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Ancient Zagoria Pathways


Ancient Zagoria Pathways
Central Albania
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Travel back in time following the ancient Zagoria pathways!

Merchants used the Zagoria trails nearly 2 centuries ago, crossing mountain paths by caravans through Zagoria and Pogon terrains. Market roads and their development through centuries offer significant traces even from the antiquity, later from roman time, ottoman period and late mediaeval period which is more evident. Communism time buildings, bunkers, tunnels and military elements are situated everywhere to remind about the most aggressive dictatorship in Europe, installed in Albania for nearly five decades. Riders can experience the same journey of the mediaeval merchants connecting with a land encompassed by myths, tails, and traditional balladry combined with the wonderful wild landscape. The tour intends to follow some of the most famous routes chosen by merchant’s caravans round 200 years ago. We will stop along the fair centers in the middle of the villages, the towers of protections and cult objects.

Gjirokastra the first and last destination of this trail is a wonderful town in south Albania and is recognized for its history, heritage, culture, and cultural monuments. Known as “the city of one thousand steps”, Gjirokastra has been under the protection of UNESCO since 2005 and is nominated as a world heritage site. The castle, the traditional ottoman style buildings, Enver Hoxha’s house and the New Bazzar are the mail objects to visit. The town itself is surrounded by charming villages, old byzantine churches, Sufi monasteries, ruins of antique towns, historical mountain paths, nature monuments, rivers and springs, wood, hospital families and organic traditional foods.

The beauty of its picturesque landscape, wild nature, small farms, and animals such as donkeys, sheep, cows, goats and other wild life will make you feel the typical Albanian rural life and tradition. You have to ride through rivers, hard cliff paths, farmland and pastures, flowered untouched landscape which make the area an unforgettable and little-known destination for travelers. You will follow the medieval pathways of caravans in Zagoria , Pogon,Lunxheria, Libohova and Antigonea in a land of myths, tales and ballads. Your ride will pass through ancient ruins of the Ilirian civilization, medieval populated centers, of more than many remote churches and monasteries. Along the trail you will pass mountain bridges with a rare and unique construction, most of them representing culture monuments, built during the period of Ali Pasha. The trail will culminate with the climb of the Swallow’s rock during an extreme riding experience.

We specifically provide locally breed horses that are accustomed to trekking long trips and mountainous routes, allowing riders to feel confident to relax and enjoy landscaped views. Local breed is a mixture of Tarpan and Arab breed very surefooted and flexible to the terrain. Everyday your ride will be combined with local community’s remarkable cultural, historical, ethnographic and architectural diversity. You will meet friendly locals and learn about their traditions and rites while enjoying the hospitable accommodations as guests in local homes. Explore indigenous healing plants combined with ancient recipes of curative preparation of teas. In particular, locally grown food, including local meat and dairy products, traditional pie called “byrek”, honey, mountain tea, as well as famous Albanian Raki and southern wine. This unique ecological experience will make you feel healthy and full of energy.


Progressive Ride (no camping)

Meeting: Gjirokastra
Airport: Tirana
Transfer: Tirana Airport
Riders: Min 5 riders
Max 10 riders

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    Ancient Zagoria Pathways
    Tour Code: IT-ALBCV01
    8 days / 7 nights ~$1,130.00
    Dates : March to November

    Trip Rating :
    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    ABeginner
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    BNovice
    Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
    CIntermediate
    Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
    D Strong Intermediate
    Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
    EAdvanced
    All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
    Lodging: Basic
    Lodging Level Explained
       
    = Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
       
    Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
    Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
     Accommodations with superior comforts.
       
     = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
       
    Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
    Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
    Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
       
     = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
       
    Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
    Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
    Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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    Tack: English Trekking
    Horses: Albanian Local Breeds
    Pace: Moderate with some trots and canters. ...
    Walk, Trot, Canter,
    Airport: Tirana
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