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.
Your adventure begins at Tirana Airport (TIA) with your airport transfer. Please schedule your flight to arrive more than 30 minutes before this time. You will meet your host and fellow adventurers in the arrivals area.
Note - for trips departing before 1 April 2019 - please contact us before booking your flights so we can advise the best option. You will be collected from the airport on arrival.
At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped back at Tirana Airport (TIA), and you are free to book any flight.
What to Expect
This is the itinerary for departures after 1 April 2019. For departures before 1 April 2019 - days 1 and 2 are condensed. Please contact us for more details.
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, return to Vlora city for the night, before sitting down for a meal of traditional Albanian food.
Day 3: Protected Waters and Mysterious Caves
After breakfast, we direct to 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.
Departure to Berat and check into your guesthouse, followed by dinner of locally caught fish and seafood.
Day 4: Berat and the Osumi Canyon
Drive for around ninety minutes to the spectacular of Osumi Canyons, 60 km from 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. Tonight you are free to explore the town and eat in any of the local restaurants (dinner not included).
Day 5: Hike the Tomorr Mountain
After breakfast, take a short drive to the trailhead and then hike into the rugged Tomorr Mountain.
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 Nurellary/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. (Extra payment of 50 Eur/person)
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.