Upon arrival at the airport of Tirana airport, you will be welcomed by a Rahhalah representative, and you will be transferred to Shkoder (approx. a 1.5-hour drive).
Shkoder is one of the most ancient cities in the Balkans: a medieval town with a rich history which, throughout the centuries, has retained its metropolitan status thanks to its strategic position close to thetrade routes of the land and sea.
Depending on your arrival time, you may explore the city, before the group reassembles for dinner and a briefing with your guide.
The next two days will be spent on the mountains, so you will carry only the necessary gear, while the rest of your luggage will be transferred directly to Montenegro.
Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Shkoder.
After an early breakfast, you will head to the village of Theth in the Prokletije Mountain (approx. a 3-hour drive). The ride is an adventure by itself, as the road is very narrow and in bad condition.
Theth is the starting point of your hike, and from there, you will head to Valbona (1,800 m altitude), a village in the Valbona Valley National Park in the Albanian Alps of northern Albania. The path is also known as “the Peaks of the Balkans”and takes you through stunning landscapes and scenery.
Hiking distance: 14 km.
Hiking duration: around 6-7 hours.
Overnight in a mountain house or private lodge.
After breakfast, you will continue your hiking adventure, as the trail takes you across the mountains into Montenegro. Since you will not pass through the regular border, Crossing-Over-Mountain permissions will be prepared in advance. On the way, you will stop for lunch (packaged), having the opportunity to take a few more pictures of the landscape.
The trail is a challenging hike, but, at the same time, its beauty is renowned. Valbona Valley (in Albania) and Ropojana Valley (in Montenegro) have been competing since time immemorial as to which is the most beautiful one – we wonder which one you will choose! Your trip will end at the borders of the Prokletije National Park.
Hiking distance: 17 km.
Hiking duration: around 8 hours.
Overnight in mountain houses.
After two days of intense hiking, this day will be a more relaxing one. You can enjoy breakfast at leisure with stunning views of the mountains before you embark (at 11 am) into your exploration of Montenegro.
You will start from Vusanje and will drive to Plav, a picturesque town next to a beautiful, glacial lake (approx. a 30-min drive). At Plav, you will visit the Redzepagic Tower – an old house-museum – to observe details of the rural life in the region.
From Plav, you will drive to Zabljak (approx. a 2.5-hour drive), to enjoy the rest of the day relaxing or exploring the charming town at your own pace.
Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Zabljak
Today, prepare for an exhilarating rafting adventure in the heart of the Durmitor National Park, passing by the deepest part of the canyon (at 1380 m). You will raft for 12 km straight, from the second camp to Lever Tara (Žugića Luke) with a short visit to the River Angry: tributary of Tara River, registered in the Guinness Book as the strongest European wellspring of 1000 liters per second and the shortest European river with a length of only 170 meters. You will also go on a tour around the monastery of Archangel Michael dating to the 13thcentury, and you will relax, swimming in the green whirlpools known as “Paradise Gardens”.
- The price includes the rafts, utility fees, compulsory insurance, tickets to Durmitor National Park, licensed rafting guides, and lunch during the trip.
- Minimum group size: 5 people.
You will later return to Zabljak to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Zabljak.
After breakfast, you will say Zabljak goodbye and head to Canyon Nevidio for a canyoning tour.
Canyon Nevidio, or also known as “Never Seen by God”, is 2-km long, formed by Komarnica River.The contrast between its beauty and roughness will amaze you, forcing you to explore the boundaries of your limits. This adventure invites you to jump from high cliffs, swim in freezing water, and hike from the bottom of the canyon to the top - perhaps the most difficult feat of all.
In the end, you will enjoy a well-deserved lunch in an eco-friendly restaurant/resort with amazing views of Poscenje: arguably the most beautiful village in Montenegro.
Later in the evening, you will head to Podgorica (approx. a 2-hour drive), where you will check-in in your hotel and relax for the day.
Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Podgorica.
After breakfast, you will check out and head to Cetinje, (approx. a 1-hour drive): the former capital of Montenegro and cradle of the Montenegrin culture. There, you will visit the beautiful Court of King Nicholas and, as you listen to the stories of the past, you will be amazed by the feministic trends implemented by some of King Nicholas’ daughters.
You will then move to Budva, where you will go on a guided tour through the old town, before enjoying a farewell dinner by the sea, soothed by the lapping of the waves on the shore.
Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Budva.
After breakfast, and depending on your departure details, you will be transferred to the Podgorica or Tivat International Airport for your flight back home.