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Wildlife of Albania

13 Oct — 20 Oct 2017 | Tour Director: Kevin Hand

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Tour Director

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Kevin Hand , MSc, MCIEEM

conservationist, ornithologist and environmental consultant

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Gatwick 0825, arriving Tirana 1225. Transfer to Pogradec for overnight stay at Hotel Enkelana.

Day

2

Morning visits to Lake Ohrid and Lin (ruined paleochristian church with beautiful views and floor mosaics). Afternoon: continue to the mountain village of Voskopojë for three nights at Hotel Pashuta.

Day

3

Walks in the woodland around Voskopojë (Scots pine, silver fir, Valonia oak) and exploration of the town (St Nicholas’ Church with wonderful frescoes, and other monasteries).

Day

4

Whole-day excursion to Lake Prespa for local walks and boat trip to Maligrad island: rare Dalmatian pelicans, pygmy cormorant, 14th century Eastern Orthodox cave church of St Mary.

Day

5

Transfer via Elbasan to coastal town of Vlorë for two nights at Hotel Partner.

Day

6

Llogara National Park: pine forests with trees shaped by the wind, breathtaking views, habitat for abundant wildlife including migrating birds of prey such as short-toed eagle and steppe buzzard, followed by Orikum Lagoon: reedbeds, wetland birdlife.

Day

7

Narta Lagoon: salt pans with wide variety of avifauna including black-necked grebe, Mediterranean gull, ferruginous duck. Afternoon at Divjaka-Karavasta National Park: lagoons, sand dunes, pine forest, colony of Dalmatian pelicans. Overnight stay at Divjaka Resort.

Day

8

Transfer to Tirana for 1310 departure, arriving Gatwick 1515.

Tour Dates

13 Oct — 20 Oct 2017

Days

8

Cost

£1845

Tour Code

WIAL-17

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Cost includes:

return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, full board with wine & water with dinner, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

travel insurance, single room supplement £100.

Practicalities:

Our tour will include gentle local walks of up to five miles. Participants should be comfortable walking over sometimes rugged terrain, and a good level of fitness is required for this tour.

 
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