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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

Experience the splendor of the Albanian Alps in a 3-Day Tour

Experience the splendor of the Albanian Alps in a 3-Day Tour

Day One: Discover the Albanian Alps Start your journey from Shkoder at 6:45 am or from Tirana at 5:30 am (with an extra fee). Travel to Komani Lake, enjoy a boat ride, swim, kayak, or zipline, and have a traditional lunch. Explore Fierza, Bajram Curri, Xhema’s lake, and Water Millstone. Relax at a guesthouse with a communal dinner. Day Two: Hiking Adventure Wake up to stunning views, have breakfast, and begin a scenic hike from Valbone to Theth. Enjoy rest stops with drinks, immerse in natural cave bathtubs and Blu Eye fountain, and return for a communal dinner at the guesthouse. Day Three: Thethi Exploration Start with breakfast, visit the Isolation Tower and Grunas waterfall, and return to Shkoder by 14:00 pm with lunch included.

From Tirana / Shkoder: 3-Day Theth, Valbona & Koman Lake

From Tirana / Shkoder: 3-Day Theth, Valbona & Koman Lake

Embark on a 3-day hiking tour of Theth National Park, Valbona Valley, and Koman Lake. Trek through the Albanian Alps, visit the Blue Eye, and take a boat ride on Koman Lake. Day 1: Tirana / Shkoder – Theth National Park – Blue Eye – Theth Begin your journey towards the Albanian Alps at 6:00 AM. Drive along the way towards Northern Albania and be amazed by beautiful landscapes, wild fields, rivers, Shkodra Lake, and rugged untouched mountains. Experience local transport riding at around 7:30 AM. As you take the turn from the main road to Theth, the area becomes more rural, with fewer cars but more wild nature and amazing landscapes. On the way to the top, pass through a steep sneaky hillside reaching up to 1700 meters above sea level at Qafa e Thores. Have a short break for refreshment and start your hiking journey towards the Blue Eye at around mid-day. The Blue Eye was formed by the erosion of the water from the melting snow of the Albanian Alps. The hike is about 3 hours one way, with a hiking distance of 6.2 km both ways and about 700 m of elevation. This trail is considered easy to moderate, requiring some experience in hiking. Return to the village center and visit the Old Church and the “Lock in” Tower (symbol of Theth). Overnight in a Traditional Guest House in Theth. Day 2: Theth National Park – Valbona Pass – Valbona Valley National Park Trek from Theth to Valbona. The walk takes about 6 to 8 hours in a remote terrain, nevertheless unquestionably worthy. The Valbona pass offers a spectacular view of the Peaks of the Balkans and “Accursed Mountains”. When reaching the top of the Valbona Pass, experience a serious shot of adrenaline. From here, see at both sides of the valleys. This top viewpoint is perfect for a short break and the possibility to capture amazing pictures of the Albanian Alps. From Valbona Pass, start the descent to the next destination, Valbona Valley, another picturesque village surrounded by high mountains. After reaching the village, walk towards the traditional guesthouse. Overnight in Valbona. Day 3: Valbona Valley - Komani Lake – Shkoder or Tirana Get on a boat that will take you through Komani Lake offering spectacular views of the Albanian Alps, waterfalls, rural villages, and wild forests. Once arriving in the Komani dam, experience local transport over bumpy roads, however offering spectacular views of Vau i Dejes Lake. From here, the driver will take you back to the modern and dynamic city of Shkoder or Tirana after an unforgettable experience.

Private Transfer All Over Albania

Private Transfer All Over Albania

From the moment you land to your final destination, our transfer service covers every corner of Albania - airports, Saranda's sun-kissed shores, Theth's tranquil mountains, and Tirana's vibrant streets. Enjoy the journey in our luxurious vehicles, offering free Wi-Fi and refreshments. Our knowledgeable drivers, with a lot of experience, will guide you through Albania's stunning landscapes, making stops at your request for unforgettable scenic photos. Experience a blend of comfort, convenience, and exploration with us.

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

Valbona: Valbona Valley and National Park

Valbona: Valbona Valley and National Park

Embark on an unforgettable journey to Valbona Valley, a remote haven in the Albanian Alps renowned for its pristine natural beauty and lush landscapes. Named after the crystal-clear Valbona River that meanders through, this enchanting valley offers a myriad of highlights for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. The Valbona River invites you to swim and cool off in its refreshing waters during the summer months, adding a serene touch to your exploration. For avid hikers and trekkers, Valbona Valley stands as a premier destination, boasting some of the finest trails in Albania. Traverse through the valley and ascend into the Accursed Mountains, with the Valbona to Theth trek being a particularly popular route, treating adventurers to breathtaking panoramic views. Commence your expedition from the picturesque village of Kukaj, a hub for many hiking trails and a haven for traditional Albanian hospitality. Guesthouses offer accommodations and local cuisine, providing a genuine taste of the region. Nature lovers shouldn't miss the enchanting Rrogam Gorge, a narrow canyon with dramatic cliffs on both sides, creating a uniquely photogenic landscape. Valbona Valley seamlessly merges with Theth National Park, forming an expansive and pristine wilderness that showcases the best of Albania's natural wonders. Camping enthusiasts can immerse themselves in the tranquil beauty of Valbona Valley, with designated camping areas providing a peaceful riverside experience. As you revel in the unspoiled splendor of the Albanian Alps, remember to plan your trip meticulously, considering the remote location and ensuring you have essential supplies and accommodations arranged in advance. Valbona Valley beckons, promising an immersive adventure into the untouched heart of the Albanian Alps.

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This 3-day hiking trip was exceptional. Our tour guide, Bledi, a local, was extremely knowledgeable about the area and knew the best stops. He was engaging, easy to talk to, and well-versed in the history of Albania. Although our taxi driver, Bertie, didn’t speak English, he was very passionate about Albania and dedicated to ensuring I had a great time. The hike from Valbona to Thethi wasn’t too difficult. I packed lightly, bringing just the essentials, which made the experience manageable. However, the gravel can be slippery at times, so good hiking shoes are a must. The peak of the hike was stunning, with an astounding view of the valley. Overall, it was an amazing hiking tour. While the cost might seem high compared to planning the trip with the help of hostels or cabins, it is perfect if money is not an issue and you prefer to have everything planned and sorted for you.

Fantastic 3 days in Albanian Alps! Pretty intense itinerary starting at 5 am pickup and 10 pm drop off as our guide wanted to make sure we got to do all: nature, history, and local food. Good hiking shoes as trail is steep/slippery because it’s covered with pebble. Pack light and bring energy snacks as these are not available much in Albania. Hiking poles will be very helpful. Reach out with any questions- LIT agency was very helpful.

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!!

Great tour. Mateo was a really helpful and laidback tour guide, who directed the tour to our wants and needs. The hike was incredible and the views were amazing! The organisation was brilliant as it would have been difficult to do what we did on our own.

Amazing experience. Our guide Endri was excellent, we learnt so much about Albania. Everything was stress free and the accommodation and activities were great. I would highly recommend