History and people behind the Honey Trail
How it all started...
The idea for the Honey Trail was born in a garden in Theth, where Susanne Wilm who traveled across Northern Albania met Dorien Malaj, the owner of Sondor Travel with his group. Traveling through Albania one cannot fail to notice the fact that Albanians love honey – colorful beehives in many gardens and the roads often lined with apiarists who sell their harvest! It was not long that a discussion evolved about sustainable tourism that explores the long tradition of beekeeping.
E-Mails went back and forth and the Honey Trail started to take shape: Introducing apitourism in Albania while at the same time supporting sustainable beekeeping and livelihoods for rural beekeepers. As we moved along, more people contributed their expertise in bees and sustainable tourism: Lejla Shehu, president of the Albanian Beekeeper Association, has been an invaluable source of information and inspiration along the way. Dr. Petrit Dobi, director of the Rural Association Support Programme (RASP), shared his knowledge and longstanding experience in rural development and agritourism with us.
And so the Honey Trail evolved out of a shared passion for the linkages between tourism, sustainability, rural development and beekeeping.
Who does what?
• Susanne Wilm provides you with all the relevant information regarding the Honey Trail. As a first point of contact she will be happy to advise you and offer first hand information! Susanne Wilm has more than 15 years' experience in international development, and has worked among others in the fields of rural and livelihood development.
• As a guest on the Honey Trail, you will be in the best of hands with the experienced team of Sondor Travel who implement the tour. Sondor Travel is a family-owned tour operator in the second generation. Not only do they have a keen passion about their country, a vast network of partners and a wealth of local knowledge. Above all, it is their desire for innovation and new approaches towards sustainable and mindful tourism that make them such special hosts.
Together, we share the desire to open up the unique perspective and insights that the longstanding tradition of apiculture offers visitors of Albania and the belief that a responsible and mindful package genuinely results in you having an amazing Honey Trail experience!
We look forward to hearing from you!