Explore Albania

7 customer review

Welcome in the new millennium in the less traversed corner of Europe, the Accursed mountain of Albania. Ride and see what few people have seen: an untouched coastline, hidden valleys, and rugged mountains. Receive one of the warmest receptions in all of Europe. The people of this tiny country are known for warmth and hospitality. From the mountains in the north to the archaeological sites in the south, from the growing city to the rural villages throughout the country, there is surprising diversity for travelers to discover. An adventure worth living for. This tour, includes a world class journey through outstanding fjord-like scenery, which deserves to be one of the world's best boat trips. You will travel back in time and see the traditional lifestyles carried by hardy souls who work their land and build their haystacks as their ancestors did before them with the peacefulness.

Some say that visiting Albania is as close as you'll get to traveling 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 is what you will find here. We ride through the very best of Europe's beautiful unknown.

At a glance


  • 7 Nights, 3-4* hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • 6 riding days with 100% vehicle support
  • 100% tarmac
  • Group size 4 to 10 bikes plus local leader
  • Contries Visited 2 : Albania, Macedonia
  • 1200 km of motorcycle route


Highlights


  • Enjoy wild landscapes in this undiscovered country.
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage city of Berat and it's Fortress.
  • Journey through the beautiful Albanian Riviera.
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage citys of Butrint and Ohrid.
  • Get lost in the UNESCO city of Gjirokaster and its history.
  • Ferry in the most amyzing ride across the Albanian fiords.
  • Relax in the thermal waters of Bënjë and Peshkopia.
  • Visit Enver Hoxha's nuclear bunker in Tirana.
  • Discover the local cuisine where organic food is a standart.
  • Witness Bënja's bridge that has spanned the river for centuries.
  • Visit Valbona, Europe's hiking Meka.
  • Kruja, home of Skenderbeg, Aleksander of Albania.

Arrival

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Tiranë - Dhërmi

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Dhërmi - Gjirokastër

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Gjirokastër - Korçë

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Korçë - Peshkopi

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Peshkopi - Valbonë

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Valbonë - Krujë

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Departure

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Solo Rider

2530

Pillion / Own Bike

1350

Bike Upgrade

170

Single Supplement

157

* Prices above are sharing room
* Motorcycle upgrade uses the R1200 GS


What's included
  • 7 Nights Accommodation
  • Motorcycle F700GS / F800GS
  • Multilingual tour guide
  • Support van and mechanic
  • Motorcycle Insurance BLUE


  • All Lunches and dinners
  • All breakfasts
  • All attraction site fees
  • Airport shuttle service
  • Tolls and ferry ticket
What's not included
  • Single supplement
  • Motorcycle upgrade
  • Airplane tickets
  • Riding gear or helmet
  • Travel insurance


  • Drinks with meals
  • Hard case panniers
  • Gratitude for guides
  • Visa expenses
  • Extra airport transfer
2018 - Tour Date Tour Status
April 1 - April 8 Available
May 13 - May 20 Available & guaranteed
June 17 - June 24 Available & guaranteed
September 2 - September 9 Available & guaranteed
October 14 - October 21 Available
November 4 - November 11 Available
  • Airline Lost & Found
  • Riding Gear
  • How much money do I need?
  • Medical conditions and food allergies
  • Motorcycle Models and Sizes
  • Crossing Borders
  • Ferry ride into the Fiords of Albania
  • Riding in Albania
  • Food and Meals
  • Riding Style
In the event that your flight has lost you luggage please give the following information to the lost and found office that unless there will be another flight the same with your luggage on it, you will be traveling the next day and the destination for your luggage to be delivered should be determined by calling Motorcycle Albania at +355673080000. Motorcycle Albania and Lost & Found will make further arrangements to bring the luggage to you as soon as possible.
It is important to layer your clothing for different climates, as our tour may go through cool high mountain passes on one day and warm valley lowlands on the next. Rain in the mountains can occur unexpectedly, so you should bring a rain suit. Helmet is a must unless you have made further arrangements with us. In the event of lost luggage we will provide you with a helmet and riding gear until the arrival of yours.
You will need money only for meals and drinks. A typical dinner cost between 5-10 € and a litter of house red wine from 3-7€. Coffee is 50cent and beer 1€. Although ATM machines are common in most cities and towns there will be days where finding on could be challenging. But more challenging is trying paying with a credit card. Cash in the most easy form of payment and luckily, because of the prices in Albania, you don’t need much of it.
Because of the remoteness this tour will take us, is quite neccessary that you let Motorcycle Albania know in advance of possible medical conditions of food allergies that you might have. All our guides are competent first aid responders and will do everything to sort out the situation in the most professional manner.
We have updated our motorcycles by providing 2017 model for all our tours. On top of that, all our models now have motorcycles with lowered chassis for shorter riders. After you make you booking make sure to talk to us about the most appropriate size for you.
Crossing borders is easy and straight forward. Everyone must have their passports and driving license on them at all time. Because of our agremenst with Border Custom Controle, you can cross any border independent from the rest of the group and don't need to do any customs paperwork.
Because of limited accesabilito to most mountainous vilages this is the only way in or out for a lot of people and because of tourism and water level of the lake loading/unloading of the bikes on the ferries can be challenging. Therefore your guide might have to do that job for you.
All the roads exept for big citys are free of trafic and very well maintained. The drivers are quiet patience and forgiving.
Organic food is still the standart in the Albanain cousine. All the farmers grow their own heirloom varieties and because of the cost of chemicals used in developed countries they have followed more natural methods of agriculture. Combine the good flavor with the rich variety of traditional dishes and low prices and you landed on food paradise.

Because of the cheep prices of meals we decided that everyone should have the abundant option of choosing their own dish. Nonetheless your guide will suggest the best places and dishes and make reservations beforehand. If it is favorable to you, you can let the guide choose and order the best at each destination.
Every group is different but the most common style of riding is where the guide leads and you all make the same stops and rests to which we came to know from our long experience. All the helmets will be equipped with an intercom, where you can listen the guide telling stories and histories of the traveled area or interact in private conversations with other riders from the group. There is usually two coffee stops, one before and one after lunch stop as well as common regroups in attractions sites and beautiful view points.

Nonetheless with our GPS and and easy to follow route, you are free to ride at you own pace and enjoy the ride from your own prospective.
Maxwell Hopper

Riding in Albania was quite easy and rewarding. The views commanded from some of the many climbs were spectacular. We enjoyed staying in some of the more remote parts of the country and then on to the slightly more commercialised coast. The evenings were great fun, with superb food, and an interesting group of riders. Armand (Group Leader) and Juli (Driver/Support) were fantastic. A great couple of guys. Attentive to all our needs, sociable and informative.

Gail Longworth

Beautiful scenery, interesting country, real contrast between the mountainous interior and scenic coastline, lovely food, great weather and lovely friendly people - both locals and in our group. This was definitely a trip worth taking. We couldn't believe how little we spent over the week - everything is so cheap and good. I loved the house wine which was apparently everyone made his own. Armand was very good, well organized, calm and friendly - looked after us well. We've done a number of this trips and thought this was a little different - the first few days in particular did feel like stepping back in time. Would recommend it.

Christopher Cross

So to the holiday itself, everything was absolutely spot on. Armand the leader was one of the best I have ever come across and I have been on a lot of adventures over the years!!The group was great, the scenery amazing and the food was lovely…this was my first riding a 1200GS and I will be back on it for next years adventure. Albania is a great place and I could not recommend it enough, this guys have thought of everything so you will love it. The bikes ware all new 2016 with all the bells and whistles you might need.

Lynne Porteous

I enjoyed this trip even more than I had hoped - the country is so interesting, the scenery glorious and the food wonderful! Our guide was proficient and professional and ensured the whole week provided fun, variety and (optional) challenges! I rode with my husband on a beautiful new BMW. Quite comfortable i must say. I was amazed at how fast the bike came to a full stop after Tim slammed on the brakes in front of a donkey running cross the road. There were so many "wow" moments in terms of the scenery and I stopped often to capture that perfect shot! Every day as we rod toward the unknown provided amazing mountain views and the coastal rides above the sparkling seas were just magnificent. Armand was an excellent leader - he was very calm and measured and at all times a consummate professional. I liked the fact that he stressed each day that this was a vacation and we should travel at our own speed, enjoy the ride and take photos and stop as we wished. Armand's knowledge of his country and its history was impressive and his love for Albania shone through!

Tony Glaser

Go! Don't be misled by very-outdated tales of Albania as lawless and full of criminals . . . it is quite the opposite . . . you will feel very safe everywhere. I would suggest doing what we did - spend a day or two (no more) in Tirana before the trip to get a little oriented, see the capital, learn about Albanians. Pretty much everything in Albania is cheap, and standards of everything were much higher than I would have expected from what is almost the poorest country in Europe, and it is remarkable how they have recovered from decades of communism-like life without violence or ethnic or religious strife - an inspiration to us all. From all the organized tours i have been, this tour had definitely the best available bikes. All were 2016 models with panniers, GPS ect.

Muddy Boots

If your thinking about booking this trip and not sure... Here is my review. With shameful ignorance I knew almost nothing of Albania before I went, Macedonia way... Ex-communist country... I didn't even know the currency however I have come away with a very good impression of the country and it's friendly people, the food, history, geography and scenery. If your undecided - Just GO!!! Go now and see this amazing country that's emerging from the clutch of communism, is still rustic, rural, basic and beautiful. Go before it gets commercialised with the globalised chains of fast food and coffee shops. I upgraded to a GS Adv. Worth every penny. I only wish my legs were a little taller. I loved the intercom chats with Armand. He was quite smart and informative. Everyone was installed an intercom on the helmet and Armand would start talking as soon as we’d pass by attractions or little towns.

Alexander McDonald

Great holiday. Who knew Albania is so beautiful. The trip covers all of Albania - interior and coastline. Great guide - helpful and knowledgeable always taking time to tell us about his country. Making plans to return on the Balkan tour next year.

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