8 Days | From £969pp
Albania ( Best airport: Tirana)
Travel back in time and follow the mediaeval Zagoria caravan pathways into the land of myths and tales. Your ride will pass through ancient ruins, medieval villages with their churches, and unique stone bridges built during the period of Ali Pasha.
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 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.
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.
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 Zagoria Trail mini-brochure in PDF format.
8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding
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.
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).
- 6 full days f riding
- Trail riding horse, tack & small saddlebags
- Shared accommodation
- Evening meals
- Drinks during meals
- Services of guide
- All arrangements for duration of holiday
- Airport transfers
- Entrance tickets to monuments & parks