Exploring North Albania & Macedonia

8 DAYS
Availability : 17th - 24th April 2024
Malta
Albania & Macedonia
Max People : 24

Exploring North Albania & Macedonia

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  • 8 DAYS
  • Albania & Macedonia
  • Availability : 17th - 24th April 2024
  • Max People : 24

Tour Details

Globaltravelbook is a licensed travel agency in Malta and is covered by the Insolvency Fund – meaning that in the scenario the agency (local or foreign) is unable to provide the promised service, you, the customer is guaranteed your money back. 

Highlights

  • The Albanian Alps – Valbone Valley, Thethi National Park, Shala River
  • A scenic three-hour ferry ride across Lake Komani
  • Get a taste of Albanian culture, history, and food
  • Experience traditional life in rural Albanian villages
  • Skopje – Struge & Lake Ohrid ( UNESCO World Heritage Site) 
  • Immerse yourself in nature, in areas such as Shala River | Komani Lake | Thethi National Park | Valbone Valley etc (find out more in itinerary section)

Tour Details

We will meet at Malta International Airport on the 17th April 2024 and together we will travel to Skopje with our group leaders Daniela & Antoni. 
 
Once we land in Skopje, we will meet our licensed local guides who will be with us during our 8-day, 7-night tour. Throughout this laid-back 8-day tour, you will immerse yourself in culture, amazing food, and natural wonders. 
 
Food is Globaltravelbook’s favourite element that makes up a culture, so be sure that we will be digging well into the Albanian cuisine as we eat at favourite local spots.
 
Join us on this trip for a true understanding of Albania and it’s fascinating nature and culture. The trip is suitable for all age groups (5 years plus) – two trails in Theth might not be suitable for children (i) at the waterfall (however close by there are bars and coffee shops) (ii) Blue Eye – parents are the children could stop in the village of Nderlyse. 
 
More exciting, day-by-day information is available below in the Itinerary section.

Meeting Point

Malta International Airport or Skopje City 

Arrival Airport

Skopje International Airport

Dates

17th – 24th April 2024

Price Includes

  • Local tour guide in visiting country plus Globaltravelbook team.
  • 7 nights accommodation with Bed & Breakfast
  • 3 Dinners and 1 Lunch
  • 3-4* Hotel Accommodation based on a double room (Single supplement: €200). Children policy in 'Additional Info'
  • Boat trip in Lake Ohrid, Ferry tickets in Komani Lake and Return Boat Ticket in Shala River
  • Airport transfer and Transportation throughout in comfortable vehicles
  • Insolvency Fund Protection

Price Excludes

  • Flight with WizzAir - we do not include the flight but (i) we could book the flights for you (ii) we could help you with the booking process. This offers you flexibility with baggage allowance it will work out cheaper depending on your baggage allowance.
  • Compulsory Travel Insurance
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of Globaltravelbook and operators in Albania
  • The lunches and dinners that are not mentioned as 'Included' in Itinerary (Approx €5 - 20 per meal)
  • Any museum one would like to enter
  • Private expenses
  • Everything not mentioned in 'include section'

Itinerary

8 Days in Albania & Northern Macedonia

Day 1Malta to Skopje

For those travelling from Malta we will meet at Malta International Airport and travel together to Skopje, Macedonia. If anyone is flying from outside of Malta has to meet us in  Skopje on the travel dates.

Once we arrive at the airport, our transport will pick us up from the airport and take us to the hotel. Since the flight arrives at 11pm, we will go directly to the hotel.

Overnight in Skopje

Included: Transfers & Overnight in Skopje.

Day 2Skopje - Prizren (South Kosovo) - Valbone

  • Breakfast at hotel and departure at 9am to Prizren by car (2.5 hour drive) 
  • Prizren is a ‘must-see’ for any visitor and has the highest number of preserved Ottoman buildings with their upper storeys jutting out into the narrow cobbled streets. In Prizren we will visit: The old fortress , the stone bridge and the city center on both sides of the river.
  • Prizren to Valbone (2 hour drive)
  • Lunch – either around 1pm in Prizren or else at 3pm after crossing the border at a traditional restaurant
  • After passing the border into Albania, we will stop for lunch at a traditional restaurant were our guide will explain to you more about the local dishes that you can taste. (We tried and tested the food in Albania and its absolutely delicious) 
  • Hotel Check-in Valbone
  • Using local transportation we will discover more of Valbona Valley. It will be kind of an off-road experience and after around 20 minutes drive we will reach an amazing 40m waterfall called Rragami Waterfall.
  • After this exploration the group will have time to relax until dinner as a group. 

Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Transfers & Overnight in Valbone.

 

Day 3 Valbonë Valley - Komani Lake ( ferry trip) – Shala River (boat trip)

  • Breakfast
  • After a delicious breakfast with local products we will visit the rest of the valley: Mulliri i Vjeter i Valbones/ The old Mill” and Liqeni i Xhemes
  • We will take a break in Bajram Curri , the main city of the region
  • 1PM we start the ferry trip from Fierza to Komani
  • 2.30PM – Lunch at “ 5 Stinet” in Berisha Penisula then take the boat to Shala River known as the Thailand of Albania. ( 45’)
  • Hotel Check in
  • We will explore the area and get prepared to start a fire for after dinner.
  • Dinner time
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Transfers & Overnight in Shala.

Day 4Shala River- Shkoder

  • Breakfast – easy morning
  • Time to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of Shala River(view our instagram stories). Here you will have time to swim in the river, kayaking or just enjoy the pureness of this gem. 
  • Those who prefer more adventure can take any short trail with the guide.
  • Lunch at Shala River
  • Around 2PM we will take the return boat trip and we will head to our next destination, which is Shkoder.
  • Hotel check in
  • Visit the city promenade and its pleasant low-rise buildings, pretty gardens, decorated windows , narrow cobblestone alleys
  • Free time – guests could go for dinner together or individually if they prefer
Included: Breakfast, Transfers & Overnight in Shkoder. Hotel Chicago (4 Star) or similar 

Day 5Thethi National Park | Grunasi Waterfall

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • 9am –  we head to Thethi National Park considered as the pearl of Albanian Alps
  • Our first  stop is at ‘Boge & Qafe Thore’ Balcony which gives you the best point of view of the mountains at an altitude of 1720m
  • After a short stop at the balcony and the small glacial lake we will continue our road to Thethi National Park. Theth is a wonderful village in northern Albania set among the peaks of the mountains. Natural beauties of this region begin once you have passed Boge village and the natural beauties do not end at any moment in the area of Theth. 
  • Arrival in Theth & check-in at accommodation
  • 1PM – Lunch in Teth
  • Visit the villages ‘old church’
  • Visit the reconciliation tower which includes a brief discussion and showcasing of the history of the past of Northern Albania. Here you will have the chance to briefly learn about “kanun’ which is a set of Albanian traditional customary laws, which has directed all the aspects of the Albanian tribal society.
  • We head to Grunasi Waterfall. It’s more than 30m high and at the bottom, a natural bath with emerald water is created, which completes the rare decor for which it has gained the status of a natural monument. To reach the waterfall we will need to walk for 50 minutes ( 20 minutes easy and 30 minutes medium difficulty)
  • After spending around 1h there to swim, explore and take pictures we will take the way back to our hotel.
  • Dinner time.
Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Transfers & Overnight in Theth.

Day 6Nderlyse- The Blue Eye of Thethi - Tirana

  • 8.30am – After a breakfast with local products we will head to the Blue Eye of Thethi where we will need local vans to reach this village because it is located inside the national park.
  • Arrive to Nderlyse- Grunasi Canyon – Stone groves of Nderlyse and then we will walk towards Blue eye of Thethi, the most frequented natural attraction in Theth. Located between rocky and green slopes, with its depth this well takes on the colors of blue and emerald depending on the season, forming a fascinating landscape for all visitors. To reach the destination it requires a 40-50 minutes easy to moderate walking.
  • Head back in the center of the village for lunch (around 12.30pm)
  • Last destination for today will be Tirana (4 hour drive) but we will have a break on the way back.
  • Hotel check in
  • Free time in the city or traditional dinner with the group

Included: Breakfast, Transfers & Overnight in Tirana

Day 7Tirana - Struge - Ohrid - Skopje

  • 6am departure –  we will have take away breakfast we will head to North Macedonia
  • On the way we will stop for coffee or to rest
  • After crossing the border we will head to Struge (2.5 hour) where we will visit the city promenade, The bridge of Poetry and enjoy a coffee or a cup of tea exactly on the point before the Black Drin river lets out into Lake Ohrid.
  • Next destination will be the beautiful city of Ohrid (30 mins drive). There we will take a boat trip in Lake Ohrid ( UNESCO World Heritage Site) one of the biggest lakes in the Balkans and one of the oldest in Europe.
  • 1pm -After the boat trip we will have free time visit the old bazaar and the old town where you can try traditional food and choose among different restaurants.
  • Then we take the way to Skopje with 1-2 short stops on the way.
  • Hotel check-in
  • Free time to rest, for bars & restaurants. We will suggest some restaurants.
Included: Breakfast, Transfers & Overnight in Skopje .

Day 8Skopje - Airport

  • Breakfast and check out around 10-11am
  • We will visit the capital city of North Macedonia and pass by the stone bridge over Vardari river which is an important symbol of the city which was built in XV century. This bridge connects the old and the new side of the city.
  • We will also visit (i) Macedonia square & Alexander the Great statue (ii) The bridge of civilisation (iii) Skopje Fortress( Iustinian I castle) (iv) “ Carshia e Vjeter” an old bazaar and a neighbourhood of bars and restaurants, where we will stop for lunch (v) The clock tower (vi) The Mother Theresa memorial house (vii) The zoo (These activities rand between €2 and €5)
  • These visits could be guided or if you prefer, you can have free time around the city and meet with the group in the meeting point & time set by the guide.
  • The flight is at 19:10, so we have to be at the airport 2-3 hours earlier.
  • This will be the end of this amazing adventure.
Included: Breakfast, Airport Transfers

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the deadline to book this trip?

Availability is on a first come, first serve basis.

Is it possible to arrive earlier / stay longer?

Yes, of course. As long as you are in Skopje on the trip dates, you are free to arrive / leave whenever you want. It is best to let us know your plans so we can organise transfers accordingly. 

What type of insurance do I need?

For safety, travel insurance is mandatory when travelling with us.

What is the accommodation like?

Accomodation will be hand selected 3-4* hotels. The price includes double room accommodation, however, if one wishes a private room for one person, the supplement is 200 euro

I am a solo traveller - is this trip suitable for me? Could I get a single room?

The majority of guests joining our trips are solo travellers. Through meet-ups, events and our facebook community you will get to know the group before meeting at the airport to fly to Albania. You could get a single room at an additional charge, however, meeting up with the group beforehand could give you the opportunity to meet someone and decide together to share a room. 

How about food?

Breakfasts are included at the hotel. However, we’ve got you covered with food. Food is a BIG love to the team of Globaltravelbook so rest assured that you will be eating at some of the best local restaurants. Price range for lunches and dinner are between 5-20. 

Are there vegetarian options?

Generally all restaurants cater for your needs and we will have a local guide who will suggest appropriate dishes and restaurants. Best is to advice us on booking so that we could plan for this in advance.

How is the weather like in the time of travel?

Expect cool nights and mild days in many places. The average air temperature ranges from 15 °C  during the day to 3 °C  at night. 

What's the power plug in Albania?

In Albania the power plug sockets are of type C and F.

Do I need a visa to enter Albania?

EU passport holders do not need a visa to visit Albania as a tourist, provided they have a passport of usually six months’ validity and an onward or return ticket.

Do I need to take travel vaccines?

The WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Albania: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza. However, best is to consult your doctor or visit Floriana Health Centre for further info.

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Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received within 24 hours of booking - subject to availability
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of Globaltravelbook and operators in Albania
  • Children Policy: 0-3 years old is free of charge (if they do not need a seat or bed) | €200 if they EITHER need a bed or seat | €400 if they need BOTH a seat and bed
  • Children policy: 3-6 years old 10% on standard price
  • It is important that any guests are capable of walking and taking part of light treks.
  • It is the responsibility of the persons joining an experience to communicate any food intolerances/allergy-related information. GTB or the Service Provider will not assume any liability for adverse reactions to food/drinks consumed, or items one may come in contact with while on an experience
  • Refer to the FAQs Section for further information
  • Travel and Health insurance is obligatory: All travellers must be fully insured, and purchase their own travel insurance. A waiver document must be filled in, signed and sent back to Globaltravelbook.
  • Signing up to any of our trips and any risks involved are the sole responsibility of the individual, and organizers cannot be held responsible in any way to illness, altitude sickness, injury or trauma during the trip.
  • If a traveller for some reason cannot travel on the dates, the organiser is not responsible.

Payment Details

Pay directly or choose to pay by bank transfer

To secure your spot you need to send a 50% deposit either via bank transfer or our online payment system after completing the booking form. Second payment is required by the 18th March 2024. 

  • Account Name: Globaltravelbook Limited
  • Bank Address: APS Centre, Tower Street, Birkirkara, BKR 4012
  • IBAN: MT53APSB77013000000047276110011

Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel your booking, we will offer a refund of any balance which we have not yet paid or are obliged to pay to any other Third Party. When a booking is cancelled within the month prior to departure, the remaining balance will be non refundable as well as we would be fully committed at that stage. All types of travel insurance are supposed to cover “cancellations” and for this reason we require that such travel insurance is purchased prior to travel.