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Cycle Macedonia & Northern Albania

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  • Cycle through Macedonia and North Albania, the last hidden gems of Europe.
The Cycle Macedonia & Northern Albania tour starts in Shkoder and ends in Pogradec. The Cycle Macedonia & Northern Albania is a Bicycle Tour that takes 8 days taking you from Shkoder to Pogradec and other destinations in Albania.

The border lands of Northern Albania and Western Macedonia are truly one of the last hidden gems of Europe. Sweeping gorges are carved by crystal blue waters that flow into tranquil lakes, whilst rocky peaks and plateaux rise high above the lush green landscape. Ancient villages, rarely visited by tourists nestle themselves into the valleys, some of which retain a way of life that has been unchanged for centuries. Our carefully chosen route heads through some of the best scenery these fascinating countries have to offer, complimented with some really exciting cycling that equally challenges and rewards.
Day 1 Start Shkoder in Northern Albania

Start Shkoder in Northern Albania. Those on the group flight will be met at the airport and transferred to Shkoder, one of the oldest and most historic cities in Albania, as well as an important cultural and economic center (drive approx. 1.5hr drive). Please note that due to the remoteness of this tour, Shkoder is a good opportunity to make any last minute purchases, such as bike equipment or items you may have forgotten to bring with you.

Day 2 Transfer to Komani Lake; ferry ride from Koman to Fierze (3 hrs). Cycle through gorges, forests and lakes to Dardhe

After an early transfer to Komani we take a ferry to Fierze through the beautiful Komani Lake (which takes about 3 hours).The ferry ride allows you to take in the spectacular scenery, winding its way between high cliffs and towering peaks. From here we get on our bikes and the climbing begins as we ascend from the lake up to a high plateau. Following the line of an ancient trade route, along which the Romans built one of their great arterial roads, the Via Publica, we cycle up through spectacular gorges, forests and lakes towards Dardhe. Cycle approx. 40km, ascent 1175m, descent 500m.

Day 3 Cycle along spectacular mountain roads with high peaks on your left and Fierze lake 800m below on your right; continue to Kukes

Today we will cycle one of the most spectacular roads in Albania with high mountain peaks on your left and Fierza Lake, 800m down on your right. We continue along Fierza Lake until we reach the dam, which is part of a huge hydro-electric system constructed in the 1970's. Cycle approx. 81km, ascent 1500m, descent 1950m.

Day 4 Ride to Peshkopi along the Black Drin Valley

Today we cycle along the Black Drin Valley from Kukes to Peshkopi, following the river. The Black Drin River originates at Lake Ohrid and meets with the White Drin River at Kukes. This is the toughest day of the trip and includes a 12km climb. Cycle approx. 73km, ascent 2000m, descent 1700m.

Day 5 Cross the border into Macedonia and on to the UNESCO town of Ohrid; afternoon city tour

After riding past farms and villages our route passes over into Macedonia. We then continue through the Macedonian countryside until we reach the beautiful UNESCO town of Ohrid. After checking in to the hotel we will head out on a city tour through the town famed for its 365 churches, one for each day of the year. Ohrid itself is situated on the shores of Lake Ohrid, with winding cobbled streets and traditional Macedonian architecture that you will find in the old town. There is the option to take a city tour with a local guide for approximately €3 per person (price dependent on the size of the group). Cycle approx. 93km, ascent 900m, descent 900m.

Day 6 Climb to rocky plateau above Ohrid; ride over passes before descending to Big Prespa Lake in Stenje

In the morning we have free time to explore Ohrid. At lunch time we start cycling along the lake before another 12km climb to a rocky plateau with wonderful views of Lake Ohrid. We then have a long descent to the shores of Lake Prespa, where there’s time for a swim. Cycle approx. 52km, ascent 1350m, descent 1200m.

Day 7 Cycle along the shores of the lake to Small Prespa lake, bordering Albania, Greece and Macedonia; crossing the border back into Albania, pass Lake Ohrid en route to Pogradec

Our route today follows the shores of the larger Prespa Lake and also the smaller Prespa Lake that borders three countries (Albania, Macedonia and Greece). Once past these lakes on the southern side we reach Lake Ohrid and eventually Pogradec in Albania. There is then a chance for a relaxing afternoon at the bay in front of the hotel. Cycle approx. 75km, ascent 900m, descent 1050m.

Day 8 End Pogradec

End Pogradec. Those on the group flight will be transferred to Tirana Airport (approx. 3hr drive).

what’s included
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • 6 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Tour leader throughout
  • All transport and listed activities
  • London flights (if booking incl. flights)
  • Local bike hire
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to Shkoder and from Pogradec are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Cycle Macedonia & Northern Albania tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 8 days
Tour Type Group Tour  
Minimum Participants 6 people
Age Requirement 16+ yrs
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
Starts/Ends Shkoder, Albania/Pogradec, Albania
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customer reviews
5.0 - Excellent Based on 3 reviews
Northern Albania and Macedonia August 2016
5 - Excellent
“After riding the southern Albania trip last year I had to go for this one. It was a fantastic trip over the mountains with beautiful views every day, the lakes, the mountains, the valleys. It was a bit tough going at times but it was worth the effort. The scenery was quite different to the southern trip. I'm glad I did both.
Macedonia was different again. Lots of small farms with their goods on display by the roadside. Ohrid, UNESCO town was very picturesque overlooking lake Ohrid.”
Northern albania and Macedonia cycling
5 - Excellent
“Wow - certainly a challenge, but so worth the sweat of the uphill undulations! Stunning scenery, beautiful lakes and very comfortable accommodation all the way. Go do this trip - it will push you - but it is worth it.”
Albania June 2016
5 - Excellent
“Great trip - challenging but very rewarding.”
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A deposit of 195 USD is required to confirm this tour. For any departures within 24 August 2017 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Cycle Macedonia & Northern 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 Cycle Macedonia & Northern 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.

Cancellation No additional cancellation fees apply for this Cycle Macedonia & Northern Albania tour. You can cancel the tour up to 57 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 56 days of departure.
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