CYCLING TOUR

Day 1

Tirana, the capital of Albania.       

The meeting with our guides will be at the hotel in which we will be accommodated.  It is a comfortable hotel near the center of Tirana.

After the introduction with the group and a short description of the itinerary we will take a city tour starting with a walk on the broad boulevards to proceed with a visit at the monumental mosaic that decorate the National Museum walls, the glory of Albanian Independence. Our tour will be continued with a small deviation toward the Block zone, referred to the previous nomenclature of the communist regime in Albania and to be concluded with a visit in the house of the ex-dictator Enver Hoxha. This is the most vibrant area in the city, with many bars, clubs, restaurants, etc.

Day 2

Cycling course: Qafe Thane - Pogradec city.

Cycling distance: 23.5 km

Elevation: 934 m - 703 m

Difficulty level: “Easy”

After a two - hour drive from Tirana we reach our destination in Qafe Thane where our cycling tour toward Pogradec city starts.

Pogradec is a city and municipality in central Albania, situated on the shores of one of Europe's deepest and oldest lakes, the Ohrid lake. It preserves a unique aquatic ecosystem of worldwide importance, with more than 200 endemic species. The importance of the lake was further emphasized when it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.

Known for its famous writers and poets, whose works are a crucial part of Albanian literature, Pogradec possesses also a rich folklore. Many songs and dances, which have been created throughout the centuries, are based on the beauty of the lake and the love for nature.

Accomodation will be provided in a comfortable hotel that the warm welcoming city of Pogradec offers.

Day 3

Cycling course: Pogradec city - Korca city.

Cycling distance: 39.4 km

Elevation: 703 m - 949 m - 875 m

Difficulty level: “Easy - Medium”

We leave Pogradec with the new day rising to proceed with our next destination the city of Korça otherwise known as the “Serenade City” which offer a magic atmosphere.

Korça, a place of great natural beauty, featuring the renowned Ohrid and Prespa Lakes, mountains and national parks. It is like a gold mine which offers diversity for every visitor.

Famous for its Carnivals, Masked Balls and cobbled paths, Korça offers as well a wide variety of delicious and traditional culinary.

In the afternoon we will enjoy a walk through Korca, Albanian Cradle of Culture. Here we are given the opportunity to visit the Orthodox Cathedral, which is considered the biggest and the most important in Albania because of its size. A visit to the first Albanian School will not be forgotten, already converted into the National Museum of Education.

Dinner will be served in a restaurant in which local specialities will be tasted.

Accommodation in a city hotel.

Day 4

Cycling course: Korca - Farma Sotira.

Cycling distance: 70 km.

Elevation: 875 m – 1210 m - 1110m

Difficulty level: “Medium - Hard”

The next morning we leave Korça with an aim to reach Farma Sotira. On the way to Farma Sotira we will enjoy the cycle through immense valleys and ride up on winding paths through dense and wide forests.

Barmash is the village we will be cycling along to progress with the village of Germenj. A cycling which will take place on the side of the Gramoz mountainrange where we will behold the natural magnificence finish our daily tour in Farma Sotira.

Situated in the heart of the forest, 15 km away from Leskovik, Farma Sotira is a natural beauty which offers immense tranquility and inner peace. The landscape is magnificent, especially in spring when the dazzling view of blossoming diverse flowers is breathtaking.

A sleepover on the farm’s log cabins.

Day 5        

Cycling course: Farma Sotira - Permet.

Cycling distance: 57.2 km

Elevation: 1110 m - 1123 m - 238 m

Difficulty level: “Medium”

Known as “The city of Roses”, located in the southeast Albania, Permet is an attractive city with alpine climate and affectionate residents.

It is the synonym of a city with a hospitality rare to be found, the flower city and traditional songs. It is distinguished for its vineyards, tree plantations and wine present in every Albanian home, it is also known for the Permeti raki - an alcoholic beverage.

Part of the city of Permet are also Benja’s thermal waters, situated 14 km away from the city, near Lengarica river. These are warm waters with sulfuric base and curative effects. A big rock about 30 m high is the city symbol.

Accommodation in a city hotel.

Day 6

Cycling course: Permet - Gjirokaster.

Cycling distance: 61.6 km

Elevation: 238 m - 533 m

Difficulty level: “Medium”

We start our cycling day toward the city of Gjirokastra. It is one of the most important touristic city of southern Albania.

The culture of Gjirokastra district is characterized by wealth of folk and regional costumes, musical traditions. It is famous for its wood and stone carving.

This city of "a thousand stairs", with hundreds of ottoman-style houses with stone roof and of wooden balconies, can be called a magical city with a glorious past.

The city of Gjirokastra was included on the list of World Heritage UNESCO in 2005. Gjirokastra lies downhill from the 13th century castle.

In the afternoon we will enjoy a walk through typical cobbled streets to continue with our visit in Gjirokastra’s castle, undoubtedly on of the most magnificent structures.

We will be hosted in a locally arranged hotel.

Day 7

Gjirokaster - Porto Palermo Peninsula - Himara

Cycling distance: 55 km

Elevation: 320 m

Difficulty level: “Medium”

After one hour drive we arrive at the point from where our cycling day starts along the stunning itinerary of Riviera. This is going to be relatively a long cycling day. This day’s itinerary is one the most beautiful of this tour. The day’s course is definitely going to be memorable as we will cycle along a road from which we will enjoy the stunning relief, with mountains and ridges on the right and the boundless sea on the left. We will be cycling near numerous coastal villages to arrive at our next stop, Porto Palermo, a peninsula in which the castle of Ali Pasha is located. This castle was built to honor his wife, Vasiliqia, whose he gifted it.

This tectonic peninsula, situated not far from the village of Qeparo, has a triangular form. During the communist regime Porto Palermo was a highly restricted military zone with a naval base. Today it is surrounded by gravel trail which lead back to the asphalt road.

Accommodation in the coastal town of Himara.

 

 

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Day 8

Himare - Tirana International  Airport

This is going to be the final day of our tour. During our drive to Tirana airport, if time allows, we will be visiting the ancient city of Apollonia. It is the largest in the Adriatic basin and the most mentioned among 30 other cities with the same name, from the ancient times. It was established around the beginning of the IV century BC. Apollonia’s ruins were discovered in the early nineteenth century. 

After the visit, transport to Tirana International Airport.

 

The price for this tour is:  739 € / person.

Group minimum with 7 people.

Included:

  • Transport from/to the Tirana International Airport.
  • Support vehicle during the entire itinerary & multilingual speaking driver.
  • A professional English-speaking guide riding with the group.
  • Entrance in all antique sites & castles, mentioned on the itinerary.
  • The 7 nights hotel accommodation, 2 people sharing a room.
  • Food: Food: half board (breakfast & dinner)

Not Included:

  • Bike, (You can either bring your own bike, or rent a bike from us, 15 €/day).
  • Lunches.
  • Snacks.
  • Alcoholic drinks & soft drinks.
  • Coffee break.

You need to have:

  • A breathable and quick drying T-shirt
  • Windproof jacket
  • Rain coverage
  • Cap & gloves
  • Headlamp
  • Small backpack
  • Bottle of water 1,5 lt
  • Sun glasses & sun block

 

 

739€