Peaks of the Balkans
Peaks of Balkans tour explores the beauties of the Albanian Alps, Belegu and Decani pastures in Kosovo and Bogicevica pastures in Montenegro. We will begin with a guided walk in Tirana, capital of Albania. Next, we will take a boat tour of Koman Lake considered by Bradt Guides as “One of the world’s great boat trips”. From the quaint village of Tropojë we follow the shepherd’s trails up to Sylbicë Alpine Huts. In Sylbicë you feel like you are truly among the stars. We continue exploring in the next days the alpine pastures of Kosovo and Montenegro and enter again in Albania. Another great walk is that between Valbona valley and Theth Valley where in the altitude of 1815 m you the great views of both valleys are unveiled in front of you.
- Take one of the most scenic boat trips in Europe
- Stay in shepherd’s huts and sample the traditional food
- Enjoy the nature and the amazing views of Valbona and Theth Valleys
- Feel like an explorer amid interesting locals and untouched nature
- Accommodation for 9 nights in hotels, guesthouses and huts
- 8 dinners in hotels, guesthouses and huts
- 6 lunches included in the program
- Folkloric performance in Valbona (For groups above 8 persons)
- Tour Guide in English language for 8 days
- Local guide during the walking days for 7 days
- Luggage transportation for 5 days
- Local minibus transportation for 3 days
- Transfers and transportation by tourist minibus for 4 days
- Entrance tickets in museums (Tirana, Prizren, Shkoder)
- Assistance of the Albanian agency
Day 1: Airport – Tirana
After you land in Albania, you will be welcomed by the Albanian travel agency representatives. Next we transfer from the airport to the hotel in Tirana. In the afternoon we visit Tirana and especially the city center, Scanderbeg square, Et’hem Bey mosque, Toptan Castle, Pyramid etc.
Day 2: Tirana – Kukes – Prizren – Tropojë village
Breakfast in Tirana. Today we travel toward Northern part of Albania passing through the cities of Prizren and Gjakova in Kosovo. The journey will take us through one of the major road investment done to connect Albania with Kosovo. In Prizren we will make a visit of about 2 hours. Prizren is one of the few cities in Kosovo to have 3 religious communities cohabiting together (Catholic, Orthodox, Muslim). It is known as well as for the Albanian National Weakening movement. Next we travel to Gjakova and visit the Ottoman bazaar, one of the longest in the Balkan. Depending on time lunch could be in Prizren or Gjakovë. Before re-entering Albania through Qafe Morine border we will get off the car and walk our way to the border. There we will present our passport and walk to the village of Tropoje. Upon arrival in the village we will be accommodated in Aste Guesthouse.
Day 3. Tropojë – Tropojë Valley – Sylbicë Pasture
Breakfast in Old Tropojë. The group starts walking led by the tourleader as the luggages are carried by horse. We walk through the valley of Tropoja river and make several breaks on the way. Lunch will be organized in the valley. In the afternoon we reach the alpine huts in Sylbice Alpine Pasture. Dinner and accommodation in Sylbicë
Day 4: Sylbicë – Deçani Pastures (Kos) – Belegu Pastures (Kos)
Breakfast in Sylbicë. We travel for 6 hours guided by the local guide and horses from Sylbica through Decani Alpine Pastures (Kos) up to Belegu Alpine Pastures (Kos). Lunch we be organized on the way to Belegu. In Belegu we will be accommodated in one of the local huts. Dinner in Belegu huts.
Day 5: Belegu Pastures (Kos) – Bogicevice (Mne) – Doberdol (AL)
Breakfast in Belegu Alpine huts. From here we walk for about 5 hours guided by the local guide and horses (for the luggage) from Belegu to Bogicevica (MNE), Trekufiri (ALB-MNE-KOS). Lunch (as a picnic lunch) will be organized somewhere near the border. In the afternoon we reach Doberdol (AL).
Day 6: Dobërdol – Çerem – Valbonë (860 m)
Breakfast in Dobërdol. After loading the luggages in horses we walk from Dobërdol to Çerem passing through Koshutica and Vranica. Lunch in the village of Çerem. After lunch we drive from Çerem to Valbonë.
Day 7: Valbonë – White Circle – Valbonë
The group will walk today to White circle mountain. Return to Valbona after 6-7 hours of walking. Tonight’s dinner is organized in a village guesthouse where a folk group will perform for us. (For more than 8 persons)
Day 8. Valbona – Valbona pass – Theth (1950 – 750 m above sea level)
Breakfast in Valbona. After driving for a while we reach the place from where we hike toward the village of Theth. The trail we follow goes through the village of Rragam and Valbona springs. We need about 2-3 hours depending on the ability of the group to reach the summit or Valbona pass at the altitude of 1815 m. From there the panorama unveiled of both Valbona and Theth valleys is breathtaking. Next we will have picnic lunch about 1 km from the pass. At this place called “Krojnat” we can have coffee or refresh ourselves with colas and beers. In the afternoon we reach Theth and accommodate in the Gjelaj quarter.
Day 9 : Theth – Qafa e T’thores (1800 m) – Boge – Shkoder – Tiranë
Today we drive from Thethi passing through interesting panoramic points such as: T’thore Pass, Boga etc. The road unveils before us a unique panorama of Thethi valley and Bjeshkët e Namuna. In Shkoder we make a short break for lunch near the old part of the city. After visiting the northern city of Shkoder we resume driving toward Tirana. Upon arrival and accommodation in the hotel we take a walking tour of Tirana and visit the main sites. Optional is as well Dajti Mountain which can be reached by cable car.
Day 10. Tirana – Mother Theresa Airport
Breakfast in Tirana. We transfer today to Mother Theresa Airport where the tour ends.