Albania & Montenegro

14 days

Tour reference: FAM1-15-UK


Description: Bukurije means beautiful. A journey in an astonishing world. It is the amazement of a baby when he first meet a dog, or see a leaf moving in the wind. Nature is a blessed mother. When it does our expectations it is glorious and nature lovers soak it in like a benefic drug. People bask in the new greenness of spring, the heat of a sultry summer and the brilliant shades of fall. Cross the green pastures and meadows, reach the crown of a rocky grey peak with snow topped hat, share harmonious moments with the local wildlife, soak up the scent of the flora and listen the nature. Discover the Dinaric Alps.

Enjoy the Albanian hospitality. Albania has an incredibly hospitable culture and has its own particular traditions of courtesy. These are very closely related to the notion of hospitality, a notion similar to that of the sacred guest from Homer and classical literature. In that region the tradition of hospitality comes from The Kanun, or “The Code”, a 15th-century text written by the powerful Dukagjin clan, although many of the laws written in the code date from earlier times. As written in The Kanun, the guest will be shown the highest respect by being offered a seat at the head of the table. The guest is then regaled with the best the family has to offer.

Step off the beaten path and dive inside this wonderful journey.


  • For families from 4 to 77+ years
  • Discovery Journey in 2 countries
  • Discover the Dukagjin region
  • Scenic natural landscapes
  • Hospitality and friendship are an ancestral well-known
Day 1

Tirana Airport – Shkodra

Welcome at Tirana International Airport by an English-speaking driver of Savatours Incoming. Departure to Shkodra. This is an approximately a 2 hours trip.
Founded in the 4th century BC by an Illyrian tribe known as Scodra, Shkodra is one of the oldest cities in Albania. Under Ottoman influence, Shkodra was a place of major importance, notably used as a trading post on the road linking Prizren to the Italian ports, but also as a cultural center.
According to the arrival time in Shkodra a lunch will be proposed in Shirokë, small village located alongside the bank of the Shkodra Lake, where some local specialties will be served.
Visit of the Rozafa castle located at the entrance of Shkodra. It rises imposingly on a rocky hill, 130 metres (430 ft) above sea level, surrounded by the Buna and Drin rivers. Within the Castle there are the ruins of a 13th century Venetian Catholic church, considered by scholars as the St. Steven’s Cathedral, which after the siege of Shkodër in the 15th century, when the Ottoman Empire captured the city, was transformed into the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Mosque.
The castle has been the site of several famous sieges, including the siege of Shkodër of 1478-79 and the siege of Shkodër of 1912-13. The castle and its surroundings form an Archaeological Park of Albania.
There is a famous legend associated with the construction of the Rozafa Castle, which has been transmitted orally from ancient times, with immurement and human sacrifice as main themes. The story tells about the initiative of three brothers who set down to build a castle. They worked all day, but the foundation walls fell down at night. They met a wise old man who seems to know the solution of the problem asking them if they were married. When the three brothers responded positively, the old man said: “If you really want to finish the castle, you must swear never to tell your wives what I am going to tell you now. The wife who brings you your food tomorrow you must bury her alive in the wall of the castle. Only then the foundations will stay put and last forever”. The three brothers swore on besa to not speak with their wives of what happened. However the two eldest brothers broke their promise and quietly told their wives everything, while the honest youngest brother kept his besa and said nothing. The mother of the three brothers knew nothing of their agreement, and while the next afternoon at lunch time, she asked her daughters-in-law to bring lunch to the workers, two of them refused with an excuse. The brothers waited anxiously to see which wife was carrying the basket of food. It was Rozafa, the wife of the youngest brother, who left her younger son at home. Embittered, the youngest brother explained to her what the deal was, that she was to be sacrificed and buried in the wall of the castle so that they could finish building it, and she didn’t protest but, worried about her infant son, she accepted being immured and made a request: “I have but one request to make. When you wall me in, leave a hole for my right eye, for my right hand, for my right foot and for my right breast. I have a small son. When he starts to cry, I will cheer him up with my right eye, I will comfort him with my right hand, I will put him to sleep with my right foot and wean him with my right breast. Let my breast turn to stone and the castle flourish. May my son become a great hero, ruler of the world”.
The views from the fortress is amazing. The castle position offers wonderful panoramas on the Shkodra Lake, the place where merge the rivers Drin, Kir and Bruna, the surroundings mountains up to the foot of the Dinaric Alps and on the Shkodra city itself.
Installation in the hotel and enjoy for a while its private garden.
Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 2

Lake Koman - Shkodra

Early departure (around 7:00 am) to take the direction of the Koman ferry terminal, located at approximately at 60 km from Shkodra.
Koman Lake was first created as an artificial lake for one of the three hydropower plants built on Black Drin cascade. It was some years ago that regular ferry boats were used to connect the area with the city of Bajram Curri and further with Gjakova area in Kosovo.
The boat trip lasts approximately three hours while visitors can admire the beauty of the surrounding landscape, small villages that lie on the bank of the lake and several river mouths. The lake is considered to be one of the most beautiful destinations in Albania. It is highly praised by Albanian and international visitors, especially by those attracted to mountains.

Enjoy the one day tour on the Koman Lake. The ferry starts from Koman terminal at 9:00 am and will sail 40 to 45’ before arriving to Peace Island. During the cruise, some short stops at different characteristic stations are foreseen. Many activities are possible on the island such as swimming, kayaking, hiking.. However, go a little bit further to explore the magic environment and the virgin beach that only the Shala river can offer. This is the hidden paradise. A small boat will go there. Enjoy the place, swim, do whatever you wish, nobody can see or hear you, except the eagles.
At 13:00 pm a lunch is foreseen at Peace Island and after some photos and the traditional coffee, it will be time to return to Koman, where you will arrive around 15:30 pm.
Return to the hotel around 17:00 pm, get some well-deserved rest while enjoying a refreshing drink at the terrace and share your daily impressions.
Dinner in a traditional restaurant and overnight in the hotel.

Day 3


After the breakfast get ready for a cultural day in Shkodra. This multifaceted city has had a traditionally rich artistic life and an enormous contribution to Albanian culture. Shkodra is the cradle of the most important Albanian poets, like Migjeni, painters like Kol Idromeno and Edi Hila, and photographers, the Marubi Family. Shkodra houses the haunting Marubi National Photography Museum, which displays the first photo taken in Albania, and the Venice Art Mask Factory, where a local master produces the same intricate masks used in the Venice carnivals and Las Vegas shows. A city of myths and legends, the foundations of the famous Castle of Shkodra are said to be held by the body of Rozafa, the beautiful young mother who sacrificed herself for it. You will find that this naturally beautiful city has an abundance of mirrors in the Adriatic Sea, the Lake of Shkodra and the Buna River. Otherwise called the “city of bicycles,” the city’s views are best admired while pedaling in the open air!
Visit of the Venice Art Mask Factory which contains the most diverse and exquisite collection of Venetian masks. The display of styles and colors is enough to immediately transport you to the atmosphere of the Venice Carnevale! But, here we are in Shkodër, where the passion, creative genius and business acumen of Edmond Angoni has enabled the creation of one of the most important mask factories in the world!
The sheer originality and quality of these works, in addition to the fact that each mask is treated as a unique work of art, has contributed to this factory’s increase in worldwide popularity. The brand includes eight shops in Venice and one in Las Vegas. In addition, the factory supplies luxury shops from Dubai all the way to Australia. Today, Angoni’s factory has become a global empire!
Visit of the site of the site of the Witness and Memory (Not for children under 12 years old). The Site of Witness and Memory is the only memorial which commemorates the victims of the communist regime from Shkodra. Being one of the main centers of Communist repression in Albania, the city where an Atheist Museum with anti-religious propaganda was built after the Cultural Revolution of 1967, this museum tells the story of people who suffered for their beliefs and moral integrity. The most interesting part are the original pre-trail holding cells with a small opening for natural light, commonly called holes (because of their small dimension and few light) where prisoners were kept and tortured until their initial trial appearance.
Visit of the Marubi National Photogtaphy Museum. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. How much worth then would be found in Marubi’s collection of 400,000 hauntingly-beautiful photographs of Albanian life, spanning from 1850 until today?
The Marubi National Photography Museum, now conveniently located along the main promenade of the city of Shkodër, displays an extensive collection of negatives mounted on glass plates. The impeccably organized and classified collection is arranged according to the subject and year the photograph was taken – and includes the first-ever photograph taken of Albania, captured in 1858! The two-story building is home to the studio of famous photographer Pietro (Pjetër) Marubi, the one they say, who started it all.
When Pietro Marubi, an Italian political exile, opened his studio in Shkodër, he could not have predicted its enduring and successful 150-year history. Nor could he have foreseen the influence the institution would go on to have on Albanian photography, medicine, and architecture – as well as the impact it would have on the nation’s arts and culture in general. Following his death, one of his Albanian students inherited the studio, who in turn left it to his children, thus creating the famous Marubi dynasty, and the greatest photographic tradition in the country.
Pietro Marubi dedicated his 40-year career to taking thousands of photographs of significant national events, as well as portraying daily life in Albania. Many of them are portraits of ordinary Albanian citizens, but also include photos of influential figures such as Edith Durham. There’s an avant-garde twist to many of the pieces in this fascinating collection, as Marubi captured images of courtesans of the time, whose striking photos represent the first nudes taken in Albania. Marubi’s photographic subjects were often people-focused, capturing all strata of society, making his work particularly personal, human, and fascinating to view.

Walk on the Promenade – “Kolë Idromeno” Street, Shkodra. The Promenade in Shkodra captures some of the European aesthetic experience with its decorative and delicate designs, that pave the historic street of this artistically-infused city.
Just a few meters short of 1km in length at 800m long, the Promenade in Shkodra is paved entirely with beautifully-decorated cobblestones. Recently-renovated, this promenade recalls the architecture of ages gone by, when there was arguably a greater appreciation for time and patience when crafting things of lasting beauty. As a result, this picturesque promenade reflects this time, beauty, and quietude of the ones who tread on it.
The Promenade has become one of the most alluring touristic attractions in the country in recent years. Much like in the revered walkways of many old European towns, here the old and the new seamlessly align. Locals and tourists walk along it to the rhythms of music, their constant companion on this bustling avenue. This street has always been one of the city’s most populated, since its construction during the 20thcentury.
Visit of the St Stephen’s Cathedral – Center next to the Promenade. One of the grandest in the Balkans, the Cathedral of Shkodra has had an extraordinary story of survival. The Cathedral of St. Stephen, the patron saint of the city of Shkodra, is also known as the Great Church. Once upon a time, the cathedral was located within the walls of the Rozafa Castle. In 1478, the Ottoman invasion of the fortified city saw the church transformed into a mosque. Hundreds of years later, in 1852, the city’s catholic community officially requested the Sultan to rebuild the cathedral in Shkodra. After seven years, in April of 1858, the construction of the cathedral began. The main structure is beautiful, exhibiting a striking resemblance to that of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Old photographs of the church show the beautiful frescoes adorning its interior, all pained by the famed local artist, Kol Idromeno. In 1967, during the Communist period, the cathedral became the Palace of Sports. This, coincidentally, helped preserve the structure! When the system collapsed, the city’s Catholic community reclaimed the cathedral.
A lunch will be organized around 13:00 pm. Enjoy local bars and cafes. Enjoy the dynamism of the city.
Then short drive up to the Shiroka village which lays alongside the shore of the Shkodra lake. You may enjoy an evening walk on its renewed center, the sunset above the lake and a dinner based on the lake specialities.

Overnight in the hotel.

Day 4

Shkodra – Boks - Lotaj

After the breakfast it will be time to take the public minibus and get the direction of Lotaj. It will take approximately 5 to 6 hours without stoping.
Drive northeast up to the village of Boks to admire the 18° century stone bridge of Mesi which spans over the Kir river. It has an intriguing architecture with round slick stones and stone plates. After that visit, expect a long road, which will be unpaved from Prekal up to Lotaj. But the rewards are there. Unspoiled sites, villages and hamlets, authentic Albanian people, farmers, shepherds, monks, virgin landscapes, fauna and flora, they all will be at the disposal of your amazement.
The road will always follow the bed of the Kir river up to the hamlet of Kir and later will follow the banks of the river Shala. All along the itinerary some stops are foreseen to either enjoy a moment of detent while enjoying the beauty of the surroundings scenery, the river gorge, the mountains, the forests, the pastures and all these attractions that the nature offers, or a refreshing drink.
The guesthouse is located just at the exit of Lotaj. It is a traditional important old authentic farm which has recently being transformed into a warm place for visitors. Bukurije – which means beautiful and Oliver will welcome you with the level of hospitality that comes from their ancestors, and transmitted from generation to generation. This old kulla (tower) has the particularity to have been built on the top of the hill and offers a 360° view on the surroundings ridges and mountains and on the Shala valley. This peaceful place will let you breathless and speechless.
Installation in the guesthouse and sharing some moments of life with the host family while discovering the place.
Dinner and overnight in the guesthouse
Day 5


After the breakfast, the day belongs to you. Spend your day walking around seeking for livestock grazing in pasture areas or wildlife traces or simply discover the flora, go to the Shala river to swim or to try to catch trouts hidden behind the rocks resting on the riverbed. Follow the Shala river and enjoy the beautiful Porta e Shales, a natural rock formation that was carved out by the river which today gives the impression that a door opens onto two worlds, the second world being the Theth National Park.
Participate with the housewife at the preparation of the local specialties that you will certainly enjoy during the lunch or the dinner.
Dinner and overnight in the guesthouse.
Day 6

Lotaj – Nderlysaj - Lotaj

After the breakfast and the preparation of the picnic, get the public minibus and direction Nderlysaj located inside the Theth National Park.
Drive up to the Grunas Canyon where the water of the Theth river has carved its bed into the limestone rock to form a gorge about 2 km long, 60 meters high and between 2 and 40 meters wide. Icy and clear water flows. A little further short walk to admire a place of rare beauty listed as an Albanian heritage site, the Grunas waterfall, whose last waterfall is 30 meters high. The river Theth is crystal clear and foamy in some places. One of the most distinguished properties of this river is the abundance of mountain trouts.
Walk back to Ndërlysa where the river Lumi i Zi (‘Black River’), in its upper stream consists of a raging torrent which carves a path through the rocks before reaching the tranquil lowlands, merges with the Theth river to become the river Shala (Lumi I Shalës), which ultimately flows into the Drin. Swim into the Vaska of Nderlysaj (the blue pools). For motivated families, walk along the Lumi I Zi for approximately 40’ (one way) to reach the hamlet of Kaprre and its Blue Eye. Formed by erosion, it is about 100 m² and has a depth of up to 5 meters. You may swim and enjoy a refreshing drink.
Back to the guesthouse and enjoy the place, before preparing the dinner with Bukurije.
Dinner and overnight in the guesthouse.
Day 7

Lotaj – Theth – Shkodra

After the breakfast, it is time to say good-bye to Bukurije and Oliver and to take the direction of Theth using the public minibus. The road between Lotaj and Theth is unpaved. Theth National Park combines the beauty of mountains with majestic rivers, stunning waterfalls and lagoons as blue as one could ever imagine. No mere picture will do justice to its true beauty, you must experience Theth in the flesh!
“Paradise is here, my good man. God, give me no other paradise!” This passage, from Nikos Kazantzakis’ Freedom and Death, rings particularly true when you find yourself in the midst of Theth National Park. Surrounded by rugged mountains, enwreathed with nature of the highest magnificence, Theth may resemble a postcard but this is as real as it gets!
In Theth, take your time to pay a visit to the small Ethnographic museum, to the Lock-in tower, the typical Church of Theth and of course to the Gjeçaj waterfall. After the visit, embark into your private van and direction Shkodra. You will need approximately 4:00 hours to reach Shkodra.
On your way to Bogë and then Koplik, the mountainous road will offers gorgeous sceneries, views and memories for both your eyes and cameras.
Accommodation and dinner in the hotel.
Day 8

Shkodra – Muriqan - Virpazar

Then direction Muriqan. Head for Montenegro along the Velipojie Nature Park, cross the border in Muriqan and direction Bar. The old town of Stari Bar is perched on the authors about 4 km from the current port city. Stari Bar was partially destroyed by the Ottomans in 1878 and supplemented by the 1979 earthquake. The route crossed the new port city and will continue towards Virpazar.
Accompanied by their children, Zorka and Toman, the owners of the accommodation place, welcome their guests like close friends or relatives and have been doing so since 1960 to the present day in exactly the same way. It was in 1960 that the hotel took its first tourist steps, organizing ten-people motorboat tours across Lake Skadar. From year to year, further development meant a more diverse choice of facilities, greater comfort, increasingly traditional interior and cuisine, more acquaintances and friends for the Zec family, and more emotions in the visitors’ book.
The hotel and the fleet of boats alike have their own history, pervaded by a special atmosphere and the charm of the odžaklija (the authentic fireplace room typical of the traditional Montenegrin household), a two-person boat, Toman’s hats, grape brandy, sponge cake and sweet basil.

Part of the hotel’s history are lengthy video tapes featuring films of this hotel, sometimes just appearing briefly as part of the set, and sometimes playing the main role. Many film and television crews focused their cameras right here. The Pelican was and still is a stopping place for artists, diplomats, politicians and chance travellers alike.
Installation in the hotel and sharing some moments of life with the host family while discovering the place.
Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Day 9


After the breakfast and eventually a participation in preparing the coming program, it is time to discover the Skadar Lake, its wildlife, its flora and its cultural heritage. Departure in a small cruise boat for approximately 4 to 5 hours. The Captain will lead the boat through the Lake and the Crnojevića river up to an antic ottoman bridge. It will then follow the coast to reach the village of Lipovik where stand the former residence of King Nikola. The cruise will continue to reach the hamlet of Kom and its Monastery. The monastery continued the cult of the Virgin Mary, which had been greatly expanded during the earlier rule of the Balšići. The monastery also continued the tradition of building mausoleums. The oldest frescoes in the monastery are from the second half of the 15th century.
During this wonderful cruise, the guests will have the opportunity to share some local snacks, to swim and to enjoy a refreshing mud bath.
Once back at the hotel, get a refreshing rest as a small walk awaits you around the Vir canal and a stop at the Fortress Besac. The fortification is one of the oldest military place properly preserved in Montenegro. It dates from the Ottoman Empire. It played the role as border checking point between the Slavic and Ottoman territories. If you wish, enjoy the walk up to the winery and get a taste of some local wines.
Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 10

Virpazar – Petrovac – Sveti Stefan – Budva - Virpazar

Today, visit of the Montenegrin Riviera. After the breakfast, the drive will lead the guests to Petrovac. This is a beautiful little city on the Montenegrin coast, in which even the Romans built villas. Walking through the promenade surrounded by century-old pine and palm trees, visitors can enjoy every step. Petrovac is an ideal place for family holidays. It has, a lot of extra activities, beautiful beaches, crystal clear sea water, playgrounds… children will enjoy the place so much.
The route continues towards Sveti Stefan, nicknamed the jewel of the Budva Riviera. Stevi Stefan was an ancient independent republic since the 12th century and since its existence, the place has been considered a pirate’s den. At the beginning of the 15th century, the island accepted the protectorate of the Republic of Venice to protect itself from the Ottomans. Under Tito, the last inhabitants of the island were expropriated and evacuated. Stefi Stefan became a luxury hotel casino where celebrities such as Orson Welles, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Kirk Douglas and many others developed their summer habits. Stevi Stefan is now a 5* luxury hotel. Unfortunately, access to it is therefore private.

Arrival in Budva. It is simply the tourist heart of Montenegro, famous for its sandy beaches, wild evenings and above all its well-preserved old town. Walk into the Stari Grad district. Lunch in Budva.

Once back to Virpazar, enjoy the peaceful lake while waiting for the dinner.
Overnight in the hotel

Day 11

Virpazar – Lepushë

After the breakfast, it will be time to take the direction of the most remote region of Albania. It is approximately a 3 hours drive plus a border crossing point to pass at Hani I Hotit.
Just after Virpazar, the itinerary will pass next to the Fort Lesendro, and few minutes before Bistrice, will reach the Vranjina Monastery that is located on the south-eastern side of the Vranjina Island, high above the Morača Delta. The position of the St. Nicolas’ church on the top of the hill is magnificent. The monastery was founded in 1233 and is thus the oldest monastery on Skadar Lake. Due to its strategic location, it suffered from Turkish attacks and in 1843 it was turned into a Turkish fortress with barracks. King Nikola rebuilt it in 1886, but after World War II it was burned and abandoned – until 1998, when the restoration of the church began.
The itinerary will quickly reach the Montenegrin village of Bistrice, which is one of the northern entrance door for the Skadar Lake National Park. Two Thirds of Skadar Lake is in Montenegro and the rest is in Albania. Skadar Lake is the largest lake at the Balkan Peninsula, with fresh water and one of the largest national parks in Montenegro. It is stated that 270 kinds of birds inhabit this Lake. Around 90% of birds are migratory and are of international importance. During migrating season, white little egret, white spoonbill and various kinds of ducks pass over this region. Cormorant nest in north swamps and represent one of three most important colonies in the world. Rare and endangered kind of curly pelican nest at floating peat islands in north end of the Lake. There are 50 species of fish living in the Lake and 3 snake like. The most important from economic point of view are ukljeva and carp. World of plants of this park is very important and is different from the regions where there are often floods, little stone islands and steep mountain cliffs. There are three rare and protected plants and trees and large number (30 +) of rare plants in park. In region of Skadar Lake there are 20 monasteries, churches, villages, fortresses and sacred monuments. This lake is witness of Montenegrin history from 11th century up to now. Around Lake itself there are 18 important historic monuments.
After Bistrice, direction Albania and the border crossing point of Hani I Hotit. Once in Albania, lunch break.
The Kelmend region is home to some of the most impressive landscapes in the Albanian Alps. 8 days in the footsteps of Mary Edith Durham or Baron Franz Nopcsa or more recently the historian and journalist Indro Montanelli. To relive the same emotions of these explorers, adventure lovers are invited to discover unforgettable landscapes, uncontaminated nature and the exploration of ancient traditions and customs.
The unspoiled villages have many treasures to explore. Peace and tranquility will be the outcome of exposure to family life. The journey is embellished by the wit and hilarity of Kelmendas people making hospitality a sacred law, unchanged over the years, the same that at the beginning of last century led Mary Edith to fall in love with Northern Albania.
Hikers will never be satisfied from this mystic region and will always ask for more.

For those who thirst for winding roads and spectacular views, the road from Hani I Hotit to Lepushë can be the very embodiment of adventure travel. Following the Montenegro border, the road will pass through Broje, which looks like a fortress attached to the cliffs, then Tamarë and Selca, which is famous for its natural monuments, historical and cultural sites.
Stop in Tamarë where you can enjoy a short visit such as the Blue Eye – where you can swim in its icy crystal water, or visit the numerous agro-shops.
Then Lepushë. The hamlet takes its name from a yellow flowering plant that grows in the region. Lepushë, is truly a land of natural beauty surrounded by the high peaks of the cursed mountains, pastures and forests. It is one of the snowiest regions in Albania. The local economy depends on livestock, agriculture, crafts and recently tourism. An important event in the region is the ‘Lugu I Bjeshkeve’ festival, an annual event that goes back centuries and brings together locals and tourists. Young women from the Kelmend region and the diaspora dressed in traditional clothing and participate in a beauty contest. It is usually held in August and is considered one of the most original traditional Albanian events.
Zef and his family will welcome you with the same warm hospitality which made this region the home of some of the most famous writers and explorers centuries ago. Widely open on the surrounding impressive mountains and on the Lepushe circus, the guesthouse offers views on the lush meadows and the river valley. The place simply invites its visitors to enjoy and relax within the land where the present seems to be the pass, where visitors can witness the centuries-long dialogue between human kind and the nature. Zef and his family will make you discover the unspoilt virgin nature and to enjoy their characteristic local products.
Installation in the guesthouse and sharing some moments of life with the host family while discovering the place. R
Dinner and overnight in the guesthouse.

Day 12


After the breakfast and eventually a participation in preparation of the picnic. The daily hike will go up to the hills of Dobkul to discover the fabulous beauty of the nature. Horse or mule will accompany the guests to offer some horse rides to the kids. The journey will take approximately 4 hours (without the lunch stop).
The hike is called The Paja hiking (30c). Walk along the hills of Dobkul in the beech forests and alpine pastures to reach the so-called Paja place. Return to Lepushë along the border with Montenegro and descend to the very heart of the Lepushë circus.
Once back in Lepushe, get some rest or share some moments of life with the host family as the housewife will certainly wait for you to show and teach you how to prepare one of her specialty.
Dinner and overnight in the guesthouse.
Day 13

Vermosh – Gusinje - Grebaje - Lepushë

After the breakfast, direction the Montenegro and the Prokletije National Park. The road will follow the Lijpusa valley up to the very last Albanian village, Vermosh. The village speads out all along the banks of the Lumi I Grënçarës. According to the legend, three brothers Seli, Vuli and Nili founded Vermosh, names which are eponymous to the villages of Selca, Vukli and Nikci. Part of the Malësor highlanders, the local Kelmendi mountain tribe was well known for its warring tradition, mostly against foreign occupiers. Drive up to the Catholic church of St John, turn back and direction the border crossing post.
Gusinje is one of the numerous entrance inside the Prokletije National Park, which gathers three national parks, one in Montenegro and 2 in Albania (Theth National Park & Valbona Valley National Park). This grandiose mountain massif, with its beauty and uniqueness attracts attention of all visitors. Relief is jagged, with numerous peaks, gorges, steep slopes, alps-like river valleys and other natural phenomena. Glacial lakes, large and small streams, springs and wells of drinking and mineral water, rivers, underground aquifers and mountain ponds will leave you breathless. in Gusinje visit of the center, the Vizier mosque from the eighteenth century, the tower and the church of St. George. On the eastern suburb of Gusinje, just after the Prokletije National Park visitors center, stop at the Ali Pasha springs. This is one of the premium attraction of the National Park. The river is formed by many small springs which is unique and spectacular. The icy water is so clean that many local people and visitors drink it directly from the spot. Lunch by the springs.
Back to Gusinje and direction Vusanje. Visit this typical hamlet and let your mind wander before the beauty of the Ropojona valley which opens its jaws just in front you. Short walk up to the “eye of a grasshopper” a natural blue eye attraction.
Then direction Grebaje by following the banks of the Crna dolja river. Juste before Grebaje, stop to admire its waterfall and canyon. Keep walking along the river and you will reach a couple of small lakes and the Grebaje valley opens its arms just in front of eyes. Stretch out your arms and reach for the peaks that culminate in front of you, there, in Albania.
Back to Gusinje and return to Albania and Lepushë.
Free time and moments to share with the host family up to the dinner and overnight in the guesthouse.
Day 14

Lepushë – Kruja

It is time to return towards the Albanian capital. Road to Kruja, an ancient medieval city with its Skanderbeg Museum, one of the most visited places in Albania. Accessible via the bazaar, it is located in the heart of the historic citadel of Kruja and is dedicated to the Albanian national hero, Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg. The museum offers collections of objects dating from most of the wars that took place during the 15th century between the Albanians and the Ottomans.
According to the arrival time in Kruja, visit of the Ethnographic Museum of Kruja, which is located in the citadel in a house that belonged to one of the wealthiest families of the 18th century. It presents, in a decor of ornate ceilings and sumptuous murals, objects and scenes of life that allow us to understand how an Albanian family lived in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Dinner in a traditional restaurant and overnight at the hotel.
Day 15

Kruja - Rinas

Free time in Kruja up to the departure time.
Accommodation in guesthouses, hotel 3* and hotel 4* 14* Breakfasts, 13* lunches or picnics and 14* dinners
Private transportation 1* horse or mule as specified under the program (children only – adults upon request and additional cost)
All visits and activities mentioned in this program. Free visit in Kruja (day 14) All local taxes
A 0.5l bottle of water per person is served with meals
All personal expenses of participants All visits not mentioned in this program
Lunches days 1 and 15 Dinner day 15
Any expenses related to the car rental as per contract agreement between the hirer and the car rental company Beverages not mentioned above, such as alcohols
Tips and gratuities Travel insurance
Air transport

  • Tour based on arrival and departure times before 11:30 am.
  • Depending on the season and/or the availability of the restaurants, dinners may be taken in the hotels.
  • Local guiding services (city private local tour) can be proposed upon request.
  • Additional services (such as 2 horses or mules) can be provided upon request.
  • Kid: is considered as kid every child having an age between 4 to 11.99 years old.
  • The above mentioned program is not adapted for kids below 3.99 years old.
  • In guesthouses, the room(s) might be shared between the member of the family. Generally one bathroom to share with other guests.
  • In hotels, when possible family room or equivalent is provided

 Maximum 15 persons included at least 8 adults. 

Morning in Albanian mountains by Kryštof Svatoň
Lepushe by Granit Temaj
Morning in Albanian mountains by Kryštof Svatoň
Pelikans from Skadar lake
Shkodra OpenStreetMap Albania (geo referenced photos)
Skadar Lake picturesque view by Andrey Sulitskiy
Street in Shkodër by NH53
Theth by Bruno Rijsman
Virpazar perspective.jpg
Guesthouse Lotaj2 for Savatours Incoming

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