Explore Southeast Albania Hike & Culture
Southeast Albania is a region very attractive and little explored than the rest of the country. It has a rich history with some of the oldest civilizations in Albania. The geographic formation has a diversity of mountains, rivers, lakes, canyons, and impressive earth creation. You will bond will rural communities and visit cultural sites.
- Visit Lake Ohrid in Albania
- Visit the medieval village of Voskopoje
- Hike Nivica canyons and Peshtura waterfalls
- Visit Gjirokaster and Berat (UNESCO)
- Explore the vibrant capital of Albania
- Professional tour guide
- Transportation as per itinerary
- Boat tour in Lake Prespa
- Entrance fees National Museum of Medieval Art
- Entrance fee to Gjirokaster castle and Museum of Weapons
- Entrance fee Zekate House
- Entrance fee Onufri Museum
- Entrance fee BunkArt
- Accommodation in double/twin room with breakfast
- Personal expenses
Day 1. Tirane – Lin – Pogradec – Korce (178 km)
Meet with your tour guide in your hotel lobby and start this sensational journey to the South East of Albania. Our first stop will be the Lin Village, located on the shores of Lake Ohrid. It has been inhabited since ancient times and is known for its cultural values and fishing tradition. At the top of the hill, facing the beautiful Ohrid Lake are the ruins of a Paleo-Christian church with floor mosaic. You will take a walk with your tour guide around the peninsula to see the lake and socialist bunkers. After transfer to Pogradec for lunch and free time in Drilon Park.
In the afternoon we head to the city of Korce for the overnight.
Day 2. Korce - Voskopoje – Lake Prespa – Korce (50 km)
After a delicious breakfast with local fresh products, we drive to the village of Voskopoje. Voskopoje was the cultural and trading center during medieval times in southeast Albania. Several churches were built, an Albanian library, and had a democratic administration during the Ottoman Empire. Today travellers can visit the churches and bond with the local community. Next, we drive to the village of Pustec, which is well-located on the shores of Lake Prespa. This little jewel harmonizes with North Macedonian ethnicity and Albanians. We will walk around the village and sail by boat to Maligrad Island, where is the church of St. Mary with beautiful frescos and views.
In the afternoon we explore the city of Korce known as A Little Paris. The old bazaar buzzles with many bars and live music. During the walking tour, you will visit the main boulevard of Korce, The Orthodox Cathedral, The Clock Tower, and the Mirahori mosque. Accommodation in Korce.
Day 3. Korce – Permet (134 km)
Today we take a longer drive further down the southeast. A scenic route through the mountains of Germenj all the way to the border with Greece. We will make a stop on an eco-friendly farm to get more familiar with the locals. After a delicious meal, we drive along Vjosa National Park, acknowledged as the last wild river in Europe. In the village of Benje, you will have the chance to walk inside Langarica canyons and swim in the thermal baths of Benje. Overnight in Permet.
Day 4. Permet – Nivice – Gjirokaster (138 km)
After breakfast with local products, we take another drive to the mountains. The destination is Nivice Village, a place slowly becoming popular to outdoor enthusiasts. On the way, we will stop at the birthplace of Ali Pasha, the city of Tepelene. The viaduct of Ali Pasha built in the 19th century is proof of the development of the area during his reign. Hidden in the mountains is located Peshtura Waterfalls. It takes only a short walk from the village of Progonat to explore these karstic springs and those adventurous spirits can dive in the blue clear waters. The adventure is not over yet as we drive to the village of Nivice to enjoy the views of deep canyons. After lunch, we leave the mountains to get to the popular city of Gjirokaster. Stone City is part of UNESCO's heritage as an essential representation of local architecture. You will feel like you in the old days when surrounded by characteristic houses, huge fortresses, and an old Ottoman bazaar. Overnight in Gjirokaster.
Day 5. Gjirokaster – Berat (190 km)
Today is a more relaxing day. We take a walking city tour to understand why this is so remarkable. You can walk by Enver Hoxha’s birthplace. The famous Albanian communist leader was born and raised here. In the next block was born another famous Albanian star, writer Ismail Kadare. His house hosts tourists from all around the world. Last but not least we visit Argjiro’s castle, a grand medieval architecture.
After lunch, we drive to the city of Berat. Founded back in the 4th century B.C., Berat presents a remarkable history through different ages from ancient Illyrians to the Roman Empire, Byzantine to Ottoman Empire. The city is most known by its nickname The White City or City of Thousands Window. During the walking tour in the city, you will stroll along the cobblestone narrow streets of Mangalem and Gorica quarters. In the old town, you will visit the Bachelor’s mosque, King’s mosque, and Helveti Tekke. Accommodation in Berat.
Day 6. Berat – Tirane (101 km)
In the morning we continue to explore more of the Castle of Berat. The castle of Berat has been continuously inhabited for 2400 years and is surrounded by high walls, medieval churches, and beautiful houses. Next, we continue to the capital of Tirana.
The capital of Albania is well-known for its vibrant lifestyle and high number of museums. The city tour of Tirana offers you different periods of history. Since the foundation of the capital, there has been the characteristic Ottoman Mosque of Et’hem Bey, and the symbol of Tirana Clock Tower.
After Tirana was elected the capital of Albania in 1920, started construction of the center city from Italian architects with the complex of Ministry buildings that is still today. It expanded with the main boulevard until Mother Theresa Square, where stands the University of Tirana. During the communist era, in the city erected other important buildings such as The History Museum, the National Opera, the National Art Gallery, The Pyramid of Tirana, the Palace of Congress, and more.
The walking tour takes you to the Block area and BunkArt, an underground bunker dedicated to the Minister of Internal Affairs in the communist regime. Accommodation in Tirana.