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This trip is Guided allowing you to explore the area with the benefit of a knowledgeable ride leader and support.
This trip is ideal for Breaks with Friends & Seasoned Cyclists.
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TRIP HIGHLIGHT WHAT WE LOVE

Albania has come along way since its brutal communist regime fell in the early 90s. Once a repressed and secretive state, now this small, mountainous country is the untapped hit of the Balkans. It boasts four UNESCO World Heritage sites, a pulsing capital city and beaches to rival the stunning Adriatic coastlines of Croatia and Montenegro. Hurry here because word is out!

Dates available:

13 May – 22 May 2018
26 Aug – 4 Sep 2018
23 Sep – 2 Oct 2018
DAY 1Arrival

You have the day free to explore Tirana as you please, get to know your fellow cyclists at tonight's welcome dinner and trip briefing.

DAY 2Tirana - Pogradec

After a transfer to Librazhd, our journey to the UNESCO worldwide heritage site of Pogradec begins. We'll ease ourselves in with a relatively easy ascent, ensuring you preserve some energy for the tougher one later in the day, allowing us to view the spectacular Lake Ohrid. 

Today's cycling is approximately 50km with a total ascent of 855m.

DAY 3Pogradec - Korce

We begin our ride by climbing up from the lake onto a high plateau bounded by picturesque mountains. Our route follows the gorge through this scenic region until the surrounding hills open up leading us into a vast open plain filled with a patchwork of individual farms and spectacular colours. We ride on and end our day in Korce; once dubbed the Paris of Albania, the city has a well-preserved historical centre with cobblestone streets and many surviving early 20th century villas. 
Today's cycling is approximately 42km with a total ascent of 400m.

DAY 4Korce - Germenje

In the morning we leave behind the agricultural plateau of Korce, climbing steadily into the border mountains through a landscape of barren rock interspersed with wild flowers. Numerous cols and valleys lie ahead on our undulating route which offers up plenty of stunning landscapes as we skirt the Albanian-Greek border. Our climbing takes us into the deep heart of the Grammoz Mountains and over the Barmash Pass (1159 m) to the town of Germenj which lies in its own tranquil valley. Our rest stop for the night is in this little visited pleasing town.

Today's cycling is approximately 78km with a total ascent of 1,200m.

DAY 5Germenje - Permet

Our morning route rises easily out from Germenj to a high grassy plateau surrounded by some magnificent soaring peaks. We reach the source of the River Vjosa before descending through its spectacular gorge to the sleepy town of Leskovik. The descent continues to Cashare and then we follow the wonderful cliff road high above the river to Permet, situated on a bluff above the river. Famed for its cuisine and its strong raki, Permet provides us with our overnight stay and an opportunity this evening to enjoy some traditional Albanian delicacies in a local restaurant. Those with energy left in their legs can climb up to the centrally situated “Rock of Permet” for a great observation point across the town and river. Coli Guesthouse. 

Today's cycling is approximately 60km with a total ascent of 630m. 

DAY 6Permet - Gjirokaster

Today's ride is fairly flat without any sharp climbs as we head for one of Albania's most scenic destinations. Our morning ride continues along the valley towards Kelcyra where the distant shark’s tooth peaks guard a further gorge. We ride between the sharp ranges to the confluence of the Drinos River and follow another gorge until it opens opens out into a beautiful wide plain. We finish our day in the 'City of 1000 Steps', Gjirokaster. This UNESCO World Heritage site city clings to the slope of Gjere mountain above the valley of the Drinos river. Gjirokaster has a charming bazaar area with Ottoman houses and small shops facing narrow cobbled streets. Our hotel offers prime views over the town. Cajupi hotel. 

Today's cycling is approximately 70km with a total ascent of 581m.

DAY 7Gjirokastra - Saranda

A great day of cycling awaits us as our trail takes us over a nonchalant climb before we descend through absorbing countryside to Saranda, the southern gateway city of Albania. The city lies along the Ionian coast, sandwiched between the high mountains and the Greek island of Corfu, and is characterized by a Mediterranean climate and warm sea waters. The city is close to the ancient remains of Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Butrint is one of the county’s most important archaeological sites, tracing its origins back to the Greeks and the Romans. We’ll cycle out to the site this afternoon to pay a visit, before returning to Saranda for the evening. Porto Eda Hotel.

Today's cycling is approximately 65km with an ascent of 925m.

DAY 8Saranda - Himara

Our first action is to climb sharply out of Saranda to a rocky plateau. We have a roller coaster of a ride today, ascending and descending as the morning mist is burnt off by the sun. Then it’s over grand cols into picturesque bays and around broad headlands, always with the stunning mountain scenery to the right and sea to the left. We finish our ride with a last climb before descending to the long beach and the bay of Himara; one of the top tourist destinations in Albania.
  
Today's cycling is approximately 52km with a total ascent of 1000m.

DAY 9Himara - Vlore

Today we will ride past more stunning coastal towns toward Vlore. At 25 kms an undeniable challenge will be in front of us and we will be faced with daunting switchbacks that climb up to 1030 m over 8 kilometres. This climb is of course optional and the support van is available to take you to the top for an amazing downhill through Llogara National Park. We return back down to sea level and enjoy a flat and easy ride to our private beach in front of the hotel.

Today's cycling is approximately 65km with a toal ascent of 1,500m.

DAY 10Departure

One last seaside breakfast before we transfer you to Mother Teresa Airport or to your hotel in Tirana if you have extended your stay. 

Map of a cycling holiday in Albania
10 DAYS
60 KM/DAY AVERAGE
Albania
WHAT’S THE WEATHER

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INFORMATION

Albania is fast becoming the Balkan's next big travel destination. Mammoth communist-era structures stand beside newly built luxury apartments in Tirana. Neighborhoods have been re-energised through renovation and café culture and a once closed country is now a glittering beacon on the Adriatic coast. As you get off the beaten track, you will explore old Albania. Stunning plateaus, rushing waters spilling into gigantic gorges and villages that time forgot, all await your arrival.

Weather
INFORMATION

The best time to visit Albania is the late Spring of May and June and early autumn of September and October. Pleasant temperatures make for great cycling and you will avoid the busy summer months when the beaches are thronging and the weather can get extremely warm

PACKAGE DETAILS MORE INFORMATION

Your accommodation will be in a mixture of hotels, and boutique residences. 
You will be met and collected at Tirana International Airport, before being whisked away to the hotel in Tirana. On the final day of the holiday, you can join the transfer from the hotel to Tirana International Airport, or make separate arrangements to stay. 
Your trip will include all meals. Fresh, local cuisine will be served for breakfast and lunch and bottled mineral water as well as local fruits and refreshments are provided on all cycling days. Please let our cycling experience team know if you have any dietary requirements that we need to be aware of. 
The holiday is guided by English speaking, knowledgeable, friendly guides. Your ride will be followed by a support van equipped with plenty of refreshments as well as a comprehensive first-aid kit. Alternatively, if you would like to do this tour privately, this can be arranged, just ask our cycling experts.    
You will have a well trained and knowledgeable guide who will carry a comprehensive first-aid kit. In the unlikely case of any medical emergency that requires a hospital, there is ground transportation on hand to provide assistance and a local speaking support team. 
The bike you will hire will give you a comfortable ride as you cruise through Albania and it is equipped with  water bottle holders and an area to keep a small day bag. If you would like to bring your own bike instead, please let our cycling experience team know. 
The air conditioned support van will be equipped with essentials such as bottled mineral water and local fruit and snacks during each day's ride. The guide will have a travel set of bike tools for emergency repairs and the support van will be equipped with spare parts and other tools. 
Your bags will be collected each morning and taken from your accommodation to the next night’s accommodation. We suggest you keep a day bag with you for all your essentials. 
Travel to Albania is not included but please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to book flights for you.  
We consider travel insurance to be essential. Accordingly, it is a condition of making a booking through us that you have suitable insurance cover for the booking you have made and any activities which you expect to take part in. This insurance as a minimum should cover cancellation, baggage loss, accidents and health issues while you are away. We also recommend that you take your policy details with you when you travel. Please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to arrange travel insurance for you.