CYCLING 2016-17 p032-033

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Cycling in Albania 7 1 2 3 4 Some say that visiting Albania is as close as you'll get to travelling back in time. It wasn't until the collapse of the People's Socialist Republic of Albania in 1991 that the world got its first glimpse of the country within. Huge snow-capped mountains, inviting beaches, pretty rural villages, a genuine subsistence culture and an exceptionally friendly welcome awaits. We cycle through the very best of Europe's beautiful unknown, beginning our tour on the border of Macedonia, towards the ancient town of Gjirokastra passing soaring peaks and lush green valleys. From here we begin our descent to the Albanian Riviera passing the UNESCO site of Butrint and Llogara National Park, before relaxing at the private beach of our hotel in Vlore. Dates & Price Guide START END FLIGHT LAND START END FLIGHT LAND INC ONLY INC ONLY P PFremium departure SPolo FdeparturPe F Family departure Call ROAD • ALBANIA 33 8 days inc. flights from £1079 The road to Benja Albania Activity Level MODERATE Trip Code MVA At a Glance Itinerary - Day by Day 1 Fly to Tirana; transfer to Pogradec. 2 Transfer to Korce; steady climb through a landscape of barren rock interspersed with wild flowers; cycle through Grammoz Mountains and over the Barmash Pass (1159m) to Germenj. 3 Cycle through high grassy plateaux surrounded by soaring peaks before descending to Carshove and on to Benja; ride to thermal springs for a swim. 4 Valley ride towards Kelcyra; after lunch at Tepele Waterfalls transfer to Gjirokastra for afternoon city tour. 5 Transfer up the Muzina Pass, long descent to Saranda via coast and the UNESCO site of Butrint. 6 Spectacular coastal ride to the long beach of Himare Bay. 7 Ride towards Vlore; optional 1000m climb to the Llogara Pass; long descent through Llogara N.P. finishing by the coast. 8 Drive to Tirana; fly to London. A previously isolated country l Rarely visited UNESCO sites l Mountains to sandy beaches • 6 days cycling with 100% vehicle support • 80% tarmac, 20% unpaved tracks • Quiet undulating route with one tough optional climb • Group normally 6 to 16 plus local leader Min age 16 yrs • 5 nights hotels, 2 nights guesthouses • All breakfasts and 2 dinners included Tirana Pogradec Korce Germenj Permet Gjirokastra Saranda Butrint Vlore cycling transfer Adriatic Sea Lake Ohrid Llogara N.P. Barmash Pass Muzina Pass Himare Bay ALBANIA MACEDONIA Corfu GREECE ACCOMMODATION Whilst in the countryside we stay in comfortable guesthouses. In Benja we stay in a family run guesthouse just a few kilometres from the thermal springs and Ottoman bridge. Dinner here will often be taken out on the veranda where you will be served home-grown produce. 2016 10 Apr 17 Apr 1079 799 01 May 08 May 1079 799 15 May 22 May 1079 799 31 May 07 Jun 1079 799 14 Jun 21 Jun 1079 799 30 Aug 06 Sep 1079 799 06 Sep 13 Sep 1079 799 20 Sep 27 Sep 1079 799 Dates and prices correct at time of publication (see page 13). Prices are £ Sterling per person. • Optional single supplement £100 • Land only start Pogradec day 1, end Vlore day 8 • Insurance: please see page 106 Bike details: • Giant lightweight hybrid bike, included in the trip price • Discount for bringing your own bike £90 0845 863 9626 or visit www.exodus.co.uk and enter the three letter trip code Please see our website www.exodus.co.uk for all dates and prices. 2 72 3 53 4 46 5 70 6 54 7 65 Daily Distance (km) COMBINED WITH TRIP MVO SEE PAGE 32 “A quite outstanding trip that packed so much in to a week”. Paul Masters BIKE HIRE NOW INCLUDED SEE PAGE 10


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