Independent just since 1912, Albania (Shqipëria) is rising as one of Europe’s hottest and least expensive destinations. As it approaches a century of freedom from communist rule, its unspoiled beaches, snowcapped mountains, traditional cuisine, Cold War era artifacts, unique traditions, unrivaled hospitality and wild countryside are ripe for discovery by mass tourism. Some say that visiting […]
After checking in at the hotel in Tirana, depending on your arrival time, we will go for a city tour in the mystery shrouded capital.
A climb out from Sotire to a high grassy plateau surrounded by soaring peaks before reaching the source of the River Vjosa and descending through its spectacular gorge to Leskovik. Descending to Çarshove and then following the corniche route high above the river to Benje situated on a bluff above the river. After lunch and checking in the guesthouse we will take a short ride to the thermal springs for a swim at the end of the Langarica canyons.
Sarande to Hilmare (biking distance approx. 33mi./53km)
A roller coaster of a ride, leaving as the mist is burnt off by the sun, climbing steeply out of Saranda to a rocky plateau. Then it’s over cols into bays and around headlands, always with the stunning mountain scenery to the right and sea to the left before descending to the long beach and the bay of Himarë.
Farewell! Morning transfer from Vlorё to Tirana Int Airport.
Medium-difficult to difficult tours in mountainous stretches of 45 to 72 km on usually quiet asphalt or gravel roads at an average elevation of 740 meters are cycled individually at your own speed, following our route descriptions. You always have the whole day at your disposal to cover the route. The tours selected by us follow well-asphalted, sometimes completely new roads. Albanian drivers are generally very considerate of bikers.
|This tour includes:|
|• 7 nights in very good 3 and 4 star hotels, in a double room with private facilities
• Breakfast and dinner each day
• Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
• Boat fares on the lakes Wolfgangsee and Hallstätter See as per programme
• Bus transfer Strobl – Bad Ischl, Bad
• Goisern and train fare Hallstatt – Bad Goisern.
• Descent with the Salzberg cable car to Hallstatt.
• Hiking rucksack and tour book -1 per room.
• Welcome meeting and information pack.
• English/German speaking walking guide.Note: Also available as a 6 night itinerary with Day 2 deleted.
DIFFERENT OPTIONS :
If you decide to go on a guided tour, you have an escort vehicle (Van, 8 seats with a trailer for up to 20 bikes) at your disposal on each tour, which is able to transport your luggage as well as up to seven people. Your tour guide has expert knowledge of the region. Since we prefer that every person cycles at his/her own speed, it can happen that the group splits up during ascents. In that case, meeting points – usually at the mountain peak – are arranged, where the group meets again.
Should you prefer to go on an unguided tour, you receive an extensive information package, consisting of detailed maps, GPS device, list of hotels, recommendations for restaurants, information on the most important sites as well as a small dictionary for the most important vocabulary and expressions. We also supply tools and a repair kit as well as waterproof pannier for transporting everything you need en route.
Schedule & Price
Independent Tour Departure Dates 2015: Daily departures available during the months of April, May, June, September and October. Minimum number of 2 persons applies.
Tour Departure Dates 2015: May 27th, September 14th
|Price per person (single on request extra)
|Double occ. (Independent tour)||$1295|
|Double occ. (Guided tour)||$1445|
|The independent tour includes:|
We use the best accommodation standard that existS here at the moment. So far the Albania infrastructure allows us to use 4 star hotels in big cities and 3 stars hotels in smaller ones with en suite facilities (according to Albanian Tourist Board grading system). Family owned guesthouses are used at remote locations. Rooms are shared two people per room.
AIRPORT / TRANSFERS
The nearest international airport is Tirana. Transfers are available on request. POA.