- 6 daywalks; 2 days sightseeing
- All luggage transferred by horse
- Altitude maximum 2090m, average 1250m
3 nights guesthouses in dormitory-style accommodation and 5 nights 3-star hotels in en suite rooms.
In Tirana, Prizren, Berat and Llogara we stay in 3-star hotels with en suite rooms. Hotel standards in Albania can vary from a basic, clean room to a larger more comfortable room with other amenities (such as TV, air conditioning and hairdryer), yet as star ratings are not regulated, standards are considered lower to those generally found in Europe. Overall, all accommodations are ideally located for our walks and offer a warm welcome. Many hotels (especially in Tirana) do not have an elevator.
In the mountains (Day 2), we stay in a 2-star guesthouse in Theth National Park. Due to the limited size of the guesthouse, rooms are shared with up to 4 people and there are 4 bathrooms for the group. In Valbona (Days 3 and 4), we stay in a simple guesthouse with en suite rooms and we may stay in the main large building or the nearby wooden villas.
All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners included.
This itinerary includes the main highlights of this fascinating country as well as some well-kept secrets that provide true insight into the Albanian culture. This tour is a balance of walking and sightseeing, with the start of the trip in the Albanian Alps being more walking focussed, and the latter section of the trip in the south and centre of the country having more of a cultural focus. There will be some long drives (up to 6-7 hours), which are unavoidable in order to see as much as possible.
Due to certain areas still being relatively undeveloped, some of the drives will be on windy and quite bumpy roads. Some roads are full of potholes and of a much lower standard to what we are used to in Europe. Still, we are always rewarded with spectacular wild scenery throughout. We walk along good trails in Theth National Park yet the terrain can be very rocky. We walk through alpine pastures and forests of pine and beech trees and to complete the week, we end with a beautiful walk along the southern Albanian coastline. Over the week, we enjoy 6 spectacular daywalks that vary in length according to the distance that needs to be covered. On some days we may only walk 2-4 hours and on others, our walks can be up to 7 hours, including stops.
As a moderate tour (Activity Level 3), you should have a reasonable level of fitness for both the long days travelling and to complete all the walks on this full and exciting itinerary. We aim to use 3 star hotels in the major cities, yet ratings should not be compared to Western Europe as there is currently not a regulated system for this in Albania. All accommodations are chosen for their character, location and welcoming atmosphere and where possible we offer all rooms en suite.
Normal group size and age
Normally 5 to 16, plus local leader. Additional guide to accompany some walks (days 2-5). Minimum age 16.
The vast majority of Exodus adventures are adult group holidays. Groups are always small in size. We strongly believe that this adherence to small groups means a better experience for all; more time with your guide, less waiting around and a reduced impact on the communities and environments visited.
Each group is generally made up of like-minded travellers - with singles, couples and friends all joining in together. All these trips are suitable for single travellers, but if you prefer to travel with clients booking individually, please see our Solo Departures page.
No experience is necessary; those who take weekend hill walks in areas like the Peak District or Cotswold’s at home should manage a B-grade trek; good health and reasonable fitness are important. These Moderately graded departures are either fairly easy medium-duration walks or harder, shorter walks.
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