Albania, Discovery, 10 days - from £895 (land only) - from €1,075 (land only) - from $1,475 (land only)
- Highlights of the Land of the Eagles
- Alpine scenery of the Valbona Valley
- A visit to Prizren, in neighbouring Kosovo
- The UNESCO-listed historic towns of Berat and Gjirokaster
- Hotel accommodation throughout and all meals included
One of the emerging countries of Europe, with a culture all of its own, Albania offers a mix of experiences that work brilliantly within this 10-day adventure holiday. We start out in the north, with an excursion to the lovely old town of Prizren in neighbouring Kosovo, before taking a hike in the Valbona Valley beneath rugged Mount Jezerca, Albania's highest peak. Then, after a ferry ride on Lake Koman and a visit to beautiful town of Shkodra, we return south and spend a day amongst the medieval houses, churches and fortifications of the magnificent city of Berat. A half-day hike with a ranger in the protected forest of the ‘Fir of Hotova' and a visit to the city of Gjirokaster, famous for its Ottoman architecture, are further highlights. During 2 final days above the ‘Albanian Riviera', we hike through olive groves to pretty villages and enjoy unforgettable mountain and sea views.
Is this holiday for you?
This is primarily a Discovery style tour that includes the cultural highlights of Albania. Over 10 days there will be visits to the best natural and cultural attractions of a small country with an ancient history and impressive geographic diversity. Accommodation throughout will be in hotels, but it must be borne in mind that tourism is in it's infancy in Albania and facilities whilst clean are basic. Most accommodation will be 2 or 3 star standard in simple family run establishments. There is the option to walk on five days in the itinerary, allowing us to explore the beautiful natural surroundings on foot. The walks will be on village paths, and the duration no longer than 4 hours. The most difficult walk will be the ascent to the White Circle in the Valbona Valley with 500m of ascent - the views are worth it! However this walk, and many of the others, are optional. Albania is a fascinating corner of the 'New Europe' but visitors must be aware that the infrastructure is very basic and roads can be in poor condition.