Get a taste of the Albanian life on this 3 days trip to Northern Alps of Albania. Replete with gorgeous scenery and all the fantastic food and local drinks you’d expect, you’ll unwind on an organic cheese farm and learn how the famous traditional local cooking are made. With a local family as your host, you’ll get an in-depth look at what an Albanian hospitality is like. Walk along the stunning alps, visit the canyon and enjoy the time with the local people. Don’t just be a tourist in Albania, experience the hospitality.
What to Expect
Spectacular mountain scenery and challenging mountain trek. Delicious traditional food and warm hospitality from the local people, be prepared to be amazed by this lifetime experience in the Albanian Alps.
Day 1. Tirane – Hot (Cheese farm tour)- Tamare – Lepushe (Overnight)
Departing from Tirana at 9am or pick up from Mother Teresa Airport we will head toward the city of Shkoder. The scenery along the drive is spectacular with views of the small villages along the way. History buffs will love learning about the town’s colorful history and mainly Catholic population. Short break at Shkodra town. Afterward we will continue our amazing trip toward north Albania at Hot village. Here we will visit a local cheese farm factory running by a family. We will experience the process of cheese making and taste different cheese flavors. After this experience will head towards the valley of Vermosh with lovely pit-stops at Leqet e Hotit and Tamare before arriving in Lepushe. This area is predominantly Catholic and remains true to the traditional ways of life in rural Albania. Hospitable guesthouses will host us for 2 nights. Dinner will be served by the guesthouse with traditional cuisine.
Day 2. Lepushe – Vermosh
After a relaxing morning we will visit the wonders of the area. First, we will visit the sparkling waterfall, then continuing with the old stone mill and the small canyon. On this day we will experience also the atmosphere of staying with the local people. You can also participate on local cuisine, while the woman of the guesthouse will prepare the lunch or dinner for the guests. We will visit also some guesthouses that made a small museum with dressings and old stuff of the area.
Day 3. Shkoder – Rozafa castle – Tirane
Breakfast at the local guesthouse and we will be ready to leave the Albanian alps by driving back in Tirana. On the way back we will make some important stops to know more of the Albanian history. In Shkodra, we will visit the Rozafa castle. Rozafa Castle rises imposingly on a rocky hill, 130 meters above sea level, surrounded by the Buna and Drin rivers. From the top of the castle you can see the Shkodra Lake and the city of Shkodra. Meantime you will hear the legend of the castle which is amazing and sad at the same time. Afterward we will have another traditional lunch and head back to Tirana by finishing this amazing experience.
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