This tour is for active people who want to explore the coastal mountains of Southern Albania by bike. We will cycle through hills covered in olive groves, around the magnificent Lake Ohrid, and along the sparsely inhabited Ionian coast. We will visit picturesque villages, the ancient cities of Gjirokaster and Berat (UNESCO World Heritage), quiet beaches, and the archeological site Butrint (UNESCO). The climax of this tour is at the Llogara Pass, where the road climbs more than a thousand meters to a wonderful viewpoint before plunging into deep forest on the other side.
You can either join one of our scheduled departures (please see the calendar at the right) or you can book this tour as a private departure.
|TOUR:||Cycling Tour South Albania|
|TYPE:||Guided biking holiday|
|PRICE:||989 euro per person|
|ACCOMODATION:||Local guesthouses and hotels|
If you wish to do this tour on a different date, please contact us via the enquire now button. We have guides who can speak Albanian, English, Italian, French, German, Italian, Dutch or Spanish.
These tours can be physically challenging, and demand that you are in good physical shape. The roads are not always in the best of conditions and may contain some big ascents and descents.
Prior cycling experience is an advantage, but not necessary for those who are in good shape. You must remember that you will bike with a group of people, partially in city traffic, so you will be moving in single file formation and proceeding quite slowly in the pedestrian area. Also, you must remember that it’s always better to stop when you are not sure how to interpret the signs or moves of other vehicles on the street.
What to bring:
Breathable lightweight waterproof gear (gore-tex, sympatex, etc), fleece/wool pullover, wind-stopper jacket and gloves, small backpack with rain coverage, cap, sun block, mosquito repellent, head lamp, water bottle, sunglasses
The “OA” tours are Land Only; the prices do not include your flight, nor transport to and from the airport to hotel. You must make your own way to the starting point of every tour. If you would like us to arrange a transfer for you from the airport to your hotel or from your hotel to the beginning point of the tour please let us know at booking or contact us via the enquiry form.
Good to know
Pick up location
The hotel in Tirana at 18:00 o’clock
Drop off location
Tirana, to be specified at booking confirmation
Children joining this tour should have experience with cycling. Children under 18 should be accompanied by an adult.
Are Airport transfers included in the tour?
Our set departure tours do not include the airport transfers, if you wish to book an airport transfer,
please mention this at your booking form. The price from the airport to Tirana is 30 euro (max 3
With whom will I share my room?
Our set departure tours are based on twin sharing rooms. We will make sure that you will only
share your room with a person of the same sex. In case you want to share your room with a specific
persons you know, please let us know at booking.
Can I bring my own bike?
You can either bring your own bike, or rent a bike from us.
What is the cost for a rental bike?
A rental bike cost 15 euro’s per day
Does this tour has a guaranteed departure?
For the cycling tour Accursed mountains we need a min number of 7 participants to guarantee a
departure. You can check our departure dates and see what departures are guaranteed or contact
us for further information. 48 hours prior to departure we will let you know if there are enough
participants to run a tour, in case there are not enough participants you can either choose to cancel
or pay a small group supplement.
What is the beginning time of the tour?
09:00 o’clock in the morning we will meet in central Tirana
Can I bring my kids along?
Unfortunately we do not have small bikes and therefore children need to be big enough for an adult
bike. The min age for set departure tours is 18.
How will the luggage be transported?
This tour has a support vehicle to carry the luggage and, when needed, up to 4 bikes and riders.
In case your question is not answered yet, after reading the FAQ, please feel free to contact us via
the enquiry form.
At 18:00 o’clock we will meet at our hotel. Here we will have a short informative meeting about the rest of the tour.
Overnight: hotel Tirana
Transfer information: Airport-hotel Tirana 17km/20min.
Today we begin to cycle from Tirana to our first destination: Librazhd. We climb out of Tirana via a winding road where we occasionally catch a glimpse of the sea on one side and the rugged mountains on the other side. The locals sell their home-grown fruits and vegetables here along the way. After a steep descent in Elbasan, we continue along a road following a gorge until we arrive in Librazhd.
Overnight: hotel Librazhd
Cycling distance: Tirana- Librazhd 68km
Today we continue following the same gorge for awhile until the hills open up into a vast plain, a patchwork of individual farms and colours. Here we will cross the border into Macedonia, descending to the wonderful Lake Ohrid and riding along its shore. We’ll pass Macedonian cities and villages until we eventually cross back into Albania and reach our hotel by the lake in Pogradec.
Overnight: hotel Pogradec
Cycling distance: Librazhd- Pogradec 50km
Our destination for today is the city of Korce. We ascend uphill from the lake area into another high plateau surrounded by mountains until we reach Korce. This city is famous for its historic center and delicious beer and meatballs.
Overnight: hotel Korce
Distance: Pogradec- Korce 42km
Today we leave the agricultural plateau of Korce behind us and climb steadily into the border mountains through a landscape of barren rock interspersed with wild flowers. We will climb into the heart of the Grammoz Mountains and over the Barmash Pass (1759m) to the village Germenje, lying in its own tranquil valley.
Overnight: hotel Germenje
Distance: Korce- Germenje 78km
Our final destination for today is the picturesque village of Permet. We will climb out from Germenj to a high grassy plateau surrounded by soaring peaks before reaching the source of the Vjosa River. Then we’ll coast down through a spectacular gorge, which we will follow until we reach the village of Permet, situated on a bluff above the river.
Overnight: hotel Permet
Distance: Germenje- Permet 60km
We will start the day by continuing our route along the valley towards Kelcyra (the distant shark’s tooth peaks), which guard another gorge. Ride between them to the concourse of the Drinos river, following yet another gorge. The gorge opens up into a wide plain near the town of Gjirokastra, also known as the city of a thousand steps. We will wander through the narrow cobbled streets of this UNESCO World Heritage city, famous for its Ottoman architecture, until it is time for dinner.
Overnight: hotel Gjirokastra
Distance: Permet-Gjirokastra 70km
We will head South and climb steadily through woodlands, wee gorges, forests and hairpin bends, after which we will descent until we will finally reach the Ionian sea. Our destination is the harbor-city Saranda, a lively city with nice long boulevard along the sea and a vibrant nightlife.
Overnight: hotel Saranda
Distance: Gjirokaster- Saranda 65km
Today there are two options: choose to have a rest day in Saranda and relax on the beach, or if you prefer, cycle to the archeological World Heritage site of Butrint and wander through the ruins of this ancient town.
Overnight: hotel Saranda
Optional: Sarandë –Butrint- Sarandë 20km
We cycle from Saranda to the beautiful beaches at Dhermi today. We start climbing steeply out of Saranda to a rocky plateau. Then it’s over hills and into bays and around headlands, keeping the stunning mountain scenery to the right and sea to the left before descending to the long stretch of beach and the bay of Dhermi.
Overnight: hotel Dhermi
Distance: Saranda-Dhermi 70km
Today we leave early in the morning to climb over the Llogara Pass (1025m). We’ll need an early start, since there are no trees to shade the road as it twists upwards for a good distance. We will have a break at the top to refresh and enjoy the stunning sea panorama, and then descend through woodlands to the coastal plain and the port of Vlora.
Overnight: hotel Vlora
Distance: Dhermi- Vlora 56km
We will cycle along the coastal road until we take a turn eastwards into the agricultural regions. Afer a short climb we will arrive in Berat, perhaps the most beautiful town in Albania. We will have time to explore the cobbled alleys between the white-walled houses and visit the old fortress, high above the town.
Overnight: hotel Berat
Distance: Vlora-Berat 80km
In the morning we will have a transfer from Berat to the historically important city of Kruja. Here you can wander through the old Bazaar and visit the old castle of Albania’s national hero Skanderbeg.
We start the day with a short transfer from Kruja to Tirana. We will visit the National Museum. Then, we take a cable car to Dajti National Park, a 1500m peak above Tirana. From here on you have a wonderful view over the city and you can walk through the forest or have a drink or lunch in one of the restaurants.
Overnight: hotel Tirana
Day 15: departure
Transfer to Nene Tereza Airport, Tirana 17km/20min.
Overnight: hotel Kruja