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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: 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.

From Tirana: Valbona Park with Ferry Ride and Prizren City

From Tirana: Valbona Park with Ferry Ride and Prizren City

Day 1 : At six o'clock the guide will come and pick you up at the hotel. Then we start the journey to Valbona. We arrive at Komani Lake where we will travel by ferry for about 2.5 hours. During the trip we will have the opportunity to see the Komani Lake surrounded by high mountains and greenery. The nature is amazing! The journey continues towards the town of Bajram Curri. There we will take a walk on the main boulevard and have a coffee / tea. We continue the trip to Valbona National Park. Along the way we are accompanied by the river Valbona where we can stop bathing (Optional). The next stop is at the water mill, where you will learn how water mills work. Overnight in Valbona (Guesthouse). Accommodation is included in the package. Day 2 : After breakfast we will explore the Valbona Valley by 4x4 car/ Van for 30 minutes. Then we will hike to Valbona waterfall, a waterfall with fantastic nature. The hike is easy level, through the beech forest. After visiting the waterfall, we continue walking for about an hour to a point where the Valbona valley is viewed from above. Xhema’s Lake is a spring-fed who creates a magic blue lake in the springtime. During summer, especially in August, it gets dried, losing the magic and being transformed mostly in a puddle. Anyway, the walk to this place is a nice experience exploring the surroundings in every season. On the way back to Tirana, we will pass through Kosovo and will definitely stop at Prizren city.Prizren is one of the oldest settlements in Kosovo and the western Balkans. Archaeological excavations in Prizren Fortress indicate that its fortress area has seen habitation and use since the Bronze Age

From Tirana or Shkoder: 4-Day Valbona and Theth Hiking Trip

From Tirana or Shkoder: 4-Day Valbona and Theth Hiking Trip

Get a taste of rural Albania on a private 4-day hiking trip from Tirana with a professional guide. Visit Koman Lake, Valbona, Theth, the "Blue Eye," Gurnas Waterfall, and Shkoder. Enjoy included guesthouse accommodation and meals. On Day 1, leave Tirana early after pickup at your accommodation and drive toward Koman Lake. There, take a ferry to Fierza on the other side of this manmade lake, the only connection locals have to get in touch with the modern world. Next, drive on from Fierza to Valbona, passing through Bajram Curri. Stop for a lunch break in Valbona, then go hiking in Kukaj, a remote area in the Valbona Valley. See how local people go about their life before checking into your guesthouse for the night. On Day 2, hike for approximately 20 kilometers from Valbona to Theth, following the ancient path that was once the only way to travel between Valbona and Shkoder. Pass through old villages where people still live in their more than 100-year-old stone towers. Enjoy a spectacular view of the long rocky valley mixed with quiet, relaxing forest, and take your pick from some traditional cafes for a lunch break. Arrive in Theth and prepare to be amazed by its unique nature, history, and tradition. Admire the Lock-in Tower of Theth, and hear about its interesting past. Stay overnight in Theth. On Day 3, hike to the "Blue Eye," a natural water pool located around 10 kilometers from the center of Theth. With a depth of 5 meters and icy waters (5°C), the Blue Eye is formed by rock erosion caused by water descending from the mountains. Savor a picnic lunch at the Blue Eye and return to the guesthouse by the afternoon. On Day 4, have breakfast at the guesthouse, then head to Gurnas Waterfall, around 45 minutes on foot from the center of the village. After, leave Theth behind and drive for around 3 hours to reach Shkoder, the biggest city in northern Albania. Enjoy some free time in Shkoder before returning to Tirana in the evening.

Tirana to Valbona Bus with Ferry on Lake Koman

Tirana to Valbona Bus with Ferry on Lake Koman

Travel from Durres, Tirana, or Tirana Airport to Valbona on a bus and ferry tour. Admire the views of the Drini River and the Albanian Alps as you travel. Start your trip from Durres at 5:00 AM and reach Tirana at 5:30 AM. Continue to Tirana Airport at 5:50 AM and arrive in Shkoder at 7:00 AM. Continue to the Komani Lake Terminal at 8:30 AM. Board the ferry through Komani Lake and arrive in Fierza around 11:30 AM. The last part of the trip is from Fierza to Valbona. Arrive in Valbona around 1:00 PM.

Valbona to Tirana Bus with Ferry on Lake Koman

Valbona to Tirana Bus with Ferry on Lake Koman

Embark on an unforgettable journey from the picturesque village of Valbona, nestled amidst the breathtaking scenery of the Albanian Alps, to the vibrant capital city of Tirana, with a bus and ferry tour that promises unparalleled views and memorable experiences. Setting off from Valbona at 10:30 in the morning, you'll immediately find yourself immersed in the stunning landscapes that define the region. As the bus winds its way along the rugged mountain roads, you'll be treated to panoramic vistas of the towering peaks of the Albanian Alps, their majestic beauty enhanced by the play of light and shadow cast by the sun. The journey continues as you traverse alongside the meandering Drini River, its crystalline waters cutting through the rugged terrain, offering glimpses of pristine wilderness and untouched beauty. Along the way, keep your camera ready to capture the awe-inspiring sights that unfold before you, from verdant valleys to rocky cliffs that seem to touch the sky. As the bus approaches Komani Lake, prepare to be enchanted by one of Albania's most stunning natural wonders. Known for its tranquil turquoise waters and dramatic surroundings, Komani Lake is a sight to behold, offering endless opportunities for reflection and appreciation of nature's splendor. Then comes the highlight of the journey: the ferry ride across Komani Lake. Step aboard and feel the gentle sway of the boat as it glides across the serene waters, surrounded by towering cliffs and lush greenery. Take in the tranquility of the surroundings, breathing in the fresh mountain air and feeling a sense of peace wash over you. As you disembark from the ferry and continue your journey by bus, the landscapes gradually change, giving way to the bustling streets and urban energy of Tirana. Arriving in the capital city at 18:30, you'll have ample time to explore its vibrant culture, historical landmarks, and bustling markets, reflecting on the unforgettable journey you've just undertaken from the tranquil beauty of Valbona to the lively heart of Albania.

Mini Tour: National Parks of Theth & Valbone - 4 Days

Mini Tour: National Parks of Theth & Valbone - 4 Days

Day 1: Theth National Park via Rozafa Fortress You'll begin your journey from Tirana, from where you'll travel directly to the city of Shkoder. Enjoy amazing views and the fascinating history of the Rozafa Fortress. Stop for a coffee break in the small town of Shiroke well – known by locals for its quietness and natural beauty. Following a drive Theth, where on route you will stop in the mountain village of Boge and Thore Pass surrounded by mountains. Get settled in the guesthouse in Theth and have a relaxing afternoon and a walking guide of the village where a four century old tower used as reconciliation tower and the 100 – year – old, well-preserved church are the highlights, before a rustic dinner with a glass or two of Raki. Day 2: The Blue Eye of Theth & Grunas Waterfall and Canyon Spend a day exploring Theth National Park on a leasure hike. Marvel at the view and sound of Grunas waterfall and Canyon. Enjoy a refreshing bath and a picnic lunch at the Natural pools and the Blue Eye of Theth, after hiking through stunning scenery. Day 3: Pass from Theth to Valbone Set off on a guided hike through a well-maintained trail suitable also for families and “Sunday hikers”. The route across the Accursed Mountains takes a total of 8 hours with many stops to enjoy, eat (picnic) and take photos of breathtaking panoramas. Day 4: Tirana via Koman Lake Boat Ride Enjoy Valbona’s gorgeous setting, on a wide plain surrounded by towering mountain peaks in the morning. Explore the village of Kukaj or enjoy your morning in Valbone Valley before transferring to Fierze Dam to hop on a boat for a scenic ride passing by rocky mountains and vivid green hill

From Tirana:Valbona 2 day tour All Inclusive

From Tirana:Valbona 2 day tour All Inclusive

Day 1 The tour starts from Tirana with transportation around 05:00am, and take the road to Komani Lake. At 9:00am we board ferry Berisha (or boat Dragobia) towards Fierze. This part of the river tour will introduce breathtaking views of Komani Lake, Albanian Alps By11:30am, we reach Fierza where the van will take us to Valbona, passing by Bajram Curri. We arrive in Valbone at 12:45pm, where we accomodate in the Inn(Guesthouse) followed by lunch with traditional and fresh food and drinks, and get a feel of the characteristic hospitality of the area. In the afternoon we are free to explore the area, the river bed and possibly the waterfall. 20:30 we will join again at the guesthouse where a dinner with other meals is served. End of day one with comfortable sleep. Day 2 In the morning, after a comfortable sleep, breakfast with fresh local produce is served in the presence of a wonderful panorama and fresh air. 11:00am is time to return to Fierze where we board the Ferry towards Koman. Around 19:00 we arrive in Tirana marking this way the end of this tour and of this wonderful experience. We will visit the Komani Lake, Valbona River, the town of Bajram Curri. The accommodation will be at guesthouse in Valbona.

From Shkoder: Valbona 2 day tour All Inclusive

From Shkoder: Valbona 2 day tour All Inclusive

Day 1 The tour starts from Shkodra with transportation around 06:30am, and take the road to Komani Lake. At 9:00am we board ferry Berisha (or boat Dragobia) towards Fierze. This part of the river tour will introduce breathtaking views of Komani Lake, Albanian Alps By11:30am, we reach Fierza where the van will take us to Valbona, passing by Bajram Curri. We arrive in Valbone at 12:45pm, where we accomodate in the Inn(Guesthouse) followed by lunch with traditional and fresh food and drinks, and get a feel of the characteristic hospitality of the area. In the afternoon we are free to explore the area, the river bed and possibly the waterfall. 20:30 we will join again at the guesthouse where a dinner with other meals is served. End of day one with comfortable sleep. Day 2 In the morning, after a comfortable sleep, breakfast with fresh local produce is served in the presence of a wonderful panorama and fresh air. 11:00am is time to return to Fierze where we board the Ferry towards Koman. Around 18:00 we arrive in Shkoder marking this way the end of this tour and of this wonderful experience. We will visit the Komani Lake, Valbona River, the town of Bajram Curri. The accommodation will be at guesthouse in Valbona.

From Tirana: Albanian Alps, Komani Lake, Kosovo, Boat Trip

From Tirana: Albanian Alps, Komani Lake, Kosovo, Boat Trip

2 Day trip throught Albanian Alps and Kosova. Day 1. Starting early in the morning from Tirana and travelling throught Albania to reach Komani Lake ferry. Enjoying the ferry Ride called the Thailand of Europe where the mountains create an wonderfull panorama with the calming water of the lake. Visits at Bajram Curri(the city in the middle of the Alps) and together we continue to Valbona National Park. Feel amazed from the nature and the high peaks that are carved from the crystal water of Valbona River. Optional Hike to Valbona Waterfall(extra price). Night in the valley. Day 2. Enjoying our breakfast in the nature and the fresh air of the valley. Visiting the glacial lake of Quku i Dunishes, a nature oasis in the heart of the Valbona Village. Crossing the border with Kosova and reaching Gjakova. Gjakova is a historical city known for the area since the Middle Ages. The inhabitants of Gjakova have been known since ancient times for the processing of metal and work tools, holding a record of 27 craftsmen in only the part of Carshia(the old bazaar). Time to Visit Prizren , one of the most Vibrant Cities in Kosova. Prizren is famous for Albanian-Ottoman culture with the castle and famous pedestrial Area, with a lot of coffees and restaurants. Enjoying traditional food and drinking something in the roads of Prizren. The way back to Tirana . End of the Journey

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The view during our trip is breathtakingly beautiful. Our trip to North Albania is very well organised and communication is easy going thanks to our guide Endri. He made us feel very welcome and comfortable. We were very impressed by his (history) knowledge of Albania and he knew how to keep us interested from beginning untill the end of our tour. Also our driver Albert knew how to handle the busy traffic with ease and he seemed to handle impossible and hectic traffic smoothly. He always stayed calm. We felt very safe with him as a driver. Accomodations were simple but everything we needed was provided for. And last but not least (local) food and drinks provided to us tasted delicious! Our 3 day trip has become an unforgetable and memorable memory to wich we never forget

We had a wonderful trip to Theth, Valbona and Komani lake. Our tour guide (Flori) was AMAZING - he went above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed the trip, and even voluntarily met us the day after to give us some tips in Tirana. The only downside was that the 6 hour hiking path was closed as it was not summer months, but our tour organiser kindly arranged for us to go to Kosovo instead. Would definitely recommend.

We had a great trip with our private guide, which was lucky for me and my girlfriend because there was no one else with us. He motivated us to continue walking for a beautiful view, he motivated us to stop at beautiful places to take photos, he provided interesting information where necessary... he adapted to us as much as possible, in short, he was really a dream guide . We really enjoyed it!!

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!

Very very nice!!! Everything was planned perfectly. Even our suitcases were placed in the office in Tirana and then taken to the airport.