Choose Balkans: Albania Discovery Tour: Experience a Hike & Homestay in the Balkan Mountains

Albania Discovery Tour: Experience a Hike & Homestay in the Balkan Mountains

Tirana, Albania

Choose Balkans

Social Enterprise

3 days/2 nights
From$375 USDper person

Choose Balkans is a social enterprise that creates a sustainable tourism environment that supports the local economy and helps preserve the valuable traditions and folk treasures of the Balkan region.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the most remote hamlet in the Valbona Valley and help its population of twenty people sustain their local businesses.
  • Cruise through the Kuman Lake and find yourself surrounded by the Albanian Alps!
  • Experience the Balkan Peaks as you indulge on local Albanian delicacies!

Revenue is invested in books, food, and clothes for communities in confinement due to blood feuds.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Any day by appointment

  • Start Time

    10 AM

  • Duration

    3 days/2 nights

  • Good For


  • Languages

    English, French, Italian

  • Weather

    Tour will be cancelled or postponed in case of inclement weather

  • Tour Participants

    1 to 12

  • Difficulty

    Medium (2-5 miles/ 3-8 km walking distance, some physical effort)

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Protective sunscreen, comfortable clothes, hat and hiking shoes for rocky terrain, water container or proper bottle, appropriate clothing according to the season, rain jacket, personal care objects, mosquito repellant, personal shampoo (for specific hair type), painkiller (headache or stomach ache)

  • Volunteer Opportunities


Tour Description

Embark on a three day long unforgettable journey in Northern Albania; experience its most remarkable views, local cuisine, tunes, populations, and much more!

Day 1
The journey to the village of Valbona begins with an early rise and shine. At 5 am, you will leave Tirana and head towards the Komani Lake, where at 9 am, you will be picked up by a ferry headed to the Valbona Valley. The ferry ride will mark the beginning of a fairy tale journey, offering exquisite views of wild forests, waterfalls, and the magnificent chain of the Albanian Alps. After passing through the town of Bajram Curri you will get a satisfying traditional Albanian meal spiced by ingredients only known to locals. Then, you will continue to the most remote hamlet in the Valbona Valley, known as Kukaj (home to a population of only twenty people!) There, you will visit its “Old Mill” and center. Finally, you will dine and spend the night with locals at their guesthouse.

Day 2
Prepare yourself for a six-hour hike from Valbona to Theth, during which, you will see once in a lifetime views of the Balkan Peaks and the National Park of Bjeshket e Nemuna. Such a trek will be rewarded with a picnic at the top of a mountain. After a short rest, you will visit the Ethnographic Museum, the old Church, and a locally known symbol of Theth: the “Lock in” Tower. At last, you will dine and have well deserved sleep at a guesthouse.

Day 3
Start the day with a local breakfast. Afterwards, hike to the Waterfall of Theth, and at around 11 am you will begin the journey to Tirana.

Please note:
Prices are calculated on triple or quadruple room occupancy. Double or single room occupancy is possible on extra charge.
Drinks & Snacks are not included in the price.
Mule or Horse Caravan is available on request with an extra charge of 50 euros.
The tour is doable under the same conditions but with inverse itinerary.

1 Visitor Review

    Seare K ●  Oct 30, 2018

    Hicimos una gira cultural por Albania con Choose Balkans en agosto. Durante este viaje visitamos Ohrid (macedonia) pogradec, Berat, Kruja, Apollonia, Gjirokastra, Butrint y skoder. La gira estuvo muy bien organizada en consecuencia. El guía de turismo Armand fue muy amable y atento a nuestras peticiones. Albania y la gira ofrecieron más de lo que esperábamos. Estos chicos también ofrecen apartamentos en Tirana, así que nos alojamos en sus apartamentos cuando estábamos en Tirana. También aprendimos que ofrecieron una excursión a pie por el norte de Albania, así que fuimos a Koman Lake, Valbona y Prizren (Kosovo). No te olvides de probar fli en el norte de albania. Planeamos volver a Albania recorriendo el lado del mar la próxima vez.

Tour Start Address

Tirana, Tirana, Albania

How To Get There

Option 1:
The tour start address is 10 mins from Skanderbeg Square by Bus (unaza)
Nearest public transport stop: Ekspozita
Option 2:
Hotel Pick up on request

More About Choose Balkans


To promote adventure and geo-tourism attractions in the Balkan region.