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This is a small group adult holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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The 'Walking in Albania' trip provides a wonderful opportunity to glimpse many different aspects of a fascinating and beautiful country. This is a busy and exciting holiday with never a dull moment! Most people in the group started out knowing very little about Albania because, of course, it was 'out of bounds' until Communism was overthrown in 1991. We learned such a lot! If you love climbing mountains, walking in beautiful scenery, learning about culture, history and traditions, then this is the trip for you.
Watching a World Cup football match on a warm evening, in a restaurant in a beautiful park in Tirana.
Reaching a beautiful mountain pass after climbing over 3,000 feet in stunning scenery and torrential rain.
Driving over dry river beds at quite a speed!
Learning about the difficult recent history of Albania from an excellent guide and excellent displays in Tirana Museum.
Wonderful evening meal with a myriad of delicious dishes eaten in a cafe in the grounds of Berati Castle.
The group leader is extremely proud of his country. He took a lot of trouble to explain Albanian customs, culture and religious tolerance to us. He was friendly and knowledgeable. Occasionally, he appeared slightly disapproving but always with a sense of fun.
Remember to use a soft bag for luggage. The mules have to carry our bags up and over a high mountain pass.
The balance of the holiday might benefit from a few tweaks. One or two days included a little too much sightseeing. Hard for some of us to take in quite so much information!
The long mountain walks were at the beginning of the holiday-two big climbs on two consecutive days.
This is the second time I have done this trip and the alterations to the itinerary are good -the walking is still varied in wonderful scenery and the accommodation has improved.
On a personal level, completing a walk I had not been able to do last year was a massive boost. For the group I feel that the traditional Albanian meal in Berat within the walls of the castle was a brilliant evening. The insights into Albanian culture gave me food for thought which will stay with me for a long time.
Our guide was very friendly and helpful at all times, always looking to show us the best of Albania and making sure that at all the "sites" expert guides were available which enhanced the experience. There was also time to be spontaneous and adapt to what the group wanted to do.
There is always a risk of electricity cuts in the country so a torch is essential. I do not normally need walking poles but I found them essential in Albania.
Albania is still unlike other countries - go with an open mind and a willingness to learn. Albanians are developing their country quickly and trying to not make the mistakes of other countries by indiscriminate development. It is a fascinating place mixing ancient and modern, welcoming to tourists who appreciate what is on offer.
An excellent mixture of walking and sightseeing in a country I knew very little about. Theth / Valbona have spectacular Alpine scenery, very green in June but with snow still on the peaks. The people were really friendly, the food was superb (salads, grilled vegetables, aubergines, lamb, and one of the best steaks I've ever had - in Kosovo - the Pinot noir there was a bargain too), prices cheap....go before more people discover it !
The walking in the north of the country is the highlight and I think Exodus should incorporate an extra night there, miss out Llogara national park which does not really justify the long drive that far south. I enjoyed the sights in Berat, Apollonia and Ardenica but that's enough driving time without going further down to Llogara / Vlore.
Dori was indefatigably enthusiastic, knowledgeable and great company, he seemed to know everyone everywhere we went ! Our driver Timo was really helpful too and often came with us into places and on walks
As others have commented, there are some long drives but don't go to Albania without seeing the north. Take euros, they are accepted in many places as well as lek. Forget any preconceptions about the country, it is a very safe country to travel to. Raingear useful, we had storms at some point most days. And read up a bit on the history before you go.
A guide to Albania, including it's recent history, can be found here.
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