Albania - Land of the Eagles Family Adventure
Albania, Family, 8 days - from £845 (land only) - from €1,055 (land only) - from $1,480 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at Tirana airport and transfer into the city, Albania's capital, from where we take the 'Dajti Express' cable car up to the Dajti National Park. Overnight in a panoramic hotel with great views of the city.
Day 2: Descending by cable car, we transfer out of the city to hike to the 'Black Cave' of Pellumbas Village. The cave is a sight of ancient prehistoric settlement and we can imagine how the cave-dwellers lived in those times. Overnight in a hotel with swimming pool.
Day 3: Today we drive to Albania's beautiful south, to Llogora National Park, stopping off en route for lunch at a restaurant on the Llogora Pass with panoramic views. In the afternoon we drive to Dhermi beach for a swim in the lovely Ionian Sea before dinner. Overnight in a campsite on the beach.
Day 4: The beach at Dhermi is spectacular, with the crystal blue Ionian Sea dominated by the steep slopes of Mt Cika. We'll make an excursion to a secluded beach and have a picnic in the shade of the olive groves. Later in the afternoon we'll visit the old village and the frescoed Church of St Mary before returning to the campsite for dinner.
Day 5: A scenic drive along the Albanian Riviera is followed by a visit to the fortress of Ali Pasha Tepelena in Palermo Bay. After lunch at a fish restaurant we visit the archaeological park at Butrint to learn about the ancient Greeks and then on to Permet for a night in a rural guesthouse.
Day 6: Today it's time for fun as we take a tube ride through Langarica Canyon! The river flowing through the canyon is really gentle and the walls of the canyon are smooth and narrow - it's almost like being in a cave at times. At the end of the ride we'll arrive at the thermal springs in Benja. Overnight at our guesthouse in Permet.
Day 7: Today we take the adventurous unsealed road through the remote landscape of the Skrapari region, stopping off for a picnic by the impressive Osumi Canyon where you can swim in the pools in the river. We then transfer through the Tomori Mountains to the UNESCO listed medieval town of Berat where we'll stay overnight in a hotel in the atmospheric citadel, home to ancient Ottomans.
Day 8: Depending on flight times, we may have some free time in Berat before we transfer (2hrs) to the airport in Tirana. KE group package services end with breakfast at the hotel and the single-timed transfer to the airport in Tirana.