Follow in the footsteps of Lord Byron through the south of Albania, where you’ll discover a wild, rugged coast and superb mountains.
Join us on our quest to follow in the footsteps of Lord George Gordon Byron (1788-1824) through Southern Albania. Lord Byron set out on a grand tour of the Mediterranean in 1809, during the course of which he visited Spain, Malta, Albania, Greece and Asia Minor. His visit to Albania in the autumn of that year made a lasting impression on him and is reflected in the second canto of the poem ‘Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage’ which catapulted him to fame as a writer in 1812.
Our walking tour starts in the picturesque Llogara National Park, trekking through forest towards the Karaburini Peninsula. The following day we embark on a trek to Mount Cika with the option to walk the steep ascent to Qore Summit (2,005 metres) for a memorable mountain and sea panorama. Walk through unspoiled valleys, exploring villages encountered en route.
Byron’s Trail leads us down to the stunning Albanian Riviera where you will notice the vegetation becomes noticeably Mediterranean once more, with olive groves and vines. We visit the XVIII Century fortress of Ali Pasha of Tepelena, who made Byron welcome in his tour of Albania. The trail leads us to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Butrint and Gjirokastra and ends with a walk above the trendy city of Tirana where we stay for our final evening.
Meet at Tirana Airport for your transfer to Vlore.
Transfer by road to Llogara National Park and, once checked into our accommodation, we embark on a trek through the forests of Llogara and ascend the Qafa e Thelle (Deep Pass), negotiating our way through dense mixed forests towards the wild beauty of the Karaburuni Peninsula and on to the Llogara Pass. There is an option to enjoy a short walk to Caesar’s Pass to enjoy watching the sunset fade over Vlorë Bay prior to dinner.
Today we head for Qore’s summit in the Cika Mountain. The trail winds through pine forest until it reaches the panoramic Saddle of Dhjopuri. From here there is an option to continue up to the summit of Qore (2,005 metres), presenting a stunning mountain and sea panorama. We descend through the Llogara Pass and take a scenic drive to Dhermi Beach.
We take a scenic drive along the Albanian Riviera, visiting the XVIII Century fortress of Ali Pasha of Tepelena in the splendid bay of Porto Palermo. Enjoy a walk through olive groves to reach the cobbled streets of the old village of Qeparo on top of the hill. From here we descend for lunch at the beach with the option to go for a swim before travelling inland to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Butrint.
A morning drive to the valley of Drinos, crossing the picturesque Muzina Pass, to visit the Blue Eye spring. Continuing our journey to the foothills of Bureto Mountain, here we start hiking, following the footsteps of Lord Byron in 1809. We trek to the village of Labova and visit the 13th century Labova e Kryqit Church one of the oldest of Albania. Following lunch we drive to 13th Century UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gjirokastra.
Today’s hike takes us to the ruins of Antigonea, founded by the legendary Pyro of Epirus in the 3rd Century. We then continue hiking, following the elevated line of villages at the slopes of Lunxheria Mountains, before returning to Gjirokastra in the afternoon to continue our exploration of the 'City in Stone', and visiting the Castle that dominates the town.
We drive back to Tirana, the Albanian capital, where on arrival we take a cable car ride to Mt. Dajti to lunch in one of the panoramic restaurants at 1,000 metres elevation. In the afternoon we hike in the park above Tirana (3-4 hours), before returning to town late afternoon. Evening at leisure.
Depart Tirana at your leisure for your flight back to the UK.
Price and Other Information
- Duration and price excluding international flights: 8 days from £1,149 per person
- Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 8 days from £1,549 per person
- Single room supplement: From £210
- Walking grade: Demanding
- Guiding: Guided Group Private-Guided
- Max alt: 2,005m
- Group size: 4-10
When to go: View Dates & Prices
- Hotel x 7 nights
- 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
- Experienced English speaking guide
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