Biking through national parks of Razëm and Theth.


Booking code RTBH40

7 Days € 690

Travel dates:2018-08-04 to 2018-08-10           Reservation

Travel dates:2018-06-30 to 2018-07-06           Reservation

Cycling in Razëm and its surroundings, Boga and Thethi National Park

The vibrant Tirana and biking through its surroundings

Cycling in Shkodra and to Rozafa castle

Accommodation at three-star hotels in Tirana, Shkodra, Razëm and in guest houses

Selected restaurants "A la carte" in Tirana and Shkodra


This is a bike tour through two of the most beautiful areas of the Albanian Alps. Some trails are challenging and some simple making it possible not only to bike, but also to enjoy the natural beauty around you. This tour is suitable not only for athletes but also for those who want to spend an active holiday in Albania in contact with nature. During the entire journey you will be supported by our cars that will transport your luggage or bikes and assist you.


Day 1: The vibrant capital city Tirana and its surroundings: G2+, D 8km, CT 2h

After arrival at noon, transfer from “Mother Teresa” airport to the hotel in downtown Tirana. Tirana is located in Central Albania, at the foot of the Dajti Mountain at an altitude of 110m. 

After a short break, transfer to the starting point of your activity: the Park of Tirana. There you will meet your bike guide. For today an introductory tour through the park is planned.

Dinner will be provided at a traditional restaurant, where you can choose between various dishes on the menu. Then, you will be accompanied to the hotel. (-/-/D) 


Day 2: Shkodra, the centre of north Albania and Razëm, the village in the middle of intact nature: G1+, D 38km, CT 3h

Today’s activities start early in the morning with the drive to Lezha. From there we will ride in the direction of Shkodra, following the old road through Torovica. 

Shkodra is one of the oldest inhabited cities in Albania with an over 2400-years old history. There is planned a city tour, and afterwards an uphill ride to the ruins of the Rozafa castle. It lies on the top of a steep hill between the rivers Buna and Drin at 110m above sea level. Its origins date back to pre-Roman times of the Illyrians and the castle has determined the destiny of the city until modern times. After having lunch at a traditional restaurant in Shkodra, transfer to Razëm, where dinner and the accommodation in a hotel in the middle of the Natural Park of Razëm are planned. (B/L/D)


Day 3: The park of Razëm und its surroundings (1022m): G3, D 20km, CT 3h

Razëm is located 40km from Shkodra and 50km from Thethi, in a very picturesque area that offers several sports opportunities. Today's bike trip runs mostly through the forest on visible tracks that sometimes become steeper. Return to the hotel in the afternoon and time for a bath, sauna or for a football game. Dinner is planned at the restaurant of the same hotel where you can taste the original home-made products and traditional dishes. It is possible to organize a small barbecue party too. (B/L/D)


Day 4: Bike trip to Theth the oldest village of the Albanian Alps (750m): G3, D 55km, CT 5h, Am↑1135m, Dm↓1387m

For today the destination of our bike trip is Theth, a village located in a beautiful valley surrounded by the Alps. The ride begins to the south on a newly paved road.

Passing the village Bzheta we follow the way that turns sharply to the left. For several miles, the track towards Theth runs along the valley, mainly through the woods. During the ride, which initially is not very challenging, you have the possibility to enjoy the wonderful landscapes. We follow the road that is relatively flat up to “Fushë Okol”. Then begins the ascent that becomes steeper as we approach the saddle at Buni i Thores in 1715m altitude. From here the view over Ndërlysa and Zorzi mountains is breathtaking. The ride downhill in the direction of Thethi follows through forest and alpine meadows, on an old gravel road. Dinner and accommodation are provided in a simple but clean guest house with shared rooms in Theth. (B/L/D)


Day 5: Cycling from Thethi to Kir: G3, D 43km, CT 6.5h, Am↑800m, Dm↓1050m

Today's is a challenging ride, which starts early in the morning. We will follow the old road that connects Shkodra with Theth that runs through the valleys of the rivers Shala and Kir surrounded by a splendid panorama, rugged and spectacular mountains and intact nature. The trip begins with the ride towards Ndërlysa, then follows the only track that runs mostly uphill up to the Shoshi Pass (an altitude difference of 800m in a distance of 23 km). From there we ride in the direction of the village of Kir, where overnight is planned in tents. (B/L/D)


Day 6: Cycling from Kir to Shkodra: G2, D 32km, CT 4h, Dm↓450m

The day begins with the ride from Kir to "Ura e Mesit" in the vicinity of Shkodra. After lunch at a traditional restaurant in Shkodra, transfer to Tirana and accommodation in hotel. In the afternoon, we will have time for a guided walk through the city and a visit of the Et'hem Bej Mosque and the Skanderbeg monument. Dinner will be provided at a traditional restaurant. (B/L/D)


Day 7: Transfer to the airport

After breakfast, the transfer to the airport will be according to your scheduled flight. (B/-/-)

Additional information

If you are coming in a prearranged group, you can choose the date of this tour yourself.


On days 4-6, due to length of biking, it is impossible to stop for lunch in restaurants. Thus, you will be given a daily lunch-packet with you. This applies for the camping day too.


Biking will be supported by an off-road vehicle that will transport your luggage and will be in your disposal to resolve problems with the bikes. If you want, you may carry your personal backpack. 


This journey starts around noon on the arrival day. If you arrive in Tirana in the evening of this day, it is impossible to participate in activities scheduled for day one. All saved expenses will be reimbursed.


The journey begins immediately after landing at the airport in Tirana where reception is scheduled. If you enter Albania through other border checkpoints and via other routes, we can pick you up against additional charge, enabling your participation in the travel. If this is the case, you should carefully fill in the appropriate field of the reservation form.


If you wish to travel to Albania a few days earlier or extend your stay by a few days, we are at your disposal to further organize your journey according to your wishes. All related services and costs are not included in the tour price and as such will be additionally calculated. For this purpose, you should carefully fill in the field "Comments" in the booking form and explain in detail all your desires through an e - mail sent to our agency.

Number of the participants: 8 - 10 people

Included in the price:

•Transfer from and to the airport

• All trips, whether by bus or off-road vehicle according to the program schedule

• Entrance fees and sightseeing as per program

• 4 nights hotel accommodation in a double/twin room, with shower or bathtub and toilet

• 1 nights in guest house in shared rooms, shower/ WC

• 1 night in tent (no shower facilities)

• 5 x full board (Lunch packet for 3 x lunch, 1 x dinner, 1 x breakfast)

• Dinner on the arrival day and breakfast on departure day

• Selected restaurants "A la carte" in Tirana and Shkodra

• Luggage transport up to 15 kg per person during the entire journey

• Accompaniment by an English-speaking bike or culture guide during the entire journey

• Accompaniment by a support car during the bike trip

• Assistance to resolve problems concerning the bicycles


Not included in the price:

• Any type of insurance

• Any beverages


Surcharges:

€ 20, –/Day Single room supplement

Possibility to rent a mountain bike for € 15, –/Day

Equipment list

Front or full suspension mountain bike

Cycling helmet

Cycling gloves

Water bottles or drinking system for bikes

Backpack, approximately 30l

Rain cover for backpack

Hiking shoes/boots (category B/C)

Sleeping pad and sleeping bag (3 season)

Long legged hiking trousers

Waterproof trousers

T-shirts / shirts

Sweater/Jacket: (Recommended Fleece/Wind stopper)

Waterproof jacket

Warm hat

Drinking bottle

Headlamp

Sunhat

Sunscreen

Swimwear

Towel

Sunglasses

Slippers

Toiletry

Wipes

Tissues

First aid kit