Lengarica Canyon, Katiu Ottoman Bridge and the Hotsprings of Benja, Permet, Albania. Photo via Wikimedia Commons:malenki

Boat harbor in Saranda, Albania. Photo via Flickr:Artur Malinowski
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Albanian Highlights Bike Tour

Albania Bike Tours

Discover Albania by bicycle!

  • This guided or self-guided bike tour in Albania will raise your heart rate in more ways than one! This diverse tour will lead you from the tranquil beauty of Lake Ohrid, via picturesque mountains and sparkling rivers, to the inviting beaches of the Albanian Riviera, providing a taste of all the very best Albania has to offer

    People here are still filled with excitement and curiosity to see visitors in their villages, especially those traveling by bicycle. You will be welcomed with open arms and warm, sincere hospitality.

    Highlights include:

    • UNESCO World Heritage sites
    • Snow-capped mountains
    • Inviting beaches on the Albanian Riviera
    • Local culture and friendly people
    • Local cuisine
    • ....and daily cycling challenges.

    It was once rare that foreigners could visit this mysterious country. Now you can cycle and explore this unique land. Albania is awakening from its slumber and its doors are open.

    The terrain is challenging with some long steep climbs but you will be rewarded by the stunning views and exhilarated once again by adrenaline-pumping descents. Don't be discouraged, however, as now being offered is a brand new fleet of electric bikes.

    Be sure to check out our full list of bike tours in Albania.

  • Self-Guided Tour: $ 1435 £ 721 $ 1,244 800 $ 1485 kr 8915 $ 890 Guided Tour: $ 1740 £ 874 $ 1,508 970 $ 1800 kr 10810 $ 1,079 ​​Single supplement: $ 242 £ 122 $ 210 135 $ 251 kr 1504 $ 150

    extra options

    Electric Bike $ 287 £ 144 $ 249 160 $ 297 kr 1783 $ 178

    Airport Transfer to Tirana:
    1-3 people  $ 54 £ 27 $ 47 30 $ 56 kr 334 $ 33 4-7 people  $ 90 £ 45 $ 78 50 $ 93 kr 557 $ 56

    Extra night in 4* Hotel in Tirana:
    Double  $ 126 £ 63 $ 109 70 $ 130 kr 780 $ 78 ​Single  $ 108 £ 54 $ 93 60 $ 111 kr 669 $ 67

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Tirana, Albania

    Local Travel

    Take a taxi from Tirana airport to your starting hotel.


    Check local conditions prior to arrival. Average high/low temperature in Tirana, Albania in degrees Fahrenheit: April 65/46º, May 73/54º, June 82/60º, September 82/57º, October 73/50º.


    We suggest that you consider this tour on an electric bike which would greatly decrease the difficulty level.


    Temperatures are too hot to take this tour in July and August.


    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.

Tour Dates

Self-Guided tour:
Arrival possible daily from April 1 to June 30 and September 30 to October 31, 2020
Guided Tour (all dates guaranteed):
April 10, April 19, April 28, May 7, May 25, June 22, August 26, September 4, September 15, September 20, September 29, October 6, October 12, October 15, 2020

Skill Level

Moderate to difficult guided or self-guided bike tour in Albania. The route takes place on mainly paved roads and a few gravel paths. Elevation ranges from 406 meters to 1658 meters. (1332 feet to 5440 feet). Route varies from day to day with significant ascents and descents. We can provide graphs of the daily rides upon request. For the guided tour, the support vehicle allows you to do as much or as little cycling as you would like.

***Breaking news! Electric bikes are now available! The difficulty level decreased to easy to moderate depending on how much assistance you decide to use!

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations in 3 and 4 star hotels and comfortable guesthouses

What’s Included

Self Guided Tour:

  • Accommodations with private facilities
  • Breakfasts
  • Hybrid bike rental (30 gear, Giant)
  • All transfers as described in the tour
  • A cell phone to use for emergencies
  • Luggage transfer

Guided Tour also includes:

  • All Lunches and Dinners
  • Van support (capacity up to 7 riders)
  • Professional English speaking guide who cycles with the group

What’s Not Included

Length10 days
From800 Rates
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Albanian Highlights Map

Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: Transfer from Tirana, Qafe Thane to Pogradec, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 3: Pogradec to Korcë, 32 mi. (51 km)
Day 4: Korcë to Gërmenjë, 44 mi. (71 km)
Day 5: Gërmenjë to Përmet, 32 mi. (52 km)
Day 6: Përmet to Gjorokastër, 45 mi. (72 km)
Day 7: Gjirokastër to Saranda , 43 mi. (70 km)
Day 8: Saranda to Himarë, 32 mi. (52 km)
Day 9: Himarë to Vlore, 40 mi. (65 km)
Day 10: Departure - Transfer from Vlore to Tirana Airport

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival
After checking into the hotel in Tirana, there will be time to tour the mysterious Albanian capital. 

Day 2: Transfer from Tirana, Qafe Thane to Pogradec 25 mi. (40 km) 
After the morning transfer to the Albanian-Macedonian border you will start cycling clock-wise around the lake, stoping for lunch at the UNESCO town of Ohrid. After lunch, the tour continues along the shore all the way to Tushemisht, the other Albanian-Macedonian border. (Elevation: 62 meters/203 ft)

Day 3: Pogradec to Korcë, 32 mi. (51 km)
Morning cycling leads from the lake to a high plateau bounded by mountains. You will follow the gorge for a time until the hills open to a vast plain, a patchwork of individual farms and colors. Final destination today is Korcë, high in the Albanian hinterlands. The locals are quite influenced by the close proximity to Greece in more than one way. Many are fluent in both Greek and Albanian.  (Elevation: 412 m/1352 ft)

Day 4: Korcë to Gërmenjë, 44 mi. (71 km)
Leaving behind the agricultural plateau of Korcë , the route climbs 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 Grammoz Mountains and over the Barmash Pass (1159 m) to Germenj lying in its own tranquil valley. (Elevation: 1171 m/3842 ft)

Day 5: Gërmenjë to Përmet, 32 mi. (52 km)
Cycling out of Germenj the tour leads 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. The descent continues to Cashare and the route then follows the corniche route high above the river to Përmet situated on a bluff above the river, famed for its cuisine and its strong raki. After lunch, you can take a short ride to the thermal springs for a swim! (Elevation: 614 m/2014 ft)

Day 6: Përmet to Gjorokastër, 44 mi. (70 km)
Your Albanian bike tour continues along the valley towards Kelcyra and the distant shark tooth peaks, which hide a further gorge. You will ride between the peaks to the confluence of the Drinos following yet another gorge which opens out into a wide plain with the town of Gjirokastra (City of 1000 steps) high above, perched on the steep side of the Drino Valley.  This is a UNESCO World Heritage comprised of hundreds of Ottoman-style tower houses with distinctive stone roofs, wooden balconies, and whitewashed stone walls.You will want to explore the narrow cobbled alleys of this magical city. (Elevation:  300 m/984 ft)

Day 7: Gjirokastër to Saranda, 43 mi. (70 km)
The gateway to southern Albania, Saranda, lies along the Ionian coast, sandwiched between the high mountains and the sea and close to the ancient remains of Butrint. A 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. (Elevation: 725 m/2379 ft)

Day 8: Saranda to Himarë, 32 mi. (52 km)
The morning brings a roller coaster ride that begins as the mist is burned off by the sun, climbing steeply out of Saranda to a rocky plateau, through cols into bays and around headlands. You will cyle with the stunning mountain scenery to the right and sea to the left before descending to the long beach and the bay of Himarë. (Elevation: 1064 m/3491 ft)

Day 9: Himarë to Vlore, 40 mi. (65 km)
Today’s route is as challenging as it is spectacular. Cycling up to the Llogara pass 1000m 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 Llogora Pass. After lunch, we cycle downhill all the way to Vlore. (Elevation: 1658 m/5440 ft)

Day 10: Departure - Transfer from Vlore to Tirana Airport
Early transfer to Tirana. Depending on the flight you may have time to visit the capital and the Nation Museum. Transfer to Tirana Airport.

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Tour Reviews

  • Tom T. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    My wife and I are avid cyclists and decided to slow the pace down for a "chillaxing" 5 days in Menorca. The beaches were wonderful and the accommodation was "over the top".

  • Linda and Marcel 5 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We absolutely LOVED the Albanian Highlights Tour. It was everything the description promised and much more. I would rate it A+++ (and higher) for the quality of the guiding, equipment, meals accommodation, snacks, and cultural experience. Junid and Armand were so organized and treated us like treasured family guests. No corners were cut, right until every last one of us was dropped off at our individual destination on the final day. Definitely value for money. I will admit that the terrain and elevation (up and down) was challenging for both of us, but we felt a great sense of accomplishment that we were able to rise (literally) to the demands. The description of 'moderate to difficult' is accurate. The van was always there if we needed it, and thankfully we didn't. But back-up for a flat tire or other unexpected problem was not far behind. In my opinion, cycling (or riding in the van) with 'Cycle Albania' is really the only way to experience Albania to the Read more… fullest.

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