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Cycle Albania

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
From: $ 1,190 $ 149 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Cycle Albania - Stunning scenery, peaceful, traffic-free roads and great local food
  • Albanian Riviera - Picturesque trails and villages
  • Gjirokaster - Discover this historic UNESCO listed town
  • Butrint - Visit the beautifully situated roman city
  • Lake Ohrid - Mountainous setting and access point to remote town of Germenj
  • Llogora National Park - Pine forests, mountain and sea scenery

Short Description

Discover the highlights of this fascinating, little visited destination from the saddle. Cycle along the shores of Lake Ohrid into the heart of the Grammoz Mountains and the tranquil Germenj valley. Descending through the spectacular Vjosa gorge we reach the Ionian Sea and start our exploration of the turquoise Albanian Riviera. Along the way we visit the UNESCO listed sites of Gjirokaster, Butrint and Berat and explore Albania's rich cultural heritage through its archaeological ruins and local traditions.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City Tirana Airport

Destinations

Albania

Cities & Attractions

Berat Gjirokaster

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Trip Includes

Included Bike

24 gear Specialized CrossTrail or Ariel hybrid bikes with lockable front suspension

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Join trip at Tirana Airport. Drive to Pogradec on Lake Ohrid

Description

We meet at Tirana Airport and drive for approximately 2 hours to our hotel in Pogradec, located on the shores of Lake Ohrid.

Included Meals : None

Day 2 - Cycle from Lake Ohrid to Korça

Description

Once equipped and fitted with our bikes we start cycling from lake Ohrid, climbing to an elevated plateau with some great views over the blue waters of this splendid lake surrounded by mountains. The road then continues towards Korça pedaling alongside vast fields and past small farms. We check into our hotel upon arrival into Korça.
Our total cycling distance today is approximately 50 kilometres (Total 382 metres ascent and 217 meters descent)

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 3 - Climb into the heart of the Gammoz Mountians to Germenj

Description

This morning when we retake to our bikes we leave behind the agricultural plateau of Korça, climbing steadily into the border mountains through a landscape of barren rock interspersed with wild flowers. Numerous cols and valleys lie ahead, climbing into the heart of the Grammoz Mountains and over the Barmash Pass (1159m) to Germenj lying in its own tranquil valley. We spend the night in wooden bungalows 'Ferma Sotir' in Germenj.
Our total cycling distance today is approximately 72 kilometres (Total 1160 metres ascent and 1041 meters descent)

Included Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 - Ride through Vjosa Valley; drive onto Gjirokaster

Description

We climb out from Germenj on our bikes to a high grassy plateau surrounded by soaring peaks before reaching the source of the River Vjosa and descending through its spectacular gorge to Leskovik. The route continues with a descent to Çarshove before following the cornice route high above the river to Permet situated on a bluff above the river. A short but dramatic drive of about one hour will bring us to the historic town of Gjirokastër, another UNESCO Heritage site that is home to some truly stunning Ottoman architecture. Gjirokastër is magnificently set between the towering Gjerë Mountains and the Drino River, providing us with a beautifully scenic arrival by vehicle from Permet as we pass through the Drino Valley and the Kelcyra Gorge. After checking in to our hotel, we have a chance to explore its historic heart, taking in its beautiful 18th and 19th century buildings and the dominating presence of its Ottoman citadel, believed to be the second largest in the Balkans.
Our total cycling distance today is approximately 58 kilometres (Total 691 metres ascent and 1431 meters descent)

Included Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Cycle to Saranda via Butrint archaeological treasure

Description

A short drive after breakfast will bring us to the beginning of the cycling section that starts with a downhill ride from Muzina Pass. The ride then encircles the lagoon of Butrint National Park where we will visit the archaeological site. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Butrint is one of the county's most important archaeological treasures, tracing its origins back to the Greeks and the Romans. In the afternoon we continue our ride onto Saranda and spend the evening at the waterfront. The gateway to southern Albania, Saranda lies along the Ionian coast, sandwiched between the high mountains and the sea and close to the ancient remains of Butrint.
Our total cycling distance today is approximately 67 kilometres (Total 560 metres ascent and 1089 meters descent)

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 6 - Ride the Albanian Riviera to Qeparo

Description

A roller coaster of a ride awaits us this morning as we make our way along the Albanian Riviera passing through the small villages of Piqeras and Lukova en route to Qeparo. Leaving as the mist is burnt off by the sun, climbing steeply out of Saranda to a rocky plateau. From here we pedal over cols into bays and around headlands, always with the stunning mountain scenery to the right and sea to the left before descending to the long beach and bay of Qeparo where we spend the night in the seaside village of Qeparo on the Albanian Riviera. The afternoon is left free to enjoy the beach and relax.
Our total cycling distance today is approximately 40 kilometres (Total 965 metres ascent and 918 meters descent)

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 7 - Cycle to Dhermi beach then drive to Berat

Description

We continue our route into the valley heading north before climbing over several cols, through woodlands, little gorges, forests and around hairpin bends. Along the way we pass the old fortress of Ali Pasha of Tepelena, Palermo Bay, the Monastery of St. Theodore and Gjipe Bay and the coastal town of Himara. Our cycling adventure ends with a descent to the picturesque village of Dhermi, nestling amongst the rocky slopes of the Ceraunian Mountains. After lunch we drive 120 km to Berat, enjoying the great mountain and sea views of Llogora National Park enroute. Home to black pine, Eurasian otter and golden eagles, the park is a scenic expanse of protected woodland that encompasses the forests on the northern side of the Llogora Pass. Berat is perhaps the most beautiful town in Albania. Explore the cobbled alleys between the white walled houses and visit the citadel high above. Staying in a traditional hotel in the historic neighbourhood of Mangalemi, we should have some time to explore this World Heritage site before dinner. Time permitting, there is an optional visit to the Onufri Iconographic Museum, located in the sanctuary of St Mary's Church in the inhabited quarter of Berat Castle. Home to a remarkable collection of religious paintings, the museum is named after a famous 16th century icon painter whose works were characterised by post-Byzantine and Venetian influences.
Our total cycling distance today is approximately 33 kilometres (Total 809 metres ascent and 812 meters descent)

Included Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Trip ends Tirana Airport

Description

We make our way by bus to Tirana Airport, located about 200 km from Berat, where our trip ends.

Included Meals : Breakfast

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4.6 out of 5 (100+ reviews)
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Activities
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Lodging
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Cycle Albania

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Cycling and overlooking Qeparo was surprise

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Every day the cycling was a highlight. Otherwise, hiking up to and exploring the largely deserted hilltop village overlooking Qeparo was a complete surprise and a definite highlight for me.
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I was grateful to Explore with my booking as I was forced to cancel at a late date and then was enabled to rebook which meant the difference between having no summer holiday and a wonderful one. All of the administration seemed to be very efficient, friendly and professional.
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Wonderful holiday memories

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We have travelled all over the world with explore on their family adventure holidays. We have an only child and she benefited so much with instant friendships, and has some wonderful holiday memories. Explore has always been very helpful with the booking process, and we have found most of the tour leaders they use to be professional, committed, really good at their jobs.
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Extremely enjoyable

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I have travelled with Explore on several occasions. Each experience has been positive and every trip extremely enjoyable. The itinerary’s are excellent ensuring a full and varied experience and the use of local guides is hugely beneficial.
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It's fantastic trip

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It's fantastic trip for me..just not very happy for accommodation. And the trip leader .If he can make more time with us.and make more interesting and funny when he was talking. It is should be good..other way he is good..
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wonderful

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Danijela, our tour guide, was wonderful. She shared plenty of facts about Croatia with us and managed all the arrangements really well. One of our group had a birthday while we were away and Danijela gave her a present and we celebrated. Transfers to and from the airport went well. Prior to going, the staff on the phones were really helpful with any questions.
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Optional Activities

Optional Excursions

Onufri Iconographic Museum, Berat - 200 Lek (approx 1.20 GBP)

Accomodations

Accommodation Notes

Standard - Our mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en-suite facilities.

Guides

An Explore Leader is an integral part of any Explore trip and your trip will be led by one of our experienced Explore Leaders who have been handpicked and expertly trained. We believe that our Explore Leaders are the key to the success of our trips; they are passionate travellers who are bursting with first-hand local knowledge which they love to share. Your Explore Leader will also take care of all the planning and organisation throughout your journey. Their passionate approach will make this trip fun and inspiring, bringing the destination to life whether you're travelling alone or with others.

Tour Staff

Driver(s), Local Guide(s), Explore Tour Leader / Cycle guide, Driver(s), Local Guide(s), Explore Tour Leader / Cycle guide

Additional Information:

Cycling Information

On this trip we cycle 320 km over six days (an average of 53 km per day). We mainly use quiet, undulating roads although there will be several steeper sections on tarmac. A support vehicle accompanies the rides throughout the trip. We have graded the route as moderate to challenging.

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