Cycling Corfu Albania Epirus

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Period of operation :April - June & September to October
Price :
  • 2800€/person for min 2-3 participants (April/May/October)
  • 3070€/personfor min 2-3 participants (June/September)  (for more participants please contact us)
Duration :9 days/8 nights
Minimum attendance :2 participants
Level requirements :Total Distance: 426 Km’s • Good physical condition • Good knowledge and experience of long-distance cycling routes • Team spirit

A route that connects two countries (Greece and Albania), three archaeological sites (Butrint, Dodoni, Nikopolis), three monuments of UNESCO (Corfu, Butrint, Gjirokaster) and other picturesque cities (Ioannina, Preveza, Parga), villages , forests, mountains and sea. A tour that combines biking, culture and tasting, and is addressed to any lover of exploration.

Day 1 : Arrival in Corfu

Meeting at the airport where our guide will greet you and transfer to your hotel. Prepare your bike and ride to the old town of Corfu for wellcome dinner. O/N Corfu - Hellinis Hotel (D)

Day 2 : Igoumenitsa - Butrint – Saranda

In the morning we go by boat to Igoumenitsa and immediately depart with our bikes north for the city of Saranda in Albania. On the way we will cross picturesque villages and visit the archaeological site of Butrint.  Butrint or Buthrotum was an ancient Greek and later Roman city and bishopric in Epirus. In modern times it is an archeological site in Vlorë County, Albania, some 14 kilometres south of Sarandë and close to the Greek border and became a Latin Catholic titular see. It was known in antiquity as Bouthrōton. It is located on a hill overlooking the Vivari Channel and part of the Butrint National Park.

O/N Saranda - Hotel Brilant or Hotel Agimi (B/L/D) 

  • Total distance of the day: 67 km.
  • Total altitude ascent: + 920 m,
  • Maximum altitude: 175 m.

Day 3: Saranda - Gjirokastra

After breakfast depart for Gjirokaster. The road initially ascends to the village of Musina and passes in the valley of Gjirokastra. Gjirokastër, lying in the historical region of Epirus, is the capital of Gjirokastër County. Its old town is inscribed on the World Heritage List as "a rare example of a well-preserved Ottoman town, built by farmers of large estate. Gjirokastër is situated in a valley between the Gjerë mountains and the Drino River, at 300 m (984 ft) above sea level. The city is overlooked by the Gjirokastër Castle where Gjirokaster National Folklore Festival is held every five years. Gjirokastër is the birthplace of former Albanian communist leader Enver Hoxha and notable writer Ismail Kadare.

O/N Gjirokastra - Hotel Cajubi (B/L/D)

  • Total distance of the day: 55 km.
  • Total altitude ascent: 950 m.
  • Maximum altitude: 590 m

Day 4: Gjirokaster - Ioannina

We depart for Greece following the valley of Upper Drino. Passing the border ascend to the first pass at 600 meters bringing us to the valley of Kalpaki while a second pass at 630 meters brings us to the valley of Ioannina.

O/N Ioannina - Hagiati House (B/L/D) 

  • Total distance of the day: 89 km.
  • Total altitude ascent: 1140 m.
  • Maximum altitude: 628 m

Day 5: Ioannina - Dodoni - Derviziana

We depart for the ancient theater of Dodoni through Kosmira and after a climb with a panoramic view over the valley of Ioannina, we pass the valley of Dodona.

  • Total distance: 19 km.
  • Total altitude ascent: 620 m.
  • Maximum altitude: 878 m
  • Maximum ascending gradient: 20.8%

In Ancient Dodoni will visit the archaeological site with the ancient theater and then continue to the village Derviziana, where we spend the night in a hostel. The sanctuary of Dodoni was a major spiritual place in ancient Greece. It was the oldest of the Greek oracles and ancient people traveled great distances in order to consult the priests who foretold the future. Outside the temple of Zeus the priests gathered under the sacred Oak tree and listened to the sound of the leaves as they shivered in the breeze and glimpsed at the future. People from the entire known world would make the pilgrimage in ancient times in order to consult the future-telling Oak tree and to attend cultural festivals that took place regularly at Dodoni.

O/N Derviziana - Guest House Anthoula (B/L/D) 

  • Total distance: 29.8 km.
  • Total altitude ascent: 850 m.
  • Maximum altitude: 909 m
  • Maximum ascending gradient: 19.8%

Day 6 : Derviziana - Nikopol - Preveza

We continue south bound to Preveza. Passing from Ancient Nikopolis, will visit the archaeological site. Nikopolis  was founded by Octavianus Augustus, after the naval battle of Actium, in 31 BC.the most important sites to be visited are Among the most important monuments of Roman Nikopolis are:the Odeum, the north Thermae (Bedenia), the monument of Augustus, the Theatre, the Nymphaeum and the aqueduct.

O/N Preveza - The Captains House (B/L/D) 

  • Total distance: 57 km.
  • Total altitude ascent: 210 m.
  • Maximum altitude: 531 m
  • Maximum ascending gradient: 12%

Day 7: Preveza - Parga

We follow the coastal road to the west coast en route to Parga, stopping off to visit the oracle of Acheron. The most famous nekromanteion  or oracle of the dead, of the ancient Greek world lies near the northwest shores of the Acherousian Lake, where Acheron and Kokytos, the rivers of Hades, meet. Ancient literary sources describe the Acherousian Lake as the place where the dead began their descent to Hades, and associate Ephyra, the Epirote city located further north, with the ancient cult of the god of death. The nekromanteion attracted people wishing to meet the souls of the dead, as these were able to foresee the future after having left their body.

O/N Parga - Harmony Resort (B/L/D) 

  • Total distance: 60 km.
  • Total altitude ascent: 1200 m.
  • Maximum altitude: 209 m
  • Maximum ascending gradient: 16%
  • Average gradient: 2,8%

Day 8 : Parga - Igoumenitsa - Corfu

We continue north following the road along the coast, with original destination Perdika and Sivota, and then the port of Igoumenitsa. By boat we go to Corfu.

O/N Corfu Hellinis Hotel (B/L/D) 

  • Total distance: 49 km.
  • Total altitude ascent: 1050 m.
  • Maximum altitude: 373 m
  • Maximum ascending gradient: 20.7%

Day 9 : Departure

Transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)

 

Price Includes:

  • Support vehicle mini bus 9 seater
  • 1 Trekking Hellas bike guide for 2-7 participants / 2 Guides for 8-16 participants
  • Ferry tickets Corfu-Igoumenitsa-Corfu
  • Entrance fees to the archaeological sites
  • Eight nights in double rooms with breakfast in hotels 3 * (Note: in the village Derviziana there is only a lower class hotel)
  • All meals from the dinner on 1st day 2nd until breakfast on the 9th day
  • Energy snacks and drinks during cycling days

Does not include

  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks during meals
  • Guided tours to archaeological sites
  • Air tickets
  • Safety and accident travel insurance
  • Bike -  if you do not have your own bike you can find for rent, but without much choice.
  • Bike helmet
  • Spare possible harm of bicycles, since these are special specifications
  • Three sets of cycling clothing
  • A vest fleece polartec 100
  • Windstopper
  • Bike Gloves short & long
  • Sunglasses
  • 2 bike water bottles
  • Bike bag for basic necessities
  • Sunscreen

Extra information

• The support car is a mini bus Mercedes sprinter 9 seater, with bicycle carrier, which will follow the entire route.

• The trip does not require transfer of the bikes by the support car. However, if a participant for whatever reason does not want to travel with the bike, he can use the mini bus.

• In the car there will be parts and bicycle repair tools (tires, inner tubes, grease, brakes, etc.). However it is useful to have some essential spare parts of your own bike staff

• In the support car will be a first aid kit in case of an accident

• The transport of bicycles on board can be done in special bags or boxes, which will remain at the hotel in Corfu until the return flight.

• The guide has a lot of experience on long distance bike racing and is an excellent bicycle maintenance connoisseur

• The route we follow is asphalt in provincial roads

• Each dinner will be an introduction to the local cuisine and traditional dishes of each region. The food will be served in a family style so everyone has the opportunity to try each dish that will be served.