Hiking trip Albania and North Macedonia

Insider tips in southeastern Europe
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Dates (10 days) 28.09.2024 - 06.10.2024 from/to Luxembourg, other airports on request
Number of travellers 10-15 participants

Insider tips in southeastern Europe

Original villages and great natural landscapes, magnificent mountain panoramas, hospitable Albanians and North Macedonians, plus a pinch of history and many local specialties. This hiking trip takes you to the untouched mountain regions of eastern Albania, to small fishing villages and towns on Lake Ohrid and to the Galichica National Park in North Macedonia. You explore the historic towns of Voskopoje and Korçe, discover hidden Byzantine gems, visit the national shrine of Skanderbeg in the medieval mountain town of Kruja, the Neolithic settlement on Lake Ohrid and get to know the modern capital Tirana.

The 3-4* accommodations selected for this trip reflect the diversity of Albania and North Macedonia: centrally located and modern city hotels, a lovingly furnished guest house with warm-hearted hosts, an atmospheric boutique hotel in a former caravanserai and a wellness resort near the picturesque Ohrid Lake.

Guided trip in German.

  • Enjoy nature

Travel itinerary

Day 1 Off to Albania
  • Flight Luxembourg-Munich (8 p.m. – 9:05 p.m., Lufthansa
  • Onward flight Munich-Tirana (9:50 p.m. – 11:35 p.m., Lufthansa)
  • transfer to the hotel.
  • Overnight stay at the Hotel Senator**** in Tirana
  • Night
Day 2 Tirana's Hausberg
  • Visit to Bunk’Art 1
  • Cable car ride to Dajti (1613m)
  • Lunch
  • Hike to the nearby summit of Tujanit (1511 m)
  • Hiking route: approx. 8 km, medium, 493 metres ↑ 493 metres ↓
  • Return journey to the hotel
  • Dinner in a local restaurant
  • Overnight stay at the Hotel Senator****
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Diner
  • Night
Day 3 Kruja & Skanderbeg
  • Drive to Kruja
  • Stroll through the bazaar
  • Visit to the museum (Skanderbeg Castle)
  • Drive to Elbasan
  • Walk through the old town
  • Dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Overnight stay at the Hotel Imperial**** in Elbasan
  • Breakfast
  • Diner
  • Night
Day 4 Hike: to Via Egnatia, Voskopoje
  • Transfer to the starting point
  • Hike to Via Egnatia
  • Hiking distance: Approx. 8 km, medium, approx. 460 m ↑ approx. 460 m ↓
  • Lunch in a small fishing town
  • Drive to Voskopoje
  • Dinner and overnight at the hotel/guesthouse Pashuta*** in Voskopoje
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Diner
  • Night
Day 5 Hike to Shipske
  • Hike (from/to the hotel) to the small village of Shipske
  • Hiking distance: Approx. 11 km, medium, approx. 400 m ↑ approx. 400 m ↓
  • Lunch picnic
  • Visiting a family in Voskopoje
  • Dinner at a local restaurant
  • Overnight stay in the Pashuta guesthouse***
  • Breakfast
  • Diner
  • Lunchbox
  • Night
Day 6 Hike: Voskopoje, cultural Korçe
  • Hike around Voskopoje
  • Hiking distance: Approx. 12 km, medium, approx. 466 m ↑ approx. 466 m ↓
  • Lunch in the guest house
  • Drive to Korce
  • Korçe city tour
  • Visit to the local brewery
  • Dinner in the hotel restaurant
  • Overnight stay at the boutique hotel Hani i Pazarit*** in Korçe
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Diner
  • Dégustation
  • Night
Day 7 Hike: To the Magaro, Ohrid
  • Trip to Lake Ohrid (North Macedonia)
  • Coffee break at the Church of Sveti Naum
  • Hike to the peak of Magaro (Galichica National Park)
  • Hiking route: Approx. 8.5 km, moderately demanding, approx. 680 m ↑ approx. 680 m ↓
  • Lunch picnic
  • Free time in Ohrid
  • Dinner at a local restaurant
  • Overnight stay at the Hotel Unique Resort & Spa**** in Ohrid
  • Breakfast
  • Diner
  • Lunchbox
  • Night
Day 8 Jungsteinzeit / Wanderung bei Velostovo / Kochkurs
  • Trip to Bone Bay and visit to the Neolithic settlement (museum)
  • Hike from Velostovo to Elshani
  • Hiking route: Approx. 7 km, easy, approx. 150 m ↑ approx. 200 m ↓
  • Cooking with the local population (pita/pie)
  • Free time in Ohrid
  • Overnight stay at the Hotel Unique Resort & Spa****
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Night
Day 9 Hike: Gracen-Ismeti, capital Tirana
  • Transfer to the starting point
  • Hike Graçen-Ismeti
  • Hiking route: Approx. 9 km, easy, approx. 200 m ↑ approx. 200 m ↓
  • Lunch in a local restaurant
  • Continue to Tirana
  • City tour of Tirana
  • Farewell dinner at a local restaurant
  • Overnight stay at the Hotel Senator**** in Tirana
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Diner
  • Night
Day 10 Return flight
  • Transfer to the airport.
  • Flight Tirana-Munich (11.45 a.m. – 1.40 p.m., Lufthansa)
  • Connecting flight Munich-Luxembourg (3:05 p.m. – 4:05 p.m., Lufthansa)
  • Breakfast
Program and flight times subject to change.
Caption:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Lunchbox / Picnic
  • Tasting
  • Night

Prices (per person)

Double/twin room
2.475 €
Single room
2.705 €

Minimum number of participants 10, maximum number of participants 15.

Included services:

Flight with Lufthansa Luxembourg* – Munich – Tirana – Munich – Luxembourg* (Economy, fare class T/Q, subject to availability)
Airport fees and kerosene €190.00 (as of January 2024)
CO2 compensation for flights and land-based services via Atmosfair
3 nights at the Hotel Senator**** in Tirana, in a double room including breakfast.
1 night at the Hotel Imperial**** in Elbasan, in a double room including breakfast.
2 nights at the Hotel Guesthouse Pashuta*** in Voskopoje, in a double room including breakfast.
1 night in the boutique hotel Hani i Pazarit***(*) in Korçe, in a double room including breakfast.
2 nights at the Hotel Unique Resort & Spa**** in Ohrid, in a double room including breakfast.
5x lunch, 2x lunch picnic, 7x dinner
Transfers, hikes and sightseeing according to the program.
Travel literature.
Local German-speaking tour guides/hiking guides.
Planet B companion from/to Luxembourg (minimum number of 10 guests required)

Not included are: Lufthansa seat reservations, tips, meals not mentioned in the itinerary, drinks, insurance, additional activities and excursions, personal expenses.

*Other airports on request

Authentic and sustainable

  • Small group (10-15 travellers)
  • CO2 compensation for flights and land-based services (774 kg per passenger) via Atmosfair
  • Cooking with locals
  • Visit/drink coffee with a local family.
  • Visit to a local beer brewery including tasting.
  • Possibilities for engaging with the local community
  • Lunch and dinner in different restaurants allow you to get to know the local specialties.
  • Overnight stays in locally run hotels and guesthouses.

Important information

To enter the country, Luxembourg citizens need a passport that is valid for at least three months at the time of departure. The passport must be in good condition and have at least one blank page left. German citizens can also enter the country with an identity card, which must also be valid for three months after the end of the trip. All Covid-19-related restrictions have currently been lifted. We would like to point out that this may change depending on the pandemic situation (as of January 2024).

This trip mainly includes moderately difficult hikes with constant ascents and descents. This requires sturdy hiking boots with a good profile that reach above the ankle and a small backpack to carry a windbreaker, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and a 1l water bottle. Hiking poles are useful for ascending and descending the sometimes uneven paths, but are not absolutely necessary. We cannot accept any liability for any hiking accidents.

The tourism infrastructure in Albania and North Macedonia is not yet perfect in all parts of the country. You can expect authentic insights into people’s everyday lives, genuine hospitality and breathtaking mountain landscapes.

Almost all accommodations offer free WiFi, although network coverage is not always perfect. Please note that the hotels and lodges only offer non-smoking rooms. Unless otherwise mentioned, the tour price is based on standard rooms. If some of the accommodations we have booked are unforeseen to be unavailable, we will book a (preferably) equivalent alternative.

For air travel, our sales prices are generally based on special and tour operator tariffs of the airline(s) selected for the relevant trip. Therefore space is limited and additional charges are possible. After your booking request, we will inform you in the event of an additional charge before sending the travel confirmation with the new price.

With the travel documents you will receive further information about the trip and the destination country.

No insurance is included in the travel price. We strongly recommend taking out travel cancellation insurance that includes Covid-19 as well as appropriate travel health insurance that includes treatment (including quarantine) for Covid-19.

This trip is not suitable for guests with mobility issues. If necessary, please tell us the type of mobility restriction you have before booking and clarify with us whether we can meet your individual needs.

Planet B is a brand of Bollig Tours. Bollig Tours is therefore named as the organizer in our general travel conditions.

Related document(s)

For further information about the trip and accommodation, see 'Detailed travel description' – currently available in German only. Please contact us for more information.

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