, 3 hours driving
Day 2: Rafting on the Vjosa River
After breakfast, the minibus will pick you up and take you to the small town of Permet (3-hour drive).
After lunch, you’re in for an adrenaline-fueled afternoon as you go rafting on the Vjosa River, one of Europe’s last free-flowing rivers. Its entire 270km course is wild and untamed and adorned with beautiful canyons, braided river sections, islands and oxbows.
The Vjosa River is a class III rafting course. Prepare for waves up to four feet and narrow passages that send the boat shimmying and water gushing over the sides.
To wind you down into the evening, you’ll visit the Thermal Baths of Benja and hike to the Canyon of Lengarica where you can relax and enjoy a swim in their natural waters. You’ll then head to a local homestay for the evening in Permet, where you can enjoy a barbecue of local food to the sound of traditional music.
2,5 hours rafting, 3 hours hiking & swimming, 3 hours driving
Day 3: Hiking the historical sites of Gjirokastra
This morning, you’ll be collected from the hotel and taken to the beautiful city of Gjirokastra. Hiking around this ancient city there are plenty of pit stops that are sure to fulfil your appetite for history; including the archaeological park of Antigonea, Saraqinisht village, and the Spille Monastery.
After lunch, it’s time to say goodbye as you head back to the seaport for your forwarding journey to Corfu airport. You can decide whether you're going to spend your last hours at the beach of Saranda or Corfu before flying back home. (Ferry departs at 16:00)
4.5 hours hiking
Please note that the itinerary is subject to change based on weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.
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You’ll spend your first night in a comfortable apartment in Saranda. The apartment is air-conditioned with a TV and seating area. The hotel also offers free WiFi.
On your second night, you will stay at a homestay in Peshtan village, close to Permet where you can exchange stories with the local residents.
Saranda is a city on the Albanian Riviera, southern Albania. Sandwiched between the Ionian Sea and hills of olive groves, the town is edged by beaches and a promenade. Close-by, Butrint is an ancient city, protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Vjosa River has a special and crucial place in the daily lives of the people that live along its banks. Many small-scale businesses and new emerging eco-tourism companies have based their existence on the free-flowing waters of the Vjosa. Moreover, the Vjosa and its crystal-clear water have had an impact on the hearts of Albanians and their cultural values. Naming newly-born girls after the Vjosa continues to be very popular among Albanian parents since the name stands for the beauty of the river. The more tourists that visit, the more support we're able to provide the local community to protect it.
You’ll be met by your guide on Friday at 9:45 at the seaport of Saranda, which matches the arrival time of the ferry coming from Corfu. Your host suggests booking one of the many flights to Corfu on Thursday to catch the ferry at 9:00 to Saranda.
You’ll head back to the seaport for the ferry departing on Sunday at 16:00, which provides plenty of time to get to Corfu Airport for your flight at 22:30.
Getting there and away?
There are direct flights from all over the UK to Corfu Airport from a number of different airlines. Choose any flight that suits you best. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans. Additional information about the ferry schedule can be found here.
For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.
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