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Albanian Riviera

Forage for fresh Mussels in Butrint, explore offshore islands by private boat & swim in the impossibly blue waters of Pasqyra Beach

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Max 14 travellers per group
  • Exclusively for people in their 30s & 40s
  • All activities mentioned on the itinerary
  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Stay in hand-picked 4-star hotels
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Local transport
  • Accommodation in twin rooms
  • Experienced Pack Leader with you throughout the trip

Flashpackers must provide evidence that they have purchased travel insurance for the duration of their adventure. Remember, flights aren't included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you'd like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our Customer Experience team.

ABOUT THIS TRIP

Dramatic mountains, alpine meadows, endless sea views and beaches to rival any of its Mediterranean neighbours, Albania is a rising-star destination – and our five-day escape immerses you in its charms.

A postcard-worthy beach break crossed with a culture-rich city weekender, this is a short trip big on unforgettable Flash Pack experiences. We’ll be cruising idyllic islands by private boat, gazing at awe-inspiring vistas from the Ceraunian Mountains and mussel-picking in lagoons fed by the Ionian Sea – as well as visiting historic sites and Ottoman towns – all the while feasting on traditional Albanian cuisine.

Albania’s on the up, and we can’t wait to showcase its Balkans brilliance. See you for a cocktail on the sand at sunset.

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An Albanian Riviera welcome
  • Arrive at your boutique hotel in the coastal city of Vlorë, following a private transfer from Tirana Airport
  • Take a guided tour of Vlorë to understand the history of this seaside city, where Albanian independence was declared in 1912
  • Get to know your group over sundowners and a welcome dinner at a traditional restaurant right on the sand
Jaw-dropping views & a private boat
  • Road trip down the coast to Ksamil, winding through the high-altitude zigzags of the Llogara Pass, boasting incredible views over the Ionian Sea
  • Stop off to marvel at the Big Bunker – a formidable Cold War-era fortification, 2,000 feet above sea level
  • Cruise Ksamil’s enchanting coastline on a private boat tour, stopping at quiet beaches and secluded coves to swim in the crystalline water
Dive for mussels in Butrint lagoon
  • Forage for oysters and mussels in Butrint lagoon, then learn how to prep and cook them using traditional techniques
  • Stroll the ancient ruins of Butrint, a Unesco site remarkable for its millennia-old ruins and natural beauty
  • Swim in the bluest water in the world at Pasqyra Beach and gather with your group to watch the stunning sunset
Crystalline springs & ancient cities
  • Hike through the forest to the Blue Eye spring; divers have descended to 50 metres, but nobody knows its true depth
  • Take a walking tour of Berat, a Unesco World Heritage site known for its hillside of well-preserved Ottoman houses
  • Celebrate the end of your trip with a farewell dinner of traditional Albanian cuisine, raising a toast to the adventures you’ve shared
The end of our Albanian adventure
  • Say goodbye to your fellow Flashpackers and make your way to the airport; your Pack Leader will be on hand to help you book a local taxi
  • Arrive home feeling invigorated after your short but sweet stay in Albania; in just five days you’ve opened your eyes to this up-and-coming destination

OUR FAVOURITE HOTELS

Here's a taste of the hotels we sometimes use on this adventure. The hotels you'll stay in for your departure will be shared with you one month before you go.

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Veranda Boutique, Vlorë

With generous views onto the palm-fringed coast, the small friendly Veranda Boutique Hotel is just moments from Vlorë Beach. Rooms are bright and contemporary, with a scenic garden, breakfast veranda and plenty of restaurants and cafés on its doorstep. The National Museum of Independence is a five-minute walk. 

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Blue Water Hotel, Ksamil

This modern hotel, with light, air-conditioned rooms, is perfectly placed to explore the beaches and restaurants of Ksamil, and the nearby Butrint National Park. Keen swimmers and sunbathers have plenty here; as well as beaches such as Ksamil and Bora Bora on the doorstep, there’s an outdoor pool too.

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Brilant Antik, Tirana

Hand-carved furnishings and traditional design accents are a highlight of this character-filled hotel located close to Tirana’s National Museum and National Art Gallery. Enjoy warm Albanian hospitality, spacious bathrooms and fine dining in the opulent hotel restaurant.

Important Notes

Which airport do I need to fly in and out of? Plus airport code

Fly into and out of Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza (TIA).

What time should my flight arrive (in time for the welcome meeting)?

We will do one group transfer at 2pm from Tirana Airport to Vlorë on Day 1. We recommend booking a flight that arrives before 1pm so you have time to collect your bags and clear immigration before meeting the group.

If you arrive early (or book a pre-night) you will be picked up from the hotel in Tirana at 2.30pm and continue to Vlorë with the rest of the group.

What time should my flight depart on the last day?

There are no planned activities on Day 5, so you can leave any time you like. We recommend taking an afternoon flight so you can relax in Tirana before you fly home. Your hotel will be 20-30 minutes away from the airport.

Are airport transfers included?

If you arrive on Day 1 of your adventure, or you book pre-tour accommodation with us, your airport arrival transfer will be included.

If you book alternative pre-tour accommodation or are arriving by another mode of transport you must arrange your own arrival transfer. You can join the group at Tirana Airport at 2pm on Day 1 for the group transfer to Vlorë.

We don’t offer a departure transfer as Flashpackers leave at different times of the day and many stay for extra nights. We will offer you support with finding a local taxi.

What fitness levels do I need for this adventure?

There will be a bit of walking involved, but overall this adventure does not require a high level of fitness. The hike to the Blue Eye takes about 20 minutes each way.

We recommend having a read-through of the itinerary above, and getting in touch if you have specific questions on fitness.

Will this itinerary change?

Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting.

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