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Kayak, Snorkel and Hike the Canyons of Albania

Kayak on protected waters, wild swim in natural pools and trek into the spectacular, permanently green ecosystem of the Osumi canyon

Duration

5 nights

Annual Leave

4 days off work

Location

Albania

Starts & Ends

Tirana International Airport, Albania

Average Rating

29 Reviews

Difficulty

Moderate

No previous experience is needed but you should be in relatively good shape and be a confident swimmer.

Why it's Much Better

Trek the rugged Tomorr Mountains and summit Mount Tomori (2416m). Possibly the best view in the whole of Albania

Kayak the clear waters of the protected Ulza National Park, before stopping for a traditional Albanian lunch at Tina and Artan’s house

Snorkel the remote bays of the Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park, eyes peeled for turtles, seals and dolphins

Raft the green waters of the unspoilt Osumi Canyon - one of Europe's most spectacular natural attractions - and wild swim in natural pools along the way

Visit the mysterious Haxhi Aliu cave, used by traders and smugglers for millennia

What's Included

Guides

Local, expert, English-speaking guides

Accommodation

4 nights in small local guesthouses and hotels

Meals

Munch on traditional local cuisine throughout

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in between

Equipment

Everything you need for kayaking, rafting and snorkelling

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Itinerary

Day 1

Discover Tirana

Activity

Easy day

Accommodation Type

Guesthouse

Meals

Dinner

Head for Albania's colourful capital of Tirana, home to a thriving café culture and check into your guesthouse in the heart of town.

Get to know your travelling companions over a night of traditional Albanian food at one of the best restaurants in town.

Day 2

Kayak beautiful Lake Ulza

On the Water

Approx. 2 hours kayaking

Accommodation Type

Hotel

Meals

All meals

Paddle the clear, clean waters of the Ulza National Park and enjoy the fresh air and gorgeous scenery of this protected nature reserve.

After a couple of hours of world-class kayaking, head to Tina and Artan’s house for a delicious meal made from home grown, organic ingredients picked right there on the farm.

After lunch, head to the historic city of Vlora on the Adriatic coast, founded by the Ancient Greeks in 600BC and check into a locally owned guesthouse for the night.

Day 3

Protected waters, mysterious caves

On the Water

Approx. 3.5 hours

Accommodation Type

Hotel

Meals

Breakfast and lunch

Explore the beautiful Karaburun Peninsula by speedboat and then snorkel in the Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park – the only reserve of its kind in the country. If you’re lucky you might see seals, turtles and dolphins.

Visit the mysterious cave at Haxhi Aliu, used by traders and smugglers for millennia, then sunbathe on an untouched beach and have a picnic lunch on the sand.

In the afternoon, return to Vlore and enjoy a delicious dinner of locally caught fish and seafood.

Day 4

Enter the Osumi Canyon

On your Feet

Approx. 2 hiking

Accommodation Type

Hotel

Meals

Breakfast and lunch

Visit the ancient, fortified city of Berat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and then enter the Osumi Canyon - one of the most spectacular natural attractions in Europe.

You’ll swim in a natural pool, raft or river hike (depending on the water level) along the River Osum, explore local landmarks like the Crocodile Head, Love Waterfall and Devils Gate, whilst surrounded by the canyon’s unique, ecosystem that stays lush and green all year round.

From there you’ll return to Berat and check into your guesthouse, after which you’re free to explore the town and eat in any of the local restaurants (dinner not included).

Day 5

Hike the Tomorr Mountains

On your Feet

Approx. 4 hours hiking

Distance

12km

Meals

All meals

Accommodation Type

Hotel

Trek through the Tomorr Mountains, one of the last wild sanctuaries for wolves and bears left in Europe and a spiritual place for the Albanian people.

Enjoy the views from Tomori, one of country’s most magnificent mountains, then unwind in the Nurellari winery and taste some of the local wine, cheese and olives.

On the subject of food, save room for dinner at the Castle Park Hotel - one of the best restaurants in the Berati area.

Day 6

Return to Tirana

On your Feet

Approx. 1.5 hours hiking

Meals

Breakfast and lunch

Descend into the mysterious Cave of Pellumbas (360 metres) and check out the huge stalagmites and stalactites (be sure to watch out for low flying bats).

After lunch in one of the local villages, you’ll return to Tirana for a guided tour around the city centre before heading back to the airport and home.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

Accommodation

Tirana

Accommodation

Guesthouse

Rooms

Twin share

Meals

Breakfast

On night one you'll stay at the Artistic Tirana Guesthouse, a newly refurbished building in the heart of the city.

Vlore

Accommodation

Hotel

Rooms

Twin share

Meals

Breakfast

On nights two and three you’ll stay at Hotel Nika in Vlore, located just 150 metres from the nearby beach.

Berat

Accommodation

Hotel

Rooms

Twin share

Meals

Breakfast

On nights four and five you’ll stay at Hotel Castle Park, set in a quiet area of woodland around 1.5 kilometres from the centre of Berat town.

Private room upgrade

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for €40 per person (subject to availability). Please request this at the time of booking.

Need To Know

Meeting Point

Start

Where

Tirana Airport, Albania

When

20:00 or 21:30

Your host will meet you in the arrivals area. Please schedule your flight to arrive more than 30 minutes before the meeting time.

End

Where

Tirana Airport, Albania

When

18:00

Your host will drop you back at Tirana Airport. You are free to book any flight departing after 20:00.

Kitlist

Bags

  • Small backpack with rain coverage

Clothes

  • Breathable, light-weight waterproof clothing
  • Wind-stopper jacket
  • Cap or hat
  • Sunglasses

Other

  • Torch or headlamp
  • Hiking poles
  • Sunblock
  • Water bottle
  • Camera

What's included?

All kayaking and snorkelling equipment

Meet Your Host

Alma and Team

Your host, Alma, is a rafting enthusiast who founded the first rafting association in Albania. As well as developing sustainable outdoor tourism and creating new opportunities and vocational training for young people in rural areas, she has also campaigned to save the beautiful Vjosa river - the last wild river left in Europe.

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