Albania Mountain Explorer

8 Days  |  From £1040pp

Albania ( Best airport: Tirana)

This mountainous trail in Albania is a challenging and exciting experience for adventurous riders. Ride up and down steep mountain passes before enjoying long, fast gallops in the grassy valleys. This trail is a cultural immersion with accommodation on the trail with welcoming host families for a true insght into Albanian rural life.

The Riding

The Albanian mountain horses you’ll be matched with willingly go places you would never believe possible for a horse; happy cantering over rocks, down loose scree or climbing mountain sides without hesitation. This trail offers challenging and exciting riding with the pace changing every few minutes to suit the terrain. Expect long gallops through the grassy valleys, exciting canters up stony tracks and steep climbs where you can trust your horse to get you to the top.

Enjoy the exhilarating canters through the river valleys and get an insight into the heart of rural Albanian culture, staying as a guest in the homes of welcoming, local families.

Level of Riding and Fitness

This trail is suitable for confident intermediate and experienced riders only with a good, balanced seat. You will be riding over challenging mountainous terrain and enjoying long trots, canters and fast gallops in the valleys.

Good riding fitness in required as you’ll be spending 4-6 hours in the saddle each day.

Weight limit: 14 stone / 90kg

Guides and Group Size

The guides are professionals with many years of experience in guiding trails through the Albanian mountains. They are adventurous, knowledgeable about the history and nature, and most of all, passionate about their horses.

Maximum number of riders in a group is 10.

The Horses

The horses used on this ride are of local Albanian breed, Tarpan, mixed with Arabs. They are small, strong and perfectly suited for the challenging, rocky terrain being surefooted and accustomed to trekking over long mountainous trails.

Tack and Riding Equipment

The tack is English style with small saddlebags provided for items such as water bottles, packed lunches and cameras.

Tacking up is optional.

Riders are expected to help with feeding and watering the horses during the trail.

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Accommodation and Dining

The first and last night of the trail will be spent in a hotel. The rest of the nights are spent at local, friendly family homes which offer a great opportunity to soak in the rural Albanian lifestyle. The accommodation during the family stays is very basic with shared bathroom facilities. Your hosts may not speak English.

The food served during the trail will be of local produce and traditional Albanian meals. Picnic lunches will be brought to you by the support vehicle or alternatively carried in your saddle bags while riding. Dinners will be served in a local restaurant when staying in a hotel or by your hosts when spending the night in a local family home.

Allergies and special dietary requirements can be catered with advance notice.

There is a very limited access to Wi-Fi during the trail. Access to electricity is possible every night and the whole area has a good phone signal coverage.

Your luggage will be transported by car between the overnight stops.

Get a free Albania Mountain Explorer mini-brochure in PDF format.

Itinerary

Albania Mountain Explorer

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding
£1040pp

No single rooms available. Riders must be prepared to share with someone of the same sex.

Small Group Supplement
This is applicable if only 2 riders are booked on the ride. Small group supplement is £125 per person.

Airport transfers
Tirana airport to Gjirokastra: €70 return per person, duration 3-4 hours. Transfer available on arrival day at 12pm (midday) and 3pm.

Do not book flights until you have received the Booking confirmation email from saddletravel.com.

Plan your flight to arrive at Tirana on Day 1 of your holiday by 2pm. On Day 8 your departure flight can be any time after 12pm (midday).

Price Includes
  • 6 full days f riding
  • Trail riding horse, tack & small saddlebags
  • Shared accommodation
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
  • Evening meals
  • Drinks during meals
  • Services of guide
  • All arrangements for duration of holiday
Price Excludes
  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Tips
  • Entrance tickets to monuments & parks

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