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Albania UNESCO World Heritage – Guided

Lively colourful cycling tour in Albania

Tirana
Tirana

  • Start
  • Finish

Vlorë
Tirana

So unknown and closer than Greece. Albania was closed to the rest of the world because of its regime until the beginning of the 1990s. Now you can ride a bike and explore this area.  Ever since the country has opened you meet the culture of the Ancient and special atmosphere of the Mediterranean and a hospitable population.

At the same time because of the isolation that is unprecedented, you will be back in time. The time you may know from your own childhood. A splendid combination therefore. Add to that all cultural treasures, we call this trip the Bike Holidays Albania UNESCO World Heritage Tour and the wonderful climate, and Cycletours once again has an inviting new cycling destination.

  • Type of tour Guided
  • Level 4
  • Duration 10 days
  • Distance 60km average per day
  • Lively colourful Tirana
  • Lake Ohrid
  • Korçë the Paris of Albania
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site of Butrint

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Arrival in Tirana

After checking in at the hotel in Tirana, we will go for a tour in the mystery shrouded capital.

 

 

Day 2

Qafe Thane to Pogradec

40KM

After the morning transfer to the Albanian-Macedonian border. Start cycling around the lake, stopping for lunch in Pogradec. After lunch continue along the shore all the way to Tushemisht and have the possibility to visit the monastery of St Naum in Macedonia.

Day 3

Pogradec to Korce

51KM

Today’s cycling ride begins with a climb out of the lake valley to the mountain-flanked plateau above. After pulling yourself away from the gorgeous views of the valley below, the ride continues through a colorful patchwork of lost-in-time farmland on wonderfully empty rural roads. After a day on the road make sure not to miss the bustling markets of the mountain city of Korcë.

Day 4

Korce to Sotire

72KM

We start cycling leaving 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, climbing into the heart of the Grammoz Mountains and over the Barmash Pass(1159m) to Sotire lying in its own tranquil valley. Have lunch in Erseka town, 45 km from Korce.

Day 5

Sotire to Benje (Permet)

52KM

A climb out from Sotire 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. Descending to Çarshove and then following the corniche route high above the river to Benje situated on a bluff above the river. After lunch we will take a short ride to the thermal springs for a swim at the end of the Langarica canyons.

Day 6

Benje to Gjirokaster

72KM

Continue along the valley towards Kelcyra the distant shark’s tooth peaks, which guard a further gorge. Ride between them to the confluence of the Drinos following yet another gorge. This opens out into a wide plain with the town of Gjirokastra (city of 1000 steps) high above on the right.

Day 7

Gjirokaster to Sarande

70KM

Saranda lies along the Ionian coast, sandwiched between the high mountains and the sea and 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.

Day 8

Sarande to Himara A roller coaster of a ride

70KM

Leaving as the mist is burnt off by the sun, climbing steeply out of Saranda to a rocky plateau. Then it’s 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 the bay of Himarë.

Day 9

Himara to Vlore

65KM

Today’s route is as challenging as it is spectacular. Cycling up to the Llogara pass 1000 above the blue water of the Ionian sea and its National Park , 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. After lunch we cycle downhill all the way to Vlore.

Day 10

Transfer from Vlore to Airport in Tirana

Transfer from Vlore to Tirana International Airport.

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
9/13/2018 - 9/22/2018 Fully Booked Tirana Hotels guided cycling tour Albania 2*/3*/4* hotels
9/24/2018 - 10/3/2018 Fully Booked Tirana Hotels guided cycling tour Albania 2*/3*/4* hotels
10/2/2018 - 10/11/2018 Available Tirana Hotels guided cycling tour Albania 2*/3*/4* hotels Book now
10/9/2018 - 10/18/2018 Fully Booked Tirana Hotels guided cycling tour Albania 2*/3*/4* hotels
10/20/2018 - 10/29/2018 Available Tirana Hotels guided cycling tour Albania 2*/3*/4* hotels Book now

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
Hotels guided cycling tour Albania Double room € 1900,- 0 0
Hotels guided cycling tour Albania Single room € 1085,- 0 0

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
30 speed Giant Roam 30 speed Giant Roam Rove €0
10 Speed Giant Explore E+ 10 Speed Giant Explore E+ Explore E bike €136

Included

  • 9 Nights Accommodation
  • Bicycle & H2O Bottle
  • Multilingual tour guide
  • Support van
  • All Lunches and dinners
  • All breakfasts
  • All attraction site fees
  • Snacks on the road

Not Included

  • Single supplement
  • Electric bike
  • Transport to/from Albania
  • Riding gear or helmet
  • Drinks with meals
  • Albania cycling jersey
  • Gratitude for guides
  • Airport shuttle service

Arrival Information

Upon arrival at the airport of Tirana, the representative of Cycletours welcomes you. The transfer takes place by car, taxi or bus. Meet the rest of the tour group over a relaxing dinner. After check inn in at the hotel, depending on the arriving flights, we will have the chance to do a tour of Tirana and visit the nuclear bunker of Enver Hoxha, the fruit and vegetable market and the national museum of history next to the newly built city centre of Tirana. Before the welcome dinner, your tour guide will go with you, through all the tour details and tell you everything you need to know about the amazing tour you are about the journey. Panniers will be given to you at this point that you will use for the duration of the tour as well as a set of maps with details about each riding day

Return Information

If you have booked the flight, we kindly ask you to ensure that our representative has received all the information about your flight (flight number, departure time, plus the airline that issued your ticket). The tour guide will inform you about the return transfer and your return flight. Always compare this information with the information on your flight ticket and in case of ambiguities please contact the tour guide. In general you are required to check out of your hotel room in the morning, also in case of an evening flight. Although in the event of an evening flight, you are still allowed to use the facilities of the hotel to take a shower / freshen up before departure. When you extended your holiday in Albania on your own, you must ensure the reconfirmation and transfer to the airport yourself.

Your travel guidance

What makes our bike tours exceed your expectations are our world-class guides. Chosen for their charisma, expertise and passion for the good life, they turn a good tour into an unforgettable experience.? Multilingual with plenty of skills and know-how.Each tour has two leaders, one cycling with the group and one driving the support van.

Meals

Meals are full board (breakfast, lunch and evening meals) throughout

Accommodation

We use the best accommodation standard that exist here at the moment. When something better opens we will use that. So far the Albanian infrastructure allows us to use 4 star hotels in big cities and 3 in small ones, or family owned guesthouses at remote locations. Accommodation will be in 3-4 star hotels of the Albanian Tourist Board grading system having en suite facilities. Rooms are shared two people per room.

Rental bikes

All our bikes are Giant, lightweight hybrid with disk brakes and 30 speed gears and waterproof Ortlieb panniers. Bikes come in 5 sizes: XSmall, Small, Medium, Large and XLarge

Luggage transport

On this tour there will be a support vehicle for luggage, capable of carrying up to 7 riders if required. Our support vans are new 2013 VW Caravelle with 8 seats, each towing a trailer for 20 bikes.

Clothing

It is important to layer your clothing for different climates, as our tour may go through cool high mountain passes on one day and warm valley lowlands on the next. Rain in the mountains can occur unexpectedly, so you should bring a rain suit. Helmet is a must unless you have made further arrangements with us. In the event of lost luggage we will provide you with a helmet and riding gear until the arrival of yours.

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Frequently asked questions

  • What insurances does Cycletours offer?

    Cancellation insurance (insurance company Unigarant)
    Holidays usually are reserved and paid weeks or even months in advance. If you need to cancel or abort the tour, that always leaves you with financial consequences. Therefore we recommend to arrange a cancellation insurance. This insurance reimburse cancellation costs due to a serious impediment such as an accident, illness or death of relatives in the 1st or 2nd degree.
    Cancellation insurance including  air flight:
    when paying 1% extra over the travel sum of your Bike & Barge tour + flight ticket, then the cancellation expense is insured should you need to cancel or should one of these components unexpectedly be cancelled. This on the condition that no alternative arrangement can be made, so the trip cannot be taken.

  • What languages do the guides speak?

    All tour guides speak English. Some of the the tour guides speak German and/ or French. We also have a few guides who speak Spanish and/or Italian. We try to match the guide’s linguistic abilities with the nationalities in the group.
    The common language on board is English.

  • What is the average age of the participants?

    The ages vary between 35 and 75, but of course we have younger and older guests. During school vacations there are more children on board.

  • Which countries do the participants come from?

    The main countries represented by our cycling guests are: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and France. However we regularly welcome South Africans and Japanese guests.

    The common language on board is English.

More questions

Price starting from € 950,- * * There are no extra's included in this price

Accommodations

Hotels guided cycling tour Albania
Hotels guided cycling tour Albania

Stay in 4-star hotels in the larger cities and in 3 stars in smaller places, and some guest houses in the countryside. Please be informed that the mentioned hotels are only examples. Changes are possible depending on availability. Your final hotel list will be included in your travel documents, sent to you prior to departure.

Hotel Rondos Albania
Hotel Coral Albania
Hotel Porto Eda
Hotel Grand Korca
Hotel Austria Tirana
Gjirokastër Hotel Çajupi
Guesthouse Farma Sotira
Hotel Millenium Pogradec

Tirana

4* Hotel Austria

Offering free WiFi and a garden, Hotel Austria offers accommodation in Tirana, 400 m from Skenderberg Square and 1 km from Sky Tower. Among the various facilities are a shared lounge, a bar, and an on-site dining. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, and a cash machine

Pogradec

4* Hotel Millenium

This hotel is 1 minute walk from the beach. Featuring free WiFi and a playground, Hotel Millennium offers accommodations in Pogradec. The hotel has a terrace and views of the mountains, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Each room has a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Certain rooms include views of the lake or garden. All rooms include a private bathroom.

Korçë

3* Hotel Grand

Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Grand Hotel Palace Korca offers accommodations in Korçë. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site. Every room has a TV. Each room has a private bathroom.You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property.

Gozhdarazhdë

3* Hotel Farma Sotira

Showcasing a sun terrace and views of the mountains, Farma Sotira is located in Gozhdarazhdë. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Some rooms have a sitting area for your convenience.You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property.

Permët

Guesthouse Coli

In Benje you will stay in a guesthouse that is only a few kilometres from the thermal springs and Ottoman bridge. Run by a local family, dinner will often be taken out on the veranda where you will be served their own homegrown produce. Again, rooms here are a little more basic than hotels, each with an ensuite bathroom.

Gjirokastër

4*Hotel Cajupi

Hotel Cajupi is located in Gjirokastër, 24.1 km from Sarandë and 48.3 km from Aristi. The hotel has a terrace and views of the mountains, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and is fitted with a TV. Certain units include a sitting area where you can relax. Each room has a private bathroom equipped with a bathtub or shower.There is a 24-hour front desk, an ATM, room service and a gift shop at the property.

Sarandë

3* Hotel Porto Eda

Free WiFi throughout the property, Porto Eda Hotel offers accommodations in Sarandë, just 29 km from Corfu Town.Every room comes with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Certain rooms feature a sitting area to relax in after a busy day. All rooms have a private bathroom equipped with a shower. There is a 24-hour front desk and gift shop at the property.

Himare

3* Hotel Rondos

this hotel is 1 minute walk from the beach. Located in Himare, 32.2 km from Sarandë, Rondos Hotel features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Certain rooms have views of the sea or garden. Every room includes a private bathroom

Vlorë

4**** Hotel Coral or Hotel Picaso

this hotel is 1 minute walk from the beach. Featuring free WiFi, a restaurant and a terrace, Coral Hotel & Resort offers accommodations in Vlorë. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site.Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Certain accommodations include a sitting area for your convenience. Every room includes a private bathroom with a bidet and shower, with slippers and free toiletries provided.

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