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From Tirana: Komani Lake and Shala River Day Trip

From Tirana: Komani Lake and Shala River Day Trip

Komani Lake and Shala River Day Trip is ideal for people seeking a fresh peaceful day with scenic views of Komani Lake and Shala River. You will get a chance to do the Boat Trip in Komani Lake and then swim and relax in the fresh crystal clear waters of the Shala River with views of dreamlike nature. The tour starts in Tirana and involves a 3-hour and 20-minute car ride with a short stop on the way to the Komani Lake, which was formed in the 1970s by damming the Drini valley. Visitors will then board a boat and embark on a ride through a series of deep gorges and interconnected lakes, passing between high mountains and enjoying the tranquil beauty of the natural surroundings. The ride will continue for approximately 1 hour until reaching the Shala River, which is known for its crystal-clear waters and breathtaking scenery. Visitors can even take a dip in the river's cool waters if they wish. Additionally, there is an option to go on a 45-minute hike up the mountain at the Shala River to reach a beautiful viewpoint. Afterward, visitors will return to the boat and head back to the Komani Dam by 3:30 PM, followed by a drive back to Tirana. Overall, this tour offers a unique and unforgettable experience for visitors to explore the stunning natural beauty of Albania's Komani Lake and Shala River, making it an excellent option for nature lovers and those looking for adventure.

Shkoder: Komani Lake Day Trip with Shala River Boat Ride

Shkoder: Komani Lake Day Trip with Shala River Boat Ride

Start your journey by car from Hotel Rozafa in Shkoder in the morning. Relax on the drive to Lake Koman with stops along the way to capture photos of the scenic Albanian countryside. Arrive at Lake Komani 1.5 hours later and relax near the turquoise waters. Hop aboard a boat for a ride on the lake that takes you to the winding waters of the Shala River. Enjoy breathtaking views of rugged mountains during the boat ride. Then, enjoy about 5 hours of free time to swim at the beach and soak up some sun. For additional excitement, purchase optional activities like canoeing and ziplining. Return to your meeting point in Shkoder in the mid-afternoon with unforgettable memories of the Albania's natural beauty.

From Tirana/Durrës: Day Trip to Shala River and Koman Lake

From Tirana/Durrës: Day Trip to Shala River and Koman Lake

*Pick up Note:Free pick up available only for the meeting points on the list above.All the others are on request and extra charge. This tour will start at 05:30 from the first meeting points in TIRANA and Qerret. All the other Meeting points will have a pick up time from 5-10 minutes difference but our team will send you the correct time one day before in your whatsapp number (You must be at the meeting point 15-20 min before departure) -Tirane (Mother Teresa Square) -Tirane (Rinia Park,Shallvaret Bus Station) -Tirane (Unaze, Ekspozita Building) -Tirane (D'Angelo Vasil Shanto) -Tirane (Kavaja Street,Diamon Coffe) -Tirane (Logos University) -Tirane (Dritan Hoxha street,Elda Fuel Station) -Durres City (ex train station) -Durres Beach Area (Palace Hotel) -Durres Beach Area (Hotel Ljubjana) -Durres Beach Area (Pelikani Pastry) -Durres Beach Area (Adriatik Resort) -Durres Beach Areà (Hotel Florida) -Durres Plepa (Sol Tropikal Melia Resort) -Golem (Leonardo Hotel) -Golem (Amr Hotel) -Golem (Royal G Deluxe) -Golem (Durres Bay) -Golem (Dolce Vita Bus Station) -Golem (Grand Blue Fafa parking) -Golem (Garden Palace Hotel) -Golem (Meteor Roundabout) -Golem (Amelia Mare Hotel) -Golem (Hotel Rean) -Golem (Fafa Premium Hotel) -Qerret (Baca Hotel) -Qerret (Marea Resort) -Qerret (Big parking outside Briliant Hotel) We'll commence our day by gathering everyone at our designated meeting spots, ready to embark on an unforgettable journey along the Shala River. Our route will take us through breathtaking scenery as we head towards Komani Lake, with a much-needed coffee break along the way to fuel our spirits for the adventure ahead. Upon reaching the Komani Dam, we'll step off the bus and onto waiting boats, ready to embark on a mesmerizing 50-minute journey across the tranquil waters of Komani Lake. Arriving at the majestic Shala River, we'll be greeted by a scene more beautiful than anything we could have imagined. After a delightful lunch, you'll have the freedom to explore, swim in the refreshing blue waters, or simply bask in the sun's warmth. As the day draws to a close, we'll gather once more at the boats to begin our return journey to Komani Dam, where our bus will be patiently waiting to take us back to our starting points. With fond memories and hopes for future adventures, we'll bid each other farewell, knowing that this journey along the Shala River will remain etched in our hearts forever.

From Koman: Boat ticket for Komani Lake & River of Shala

From Koman: Boat ticket for Komani Lake & River of Shala

With this ticket, you secure your place on an unforgettable boat trip from the Komani Lake Dam to the enchanting Shala River. This scenic journey offers you the chance to immerse yourself in the stunning natural beauty of the region, as you glide across the serene waters of Komani Lake. For an hour, you will be surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, from rugged mountain peaks to lush greenery, all reflecting in the crystal-clear waters of the lake. Our boat ensures a safe and pleasant journey, providing you with a comfortable and enjoyable experience. As you relax on board, take in the sights and sounds of this tranquil environment, where the hustle and bustle of everyday life fades away. This is more than just a boat ride; it's an opportunity to connect with nature and create lasting memories. Please be sure to arrive at the Komani Lake Dam before 10:00 AM, where our friendly crew will be waiting to welcome you aboard. Your boat will be ready and waiting to take you on this remarkable journey, so you can fully enjoy the marvels that lie ahead. Don’t miss this chance to explore one of the most beautiful waterways in the region, where every moment on the water is a treasure.

From Shkodër to Shala River: A Day of Adventure

From Shkodër to Shala River: A Day of Adventure

06:30am - Departing at 6:30 am from Shkodra City Your adventure begins with a comfortable ride to Koman. As you journey through the scenic countryside, you'll pass charming villages and lush landscapes, immersing yourself in the beauty of northern Albania. 09:00am - Upon arriving at Komani Lake, you'll board a boat to continue your journey to the breathtaking Shala River. Glide along the tranquil waters, surrounded by towering mountains and pristine wilderness. Feel the cool breeze on your face as you soak in the serenity of this remote paradise. 10:30am - Once at Shala River, the real adventure begins. Dive into a variety of activities, from swimming in crystal-clear pools to exploring hidden caves along the riverbank. Admire the rugged beauty of the surrounding canyons and waterfalls, capturing unforgettable moments amidst nature's splendor. As the day unfolds, take a break to savor a delicious lunch of traditional Albanian cuisine ( optional ). Fuel up for more adventures to come as you recharge and connect with your surroundings. 14:00pm - After a day filled with exploration and excitement, it's time to bid farewell to Shala River and head back to Koman. Boarding the boat once again, you'll retrace your steps along the tranquil waters of Komani Lake, reflecting on the memories made during your journey. 17:00pm - Back to Shkodra City Finally, as you arrive back at the starting point in Shkodra City, take a moment to appreciate the beauty and tranquility of northern Albania. With memories of your Shala River tour etched in your mind, you'll leave with a deeper appreciation for the natural wonders that surround us.

From Tirana: Shala River and Komani Lake Day Tour

From Tirana: Shala River and Komani Lake Day Tour

Embark on this day tour from Tirana to Shala River and experience this ultimate destination for nature lovers, adventurers, swimmers, and hikers. Nestled in the heart of the Albanian Alps, Shala River boasts stunning natural beauty and pristine waters. Begin your journey to this idyllic spot with a scenic ride through Komani Lake, an experience that adds to the adventure. Depart from Tirana at 5:00 AM and return at 7:30 PM after an adventurous day filled with exploration and cherished memories. Start the journey by boarding a bus to Komani Lake, then transfer to a boat at the Komani Lake Pier, which will take you to Shala River. Be punctual to ensure you don't miss the tour boat. Discover how the emerald river flows through a picturesque valley, surrounded by towering mountains, lush greenery, and dramatic cliffs, making for a truly spectacular natural setting to take a refreshing swim. Embark on a hike and see hidden waterfalls, caves, and scenic viewpoints along the way. Whether you're seeking adventure, relaxation, or simply want to connect with the natural world, Shala River is a hidden gem in Albania, offering visitors a peaceful retreat amidst unspoiled nature.

From Tirana/Durres/Shkoder/Golem: Shala River & Komani Lake

From Tirana/Durres/Shkoder/Golem: Shala River & Komani Lake

Embark on an unforgettable journey to explore the natural wonders of Shala River and Komani Lake on our day tour from Tirana, Durres, Shkodra or Golem. Your adventure begins with pick-up from Golem at 04:00 AM, Durres at 04:15 AM, Tirana at 05:00 AM or Shkodra at 07:00 AM. As we drive, soak in the breathtaking scenery of the Albanian countryside and learn about the region's rich history. Upon reaching Komani Dam, marvel at the majestic Drini River, which boasts numerous lakes and plays a vital role in the region's ecosystem. Discover the origins of the Drini River and its significance to local communities. Board a boat to cruise along the tranquil waters of Komani Lake, surrounded by towering mountains and lush forests. Enjoy the serenity of the journey as we make our way to Shala River, known for its pristine beauty and crystal-clear waters. The boat ride takes approximately 1 hours, offering ample time to immerse yourself in the tranquility of the surroundings. Upon arrival at Shala River, prepare to be enchanted by its stunning landscapes and turquoise waters. Learn about the unique geological formations that shape the river and its importance to the local ecosystem. Spend time exploring the area, swimming, taking in the breathtaking views and capturing memorable photos. At 15:00 PM, we'll embark on the return boat journey to Komani Dam, where our scenic drive back begins. Reflect on the day's adventures as we make our way back to drop off tourists in Shkodra, Tirana, Durres, or Golem. Experience the beauty of Albania's natural landscapes and create lasting memories on this unforgettable day tour.

From Durres: Self-Guided Day Trip to Shala River

From Durres: Self-Guided Day Trip to Shala River

The famous "Thailands" of Albania, the hidden valley situated among towering cliffs, deep gorges, and dense forests, offering breathtaking scenery. You will witness these surroundings on a boat journey which takes you through Shala River, exploring caves and waterfalls on the way. The journey starts from Koman lake, which is approximately 3.30h drive from Durres. You will experience a ride with a local boat to enjoy beautiful landscapes and spectacular views. After the ride, you will have some free time to explore the area, sunbath, swim into the cold crystal waters of the river, have lunch at a local restaurant, take some amazing pictures or just relax by admiring the unique scenery. Back to the starting point in Koman lake in the late afternoon and start the journey back to Durres.

Full day tour to Theth from Tirana , Durresi , Shkodra .

Full day tour to Theth from Tirana , Durresi , Shkodra .

Begin your day with a pickup from your hotel. Drive toward Theth, passing by ancient historical cities like Lezha and Shkodra along the way. We board the bus/car and travel for 3.5h to Theth National Park. On the way we stop for a coffee break in Shkoder, to continue with our journey from Shkoder to Theth. Stop at the summit of Qafe Thore, a mountain renowned for its awe-inspiring panoramic vistas. Appreciate the sublime natural beauty of Albania's Accursed Mountains. Next, proceed towards Theth, descending the mountain to access the Nderlysaj Natural Baths. Indulge in a refreshing swim or capture photos of this picturesque setting. Your journey will lead you to the famed Blue Eye, a natural wonder where crystal-clear waters shimmer in shades of azure, captivating all who behold its ethereal beauty. As you continue your exploration, venture into the charming village of Theth, steeped in tradition and history. Wander through cobblestone streets lined with quaint stone houses, and discover the rich cultural heritage preserved within its ancient walls. Among the village’s treasures, you’ll encounter an old church, a testament to centuries of faith and devotion, its weathered façade whispering tales of bygone eras. Nearby, the imposing lock tower stands as a sentinel of time, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and serving as a reminder of the region’s storied past. With each step, you’ll find yourself immersed in the untamed beauty of Theth, where the rugged grandeur of the Albanian Alps meets the tranquility of village life. Whether marveling at nature’s wonders or exploring the rich history of the region, your day trip promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of Albania’s pristine wilderness. Upon return back to Theth, we visit the Grunas Waterfall. We hike for about 30 minutes along the river exploring the whole valley and the last 10 minutes of our hike will bring us to Thethi Waterfall, a miracle of nature.

Koman Lake and Shala River

Koman Lake and Shala River

Join us for an extraordinary day of exploration as we unveil the breathtaking beauty of Shala River, often dubbed the "Thailand of Albania." This day tour promises an immersive experience within the pristine landscapes of Koman's Lake. Sail away from Koman at 09:30 am, immersing yourself in the panoramic views that pave the way to the enchanting Shala River. Arrive at Shala River by 10:45 am, granting you a generous four hours to revel in the fresh air, take a dip in the crystalline waters, and explore the verdant surroundings. The towering rocks and lush greenery create an ethereal backdrop, inviting you to capture timeless memories.

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