Experience Mountain Dajti Hiking Tour From Tirana

From
USD
Per Person
Book this tour with

Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 6 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    09:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Dajti Mountain was declared a National Park in 1966, and has an expanded area of about 29,384 ha since 2006. It is under the jurisdiction and administration of Tirana Municipality having previously been under the Tirana Forest Service Department. but before we'll take Dajti Ekspres, Albanias most popular tourist attraction. Located just outside the city, the Austrian built cable car will whisk you away to our complex at the top of Dajti Mountain on the longest cableway in the Balkans in just 20min. After the arrival we will start walking to Maja e Tujanit throught a forest with oak trees. On return we visit The BUNK'ART openined for the public as a museum exhibition situated inside the atomic bunker of the dictator Enver Hoxha, on the outskirts of Tirana. BUNK'ART 1 is dedicated to the history of the Albanian communist army and to the daily lives of Albanians during the regime of Enver Hoxha.
After visit return to Tirana and END OF SERVICE!

Highlights

  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Close encounter with wildlife

Know More about this tour

Mount Dajti is a mountain and national park in central Albania, to the east of Tirana. Its highest peak is at 1,613 m (5,292 ft). In winter, the mountain is often covered with snow, and it is a popular retreat to the local population of Tirana that rarely sees snow falls. Its slopes have forests of pines, oak and beech, while its interior contains canyons, waterfalls, caves, a lake, and an ancient castle.

After reaching Dajti Express cable car you will start walking towards the Cherry Pass (Qafa e Qershise) who divides two peaks; Dajti and Maja e Tujanit. The trail leads to the peak of Tujani (1,580 m), which is the highest point that can be reached by foot. From the peak, you can enjoy the beautiful panorama of Lake Bovilla locked between the mountains and the remote highlands of Tirana.

Arriving at the bunker is quite an exciting experience, as you go through a long, dark tunnel in the hillside that leads you to the entrance on the side of a still-active Albanian military base. Once you're inside the bunker itself, you can wander through the furnished rooms intended for the communist elite as they faced the invasion that so terrified them. Elsewhere you'll find a very detailed history of modern Albania, beginning with the 1939 Italian invasion and ending with the overthrow of communism. The display arguably brushes over the true horrors of Hoxha's Stalinist regime, while at least recognizing them, and there are some fascinating documents and photographs, including a video of Enver Hoxha's 1985 state funeral. Other highlights include the enormous Assembly Hall, the main social centre of the bunker, as well as the private chambers of other senior officials. Bunk'Art is an incredible place and promises to grow with the opening of further rooms and addition of more displays in the near future.

Inclusions

All taxes, fees and handling charges

National Park fees

Professional guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Exclusions

Food and drinks

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Dress code must be appropriate for outdoor activity, hiking shoes/trainers mandatory

A moderate/difficult amount of walking is involved

NOTE: This tour does NOT operate on Tuesdays

Not wheelchair accessible

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Face mask are mandatory inside the vehicle and in public areas in city and museums but not mandatory douring the outdoor activities outside towns

Traveler Reviews

  • 12-Sep-2020

    My husband and I went to Albania for our honeymoon, and we definitely recommend this hike, and this tour guide (Eri)! First, Eri was amazing! We were actually staying in Golem instead of Tirana, and he drove the extra hour or so each way to get us without any complaints or requests for additional fees. He spoke English well and was very knowledgeable. If he didn't know the answer to one of our questions, he even made a note to look it up later (if we were on a part of the hike without cell service). He was also very personable (he was our favorite guide of the trip!), and we would have loved to have an opportunity to do more tours with him, but unfortunately we had already planned out our trip by the time we did the hike. I also REALLY appreciated his professionalism (while being friendly!). We came during the covid-19 pandemic, and Albanians generally did not seem to be taking it seriously (we saw almost no masks being worn, and most masks that people did wear weren't covering their noses!), which was a bit anxiety-inducing for me. Many of our other tour guides didn't wear masks (and a different tour guide even ate off our plates during our food tour, which would have bothered me even if there was no pandemic!). But this tour guide was completely professional, following our leads completely on the level of protection we wanted to have (without even asking) to make sure that we felt comfortable. If we put our masks on (e.g., in the car) he would notice and immediately put his on, too (covering his nose and everything!), and when we felt comfortable taking ours off (e.g., when outside hiking), then he would take his off, too. He made us feel comfortable and safe during a pandemic in a way that NO ONE else in Albania did, so I feel confident that anyone would feel comfortable and safe with this guide, whatever the circumstances. Second, we really recommend this excursion! The cable car was surprisingly cool! It was much longer and higher than any other I had ever been on, and I would definitely recommend it. The hike itself was more rigorous (but still doable) than we had expected, with pretty steep hills, but Eri was great, accurately telling us what to expect, and collecting appropriate walking sticks at the base to help us with the steep parts. The views were stunning, and absolutely worth the hike (which, to be clear, was also fun)! Oh, and Eri even took great photos of us for us! Third, he took us to Bunkart. I was personally expecting this to be an art gallery that happened to be inside a bunker, as a fun, unrelated, re-purposing, but it was really more of a museum, just telling the history of the bunkers/Albania (sometimes in a slightly artistic way). I wasn't that into this (and would have preferred more traditional art), but my husband enjoyed it, and he really enjoyed the explanations and knowledge from Eri. We definitely recommend this tour, and any other tour you might do with this tour guide.

  • 01-Aug-2019

    The tour was great. The cable ride to Mt Dajti was scenic. The hike was hard for me, I have to ask my tour guide to go back. The hike is not for the faint of heart as the climb was stiff. Also the visit to Bunk Art was included which is a very interesting place to go to. Overall I had a good time and my tour guide was great and knowledgeable!