Northern Albania Cycling
This 8 Days Northern Albania Cycling tour explores Albania’s culture, culinary traditions and impressive landscape of the Alps. Cycle along interesting villages around Tirana and taste the local Kokomani wine. Take a boat tour through Koman Lake. Sleep in guesthouses and experience the local hospitality of Northern Albania. We will as well have 1 day of walking from Valbona to Theth where we will experience an impressive panorama of Albanian Alps.
- Cycle through picturesque village and roads
- Take a boat tour of Koman Lake
- Taste local products in Agri-tourist farms
- Experience wine tasting in Tirana
- Accommodation for 7 nights in hotels and guesthouses, HB service
- 5 dinners and 4 lunches
- Folk activity in Valbone (day 5)
- Guide in English for 8 days
- Local guide for 1 day of walking
- Luggage transportation by horses
- Minibus transportation in Albania for 8 days
- Bicycle support for 3 days
- Driver’s accommodation expenses for 6 nights
- Bicycle rentals for 6 days
- Tickets for the ferry/boat Koman – Fierze
- Assistance from our agency during all days
Day 1: Transfer Airport – Tirana
The group arrives at the Mother Teresa Airport in Rinas, Tirana. Transfer to the hotel in Tirana. Accommodation in hotel. Visit the historical center of Tirana, Ethem Beu Mosque, Toptan’s castle, ex-residential area Block etc.
Day 2: Tirana – Arbanë – Ndroq – Shijak – Marikaj (Cycling) 55 Km; Kruje – Rubik (driving)
We begin the morning cycling around the villages of Tirana enjoying the scenery. We will have a short break in “Kokomani” winery, the agro-touristic center Agro-Milli in Gjepalaj and Hajdar Kuqi Farm in Marikaj. After lunch we load our bicycles and drive to Kruja where we will visit the castle, Scanderbeg museum and the old bazaar. In the afternoon we arrive in Katund I Vjeter (Old Village) in Rubik.
Day 3: Rubik – Kukës (Driving); Kukës – Golaj – Qafë Prush – Gjakovë (Cycling) 60 Km
Today we start driving to the city of Kukës. We reach the city in about 1hr 20 min. From there we start cycling on a secondary road toward the city of Gjakova in Kosovo. From Kukes to Gjakova is about 60 Km so we might need about 3-4 hours to reach Gjakova. Near the city of Has, Albania we have organized a picnic lunch (Sondor Travel). In the afternoon we reach Gjakova.
Day 4: Gjakovë – Deçan – Junik – Kosharë, Kosovo (Cycling) 50 Km; Padesh Village – Tropojë Village (Albania) – Cycling 15 Km
We start cycling toward to visit Visoki Deçani this 14 century Monastery (UNESCO) built by the Serbian King Stefan Urosh III. It is one of the biggest monasteries in the Balkan with an active monastic life. After our visit in the monastery we head to the Albanian border passing through the panoramic route of Junik, Botushë, Kosharë. For about 500 m we will pass through the forest into the Albanian territory and continue cycling to the village of Padesh for lunch. After lunch we take the bicycles and descent down to the village of Tropojë where will be accommodated in Aste Guesthouse.
Day 5: Tropoja e Vjetër – Cërnicë – Shoshan – Dragobi – Valbonë (cycling) 35 Km
On this day we will cycle toward the National Park of Valbone through this itinerary Tropoje – Cernice – Shoshan – Dragobi – Valbone. During the way we will make short breaks in Klysyre, Dragobiand Xhema lake etc.
Day 6: Valbone – Cerem – Valbonë (Cycling) 35 Km
Breakfast in Valbonë. We cycle in graveled road to Cerem Village where we will meet with local farmers and experience the local hospitality. After lunch in Cerem we head back to Valbonë. During tonight’s dinner we have invited a folk group to perform for us (for 5 pax and up).
Day 7: Valbonë – Bajram Curri – Fierzë (driving); Fierzë – Koman (Boat Tour); Koman – Shkoder (Cycling) 55 Km
Breakfast in Valbonë. Today we travel to Fierza to take a boat tour through Koman Lake. In the lake have been built 3 hydroelectric power plants, which produce about 70 % of Albania’s electric needs. When we reach the other side of the lake we resume cycling all the way to the city of Shkodër. In the afternoon we visit the center of Shkoder and Rozafa Castle.
Day 8: Tirana – Transfer Airport Mother Teresa Rinas
Breakfast in Tirana. Transfer to the airport. End of the program.