South Albania is the most undiscovered and underrated region of our country, you will have it almost on your own. During this tour, we will hike the Dhembeli peak, will enjoy the thermal baths of Benja, and different pools with curative effects, explore Langarica canyon, and visit the old town and fortress of Gjirokastra, the town of flowers Permet, and the town of culture Korca. Although so close you will be surprised by the differences in any town and their cuisine.
Pick up and drop off all travelers at their hotel
5 Days / 4 Nights
English, Italian and Greek
Highlights of South Albania Hiking is 5 days tour around the towns of Gjirokaster, Permet, and Korca. During this tour, you will hike Dhembeli peak, explore the thermal Baths of Benja in Vjosa River, the last wild river of Europe, and explore Langarica Canyon. We will cross to the most rural areas of South Albania in beautiful nature and remote villages.
The tour is of moderate difficulty only suitable for 18+ travelers, with hikes and many visits to natural sites. Transportation will be done with an air-conditioned vehicle. Accommodation will be in local guesthouses, shared rooms, all breakfasts included in the price. A certified local tour guide will be with you all the time. The weather most of the time is very nice and pleasant, you need to bring raincoats and warm clothes for April, May, and October, while during July and August you should bring your hat, sunscreen, and water.
Today you will arrive in Tirana, Albania and our staff will meet you at the airport.
Depending on your arrival time we might do the presentation meeting with your guide and a short walking tour of Tirana.
Overnight in Tirana
Early morning, we will drive towards Gjirokastra and will explore this gorgeous old town, part of the UNESCO world heritage list. We will start our visit at the fortress overlooking the town with a long history and myths. From the top of the fortress, our view embraces the whole town with its characteristic silver tile roofs.
Our visit will continue to the Bazaar of Gjirokastra, well maintained with its steep cobblestone streets. Our day will continue with a visit to Dictator Enver Hoxha’s house, where you will hear about his story but also will see a traditional house, in all its beauty.
Late afternoon will accommodate to our guesthouse, which is sparkling clean as the tradition requires. Evening at leisure to stroll the streets of Gjirokastra on your own.
Overnight in Gjirokastra
Our day will start with a short drive to Polican where we will start our Hike to Dhembeli Peak at 2,080 m above sea level. The hike goes completely on unbeaten paths, where eyes will catch only remote villages and shepherds with their flocks.
The hike will last for about 10 hours and late afternoon will accommodate in our guesthouse in Permet
Overnight in Permet
After a traditional breakfast with local delicacies in Permet, we will drive shortly to Benja and will spend the day visiting the thermal baths and Langarica canyon. The waters at the main pool are warm at about 24 degrees Celsius with a sulfuric smell. We will discover the smaller pools and their benefits.
Second part of the day will drive towards Korca, a completely remote area with amazing landscape.
Late afternoon will accommodate at our hotel in Korca, known as the little Paris. Evening at leisure to enjoy this gorgeous city and its local beer.
Our day will start after a filling breakfast with traditional food, Korca is known for its special cuisine. We will start exploring this city known as the little Paris, due to its educated and art-loving people. Korca is the town where Enver Hoxha worked for the first time as a teacher in the local French high school. He is remembered here by a lot of his colleagues and students who later became his victims. We will visit the city center, the bazaar, the old orthodox cathedral, and the Icon Museum.
Second part of the day will drive to Tirana. End of Journey