Discover Albania Cycling Holiday

9 nights from £1635.00

Cycling Trip Highlights

  • Visit an untapped Balkan beauty
  • Explore four UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Chill out on stunning beaches
  • A true off the beaten track holiday
Discover Albania Cycling Holiday
9 nights from £1635.00
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WE LOVEOff the Beaten Track Experience
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 yours to explore but hurry here because word is out!
WE LOVEAlbanian Countryside
The north is wild, the south mysterious and Albania is filled with enough scenery to to satisfy the most adventurous of travellers.

What's Included

Day By Day Discover Albania Cycling Holiday

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 2Cycling from Tirana to Pogradec

After a transfer to Librazhd, your journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pogradec begins. You will ease yourself in with a relatively easy ascent, ensuring you preserve some energy for the tougher one later in the day, giving you spectacular views across Lake Ohrid.

Total distance50kmTotal climb855m
Day 3Cycling from Pogradec to Korce

You will begin your ride by climbing up from the lake onto a high plateau bounded by picturesque mountains. Your route follows the gorge through this scenic region until the surrounding hills open up leading you into a vast open plain filled with a patchwork of individual farms and spectacular colours. You will ride on and end your 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.

Total distance42kmTotal climb400m
Day 4Cycling from Korce to Germenje

In the morning you will 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 you skirt the Albanian-Greek border. Your climbing takes you 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.

Total distance78kmTotal climb1200m
Day 5Cycling from Germenje to Permet

Your morning route rises slowly out from Germenj to a high grassy plateau surrounded by some magnificent soaring peaks. You will 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 you 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 you with your overnight stay and an opportunity this evening to enjoy some traditional Albanian delicacies in a local restaurant.

Total distance60kmTotal climb630m
Day 6Cycling from Permet to Gjirokaster

Today’s ride is fairly flat without any sharp climbs as you head for one of Albania’s most scenic destinations. The morning ride continues along the valley towards Kelcyra where the distant shark’s tooth peaks guard a further gorge. You will 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. You will 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.

Total distance70kmTotal climb581m
Day 7Cycling from Gjirokastra to Saranda

A great day of cycling awaits you as the trail takes you over a climb before descending 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 characterised by a Mediterranean climate and warm sea waters. The city is close to the ancient remains of Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Total distance65kmTotal climb925m
Day 8Cycling from Saranda to Himara

You will start the day climbing sharply out of Saranda to a rocky plateau. Today is 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. You will finish your ride with a last climb before descending to the long beach and the bay of Himara, one of the top tourist destinations in Albania.

Total distance52kmTotal climb1000m
Day 9Cycling from Himara to Vlore

Today you will ride past stunning coastal towns toward Vlore before an epic climb. You will be faced with some tough 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.

Total distance65kmTotal climb1500m
Day 10Departure

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

Departure Dates

22 September 2019 (Sunday)

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What to Expect

Albania is fast becoming the Balkan’s next big travel destination. Mammoth communist-era structures stand beside newly built luxury apartments in Tirana. Neighbourhoods 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.

10day holiday
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60km avg
Expect to ride about 60km per day

How's the Weather? in Albania

The SpringApril to June
The best time to visit Albania is the Spring when the weather is just right in the mountains and the beaches
The SummerJuly to August
This is the peak season and temperatures can be extremely hot on the coast, The mountains will offer cool respite.
The AutumnSeptember to October
Another great season to visit when the country is temperate and perfect for cycling.
The WinterNovember to March
Winter is the low season in Albania. It's cold and wet and not an ideal time to visit.

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