Cycling in Albania

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5.0 Based on 41 Reviews
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  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts Pogradec, Albania
  • Ends Vlore, Albania
Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
  • Choose a different tour Select a new tour run by the same tour operator within 30 days of departure.
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Immerse yourself in a previously isolated countryCycle from mountain plateaux to the Albanian RivieraVisit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Butrint
The Cycling in Albania tour starts in Pogradec and ends in Vlore. The Cycling in Albania is a bicycle tour that takes 8 days taking you from Pogradec to Vlore and through other destinations in Albania.

Some say that visiting Albania is as close as you'll get to travelling back in time. It wasn't until the collapse of the People's Socialist Republic of Albania in 1991 that the world got its first glimpse of the country within. Huge snow-capped mountains, inviting beaches, pretty rural villages, a genuine subsistence culture and an exceptionally friendly welcome is what you will find here. We cycle through the very best of Europe's beautiful unknown, beginning our tour on the border of Macedonia, biking towards the ancient town of Gjirokastra passing soaring peaks and lush green valleys. From here we begin our descent to the Albanian Riviera passing the UNESCO site of Butrint and Llogara National Park, before relaxing by the sea at our hotel in Vlorë.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
5 - Excellent
Based on 41 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 04 2019
5 - Excellent
Cycling in Albania
“This was a really great cycling holiday. The moutain scenery was amazing and hardly anyone around except the odd cattle and motorist here and there. Food and accommodation were all excellent and guides were very professional, friendly and helpful. Great bikes with front suspension. Road a little bit bumpy in places but on the whole fine for cycling. Great tour leader, trainee tour leader and driver.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Sep 28 2019
4 - Very Good
Nice but not perfect
“I did enjoy the cycling in those desolated monutain regions, with practically no traffic in company of our joung enthusiastic guides, as well as the way along the coast, with lot of ondulation. The hotels at the coast were nice, although concerning the meals there was room for improvement. It would have been nice to dine a couple of time in a restaurant instead of staying always at the hotel.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Sep 21 2019
5 - Excellent
Just book it
“This tour of Albania was incredible from the contrast in scenery between mountains and coast and our expert organisation from our guides, Erlis and Oni.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Sep 14 2019
5 - Excellent
What a nice surprise!
“This is our 10th Exodus cycling trip and because we were both very busy in the summer, we didn't have a lot of time preparing and read up about the trip. We knew next to nothing about Albania and just managed to read the trip notes once so that we know how many days to pack for and that was it. The trip turns out to be a great pleasant surprise. We thought Albania will have poor infrastructure with lots of pot holes (like Cuba or Romania) but the back roads that we rode on were great. Most of the cars are Mercedes (surprisingly) and the hotels were great European standard (most have good fast WiFI except in the mountains).The food and drinks are cheap (even with the being so low because of Brexit) and the old city of Gjirokaster and Butrint were amazing.The quality of cycling is also very good. There are quite a few climbs (especially the one on the last day) but we are never in a rush and with our keen leader encouragement, we managed most of them.”
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Start Pogradec.
  • Day 2: Transfer to Korçë; steady climb through a landscape of barren rock interspersed with wild flowers; cycle towards Grammoz Mountain and over the Barmash Pass (1159m) to Gërmenj.
  • Day 3: Cycle through high grassy plateaux surrounded by soaring peaks before descending to Carshove and on to Benje; ride to thermal springs for a swim.
  • Day 4: Valley ride towards Kelcyra; after lunch at Tepele Waterfalls transfer to Gjirokastra for afternoon city tour.
  • Day 5: Transfer up the Muzina Pass, long descent to Sarandë via the coast and the UNESCO site of Butrint.
  • Day 6: Spectacular coastal ride to the long beach of Himarë Bay.
  • Day 7: Ride towards Vlorë; optional 1043m climb to the Llogara Pass; long descent through Llogara N.P. finishing by the coast.
  • Day 8: End Vlorë.
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • 5 nights hotels, 2 nights guesthouses,All accommodation
Meals
  • All breakfasts and 2 dinners included
Transport
  • 6 days cycling with full vehicle support
  • Transfer for group flights
Guide
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus local cycling leader and driver.
Others
  • Min age 16 yrs
  • Trip can be combined with
  • Cycle
  • Macedonia &
  • Northern
  • Albania
  • E-bike hire available on request
  • Local bike hire
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any international flights to Pogradec and from Vlore are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Cycling in Albania tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Cycling in Albania tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 20 November 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 20 November 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Cycling in Albania tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Cycling in Albania tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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