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Reisbegeleiding 9,0
Vervoer 7,9
Overnachtingen 8,2
Reisroute 8,4
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  • 8

    Snowshoeing in Albania

    Despite the lack of snow (so it was more "hiking in Albania") this was a very good trip - the scenery in the Valbone Valley is spectacular and it was so nice to have sunshine after the wet gloomy weather in the UK!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Probably the realisation that despite all their historical problems, the Albanians are a genuinely friendly and welcoming people

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Dorien went the extra mile to ensure we had a good trip

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Remember to take a head torch, as the electricity supply can be a bit erratic (we had power cuts almost every evening!) Also, you really don't need very much Albanian Lek spending money - drinks etc are ridiculously cheap, and you are in Kosovo for some of the time, where they accept euros.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This trip is in quite a remote and undeveloped area, so be prepared for that.

  • 10

    Snowshoeing in Albania

    Fascinating country, challenging and exciting snowshoeing, lovely friendly hospitality, off the beaten track and something completely different.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Waking up on the second day of snowshoeing to crystal clear skies and being surrounded by rugged snow clad mountains. It snowed heavily all day on the first day which made for exciting snowshoeing but no views. Valbone is stunningly beautiful, remote and a winter wonderland.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Dorian was a very concientious and caring leader. His local and historical knowledge was excellent, making the trip fascinating culturally as well as physically challenging.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The level 4 awarded for this trip should be noted. Valbone is remote and the snowshoeing was challenging in places, from steep forests to high alpine meadows. Previous experience of walking in snow and mountainous terrain would be recommended. The accommodation was comfortabke and homely, the food all home produced and the local hospitality a real treat. We were invited into locals homes several times for a coffee as we were passing!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you like bring off the beaten track, like to be physically challenged, are interested in other cultures and fancy something a little different then this is the trip for you!

  • 10

    Fascinating mix of scenic, political and cultural

    A fascinating trip combining beautiful mountain scenery but also a unique insight into the cultural and political world of the Balkans.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Eating lunch in the snow-bound village homes of Albanians - copious amounts of food, a very warm welcome and non stop background satellite TV. Entry into the beautifully ornate Orthodox Christian Serb monastery within Muslim Kosovo; still guarded by NATO.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Dorian gave superb insights into the Albanian / Serb enmity and the simmering aftermath of the 1999 Kosovan war.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This certainly isn't purely snowshoeing. Only go if you're also interested in culture and politics.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    Snowshoeing in Albania

    Albania in Winter is so beautiful, the Valbone valley is totally unspoilt and the scenery is breathtaking. I have walked here in the Summer but the experience of being high up among the snow fields was truly memorable. As a novice at winter sports I found the snowshoeing a degree harder than walking the same area but absolutely worth the effort. Due to a warm Winter there was no snow at the lower levels but here we walked through woods carpeted with primroses and violets, beautiful in there own right

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the top and coming out into the open fields of snow, despite my clumsiness at snowshoeing - an inspiring sight, and then the realisation that the baby trees peeping through the snow were actually the tops of full grown fir trees. The blazing sunset turning the snowy peaks crimson. Mastering a folk dance with the help of a troupe of dancers who were partying in our hotel.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Absolutely excellent - Dorien treats everyone as a friend and within a few hours the group is one big happy family. His knowledge of Albania's past, illustrated with personal experience,. is vast and his passion to develop tourism of a responsible nature in Albania is immense. In addition he takes care to help the local people develop their expertise as guides and so increase the opportunities for people in remote rural locations. But above all he ensures that everyone has a really great experience.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    A torch or headtorch is necessary as there can be power cuts in the mountains. My best advice is just to visit Albania while it is still "different".

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Albanian hospitality is an integral part of the people. You will be offered coffee, raki and maybe a snack everywhere you go and the most polite thing to do is to accept. In hotels or restaurants if, like me, you were brought up to clear your plate you may be overwhelmed by the amount of food offered, but it is not rude to leave food so go ahead, accept it and try it.

  • 10

    Snowshoeing in Albania

    Snowshoeing in Albania was excellent. Blue skies led to some stunning images of snow of the Valbone valley and surrounding mountains. Snowshoeing was good with local information about each area was very informative.Lots of happy people ready to help ensure our holiday was fantastic.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Snowshoeing into Kukaj side valley suddenly brought you into a picture perfect valley followed by a visit to the home of one of the locals with plenty of Racki (Local moonshine!). Snowshoeing up to Albania / Kosovo border was also another fantastic day having lunch in a snowed in hamlet (3 winter inhabitants) across the boarder to be met by 3 smiling happy boarder police "Welcome to Kosovo".

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Dorien was fantastic he went out of his way to ensure we were having a good time ensuring everyone had all the information they required. He was also amazing about his local knowledge telling us local stories about people and events that had happened in each area. He was also good at getting the local guides to explain their memories / stories.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go to Albania this is a wonderful new area where everyone wants to welcome you and make you holiday a wonderful experience. Cost is cheap with Coke / Beer costing less than £1.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

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