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Cycle Macedonia & Northern Albania

US$ 1,365
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highlights
  • Cycle along the Black Drin Valley
  • Enjoy spectacular scenery at Komani Lake
  • Visit the UNESCO town of Ohrid
The Cycle Macedonia & Northern Albania tour starts and ends in Shkoder. The Cycle Macedonia & Northern Albania is a Bicycle Tour that takes 8 days taking you through Shkoder, Albania 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.
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.”
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 (approx. 1.5hrs 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.*Comfortable Hotel*
After an early transfer to Komani we take a ferry to Fierze across 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.*Standard Hotel*
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.*Comfortable Hotel*
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.*Comfortable Hotel*
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.*Comfortable Hotel*
In the morning 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.*Standard Hotel*
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.*Comfortable Hotel*
End Pogradec. Those on the group flight will be transferred to Tirana Airport (approx. 3hrs drive).
what’s included
Accommodation
  • 5 nights hotels, 2 nights guesthouses , All accommodation
Meals
  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 2 dinners included
Transport
  • 6 days cycling with full vehicle support 
  • Transfer for group flights
Others
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus local cycling leader and driver. Min age 16 yrs
  • Trip can be combined with Cycling in Albania
  • E-bike hire available on request
  • Local bike hire
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to/from Shkoder 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 - Max 16 participants
Minimum Participants 4 people
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Shkoder, Albania/ Shkoder, Albania
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Payment

A deposit of 137 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 56 days before departure. For any departures within 19 August 2018 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.

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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.

CancellationNo 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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