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VIA DINARICA Albania

The Guardian, and National Geographic Traveler‘s “Best of the World” destination for 2017.

Experience Via Dinarica highlights of the Accursed Mountains from Albania via Montenegro to Kosovo. This 8-day trip includes an amazing journey through some of the finest scenery of Europe’s most unexplored mountain ranges. Each country offers a vast range of activities, from adventure to relaxation, on both land and water.

Dinarica trail takes us to the most spectacular mountain scenery, picturesque waterfall, and incredible views of the Accursed Mountains. You’ll leave civilization far behind as you trek for instance, to Cerem and Doberdol, the most remote areas in Albania.

8 Days
Alb & Kos
Trek
Guided
2-8
Chalet
Guided
Moderate
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Via Dinarica Albania to Kosovo is a best-chosen trekking trail through the Accursed Mountains of both countries. The itinerary below starts from Tirana, the capital of Albania and ends up in Prishtina, the capital of Kosovo.

 

Via Dinarica Highlights

 

  • Trek in some of the most remote Via Dinarica Albania areas;
  • Take in phenomenal mountain views from Albania and Kosovo;
  • Visit two national parks: Thethi and Valbona;
  • Taste regional food and enjoy distinct culture in the remote villages of Albania;
  • Spend a night in Prizren, a lovely and cultural herritage city;
  • Experience Prishtina, Europe's youngest capital.

 

What's Included

 

Accommodation (hotel & guesthouse) and meals as written in the daily itinerary. Group airport transfer and other transports required by the itinerary; all entrance fees; skilled tour leader.

VIA DINARICA ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Welcome to Albania! Drive to Theth.

Meet and greet with the guide in Tirana International Airport followed by a transfer to Shkodra; one of the oldest inhabited cities in Albania with a 2500-year-old history. After a lunch break, we continue the drive towards Theth, passing through the beautiful Valley of Boga, gate to the Albanian Alps.

We will stop at Qafe Thore – the diagonal Pass, to enjoy the spectacular mountainous landscape unfolding in front of us. Then will switch to a local van and drive downhill to a nice guesthouse in the village. We will overnight and enjoy a tasty homemade meal in Theth.

Driving: 4 hours. Dinner included.

 

Day 2: A warm-up hike offers a relaxing day into Thethi National Park.

Our morning wake-up starts each day with a cup of hot mountain tea. After a hearty breakfast, we set out on the trail as it wanders through rolling terrain, past traditional homes, and the church-house of Thethi. The Church stands in the midst of the plain–a solid, shingle-roofed building, with a bell tower. As we walk slowly into Thethi National Park, the snowy peak of Bosh, Radohime and Kakia give us a taste of the unmatched mountain scenery to come.

Today's hike is relatively short. We will start walking from the guesthouse and visit the attractions in and around the village. Highlight the stone­‐build Catholic Church. The blood feud tower ‘Kulla e Ngujimit’. The waterfall, the Grunasi Canyon, bathtubs of Nderlysa, and the Blue Eye before we turn back. All meals included.

Trek: 9 Km, 3-4 hours; elevation gain: 350 m, elevation loss: 150 m.

Although we try to do our very best to carry out the schedule written above, this itinerary of Via Dinarica Albania is subject to change for some reasons beyond our control. This is an 8-day trip, however, we can make it shorter or even longer.

 

Via Dinarica Trail

Balkans tour Via Dinarica


DEPARTURES 2021

* Feel free to contact us for other deparute dates.

   

HOLIDAY INFORMATION

English-speaking local guide
Group airport transfers
All accommodation
Meals from lunch day 1 to breakfast day 10
All land transport required by the itinerary
All entrance fees
Luggage transport (more than four people in a group)
Airline tickets
Travel insurance
Visas
Airport taxes
Tips for local staff
Alcoholic beverages or soft drinks
Items of a personal sort
Airport transfers other than group transfers
Airline Tickets (Confirmation and Itinerary)
Passport

To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, the following checklist has been created to help you choose your clothing and gear for this trip. Try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

REQUIRED

Good walking shoes
Day pack (20L – 35L)
Sunhat
Sunglasses
Sun cream
Fleece Gloves
Fleece Hat
Fleece Jacket or Sweater
Underwear
Rain jacket
Warm fleece jacket or jumper
Rain pants
Long Sleeve Shirts (Synthetic, Lightweight)
Trekking trousers
Warm fleece jacket or jumper
Anti-bacterial hand gel
Personal First Aid Kit/Medications (Lightweight)
2 x 1-litre water bottle
Insect spray
Water purification tablets
(Water is provided, but very often this is from local wells or mountain streams and is not chlorinated. If you are concerned about drinking untreated water, we suggest you bring a supply of water treatment tablets.)

OPTIONAL

Flashlight or Headlamp
Trekking Poles
Shorts
Trainers or sandals
Bandana
Liner Socks (Synthetic)
Shoes for Travel and Free Time
Casual Clothing for Travel and Town Wear (Lightweight, Easily Washable)
Spare laces
Luggage Tags and Locks
Pen-knife
Camera and Accessories
Ear Plugs
Reading and Writing Materials
Small Binoculars
Whistle
Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

Albania has a high number of climatic regions for so small an area. Generally, experiences a Mediterranean climate with summer temperatures at 25ºC on average in the day, and the warmest months are July and August where temperatures can rise to 30ºC and above.

Kosovo has a largely Continental climate, although Pristina is considered an Oceanic climate. Generally, summers are long and dry, and winters are mild and rainy, with occasional heavy snowfall in the mountains. It can get surprisingly hot in summer, between May and August, with temperatures sometimes reaching as high as 32°C (90°F). The warmest month is July, with an average high temperature of 26°C (79°F). Winters are cold and snowfall is common. The coldest month is January, with an average low temperature of -5°C (23°F).

The unit of currency in Albania is the Lek (ALL). However, the Euro is accepted.

The unit of currency in Kosovo and Montenegro is the Euro.

Note: Buying Lek is possible only in Albania

ATM Availability

Pejë
Plav
Bajram Curri (17Km away from Valbona)
Time zone: GMT +1
Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50 Hz, two-pin round plugs.

Montenegro Emergency numbers

92 (Police); 94 (Medical emergency)
United States Consulate, Podgorica: +382 (0) 20 410 500
Canadian Embassy, Belgrade, Serbia (also responsible for Montenegro): +381 (0)11 306 3000
Australian Embassy, Belgrade, Serbia (also responsible for Montenegro): +381 (0)11 330 3400
British Consulate, Podgorica: +382 (0) 81 205 460
Podgorica International Airport: +382 0 20 444 244

Albania Emergency numbers

129 (Police); 127 (Ambulance)
Embassy of United States, Tirana: +355 (0) 4 224 7285
British Embassy, Tirana: +355 (0) 4 223 4973
Consulate of Canada to the Republic of Albania, Tirana: +355 (0) 4 225 7274
Tirana International Airport: +355 42 381 800

Kosovo Emergency numbers

112 (Police); 94 (Ambulance)
British Embassy, Pristina: +383 (0) 38 254 700
U.S. Embassy, Pristina: +383 (0) 38 59 59 3000
German Embassy, Pristina: +383 (0) 38 254 500
Pristina International Airport: +383 (0) 38 501 502 12 14
Western Balkans - Lonely Planet
The Accursed Mountains - Robert Carver
Broken April - Ismail Kadare
High Albania - Edith Durham

   


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