Day 1. Mother Theresa Airport – Kruja
When the group arrives in Mother Theresa Airport, they will be welcomed by our tour-guide. Then we drive to the city of Kruja. We visit Kruja, the castle and Scanderbeg Museum. Kruja was the most important town for the Albanians during the 15th century which withstood successfully to at least 3 major sieges by the Ottoman Empire. The museum we will visit, is dedicated to the Albanian medieval hero Gjergj Kastrioti known as well as ‘Scanderbeg’. He is considered the most important figure of all the Albanians.
Day 2. Kruje – Shkoder – Koplik – Boge (by minibus). Boge – Theth (cycling)
Today we travel to the city of Shkodra and visit Rozafa Castle. The castle rises imposingly on a rocky hill, 130 metres above sea level, surrounded by Buna, Drini and Kiri rivers. Being an Illyrian stronghold it was eventually captured by the Romans in 167 BC after several battles with the Illyrian Kingdom. After lunch in Shkodër we take the bicycles and start cycling through the mountain road of Bogë – Qafë T’thorë – Theth.
Day 3. Theth – Valbonë (walking)
We begin walking to Valbonë, whereas the bikes will be transported by minibus in another way through Theth – Shkodër – Milot – Kosovo – B.Curri – Valbonë. As we walk the terrain is going a bit challenging in the first part of the walk but it gets better after the first 2 hours. We will have picnic lunch before we reach Valbona Pass. When we reach the summit we can enjoy the panorama of Valbona Valley unveiled in front of us at the altitude of 1815 m. In the end of our walk minibuses will wait for us to take us to the accommodation place.
Day 4. Valbonë (walking and cycling)
Two options are offered to the group, which can be chosen by them: one part of the group can walk for around 4 hours through this trail Kukaj – Podi – Kollates – Valbona, whereas the other part can cycle in Valbona – Çerem – Valbona. We will have picnic lunch on the way. During dinner we will listen and enjoy the albanian folk music and dancers. Overnight: Valbona, Hotel Margjeka 3 *
Day 5. Valbona – Shoshan (cycling ) – Dezdar (Rafting in Valbona River )
The group starts cycling for around 20km, along Valbona valley. In Shoshan village we load the bikes in our minibus and begin rafting in Valbona River until Gri village. After lunch we continue cycling toward the village of Tropoja. Dinner in Tropoja village.Overnight: Tropoja Village, Aste Guesthouse 3*
Day 6. Tropoje e Vjeter – Bucaj – Padesh – Koshare (Kos) – Botushe – Junik (Cycling)
The group travels in asphalted road and off road to the picturesque village of Padesh which borders with Kosovo. Picnic in Padesh. We continue further down to the village of Botusha and then in the residential centre of Junik in Kosovo. There we will be accommodated in a typical turret type guesthouse. Dinner and Overnight: Junik, Turret type guesthouse 3*
Day 7. Junik – Qafë Morinë – Fierzë – Qafë Mali – Fushë arrëz – Pukë (cycling and driving)
We drive on asphalted roads through Junik – Qafë Morinë – Cërnicë – Fierzë. From Fierzë we can travel in two ways toward Pukë. Option 1. We drive from Fierza to Dardhë village. From there we begin riding the bikes through asphalted mountain roads. The itinerary is: Dardhë – Qafë Mali – Fushë Arrëz – Pukë. Lunch is served in Dardhë village. Option 2. The trip continues rafting in Koman lake beginning from Fierza until we reach Koman. The bikes will be loaded in the ferry which sails through Koman lake every day. Lunch will be organized in Koman . Once we finish lunch we take the bikes and begin riding off road Koman – Qafa e Mjedes – Gomsiqe – Pukë. In the afternoon we arrive in Puka which is situated 838 meters above sea level. It’s one of the highest towns in Albania and is a very interested ski area for the winter season. Overnight: Puka, Hotel Puka 3 *
Day 8. Puka – Gjegjan – Rrëshen – Rubik (cycling).
Breakfast in Puka. We begin the day cycling through mountain roads following the itinerary Pukë – Gjegjan – Rrëshen – Rubik. Rubik where we will be accommodated as well. In the afternoon we make a 2 hour walk and after that visit the 12 century old Rubik Church from where the view of the area is spectacular. Dinner and Overnight: Old village Rubik, Hotel Marubi 3 *.
Day 9. Rubik – Milot – Lac – Fushekurje – Kamez – Tirana (cycling)
Breakfast in Rubik. We continue cycling through the old track that connects some residential areas, like Milot – Lac – Fushe Kruje – Kamez. Next we travel to Tirana, the capital of Albania since 1920, founded as an Ottoman Town in 1614. As we visit the centre of Tirana and National History Museum, we will explore it’s Ottoman, Italian and Communist past who gave shape to its identity as the capital of the Albanians. Overnight: Tirana, Hotel Golden City 4 *
Day 10. Tiranë – Mother Theresa Airport
Breakfast in Tirana. This is a free day for the group. They can either visit the city centre and Et’hem Bey mosque or take some time for shopping before departure. Next we drive to Mother Theresa Airport in Rinas where this tour ends.