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Packraft, Snorkel & Canyon Hike in Albania

From $669/pp

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From $669/pp

Albania

Trip Length

6 days

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All year round
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Packraft, Snorkel & Canyon Hike in Albania

Explore mysterious caves, snorkel in remote bays and pack raft an uncrowded lake and National Parks. Travel to a part of Europe still untouched by mass tourism. Visit an ancient fortified city, explore the beautiful Karaburun – Sazan Marine National Park by speedboat, explore the spectacular Osumi Canyons and meet a local family in the Tomorr mountain. The region is a diverse landscape of rugged hills, high cliffs, and endless, rolling agricultural land. The Mediterranean climate is perfect for growing grapes and other fruits. It’s the perfect place to get off the beaten path and have a unique Balkans experience.

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Explore mysterious caves, snorkel in remote bays and pack raft an uncrowded lake and National Parks. Travel to a part of Europe still untouched by mass tourism. Visit an ancient fortified city, explore the beautiful Karaburun – Sazan Marine National Park by speedboat, explore the spectacular Osumi Canyons and meet a local family in the Tomorr mountain. The region is a diverse landscape of rugged hills, high cliffs, and endless, rolling agricultural land. The Mediterranean climate is perfect for growing grapes and other fruits. It’s the perfect place to get off the beaten path and have a unique Balkans experience.

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome in Albania

Arrive at Tirana Airport in Albania. Drive to the bed and breakfast. At 5 pm you’ll meet the guide for a short city tour and a welcoming dinner.

Activities

  • City Tour
  • Welcome Dinner
Day 2

Pack raft in Ulza lake

Drive for around one hour to Ulza National Park and kayak around Lake Ulza, enjoying the fresh air and clear water of this protected nature reserve.

After a lunch of locally caught fish, depart to Vlora and check into your guesthouse for the night.

Free evening to explore the city on your own (dinner not included)

Enjoy the fresh air and crystal clear water, as you kayak through this protected nature reserve.

Activities

  • Kayak Around Lake Ulza

Accommodation

Guesthouse in Vlora

Day 3

Protected Waters & Mysterious Caves

Check out of your hotel and be ready to explore the national marine park.

Explore the beautiful Karaburun peninsula by speedboat, including the Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park, the only reserve of its kind in the country, home to turtles, seals and dolphins.

Visit the mysterious cave at Haxhi Aliu, used by traders and smugglers for millennia and now a national monument.

Snorkel in a remote bay, sunbathe on an untouched beach and then eat a picnic lunch on the sand.

Drive for around ninety minutes to Berat ancient city and enjoy a traditional dinner.

Snorkel in a remote bay, sunbathe on an untouched beach and then eat a picnic lunch on the sand.

Activities

  • Explore Karaburun Peninsula By Speedboat
  • Explore Haxhi Aliu Cave
  • Snorkelling
  • Picnic
  • Traditional Dinner
Day 4

Berat & the Osumi Canyon

After breakfast, take a drive (60 km, about 1,5 hours) to visit the Osumi Canyon, one of the most spectacular natural attractions in Europe and swim in a natural pool surrounded by the canyon’s unique, green ecosystem.

Walk along the banks of the river Osum through an unspoilt landscape of pine forests and river plains, visiting local landmarks like the Crocodile Head, Love Waterfall and Devils Gate.

After plenty of time to rest and relax in this spectacular canyon, drive back to Berat. This is the chance to explore the city by your own. (dinner not included)

Visit the Osumi Canyon, one of the most spectacular natural attractions in Europe - swim in a natural pool surrounded by the canyon’s unique, green ecosystem.

Activities

  • Osumi Canyon Visit
  • Walk Along The River Osum
Day 5

Hike in the Tomor Mountains

After a short break in the hotel, take a short drive to the trailhead and then hike into the rugged Tomor Mountains. (about 5 hours hike up and down)

Visit a local family and eat a picnic lunch high above the surrounding landscape, before returning to a local winery where we have a chance to taste some of the best wines in Albania accompanied with some typical food.

Visit a local family and eat a picnic lunch high above the beautiful landscape that surrounds you.

Activities

  • 5 Hour Hike
  • Local Family Visit
  • Wine Tasting
  • Lunch
Day 6

Exploration of Pellumbas cave

Today we will explore the Pellumbas village. We will do a 3 hours hike (up and down to the Pellumbas cave). After the exploration of the cave we will enjoy a local lunch.

After 2 pm we will head to Tirana International Airport and say goodbye to your Albanian adventure.

Explore the Pellumbas village and the incredible Pellumbas cave!

Activities

  • Hike
  • Explore Pellumbas Cave
  • Local Lunch
  • Airport Transfer

What's Included

Accommodation

5 Nights' Accommodation

  • Private Room upgrade available on request

Flights

All International/Domestic flights and visas

Exclusions

Meals not mentioned, Personal expenses and Travel insurance

Guides and Equipment

  • Expert, friendly, English-speaking guides
  • Pack rafting and snorkelling equipment

Meals

5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 3 Dinners, as per itinerary

Ground Transport

Airport and local transfers, as per itinerary

Skills/level of fitness required

Difficulty (1-4): 2 No rafting or hiking experience needed, just a reasonable level of fitness and the ability to handle 3-6 hours of activity a day.

Group size, Extra nights

  • Minimum 6 people, maximum 14 people.
  • Additional night pre/post trip can be arranged on request.
Created by
Blerina Ago

I am Blerina and I come from the city of Berat, Albania. At the age of 14, I had my first rafting experience on the Osum River. The adrenaline rush and magical scenery in the spectacular Osum Canyons had a serious impact on me throughout my personal and professional journey.

Back then, I showed one of the first printed photos taken inside the magnificent Osum canyons to one dear Italian friend of mine and he said, “Nooo, it is not real, it’s photoshop.” But when he came to do rafting and saw everything with his own eyes, he was stunned and all he could muster was …. “Mamma mia …. mamma mia”.

Of course not many people shared this opinion. Some thought I was unconscious, that I did not know what to fantasise about, that it was just a ridiculous idea and that I was an immature teenager. But I have turned even the biggest sceptic into a believer of the natural beauty to be seen here!

After continuous and unstoppable efforts promoting Albania, accompanying friends, journalists, artists, and athletes we managed to attract an infrastructure investment of the Albanian government. This allowed us to save visitors about a 2 hours ride to the canyon. From year to year we created an active and sustainable team with a wide network of local communities, connecting several areas of Albania through different outdoor activities in nature. These include canyon exploration, hiking, kayaking, mule caravan, visits to local wineries, and so much more.

While all this is happening, I graduated with a Law degree and thanks to various international exchange programs, I was able to pursue an in-depth education in tourism and entrepreneurship too! All of my hard work and energy is worth it when I see the joy in the eyes of tourists, especially those Albanians, who are now able to feel the pride as I did and still do!

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