Albania cycling

Easy

18 Sep 2017
Photos of the last travel in Albania cycling

1st day – Tirana:
Meeting at Tirana airport Transfer by minibus to accommodation in Tirana.
Presentation dinner

2nd day – Korça- Permeti:
Transfer from Tirana – capital city – to Korça. We will start pedaling in Molias. It will be a mountain biking day with mostly descents and we will have the opportunity to enjoy the landscape views, without much effort, pedaling along quiet roads of the inland Albania.
Distance and level difference by bicycle: 100 km Level difference: + 600mt (ascent) – 1900 (in descents).

3rd day – Permeti – Girokastra:
This will be a quiet day of pedaling, mostly in a narrow valley next to a river. We will have time to visit the city-museum of Girokastra (declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO).
Distance and level difference by bicycle: 60 km Slope: + 200m and (-200m).

4th day Girokastra- Ksamil:
Before arriving at the Ionian Sea, we will stop at the “Blue Eye”, appreciating an attraction and natural wonder. After crossing the city of Saranda we will enter the Kombetar National Park and pedal between the Butrinti lagoon and the sea. We will spend the night at a hotel on one of the most beautiful beaches in the area. In the afternoon we will have the opportunity to visit the archaeological site of Butrinti and walk through the ruins of this ancient Roman city (will be 6km of pedaling in the natural park, round trip, with panoramic views).
Distance and level difference by bicycle: 85 km. level difference + 750m and -950m.

5th day Ksamil-Himarè:
This day and the following we will pedal along the coast of the Ionian Sea, along a sloppy road that will offer spectacular panoramic views. We will mountain bike through small Albanian coastal towns and the archaeological site of Forte Tepelene, in Puerto Palermo by the sea
Distance and level difference by bicycle: 65 km Elevation: + 1050m (-1100m).

6th day -Himare – Wallonia:
This day of our cycle tour through Albania, we will make the longest climb on our mountain bike tour and at km 23 we will reach a pass at 1030 meters above sea level. We will pedal inside the Llogara National Park. The panoramic scenery of the ascent, will be the reward for our effort and a long descent, will take us to the “final line”, next to the sea. We will spend the night in the city of Valona, with the possibility of taking a city tour.
Distance and level difference by bicycle: 70 km Slope: + 1750m and (-1750m).

7th day – Valona- Fieri- Tirana:
You may opt for a city tour through Valona or take tour to a lagoon and salt mine. We will finish our mountain biking trip through Albania visiting the Roman archaeological site of Santa Apollonia. We will make a transfer to Tirana

450 km, 7 days (6 days of pedaling)

Easy to Medium with 4700mts of level difference, divided into 6 days of regular pedaling effort with multiple stopovers to enjoy the beauty of the natural scenery.

You may expect temperatures in between 20 °C and 30° C.

  • 2 mountain biking guides (Mariano and Agnese)
  • a local driver and tourist guide who will be in the support vehicle with huge knowledge about Albania towns and villages and interesting sites along our cycling trip in Albania
  • local transfers
  • 6 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • energy snacks while pedaling

  • 1 dinner mentioned as on your own
  • beverages and extras
  • Entrance fees to not mentioned as included in the program
  • tips and flight tickets
  • Bicycles (you may rent a bicycle for 15 euros per day)