Theth Tour – Theth Albania Hiking and 4 Wheel Drive Tour in two days
I guide the Theth tour, because Theth is one of the most beautiful mountain villages in Albania. During the Theth tour, you will have the chance to experience the natural wonders of Theth, like the Blue Eye and the Grunas Waterfall.
Why should I go on a Theth tour? The Theth tour introduces you to the remote mountain village of Theth. You will visit the Blue Eye of Theth, the Grunas Waterfall, the Church of Theth and the Lock-in Tower. You will hike during the day and stay overnight in a traditional guest house. The tour includes a private tour guide and private transportation, so that you can experience Theth.
Theth is a remote village, which can only be reached via a stoney mountain road. Therefore, let me take care of your private transportation. And let me be your private guide during the Theth tour. So that you can fully focus on experiencing the natural beauty of Theth, without having to worry about the organization of your tour.
Theth Tour Details
The Theth village is like no other place on earth. Theth is a little mountain village in the Albanian Alps in the North of Albania. The village can only be accessed by a stoney mountain road, therefore, it remains authentic and remote until this day.
Theth is also a National Park with beautiful natural wonders. As a result, Theth has become a popular hiking destination in Albania.
From the Theth village, you will hike on the mountain trails to visit the 30 meter high Grunas Waterfall. And you will undertake an hour long hike through the forest to the Blue Eye of Theth. The Blue Eye is a natural mountain pool with turquoise colored water. You can even take a swim in the Blue Eye, if you are not afraid of the ice cold water.
Apart from hiking to the natural wonders, you will also explore the quaint little village of Theth. There is a traditional lock-in tower, which was used to isolate the next man to be killed, if there was a conflict and blood feud between two families. And there is a very picturesque little church in the village, which is surrounded by the mountains.
During the Theth tour, you will stay overnight in traditional guest house, where you will be served dinner and breakfast.
And best of all, the Theth tour is a private tour. Which includes a private tour guide, and private transportation. Therefore, you have the possiblity to customize your Theth tour, to meet you personal interests and preferences.
Furthermore, the tour also includes pick-up and drop-off service from your hotel in Tirana, so let me take care of all of the details, so that you can experience Theth fully.
I am an Albania Tour Guide, who organizes 1-day, 2-day or multiple day private tours in Albania. I arrange your transportation and I am your English speaking guide. So that, you get to experience the most beautiful places in Albania!
Kind regards, Manon
Theth Tour Itinerary
On the Theth Tour Ininerary, you can see that in two days you can visit the classic highlights of the Theth village. In the village itself, you can visit the Church of Theth and the Lock-in Tower. Then, you will undertake two shorter hikes to the Grunas Waterfall and the Blue Eye of Theth.
Pick-up for the Theth tour
The Theth tour starts in Tirana city. You will be picked up from a location of your choice in Tirana.
When you make the booking, you will be asked to type your pick-up location in the box. It is completely up to you. You can enter your hotel in Tirana, the airport or a location in the city center of Tirana.
Pick-up service in Tirana is included in the price of the Theth tour.
Day 1: Blue Eye of Theth, Lock-in tower of Theth & Church of Theth
Theth National Park
Theth is a small mountain village located in the Theth National Park. The Theth valley is surrounded by the peaks of the Albanian Alps, which are also called the Accursed Mountains. The Theth National Park covers 2630 hectares and it is one of Albania’s most remote areas.
Theth can only be reached with a four-wheel drive car accross a turning and twisting mountain road. The Theth National Park has natural touristic attractions, like the Blue Eye of Theth and the Grunas Waterfall. It is a popular destination for hikers.
Blue Eye of Theth
The Blue Eye of Theth is a gorgeous, natural pool in the Theth National Park. From the Theth village, you can take the jeep to the Nderlysa village. From there, you must hike for about 1 hour to reach the Blue Eye of Theth.
The Blue Eye pool has a magical blue color and is surrounded by beautiful nature. The pool is filled by a small waterfall. There is a wooden picnic plateau on the river, from where you have a stunning view. You can swim in the Blue Eye of Theth, but the water is ice cold, as it comes from the mountains.
The Lock-in Tower is a historical monument in the Theth village. In the old times, the Albanian people followed the traditional law called the “Kanun of Leke Dukagjin”. The Lock-in tower was a place where people who commited a crime according to the Kanun, where imprisoned. And it was also a place where families in conflict, could discuss their issues and come to a resolution.
The Lock-in Tower is a beautiful touristic location, because it is surrounded by the high peaks of the Theth valley. The Theth Lock-in tower originally belonged to the Koceku family and one of the descendants is a guide in the tower today.
Church of Theth
The Church of Theth is a historical church in the Theth village, that was built in 1892. It is a very cute and quaint little church, which is surrounded by the peaks of the Theth valley.
The inhabitants of Theth have been Roman Catholics throughout history. In 1917, the priest of the church opened a school and tought the local children to read and write in Albanian language.
Throughout the communist period, Albanians were forces to be atheists, therefore, the building was used as the village hospital. As a result, most of the locals over the age of 25 were born in the church. After the communist period, the church was renovated and it is in service today.
Day 2: Grunas Waterfall, Mesi Bridge & Rozafa Castle
The Grunas Waterfall is one of the natural monuments in the Theth National Park. The waterfall is called the “Grunas Waterfall” or the “Theth Waterfall”. The waterfall is 30 meters high and it has a thin body. The water comes from melted snow from the high peaks in the Albanian Alps. You can hike to the waterfall from the Theth village in approximately 1 hour.
The Mesi Bridge is a cultural monument to the northeast of Shkoder city. It is a historical bridge that was build in the 18th century, when Albania was ruled by the Turkish Ottoman empire.
Today, it is the largest remaining bridge from the Ottoman period in Albania. The bridge is a touristic attraction and it was voted the top bridge to visit in Albania by Tripadvisor. The bridge is 108 meters long and it has a total of 13 little arches. It is surrounded by the beautiful mountains in the background.
Rozafa castle is a large castle on the top of a hill near Shkoder city. The castle has a spectacular, panoramic view over Shkoder city and the Lake of Shkodra. The Illyrians originally founded the castle in antiquity, but it was later rebuild by the Venetians and the Turkish Ottomans.
There is a famous legend about the castle. Alledgedly, three brothers build the castle during the day, however, during the night the walls would fall down. The brothers were told by an old man, that a human sacrifice was needed to ensure the walls would stand. The brothers made a deal and decided that the wife, who brought lunch the next day, would be sacrificed.
The two older brothers cheated and told their wifes. Therefore, the wife of the younger brother, Rozafa, was sacrificed. She agreed under the condition that her foot, her hand and her breast would be exposed, so that she could take care of her infant child. You can see a statue of Rozafa at the entrance of the castle’s museum.
Drop-off service after the Theth tour
After the Theth tour, you will be dropped off in Tirana city. It is completely up to you, we can either drop you off at your hotel, the airport or a central location in the city center of Tirana.
Drop-off service in Tirana is included in the price of the Theth tour.
Theth Tour highlights
Below you can see the pictures of the highlights, that you will visit during the Theth tour. Because of their natural beauty the Blue Eye of Theth and the Grunas Waterfall, have become popular hiker destinations. After hiking through the mountains, you can walk through the mountain village of Theth and explore the Lock-in Tower and the Church of Theth.
Blue Eye of Theth
The Blue Eye of Theth is a natural pool in the mountains of Theth. The water in the pool is a magical turquoise colour. Moreover, the pool is filled by a little waterfall. The Blue Eye pool is surrounded by nature and it looks beautiful on photographs.
From the village of Nderlysa, it will take us about 1 hour to hike through the forest to the Blue Eye of Theth. You can swim in the Blue Eye, but bear in mind that the the mountain water is ice-cold.
Grunas Waterfall in Theth
The Grunas Waterfall is an impressive 30 meter high waterfall in the mountains of Theth. From the village of Theth, it takes approximately 1 hour to hike to the Grunas waterfall.
The hike to the Grunas waterfall is spectacular. Along the track, you will see rivers, mountain slopes and the village’s landscape. There is a 15 minute climb at the end of the trail, but you will be rewarded when you see the beautiful waterfall.
The Church of Theth
The Church of Theth was built in 1892 and it is one of the first buildings that was constructed in the Theth village. The Church is in the middle of the village and it is surrounded by the beautiful mountain landscape.
The inhabitants of Theth were Roman Catholics throughout history. In 1917, the priest opened an Albanian language school in the church and taught the local children how to read and write in their own language. During the communism regime, religion was not permitted and the church served as a health & pregnancy center.
Lock-in Tower of Theth
The Lock-in Tower of Theth is a historical monument, which is 400 years old. In the past, the people in the Albanian Highlands followed an oral law, which was called the Kanun of Leke Dukagjin.
When there would be a conflict or blood feud between two families, the Lock-in tower was used to isolate the next man in line to be killed, as a revenge by the opposing family. The isolation in the tower would only end when the opposing family would grant forgiveness or a member of the killers family was killed in return.
What is included in the Theth tour?
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off in Tirana
- Private transportation with a 4 wheel drive vehicle
- Private transportation to the Blue Eye of Theth
- 1 night stay in a Guesthouse in Theth
- 1 dinner
- 1 breakfast
- Private tour guide in Theth
- Entrance ticket to the Lock-in tower in Theth
- Entrance ticket to Rozafa castle in Shkoder
What is excluded from the Theth tour?
- Tips and gratuities
At what time does the Theth tour start?
The Theth tour starts at 6:00 AM from Tirana city.
You will be picked up from a location of your choice in Tirana. When you make the booking, you will be asked to enter your pick-up location in Tirana. You can either enter the name of your hotel, the airport or a central location in the city center.
What is the duration of the Theth tour?
The Theth tour lasts 2 full days.
On the first day, you will be picked up between 5:30 AM and 6:00 AM from your hotel in Tirana. And you will stay overnight in the guest house in Theth.
On the second day, there will be sightseeing in the morning in Theth. Then on the way back to Tirana, we will stop in Shkoder city to see the Mesi Bridge and Rozafa castle.
Therefore, you will return to Tirana late on the second day.
Where is the pick-up location for the Theth tour?
When you make the booking for the Theth tour, you can enter a pick-up location of your choice in Tirana city.
When you fill out your booking details, there will be a box, where you can specify your pick-up location. It is completely up to you, you can enter the name of your hotel, the airport or a central location in Tirana as your pick-up location.
Please bear in mind that the Theth tour starts very early at 6:00 AM. Pick-up service in Tirana is included in the price of the Theth tour.
Where is the drop-off location for the Theth tour?
After the Theth tour, you will be dropped off in Tirana city. You can be dropped-off at your hotel, in the city center of Tirana or at the Tirana International airport.
Drop-off service in Tirana is included in the price of the Theth tour.
On the Theth tour, how long will it take to reach Theth?
It takes a total of 5 hours to drive from Tirana to Theth with a private vehicle.
The Theth tour will start in Tirana at 6:00 AM, where you will be picked up from your hotel.
From Tirana, we will drive approximately 2 hours to reach Shkoder city in the North of Albania. Then, from Shkoder city we will drive onward to Theth. It takes approximately 3 hours to drive from Shkoder city to Theth.
Of course, we will make regular stops along the way to have a coffee, go to the bathroom or buy some food.
Can I bring luggage on the Theth tour?
Yes, you can bring 1 or 2 pieces of luggage on the Theth tour. If you have more luggage, you might be able to store them at your hotel in Tirana and collect them upon your return from the Theth tour.
Is the Theth tour a private tour?
Yes, the Theth tour is a private tour. You will travel from Tirana to Theth in a private 4 wheel drive vehicle.
Moreover, I am your private tour guide in Theth and Shkoder. Since it is a private tour, you will also have the freedom to customize the itinerary to meet your preferences. For instance, we can spend more time at a touristic sight, if you wish to do so.
Can I customize the itinerary of the Theth tour?
Yes, you can customize the itinerary of the Theth tour. The Theth tour is a private tour, which includes private transportation. Therefore, you will have the choice to customize the itinerary as you please.
For any questions regarding customizing your tour, you can contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can book an Albania Planning Session via skype, by clicking this link.
Does the Theth tour include a tour guide?
Yes, I will be your private tour guide during your Theth tour. I will personally guide you during the sightseeing in Theth and Shkoder.
Moreover, you will travel by private transportation during the Theth tour, therefore, you will have the flexiblity to customize the itinerary if you wish.
What should I bring on the Theth tour?
The essential items to bring on the Theth tour are:
- Hiking shoes
- Warm clothes
During the Theth tour, you will undertake two hikes to the Blue Eye of Theth and to the Grunas Waterfall. You will hike through the forest and mountains, as a result some of the surfaces will be steep and slippery. Therefore, a pair of hiking shoes or comfortable walking shoes are essential.
Theth is situated in the mountains, therefore, it might be cold, especially at night. Bear in mind, that the temperature might be warm or hot in Tirana, but it is always considerably colder in Theth.
During the hikes in Theth, you will be exposed to the sun regularly. Some parts of the trail will provide shadow, but some parts of the hiking trail will be exposed. So be sure to bring some sunscreen for your Theth tour.
When is the Theth tour available?
To check the availability for the Theth tour, you can press on the Book Now button below.
When you press on the Book Now button, you will first see a description of the tour and itinerary. If you scroll down, you will see another Book Now button, which will take you to a calendar with the available tour dates.
What is the best time to go on a Theth tour?
The best time to go on a Theth tour is between April and September. Theth can only be accessed via a twisting and turning mountain road. Throughout the winter months, this mountain road becomes inaccessible due to snow and ice.
Between April and September, the temperatures in Theth are mild, the road is accessible and the hiking trails are open.
What if my preferred date for the Theth tour is not available?
If you have pressed on the Book Now button, but you could not find your preferred date for the Theth tour, you can get in touch by email.
You can email me on email@example.com . Please specify the date, number of travellers and the tour you would like to book in the email. Then I will get back to you with a response as soon as possible.
Please bear in mind that the Theth tour cannot be offered in the Winter months, since snow and ice make the mountain road to Theth inaccessible.
What is the price for the Theth tour?
You can check the price for the Theth tour by clicking on the Book Now button below. First, you will see a description of the tour and itinerary and if you scroll down, you will see the tour price per person.
How can I book the Theth tour?
- Press on the “Book Now” button
- You will see a pop-up with the tour description and itinerary. Scroll down and press “Book Now” at the bottom of the page.
- Select the date of your tour and pick your departure time.
- Select the number of adults and press “Add to Cart”
- Press the “Check-out” button to continue
- You can complete your payment with a credit card, a debit card or with Apple pay.
- As soon as your booking has been completed, you will receive a booking confirmation by email within minutes.
If you have any questions about your booking, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org . And I will personally respond to you as soon as possible.
How late can I make a booking for the Theth tour?
You can make a booking with me up until the day before the tour starts. Just keep in mind that the Theth tour may not be available, if you book at the last minute!
Especially, since I lead the private tours through Albania personally, so I cannot take more than one booking on each date.
I recommend booking at least one week in advance, in order to have the best chances of finding availability.
What is the cancellation policy of the Theth tour?
We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 1 day or less before the event.
Where can I ask a question about the Theth tour?
If you have any questions about the Theth tour, you can reach out by email. My email address is email@example.com.
I will personally respond to your email as soon as possible.