Albania walking holidays

“Albania is quite literally at your feet on this walking holiday of a historically sought-after but little-explored country where Venetian-flavoured cities tuck into wild Albanian Alps.”

Highlights

Shkodra | Lake Koman | Valbona National Park | Theth National Park | Thare Pass | Tirana

Description of Albania walking holidays

You’ll spend a week exploring the highs and lows of Albania on this walking holiday. Cities bookend the trip: artist’s haven Shkodra (“the capital of North Albania”) and Tirana, the pretty-in-pastels actual capital.

But it’s the mountains and villages in-between that really appeal. You’ll sail through mountain peaks and skinny waterways on Koman Lake, before stretching your legs in Valbona Valley. The Malesia Highlands are home to strong-minded, independent villagers hardened against the numerous invasions – as well as some stupendously scenic mountain trails. One of the real highlights is sipping herbal mountain tea with weathered Albanians who have stuck it out in Alps for generations.

This is a small group walking holiday of Albania, so you’ll be matched up with likeminded hikers and an expert guide. You’ll also have access to a vehicle that’ll drop you off at the trailheads and transfer any luggage.

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16 May 2020
£1075
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06 Jun 2020
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20 Jun 2020
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15 Aug 2020
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26 Sep 2020
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Responsible tourism

Albania walking holidays

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

This walking trip explores both traditional villages and the National Parks of Albania. Theth National Park in the centre of the Albanian Alps was established to protect the biodiversity of the region, thanks to the alpine and forest environments it has a rich diversity of species. The larger Valbone National Park is an almost pristine wilderness and good management is essential in order to minimise the impact on this fragile environment that we visit. We ensure that our walks only follow marked official trails and actively encourage clients to carry all waste out of parks and not to pick flowers or disturb the natural resources.

In Tirana we sight-see on foot, helping to reduce the level of pollution within the urban centre and enabling us to discover neighbourhoods and learn more about the development of the city.

We encourage all customers to take a reusable water bottle with them when travelling which helps to reduce the number of plastic bottles provided and used locally. Along the routes we take on this trip there are plenty of fresh, good quality water sources to make good use of your reusable bottle.

As a travel company we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key, and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage.

Community

Aside from the walking a focus of this trip is the traditions and culture of Albania. We use a local Tour Leader and guides on this trip who know the country very well and who will help to give us a unique insight into the history, customs, culture and folklore of Albania and get us that bit closer to the local people. We visit Shkodra, one of the countries oldest cities, to learn about Albania's chequered history and cultural heritage. As we travel around the north of the country we stay in a variety of local, family run hotels and eat out in small restaurants which brings direct economic benefits to the communities we visit. In Theth, of which the centre is historically protected by the Albanian Government, we stay in a traditional Albanian family house and enjoy lunch prepared by the family and in Kukaj village we will taste herbal mountain tea on the terrace of a local family's home.

As a company we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.

As a company we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of the UK travel industry body AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing a moose, all the wonderful nature, wildlife and different habitats. It was also great how well we got on with Eglè the guide - she was brilliant.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


It’s a very easy walking holiday so no need to over pack.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I do think that the holiday supported the local economy as we always ate in
local places. It supported education into some conservation particularly the guided bog walk and our guide was very knowledgeable about the local environment. In terms of environmental impact, the vehicle we drove in was a conventional Diesel engine and I don’t think the accommodation had any special
environmental credentials. If there were we weren’t told about these.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Over all I really enjoyed the holiday, I would love to go back to the Baltic’s and would consider booking with this operator again.

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