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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

Explore the pearl of the Albanian Alps, Lake Komani, on a full-day trip from Shkoder. Visit a picturesque river nestled in a stunning natural landscape on a boat tour along the Shala River. 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 on board 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. Enjoy about 5 hours of free time to swim at the beach or try optional activities like canoeing and ziplining. Return to your meeting point in Shkoder in the mid-afternoon.

Montenegro from Albania: A Day Tour full of discoveries

Montenegro from Albania: A Day Tour full of discoveries

Montenegro may have declared its independence in June 2006, yet it is its medieval castles and settlements that offer unique traces of its history, and placed Crna Gora - which means "Black Mountains", in the world's attention. We will travel from Tirana, Albania along its mesmerizing Adriatic sea coastline. In our full-day tour we will have the opportunity to discover the Bay of Budva, the UNESCO city of Kotor, and the petite island of Sveti Stefan. We will depart from your Tirana hotel in the morning with an air-conditioned vehicle, and head towards north Albania. We will have a quick coffee break by the Buna River at the footsteps of the beautiful Shkodra fortress. Listed as one of the oldest European castles that survived antiquity to modern times, it has adorned this crucial Albanian cultural town for over 2400 years. Upon crossing the Albanian-Montenegrin border, we will initially head towards the city of Budva - one hour and half drive from the border. Prior to reaching the wonderful Bay of Budva, we will have a quick stop at the most iconic Montenegro destination: the tiny islet of Sveti Stefan, a perfect photographic site - now one of the most adored resort sites in the Balkans. One of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast, Budva is 2,500 years old, and is known for its well-preserved medieval walled city and unspoiled sandy beaches. We will have time to visit and sightsee the Old Town which was sadly destroyed by the 1979 earthquake, yet after its 7 years long reconstruction, it has become a permanent home to 200 families, and an amazing touristic place to enjoy some free time prior to heading to the bay of Kotor. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kotor is an ideal destination with its imposing medieval build-in-the-mountain castle walls and little artisan shops. You will have free time to explore the old city and its local shops. In late afternoon we will head back to the Albanian border, and then you will be dropped off in the Tirana hotel that you were picked up from.

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

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

Meeting point: - Tirane (Mother Teresa Square) 06:30 am - Durres City (ex train station) 06:30 am - Durres Beach Area ( Adriatik Resort ) 06:20 am - Golem (Leandro Hotel) 06:10 am - Golem (Amr Hotel) 06:10 am - Golem ( Grand Blue Fafa parking ) 06:10 am - Golem ( Fafa Premium Hotel ) 06:00 am - Qerret ( Big parking outside Briliant Hotel) 06:00 am *(You must be at the meeting point 15-20 min before departure)* 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 Tirana: 3-Day Komani Lake, Valbona and Thethi Tour

From Tirana: 3-Day Komani Lake, Valbona and Thethi Tour

Enjoy a three-day trip through the Albanian Alps and visit Komani Lake, Valbona, and Thethi. Explore beautiful valleys, see local waterfalls, sail to Komani Lake, and visit Thethi National Park. Start your journey from Tirana to Komani Lake on the first day of the tour. Set sail at the lake and sail for 2 hours through an outstanding dramatic mountain view of Komani Lake. Continue on your way and take your private transfer heading to Valbona Valley. Chill time and relaxing View. Begin the second day early in the morning and hike from Valbona Valley National Park to Thethi Valley National Park. Enjoy the hike, which is moderate and approximately 6 hours long. Admire the surroundings and during these 6 hours enjoy plenty of time to rest and the most important thing, to enjoy one of the best parts of Albania, the heart of the Alps. Continue the day and by the afternoon arrive in Thethi National Park. Carry on with the tour on day three by visiting the most interesting parts of Thethi as The Church, Grunas Waterfall, and the Blue Eye. Make your way back to Tirana in the afternoon with a short visit to Shkodra City and arrive in Tirana around the evening to end our tour.

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 Shkoder: Shala River & Komani Lake Day Tour with Boat

From Shkoder: Shala River & Komani Lake Day Tour with Boat

Start in the early morning by hopping on board a comfortable bus at a centrally-located meeting point in Shkoder. Admire the picturesque beauty of the Albanian countryside on the climate-controlled ride to the sparkling waters of Komani Lake. Arrive at the Komani Lake pier and board a boat that glides over emerald-colored waters, giving you the chance to admire the verdant landscapers that surround you from the perspective of the water. Arrive at the Shala River which has crystal-clear waters that are fed by the Albanian Alps. Have free time to explore this pristine natural location on foot or to swim in the refreshing waters. Bring along your camera to capture spectacular photos, or take along some snacks and have a picnic in an incredible natural setting. Catch the boat back and relax as you take in views of the area in the afternoon light. Take the van back to your meeting point in Shkoder with incredible memories of Albania's natural beauty.

From Shkoder/Tirana: Day Trip to Theth and Blue Eye

From Shkoder/Tirana: Day Trip to Theth and Blue Eye

Begin your day with a pickup from your hotel. Drive toward Theth, passing by ancient historical cities like Lezha and Shkodra along the way. 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. Continue with a hike at the picturesque Blue Eye of Theth. Hike for 35 minutes and then go for a swim into the cold water of the Blue Eye. Then, head back to Nderlysaj and have lunch. Proceed to your final stop at Theth Village. Witness its historical Church, an architectural gem resonating with the region's rich heritage. Then, explore one of Theth's notable landmarks, colloquially referred to as the blood feud tower, which provides an intriguing insight into local traditions and customs. Get dropped off back at your hotel at the end of the tour.

From Tirana: 3-Day Koman Lake, Valbona and Theth Hiking Tour

From Tirana: 3-Day Koman Lake, Valbona and Theth Hiking Tour

This active multi-day tour of Valbona and Theth in the heart of the Albanian Alps takes you to Lake Koman, Valbona Valley, and the quaint village of Theth. Enjoy scenic nature and Albanian hospitality alongside a personal guide. Your private trip includes lodging, meals, and all transportation. Day 1: Tirana – Koman Lake – ValbonaLeave Tirana early to drive toward Koman Lake in time for the ferry that departs to Fierza at the other side of the lake. Since 1985, this manmade lake is the only way locals who live in the area can get in touch with the modern world. Driving from Fierza to Valbona, travel for approximately 45 minutes, passing through Bajram Curri, the municipally of the area. Enjoy a lunch break in Valbona and hiking in Kukaj, a very remote area in Valbona Valley, where you’ll get to see how locals do their living. At the end of the day, stay overnight at the guesthouse. Day 2: Hiking from Valbona – ThethAlso considered the big day of the tour, set off on a thrilling hike from Valbona to Theth following the ancient path that the locals have been using for years. Back in the day, it was only possible to travel from Valbona to Shkoder on foot, taking two full days of walking. Walking on this path, you’ll pass through the oldest part of the village where people are still living in their more than 100-year-old stone houses that are remarkable remnants of the past. The 18-km trek offers spectacular views of long rocky valleys and lush green forests. Stop for lunch at one of the traditional cafés along the way and choose to stock up on snacks. After trekking for about 7-8 hours, you’ll arrive in Theth. Spend time admiring Theth’s unique nature, history, and traditions, including the village’s symbol, the Lock-In Tower. Stay overnight and have dinner at the guesthouse. Day 3: Theth – Shkoder – TiranaAfter breakfast at the guesthouse, the Grunas Waterfall is the next attraction. Take an about 45-minute walk from the center of the village, passing through most of the village and into soft hilly terrain. Leaving Theth behind and driving for around 3 hours, reach Shkoder, the biggest city of the Albanian North. Enjoy free time in Shkoder before returning to Tirana in the evening to conclude the tour.

Shkodra from Tirana: Day Tour of castle, city & Skadar Lake

Shkodra from Tirana: Day Tour of castle, city & Skadar Lake

After a pick-up from you hotel, drive to the city of Shkoder, the third largest town in Albania, located 95 km north of Tirana. Known for its culture, tradition, and natural beauty, this city offers a diversity that is rarely found in any other city in Albania: with rivers, lakes, lagoons, and mountains which make Shkodra an unforgettable destination in Albania. Built on a rocky hill overlooking the city by the rivers of Buna and Drini, you will find the most important monument of Shkoder: The Castle of Rozafa. After visiting the Castle area you will have the chance to explore the Leaden Mosque and Catholic Church and notice the diverse religious elements and architecture. You will also have the possibility of strolling through the local bazaar of Shkoder, get a glimpse of Albanian traditions, and maybe buy a souvenir.  Optional: lunch with traditional dishes from the region including krap fish which is cooked on a roof tile. Head back to Tirana. End of service.

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My husband and I took this trip as part of our honeymoon in Albania and we had a fantastic time! Defrim took us on extended versions of the hikes per our request, and took excellent care of us. Beyond that, we learned about Albanian history, drank a ton of excellent coffee, ate excellent food, and saw many beautiful sights. Theth was unbelievably beautiful and we stayed in a beautiful private room in a guesthouse. Everyone we met was so incredibly friendly, and it wound up being hands down our favorite part of our honeymoon. We cannot recommend this trip enough!

We loved the experience feeling the nature and all the amazing sights and people living villages. The guide Endrit was fantastic, trying every moment to experience the best of the spots and with a great historic knowledge and culture. The driver was extraordinary, driving safety and smoothing, he knows the road like his hand palm!

The tour guide was exceptionally experienced and deeply knowledgeable about Albania's history. He provided us with valuable information and shared fascinating facts and stories that truly enriched our understanding of Albanian culture. His insights made our visit both educational and memorable.

Great!! Totally worth it Genjj goes above and beyond. He has a lot of knowledge about history in Albania. The views are amazing. Genji makes the tour better because he knows where to take you and where to take better pictures. He is always there for the group. The time is totally worth it!

Excellent day, very engaging/ knowledgeable guide and driver