The Best of the Via Dinarica

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4.5 Based on 13 Reviews
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  • Walking tour
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  • duration 13 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts Tirana, Albania
  • Ends Tirana, Albania
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  • Traditional shepherd hospitalityCross remote borders Wild mountain sceneryPicturesque mountain villages
Start and end in Tirana, the tour The Best Of The Via Dinarica is a guided walking tour that takes 13 days. You will be traveling through Tirana, Gradec, Plav and 7 other destinations in Albania and Montenegro. The Best Of The Via Dinarica is a small group tour which includes accommodation, transport and others. Please see the package includes section for further details.

Discover a network of old shepherd trails as we traverse through high alpine mountains, taking in vibrant forests and glacial lakes. The Via Dinarica trail spans nearly 2000km across Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia, Albania and Macedonia. This epic route cannot be completed in two weeks, so we explore the southern part of the Via Dinarica. The mountains encircling Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro offer some of the most remote and wild scenery. Picturesque mountain villages are inhabited by agricultural communities, where farming practices and traditional shepherd life have been preserved for generations. We enjoy breathtaking views as we cross remote borders with time to soak up the traditional shepherd mountain life along the way. With a slew of awards - Via Dinarica was National Geographic Traveller's "Best of the World" destination for 2017 - this is guaranteed to amaze and challenge the keen trekker.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 13 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Sep 20 2019
4 - Very Good
Solitary hiking in the Balkans
“This was a wonderful exploration of the mountains of Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro with knowledgable guides who led us across hillsides and on established trails. The meadows were lovely and the peaks were stunning. It was hot in Tirana but comfortable in the mountains, with only one afternoon of rain on the trail. Even in mid-August there weren't many other people hiking or at the guesthouses/alpine huts. The proprietors were very hospitable, serving traditional meals with locally grown ingredients such as tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, bread and feta-like cheese. We had a great group of 16, five couples, all experienced hikers who were friendly, considerate and responsible. Given the group size, pace differences, and terrain, it was helpful to have two guides, one who led and the other who stayed at the back of the group. Two members of the group who wanted a rest day were able to catch a ride to the next accommodation with the luggage transport vehicle.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Aug 25 2019
5 - Excellent
Fantastic trip through unspoilt landscapes
“A challenging trek through unspoilt mountains with fantastic hospitality from the locals along the way”
  • Anonymous
  • On Jul 31 2019
5 - Excellent
Splendid mountains
“A reasonably strenuous walk through extremely beautiful mountain scenery in a relatively little known area, often delightfully off the beaten track. Still lovely wildflowers in mid-late July this year.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Jul 29 2019
4 - Very Good
Peaks of the Balkans
“A challenging trek through unspoilt mountain scenery criss-crossing Albania, Kosovo & Montenegro staying in Mountain Guest huts and the occasional hotel. The local hospitality was tremendous.”
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Start Tirana, Albania
  • Day 2: Drive to Komani Lake; scenic ferry journey, followed by a walk to Tropoje Village
  • Day 3: Through Tropoje Valley, following the river to Sylbice
  • Day 4: Cross the border into Kosovo; trek through green alpine pastures to Belegu
  • Day 5: Walk along ridges to the shepherd village of Milisevac
  • Day 6: Trek to Lumbardhi ridge; descend to Rugova Camp Hotel and continue to Reka e Allages
  • Day 7: To Boge via Mt Hajla (2403m)
  • Day 8: Transfer to Kuqishte; trek to Babino Polje, Montenegro
  • Day 9: Trek to Hrid Lake in Prokletije National Park; continue to Plav
  • Day 10: Transfer to Gradec; trek to Vuthaj via Bor Peak (2106m)
  • Day 11: Trek to the glacial lakes of Jezerca
  • Day 12: Drive to Prizren and onto Rubik; short afternoon walk. 
  • Day 13: Drive to Tirana; free afternoon
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • 5 nights hotels, 4 nights guesthouses, 3 nights shepherd mountain huts10 days point-to-point trekkingAltitude maximum 2300m, average 1930mGroup normally 5 to 16, plus local leader. Min age 16 yrs ,All breakfasts, 10 lunches and 12 dinnersAll accommodation (please see accommodation section)Transfer for group flights
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any international flights to/from Tirana are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this The Best of the Via Dinarica tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this The Best of the Via Dinarica tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 26 September 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 26 September 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

The Best of the Via Dinarica tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this The Best of the Via Dinarica tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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