Hiking Tour in South Albania
Choose Balkans - 5 days
- Hiking Tour in South Albania
- 5 days / 4 nights
- Max. group: 10 Persons
- Difficulty: Heavy
Overview> Visit the ancient ruins of Apollonia, its Odeon Theatre, and the Church of Saint Mary
> Explore Llogara National Park
> Reach the top of Mount Çika
> Camp at St. Andreas Bay
> Explore some of the most beautiful hidden beaches between the white roads and Drymades
This five days hiking tour program is properly tailored for explorers that are passionate in hiking, who love wild nature and lovely hidden pebble bays. During this tour we will hike at the highest peak of South Albania (Mount Çika), trek through the ancient path named the “Cesar Trail” and discover the hidden St. Andreas Bay. On this tour we added an extra day in which you will be able to explore some of the most beautiful, hidden beaches of the Albanian coastline. Swim in crystal clear waters and end this spectacular trip with a traditional lunch with a panoramic view of the Albanian Riviera. Let's go!
RouteWhat's the plan?
Day 1: Tirana – Vlora - Llogara National Park
Our professional tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in Tirana at 9:00 am. Right after the group gets together, we start our journey towards Southern Albania. We will make a short stop at Vlora where the Adriatic and Ionian Seas meet. At 12:30, you will get some free time on all days of the tour to have some delicious lunch and to wander around by yourself till 14:00 pm. After lunch, we will begin our trek of the ‘’Caesar Trail’’ which is a warm-up for the big hike to Mount Çika tomorrow. This path was used by the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar in 48 B.C. Overnight in Llogara.
Day 2: Llogara – Mount Çika – Llogara
We start our hiking adventure early in the morning. Our objective is summiting the top of Mount Çika, 2045m above sea level and the highest peak of South-western Albania. The hike during this day would be an intense one and takes about 3-4 hours one way, requiring a good physical condition and proper hiking outfit. However, the view from the top is a breath-taking corner of the world. Our day will be characterized by imposing mountain peaks blanketed in deep green forests, crystal clear seas fringed by long white beaches inviting you to dive in. After a panoramic picnic lunch, we head back to Llogara National Park. Overnight in Llogara.
Day 3: Llogara - 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. AndreasBay, considered as a hidden gem of Albania. To reach this hidden beach (only reachable by approximately 6 hours hiking) we will walk through an 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. AndreasBay. 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 4: St. Andreas Bay – Karaburun Peninsula – Palasa
There is no better feeling than waking up from the sound of calm waves hitting the shore. After breakfast with a seaside view, we 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 who 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 in Southern Albania. Free afternoon by the beach. Overnight in a tent in Palasa.
Day 5: Palasa Beach – Drymades – Tirana
After waking up with an amazing view by the seaside, we start exploring some of the most beautiful hidden rocky beaches between the white roads and Drymades. Our next destination is the balcony of the Albanian Riviera where we enjoy a traditional lunch with a panoramic view. We will arrive in Tirana in the late afternoon.
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.
During the whole trip, you will be accompanied by a professional, English speaking tour guide.
During this 5-day trek, you will spend 3 nights 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 third day, at St. Andreas Bay, is included in the price of the trek.
√ Camping Equipment
You will spend one 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.
Breakfasts are included in the price of the trek. They will be provided at the accommodation where you spent the night before.
Tourist taxes, road taxes, and petrol are included in the price of the trek.
× 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.
The meals during the trek are not included in the final price, except for the dinner on the third day and all 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.
Mule or horse caravan, to carry heavy luggage from Llogara to St. Andreas Bay, is available on request with an extra charge of 95 Euros per horse/mule.
× Personal expenses
Personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks at the bar and other similar expenses are for your own account.
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.
During this 5-day trek you will spend 3 nights a guesthouse in 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.
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.
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 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.
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
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 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” 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.
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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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