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Holiday Overview


  • Visit the beautiful beaches, ancient ruins and friendly people
  • Take a cable car ride and go easy rafting on the River Vjosa
  • Great value with activities and all meals included in the price
  • Featured in the Sunday Times 100 Best holidays

With unspoiled beaches, welcoming people and a mix of coastal and mountain landscapes, Albania is perfect for families keen to explore the ‘New Europe'. Our itinerary is designed to discover this interesting country and make it exciting for the whole family. Our first night, in the capital of Tirana, the hotel is accessible by a cable car. We then move onto the ‘Black Cave' of Pellumbas to see the prehistoric settlements and learn about the cave dwellers. Travelling south we camp on the beach of the Ionian Sea (allowing some swimming in these warm Mediterranean waters) and relax under the olive groves. A visit to the pretty incredible frescos painted church of St Mary at Dhermi (even the children will love this church!), and a visit to the ancient Greek UNSECO archaeological site at Butrint gives us some proper history education. We then have an exciting morning partaking in white-water rafting along the River Vjosa followed by a soak in a hot spring. Dinner in an atmospheric restaurant within the walls of Berat, the best-preserved Ottoman town in the Balkans, nicely rounds off this fabulous family adventure holiday in Albania. A great holiday for all round education and adventurous fun.

Is this holiday for you?

Suitable for children from 8 yrs old

This family holiday in Albania has been designed specifically for families. The itinerary contains some short walks, a cable car ride, options to swim in the sea and some hotel swimming pools and visits to ancient ruins and prehistoric caves. The white water rafting is in the majority an easy and peaceful float along the river and there are a couple of sections which are grade 2 or 3 depending on the water conditions. Please ensure that you have you are covered with your insurance for rafting. Appropriate safety equipment and helmets are provided. All rafting participants need to be able to swim unaided for 25m, and need to be over the age of 8 years. We camp for 2 nights near the beach, and 5 nights at hotels and guesthouses some of which have swimming pools.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Tirana. A single transfer from Tirana Airport is provided.
  • Walk to visit the Black Cave. Transfer to hotel near Pellumbas.
  • Drive South. Visit Llogora National Park. Transfer to Dhermi Beach.
  • Time at the beach. Excursion to frescoed Church of St Mary.
  • Continue south to Permet, visit fortress of Ali Pasha, coastal towns and Butrint archeaology site.
  • River walk and tubing in Langarica Canyon. Return to Permet.
  • Dirt road drive to Skrapair Highlands. Wild swimming in pools. Transfer to Berat.
  • Departure day. A single transfer to Tirana Airport is provided.
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The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Tirana. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Tirana Airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' in the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Tirana. A single transfer from Tirana Airport is provided.

    The group will rendezvous at the airport in Tirana. KE Land Only package services begin with a single, timed group transfer from the airport into the city. This transfer will take approximately 30 minutes to the point where we take the ‘Dajti Express’ cable car up to the Dajti National Park. The cable car ride is the longest in the Balkans, at 4670m long, the altitude gained is 812m and the journey takes around 15 minutes. Mount Dajti’s highest peak is 1613m and the area of forested upland has been declared a national park. We check into our panoramic 'tower' hotel and enjoy the views of the city below. Time permitting, we may be able to walk out into the forest before our traditional style dinner.

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  • Walk to visit the Black Cave. Transfer to hotel near Pellumbas.

    After breakfast we return to the city via the cable car and then take the 45 minute transfer by vehicle to Pellumbas Village. The walk to the ‘Black Cave’ is around 2kms along a village trail with spectacular views into the canyon of the Erzen River. The cave is at an elevation of 350m and is said to be one of the earliest prehistoric settlements in the area. Tools and artefacts dating back to the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages have been found here, as well as fossilised remains of the cave bears (ursus spelae) that lived here 10,000 years ago. There are stalactites and stalagmites in the cave, and we may even see a bat’s nest. After returning along the trail to the village we’ll take lunch in a village restaurant. In the afternoon we will transfer to our nearby hotel for the night. The hotel is resort style and has a large swimming pool so you can choose to stay and relax by the pool, or take a walk into the nearby town before dinner.
    Swimming: Available in the hotel pool.

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  • Drive South. Visit Llogora National Park. Transfer to Dhermi Beach.

    Today we will head south towards the coastal city of Vlora in the Llogora National Park. The park is located 40kms south of Vlora at the point where the Ionian and Adriatic seas meet. The park reaches elevations of 2018m above sea level, and close to the summit of the Llogora Pass there are some beautifully-shaped trees who’s formation has been bent by the wind. The area is rich in wildlife with wild fox, wild cats, deer, eagles and vultures and we’ll stop off for a walk in the park and see if we can spot any of these shy creatures! After taking lunch at a panoramic restaurant on the Llogora Pass, we’ll drive down to Dhermi Beach where we’ll spend the next 2 nights at a lovely campsite by the beach. All camping equipment - including sleeping bags and mats - are provided. There may be time for a dip in the sea before dinner!
    Swimming: Available in the sea

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  • Time at the beach. Excursion to frescoed Church of St Mary.

    The beach at Dhermi is spectacularly located, between the crystal blue Ionian Sea and the steep slopes of Mt Cika (2000m) behind. Today we’ll drive out for 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 of Dhermi, and will include a stop at the old frescoed Church of St Mary before returning to our beach-side campsite for a sunset swim before dinner.

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  • Continue south to Permet, visit fortress of Ali Pasha, coastal towns and Butrint archeaology site.

    After packing up camp, today we head for Butrint taking the scenic drive along the Albanian Riviera. We’ll stop en route to visit the fortress of Ali Pasha Tepelena in Palermo Bay. Ali Pasha was an 18th century Ottoman Albanian ruler who created a large “pashaluk” of territory in Albania, Greece and Turkey. He was nicknamed Aslan “the Lion” of Yanina and his court was visited by many Europeans including Lord Byron who was there in 1809 and was thereafter inspired to devote a verse of his poem Childe Harolde to Albania and the Albanians! We will then drive on to Saranda where we’ll stop for lunch in a traditional fish restaurant overlooking the Ksamili Islands – the fresh mussels here are delicious! In the afternoon we’ll visit the UNESCO-listed Butrint archaeological site and imagine what life would have been like as one of the ancient Greeks who lived in the city in the 10th Century BC! There is some excellent information about the site on the internet at After our visit we’ll transfer to the scenic Kelcyra Gorge from where we will arrive in Permet where we spend the night in a simple but welcoming local guesthouse.

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  • River walk and tubing in Langarica Canyon. Return to Permet.

    Today is time for fun as we take a river walk and tube ride through Langarica Canyon. We’ll transfer to the canyon, which is close to our guesthouse, and put on our helmets and lifejackets in readiness for the adventure. 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 where there is a beautiful Ottoman bridge by the old stone village which we’ll explore on foot.

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  • Dirt road drive to Skrapair Highlands. Wild swimming in pools. Transfer to Berat.

    Today we take the adventurous unsealed road through the remote and beautiful landscape of the Skrapari highland region. We’ll stop off for a picnic lunch in a panoramic location from where we can see the impressive canyon of the Osumi River. There are some nice pools for swimming if anyone wants to cool off from the heat of the day. In the afternoon we’ll continue our drive to Berat via the Tomori Mountains. Berat is thought to be one of the oldest towns in Albania, and was recently added to the UNESCO world heritage list. It has long been known as the ‘city of a thousand windows” because of its unique mix of Ottoman and Albanian architecture. It has a well preserved central citadel which is still home to local people. We’ll spend the night in a hotel in the atmospheric citadel district.

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  • Departure day. A single transfer to Tirana Airport is provided.

    Depending on flight times, we may have a little time in Berat before transferring (2hrs) to the airport Tirana. KE group package services end with breakfast at the hotel and the single-timed transfer to the airport in Tirana.

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  • This is a test title for Day 9

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.

Holiday Information

  • A professional English-speaking local guide
  • Single timed Tirana Airport transfers at the beginning and end of the trip
  • All land transport throughout the trip
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals
  • Activities as described in the trip dossier
  • Entrance fees at tourist sites

  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for local staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A single timed transfer from Tirana Airport to the first nights hotel is included in the holiday price. This transfer will normally be timed for flights arriving mid afternoon of day 1. The local guide or a representative of our local agent will assist with this transfer. At the end of the holiday there will be a single timed group transfer from Berat back to the airport in Tirana (approx 2hrs) for check in with the flight departing mid afternoon. Clients booking a land only package must provide the KE office with full details of their flights. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

During this trip the group will spend 1 night in a panoramic tower hotel in the Dajti National Park in Tirana, a night at a resort hotel (with pool) outside Tirana, 2 nights at a campsite beside the beach at Dhermi (tents, mattresses, bedding and all other equipment will be provided), 2 nights at a traditional rural guesthouse near Permet and 1 night at a hotel in Berat.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

With a mix of Balkan, Turkish and European influences, Albanian food can be brilliant. In hotels breakfast are continental style, with cereals, bread and jam, tea, coffee and sometimes eggs. You may also have the chance to try a more traditional Albanian breakfast of flavoured rice. At the guesthouses, breakfasts are also simple. Packed lunches are provided on some days and will consist of bread and a variety of meats, cheeses, tomatoes and cucumber. There will also be plenty of fruit, biscuits and cake. Evening meals include traditional soups, fantastic locally-grown vegetables, local dairy produce and meat dishes. As we will spend some time by the coast, we'll also be able to sample some excellent fresh seafood.

All meals are included in the trip price, from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8.

Approximately £300 to £400 per family (2 adults and 2 children) should be plenty for miscellaneous expenses. The recommended amount will allow you to pay a reasonable tip to your local guide and to pay for soft drinks, snacks, souvenirs etc. If you intend to buy expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly (credit cards can be useful in this respect). Albania's unit of currency is the leke. By far the easiest way to obtain your travel cash is from ATM’s using a credit card or a debit card linked to the International Plus or Cirrus system - remember you will need your PIN number to do this. ATM’s are available at the airport in Tirana and in some other large towns. Credit cards can be used to purchase goods and services in some shops, hotels and restaurants in Albania.

There will be an experienced local professional English-speaking guide and one or more support vehicle drivers.

We suggest you give a tip to your guide if you are satisfied with their services. This is probably best done as a group pooling something around £15 to £20 per family member.

There is no weight limit on this trip other than that imposed by your international carrier (normally 20kg). However, we do ask you to restrict your luggage to one trek bag and one small daypack per person.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday does not involve any significant ascent to altitude and we would not expect any altitude issues with this trip.

A passport with 3 months remaining validity is required. Visas are not required by citizens (passport holders) of the EU, USA, Canada, and Australia for stays of up to 30 days. Other nationalities should check visa requirements with the Albanian Consulate in their own country.

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements are subject to change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in the case of recent alterations.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Sturdy shoes
  • Sandals or shoes that are comfortable when wet, not crocs (for rafting)
  • Socks
  • Trousers
  • Shorts
  • Underwear
  • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers
  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts
  • Loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirt with collar (for sun protection)
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear – Sunglasses
  • Swimwear
  • Daypack c.30 to 40 litres / 1800 –2000 cu in (depending on how much of the kids' stuff you want to carry)
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles (approx 1 litre / quart per person)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Small towel
  • Torch/flashlight and batteries
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
  • Basic First Aid Kit: Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Immodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, antihistamine cream and tablets, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are a good idea.

The following items are optional:

  • Trainers / Sneakers
  • Insect repellant
  • Wet wipes
  • Travel clothes
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Camera, film / memory cards, batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Toys / games / books etc

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on an activity holiday getting some additional exercise. Even fit youngsters will benefit from some kind of training regime and it can be great fun as you head toward your trip. There is no need to have any previous experience of the specialist activities on the trip, though of course, to take part in the canyon day at Langarica everyone must be a competent swimmer. For general fitness, we would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime which includes all members of the family.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

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