Albania and Kosovo

A Trekking and Climbing adventure

Level

moderate

Duration

8 days

Route

Tirana- Mount Dajti- Komani- Valbona–Jezerca – Peja–Prizren (Kosovo)- Kruje –   – Tirana

Albania was an isolated country for more than 45 years as it lived under one of the harshest communist regimes. Therefore it is considered to be the Europe’s last hidden secret. Kosovo gained the independence only in 2008 so there is a lot to discover about it. This trip will take you through some of the most breathtaking landscapes of these countries. Walk the highest mountains of Albania and get marvelled by the gorgeous peaks. Embark the ferry ride in Koman Lake and feel the adrenaline in your veins as you Zip Line the Rugova River in Kosovo. Learn more about the Albanians, their customs and traditions, meet the locals, enjoy good food and visit handpicked attractions.

ITINERARY

DAY 1: Arrival Tirana/ Dajti Mountain ( L, D)

Upon arrival to“Mother Teresa” International Airport you will be met by your  local guide. Next we will be transferred toDajti Mountain (1613 m) via Cable Car, the longest in Balkan. The journey offers great views of the landscape and villages around and you will feel like touching the sky as you make it to the top.In the National Park you will walk through a forest of pine trees and 200 years old oaks. Lunch will be in Dajti restaurant, which stands as a natural balcony overlooking Tirana. After lunch we will be transferred to the hotel.

In the afternoon we will make a guided walk of Tirana where we will visit the main highlights such as: Scanderbeg Square, the Clock Tower, Et’hemBey Mosque (build in 1830),the Pyramid, ex-communist residential area “the Bllok”.

Overnight in Tirana. Sheraton Tirana or similar

DAY 2: Komani Lake Boat trip( B, L, D)

Drive to KomanLake and embark on a fascinating boat trip through the high peaks and gorges of Drini River. The lake was formed during the late ’70’s from the waters of Drini’s river. It has a great importance on the Albanian economy because in the lake are build 3 hydropower plants which produce 70% of the electrical power needs. The trip lasts about 2 hours. Compared to the Scandinavian fjords it is considered to be as “one of the greatest boat trips”. Next we drive to Valbona Valley where in the afternoon we will take a guided walk to the village of Kukaj (1.5 hours walking, altitude 600 m). There we will meet with a local family and learn more about customs and culture of Northern Albania. We will taste as well the local homemade coffee and other local products.

Overnight: Valbona Margjeka or similar.

DAY 3: Jezerka peak ( B, L, D)

This day we walk for about 8 hours the second highest peak of Albania, JezercaPeak (2694m) high. The Albanian Alps known otherwise as the “Accursed Mountains” are high peaks and rocks (all above 2500 m). Some of them lack vegetation and for almost half of year are covered by heavy snow. The view once on the top is just breathtaking. Visit as well the glacial lake of Jezerca. overnight in Jezerca- camping.

DAY 4: Jezerca ( B, L, D)

Walk back from Jezerca to Valbona Valley for about 7 hours walk. Being only 5 km away from the border of Montenegro and Kosovo, this area was strictly prohibited to walk during the communist regime. Albania and especially this region was landlocked by the ex-dictator and communist leader EnverHoxhawho was paranoid about a possible Yugoslavian attack from the border. Our local guide, born and raised in these mountains will share his personal stories from this period of time and help you get the best of the region.

Overnight: Valbona Margjeka or similar.

DAY 5: Gjakona ,Decani , Peja ( Kosovo) ( B, L, D)

Today we will drive to Kosovo and make our first stop in Gjakova. It was established as a trading town during
the Ottoman period and it would hostone of the biggest bazaars in Balkans with around 500 shops. The city faced destruction and was burnt and damaged badly during the Kosovo War from 1998-199. Many of the houses and shops were rebuilt after the liberation. As we take a guided walk through the town we will visit the Old Baazar and Hadumi Mosque (16 Century). There we might meet with local craftsmen and visit their
shops. Next, on the way to Peja we will stop and visit the Monastery of Decan (UNESCO heritage) built in 1327 during the reign of Serbian King Stefan Uros III Decanski. Another interesting site we will visit in the afternoon is as well Serbian Patriarchate of Peja, which is enlisted in the UNESCO List.
Overnight in Peja Kosovo Dukagjini or similar.

DAY 6: Via Ferata ( B, L, D)

Today we will explore Via Ferrata (Iron Road) in Peja. We will climb for about 100 meters through Rugova Canyon and soak up the views offered by the surrounded high peaks of Dukagjini Highlands. The adrenaline will cross through our veins as we take the Zip Line through the Rugova River.There we will discover the ancient caves that have been used over the years by monks, villagers and solders

Overnight in Peja Kosovo Dukagjini http://hoteldukagjini.com/ or similar.

DAY 7: Prizen and Kruje ( B, L, D)

Prizren is the destination of the day. There we will visit the old town, Sinan Pasha Mosque and the Albanian League ofPrizren. The city is known as the city of cultural diversity and was an important centre during the Ottoman period.Lunch in Prizren. Next we travel to Kruje, Albania where we will visit the Ethnographic Museum, the Old Bazaar and the Museum of Scanderbeg, an important medieval figure for the Albanians.

During the dinner we will enjoy the company of a local folk group that will play and dance for us.

Overnight Kruje Panorama http://hotelpanoramakruje.com or similar.

DAY 8: Sari Salltik Mountain/ Departure ( B, L)

This morning we will take a walk (1,5 hours)up to the rocky mountain of Kruje and visit Sari Salltik, a bektashi shrine.There we will learn more about the history of the saint and visit the underground cave (20 m deep). Next we drive to the port city of Durres and visit the Roman Amphitheatre build in 2nd Century AD. Early excavations have brought up some skeletons that many scholars think they might belong to gladiators, however Durres was an important segment of Via Egnatia, which connected Roma to Constantinople.

Next we drive to Airport. Departure.

2,110 USD

per person in a group of min 6 pax. Double occupancy

Trip Dates

21st July 2017

NOTES

  • This cost is based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement Applies.
  • This rate is valid till Dec 2017
  • Full payment should be made 30 days prior to departure date.
  • All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation. All prices are subject to change.

 

THIS INCLUDES

  • Full board meal plan as described above- breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation in hotels as described above or similar
  • Tents for camping in Jezerca peak
  • Luggage transportation by horse in Jezerca Peak
  • Airport transfers
  • Transportation with a minibus (22 seats)
  • Ferry tickets
  • Cable car tickets
  • All entrance tickets
  • Local guides
  • All gear equipment for Via Ferrata

THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Single Supplement
  • High Season supplements
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Beverages
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses

Important note:

The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions. In any case the guide has the RIGHT to change the program for the safety and convenience of the travelers.

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