Vjosa River Ride – the Last Wild River of Europe

days 12 days nights 11 nights
Weight limit
90 kg / 198 lb

This thrilling trail provides an enchanting equestrian experience across a variety of landscapes, offering numerous opportunities for activities like swimming, hiking along rivers, exploring canyons, camping, and immersing yourself in local culture. Along the journey, you'll have the opportunity to explore unique cultural landmarks and see the Albania’s communist era heritage.

Enjoy the local traditional cuisine, try famous Permeti Raki and wine, witness traditional rituals, and even explore city nightlife, making this trail an extremely diverse and enriching adventure.

The main point of this trail is the magnificent Vjosa River, renowned as the last wild river in Europe. Riding alongside its unrestricted waters and camping in the riverbed provides a truly breathtaking experience. 

from US$ 1 873
per tourist for 12 days
Date of Travel
Number of tourists
up to 10 tourists over 8 years old
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Photo Kristina F.
Kristina F. is the organizer of this trip
The organizer speaks: English
Kristina, born in Albania, is a journalist with a unique background in history and archaeology, adding depth to her perspective. Having worked in various national and international media outlets, she has honed her skills in storytelling. However, her professional journey takes a distinctive turn as she intertwines her passion for horses with her journalistic pursuits. Kristina`s deep affinity for horses goes beyond a mere interest, it is a lifelong passion that has become a driving force in her endeavors. Recognizing the potential of Albania`s cultural and natural treasures, she has committed herself to building some of the finest horse holidays in the country. Her vision extends beyond tourism, emphasizing the importance of partnerships with horses, the preservation of nature, and support for local communities. In Kristina`s philosophy, a horse represents more than a companion on the trails it symbolizes a partnership rooted in mutual respect and understanding. Her commitment to nature protection underscores a belief in sustainable practices, ensuring that the beauty of heritage, culture, and nature is preserved for future generations. Away from the bustling world of journalism and equestrian ventures, Kristina finds solace in her hobbies—reading, travel, horse riding, and writing. These activities not only reflect her diverse interests but also contribute to the well-rounded perspective she brings to her role as a journalist and an advocate for responsible tourism. Kristina Fidhi stands at the intersection of passion, profession, and purpose, weaving together a narrative that celebrates the rich tapestry of Albania`s history, culture, and natural beauty while championing the symbiotic relationship between humans and horses. Her story is one of dedication to sustainable practices, community empowerment, and the enduring connection between people, horses, and the environment.

Tour highlights

See "The Blue Heart" of Europe
The Vjosa, also known as "the blue heart" of Europe - the last wild river in the area
Experience Diverse Landscapes
Stunning canyons, braided river sections, islands, oxbows, and meandering stretches
Immerse Yourself in Local Culture
Visit historical monuments, try authentic cuisine, see the local nightlife

Route details

Day 1

Arrive at Tirana airport ideally in the morning, but no later than 14.30. This allows time for the transfer and an opportunity to explore the town of Gjirokstra. The drive to Gjirokastra takes approximately 3 hours. 

Settle into your hotel, which is conveniently located just a 10-minute walk from the historic center of Gjirokstra. Before dinner, take a stroll around the historical town, including the old Bazaar, and visit notable attractions such as Enver Hoxha’s house, Gjirokastra castle, the church of the Old Bazaar, and Skenduli house, offering insights into traditional Gjirokastra life.

Enjoy a traditional dinner at a local restaurant, where your guides will provide information about the trail, address any inquiries, offer advice, and share useful details. We recommend purchasing a map of the area before dinner to familiarize yourself with the itinerary.

Day 2
Ride towards the village of Karjan
Day 3
Drino’s Valley
Day 4
Towards the Nderan village
Day 5
Gjurmemushka mountain ride
Day 6
Along the river bank
Day 7
Non riding activities
Day 8
Climbing Dhembel Mountain
Day 9
Ride to the heart of the Pogon region
Day 10
Ride to Libohova
Day 11
Antigonea National Park
Day 12
Tour organizer's comments

Horse riding is a risk sport and activity and it can be dangerous. We train our horses to be friendly, confident and with a good understanding about their environment, but they are given to the rider with the understanding to ride at own risk.



Guest House
9 nights
2 nights
9 nights
Village House
2 nights

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place


Tour conditions


  • all accommodations and meals from dinner of day 1 till breakfast of day 12;
  • English speaking guide (second guide if there are more than 4 riders);
  • water and drinks during the meals;
  • luggage transport by car from destination to destination.


  • flights;
  • entrance tickets to monuments or parks;
  • lunch on day 1;
  • extra drinks;
  • other services or expenses during free time;
  • transfer from/to the airport;
  • the small group supplement (183 Euros/person). This is applicable if only 3 riders are booked onto the ride. If, at the time of departure, more than 3 riders are booked, the small group supplement will be refunded. 

Group size

up to 10 tourists


12 days
11 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour


Riding hat
Long-sleeved shirts (avoid expensive or favorite clothing)
Riding trousers and chaps


Good mountain shoes with a grip (not too thick)
Avoid smooth-soled riding boots


Waterproof raincoat

Swimming Clothes:


Evening attire:

Casual clothes


Sun cream

Medical supplies:

Anti-allergy medicine for insect bites


Torch (flashlight) for walking to feed the horses in the evening


Small camera (avoid large professional cameras)


Copy of passport


Personal saddlebags welcome (provided by riders)
Small saddlebags provided by the ride for food and water.

In addition to the other items, including a torch (flashlight) is recommended for walking to the horses to feed them in the evening. This will provide better visibility and ensure your safety during this activity.

May I assist the riding center somehow?
Cancellation of booking

Dates and Prices

  • from US$ 1 873
    20 Apr – 1 May, 2024 12 days 11 nights
  • from US$ 1 873
    5 – 16 Oct, 2024 12 days 11 nights
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