Day 1- Arrival in Tirana
Transfer from Tirana airport to our hotel in Tirana. Late afternoon tour orientation and welcome dinner.
Day 2 – Cycle to Pogradec
We begin with a 2-hour transfer from Tirana to Ohrid National Park where we begin a lovely ride along Lake Ohrid to Pogradec. Lake Ohrid was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979 to honor its unique flora and fauna. After lunch, we’ll cycle along the lake into Macedonia to visit the beautiful Saint Naum monastery with its colorful peacocks that can be seen strutting around and luxuriating in the grass. We return to Albania and our hotel overlooks Lake Ohrid. Cycling distance: 42 km
Day 3 – Cycle from Pogradec to Korce
The day starts with a climb from Lake Ohrid up to a plateau that has a patchwork of colorful farms and small villages. We overnight in Korce. Cycling distance: 52 km
Day 4 – Cycle from Korce to Germenj
Today we leave the agricultural plateau of Korce and climb up into the forested Grammoz Mountains. Wild flowers and mountain views surround us as we make our way to the tranquil valley of Germenj. Cycling distance: 72 km
Day 5 – Cycle from Germenje to Permet
We make a short climb out of Germenj to a high grassy plateau surrounded by soaring peaks. After reaching Leskovik, we descend to the Viosa River and continue down river to Permet where we spend the night. Cycling distance: 68 km
Day 6 – Cycle from Permet to Gjirokaster
Continuing downriver along the Viosa River, we enter the Kelcyra Gorge, known for its numerous springs and waterfalls. This gorge ends at the confluence of the Drinos River, a wide agricultural valley that leads to the town of Gjirokaster where we spend the night. You will have ample time to explore the narrow cobbled alleys and Ottoman houses in Gjirokaster. Cycling distance: 62 km
Day 7 – Cycle from Gjirokaster to Sarande
We cycle in the Drinos River valley and then climb up the ridge for our last views of Gjirokaster before we begin a forested descent to the seaside town of Sarande. We will spend 2 nights in Sarande. Cycling distance: 65 km
Day 8 – Cycle from Sarande to Butrint
Our final ride is a scenic loop that takes us to the Butrint National Park that protects the archeological wonder of ancient Butrint. We will have ample time to visit the site before returning to our lodging in Sarande. Cycling distance: 50 km
Day 9 – Transfer to Corfu, Greece by hydrofoil (25 minute)
Morning hydrofoil from Sarande to Corfu, Greece. Hotel in the historical center of Corfu. Afternoon to explore on your own and a farewell dinner that evening.
Day 10 – Departure
Transfer on your own to the airport in Corfu for flights home, or you may choose to stay and spend a night or two enjoying more of Corfu. The airport in Corfu is just a few miles from town and there are inexpensive flights to Athens where you can connect with a wide range of international flights.