8 Days Cycling and Foodie Tours in Albania

  • Tirana - Pogradec - Germenj - Gjirokaster - Saranda - Himara - Berat

Foodie and Biking Trips in Albania

Pedal from canyon to countryside, village to vineyard, meadow to mountaintop, fully immersed in the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the region on your biking and foodie vacations. Stop for photographs, a winery tour or a latte in a village cafe. There will be late night dinners and long leisurely lunches with some of the most delicious foods you have ever tasted, and of course Albanian Raki. You will stay in comfortable lodging with the extravagance focused on the environment, gardens, food, and hospitality.

Highlights

  • 3 cycling tours
  • Food tastings, food lecture, tea tasting
  • Market visit, farm visit, cooking experiences
  • Enjoy typical cuisine in different parts of Albania
  • 4 historic landmarks Unesco site tours
  • Meals with wines and beverages
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • German, Italian, English
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Castle Hotel, Himara - 1 night

Castle Hotel is located in one of the liveliest areas close to the downtown, close to some tourist gems and to an assorted mix of restaurants, bars, and traditional shops. All the general facilities are only a few meters away from the hotel.

Hotel Cajupi, Sheshi eriz Topulli 5, Gjirokastr - 1 night

Rooms are equipped with air conditioning and spacious layouts with modern furnishings. Additional facilities include: personal bathing, showers, bathtubs, wireless internet, cable TV, air conditioning, telephone, hygiene accessories, elevator, 24-hour reception with foreign languages (English, Italian, French, Greek), and parking surveyed 24 hours.

Hotel Mangalemi, Mangalem, Berat - 1 night

The hotel is located in the historic center of the Mangalem Quarter at the beginning of the old road leading to the castle. It is built on the ruins of mansions once belonging to the famous Pasha of Berat (Ahmet Kurt Pasha). The hotel is located only 300 meters from the city center and very close to its historical sites.

Hotel Porto Eda, Sarand - 1 night

Situated in the center of the city, facing the sea and the boulevard of the city. From the balcony of the rooms can be seen the old port of Saranda. The hotel has at your service 24 rooms equipped with all the luxury needed, and one Royal Suit. Nearby the hotel are situated the most important entertainment and necessity complexes of Saranda.

Millenium Hotel, Pogradec - 1 night

Hotel Millennium offers ultimate accommodation and satisfaction and it is considered one of the best hotels in the area. This is a peaceful place where you can enjoy your vacation whilst consuming international specialties and enjoying irresistible beaches.

Sotira Farm, Germenj - 1 night

Imagine a magical place with beautiful landscapes surrounded by mountains inhabited by many species of birds and animals such as goldfinch, whistle, squirrels, and deer. A fountain where the fresh cold and crystal clear water water runs through the rocks from the top of the mountain, secret passages through the forests where sunlight looks like a magical curtains.

Sky Tower Hotel, Rruga Ibrahim Rugova, Tirana - 1 night

Sky Hotel is located in center of Tirana and is just a few minutes away from any of the major government institutions of Albania. The hotel offers the most convenient location and excellent customer service. The staff is dedicated to making your stay a memorable experience by providing excellent service.

Day 1 - Tirana - Arrival, welcome dinner

  • All guests will be picked up at Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza (TIA).
  • You will check you into your hotel Sky Tower 2 or 4 Star Hotel, located in the center of Tirana.
  • You will have time to freshen up before a meeting in the hotel lobby.
  • The tour continues with a walking city tour before a welcome dinner.
  • After dinner, you will go for a drink and enjoy the night life which is filled with the sounds and sight of the Tirana friendly people singing and playing.

Day 2 - Pogradec - Cycling tour, food tasting

  • Transfer from Tirana to Ohrid Lake.
  • After 2-hour long transfer, you will reach the northern side of lake Ohrid from which you will start cycling to Pogradec.
  • Lunch at a waterfront restaurant before arriving to Pogradec.
  • Afternoon activity is optional between relaxing at the beach in front of the hotel or cross over to Macedonia by bike and visit the monastery of St. Naum.
  • Have dinner at the hotel located near the lake and try some of the local fish and wine.
  • Driving distance: 120 kilometers / 2 hours.
  • Cycling distance : 40 kilometers / elevation: 62 meters.

Day 3 - Germenj - Food lecture, food tasting, excursion, farm visit, cooking experience

  • Albanian traditional breakfast will be served in Millenium Hotel near the lake with the wonderful view and the fresh eggs, milk, honey and a lot off fresh and bio fruits of Pogradec.
  • A morning lecture / power point presentation will discuss the regions growing seasons, the kinds of food grown in Pogradec.
  • Then, you will board a van for a 1-hour drive to arrive in the city of Korca.
  • For lunch, you will stop at a local restaurant featuring fresh local foods. It is even better when everything is accompanied with homemade wine.
  • After lunch, drive through the country side and landscape, before arriving to your destination at the fish farm when you will taste how the locals like to eat their fish.
  • Today, you can try to cook the fresh fish that the farmer grows with a lot of local vegetables and spices.

Day 4 - Gjirokaster - Cycling tour, excursion, tea tasting

  • Cycle from Sotire to Permet.
  • 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.
  • Continue descending to Cashare and then, follow the corniche route high above the river to Permet situated on a bluff above the river. It is famed for its cuisine and its strong raki.
  • Distance : 52 kilometers / elevation: 615 meters.
  • You will continue to Permet and visit the thermal springs of Benje for a sunbath.
  • For lunch, you will stop 4 kilometers away from the springs.
  • Head to Gjirokaster, second UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the castle and the house of the dictator Enver Hoxha.
  • For dinner, you will be at the hotel Cajupi located in the center. The traditional Albanian tea, mountain tea and the local music will be take place after dinner at the center.

Day 5 - Saranda - Excursions, cycling tour

  • You will be leaving from Gjirokastra after eating breakfast and will arrive at the blue aye and take a walking tour at this charming water spring.
  • Take a picnic lunch and enjoy the mountain air, the blue wonderful water and eat.
  • After lunch, cycle to visit Butrint national park, the ancient Buthrotum a port from Hellenistic to Ottoman time, third 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.
  • Distance: 70 kilometers/ elevation : 525 meters.
  • You will arrive in Saranda before dinner and after checking at the hotel, you will have a wonderful fish dinner at the restaurant near the sea.

Day 6 - Himara - Food tasting, free time, cooking experience

  • After an early morning you will travel to one of the most beautiful Albanian beach, Himara beach.
  • Eat lunch in one quaint homestyle restaurant in which you can try the fresh fish and seafood and the extra virgin olive oil.
  • After lunch, you will have free time to wonder the streets to look in the shops, rest in a coffee shop and try some delicious ice cream in the small center of Himara.
  • Try the seafood that the fisherman sell at the port of Himara and then, cook everything you want for dinner with the help of the local cook.
  • The dinner will be back at the hotel near the beach with the wonderful view of the sea.

Day 7 - Berat - Excursion, food tasting

  • After a traditional Albanian breakfast, you will drive (or cycle) to visit the national park of Llogara and take a walking tour and see the wonderful view from the mountain to the sea.
  • For lunch, you will try the fresh lamb meat and some Albanian typical vegetables food and one of the best pies in Albania.
  • After lunch, you will drive to Berat, fourth UNESCO World Heritage Site, also named city of thousand windows.
  • You will visit the Castle of Berat and eat dinner in the hotel, when you can try the typical and delicious food of Berat. The hotel shows the local architecture of Berat which saved in years his characteristics with big windows and the wood ceiling.

Day 8 - Departure

  • On this day, the program ends.
  • After breakfast, all guests will be driven to Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza (TIA) for to their connecting flights.

The UNESCO World Heritage Sites, snow-capped mountains, inviting beaches on the Albanian Riviera, a genuine untouched subsistence culture, and exceptionally friendly people. Some say that visiting Albania is as close as you will get to travelling back in time. Until the dissolution of the Peoples Republic of Albania, it was rare that foreigners had a chance to visit this mystery-shrouded country.

Since the borders opened in 1991, anyone visiting Albania quickly realizes that this is a very special place. Unlike Croatia, just a few hundred kilometers up the coast, Albania has remained undiscovered by mass tourism. Enjoy amazing views and sunsets over the seas, relaxing strolls through some of the most beautiful towns of southern Albania, stunning coastal locations, and exciting culinary adventures.

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • A professional English-speaking guide, cycling
  • All transfers described on the tour
  • Bicycle and other bike accessories
  • Support van to carry luggage and up to 7 riders
  • Drinks with meals
  • Entry fee to attraction sites
  • Gratuities for the driver and guide
  • Single occupancy supplement
  • Transport to and from Albania
  • Travel insurance Bicycle Insurance

Arrival by aiplane

Book your flight to arrive at Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza (TIA).

Tirana, Albania

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This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date. The prices below include 20% discount per person. 

 

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  • July - March

 

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  • April - June

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