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Rafters passing through the Osumi Canyon with a waterfall in the background, Albania.
4.7
| 115 reviews

Raft, Kayak and Hike in Albania

Dive into spectacular natural scenery on an active adventure through untamed rivers, mythical mountains and epic canyons

Duration

5 nights

Annual Leave

4 days off work

Group Size

Up to 14 people

Season

Mar-Dec

Location

Albania

Meeting Point

Tirana International Airport, Albania

Classic Accommodation

Hotel

Customer Reviews

(115)

4.7

Difficulty

Moderate

From

From

Kayak and raft along the mighty Vjosa, the last truly wild river in Europe – a unique and richly biodiverse ecosystem

Venture deep into the sacred Tomorr Mountains on remote trails, featuring incredible vistas and welcoming villages

Explore the verdant natural wonder that is Osumi Canyon, swimming in natural pools and waterfalls along the way

Want to round off your adventure with some coastal hikes to pristine beaches? See our Canyons to Coast Adventure in Albania, which finishes up on the Albanian Riviera

Day 1

Welcome to Albania!

Berat and the Osum River, Albania.

Driving

2hrs

Your host will pick you up either at Tirana Airport or in central Tirana, then drive south for about an hour and a half to reach the ancient, fortified city of Berat – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the old castle here and get to know your travel companions this evening over a traditional Albanian meal.

Day 2

Explore the sacred Tomorr Mountains

Hikers in the Tomorr Mountains of Albania with blue skies.

Hiking

6hrs · 16km · 400m up · 400m down

Driving

1.5hrs

Head out in off-road vehicles to explore the remote mountains of Albania. At the heart of Albanian folklore, they have deep spiritual significance in the country. Hike through one of the last wild wolf and bear sanctuaries left in Europe, stopping for lunch in a small village. Enjoy the views of Mount Tomori, one of the country’s most magnificent mountains, then unwind with wine tasting in a local winery.

Day 3

Osumi Canyon

Hikers wading into the Osumi River Canyon in Albania.

Hiking

2.5hrs · 300m up

Driving

1.5-2hrs

Enter Osumi Canyon – one of the most spectacular natural attractions in Europe. You’ll either river hike or raft along the River Osum (this depends on the time of year and corresponding water level; please read the FAQ below for more information). There will be plenty of chances to wild swim whilst surrounded by the canyon’s unique ecosystem, which stays lush and green all year round. After lunch in Corovoda, you’ll drive back to Berat.

Day 4

Kayaking the Vjosa River

Kayakers on the the Vjosa River, Albania

Kayaking

2.5hrs · 8km

Driving

3.5hrs

Take another scenic road journey through the remote interior of Albania to Këlcyrë Gorge, for a truly memorable kayaking adventure on Europe’s last wild river. Have lunch in Tepelena before paddling a beautiful and calm stretch of the Vjosa's turquoise waters. Hop back into the minibus to head to the town of Permet to check in to your hotel, and then relax at the thermal baths in Benja.

Day 5

Rafting the Vjosa River

Rafters on the rapids of the Vjosa River, Albania.

Rafting

2.5hrs

Driving

3.5hrs

Experience more of the incredible Vjosa River today, newly established as a protected National Park, on a morning rafting adventure – you'll tackle Class 3 rapids through spectacular mountain scenery. You'll head back to Berat for your final evening.

Day 6

The Cave of Pellumbas

View of the buildings in Berat, Albania

Hiking

1.5hrs

Driving

2hrs

Depart beautiful Berat, and begin the journey back to Tirana. En route, you'll stop off to hike a short, steep and scenic trail which will lead you to the mysterious cave of Pellumbas, filled with huge stalagmites and dripping stalactites (be sure to watch out for low-flying bats!). After lunch in one of the local villages, you’ll return to Tirana for your journey home.

Included

Guides

Local, expert, English-speaking guides

Accommodation

4 nights in hotels, 1 night in a guesthouse

Meals

5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in between

Equipment

Everything you need for kayaking, rafting and river hike (seasonal)

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Personal expenses

Some meals as described

Travel insurance

Visas where required

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4 – Day 5

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Group enjoying a picnic lunch in the sunshine in Albania.

Albanian food consists of hearty and healthy dishes of 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 of the local vineyards.

Please let us know of any dietary requirements in advance by requesting this on your passenger info form.

What is the accommodation like?

Hotel Castle Park, Berat, Albania
Berat

You'll spend four nights in Berat, staying in twin-share rooms at Hotel Castle Park. Set in a scenic area of woodland, it's located around 1.5 kilometres from the centre of Berat town.

Hotel Permet on the banks of the Vjosa River, Albania
Permet

You'll spend one night in a hotel in the small southern town of Permet, next to the banks of the Vjosa river. Rooms will be on a twin-share basis.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Tirana International Airport (TIA)

Arrive any time on Day 1

Ends

Tirana International Airport (TIA)

17:30 on Day 6

Transfers

Arrive at any time on Day 1 and your host will arrange a transfer from Tirana Airport to the hotel in Berat. The transfer time is approx 1.5 hours and if travellers are on flights arriving at similar times, then there may be a short wait in order to group the transfers together.

Pickups can also be made from a location in central Tirana for anyone who has arrived earlier and is staying in the capital - this is usually the Dinamo Stadium near the Grand Park of Tirana. Your host will confirm the pickup time and location with you in advance.

On Day 6 you'll be dropped off at the airport in time to catch any flight leaving after 19:00.

If you are arriving or departing outside those days your host can arrange private airport transfers for an extra cost. See Optional Extras for details.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Tirana from major airports across the UK and Europe.

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What's included?

  • All kayaking and rafting equipment
  • Wetsuits, lifejackets and helmets for river hike

What do I need to bring?

  • Small backpack with rain cover
  • Suitable walking shoes for hiking
  • An additional pair of trainers that can get wet (for use when rafting, kayaking and if doing the river hike)
  • Breathable, light-weight, waterproof clothing
  • Swimwear
  • Plenty of spare underwear and clothes for getting wet
  • Quick drying travel towel
  • Wind-stopper jacket
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Suncream
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Head torch
  • Car sickness tablets (optional)
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Per Person

Pre/post trip accommodation in Berat (Double / Twin)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post trip accommodation in Berat (Double / Twin)

Per Night

Pre/post trip accommodation in Berat (Single)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post trip accommodation in Berat (Single)

Per Night

Pre/post trip accommodation in Tirana (Single)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post trip accommodation in Tirana (Single)

Per Night

Pre/post trip accommodation in Tirana (Double / Twin)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post trip accommodation in Tirana (Double / Twin)

Per Night

Berat to Tirana Airport

Payable Before Departure

Berat to Tirana Airport

Between Tirana Airport and the city

Payable Before Departure

Between Tirana Airport and the city

neema r.(April 2024)
Albanian adventures

Absolutely loved everything and more

Alma, Arti, Ali and the whole team were brilliant

The food was exceptional. Alma is president of the slow food association of Albania and the food was some of tastiest meats, cheese and vegetables tasted. Each meal was a gastronomic feast.

The itinerary was jam packed and fun with lots of wonderful rafting, kayaking and hiking that was off the beaten track and in stunning locations. Wonderful adventures and experiences.

The group gelled super well and all lovely, many have kept in touch.

If Albania isn’t on your radar it should be and this is a special way to do it.

A big thank you to MBA, Alma, Arti, Ali and the whole team for looking after us and all the memories ❤️🦅❤️

Judith D.(April 2024)
Great introduction to Albania!

The water activities were well organised and a lot of fun, especially the rafting, and we felt particularly safe knowing that we had the captain of the Albanian world champion rafting team as our leaders. The guides were lovely and really well informed. Food in hotel in Berat was amazing! There was a lot of travel in mini bus between destinations, up to 2.5 hrs at times which was probably unavoidable, and though a bit of a drag, the benefit was getting to see a lot of the beautiful Albanian countryside. Hikes were very easy distances so personally i’d book for a little more challenging next time. Overall aa brilliant experience with a great bunch of people, wonderful welcoming hosts and guides, gourmet food and memories to treasure.

nithin r.(April 2024)
Super friendly family run business

Super friendly family run business that went all out to mKe this trip spectacular

Donal H.(April 2024)
Raft and hike were the highlights

Arti was a very attentive guide, always making sure everyone in the group was happy. Very knowledgeable about anything you asked him and took the time to explain it to you. Beautiful hike up Tomorri mountain. Rafting was good fun too, although I would have liked bigger rapids. I went end of March and water was quite flat. Great guides again for the rafting. Kayaking is in double inflatables, so slower than a hard shelled kayak. Tons of food at every meal, you won't go hungry.

Adam C.(April 2024)
Beautiful country, great fun, great food!

Very happy with my trip to Albania!

The country has unspoiled natural beauty - the snow-capped mountains are epic and the river gorges complete with waterfalls are beautiful.

Our guides were very helpful and patient and they had a laugh with us as well, adding to the experience. The activities were great fun! NB - head torch and shoes with good grip strongly recommended for the bat cave on the final day!

Finally... the food! Fresh, rustic, healthy and flavoursome. Cheese, meats, salad, fruit, bread, wine and beer! The local guys at Castle Park did a great job :)

Gabriel(November 2023)

Absolutely incredible. This country and its people deserve the tourism boom they’re currently in. Unbelievable scenery straight out of a movie, great activities and very nice people all throughout the trip. Really took us outside of our comfort zone while keeping it safe. Will be coming back!

Natasha(November 2023)

This was the most AMAZING trip!! Albania is so beautiful, made perfect by our time spent with Arti and the Rafting Company. Alma and her family are incredible hosts, the kayaking and rafting was more beautiful than the pictures let on. I want to do it all again!

Timothy(November 2023)

An exceptional Albanian experience with a great mix of activity and leisure. The passionate hosts are experienced and well-resourced and showcased their country with pride. Highly recommended.

Hollie(November 2023)

The trip was incredibly varied with some great activities and a jam-packed agenda. The activity level should be easy as other than some steep climbs, there isn’t anything particularly physical.

The hosts were brilliant at taking lots of photos of everyone, which was brilliant and meant people didn’t need to worry themselves about it.

The food was good - traditional so a little tricky for fussy eaters or non-meat eaters.

Slightly more relaxation time would’ve been nice, but the agenda was very well thought through.

A lot of driving time - I’m not sure if there are other hotels that could be slightly better placed? Felt like a lot of time was spent in cars - often longer than the activity itself.

Everyone was helpful and welcoming. We were lucky in having a really good group.

The wine tour was an unexpected delight and the river hiking was by far the best experience.

Kate(October 2023)

This is a fantastic trip to a wonderful country. Scenery is breathtaking and the range of activities is perfect. Our group was amazing and we all gelled incredibly well. So much thanks to our leader, Arti, and all his local hosts. Albania is a beautiful place of natural wonder with hospitality, welcome and food to match. Great trip!

Rhys(October 2023)

This was an amazing experience. I had no idea that this part of Albania was going to be so scenic and the water activities so much fun. Many thanks to Arti, Elfa, and the crew for making it possible.

Amelia(October 2023)

The perfect trip for anyone keen to experience the rural wonders of Albania alongside the country's most experienced rafting guides. The weather in October was blissful and there were too many itinerary highlights to name: the mountain picnic, the off-roading, swimming in turquoise rivers... The group and the guides were so much fun, with lots of late nights sipping raki. A really well organised tour. Completely fell in love with the place.

Stuart(August 2023)

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Charles(August 2023)

Excellent trip, I felt I certainly "got my moneys worth".

A good variety of activities, with a stunning backdrop of mountains, valleys and rivers. The trip was well organised from start to finish, our group guide Arti was knowledgeable and relaxed, ensuring we had the best possible experience. The accommodation was good and food was plentiful. I travelled solo, but was fortunate to meet an excellent group of people to share the trip with. I highly recommend this trip and look forward to booking my next Much Better Adventures experience soon.

Hannah(August 2023)

Really enjoyed this trip! It was awesome. Arti and the crew were very good, kept us safe at all points. I’d bring a small water bottle with you at all times with a carabiner so you can keep yourself hydrated during the water activities. The river hike is more like coasteering so don’t be put off if you’re all hiked out or worried about the heat. We were there in July and it was very warm. All the hotels are lovely, air conditioned and comfortable . Especially the one you’re in for the penultimate night. Albania is a beautiful country and we had so much fun.

Faye(August 2023)

Albania is a fantastic country, well worth exploring, with this trip offering a fantastic blend of hiking, a city tour in Berat, kayaking, rafting, river hiking (which we likened to easy canyoning) and a winery visit. I would however advise you to consider what time of year you visit - our trip was mid-July and it was nearing 40 degrees, which makes the water activities incredibly welcome, but the hikes in the middle part of the day much more challenging due to the heat.

Abi(August 2023)

This was a fantastic adventure, this was my first solo trip and we were so well looked after and I felt very safe and well-informed throughout. It was an incredibly active holiday, with very little time to stop but I loved that, any spare moments we had the option to do extra activities and this meant we could experience much more of Albania. There was also free time after dinner each evening to spend time socialising with the group over a few drinks if you wanted. The actual activities were overall well organised and very fun. The river hiking was a new experience - similar to coasteering except down a river, not so much a hike but this was very refreshing. I’d go on this holiday again in a heartbeat.

Inita(August 2023)

Great tour guide and overall very well planned itinerary. Definitely what you would expect and more. Albania is a beautiful country worth visiting.

Hester(July 2023)

This was out of this world! I cannot wait for the next adventure. Have made memories for life. Thank you, everyone.

Kevin(June 2023)

It was a very nice trip. The crew and specially our guide Arti where excellent. The trips were cool and well organized. Good job as well for the selected restaurants. The local food and scenery was amazing. The small farm restaurant up the hills was something special 😁 This is a trip I can recommend!

Adam(June 2023)

A fantastic tour. Albania as a country exceeded my expectations in every way. I was consistently blown away by the scenery. Arti, our tour lead, was excellent and nothing was too much. Lots of fun! Great group of fellow travellers. I would fully recommend this trip!

Rhiannon(May 2023)

Amazing time. Beautiful scenery. Rafting was great fun. Alma and Endri were fabulous hosts and guides.

Shaun(May 2023)

Raw and beautiful place. Excellent food and warm welcoming people.

Jessica(May 2023)

Our trip to Albania was absolutely AMAZING. It is a country we never would have thought to go to if it wasn’t for this experience and adventure tour. But now we have been, Albania has so much to offer from the food, weather, culture, landscape and adventure! Arte and Endri our tour guides were absolutely great and had lots of historical knowledge on the area. The passion they have for the country and what they do is evident. Zamos’ inspiring story around rafting and tourism shows the ethos of their team. The accommodation is some of the best (super comfy beds) and the food really portrays the traditional Albanian cuisine! On one of the dinners in Berat during your free time, be sure to go to the Friendly House restaurant! Thank you so much for a truly amazing package!

Daniel(May 2023)

From the moment I started the tour I fell in love with Albania and the people. The daily activities were incredible, and it seemed like each day Alma and Zamo planned a little more to surprise us and exceed our expectations. Everything was planned so thoughtfully, with the focus of making sure we had the best experience in Albania. I can’t recommend this tour enough.

Scott(May 2023)

Brilliant experience rafting and hiking in the Albanian mountains. Extremely friendly and knowledgable locals.

Amrit(May 2023)

This trip was everything it was advertised to be! It is 6 action packed days of hiking, kayaking and eating some of the best food I have tried! I would like to specifically thank Alma and Arti for leading this wonderful trip. Alma reached out to me before the trip to provide information on the trip, which was extremely helpful. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, the team took excellent care of us. The hikes were fantastic and the kayaking experience was spectacular. The highlight will definitely be Alma organising a last minute cooking class for us. Alma went out of her way to ensure this was the best trip and for that I am truly grateful. I would definitely rebook this trip!

Kat(May 2023)