The Bicycle Holiday Albania Unesco World Heritage Tour
Discover the highlights of this fascinating, little visited destination from the saddle. Cycle along the shores of Lake Ohrid into the heart of the Gramos Mountains and the tranquil Germenj valley. Descending through the spectacular Vjosa gorge, we reach the Ionian Sea and start our exploration of the turquoise Albanian Riviera. Along the way, we visit the UNESCO listed sites of Gjirokaster, Butrint, and Berat and explore Albania’s rich cultural heritage through its archaeological ruins and local traditions.
So unknown and closer than Greece. Albania had been shut down from the rest of the world until the early nineties because of its regime. Now you can cycle frankly and freely around and go on discovery. Now that the country has opened up, you will meet the culture of the Antiques, the special atmosphere of the Mediterranean and a hospitable population. At the same time because of that until recently prevailing isolation, you feel like you are back in time. The time as you may know from your own childhood. A wonderful combination. Add to that all cultural treasures, we call this tour the Bicycle Holiday Albania Unesco World Heritage Tour and the wonderful climate and TravellingAlbania has an inviting new destination there.
|TA-CT-2019||Lively colourful cycling tour in Albania, guided|
|INCLUDED|| 9 Nights Accommodation
Support van multilingual tour guide
All lunches and dinners
All attraction site fees
Snacks on the road
|NOT INCLUDED|| Reservation costs € 20,- per party
Transport to/from Albania
Riding gear or helmet
Drinks with meals
Albania cycling jersey
Airport shuttle service
• Back in time • Unesco World Heritage tour • Lake Ohrid • Good climate
Day 1: Tirana Airport. Drive to Pogradec on Lake Ohrid
Day2: Cycle from Lake Ohrid to Korça
Once equipped and fitted with our bikes we start cycling from Lake Ohrid, climbing to an elevated plateau with some great views over the blue waters of this splendid lake surrounded by mountains. The road then continues towards Korça pedaling alongside vast fields and past small farms. We check into our hotel upon arrival into Korça. Our total cycling distance today is approximately 50 kilometers (Total 382 meters ascent and 217 meters descent.
Day 3: Climb into the heart of the Gramos Mountains to Germenj
Day 4: Ride through Vjosa Valley; drive onto Gjirokaster
We climb out from Germenj on our bikes 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. The route continues with a 15km descent to Çarshove before following the cornice route high above the river to Permet situated on a bluff above the river. A short but dramatic drive of about one an a half hours will bring us to the historic town of Gjirokastër, another UNESCO Heritage site that is home to some truly stunning Ottoman architecture. Gjirokastër is magnificently set between the towering Gjerë Mountains and the Drino River, providing us with a beautifully scenic arrival by vehicle from Permet as we pass through the Drino Valley and the Kelcyra Gorge. After checking in to our hotel, we have a chance to explore its historic heart, taking in its beautiful 18th and 19th-century buildings and the dominating presence of its Ottoman citadel, believed to be the second largest in the Balkans. If you are travelling in October, we may visit a traditional house instead of inside the citadel as it operates shorter opening hours at the end of the season. Our total cycling distance today is approximately 58 kilometers (Total 691 meters ascent and 1431 meters descent).