Cycling through the natural beauties of southern Albania


Booking code SBHG42

7 Days € 710

Travel dates:2018-06-10 to 2018-06-16           Reservation

Travel dates:2018-05-26 to 2018-05-26           Reservation

Tirana – the vibrant capital and cycling through its surroundings

Cycling through the remote areas of Progonat, Kuç and Pilur

Sightseeing tour along the Ionian Coast: Borsh, Himara, Dhërmi, Llogara National Park

Visit of the archaeological site of Apollonia

Sightseeing tour of Tirana


Southern Albania has many sunny days, wonderful white beaches, crystal clear sea, characteristic villages and a very diverse landscape. The bike trails run through intact nature, remote villages and on a terrain which sometimes is flat and sometimes steep, making the tour very interesting.


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: Mountain biking along the river Bença to Lekdush and Progonat: G3, D 22km, CT 4h, Am↑750m, Dm↓30m

After breakfast drive to Tepelena, where the activity of the day begins. We will follow the gravel road riding for 8km along the river Bença. Then, leaving the river on the right, we ride further in the direction of the village Lekdush and from here follow the only trail that leads to Progonat. The mainly exposed trail, widens and narrows and sometimes becomes challenging.

Bença valley is part of Vjosa river valley in the district of Tepelenë and is an area of outstanding natural beauty. All the typical karst-formations such as canyons, caves, natural bridges, springs and waterfalls are to be found here. It offers a great diversity of flora and fauna. In Bença lies an interesting architectural structure, the Aqueduct of Ali Pasha Tepelena. The construction has 20 bridge legs and arches built of stone and it is among the only constructions built by Ali Pasha Tepelena that is still functional. Overnight stay in tents. (B/L/D)


Day 3: Mountain biking from Progonat to Kuç: G3, D 17km, CT 3h, Am↑150m, Dm↓580m 

The day begins with the ride for 5km, on a gravel and exposed trail, in the direction of Gusmara, a village that lies at the west of Progonat. Then we turn sharply left following the trail that ends at the bed of the river Shushica. We will ride parallel to the river bed following the flow for 7km up to the village of Kuç. The last part of the trail is particularly challenging because sometimes it is necessary to cross or ride on the river bed. Overnight in tents. (B/L/D)


Day 4: Mountain biking to Borsh: G3, D 20km, CT 3h, Am↑60m, Dm↓400m

Departing from Kuç we will follow the sometimes-exposed road that winds down around the slope of the mountain for 20km, until we arrive at the village Borsh. Here, a short break and a hike up a 300m hill, on top of which the ancient castle of Borsh, which dates back to the 4th century BC, is situated, are planned. In the village we’ll have dinner and be accommodated in a hotel with a very beautiful view over the coast. On demand we can ride to the beach of Borsh and take some time for a swim in the clear water of the Ionian Sea. (B/L/D)


Day 5: Mountain biking from Borsh to Pilur and Himara: G3, D 26km, CT 3h, Am↑600m, Dm↓700m

Today’s trip includes up-and downhill cycling on badly paved roads. They are mostly exposed and sometimes quite steep. Early in the morning we leave Borsh, ride in the direction of Qeparo and then head east by the stream of Kudhës. Close to the village with the same name, we turn north and ride uphill up to the village of Pilur at 700m above sea level. A short visit of the village and a breath-taking view of the coast from this altitude will be a rare experience. Then we’ll ride downhill to the town of Himara, a small cradle of history and heritage in south-western Albania. Here the visit the old village is planned. Dinner and accommodation in a hotel in Himara. (B/L/D)


Day 6: Ionian coast, Apollonia and Tirana

The day begins with the drive along the coast up to the National Park of Llogara. It is one of the most beautiful places in Albania with woods, beautiful valleys, countless natural resources, as well as numerous species of plants, animals and birds. After a short coffee break, drive to Vlora, where a short guided visit of the city and lunch at a restaurant at the seaside are planned. Drive to Apollonia and visit of the archaeological site. It was one of the largest cities on the Adriatic, an important and international centre of learning and trade. The city was originally founded in 588 BC as a Corinthian colony and was named after the God Apollo. 

Transfer to Tirana, where we will have time for a short guided visit of the Et’hem Bey Mosque, and the Skanderbeg monument. Dinner at a traditional restaurant in Tirana. (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 2 - 5, it is impossible to stop for lunch or dinner in restaurants. Thus, you will be given a daily lunch-packet with you. This applies for the camping days too.


Biking will be supported by an off-road vehicle that will transport your luggage and will be at your disposal to resolve problems with the bikes. You may carry only 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 participants: 8 - 10 people


Included in the price:

• Transfer from and to the airport and any kind of land transport according to the program

• 4 nights hotel accommodation in a double/twin room, with facilities

• 2 nights in tents (no shower facilities)

• 5 x full board (lunch packet for 4 x lunch, 2 x dinner, 2 x breakfast)

• Dinner on arrival day and breakfast on departure day

• Selected restaurants a la carte in Tirana and places along the coast

• Luggage - and bike transport during the entire journey

• Accompaniment by an English-speaking bike or culture guide

• Accompaniment by a support vehicle during the bike trips


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