Hotel & Bike Tour Albania

Hotel & Bike Tour Albania (10 Days/9 Nights, approx. 470 km )


Albania (Shqipëria) is rising as one of Europe’s hottest and least expensive destinations. Its unspoiled beaches, snowcapped mountains, traditional cuisine, Cold War era artefacts, unique traditions, unrivaled hospitality and wild countryside are ripe for a flourishing tourist market.

Some say that visiting Albania is as close as you’ll get to traveling back in time. This tour includes also the 3 UNESCO world heritage sites of Butrint, Korçë and Gjirokastёr.

 

Map

Highlights of the tour
Culture: The precious city of Korçë & a visit to Butrint
Nature: The breathtaking lake Ohrid
Activity: Enjoy a bath in the thermal springs in the Langarica Canyon
Culinary: Grilled lambs meat ist a specialty here
Souvenirs: Culinary specialities such as honey or a pomegranate in autumn

Itinerary

1st Day Arrival in Tirana

Individual arrival at Tirana. After checking in at the hotel in Tirana, depending on your arrival time (guided tour only), we will go for a city tour in the mystery shrouded capital.

2nd Day Qafë Thanë to Tushemisht (Pogradec) (aprx. 25 mi./40 km)

Morning transfer (distance: 69 mi./110 km/1.5 – 2 h) to the Albanian-Macedonian border. Start cycling along the lake, stopping for lunch at one of the many restaurants at the shore of the lake. After lunch continue through Pogradec to Tushemisht, near the other Albanian-Macedonian border on the south-east corner of the lake. After checking in the hotel we will ride to St. Naum in Macedonia to visit the beautiful Monastery. Don’t forget you passport.

3rd Day Tushemisht (Pogradec) to Korçë (aprx. 32 mi/51 km)

A climb out from the lake into another high plateau bounded by mountains. Continue following the gorge for a while until the hills open up leading into a vast plain, a patchwork of individual farms and colours. An early arrival in Korçë allows you to go for a cultural tour around the city known as the Paris of Albania.

4th Day Korçë to Sotire (aprx. 45 mi/72 km)

We start cycling leaving behind the agricultural plateau of Korçë climbing steadily into the border mountains through a landscape of barren rock interspersed with wild flowers. Numerous cols and valleys lie ahead, climbing into the heart of the Gramoz Mountains and over the Barmash Pass(1,159m) to Sotire lying in its own tranquil valley.

5th Day Sotire to Benje (Përmet) (aprx. 32.5 mi/52 km) )

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.

6th Day Benje to Gjirokastёr (aprx. 44 mi/70 km)

Continue along the valley towards Kelcyra the distant shark’s tooth peaks, which guards a further gorge. Ride between them to the confluence of the Drinos river following yet another gorge. This opens out into a wide plain with the town of Gjirokastёr (city of 1,000 steps) high above on your right side.

7th Day Gjirokastёr to Sarandё (via Butrint) (aprx. 44 mi/70 km)

After a fast 16 mi. (25 km) morning transfer we will start riding toward Sarandё, which lies along the Ionian coast, sandwiched between the high mountains and the sea and close to the ancient remains of Butrint. As an UNESCO World Heritage Site, Butrint is one of the county’s most important archaeological sites, tracing its origins back to the Greeks and the Romans.

8th Day Sarandё to Himarё (aprx. 33 mi/53 km)

A roller coaster of a ride, leaving as the mist is burnt off by the sun, climbing steeply out of Sarandё 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.

9th Day Himarё to Vlorё (aprx. 41 mi/65 km)

Today’s route is as challenging as it is spectacular. Cycling up to the Llogara pass 1,000 m above the blue water of the Ionian Sea and its National Park, home to black pine, Eurasian otter and golden eagles. The park is a scenic expanse of protected woodland that encompasses the forests on the northern side of the Llogara Pass. After lunch we cycle downhill all the way to Vlorё.

10th Day Departure (transfer time aprx. 3 hrs)

Farewell! Morning transfer from Vlorё to Tirana Int. Airport. Please keep in mind, that a transfer to Tirana airport needs aprx. 3 hours. We recommend to book a return flight that leaves after 1 pm.

Rental bikes

30gear hybrid bicycle of the Giant brand

All our rental bikes on this tour are of the Giant brand. The bikes come in 5 different sizes: XSmall, Small, Medium, Large and XLarge.

Components: lightweight hybrid with hydraulic disk brakes, 30 sp gears, rack and waterproof, Ortlieb panniers, bottle cage, handlebar side grips and gel seat for womens bikes (our womens bikes additionally offer a step-through frame).

Bike hire: The use of our Giant bikes is included into the tour price.

Electric bike Giant Explore E+ 0 GTS (2015)

The Giant Explore E+ 0 GTS (2015) is made for fun especially on medium to long distances outside of town. The battery is powerful and placed central for perfect balance.

Components: AluxX aluminium frame; SyncDriveC motor powered by Yamaha; Shimano Deore XT shifters; GIANT EnergyPakF LithiumIonen battery

Bike Hire: The Giant Explore E-Bikes are rented for 160 euro per week (limited amount: 5).

Journey

How to get to Tirana

The Airport of Tirana – Rinas (TIA) is connected to the world by direct or stop-over flights.

Please check here for the different airlines and flight prices:

www.swoodoo.com
www.opodo.com
www.momondo.com

If you book your flight on your own, please keep in mind, that on departure day the transfer from Vlorё to Tirana airport needs aprx. 3 hours. We recommend to book a return flight that leaves after 1 pm.


Airport transfers

We organize fee-based collective transfers between Tirana Airport and your accomodation in Tirana at the beginning of the tour (Transfer from Vlorё to Tirana Int Airport on the day of departure is included into the tour price.).

Transfer Tirana Airport – Tirana Town: 1 – 3 people 30 € / 4 – 7 people 50 € (at specific times only)

A reservation is requested. If there are belated changes of your flight times you are kindly requested to inform our office immediately.

For the organization of all airport transfers please indicate your exact flight details:

– arrival & departure date
– flight route
– airline
– flight number
– estimated arrival or departure time

For all transfer reservations please contact our office team:

Tel.: +49-(0)7531-36186-0
email: info@islandhopping.com

Extended stay

Extended stay in Tirana

If you would like to extend your stay in Tirana we recommend the 4 star hotel Sky2 Tower in Tirana city.

If you like to book additional nights in Tirana, please contact our office team: info@islandhopping.com.

Sky2 Tower hotel at Tirana (4*)

Sky2 Hotel is located in centre of Tirana offers the most convenient location. The staff is dedicated to making your stay a memorable experience by providing excellent service.

The rooms have been designed to ensure maximum comfort as well as to satisfy the need for those who enjoy style. There is a variety of rooms to chose from, all of which have 24/7 internet access.

Sky 2 hotel is surrounded by the best cafeterias and night clubs in the city, so leisure is literally a minute walk from your hotel room.

We can arrange additional nights at the Sky2 Tower hotel at the following conditions:

– Double room: 35 euro per person/night
– Surcharge single room: 25 euro/night

Prices & Accomplishments

Self-guided tour

Dates & Prices (per person in a double room)

This tour is offered from April to June and September to October and can be started on each day of the week.

Minimum number of participants: 2 people.

Price/Person in a double room: 850 euro

Included services (self guided tour)

– 9 nights hotel accommodation
– 9 x breakfast
– 30-speed rental bicycle (Giant) with waterproof panniers
– Transfers as described in the itinerary
– Luggage service from hotel to hotel
– Emergency phone

Additional bookable services (self guided tour)

– Single occupancy supplement: 135 euro/tour (equal to 15 euro/night)
– Transfer Tirana Airport – Tirana Town: 15 € per person
– Additional night in Tirana: Hotel Sky 2 Tower (4-star): Double room 35 euro per person/night (Surcharge single room 25 euro/night)

Not included in the base tour price (self guided tour)

– Journey to Albania
– Drinks with meals
– Entrance fee for sights
– Lunch/Dinner
– Tip for driver and tour guide

If you would like to book the self-guided tour please send an email to our office team with your prefered starting date: info@islandhopping.com.

Guided tour

Dates & Prices (per person in a double room)

Date / Tour starts on / Price per person (in a double room)

22.08. – 31.08.2017 / Tuesday / 980 euro
10.10. – 19.10.2017 / Tuesday / 980 euro
06.04. – 15.04.2018 / Friday / 980 euro
03.05. – 12.05.2018 / Thursday / 980 euro
29.05. – 07.06.2018 / Tuesday / 980 euro
30.06. – 09.07.2018 / Saturday/ 980 euro
28.08. – 06.09.2018 / Tuesday / 980 euro
24.09. – 03.10.2018 / Monday / 980 euro
09.10. – 18.10.2018 / Tuesday / 980 euro

Included services (guided tour)

– 9 nights hotel accommodation
– 9 x breakfast, 8 x lunch & 9 x dinner
– Professional English speaking tour guide
– 30-speed rental bicycle (Giant) with waterproof panniers
– Transfers as described in the itinerary
– Support vehicle with bilingual driver
– Luggage service from hotel to hotel

Additional bookable services (guided tour)

– Single occupancy supplement: 135 euro/tour (equal to 15 euro/night)
– Transfer Tirana Airport – Tirana Town: 1 – 3 people 30 euro / 4 – 7 people 50 euro
– Additional night in Tirana: Hotel Sky 2 Tower (4****): Double room 35 euro per person/night (Surcharge single room 25 euro/night)

Not included in the base tour price (guided tour)

– Journey to Albania
– Taxi from Tirana airport to Tirana town: 20 euro (1 – 3 people)
– Drinks with meals
– Entrance fee for sights
– Lunch/Dinner on day of departure
– Tip for driver and tour guide

If you would like to book the guided tour please fill our online booking form.

Things to note

Language

The guided bike tour across Albania is only conducted in English.

Weather

Albania has temperate, Mediterranean climate. With the beginning of spring things really start to heat up. Clear skies and balmy temperatures provide a nice way to ease into the heat of summer. Cycling season: April to June; September to October.

Requirements (Level 3)

Medium-difficult to difficult tours in mountainous stretches of 25 to 40 mi./45 to 72 km on usually quiet asphalt or gravel roads at an average elevation of 2,427 ft./740 meters are cycled individually at your personal speed, following a route description. 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.

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.

Requirement to wear a helmet

Helmet use is mandatory on all bike rides. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own well-fitted helmet.

Accommodations

We use the best accommodation standard that exist 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.
The tour price applies for an occupancy of a double room with two people. Depending on the hotel capacity single rooms are bookable for a surcharge of 15 euro/night.

Catering

Your booking consists of continental breakfast at the hotels, which is usually ready at 7:30 am. Full board is only included in the tour price when you chose the guided tour. If you choose the self-guided tour, lunch and dinner are not included in the tour price. But with our information tips, you can easily find pleasant places for lunch en route.

Luggage Service

With the guided tour luggage will be carried in your supporting vehicle. With an individual tour luggage can be left at reception desk for luggage service pick up.

Dates & Booking

  • = fully booked
  • = 1-4 bookings possible
  • = 5+ bookings posible
  • = departure confirmed
August 2017
Date Name of the trip Ship Start City End City Status Base price
 22.08-31.08Hotel & bike AlbaniaInselhüpfen - Hotel & RadTiranaTirana980 book
September 2017
Date Name of the trip Ship Start City End City Status Base price
 01.09-10.09Hotel & bike AlbaniaInselhüpfen - Hotel & RadTiranaVlorë850 book
 17.09-26.09Hotel & bike AlbaniaInselhüpfen - Hotel & RadTiranaTirana850 book
October 2017
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 10.10-19.10Hotel & bike AlbaniaInselhüpfen - Hotel & RadTiranaTirana980 book
April 2018
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 06.04-15.04Hotel & bike AlbaniaAlbanien - Hotel & BikeTiranaTirana980 book
May 2018
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 03.05-12.05Hotel & bike AlbaniaAlbanien - Hotel & BikeTiranaTirana980 book
 29.05-07.06Hotel & bike AlbaniaAlbanien - Hotel & BikeTiranaTirana980 book
June 2018
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 30.06-09.07Hotel & bike AlbaniaAlbanien - Hotel & BikeTiranaTirana980 book
August 2018
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 28.08-06.09Hotel & bike AlbaniaAlbanien - Hotel & BikeTiranaTirana980 book
September 2018
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 24.09-03.10Hotel & bike AlbaniaAlbanien - Hotel & BikeTiranaTirana980 book
October 2018
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 09.10-18.10Hotel & bike AlbaniaAlbanien - Hotel & BikeTiranaTirana980 book

Any questions?

Contact us:

Monday - Friday
09:00- 12:30 Hrs
14:00- 17:00 Hrs

Tel. +49(0)7531 361860

info@islandhopping.com