Hiking in South Albania 7 days, is a tour which combines hiking in remote areas with visits in historical and archaeological sites and the exploration of tradition and culture of the people living in South Albania. You will travel with our experienced local guides and stay in our selected accommodations, meet locals, enjoy local food and explore everyday life and history with the chance to enjoy the the crystal clear waters of beaches of the Ionian Riviera.
General itinerary: Tirane – Ardenica – Llogara park – Dhermi – Himare – Qeparo – Kudhes – Borsh – Saranda – Butrinti – Blue Eye springs – Gjirokastra – Tirane
At arrival at Tirana airport our representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel near the center of Tirana. Depending on your arrival time, you will have an info meeting with your tour guide at the hotel followed by a short city tour of Tirana. Evening at leisure.
Overnight in Tirana
In the first part of the day we will drive towards the South. On the way our first visit will be at Ardenica christian orthodox monastery located on a hill overlooking the valley. The church is famous for its XVIII century frescoes and wooden carved altar.
Next we will continue towards Llogara National park where we will arrive in early afternoon, just in time for lunch and a short hike Saint Athanasios pick in the afternoon. Evening at leisure in Llogara National park.
Overnight in Llogara National park
In the first part of the day we will hike towards Thora pass located just under Cika pick which is the highest of the Acroceraun mountain range.
After lunch we will drive Dhermi beach where we will spent the rest of the afternoon by the sea.
Overnight in Dhermi beach
In the first part of the day we will hike towards the monastery of Pangia in the old village of Dhermi, where we will visit the old church with colorful frescoes dating back in the XVII century. Next we will continue towards the Monastery of Stavridi located next to the small village of Saint Ilias.
In the second part of the day we will have lunch at Panormi bay where we will visit the XIX century castle of Ali Pasha located in the small island in the middle of the bay. In the afternoon we will check in our accommodation in the village of Qeparo.
Overnight in Qeparo
In the first part of the day we will hike towards the old village of Qeparo which is a rare example of local architecture. Next we will continue our hike towards the village of Kudhesi, also well know for its traditional architecture.
After lunch in the village of Borshi we will continue towards the town of Saranda by the sea where we will check in our accommodation.
Overnight in Saranda
In the first part of the day we will visit Butrinti Archaeological park which is an UNESCO World heritage site. Our visit will include the main public area and the museum of the park.
In the second part of the day we will visit the historical town of Gjirokastra which is an other UNESCO World heritage site. Our visit will include the XIII century fortress and the old bazaar in the old town.
In late afternoon we will drive toward Tirana where we will have ur farewell dinner in a traditional restaurant.
Overnight in Tirana
After breakfast we will transfer you to Tirana airport, wishing you a nice flight back home.
End of our service
Notice: This tour is not recommended to people with walking difficulties/ disabilities, or health issues.
This is a general overview of the program. Detailed program is available on request.
Some of the sites we will visit are not easy to access from people who have difficulties in walking uphill or steps.
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