Highland Gems | Tours in Albania

The Highland Gems is a tour for a small group will amaze you by the mesmerizing landscapes of the Albanian Alps with rocky cliffs and vast valleys.
Experience the fresh air of North Albania, drive in a four-wheel-drive towards Valbona in the mountains, along with a boat tour around the Koman Lake on the way. Pack your backpack to visit high passes and alpine meadows, recharge your energy at night with organic mountain dishes, and sleep well.

Duration: 7-days
Type: walking with a professional guide
Price: from 650 € (the explanation is below)
Group: 2-8 people 

Itinerary: Tirana – Kruja – Koman Lake – Valbona – Theth- Tirana

Day 1: Tirana

After your arrival to Tirana and hotel check-in, your guide will take you around the city. If you arrive in the morning, you will have time visit the National Historical Museum, introducing artifacts since the Prehistoric times, and Ethem Bey Mosque in the center. In the evening you can go to Blloku Street- the boiling heart of the capital with the best restaurants bars and pubs of Tirana.

Day 2: Tirana – Kruja – Shkoder – Pearl of the North

First, we will go to the birthplace of the Albanian national hero Skanderbeg in Kruja. We will visit Kruja Castle, Scanderbeg Museum, and Ethnographic Museum. You will walk through the Kruja Old Market (called bazaar) with its typical architectural style.
Once you have seen everything in beautiful Kruja, we will drive you to Shkoder – the largest city in the Northern Albania and one of the oldest cities in Balkans. Here you will visit the legendary Rozafa Castle and take in the superb view of the Skadar Lake and the Albanian Alps that surround the city.
We will stop for lunch in an exceptional corner of Shkoder – Shiroka, where the Skadar Lake and Buna River lies aside. The traditional Albanian cuisine has a different taste here.
After lunch, we will stop for a short walk along the lake and visit National Museum of Photography “Marubi” preserving historical pieces since the 1870s.

Day 3: Shkoder – Theth National Park

After breakfast, we will drive up through the picturesque Theth National Park. On the way up, there will be a stop at the cafe Thore Pass at the elevation of 1.685m above the sea level with spectacular views of the Theth Valley.
After arrival in Theth, the rest of the day we will spend around the area enjoying the charm of the village known for its stunning nature and traditional wooden-tiled houses.

Day 4: Theth

On your second day in Theth, you are going to visit some of the most beautiful natural attractions in Albania, which have no comparison.
After either a 30-minute drive or 2.5-hour walk, we will be at the famous “Blue Eye”, which is a natural water phenomenon that will keep your breath away.

After some time at the “Blue Eye,” the tour will be continued to see the waterfall and the Canyon of Theth. This day of exploring nature and enjoying the outdoors will have you ready for the wonderful dinner and accommodation that is going to await us back at the guest house.

Day 5: Theth – Valbona

All the day we will hike in the wilderness from Theth to Valbona. The trip will impress you by the beautiful landscapes of the Valbona Valley and a boat ride, which will bring you to the Koman Lake. The group will have lunch on the road at a traditional restaurant full of the exceptional Balkan food.
Your dinner and accommodation will be in the Valbona guesthouse.

Day 6: Valbona

Your second day in Valbona includes a moderate hike through the national park to the Valbona Waterfall. While eating your picnic lunch, you will be able to enjoy the view of the Albanian Alps.
After visiting the astonishing spring of Valbona, we will hike back to the village for another delicious traditional dinner.

Day 7: Back to Tirana

After breakfast, our journey will continue back to Tirana. Once you’ve had some time to relax at the hotel, head out into the capital city to enjoy a taste of the rich nightlife it has to offer. As you walk through the city, you will get to know some of the histories of the country’s capital.

Day 8: Departure Day

Depending on the time of your flight, our staff will escort you to the airport.

Important Information

Confirmation will be received within 24 hours after your booking.
Children under 18 must be accompanied by adults.
Vegetarian option is available – please, mention it at the time of booking.

Price

For high season:

760 Euro/person = a double or twin room for minimum 6 participants
800 Euro/person = a double or twin room for minimum 4 participants
850 Euro/person = a double or twin room for minimum 2 participants
100 Euro/ person = additional charge for a single room: it will be double or twin, but for single use.

Cancellation Policy

10 days in advance or before = no cancellation fee
7-10 days in advance = 50% cancellation fee
6 days or less before the journey = 100% cancellation fee

For low season:

650 Euro/ person = a double or twin room for minimum 6 participants
690Euro/ person = a double or twin room for minimum 4 participants
750 Euro/ person = a double or twin room for minimum 2 participants
90 Euro =Single supplement = additional charge for a single room: it will be double or twin, but for single use.

Cancellation Policy

7 days in advance or before = no cancellation fee
3-6 days in advance = 50% cancellation fee
2 days or less before the journey = 100% cancellation fee

Inclusions +

  • Accommodation during the trip
  • Breakfasts
  • Dinners
  • Entrance fees
  • Professional guide
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minivan

Exclusions –

  • Drinks and lunches
  • Tips and souvenirs

What-to-take to the mountains:

  • Hiking boots
  • Backpack for hiking
  • Warm clothes for evening
  • Snacks for lunch
  • 1,5-liter bottle with water
  • Sunscreen
  • Your valid passport

Become the part of the rocky heart of the Balkans on this incredible off-road adventure!

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