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Kayak, Snorkel and Hike Canyons in Albania

Explore mysterious caves, snorkel in remote bays and kayak an uncrowded lake. 5 days. 3 days off work.

  • Albania
  • February—November
  • Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Tirana (TIA)

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.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • Experienced, English speaking guide
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 3 Breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Local transportation
  • Airport transfers
  • Kayak, snorkelling and river hiking equipment

Perfect for: Active travellers who want to experience a range of different outdoor activities in one of Europe’s best-kept secrets.

Need To Know

The only extra costs are:

  • Flights to and from Tirana
  • Dinner on day three
  • Any personal expenses such as drinks
  • Clothing suitable for hiking

Albanian food is hearty and healthy, usually based around meat and vegetables much of which is seasonal and sourced locally. Popular dishes include turkey, lamb or goat Pershesh, served with a local bread known as Kulac, a meat and leek pie made with thin pastry called Byrek and freshly caught fish served in a Mediterranean style. Fish dishes are often flavoured with white vinegar and olive oil grown in Southern Albania and many dishes are served with wine from one the local vineyards.

Please let us know of any dietary requirements in advance so we can cater to these.

The best months for hiking in Albania are February to June and September to November when the weather is warm and sunny, reaching temperatures of around 30 degrees. July and August can be hotter, however this is usually broken up by cool coastal breezes.

All kayaking and snorkelling equipment is included.

Absolutely! The trip runs with a minimum group of 4 people and a maximum of 16, so you’ll be exploring with other like-minded travellers. Lot’s of people book our trips as a solo traveller - it’s a great way to meet people.

No previous experience is needed, however a moderate level of fitness is required along with the ability to swim.

Yes! When booking this trip as a private trip, children from the age of 5 can join this adventure.

You’ll need to arrive into Tirana before lunchtime on day one, or the night before. On day five you can depart at any time.

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Recommended packing includes: - Comfortable boots - Lightweight, breathable clothing that’s suitable for hiking - Wind/waterproof jacket - Hat - Warm fleece or jumper - Water bottle - Sunglasses - Sunscreen - Headtorch - Insect repellent - Hiking poles - Swimwear - Towel - A small backpack

This trip will run with a maximum of 12 participants.

Location

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The Republic of Albania is a mountainous and green country that’s only now appearing on many travellers radar thanks some of the best and least developed beaches on the Mediterranean. Destinations on this trip include the countries capital, Tirana, home to a thriving café culture, the Karaburun peninsula, at the heart of the Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park, the UNESCO world heritage site of Berat, The Osumi gorge, whose unique ecosystem keeps it green all year round, the Tomorr National Park and Ulza Regional Park, known for its green tourism and lovely man made lake.

Start point?
Your guide will collect you from Tirana International Airport on day one. You can book any flight arriving before 11:00. If you’re flying from London, your host suggests the direct flight arriving at 10:10.

Finish point?
At the end of your trip you will be returned to Tirana International Airport. You’re free to book any flight you like on the last day. If you’re flying to London, there is a direct flight at 20:25.

Getting there and away?
Direct flights operate from London Gatwick on British Airways and from London Luton on Wizz Air, as well as selected airports throughout Europe. There is a wide choice of indirect flights from airports across the UK.

What to Expect

Day 1: Kayak Lake Ulza

Fly to Tirana Airport in Albania where your guide will meet you.

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, return to Tirana and check into your guesthouse for the night, before sitting down for a meal of traditional Albanian food.

Day 2: Protected Waters and Mysterious Caves

After breakfast, drive for around two hours to the historic city of Vlora on the Adriatic coast.

Explore the beautiful Karaburun peninsula by speedboat, including the Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park, the only reserve of its kind in the country, home to turtles, seals and dolphins.

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 3: 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.

Hike along the banks 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 4: 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 5: Depart for Tirana

After breakfast head back to Tirana Airport where your Albanian adventure will end or continue exploring the country on your own.

Accommodation

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 you’ll stay at Hotel Nika in Vlore, located just 150 metres from the nearby beach. On night three you’ll stay at Hotel Castle Park, set in a quiet area of woodland around 1.5 kilometres from the centre of Berat town. All have free Wi-Fi.

Optional single room supplement is available.

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Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Single Occupany Supplement Payable Before Departure
Single Occupancy Supplement £50.00 Per Person
Additional Night Accommodation Payable Before Departure
Additional Night Accommodation £50.00

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