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If you want to pass some peaceful moments beside your beloved people, the coastal tour is all you need. The purity and beauty of Rodoni Cape, or the beautiful and magical Zvernec will make you feel in a dream.

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If you want to pass some peaceful moments beside your beloved people, the coastal tour is all you need. The purity and beauty of Rodoni Cape, or the beautiful and magical Zvernec will make you feel in a dream. Everything will be as you wished to be. Accommodation will be in hotels with beautiful view and delicious meals in restaurants.

 

 

         

 

 

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DURATION: 12 Days
TRIP CODE: D13-POF
GROUP SIZE: 4-12(max)
MIN AGE: 10 Years old
MAX ALTITUDE: 2000m
ACCOMODATION: Hotel x 11 nts
MEALS: 11 breakfasts 11 lunches 11 dinners
DEPARTS: March until October
JOINING POINT: Tirana Airport
IMPORTANT: Make sure your chosen holiday is guaranteed to run before you purchase your tickets and make any other travel arrangements

 

Brief Itinerary: 

 


 

DAY 1
Airport-Tirane
Time: 21 min
Distance: 17,1 km


DAY 2
Tirane-Durres
Time: 40min
Distance: 36,5 km


DAY 3
Durres-Llogara
Time: 2h 39 min
Distance:155 km


DAY 4
Llogara-Himare
Time: 58 min
Distance: 36,3 km


DAY 5
Himare-Himare
Time:
Distance


DAY 6
Himare-Sarande
Time:4h 51min
Distance:236 km


DAY 7
Sarande-Gjirokaster
Time:1h 31min
Distance:62 km


DAY 8
Gjirokaster-Permet
Time: 1h 11 min
Distance:61,9 km


DAY 9
Permet-Corovode
Time:1h 41 min
Distance: 48,5 km


DAY 10
Corovode-Berat
Time:1h 23 min
Distance:51,6 km


DAY 11
Berat-Tirane
Time:1h 50 min
Distance:122 km


DAY 12
Tirane-Airport
Time:21 min
Distance:17,1 km

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DAY 1 -Tirane


Today we'll have an orientation tour of the colourful streets of Tirana, which was made the capital of Albania in just 1920. Today Tirana is not only the most populated city in Albania, but also the biggest political and economic centre in the country. We will start our tour in Albania exploring Tirana the capital of Albania, starting with a visit to Et’HemBej Mosque, built in 1789 (one of the most beautiful in the Balkans).We'll walk to the main sites, stopping to visit the impressive National History Museum, the facade of which is adorned with a gigantic mosaic known as, 'The Albanians'. During this we can admire other buildings to like: The Clock Tower next to the Et'hemBey Mosque government buildings: at the south end of Skenderbeg Square. The Tabakëve and Terzive bridges, The Palace of Culture, where the Theatre of Opera and Ballet and the National Library. Popularly referred to as ‘the Pyramid’, it was designed by a group of architects. After we visit the city center we can move to Pertrela Castle which is located at south of Tirana on the right side of national road linking capital with the city of Elbasan.The Castle is perched on a rocky hill, above the village with the same name. It has a triangular shape with two observation towers. The castle offers spectacular views of the Erzen valley, the hills, olive groves, and surrounding mountains. Welcome dinner in one of the traditional restaurants in Tirana. 
Overnight in Tirana.


DAY 2 - Durres


Wake up at eight and have breakfast.After this will be headed to Rodoni’s Cape for a day filled up with emotions. The Cape of Rodon or Cape of Skanderbeg is a rocky cape on the Adriatic Sea north of Durrës. On the Cape is the Rodoni Castle, built by Skanderbeg in 1463 and the Saint Anthony Church. This castle is located near Rodoni Cape and was built from Skanderbeg with the intention of reaching out to the sea. Nowadays, visitors can only see the walls of the outer part of the castle that end at a circular tower. The rubbles of Saint Peter Church are closely located to this castle. In the church of Saint Antony (the junior), is found the first national Albanian symbol (the double head eagle) painted in the walls. We’ll depart from Tirana and drive till Lalsit Bay. Once there will get ready and start paddling from Lalsit Bay to Rodoni’s Cape. After arriving we’ll start hiking to see the Rodoni Castle and saint Anthony Church. Take a little break to have lunch and rest, and than back to start paddling from Rodoni’s Cape to Lalsit bay. Once here will start driving again, but now to visit the coastal city of Durres. Once in Durres we’ll go to the hotel to rest and prepare for a lovely dinner beside the deep blue sea. 
Overnight in Durres.

 

DAY 3 - Llogara


Wake up at eight and have breakfast. We will start the tour with a visit some of the most important landmarks in Durres such as the Byzantine Forum, Venetian Tower (small castle open as a bar). From the Venetian Tower the roads leave to ancient amphitheater , is a large Roman amphitheatre in the city of Durrës. Built in the 2nd century AD during Roman Emperor Trajan's rule, it is located in the centre of the city and is only half unearthed. It was built on a hill (whose tops are respectively 101 and 103 m above the sea level), a position that overlooks the whole area and leads through Vjosa River to Adriatic. Due to its fame and importance it was known as Apollonia Prima built to honour Apollo. After this back on road. We’ll be headed towards Vlora. But first a stop to Zvernec. The beautiful and magical Zverneci. North of the city of Vlora is the lagoon of Narta, the second biggest in Albania. There are 195 species of waterfowl living in the area, and Mediterranean woods cover the tract of land dividing the lagoon from the sea. It is a good place to observe the sea-birds or to fish. The water is full of different kinds of fish especially eels and bass. The island is a tourist attraction because it contains the well preserved 13th-14th century Byzantine Zvërnec Monastery. Near the island lies the village that bears the same name. Monastery of Saint Mary, also known as the Monastery of Zvernec, is an important cultural monument on the Zvernec Island in the Narta Lagoon. The Byzantine church, build in the 13th century is a spiritual oasis for Christians in the area. At the heart of the monastic complex you’ll find the Church of holy Mary, a beautiful place of worship, peaceful and surrounded by evergreens. Visitors to Vlore often add this architectural gem to their itineraries, particularly on August 15, when the celebration of Virgin Mary brings here pilgrims from all over Albania. Another important event held here is the carnival of Narta, during the Orthodox Easter. Free time to leasure or sightseeing. Coaches drive as far as Narta village, a settlement inhabited by Greeks since the 17th century where there will be opportunity to visit both the church and sample some of the local wine! Thereafter we will drive to Vlora with a stop at Kuzum Baba Hill to admire the view. In the evening we’ll go to Llogara, where we can enjoy dinner. 
Overnight in Llogara.

 

DAY 4 - Himare


After breakfast we start the hike on top of the Llogara Pass. Between the coastal Albanian cities of Vlore and Himare is the famous Llogara Pass a winding alpine road, rising to 1,027m and overlooking the Albanian riviera. The view is stunning and is worth the travel. Near the Llogara Pass, a number of very interesting tree shapes due to wind currents can be observed. Ask for "Pisha Flamur" (Pine of the Flag). From the Llogara Pass, visitors can see the Ionian sea, the sharp slopes of Vetëtima (Lightning) Mountain and a good part of the "Albanian Riviera. Ceasar's Pass (Qafa e Cezarit) named after the Roman Emperor Julius Ceasar who set foot in the area in pursuit of Pompey is also located near the Llogara Pass.We will walk through the woods toward the “Pits of Zaho" and the "Pits of Piri" and then onto the mountain ridge. We’ll have a little picnic at open air. The walk ends around noon at Grama Bay - an untouched beach in a special atmosphere, where you can enjoy nature or bathe in the crystalline sea water. After this we’ll go towards Himara, where we can relax and enjoy dinner. 
Overnight in Himara.

 

DAY 5 - Himare


Himara it’s the definition of paradise. Here are the best beaches of the Albanian Riviera. Today it’s going to be all about sea, sun and fun. Will visit the magical beaches of Himara like Llaman, Jala and Gjipe where you’ll have the opportunity to do water sports as well. Here you’ll enjoy also the cuisine based mostly on fish and sea fruits, the speciality of south. In evening we go back to Himara. 
Overnight in Himara.

 

DAY 6 - Sarande


After breakfast we drive to Saranda, and we’ll be there in abut an hour. Saranda has it’s maravellous beaches as well like “The mirrors beach” and “The Gull Beach” where you can relax under the sun and enjoy the magnific sea. For those who want can try scuba diving or kayak. After lunch we’ll visit Ksamil. South of Saranda, the unofficial capital of the Albanian Riviera, and within striking distance of the Greek border, Ksamil has an excellent location. The three small islands in its turquoise bay are an easy swim or boat ride away, and there are always fewer people here than on the busier town beach. One of the places of which Albanians are proud of. The clear waters of ksamil can be compared to those of Bora Bora as well. Enjoy the down, after this we go back to Saranda. Dinner at castle of Lekuresi.
Overnight in Saranda.

 

DAY 7 - Gjirokaster


Wake up at eight and have breakfast. After this will be headed to Butrint. Butrinti is situated 15 km away from the city of Saranda, reachable through whatever way. It is a world's archeological richness of UNESCO declared as such after the 90`. The most ancient objects are vehicles of wood belonging to the second millennium before Christ. You will see different ruins of civilizations from Hellenistic, Roman, Venetian, and Byzantine.
After this we’ll be headed towards Gjirokastra, but first a stop at “Blue eye”. It is the greatest fountain and the most interesting one from the 18 fountains coming from the edge of the wide mountain. It is a natural monument. This natural, deep spring embodies the clear, vibrant blue color which is seen in many of Albania’s water bodies. The way in which the water bubbles up to the surface helps create the illusion of an eye, with the dark-colored center as the pupil, and the surrounding blue water appearing as the irisFor those who dare can take a swim at the chilly waters of blue eye fountain.
We’ll have lunch while enjoying this little oaz view and then back on road to go to Gjirokastra. Drive to Gjirokastra. Known as the City of Stone, it comprises hundreds of Ottoman-style tower houses with distinctive stone roofs, wooden balconies and whitewashed stone walls. Dominated by the sheer flanks of its vast castle, Gjirokastra is a magical city with a tumultuous past. From feudal stronghold to Ottoman jewel to Italian colony, the city has known many rulers and has inspired poets, authors and artists. Once there we will visit the castle, the Zekate House, the old bazaar and the ethnographic museum (which is the birth house of the Albanian dictator). 
Overnight in Gjirokastra.

 

DAY 8 - Permet


After breakfast we’ll drive to Permet. Situated in the heart of the white mountains on the Vjosë River. A short walk (about half an hour) will familiarise us with this traditional village and we stop to see the nearby St. Mary's Church of Leusa, one of the best preserved in the country with wonderful frescoes. After this get ready to another world, Rafting in Vjosa, a uniqe experience.
A characteristic feature of the catchment of the Vjosa is the presence of deep karst, which provides an abundant underground supply during the dry season. The annual discharge volume of this river is about 5,550 million m3 and the specific discharge is about 26 litres per second per km2. Feasibility studies have been carried out for constructing a hydropower station on this river. This river has the best water quality in the country, adequate for all uses. Based on the biotic index, the water quality is good with the exception of two places: near a mine and at a bitumen and oil reservoir. This trip will provide a great adrenaline as you float by the crystal river and will certainly make it an unforgettable experience. Vjosa River has enough stream all year round and sections with different levels of difficulty depending on the water level. The river trip lasts about 2—4 hours (1km), and depends largely on the water level. Period March – November. Typical Class of Water: Class III. The rafting should go up to three hours. After this we go back to the city. This evening you're sure to be in for a treat as Permet is famous for its food and wines, including 'gliko' sweets and raki.
Overnight in Permet.

 

DAY 9 - Corovode


Continuing onwards, we make a quick stop-off at the old bridge of Benje village. Cycle through spectacular high grassy plateaus surrounded by soaring peaks before descending to Carshove and on to Benje. Than we leed through the waterfall of Sopoti. Short ride to thermal springs for a swim. The hot spring is situated in a scenic sorround. This thermal waters are very curative, and well known in Permet. According to the legend a priest that could not walk, because his legs were paralyzed, when he entered in the waters, he could go out on his own legs.
We’ll have lunch here and than back to road. Drive in the mountain way to corovoda. 
Overnight in Corovoda.

 

DAY 10 - Berat


Wake up at eight and have a really good breakfast cause it we’ll be a very impenjative day, but it will be worth it. Today we will hike to osumi canyons in Corovod,and have e picnic in the fantastic nature. Osumi Canyons are 26 km length, in an altitude of 450m from sea level. It is supposed they have been formed 2-3 million years ago from water erosion that dips in to the earth. Through all of its strait, it contains a lot of underground passages and unexplored caves. The origin of the biggest canyon in Albania, by many European researchers and geographers is thought as one of the greatest in Europe. The canyon is marvelous for its ecosystem that preserves in itself where as well, the greenery in both sides of the canyon is a permanent feature. Mediterranean bushes like heath, briar etc with a rich lively world and different categories of fish are preserved in river foundation. In the slopes of the canyon, erosive activity has created a rock chain, one of the rarest found in Albanian canyons. In Osumi Canyons are 6 straits where the canyon width ranges from 1.5m wide in its riverbed up to 35m wide up in the slopes. Besides in Canyons one can find a Cathedral, The eye, The Demons door... The digging through years has given to it the appearance of an edifice of a natural cult. Built to be a treasure of humanity through creative miracle of biggest master of all times - the nature. We will water hike along the river bed between the slopes of the canyon and swim in the natural piscine of Osumi River and climbe on some of the canyon trails. A unique experience not to be missed. In the afternoon we’ll drive to Berat city. 
Overnight in Berat.

 

DAY 11 – Tirane


The next day, we travel back to Tirana. Once in Tirana we will start with a visit to Et’HemBej Mosque, built in 1789 (one of the most beautiful in the Balkans). We'll walk to the main sites, visit the impressive National History Museum, the facade of which is adorned with a gigantic mosaic known as, 'The Albanians'. During this we can admire other buildings to like: The Clock Tower next to the Et'hemBey Mosque government buildings: at the south end of Skenderbeg Square. The Tabakëve and Terzive bridges (respectively in front of the Parliament building and on Elbasani Street) date from the beginning of the 20th century, The Palace of Culture, where the Theatre of Opera and Ballet and the National Library stand. The Palace of Congress, and President Resident, all this wonderful buildings, extended, along the Bulevard Deshmoret e Kombit, The Bulevard of Albanian History.
Overnight in Tirana.

 

DAY 12 - Departure


Free time to get ready. A walk and coffee in the city while waiting for the time to depart.

 

the time to depart

Dates and Prices

WHAT'S INCLUDED AND NOT INCLUDED

 


What's included
* English-speaking local guide
* Group airport transfers
* All meals throughout the holiday
* All land transport required by the itinerary
* National park entrance fees
* All excursions mentioned in the itinerary.

 

What's not included
* Travel insurance
* Visas
* Airport taxes
* Airport transfers other than group transfers
* Extra activities and excursions
* Tips for local staff
* Miscellaneous personal expenditure

 

SUPPLEMENTS

 


Rooming on tour & Single Room Option (Not applicable to self-guided holidays).
Most group tours are based on customers sharing twin-bedded rooms. If you book as an individual, you will be roomed with someone of the same gender. However, on many tours we offer the opportunity to pay a supplement to pre-book a single room. On some of these tours a single room will be provided at some of the night-stops but for logistical reasons not all. Individual Trip Notes clarify this. If, for whatever reason, we are unable to provide a single room as outlined in the Trip Notes, we will refund a proportion of the supplement paid to us for the Single Room Option.

 

Where you are able to purchase a single room, the price does not necessarily guarantee you a single room for every night of the tour.
All of our group tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travelers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.

 

Please refer to the tour notes where the single room option availability is detailed on a night by night basis for this tour, and the price for the available nights is detailed on the dates & prices tab by departure date.
For Self-Guided trips the Single Room supplement offers the option of a single room each and is charged per person. The Single Room supplement also applies to the third person in a party of three that will be accommodated in a single room.

 

 

PRE POST TOUR SERVICE

 


Transfers
If you need a pre tour transfer from the airport to the hotel, or the other way around Post tour transfer, from the hotel to the airport, please let us know sending by email your request. After we will make all the arrangement for you.

 

Accommodations
If your flight comes days in advance, or you want to stay longer than other participants of your tour, we can arrange the accommodation for you. If you are interested please send us a request to the follow email address: info@ivisitalbania.com

 

DATA

 


Please send us an email at info@ivisitalbania.com, asking for availability.



Participants & Transit
I Visit Albania consciously chooses to travel in small groups. For this trip, the maximum 16 participants. We guarantee a trip based on the minimum number of permanent participants. This destination is that a minimum of 6 participants. A journey can already with fewer participants are guaranteed. The minimum age for these trips is 18 years.

 

100% No Surcharge Guarantee
Once booked and confirmed we will guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. You will not be approached to pay fuel surcharges unlike the vast majority of other adventure tour operators.

 

Tour Prices
Tour prices shown on this website are a guide only. For flight-inclusive group tours the selling price at the time you book your holiday could be different to that shown here, due to current flight availability. Please refer to the trip notes for details of what is included in the cost.

 

Tour Durations
The tour duration shown above is based on the Land Only length of the tour. Please be aware that the flight inclusive duration of the tour may be longer.

 

Tour Itineraries
Please be aware that the specific itinerary on some of our tours may differ depending on departure date. Please check the relevant trip notes for the most up-to-date information regarding the trip itinerary.

 

Child Prices
Child prices applicable for ages 11 and under at time of travel. (Not applicable to self-guided holidays as these are currently sold to adults only).

 

Price Changes
Any changes to prices will be kept updated on this web page, in accordance with above.

Tour Information

ACCOMMODATION

 


During this trip we stay in different types of accommodation which are always attractive and nicely situated. We stay mostly in small hotels.
Standard - Our mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en-suite facilities.
Accommodation and service levels in Albania are generally very good. We try to use smaller, family-run hotels and pensions that might not offer the same luxuries as larger chain-style hotels, but they do provide a warm welcome, a comfortable place to stay and the chance to gain a better understanding of local life.

 

ROOM LAYOUT AND SINGLE

 


* If you go, you do not pay extra fee for traveling alone. We or assume that you are sharing a room (or tent if applicable) with a fellow traveler of the same gender. If you prefer to have your own room, you can for € xxxxx, - additional books a single room.
* If you travel as a couple, share together a room (or tent). You can choose between a 'twin' or a 'double'. A twin room has two twin beds; one has a double bed. Some hotels only have twin rooms and sometimes all doubles have been forgiven so you still have two twin beds.
* If you travel with three of them, two people sharing a double or 'twin' room (or tent) and one participant is assigned to a twin room (or tent) with another fellow traveler of the same gender. If you prefer to have your own room, you can for € xxxxxx, - additional books a single room.

When making the reservation you can specify what kind of room layout you desire.

 

 

BUDGET INFO

 


You will need some extra money to cover meals and drinks not included in the tour price, any optional sightseeing, souvenirs and items of a personal nature such as laundry.
The reference amount of pocket money for this trip is € 250, - per person. This amount is an average of what travelers in recent years have spent during this trip to meals and refreshments, additional excursions, entrance fees, any local airport taxes and gratuities. Of course, your own spending habits this also decisive. Souvenirs are therefore not included. During the trip several (optional) excursions, you spot (using the tour leader) can book. If a better excursion can be booked in advance, then it will be listed in the itinerary and on the booking form. So you can still give your group an individual accent.Food
The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.

 

Light lunch £: 4.00
Dinner £: 10.00

 

Drink
The prices for drinks can vary greatly depending upon location and the prices detailed below are an average guide. In general you would expect that drinks purchased in a supermarket or local bar to be less expensive, whilst drinks in an upmarket bar or restaurant may be more expensive.

 

Bottle of Beer £: 1.50
Water £: 0.50

 

OPTIONAL - EXURSIONS

 


Some free time has been allowed for you to explore on your own or with your travelling companions.

 

TIPPING - TOUR LEADER

 


At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Tour Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.
The amount 20 euro, of tipping is a directive except the tips of the Dutch or local tour guide. Travelling is common to eg. Drivers, cooks and guides to tip. Gratuities are often an indispensable supplement to the income, which is usually a whole family depends. In many cases you can give a tip itself. Common expenses (group tips, entrance fees, etc.) are usually paid from the joint pot for which a contribution is requested to all participants. When you are satisfied with the tour leader yourself, you like him / her, of course, give a tip.

 

TIPPING - LOCAL CREW

 


Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognised part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. Accordingly, you should allow approx. €20 for tipping.

 

In order to make things easier for you, the Tour Leaders may organise a group’s tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour.

Preparation

PREPARING FOR YOUR TOUR
At least one set of casual / non-walking clothes will be useful for wearing in hotels on this holiday. Whilst walking you must not worry about how you look: comfort and protection against bad weather are of prime importance. Because mountain weather is so very variable, we recommend a number of thin layers rather than a few thick ones. The following list is our suggested guide to help you with your packing based upon our many years of travelling/walking. Using your own judgment for packing is of course important, especially with regard to casual clothing etc but please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about packing for your holiday, or are uncertain as to the suitability of your clothing and equipment.
 
 
 
RESERVING YOUR PLACE
 
To reserve your place on this tour you will need to check availability on the I Visit Albania website. Our tours can fill up quickly so you are advised to book as early as possible. If your chosen date is ‘Available’ or ‘Guaranteed’ we will be able to provisionally hold you a space for up to 48 hours. For Self-Guided holidays and Private Journeys simply choose your date of travel and let us know so we can confirm all ground services. The easiest way to confirm your booking is through our website. When you are ready to book, we normally require a 10% non-refundable deposit, but for some holidays this may be more to cover such items as permit fees, internal flights or other non-refundable services. If your travel starts within 60 days of booking, full payment will be required at the time of booking. 100% No Surcharge Guarantee The price paid for our holidays is no longer subject to change. Once booked and confirmed we will guarantee the price you pay will not increase, whatever the circumstances. You will not be approached to pay fuel surcharges unlike the vast majority of other adventure tour operators. The price guarantee applies to all new bookings departing between 1st January 2017 and 31st December 2017.
 
 
ESSENTIAL INFO

Passport Information You need a passport to return six months validity. Vaccinations and Visa The visa is issued on arrival in Albania and is free of charge. As a traveler, you are responsible to have the correct travel documents. No visa required for most nationalities, including UK passport holders, most other EU nationalities, US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand. There are no specific health risks. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office. All visa information is subject to change. You should confirm all visa related questions with the relevant Embassy prior to departure.
 
DOCUMENTS
• Passport - including appropriate visas
• Photocopies of all documents (keep separate)
• Airline tickets (or printouts of your e-tickets with the airline booking reference)
• Travel insurance details
• Emergency contact numbers
• Trip dossier
• Credit cards/ traveller’s cheques
 
 
 
EATING AND DRINKING

Food in Albania is quite varied thanks to the many influences on the country, particularly Mediterranean, combining both Turkish and European tastes. Dairy products, especially milk and yoghurt are present in almost every meal, usually locally sourced. Meals are reasonably priced at 10-15 euros per person for traditional dishes including baked rice, casseroles, stuffed aubergine and jani meat (beef or lamb sauteed with onions, garlic and spices). Fresh fish is also plentiful and is an important ingredient in many dishes. We reccommend sampling Tirana stew, Elbasani yoghurt and baked phyllo pie. For dessert Baklava is very popular. Your leader will recommend restaurants for each evening. WEATHER & SEASONALITY Albania generally experiences a Mediterranean climate with summer temperatures at 25degC on average in the day, and the warmest months are July and August where temperatures can rise to 30degC. It becomes cooler further inland towards Korca during these months, especially in the evenings with high temperatures around 25degC. There is always the small chance of rain in the mountains yet we aim not to travel in the coldest and wettest months, which are November to January. Berat also experiences a Mediterranean climate but thanks to its location in the shadow of Mt Tomorr, summers are much warmer than expected for the Mediterranean.
 
 
 
CLOTHING
 
• Walking boots and spare laces
• Trainers/ sandals
• Walking socks
• T-shirts
• Trekking trousers
• Short trousers
• Light fleece
• Thick fleece
• Thermal Baselayer shirt
• Waterproof jacket with hood
• Waterproof trousers
• Warm Gloves
• Sun Hat
• Warm Hat
 
FOREIGN EXCHANGE
ATM Availability: Most larger towns. Credit Card Acceptance: Credit cards are not widely accepted in Albania. You can also withdraw cash with your credit card, but (usually) not checkout in shops and restaurants. Make sure you, especially in the mountain villages, have enough cash to pay for your meals. Travellers Cheques: Travellers Cheques are not widely accepted in Albania, though you should take some as a back-up in case of emergencies. Local Currency: Albanian Lek. Recommended Currency for Exchange: Sterling, US Dollars and Euros cash is widely accepted in Exchange Shopps in major towns and cities. Most transactions in Albania are done on a strictly cash only basis using the Lek. Where to Exchange: Exchange offices in major towns and cities. Electric Supply & Plugs 2 Pin Round.
 
 
EQUIPMENT

Take a water bottle, a sun hat and suncream. A torch is useful in case of powercuts/emergencies. Camera. It is also important to bring the following: good waterproof, ankle-high hiking boots, warm clothing such as a fleectrui, light rain gear (waterproof jacket and pants) a daypack, headgear (cap). Sunglasses, sunburn, anti-mosquito repellent, walking sticks (if you like to walk along here) A sleeping bag, you do not have to bring on this trip.
• Daypack/rucksack (size approx. 35 litre capacity)
• 2 Large water bottles (1 litre each)
• Towel (essential)
• Torch
• Camera & accessories
• Binoculars (optional)
• A variety of dry bag/plastic bags
• Sunglasses
• Trekking poles (highly recommended)
• Washing/Shaving kit
• Insect Repellent
• Small personal First Aid kit
• Anti-Bacterial Handwash
• Sun Cream & lip salve
 
FOOTWEAR

Comfortable shoes or sandals for visiting the sites and towns. Clothing We advise you to wear layers of clothing that can be easy on and off in case of change of the weather. Weather is changeable in the mountains and it can be cool, especially at night, so bring a warmer jacket/fleece. A raincoat is essential at all times in case of the odd shower. You should dress with respect in the rural villages so bring some long trousers. Don't forget your swimming costume.
 
LUGGAGE ON TOUR
One main piece of baggage and a daypack. Remember you are expected to carry your own luggage so don’t overload yourself. Please bear in mind there are lots of stairs in Albania and no portarage in the hotels. We advise you to bring your luggage in a flexible backpack, gym bag or a suitcase with a soft top. In connection with the limited luggage we ask you not to take hard suitcase. Take especially not bring too much, but limit you to what you really need. You are responsible for carrying your luggage to the property. Luggage 20kg Airlines are usually one piece of luggage up to 20 kilos. For domestic flights, some airlines apply a lower limit luggage. This is clearly stated in the "travel info" tab, under the heading flight. Please ensure the weight of your main baggage is restricted to 12kg-15kg. The following items can also be useful:
• Face wipes
• Moisturising cream
• Snacks/energy bars
• Padlock for your kitbag
• Small mirror
• Earplugs
• Cold water travel wash (preferably biodegradable)
• Travel adaptor These items are also useful but don’t pack them in your hand luggage – put them in your main bag only!
• Penknife/small scissors
• Safety pins
• Small sewing/repair kit
• Nail clippers Please ensure you carry essential personal medication in your hand luggage rather than checked in bags.
 
MEDICATIONS
We recommend you to take a modest journey pharmacy. Consider including painkillers, disinfectants, sunburn (blisters) patches, anti-fever, diarrhea, constipation, insect bites and motion sickness. In addition, a tick and ORS (Oral Rehydration Salts, against dehydration) is recommended. Our tour guides are also a limited first-aid kit. Use your special medication, please bring enough and ask your pharmacist to prepare a travel document for you. Keep this document in your hand luggage.
 
PERSONALE FIRST AID KIT
Your tour leader will be first aid trained and will carry a first aid kit. However, we recommend that you carry a small first aid kit for personal use. This could contain things like plasters, sterile dressings and bandages, a blister kit, pain killers e.g. paracetamol and ibuprofen, antiseptic cream, antihistamine cream (for insect bites), sunburn cream, anti-diarrhoea pills e.g. Imodium or Lomotil and rehydration salts e.g. dioralyte.
 
SAFETY AND ADVICE
The safety of customers and staff is at I.V.A always comes first. Through our contacts with agents and local authorities, we continuously monitor the safety situation at all our destinations. For current information on the security situation at your destination, please refer to the central government's website: travel advice.
 
EMERGENCIES AND DISASTERS
Make no trackers at home! Make sure that at home always copies of both your itinerary if you have flight. We will send a list of the hotels we stay during the trip because this change sometimes and rooms are often booked under a different name. In case of emergency we are accessible for both travelers and at home 24 hours a day. Why not call the hotel but I.V.A. During office hours you can call us on +355696040640. Outside office hours, you will be redirected to our emergency service or you can directly call our emergency number: +355696040640 Tip: create a digital file to. Scan your passport, visa, e-tickets and other important documents and email it to yourself. So you have, in case of loss or theft while traveling, always copies of your important papers on hand.

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