This trail combines a challenging riding experience in different landscapes with many possibilities of swimming in rivers, river hiking, canyon exploring, camping, sharing time and accommodation with local people, visiting rare culture monuments, meeting monuments of Albania’s communist dictatorship past. Local traditional food, famous Permeti Raki and wine tasting, livestock rituals and city night life will make this trail very diverse in experiences.
Meeting river Vjosa the last wild river in Europe riding along it and camping in the river bed is the most beautiful experience of this trail. Vjosa “the blue heart” of Europe along its entire course of over 270 kilometres is untamed ,free flowing and characterized by beautiful canyons, braided river sections, islands, oxbows and meandering stretches. Vjosa River is one of the most complex habitats for spawning fish and migratory birds.
Departure & return locations: Tirana airport (TIA) or Saranda Port – fly to Corfu (CFU). Transfers extra costs for 2019: Tirana airport to Gjirokastra: €70 round trip per person, 225 km, 3-4 hours Saranda Port to Gjirokastra: €40 round trip per person, 64km, 1 hour