A Bicycle Tour of Southern Albania

Tour Dates

September 16 - 28, 2019 - SOLD OUT

September 14 - 26, 2020 - Now open for registration

 

Here is a summary of your trip:

Day 1 – Meet and Greet

- Meet in early afternoon at hotel

- Introduce staff, give out booklets, jerseys

- Briefing on how a typical day will go and what to expect during the tour

- Fit rental bikes

- Transfer to Dinner at local farm

Overnight: Hotel in Tirana

 

Day 2 – City Tour – Cave of Pëllumbas – Hike – Elbasan

- Guided Morning walking tour of the capital

- Transfer to the Cave of Pellumbas Village

- Lunch at a riverside restaurant

- Hike the Cave of Pellumbas

- Further transfer to Elbasan, followed by traditional dinner in the area

Overnight: Hotel in Elbasan

 

Day 3 – Elbasan – Pogradec (73 km)

- Early breakfast at the hotel

- At approximately 8:30 - 9 am leave to start cycling

- Stop for coffee/tea mid-morning

- Lunch at local restaurant after the pass

- after check-in, chance to explore lakefront, National Park of Drilon

Dinner: Local Restaurant

Overnight: Hotel in Pogradec

 

Day 4 – Pogradec – Korça – optional ride to Voskopoja (52/90 km)

- Early breakfast at the hotel

- At approximately 8:30 am leave to start cycling

- Stop for coffee/tea mid-morning

- Lunch in the outskirts of Korça

- Stop for coffee/tea mid-afternoon in Voskopoja (Churches in Voskopoja – St. Nicholas 1721, St. Athanasius, St. Michael, St. Elias 1751) – option to stay in Korce or to have van transfer to Voskopoja

- Arrival at the hotel in Korça, followed by check-in and visits of the local attractions, such as the first school in Albania and the Orthodox church

Dinner: Local Restaurant

Overnight: Hotel in Korça

 

Day 5 – Korçë – Sotira Farm (70 km)

- Early breakfast at the hotel

- At approximately 8:30 am leave to start cycling

- Stop for coffee/tea mid-morning

- Lunch at Restaurant

- Coffee/tea mid-afternoon at Sotira

- Arrival at the Sotira Farm followed by check-in and free time to relax

Dinner: “Sotira Farm” Gërmenj

Overnight: Wooden Bungalows of “Sotira Farm” Gërmenj

 

Day 6 – Sotira Farma – Përmet (70 km)

- Early breakfast at the hotel

- At approximately 8:30 am leave to start cycling

- Stop for coffee/tea mid-morning

- Lunch in the outskirts of Përmet

- Visit of the Thermal Springs of Bënja, near the Ottoman Stone Bridge of Katiu

- Arrival at the hotel in Përmet, followed by check-in and visits of the local attractions, such as the Orthodox church of Leusa

Dinner: Local Restaurant Përmet

Overnight: Hotel in Përmet

 

Day 7 – Free day in Permet

- Breakfast at the hotel

- Flex Day – options of a hike, white water rafting, or day in Permet

- Picnic lunch depending on the activity of the day

Dinner: Local Restaurant Përmet with entertainment

Overnight: Hotel in Përmet

 

Day 8 – Përmet – Gjirokastër (60 km)

- Early breakfast at the hotel

- At approximately 8:30 am leave to start cycling

- Stop for coffee/tea mid-morning

- Lunch in Gjirokastra

- Arrival at the hotel in Gjirokastra, followed by check-in and visits of the local attractions, such as the Castle, Local Bazaar and the Ethnographical Museum

Dinner: Local Restaurant Gjirokastra

Overnight: Hotel in Gjirokastra

 

Day 9 – Gjirokastër – Sarandë (60 km)

- Early breakfast at the hotel

- At approximately 8:00 am leave to start cycling

- Stop for coffee/tea mid-morning

- Visit and lunch at Blue Eye

- Arrival at the hotel in Saranda, followed by check-in and time to explore the city, especially the boardwalk along the waterfront.

Dinner: Local Restaurant Saranda

Overnight: Hotel in Saranda

 

Day 10 – Sarande – Butrint – Qeparo (70 km)

- Early breakfast at the hotel

- At approximately 8:00 am leave to start cycling towards the Archaeological Park of Butrint

- Visit of the site and also stop for coffee/tea

- Lunch at local restaurant

- Stop for coffee/tea mid-afternoon

- Arrival at the family run guesthouse in Qeparo, followed by check-in and free time to relax and enjoy the beach.

Dinner: At Hotel

Overnight: Hotel in Qeparo

 

Day 11 – Qeparo – Llogara Pass (53 km)

- Early breakfast at the hotel

- At approximately 8:00 am leave to start cycling

- Stop for coffee/tea mid-morning

- Lunch at local restaurant

- Arrival at the hotel in Llogara, followed by check-in and free time to enjoy the fresh air of the mountain. Possible Hike

Dinner: At Hotel

Overnight: Hotel in Llogara

 

Day 12 – Llogara Pass – Vlore – Apollonia - Berat – Tirana – 35 km

- Early breakfast at the hotel

- At approximately 8:00 am leave to start cycling

- Stop for coffee/tea mid-morning in Vlora where the group will change clothes and continue the journey by the dedicated minivan.

- Visit to ruins and Lunch in Apollonia

- Explore Berat - the City of 1000 Windows – Castle, Museum, Citadel

- Further transfer to Tirana, where the group will check in at the Hotel and prepare for a farewell dinner in the city center.

Dinner: Local Restaurant

Overnight: Hotel in Tirana

 

Day 13 – Tirana

- Breakfast at the hotel followed by individual departures.