This great Multi-Activity Holiday in Albania and Kosovo combines Walking, Cycling, and Rafting in Northern Albania. We start the tour with some general information and history as we travel to the city of Kruja. We visit Kruja, the castle, and Scanderbeg Museum.
Kruja was the most important town for the Albanians during the 15th century which withstood successfully at least 3 major sieges by the Ottoman Empire. We will also visit the museum which is dedicated to the Albanian medieval hero Gjergj Kastrioti known as well as ‘Scanderbeg’. He is considered the most important figure of all the Albanians.
Next, we will drive to the Albanian Alps and cycle toward the village of Theth. It is a charming village tucked amidst impressive mountains above 2500 m.
We travel to the city of Shkodra and visit Rozafa Castle. The castle rises imposingly on a rocky hill, 130 meters above sea level, surrounded by Buna, Drini, and Kiri rivers. Being an Illyrian stronghold it was eventually captured by the Romans in 167 BC after several battles with the Illyrian Kingdom. After Shkodër we take the bicycles and start cycling through the mountain road of Bogë – Qafë T’thorë – Theth.
Rafting from Dizdar to Fierza Hydroelectric Power Station through the Valbona river will be another great experience. We will have the chance to cycle through Kosovo up to Junik to visit the typical Dukagjinian Tower Houses
Then we will walk to Valbona Valley reaching the altitude of 1815 m from where Theth and Valbona offer breathtaking views.
We begin walking to Valbonë, whereas the bikes will be transported by minibus in another way through Theth – Shkodër – Milot – Kosovo – B.Curri – Valbonë. As we walk the terrain is going a bit challenging in the first part of the walk but it gets better after the first 2 hours. We will have a picnic lunch before we reach Valbona Pass. When we reach the summit we can enjoy the panorama of Valbona Valley unveiled in front of us at the altitude of 1815 m. At the end of our walk, minibusses will wait for us to take us to the accommodation place.
The group starts cycling for around 20km, along Valbona valley. In Shoshan village, we load the bikes in our minibus and begin rafting in Valbona River until Gri village. After lunch, we continue cycling toward the village of Tropoja.
We travel on the asphalted road and off-road to the picturesque village of Padesh which borders Kosovo. Picnic in Padesh. We continue further down to the village of Botusha and then in the residential center of Junik in Kosovo. There we will be accommodated in a typical turret-type guesthouse.
Junik – Qafë Morinë – Cërnicë – Fierzë. From Fierzë we can travel in two ways toward Pukë. Option 1. We drive from Fierza to Dardhë village. From there we begin riding the bikes through asphalted mountain roads. The itinerary is: Dardhë – Qafë Mali – Fushë Arrëz – Pukë.
We begin the day cycling through mountain roads following the itinerary Pukë – Gjegjan – Rrëshen – Rubik. Rubik where we will be accommodated as well. In the afternoon we make a 2-hour walk and after that visit the 12 century-old Rubik Church from where the view of the area is spectacular.
We continue cycling through the old track that connects some residential areas, like Milot – Lac – Fushe Kruje – Kamez. Next, we travel to Tirana, the capital of Albania since 1920, founded as an Ottoman Town in 1614. As we visit the center of Tirana and the National History Museum, we will explore its Ottoman, Italian and Communist past who gave shape to its identity as the capital of the Albanians.
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