UNESCO round trip

Experience the Best of Albania.

Considered one of the most famous tours in Albania, the UNESCO tour consists of a circular route through the country's most diverse natural landscapes, passing through two of Albania's three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the town of Gjirokastra and the ancient ruins of Butrinti Park.
Group tour
  • 10 Days / 9 Nights
  • Guided
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Arrive in Tirana. After check-in, depending on the arrival time of the rest of the group, explore the history and culture of Albania on a city tour, starting from the city center. 

In case of difficult weather conditions, a tour inside the National Museum and Bunkart will be offered to revisit the different historical steps of our country. After a brief rest, the cycling guide will accompany you to a cozy, typical Albanian restaurant where traditional food will be offered in a family style type of dinner. Here you will get the chance to try for the first time the exquisite cuisine that our amazing country has to offer.

Tirana, the capital city of Albania, is a dynamic mixture of financial institutions, culture and entertainment. It is home to two distinct architectural styles influenced by the regimes that lately oppressed not only the capital but the whole country. It is marked by two totalitarian regimes, the Fascist regime of Benito Mussolini during the Second World War and by the Communist regime that followed it. The ministries surrounding the main square were all designed by Italian architects like Florestano di Fausto and Armando Brasini, buildings that stand to this day and have been internally reconstructed for government office purposes.

After morning pick up at 8 AM, a two-hour transfer to the top of Qafë Thanë Pass, will bring us at the northern side of Lake Ohrid, where the bikes will be waiting for us with the support van. After distributing the bikes according to everyone’s needs, the descent towards Lake Ohrid and therefore our tour officially starts. After reaching the hotel, where lunch will be held, we check-in and following a short rest we cross the border to Macedonia to visit the Monastery of St. Naum.

Lake Ohrid is one of Europe’s oldest lakes and its deepest (288m), containing a unique ecosystem and up to 200 endemic species. It is situated between Eastern Albania and Southwestern Macedonia and became worldwide famous in 1979 when it was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

After waking up alongside the beautiful vistas of the mountains and the lake in front of the hotel, we start cycling towards Korça, often considered the Paris of Albania. In between, a short coffee stop, and a fantastic ride alongside the well preserved crops and viticulture that the old towns midway to the city, have to offer. Upon arrival and checking in, your leader will guide you through the city to visit one of the largest orthodox cathedrals in the country, the first Albanian school and have drinks at the recently restored old Bazaar. After receiving considerable funds from the European Union, the whole city underwent a total makeover, making it one of the best cultural and historical cities in Albania to visit.

We leave the agricultural plateau of Korce, to enter more remote areas and villages, alongside the green border with Greece where the Gramoz Mountains lie steadily on our left hand side the whole time. The scenery is beautiful and varied, from agricultural lands to high snow peeked mountains, depending on the time of the year. After stopping for lunch at the highest town in elevation in Albania, Erseke, we will climb even further towards the Barmash Pass situated at 1,160m above sea level to end the day in Sotire, where a beautiful trout farm awaits us, filled with animals and local wine to be served. For dinner, a delicious trout freshly caught from the pond, don’t miss it!

We exit Sotire to a beautiful pine forest plain surrounded by towering peaks before reaching the old town of Leskovik. But wait, the beauty comes after, a fantastic 14km downhill on a completely paved and new road that sends us only 50m away from one of the Greek borders with Albania That is where we meet for the first time the longest river in Albania, river Vjosa, a beautiful, crystalline coloured river that we will follow for the next two days. After reaching the second guesthouse of the tour, an additional 4km of cycling towards the most famous natural thermal springs in Albania, free of charge, where warm pools await for you underneath a 18th century ottoman bridge, or if you feel like hiking, hike towards the Langarica river that flows from the mountains towards one of the most gorgeous canyons in Europe.

After leaving Benje, the soaring peeks of the Nemercka mountain range reappear again in front of us as we follow Vjosa to Kelcyre, where the river has created an outstanding 20 km gorge in between the mountains of Trebeshina and Golika. Following the road is where we say goodbye to the river Vjosa to meet and follow the Drino river, which will lead us to the Drino Valley alongside the Lunxheri mountain range where right in front of it, hanging on a cliff, is situated the first UNESCO protected city on our tour, Gjirokaster. After checking in, a city tour is in the plans for us to visit the Citadel on top of it, the Bazaar, where tourists usually shop for authentic gifts, and at the end visit The Skenduli House.

The day starts with a 30min transfer at the top of the Muzina pass, situated at 550m, where the actual cycling begins, followed by a beautiful downhill all the way to sea level approaching Saranda, the first coastal city on the tour. Upon entering the city, we detour to complete a loop ride alongside the National Park of Butrint reaching the southern tip of the country. Hop on a wooden ferry to cross the Vivari channel, which connects the Ionian Sea with Lake Butrint and have lunch near the UNESCO protected site of Butrint. After lunch, a guide will be waiting for us to visit the ancient Greco-Roman ruins of Butrint, declared a World Heritage Site in 1992. Following, a brief cycle to Saranda after the walking tour accompanied by the view of Corfu Island on our left hand side for the rest of the day.

A rollercoaster ride is waiting for us as we leave Saranda to follow the Albanian “Riviera Road”. Passing by some of our most beautiful villages and crystal clear beaches that the Ionian Sea has to offer. The view is dazzling, surrounded by mountains on one side and the sea on the other as the climbing’s are paid off by stunning downhills in between villages and alongside the sea. Brief lunch in Porto Palermo, in front of a fascinating Venetian Castle to end the day in Himare, an old fisherman’s village, where there will be plenty of time to relax by the beach and/or go the town centre to enjoy a refreshing ice cream.

Here it is, the most beautiful, varied and challenging day of the tour. We gradually climb through forests and gorges, passing by old villages leading to the most famous beaches in Albania, Jale and Dhermi. As we cycle, on the far distance we get a glimpse of the extraordinary Llogara Pass, where a gradual climb towards its top is waiting for us accompanied by stunning vistas of the mountains surrounding the Ionian Sea. Upon reaching the top, we descent towards the National Park of Llogara to complete the tour in Rradhime at one of the most famous hotels in the area. Relax by the sea and enjoy a mojito while admiring the sunset over the Albanian Peninsula of Karaburun.

Farewell day starting with a 3 hour transfer to Tirana International Airport for those having a flight, and a separate transfer is offered to those staying in Tirana for a few extra days.

Tour character


Paved roads have been a hallmark of Albania for the past 15 years, so expect good asphalt throughout the Tour. There will be certain segments that haven't received their due attention since the fall of communism, especially in some rural areas, but you'll always be told a day in advance of what to expect by the guide. Due to the hilly Albanian landscape, a certain level of fitness is an advantage for this tour.

Map Albania UNESCO round trip

Prices and events

All data for 2023 at a glance
Place of arrival: Tirana
  Season 2023
01.04.2023 - 31.10.2023

Albania Unesco Tour, 10 days, AL-ALRTT-10X
Base price
Surcharge single room 190.00

Accommodation: hotels, inns and 1 - 2 x also small wooden huts, which are located in the middle of nature

Season 2023
Apr 1, 2023 - Oct 31, 2023
Albania Unesco Tour, 10 days, AL-ALRTT-10X
Base price
Surcharge single room

Accommodation: hotels, inns and 1 - 2 x also small wooden huts, which are located in the middle of nature

Electric bike
Prices per person in EUR

Services and infos

  • Overnight stays as described
  • Meals (9 x breakfast, 8 x lunch, 9 x dinner)
  • Rental bike with saddle bag
  • Support vehicle throughout the trip
  • Accompanied by a tour guide who knows the country (EN)


  • Guided tours according to the program
  • Luggage transfer by escort vehicle
  • Transfers and ferry as per program
  • Transfer from Tirana to Tirana Airport at the end of the tour

Arrival / Departure

  • Airport Tirana

Please note

  • No visa is currently required for entry from the EU
  • Visitor's tax, if due, not included in the travel price
  • We reserve the right to make changes to the route

Not included

  • Drinks, snacks, water bottle
  • Helmet
  • Entrance fees to attractions
  • Transfer from Tirana airport to the hotel
Contact & booking

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