Raft, hike and camp along one of Europe's only true wild rivers. Explore the beauty of Albania on this incredible trip of a lifetime
Raft, hike and camp along one of Europe’s only true wild rivers. Explore the beauty of Albania on this incredible trip of a lifetime.
Packraft across natural parks in small, lightweight packrafts
Wild camp in the wild valley of Vjosa
Raft the blue heart of Europe
Immerse mountains, authentic rural villages, a genuine culture and an exceptionally hospitable locals is what awaits anyone who makes the journey to these much unknown gems. It’s the perfect place to get off the beaten path and have a unique Albanian experience through the last wild river of Europe.
No visa required for most nationalities, including UK passport holders, most other EU nationalities, US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand.
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There are no specific health risks.
Day 1 - Pack rafting Divjaka Karavasta National Park
You’ll meet with the guide at Tirana International Airport and will travel for about 1,5 hour to the amazing beauty of Divjake-Karavasta National Park. After the accommodation in the hotel we will packraft into this natural oasis of untouched nature and of stunning biodiversity, the biggest lagoon in Albania. A birdwatchers heaven and a perfect place to relax and have a quiet time in the beautiful surroundings of the park. After the packrafting we will enjoy a welcoming fish based delicious dinner.
Day 2 - Hiking to Sopoti waterfall
After arriving in the small city of Permet, we will do a short hike from the village of Stëmbec to the beautiful waterfall at the foot of Nëmërçka Mountain wall. This trail offers amazing views of the most dramatic southern face of Nëmërçka Mountain including the natural monument of the glacial of Nëmërçka. After 1,5 hours of hike ww will enjoy a picnic lunch. The hiking roundtrip is about 6 km. In the afternoon we will have the opportunity to enjoy the hot sprint in Benja and a river hiking in the spectacular canyons of Lengarica. Overnight in a guesthouse in Permet.
Day 3 - Rafting and wild camping in Vjosa river
We will leave Permet city and will travel for around 1,5 hours to the boarder of Greece to start our expedition to Vjosa river. It is called the last wild river of Europe and is one of the natural wonders of Albania. It is home to over of 1,100 species and authentic communities. The fish fauna of the Vjosa is characterised by high shares of species endemic to the Balkans. The lush vegetation makes this river a great place for adventure enthusiasts to explore and relax. There are many underground passages and unexplored caves throughout the length of the free flow. We will raft for about 15 km, have a packaged lunch and build a camping close to the river. Tonight we will learn how to cook the a famous Albanian traditional dish close to a campfire.
Day 4 - Rafting and wild camping in Vjosa river
You awaken on the second day of the expedition to crisp morning air, and a scrumptious hot breakfast. You then embark on the river around 9 a.m. to begin your new day of whitewater excitement for about 15 km downriver. Lunch will be a riverside picnic. Evenings at our riverside camp are enchanting and starlit with nothing but the whisper of water to lull you to sleep right after our famous disco music night on the river which ends at 10:30 p.m.
Day 5 - Last day of rafting expedition
Today we will raft the last 15 km of Vjosa, ending in Permet city. Lunch will be a riverside picnic. Tonight we will enjoy a folcoric night with the saze music. Oversleep in a guesthouse in Permet.
Day 6 - Visit of the UNESCO site of Gjirokaster
We cannot leave Albania without visiting the city of stones of Gjirokastra and we can not speak about Gjirokastra without enjoying its traditional typical food. In this local experience, you will learn to cook two of the oldest typical Gjirokastra recipes and a dessert. We will share with you the secret ingredient, as we have inherited it from generation to generation from family tradition. After the delicious lunch we will enjoy the Castle of Gjirokastra through a sightseeing tour. Ac-commodation in a traditional guesthouse.
Free evening to explore the city by your own.
After breakfast you will be transferred to Tirana International Airport (231 km; 3,5 h). We will do a stop to the Archeological Park of Apollonia and enjoy a good bye lunch.