Europe

Discover Albania on a riding holiday

Embark on a riding holiday in Albania. The modern nation state of Albania emerged after the Balkans wars, and was successively invaded by Italy and Germany in the 20th century. This rich history and heritage has shaped this intriguing country, and you will discover its incredible culture during your trail ride - with plenty of opportunities to meet the locals and explore ancient caravan pathways. The nature is still preserved in this mountainous country, and you will encounter many environments including plains, mountains, forests and beautiful beaches during your horseback adventures.
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From the horse’s mouth

  • Ancient Mountain Trails
    Iris, aged 27, LYON
    A real adventure in a beautiful country still free of mass tourism. We discovered "real Albania" in all its complexity, learnt about its history and witnessed its incredible heritage. Excellent local team. Staying with local families is a unique feature of this trip and gives it a welcome cultural twist - we had an...
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  • Ancient Mountain Trails
    Ai Li, aged 45, Singapore
    This is a trip filled with adventures, fun and at times adrenaline. The history is sad, times were hard but its people are positive. The horses are amazing, the local guides are wonderful and the hosts are just so nice (food was delicious - it is easy to gain a few kilos!!). Everyday there was something new... . It is...
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  • Sea and Mountains of Albania
    Marcos, aged 47, Discovery Bay
    There is not enough time or space here to write about how wonderful this trip was and what a life changing experience it was for me. It was a true adventure with amazing ever changing scenery in a gem of a country with honest hard working people and incredible food. The riding was incredibly varied and second to none....
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  • Ancient Mountain Trails
    Ksenia, aged 33, LONDON
    Best holiday ever ! Our guide Kristina was amazing. I believe she can teach everyone how to ride a horse and be confident =)
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  • Ionian Sea beach and horse in Albania
    Riding to the Ionian Sea in Albania
  • Albanian mountains
    The stunning scenery of Albania, in the Balkans
  • Riders in Albania
    Beautiful views on your trail ride in Albania
  • Riders and horses in a plain
    Long valleys alternate with rocky paths
  • Rider cantering in Albania on a trail ride
    Flat valleys are the perfect excuse for a long canter!

Visa & Health

Formalities

British citizens can enter and remain in Albania for a maximum of 90 days in every 6-month period without a visa. The Albanian authorities require anyone staying longer than 90 days to apply at a local police station for a residence permit.

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 3 months from the date of entry into Albania.

Please visit for entry requirement Albania - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/albania/entry-requirements

BREXIT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The rules for travel to most countries in Europe will change if the UK leaves the European Union (EU) with no deal.

After 29 March 2019:

You should have 6 months left on your passport from your date of arrival. This applies to adult and child passports.

If you renewed a 10 year adult passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count.

The new rules will apply to passports issued by the UK, Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey.

Please visit rules for travel to Europe after Brexit - Health

Insurance

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.

Budget and money

The euro is widely accepted.

Country information

History

Previously in classical antiquity, Albania has been populated by various Illyrian, Thracian and Greek tribes, as well as several Greek colonies established in the Illyrian coast. In the third century BC, the region was annexed by the Roman Empire and became an integral part of the Roman provinces of Dalmatia, Macedonia and Illyricum. The unified Principality of Arbër emerged in 1190, established by archon Progon in the Krujë, within the Byzantine Empire. In the late thirteenth century, Charles of Anjou conquered the Albanian territories from the Byzantines and established the medieval Kingdom of Albania, extending from Durrës along the coast to Butrint in the south. In the mid-fifteenth century, it was conquered by the Ottomans.

The modern nation state of Albania emerged in 1912 following the defeat of the Ottomans in the Balkan Wars. The modern Kingdom of Albania was invaded by Italy in 1939, which formed Greater Albania, before becoming a Nazi German protectorate in 1943. After the defeat of Nazi Germany, a Communist state titled the People's Socialist Republic of Albania was founded under the leadership of Enver Hoxha and the Party of Labour. The country experienced widespread social and political transformations in the communist era, as well as isolation from much of the international community. In the aftermath of the Revolutions of 1991, the Socialist Republic was dissolved and the fourth Republic of Albania was established.

Albania is a democratic and developing country with an upper-middle income economy. The tertiary sector dominates the country's economy followed by the secondary and primary sector. Following the end of communism in 1990, the country went through a process of transition from a centralized economy to a market-based economy. It also provides universal health care and free primary and secondary education to its citizens.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albania

People, culture and traditions

Official languages: Albania
Total area: 28,748 km2 (11,100 sq mi)
Population (January 2017 estimate): 2,876,591
Currency: Lek
Time zone: CET (UTC+1)