Albania Guided Bike Tour

/Albania Guided Bike Tour

Albania Guided Bike Tour

Tour Dates: 10 Days, May 7 – 16, 2018

May 6-15, 2019

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This tour will be accompanied by Chuck & Judy Nichols

On our Albania Guided Bike Tour you will be introduced to the fascinating culture and natural beauty of one of Europe’s most interesting and off-the-beaten-path cycling destinations. Beginning in the capitol city of Tirana, we enter into a rural landscape punctuated with small villages, family farms, historic medieval towns, lakes and mountain valleys. Bike touring in Albania is relatively new and it is always fun to see the cheerful smiles and waves from locals as you pass by on a bike.

After Albania emerged from communism in 1991 it became a vibrant democracy with a strong middle class. The Albanians have done a good job preserving many of their historical treasures like Butrint and Gjirokaster which are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The food is scrumptious, you can drink the water everywhere and you will fall in love with this wildly beautiful country called Albania!

2018 Price: €1850 Euros
pp double occupancy

Single Supplement: €250 Euros

2019 Price: €1850 Euros

Price Includes:
  • 9 nights lodging
  • all meals beginning with dinner on day 1
  • van support and luggage transfers
  •  hybrid bike rental
  • hydrofoil transfer to Corfu, Greece
Price Does Not Include:

International flights, beverages, Electric Bike Rental €160

Tour Difficulty

This is a challenging tour. The route is quite hilly with one day of 1,155 meters of climbing. We will have a support vehicle and it will be available to give riders a lift.

  • Difficulty: Very Hilly
  • Road Conditions: Paved with some rough sections
  • Hybrid bikes are provided
  • Electric bikes are available at an additional cost

Tour Highlights

  • Europe’s newest cycling destination!
  • Pristine mountain valleys
  • Snowcapped peaks
  • Historical cities
  • Ride in the lovely seaside city of Sarande on the Ionian Sea
  • See the archaeological wonder of Butrint

“The trip was absolutely fantastic .. More than I could have hoped for .. Great group of people and loved getting to know Chuck and Judy .. Having them there was like frosting on the cake. Food was out of this world delicious .. So many fresh vegetables .. Loved the roads and the people, sheep , goats , horses along the way .. Loved learning about the history of a country I knew nothing about .. It was great all around.”

~ Sandy M. (Guided Bike Tour of Albania)

Itinerary

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.

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