“ TIRANA, KOMAN LAKE, VALBONA, THETH AND SHKODER IN 8 DAYS”

The tour to Tirana, Koman Lake, Valbona, Theth and Shkoder is a special interest hiking and culture tour program, exclusively designed to offer participants the best combination of pristine wild nature, unforgettable ferry ride through the heart of the Albanian Alps, local folklore and traditions. During these 8 days you will be able to visit Tirana and most of the tourist attractions of Northern Albania.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Tirana Airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive by 8:15 AM for a prompt departure at 8:30 AM.
RETURN TIME Approximately 6:30 PM.
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
INCLUDED
Professional instructor Meals
1 hour of free time Transportation in mini-coach
NOT INCLUDED
Surfing equipment
Instructor gratuity

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Day 1

After arrival at Tirana airport, we start with a visit at the National Historical Museum that holds most of the country’s archeological treasures including the replica of Scanderbeg’s massive sword.

We will follow our journey with a walk in the main boulevard which provides a close sight of the City Hall and a number of Governmental buildings on both sides and a visit to the Tabak Bridge (Ura e Tabakeve), a famous stone footbridge dating from the 18th century. We then continue to the famous“Blloku” area, Tirana’s hippest and most vibrant area, filled with cafes, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.

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Day 2

We start traveling to Koman Lake in Northern Albania, by leaving Tirana early in the morning at 05:00. The ferry leaves Koman Lake at 09:00 am navigating right at the heart of the Albanian Alps. The Koman lake ferry trip offers some spectacular views of the Albanian Alps, waterfalls, rural villages and wild forests. Overnight in a traditional guesthouse by the lake Koman in a small village called Berishë. New in 2017: Exploring the area through kayaking along the lake.
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Day 3

We get on the boat from the village at (about 11:00) to Fierza damn. The tour to Valbona continues through the city of Bajram Curri. We will travel to Valbona Valley National Park for about 30 minutes until we arrive at the Guesthouse. After a delicious traditional lunch, we explore some of the main attractions, such as trekking from Valbona to Kukaj, the farthest neighborhood in Valbona Valley, pretty rural and remote, the “Old Mill” and the center of the village. Overnight and dinner in the Valbona guesthouse.
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Day 4

The hiking tour of Valbona gets more intense during the third day. Our hiking objective is “Maja e Rosit” one of the Peaks of the Balkans. On the way to the Maja e Rosit Peak we pas through Kukaj, the farthest neighborhood in Valbona Valley, pretty rural and remote. The trekking takes about 3 to 4 hours on the way up and about 3 on the way back to Valbona Valley. The view from Maja e Rosit offers a spectacular view of the Crown of the Albanian Alps and the Accursed Mountains thus the picnic lunch on the top of the mountains will be our reward. Dinner and overnight at the guesthouse in Valbona.
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Day 5

Trekking to Theth from Valbona would be an intense day as the walk takes about 6 hours in a remote terrain, but defiantly worthy! The Valbona pass to Theth offers a spectacular view of the Balkan Peaks and “Bjeshket e Nemuna”, thus the picnic lunch on the top of the mountains will be our reward. After reaching Theth we take a short break. During the afternoon we visit the Ethnographic Museum of Theth, the old Church and the “Lock in” Tower (symbol of Theth) and its fascinating story in centuries. Dinner and overnight at the guesthouse in Theth.
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Day 6

The hiking tour of Theth continues to “Syri i Kaltër” (The Blue Eye of Theth) and “Vaskat”Gurna’s Canyons, formed from the Black River, which flaw out from the Black Top. TheBlue Eye is formed by the erosion of the rocks by the water that descends from the mountains. The trekking from Theth to Syri i Kaltër will be the main activity of this day since it the path takes about 3 hours from the guesthouse. Picnic lunch at the “Blue Eye” park. Dinner and overnight in the guesthouse in Theth.
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Day 7

After breakfast, early in the morning, we hike from Theth to the Waterfall. We start traveling from Theth to Shkoder at about 11:00 am. Shkodra is the main city of Northern Albania. City tour of Shkodra where we will visit the city center, the famous pedestrian boulevard “Pedonale”, the Cathedral of Shkodra, main Mosque and the Orthodox Church. We have our final lunch (not included in the price) by the Buna River with an amazing view of the Rozafa castle. After lunch we get on the way to the final destination, Tirana.
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Day 8

After breakfast, early in the morning, we hike from Shkodra to the Lezha. We start traveling at about 11:00 am. Lezha is the main city of Northern Albania. City tour of Lezha where we will visit the city center and “Mrizi Zanave” Agrotourism.

End of tour

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
21 August 2018

The journey was well above expectations. The price quality ratio too. Our guide did an excellent job. The trip was well built. The food was good. The guide had good tips for restaurants. He has provided a huge amount of service for and to us. We have received an incredible amount for the travel amount. Transport during the two weeks, also from our luggage on horses over the Teth pass, the service of the hotels and the guesthouses. Partly arranged by our guide. Super that there were coffee stops every day, even during the walks.

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