Albania walking tour, small group

“A nine-day odyssey through Albania's cultural and natural heritage, exploring national parks, UNESCO sites and historic treasures.”

Highlights

Tirana | Shkoder | Rozafa Castle | Theth Franciscan Church and Locked-In Tower | Valbone Pass | Mullafci Alpine Pastures | Valbone Valley National Park | Gashi River | Koman Lake Boat Trip | Visit With A Local Family | Church of the Ascension in Mirdita | Berat | Onufri Museum | Kruja

Description of Albania walking tour, small group

An exciting combination of nature and culture, this small group walking tour in Albania is perfect for first-timers hoping to discover a country that still receives far fewer visitors than it deserves. Taking in parts of northern and central Albania, and several gorgeous national parks, the itinerary also features a stop in Albania’s lively capital, Tirana, and the beautiful, UNESCO-rated town of Berat.

This tour is suited to those with a decent level of physical fitness, as the terrain and elevation can be fairly challenging at times, particularly on the walk from Theth to Valbona Valley. Expect a mix of long and short walks during which you’ll be accompanied by walkers of similar abilities, and plenty of cultural visits along the way. This is a highly enjoyable, scenic adventure through the spectacular Albanian Alps and a great chance to forge fulfilling and long-lasting friendships.

While this is a trip designed for those with a passion for exploring the great outdoors, highlights will also include Tirana’s delightful, Italian-influenced city centre, the magnificent 4th century Rozafa Castle in Shkodër, and a relaxing boat trip on Koman Lake.

Before reaching Berat with its historic treasures, imposing castle and stunning Ottoman architecture, you’ll enjoy a short hike to a nearby village where you’ll be welcomed into the home of a local family. And what finer way to bring a walking tour in Albania to an end than with some absorbing views of the Adriatic coast from Kruja Mountain.

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2018: 5 Aug
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Responsible tourism: Albania walking tour, small group

Environment

Wildlife!
In partnership with local NGO such as PPNEA and state bodies such as AKZM we are partnering in the monitoring and preservation process of endangered species such as: Brown Bears and Lynx in the Valbona Valley. Currently one of the projects in place has to do with the monitoring process through a network of cameras which are placed throughout the valley and help us better understand the type of wildlife still existing in the Albanian Alps.

Waste!
We are currently working with the local accommodation providers especially in the Alpine areas to educate them concerning waste management. This is a big problem which is being tackled since the locals were used to through rubbish in the river streams. We are working with them as well to find ways how to best design and manage their toilets since most of them are very primitive and can potentially pollute the environment around them.

Community

Most of our effort evolve toward the education and employment of local staff sourced from the areas we are leading our walking tours. For example in Valbona we are using local farmers to serve as assistant guides. They know very well their area and all trails as well but are unable to communicate in a foreign language. These guides live all year long in the valley and because of the climate, deforestation, subsistent farming and the change in the way of life they look at tourism as another means of income which would contribute in a moderate way as an added income for their families. The same in the valley of Theth, we are using retired teachers to guide locally our groups. In this way we insure that they can look at tourism as another mean of supporting themselves and not leave the valley to work and live in a big city or worse emigrate. Our policy is to always use local guides even though our tourguides know the terrain well and don't need the help of the local guide to lead them.

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