Explore mysterious caves, snorkel in remote bays and kayak an uncrowded lake. 5 days. 3 days off work. Travel to a part of Europe still untouched by mass tourism. Visit an ancient fortified city, explore the beautiful Karaburun peninsula by speedboat and meet a local family in the Tomorr mountains.Your hassle-free adventure includes: • Experienced, English speaking guide • 4 nights accommodation • 3 Breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners • Local transportation • Airport transfers • Kayak, snorkelling and river hiking equipmentPerfect for: Active travellers who want to experience a range of different outdoor activities in one of Europe’s best-kept secrets.
Day 1: Kayak Lake UlzaFly to Tirana Airport in Albania where your guide will meet you.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, return to Tirana and check into your guesthouse for the night, before sitting down for a meal of traditional Albanian food.Day 2: Protected Waters and Mysterious CavesAfter breakfast, drive for around two hours to the historic city of Vlora on the Adriatic coast.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.Return to Vlore and check into your guesthouse, followed by dinner of locally caught fish and seafood.Day 3: Berat and the Osumi CanyonCheck out of your hotel and drive for around ninety minutes to the ancient fortified city of Berat, A UNESCO World Heritage Site.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.Hike 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.Return to Berat and check into your guesthouse. Tonight you are free to explore the town and eat in any of the local restaurants (dinner not included).Day 4: Hike the Tomorr MountainsAfter breakfast, take a short drive to the trailhead and then hike into the rugged Tomorr Mountains.Visit a local family and eat a picnic lunch high above the surrounding landscape, before returning to Berat.After plenty of time to rest and relax in this lovely city, drive the short distance to the Cobo winery for dinner and a chance to taste some of the countries beautiful wine.Day 5: Depart for TiranaAfter breakfast head back to Tirana Airport where your Albanian adventure will end or continue exploring the country on your own.AccommodationOn night one you’ll stay in a shared twin room at the Artistic Tirana Guesthouse, a newly refurbished building in the heart of Tirana. On night two you’ll stay at Hotel Nika in Vlore, located just 150 metres from the nearby beach. On night three you’ll stay at Hotel Castle Park, set in a quiet area of woodland around 1.5 kilometres from the centre of Berat town. All have free Wi-Fi.Optional single room supplement is available.