The landing in the land of eagles will be in Mother Theresa Airport and afterwards you will transfer to the capital, Tirana. Depending on the time of arrival, you will take a short walking tour in Tirana to check out it’s highlights and will start to get familiar with Albania. Before going to the hotel you will check the bikes and the equipment with which you will be riding during these days, starting tomorrow.
For dinner and overnight you will be in Tirana.
Day-2 Tirana – Elbasan
Departing from the business noise of the capital, you will head firstly to Elbasan passing over the mountain range of Krraba. On the way you will make a small detour to take a short visit of the castle of Petrela, an iconic landmark of the capital and the recreational place with a stunning view of the whole area.
After the short break in Petrela you continue pedaling in Krraba. Mountain corner after mountain corner, all edges filled with typical plants of the region and with an amazing view in the background. The small canyons among the mountains create a scenery like in the movies and the road is probably the calmest because the lack of vehicles.
Arriving in Elbasan you will pause for tonight and be in Elbasan for dinner and overnight.
Day-3 Elbasan – Qafe Thane – Tushemisht – Pogradec
From Elbasan, the city of flowers, you will depart east, heading for Qafe Thane where you will start biking for today. From Qafe Thane you will descend the mountain that kisses the shores of Lake Ohrid. The panoramic view cannot be compared to any other sight so far, with clean waters in a vast surface, almost like a mirror. Enjoy the ride in this natural wonder, listed also in UNESCO World Heritage List. Dinner and overnight will be pretty close to the lake, in Pogradec.
Day-4 Pogradec – Korca
After breakfast you’ll get all the neccessary equipments and you will get on your bike to ride firstly along Ohrid Lake. The astonishing view is just the beggining of the natural wonder called “Albanian nature”. Lake Ohrid is sorounded by mountains in all sides and you see all them around the lake. Further on you detour from the lake and head to Korca, where you’ll have around you quite a large horizon of the fields of Southeastern Albania. Arriving in Korca you’ll stay for dinner and overnight for the tour of tomorrow.
Day-5 Korca – Germenj
Leaving Korca behind, you will pass now from the other side of the plain fields that got you to Korca, but now with another landspace, with the great Mount Gramoz on the side. The beautiful scenery of the agricultural fields, the high mountain and the flowery nature, will accompain you along the whole way to Germenj, a picturesque small village. There you will experience first hand the lifestyle of the Albanian people and to be closer to it and you will also be in direct contact with Albanian local food, considering that you’ll be staying in Farma Sotira for overnight.
Day-6 Germenj – Permet – Gjirokaster
After the unique experience in Germenj, you will get out of the embrace of the mountains and head to the flowing river of Vjosa. The ride will be alongside the river, which gives you a sense of tranquility with it’s noise of water flowing among rocks. After a rest in Permet, you will drive to Gjirokastra, the stone city. There you will be for dinner and overnight.
Day-7 Gjirokaster – Saranda
Waking up in the plateau in front of the Wide Mountain (Mali i Gjere for local), your ride today will firstly be in that plain field, with rocky hills in your right and the Wide Mountain on the left, quite a large panoramic view following you all the way. And the view is much better from the top of those hills which you’ll climb. The descend is surely much easier and the way is filled with stories, legends and staggering natural beauties, for you’ll be biking throughout the forest. After your arrival in Saranda you will have some free time to explore the Albanian pearl of the Ionian Sea, and you will be there for dinner and overnight.
Day-8 Saranda – Qeparo
The drive from Saranda to Qeparo is relatively a short one compared to the previous routes, but probably this is the one you will enjoy the most. The whole way to Qeparo is full with ups and downs comparable with a rollercoaster, and along the whole way is the Albanian Riviera with some of the most special beaches that your eyes will ever reach. The afternoon will be not on the bike anymore but now onto the Ionian Sea for an afternoon swim on it’s crystal clear waters.
Day-9 Qeparo – Llogara
Maybe you are a person that likes descending with the bike, but this day is more about ascending. From Qeparo you will continue in the Albanian Riviera and today you will climb to Llogara. Along the dazzling serpentine road you will see quite some stunning view, especially the unforgetful immediate drop from the mountain to the sea.
Llogara is in all it’s meanings a Natural Park, and among the cleanest air possible and greenest nature of the south, you will be for dinner and overnight.
Day-10 Llogara -Tirana – Onwards
Waking up from the magic of Llogara, you will drive up north to Tirana, the capital, from where you will get your flight back home, filled with memories from your Albanian adventure on two wheels.
The biking tours are of the most special in Albania, for the sole reason of the immense area of nature sites that the biking tracks pass through. And you will prove this since the first day on the way to Elbasan. The old road connecting Elbasan with the capital has been replaced with a new one, and this makes the old road almost the perfect track for a pleasant trip with bike amid the mountains. Moreover, there are not only mountains, but on the next day the track passes alongshore Lake Ohrid, and there you can take another look at the lake and it’s beauty. The immensely large Gramoz Mountain will be with you for some time in this journey as you will pass on the mountain foot to reach Permet, the city of roses. More mountain scenery accompains you on the way to Gjirokastra, a UNESCO listed city for the preservation of the Ottoman style quarters. But descending from the mountains, your tour has tracks alongside the sea as well, giving you the most pleasant view of the Albanian Riviera on the Ionian Sea. You will enjoy the tour so much that you will feel these days onle as a teaser for you to come back again in Albania.
Countries visiting: Albania
Highlights: Biking around Albania, Ohrid Lake from the Albania side, National Parks Sites, Albanian Riviera, Free afternoons by the sea, etc.
Transport: Coach, Bike
Accommodation: 9 nights