Tour dates

01 - 11 May 2024

15 - 25 May 2024





SouthEast Albania – North Greece

 

OFF-ROAD TOUR DESCRIPTION.

Things to Know Before Travelling to Albania

Albania (Albanian: Republika e Shqipërisë) is a country in Southeast Europe. The country is located in the Balkans on the Adriatic and Ionian Seas within the Mediterranean Sea and shares land borders with Montenegro to the northwest, Kosovo to the northeast, North Macedonia to the east and Greece to the south. Spanning an area of 28,748 km2 (11,100 sq mi), it displays a varied range of climatic, geological, hydrological and morphological conditions. The country’s landscapes range from rugged snow-capped mountains in the Albanian Alps and the Korab, Skanderbeg, Pindus and Ceraunian Mountains, to fertile lowland plains extending from the coasts of the Adriatic and Ionian seas. Tirana is the capital and largest city in the country, followed by Durrës, Vlorë, and Shkodër.

In ancient times, the Illyrians inhabited northern and central regions of Albania, whilst Epirotes inhabited the south. Several important ancient Greek colonies were also established on the coast. In the 2nd century BCE, the region was annexed by the Roman Republic, and after the division of the Roman Empire it became part of Byzantium. The first known Albanian autonomous principality – Arbanon – was established in the 12th century. The Kingdom of Albania, Principality of Albania and Albania Veneta were formed between the 13th and 15th centuries in different parts of the country, alongside other Albanian principalities and political entities. In the late 15th century, Albania became part of the Ottoman Empire until 1912, when the modern Albanian state declared independence. In 1939, Italy invaded the Kingdom of Albania, which became Greater Albania, and then a protectorate of Nazi Germany during World War II. Following the war, the People’s Socialist Republic of Albania was formed, which lasted until the Revolutions of 1991 concluded with the fall of communism in Albania and eventually the establishment of the current Republic of Albania.

Albania is a unitary parliamentary constitutional republic. It is a developing country, ranking 67th in the Human Development Index, with an upper-middle income economy dominated by the service sector, followed by manufacturing. It went through a process of transition following the end of communism in 1990, from centralised planning to a market-based economy. Albania provides universal health care and free primary and secondary education to its citizens. Albania is a member of the United Nations, World Bank, UNESCO, NATO, WTO, COE, OSCE, and OIC. It has been an official candidate for membership in the European Union since 2014. It is one of the founding members of the Energy Community, including the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and Union for the Mediterranean.

What food is Albania known for?

The country’s cuisine is largely meat-based. Beef and veal are the most commonly consumed meats in Albania, followed by pork. Albania has many small eateries specializing in beef and lamb, goat and veal. In high elevation localities, smoked meat and pickled preserves are common.

What is the national drink of Albania?

Albania’s national drink is raki, a spirit made from fermented plums or grapes, with an anise-like flavour. The country also produces good red wine, and beer is widely available.

What and where we drive ?

  • Dajti mountain Pass
  • Sopot protected area
  • Valamara MT
  • Black Lake
  • Faqekuq Rock
  • Voskopoli National Park
  • Osumi Canyon
  • Benja thermal waters
  • Conitsa old Bridge
  • Grammos Mountain
  • Dosiko National Park
  • Pindos National Park

There are plenty Beautiful mountains and landscapes during our Offrod Tour throught Albania and Greece.

The south east Albania offers you the possibility to drive is some tracks which are used only by people who work in the forest but not from tourists and locals.

The starting point from our hotel on day one will take a short drive by asphalt to get transferred quickly in a very nice offroad track and in contine approaching Elbasan district area and through Gramsh area to the Korca district which is already East close to the border with Greece.

A tour that takes us through the South East Albania and  Northern Pindos Mountains close to the Albanian border. Shortly after Konitsa we enter the terrain and make our way through the mountains and after a drive by asphalt to get transferred to  abandoned villages and over weathered stretches to Plikati. From here we head to Grammos Mountain.

Also the Dosiko and Pindos National Parks are one of the most beautiful areas for off-road which are still accessible even because Greece is unde EU regulations.
What this tour makes so special is the combination in between the two countries with almost two different sides of driving and different road conditions.
The mountains in northern Greece are rich in forests, lakes and rivers. The rugged mountains offer unique panoramas and varied off-road routes. Here you should be prepared for everything: steep mountain passages, deep forests with muddy ground.

Length of time
10 days

 Type
Offroad tour

Aprox KM 
1000 KM

Vehicles
Maximum 8 Cars

Overnight stays
Wild Camp & Hotel
 The hotels are always beautiful oases of peace.
We spend the night in local, rustic inns and on beautiful natural campsites that hardly anyone has discovered before. Far away from the noise of the streets and electric light sources, we enjoy the starry sky with a clear view of the Milky Way around the campfire.

OUR STAY DOURING THE TOUR.

  • 3 nights in local guesthouses/hotels
  • 7 nights camping on particularly beautiful natural campsites (not campsites)

Supply options:
We pass through villages every 3 days where we can stock up on fuel and fresh provisions. 

How to reach Albania and meet with the Group?

The ferry takes you very quickly from Italy to Albania and from Durres to our meeting point its just 40 KM in the highway

What is the best way to get back Home? 

  • The easy way is taking the ferry from Igoumenitsa to Ancona Italy
  • Driving throught Balkans to Croatia and continue


Level of Difficulty: 🚩🚩  red flags

👉 2 🚩🚩      = Moderate.
With two red flags, you can drive off-road even if you are not experienced with off-road tracks in the forests or in some difficult tracks where are no risks.

Documents & Equipment.
-Passport or ID card
-All the necessary documents for your Car
-Insurance for Albania.
If your insurance company does not offer this service then I can buy it here, all you need is to send me a copy of your current insurance. in this way, we can start quickly the tour without losing time.

Equipment required for your Expedition:
– MT Tires, (BF Goodrich, Malatesta, Swamper, Simex).
– 4×4 Car prepared with Winch and Reducer
– CB radio or Mobile Radio

Camping equipment:
Everything that you need for the Camp-tour. Table, chairs, gas stove, cooking pots, cutlery, mugs, plates. etc. (Catering with fresh Bio Foods and fresh Meat we can stop every two days to the Mini Markets.

Note: The Above route and Plan during the trip may be modified depending on the weather conditions, technical conditions of the Cars, road conditions and other reasons…
In our tour we can have options to change time to time directions, it depends all on our speed during driving, what we like to do, easy or hard tracks will decide in our morning briefing after our Breakfast.
In most cases, I change the route when I see my customers that they really like something different…

Travel documents and itinerary will be delivered to you by E-mail

Discover with us breathtaking and original mountain landscapes in one of the wildest mountain regions in Europe, on the way on an exciting off-road and adventure tour through Albania. The country has impressive natural beauties such as sandy beaches on the Mediterranean, impressive mountain landscapes, fertile plains, large and small lakes, and many untouched areas. Albania has a long history that goes back to the Illyrians. There are many ancient ruins and other ancient treasures. Many different cultures have left traces, so the country can offer an interesting mix of architectural monuments and social influences.

Welcome to the Land of the Eagles – Welcome to Albania, the hidden natural gem of the Balkans!

Services Included in the Price:

      • ✔-The organization, hotel & restaurant bookings
        ✔-1 Local Guide multilanguage. English, Italian, Greek, and Spanish -fluent speaker-
        ✔-Free WIFI for our Customers
        ✔-2 Nights in typical hotels
        ✔-2 Dinners in the restaurants (excluding drinks)
        ✔-All entrance, fees and Parking’s 
        ✔-Assistance with technical and Mechanical problems
        ✔-Detailed travel documents

  • Services NOT Included in the Price:

    • ✖-Food and accommodation which are not included in the program
      ✖-Personal expenses
      ✖-Fuel for your vehicle
      ✖-Impairment costs
      ✖-Heavy Technical and Mechanical supports
      ✖-Insurance for your Car
      ✖-Other costs

      Important Information:
      If the group does not reach the minimum number of 4 cars we exclude the Hotel and restaurant payments because of low incomes to the Company.

      Group lower than 4 Cars we include:
      -The organization, Hotel & Restaurant bookings
      -1 Local Guide Multilanguage. English, Italian, Greek, and Spanish -fluent speaker-
      -Land Rover Discovery Tdi with all expenses
      -Free WIFI for our Customers
      -All entrance, fees, and Parking’s
      -Assistance with technical and Mechanical problems
      -Detailed travel documents

ALBANIA AND NORTH MACEDONIA PURE OFFROAD TRAILS ONLY

THE SECRET OFFROAD TRAILS OF ALBANIA. Travel with us because we drive on the tracks of the Bear. We bring you to the most Wilde tracks of Albania and at the same time, we give you the opportunity to explore as much possible. in this video, we have had very good weather, but with rain, these tracks become e REAL CHALLANGE. Out of Civilisation and in the middle of nowhere you cal feel relaxed and surprised when you wake up in the morning with the birds around singing for you..! Be part of the Adventure and I'm sure you will be surprised. Visit our website and make your Reservation. YOU ARE WELCOME.

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