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8 Days Local Experience in Albania

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Duration

8 Days 7 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

25 people

Category

MultiactivityCultural Holidays

Overview

Learn traditional recipes and eat delicious Valbona cuisine in these  8 days of local experience in Albania. Tour the northern Albanian Alps, ride a horse along the mountain road, visit the old mill and explore the waterfalls of Valbona and Theth. Moreover, taste the delicious local wines and sip some Raki. Be local! Come to the north of Albania and experience sights few tourists get to see. Try your hand in the kitchen as you enjoy a hands-on cooking class with your hosts. You’ll help prepare and enjoy the cuisine of this beautiful, picturesque region of the country using fresh ingredients from the farm.

Theth is a small village in the north of Albania. The community is situated right in the middle of a national park, an area known for its lush and mountainous natural beauty. Furthermore, Theth has a predominantly Catholic population, evident in the architecture and culture. In fact, many of Albania’s most famous writers were priests from Theth. Their work has contributed immensely to the education of the local population.

Valbona

Moreover, our accommodation in Valbona is a rural guesthouse set in the northern Alps with beautiful valley views. The property has a small farm and many outdoor areas including a terrace where you can relax. Also, our group leader knows a lot about locally grown organic produce. Moreover, he loves showing visitors around the region of his ancestors.

Located in Northern Albania with spectacular views bordered by high mountains and laying by the banks of Valbona River. Valbona Valley National Park became a protected area by the end of 1996. The village nearby is has a lot of guesthouses where you can find accommodation and food. However, the area is a bit difficult to reach as it’s undiscovered yet.

Lately, the people of the area or people from other places started protesting against building hydropower. The mountains and rivers of Albania are the last wild mountains in Europe. The slogan I am Valbona and Don’t touch my Valbone and the court ordered the hydropower construction to stop. However, that remains to the future, what is going to happen in Valbona Valley. This journey will take you to the most beautiful trails that are still not discovered by the crowds, on your journey you will meet beautiful waterfalls and rivers.

Hiking from Theth to Valbona

We hike the classic pass of the Albanian northern Alps that for centuries linked the two most known valleys of the area, Valbona, and Theth. We use mules to carry the luggage to the next house. Several stops at lovely springs along the way make the journey pleasant and refreshing.

Depending on your physical strength it takes from 4-5 hours up to 8 hours to finish the hike from starting from Theth. This hike is not to miss as you will see the most beautiful part of the Alps, and you will escape from the ordinary. A chance to relax and enjoy what the nature of Albania has to offer.

 

8 days of local experience in Northern Albania, between the Alps what is more refreshing than that?!

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ferry boat cruise in Lake Koman
  • Visit Valbona village
  • Visit the village of Theth
  • Visit the Blue Eye
  • Visit the city of Tirana

Itinerary

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Day 1: Tirana

Arrive and check into your hotel. Depending on your arrival time you may want to enjoy a stroll around the city and start to absorb the atmosphere of this amazing country. There is a restaurant in the hotel and several local restaurants where you can enjoy dinner.

Day 2 - 4: Valbona

We meet at the hotel in Tirana then travel by minibus and boat to Valbona. During the trip, we take the boat to the lake of Koman to cruise the waters between Koman and Fierze. Our accommodation in Valbona is a rural guesthouse set in the northern Alps with beautiful valley views. The property has a small farm and many outdoor areas including a terrace where you can relax. Our group leader is very knowledgeable about locally grown organic produce and loves showing visitors around the region of his ancestors.

Day 4 - 7: Valbona - Theth

After breakfast in Valbona, we hike the classic pass of the Albanian northern Alps that for centuries linked the two most known valleys of the area, Valbona, and Theth. We use mules to carry the luggage to the next house. Several stops at lovely springs along the way make the journey pleasant and refreshing. While in Theth enjoy free time for hiking and exploring the area or lounge at the guesthouse with a glass of wine. Walk to the waterfall and spring or enjoy a hands-on cooking class with your hosts using fresh ingredients from the neighbors and the farm.

Day 8: Tirana

On our last day, we travel back to Tirana. We will return in time for you to depart any time after 1 pm from Tirana to the airport. We trust you had a pleasant and relaxing time exploring northern Albania with us and hope you will come again.

Additional Info:

While most days are full of excursions, any day trips can be skipped in favor of relaxation and independent exploration.
®Every trip is different, depending on weather conditions. Our trips are not recommended for pregnant women, children under 2 years old and people who suffer from any medication disability. Do not bring unnecessary items or items of high value on board, our company will not take responsibility for any loss.

Included/Excluded

  • Transport between destinations with minibus, boat, horses for moderate hiking
  • Accommodation: Locally owned guesthouse (5 nights), hotel 3* (2 nights)
  • Five home-cooked dinners at the guesthouse
  • 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
  • Hands-on cooking class using organic locally grown produce
  • Local wine & Raki, a traditional brandy of the region
  • Visit to waterfall in Theth and the old mill of Valbona Valley
  • Group leader and guide throughout
  • Drinks/snacks
  • 7 Lunches (to include: 105€)
  • Individual daily expenses/Gratuities

Experience

Outdoor Activities
Food and Drinks

Durations

8 days 7 nights

Tour's Location

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