Tour code EXP2016ALB
8 Days with Flights from £945 per person
This is a small group tour through the stunning scenery of Albania riding on peaceful roads.
Albania is a little visited destination and ideal for exploration by cycle. You will ride along the shores of Lake Ohrid into the mountain area of Grammoz then onto the peaceful and remote Germenj valley. Your route takes you via the stunning Vjosa George on the way to the Ionian sea where you can ride along the Albania Rivera. Along the way you will visit Llogora National park, UNESCO sites such as Berat, the Roman city of Butrint, and the town of Gjirokaster. This holiday is a chance to take in the rich cultural heritage that makes Albania such a wonderful place to explore.
Distance per day average 53km total 316km. Grade moderate to challenging. Roads mainly quiet, undulating roads with some steeper sections.
7 nights accommodation
24 gear Specialized Cross trail or Ariel hybrid bike with suspension
Services of experienced tour leader and support vehicle
Flights and transfers
Day 1 – Fly to Tirana airport then transfer to hotel (no meals included) in Pogradec (2 hour transfer) on Lake Ohrid
Day 2 Lake Ohrid to Korca. Collect cycle and ride from Lake Ohrid up to a plateau with good views over the lake. Peddle past fields and farms towards Korca. Total distance 55km ascending ~400m descending ~200m. Check into hotel. Breakfast inc.
Day 3 – Ascent into the Gammoz Mountains to Germenj. Leaving behind the farmland you climb steadily up to a landscape of barren rock mixed with wild flowers. Climb over the Barmash pass (~1200m) to Germenj valley. Sleep in bungalows (wooden). Total distance ~70km ascending ~1200m descending ~1000m.Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 – Cycle via Vjosa valley to Gjirokaster. Cycle to origin of river Vjosa through the stunning gorge to Leskovik and then descent to Carshove. Drive into Gjirokaster lying between the Gjere mountains and the Drino river. Opportunity to explore Ottoman architecture and the impressive Ottoman Citadel. Total distance ~53km ascending ~700m descending ~1400m. Breakfast, Dinner.
Day 5 – Cycle to Saranda via Roman City of Butrint
Day 6 – Albanian Riveria to Qeparo
Day 7 Dhermi Beach with Drive to Berat
Day 8 Tour end – transfer to Tirana airport and flight back to UK