Skerdilajdi Trail

8 Days  |  From £989pp

Albania ( Best airport: Tirana)

Experience true Albania with the best local cuisine, history and hospitality. This trail follows in the tracks of Ilirian King Skerdilajd, on his way to conquer Kaonia 2,300 years ago. Experience unspoilt nature, colourful culture and welcoming people while riding reliable, strong horses. Wind your way through a variety of landscapes combining mountain climbing, river crossings, woods and the beach. You will find ancient ruins, castles, churches and monasteries sitting adjacent to the bunkers and military infrastructure from communist past.

The Riding

This is a mountainous trail ride with around 5-6 hours riding and some walking every day. Although this trail includes some beach riding, any fast riding takes place along the old path 100m from the beach.

The beach sand is rocky and is therefore only suitable for walking on. The mountain horses are also not too keen on the water so will not tend to want to paddle!

Level of Riding and Fitness

This trail is suitable for intermediate and experienced riders with a good, balanced seat. You will be riding over challenging mountainous terrain and enjoying long trots, canters and gallops in the valleys and where the terrain allows faster riding.
Good riding fitness is required as you’ll be spending 4-6 hours in the saddle each day.

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.

The group size is 3- 10 riders. A departure date will confirm for 2 riders for a supplement.

The Horses

The horses are small but very robust and surefooted Arab and Tarpan crosses. They are strong and perfectly suited for the challenging, rocky terrain being sure footed and accustomed to trekking over long mountainous trails. 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

You will be accommodated in local or family guesthouses every night where your host families will provide a delicious local meal and conversation is enjoyed by all over dinner. Most of the dishes are homemade while fruits, vegetables and meat come from local gardens and farms.

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Itinerary

Skerdilajdi Trail

8 days / 7 nights / 6 riding days
£989pp

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

Tirana airport to Gjirokastra: €70 return per person, duration 3-4 hours.

There are two transfers from the airport every Saturday, the first one at 12pm, and the second at 3pm. Arrivals should coincide with these times and departure flights should be no earlier than 12 o’clock (midday).

Riders that arrive in Tirana one day in advance can plan to arrive at the airport for the transfer of 12 o’clock or 3pm.

Price Includes
  • Accommodation
  • Meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast of day 8
  • English speaking guide
  • Water and drinks during the meals
  • Luggage transport by car during the trail
Price Excludes
  • Flights
  • Entrance tickets to monuments and parks
  • Lunch on day 1
  • Extra drinks
  • Other services or expenses during free time.

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