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3-day hike in South Albania

Choose Balkans - 3 days

  • 3-day hike in South Albania
  • 3 days / 2 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Medium
Overview
Route
What's Included
Accommodation
FAQ
Packing List
Safety
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How to Book

Overview

> Walk the famous “Caesar trail”
> Conquer the impressive Mount Cika
> Spend the night camping at St. Andreas Bay
> Take a swim in the clear waters of Palasa Beach

This three-day hiking tour program is properly tailored for explorers that are passionate about hiking and wild nature. During this tour, we will hike to Qorre Peak, trek through the ancient path named the “Caesar Trail” and discover the hidden St. Andreas Bay.  At Choose Balkans, we like to show our trekkers a different and hidden side to Albania. Join us and discover Albania in a whole new way!

Route

What's the plan?

Day 1: Tirana – Vlora - Llogara National Park – Qorre Peak – Llogara National Park

Our professional tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in Tirana at 9:00 am in the morning to begin our journey towards Southern Albania. We will make a short stop at Vlora where the Adriatic and Ionian Seas meet. At around 12:30, you will get some free time to have some delicious lunch and to wander around by yourself till 14:00 pm. After lunch, we will continue our tour towards Mount Cika, our aim for today is to hike Qorre Peak, 2018m above sea level and the second highest peak of the Ceraunian Mountains. Overnight in Llogara National Park. 

Day 2: Llogara National Park - St. Andreas Bay

We will wake up early in the morning with an innate sense of wonder and desire to explore more. Our destination will be St. Andreas Bay, considered as a hidden gem of Albania. To reach this hidden beach (only reachable by approximately 6 hours hiking), we will walk through the ancient Caesar’s path. The path passes through the top of the Karaburun Peninsula reaching from 800m up to 1240m altitudes, where we start our descending trekking to St. Andreas Bay. This is where things get interesting; we will set up a tent camp (equipment will be brought to bay by horse), light up a fire
by the beach, wait for the sunset, count the stars and taste wild seafood grilled on the fire. Overnight in a tent at the bay. 

Day 3: St. AndreasBay – Karaburun Peninsula – Palasa – Tirana

There is no better feeling than waking up from the sound of calm waves hitting the shore. After breakfast with a seaside view, we will enjoy a final swim in the crystal-clear waters. We pack up our tents and get ready to explore the rest of Karaburun Peninsula by hiking along the southwest coastline. While hiking we will discover empty beaches, isolated old churches and hidden caves used by pirates back in the days. (Optional; travelers whom prefer to explore the coastline to Palasa by boat instead of hiking can do this for 40 Euros/person, 3 pax minimum, from May till September). Palasa beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches of Southern Albania. Our next destination is the balcony of the Albanian Riviera where we will enjoy a traditional lunch with a panoramic view. We will arrive in Tirana in the late afternoon. 

What's Included

Included:

√ Transport
At the beginning of the trek, the trekking company will pick you up from your hotel in Tirana or from Tirana Airport. All local transfers during the trek are also included in the price. Transfers will be in a comfortable AC minibus or private car, depending on the size of the group.

Note: On request, this tour may also depart from other cities of Albania or neighboring countries such as Kosovo, Montenegro or Macedonia. Please contact us for more information on the extra costs.

√ Guide
During the whole trip, you will be accompanied by a professional, English speaking tour guide.

√ Accommodation
During this 3-day trek, you will spend 1 night in a guesthouse and 1 night camping in St. Andreas Bay. Prices are calculated on triple or quadruples room occupancy. Double or single room occupancy is possible on extra charge. The Triple/Quadruple room occupancy means you might share the room with other travelers and/or the tour guide (who could be males or females). For the camping night, the trekking company will provide all equipment necessary except for sleeping bags.

Dinner on St. Andreas Bay
Dinner on the second day, at St. Andreas Bay, is included in the price of the trek.

 Camping Equipment
You will spend the last night of the trek camping in St. Andreas Bay. The trekking company will provide tents and all the equipment necessary except for sleeping bags. The transport of the equipment by boat is also included in the price of the trek.

 Breakfast
Breakfasts are included in the price of the trek. They will be provided at the accommodation where you spent the night before.

√ Taxes
Tourist taxes, road taxes, and petrol are included in the price of the trek.

Excluded:

× Airfare and Visa
You have to make your way to Tirana. The total amount is exclusive of flights to Albania. 

× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Single and double supplement
Accommodation is based on Triple/Quadruple room occupancy. If you want to stay in a single or double room, you will have to pay an additional fee. Double room occupancy is possible on 15 Euros extra charge per night per person. Single room occupancy is available for 30 Euros extra per night per person.

× Meals
The meals during the trek are not included in the final price, except for the dinner on the second day and breakfasts.

× Sleeping bags 
You will spend the last night of the trek camping in St. Andreas Bay. The trekking company will provide all the equipment necessary except for sleeping bags. You must bring your own.

× Boat from St. Andreas Bay to Dhermi (Palasa Beach)
On the last day of the trek, you can choose to either walk from St. Andreas Bay to Palasa Beach or to take a boat. The boat ride is not included in the price of the trek and has an extra cost of EUR 40,- per person, 3 pax minimum, from May till September. 

× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

× Personal expenses
Personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks at the bar and other similar expenses are for your own account.

× Tipping
Tips are not a must in Albania or the Balkans, however, our recommendation is to tip the tour guide/driver 5 - 6 Euros per day/person as an international practice to tip good service.

Accommodation

Accommodation

During this 3-day trek you will spend 1 night in a guesthouse and 1 night camping in St. Andreas Bay. Prices are calculated on triple or quadruples room occupancy. Double or single room occupancy is possible on extra charge. The Triple/Quadruple room occupancy means you might share the room with other travelers and/or the tour guide (who could be males or females). For the camping night, the trekking company will provide all equipment necessary except for sleeping bags.

Note: If you want to stay in a single or double room, you will have to pay an additional fee. Double room occupancy is possible on 15 Euros extra charge per night per person. Single room occupancy is available for 30 Euros extra per night per person.

FAQ

FAQ

Best season
The best season to visit Albania is during Spring, April to June, and Autumn, September to December. During these seasons temperatures range between 10 °C and 25°C, which allows you to enjoy the mountain trails without suffering the summer heat or the colder winters. Also, during Spring and Autumn, you avoid the peak season for tourists, which is from July to August.

Training
The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the trek. No doubt about that. If you are in good shape, this trek shouldn't be a problem for you. Remember that during these treks in Albania you will be walking many hours in the mountains for several days. If you are worried that it might be too much, you can always train in advance, walking a few hours a day and climbing some stairs. Your guide will be with you at all times and help you if needed, to complete your adventure securely and safely.

Tipping
Tipping is not a must in Albania or the Balkans. However, if you got a good service from your guide and you want to thank him, it will always be much appreciated. How much to tip your guide is up to you. Our recommendation is to tip the tour guide/driver 5 – 6 Euros per day/person as it is an international practice to tip good service.

Packing List

Packing List

For your trek in south Albania, we recommend you to pack light since you would have to hike for several hours a day. We suggest you wear comfortable clothes for the hikes and bring just enough clothes for the days you are on tour. 

Suggested packing list:
- A sleeping bag
- Boots or shoes suited to the terrain
- Rain/wind wear (jacket and pants in case of bad weather)
- Lightweight fleece or jacket
- Water container or proper bottle
- Sun protection: sunglasses, sun-protective clothes and sunscreen
- Personal Shampoo (for specific hair type)
- Pain Killer (headache or stomach ache)
- Personal care objects
- Camera for the beautiful memories :)
- Swimsuit and towel in case you want to swim at the Bay or in the river
- A few snacks for along the way

Suitcases/Luggage 
We would suggest packing light for the tour and the extra luggage can be stored for free in our office in Tirana which you can collect on the day you finish the tour.

Safety

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment.

Choose Balkans

Choose Balkans

“Choose Balkans” is a tourism project specialized in the incoming tourism toward the Western Balkans. Our aim is to support and promote adventure and geo-tourism attractions that characterize the Balkan region.

Since 2009 we have been offering to our western clients (mostly travelers coming from Central and Western Europe) the best flavors of a Balkan experience in cultural, historical and geo-tourism. To achieve our goals we operate with traditional standards and values of the region, including direct customer contact and a high level of personalized customer service.

How to Book

How does it work?

On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case you can proceed to booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 15% of the total amount. You pay the remaining amount on location prior to the trek directly to the trekking company.

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After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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