A spectacular mixture of challenging high mountain tracks, small asphalt roads, shoveled gravel roads and shady forest paths makes the journey through the small Balkan country Albania so unique.
|per rider in shared twin/double room||€1,990.00 $2,213.79 ?|
|pillion passenger||€1,490.00 $1,657.56 ?|
|per person single room (surcharge)||€490.00 $545.10 ?|
|German speaking tour guide, please inquire for English speaking tour guide|
|10 nights in a double room (shower/WC)|
|2 nights on the ferry in a double cabin|
|Luggage transport in the accompanying vehicle|
|Ferry crossing from Durres to Trieste (optionally also Ancona possible)|
|Everything that is not listed under services|
|Catering on the ferry|
|Travel cancellation and return transport insurance|
|Route: Approximately 1 800 km total distance, daily stages between 135 and 250 km.|
|Group size: minimum 5 vehicles, maximum 10; if the minimum number of participants is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the tour up to 28 days before the tour starts.|
|Motorcycles and riding skills: The tour is suitable for all enduro bikes, although of course lighter enduro bikes are easier to ride on the off-road tracks. All Enduros require studded tyres, à la TKC 80, Karoo or MT21. You should be able to handle your bike safely on winding roads, especially in hairpin bends, fine and coarse gravel and earth tracks should not be a problem. A minimum of off-road experience or a previous off-road training is required. You should also be in very good physical condition.|
|Accompanying vehicle: The group is guided by a guide on an enduro. Another tour guide accompanies the group with a Toyota Land Cruiser as luggage vehicle. This also serves as a guide vehicle for a tour group that will be travelling in 4x4 off-road vehicles.|
|Road condition/traffic: Depending on the stage, we either ride on asphalt (sometimes rough, sometimes fine, sometimes full of potholes) or on off-road tracks of various kinds. These range from slow, winding mountain roads on loose scree to broad, fast gravel roads. In Albania, the road traffic regulations are broadly the same as in Germany, including right-hand traffic. One must always pay attention to animals like dogs, goats, sheep, donkeys and cattle.|
|Daily routine: Normally a day of travel begins at 8 o'clock with breakfast. The convoy leaves at 9:00. Lunch and breaks are taken regularly. Usually we reach the hotel by 18 o'clock at the latest. If there are exceptions, there is certainly a good reason for them.|
|Accommodation: In clean hotels and guesthouses typical of the country. Each room has its own bathroom and WC. According to country category, these are 3-star homes, although they do not always meet Western European standards. Often the rooms are simpler than the first impression and the ambience would suggest. However, each accommodation is characterized either by its unique location, history, cuisine or atmosphere.|
|Rations: For breakfast we usually have the usual continental breakfast, occasionally varying with specialities such as olives and sheep's cheese. In all three countries (i.e. Bosnia, Montenegro and Albania) we will have the opportunity to taste the local specialities. In the evening a multi-course menu is usually served. To drink, besides water and the usual soft drinks, there are various kinds of tasty beer from the country's own breweries. Various red and white wines round off an enjoyable dinner.|
|Additional costs for food + drinks: Payment by credit card or Maestro card is not always possible and if it is, then usually only with the PIN of the card. In Montenegro and Albania you can often pay with Euro at petrol stations. The fuel costs in the Balkan countries are consistently somewhat cheaper than in Germany. The drinks in restaurants and cafés are relatively cheap: ½ l beer about 1 to 2 euros, a bottle of red wine about 10 - 15 euros. Depending on the drinking pleasure one has to calculate with approx. 220 euros for the tour (without ferry crossing). In addition, there are about 8 euros per day for lunch (without ferry crossing), i.e. a total of about 300 euros for drinks and lunch (divided into 100 euros in Bosnian MARK, 100 euros in Albanian LEK and 100 euros). As it is completely unusual in restaurants and cafés to pay individually, it is advisable to set up a joint cash register for lunch and drinks, which your tour guide can manage for the group if you wish. So you actually have nothing to do with money anymore and can concentrate on the journey and the various impressions. You can easily withdraw the foreign currency at ATMs using a credit or V-Pay card.|
|Climate: Mostly little rain. In the mountains it can sometimes go down to 10-15 degrees, otherwise one can expect pleasantly warm temperatures of 20-25 degrees.|
|Equipment / protective clothing: The most suitable clothing is waterproof textile clothing or enduro clothing (as well as rain trousers and jacket if necessary) and an enduro helmet. As there are differences in temperature between the lowlands and the mountains, the onion principle with many thin layers that can be put on or taken off as required is most suitable. Waterproof motorcycle gloves and boots should be a matter of course. Please do not forget your bathing suit. Also useful are: a multitool or pocket knife, earplugs, sunglasses that fit under the helmet and a water bottle. On such tours, drinking rucksacks in the style of a camelback have proven to be particularly useful. As we will picnic in beautiful places every now and then, it makes sense to take cutlery with us. Please also think about medication for the most common travel diseases. Diarrhoea and cold remedies as well as vitamins can be very helpful on the way.|
|Sports: About half of the hotels are located by the sea, lake or river. So you can go swimming more often. Your tour guide is also a passionate long-distance runner. If you want to run with us from time to time, please remember your running shoes.|
|Documents: An identity card valid for at least 6 months after the end of the journey is required for entry into the country. For Swiss citizens, a passport is essential for entry into Bosnia-Herzegovina (only the identity card is not sufficient), a visa is not required for anybody. A national driving licence is sufficient. Please also remember the Green Insurance Card, which must be valid for all countries you travel to, i.e. Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania.|
|Electricity: The voltage is 220 volts.|
|Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.|
It is not only the many rivers, waterfalls and lakes that are fascinating. With the view of the mountain peaks, the canyons and the sea, some people are speechless. But also the sightseeing of the cultural highlights, as for example the Ottoman Berat, are not missed out on this tour. The culinary specialities of the Balkan cuisine make your mouth water. After ten eventful days of travelling we leave the Balkan Peninsula in Durres by ferry towards Trieste and enjoy the dark blue waves of the Adriatic Sea.
Expected course of the tour:
Day 1: The individual journey to our base hotel in Ogulin will take place until 18 o'clock. If you arrive by car and trailer, you can safely leave them in the courtyard of the hotel. From Trieste to Ogulin it is only 160 km/h. From 18:30 there is the travel briefing and afterwards our common Dinner.
Day 2: Soon after breakfast we will be heading south on winding side roads. Dense forests alternate with moors and meadows in the hilly country off. The first winding gravel roads make the heart beat faster. After we have reached the border to Bosnia-Herzegovina, we are looking forward to the lunch break in Bihac. Afterwards we continue to Bosanska Krupa, where we follow a winding but quickly passable road to Bosanskla Petrovac. We let our eyes wander over meadows and pastures while we continue next to the main road on a great piste to Kljuc. Here we check into our comfortable hotel and enjoy a delicious dinner. Daily kilometres approx. 230
Day 3: Today we will go up into the mountains. Sometimes on asphalt, sometimes on dirt road we cross the great hilly country. Via Mrkonjic Grad we ride through
beautiful river valley Pliva. Behind Jajce it becomes demanding, we ride a partial spurred mountain road up to a mountain pasture. After a coffee break in Sipovac we soon reach Krupes and a little later our picnic area. Here we enjoy the previously purchased burek and cevapis. Sensational is the view of the Rama Lake. A fantastic mountain road with spectacular views of the rocky landscape follows in the afternoon. Again and again the 2225 meter high peaks of the Plocno in sight. We finally reach Konjic. Our hotel is located directly in the Neretva Valley. Daily kilometre approx. 250
Day 4: Today we will start a little earlier and enjoy the beautiful curve swing along the Neretva river. A little later we take our coffee break in a rustic restaurant. The landscape is getting more and more spectacular. On the right we see a steep ascent. Now there is no stopping - everyone wants can handle this rideway. The reward is a breathtaking view of the karstic mountain world in central Bosnia. After another 10 km we reach Umoljani, where we have lunch in a typical local inn. Once again, all of fascinating views of the surroundings. Having reached the winter sports resort of Igman, we now take the M18 to the border to Montenegro further. Now the next highlight follows: The National Park Durmitor. After all the various impressions of today, we are looking forward to our dinner in our hotel in Zabljak.
Daily kilometres approx. 230
Day 5: The first highlight is not long in coming: the magnificent TaraTal with its bridge. Afterwards we continue quickly via Berane and Andrijevica. Soon after we reach the border with Albania. In the following
one can confidently speak of one of the most spectacular routes of this journey: The fantastic valley of Vermosh. Although it is now completely asphalted, the landscape is magnificent. The sensational views of mountains and valleys take our breath away. Again and again we ride through original villages. The view of deep and steep canyons of white rock lets the adrenalin level
jump up. After we ride east over a very stony road, we are not badly surprised that there is such a comfortable hotel (with sauna and pool) in this poor and remote region. We are looking forward to the chilled drinks and the delicious dinner.
Daily kilometres approx. 240
Day 6: Today we have to leave already at 8 o'clock, because after breakfast expected and soon the next highlight: The national park of Teth. At the beginning we take a new asphalt road with many bends up and up - until we reach the pass and enjoy the magnificent view of the high mountains. Now we continue down into the valley on a gravel road, which is still well passable here. We get to Teth and take a coffee break. Now begins a very stony and partly deeply groomed runway on 63 km length. If you do not want to travel this section, you can turn back and take the asphalt Take the road to Shkoder. The others are now enjoying the very demanding slope. First a river crossing follows and immediately in the
Afterwards it goes down the valley further and further. The landscape is magnificent, but the slope requires a lot of attention. Then we finally have it and are happy about the brand new asphalted road to Shkoder. Our hotel is beautifully located directly on the Buna river. Day kilometres 135
Day 7: After so much effort we allow ourselves a day of rest today. You can now jump into the cool waters of the swimming pool, simply enjoy the view of the river from the terrace, go for a walk or take a trip on your own
Faust. A boat tour is also possible.
Day 8: Earlier than usual we leave our hotel today. The first few kilometres along the main road take us quickly forward. The valley gets narrower and deeper and suddenly after the next bend we see the deep blue of the reservoir. In Burrel we enjoy our coffee break. Shortly afterwards, the tour continues for over 70 kilometres on demanding stone and gravel roads back into the mountains. On a wonderfully situated alpine pasture we enjoy our picnic break. Between 1000 and 1500 meters altitude the road winds through the valleys higher and higher towards the mountains, only to descend just as fast again. Arrived in the Shkumbin river valley, we reach our hotel in Elbasan a little later. We are happy about the dinner and some cool drinks on the terrace. Daily kilometres approx. 210
Day 9: Another challenge is facing us today. From Elbasan, the journey first takes you swiftly to Cerrik and then on to Gramsh. In a nice cafe with a great view we strengthen ourselves with a coffee break. Those who do not want to ski the difficult slope that follows can ski an easier, no less spectacular slope directly to Berat. After a further 34 km along the Devoli valley, turn right over the river and the challenging mountain road begins. She winds herself into Serpentines always further up. While it was simply gravelled at the beginning, it is now becoming increasingly stony. Suddenly she is deeply spurred and after rain she is also slippery. Good thing that the Enduros have high ground clearance and lugged tyres have. Things are moving slowly. But then we made it: At km 100 we reach the top of the pass. Now it's going down again. In a simple restaurant in Gjerbes we are looking forward to lunch. Afterwards it goes up again and curvy down again. In Polican we have truly earned our coffee break. When we arrive in Berat we are amazed at our hotel. It is only one year old and very comfortable. Daily kilometres 170
Day 10: If you want to take a closer look at the oriental advice, you can have breakfast earlier and take some pictures of the beautiful old houses in the centre. At 9:00 we'll continue together. Also today has a very difficult section to offer. First we follow the Osum River to Corovode. Shortly after that the canyon gets narrower and narrower, so that we absolutely have to make a photo stop. Here we also enjoy a coffee break. At km 67 the newly asphalted road turns into an easy to ride slope. The views of the mountains are magnificent. In Kelcyre we have our lunch break. Soon after, the road quickly becomes a mountain road again. On the map actually a big road, the runway turns out to be
on about 20 km as a very stony and deeply spurred challenge. Arrived in the valley we also have to cross a river. As you go on, the piste is faster again and the views of the valleys and mountains are magnificent.
A little later we reach our beautiful hotel in Berat again. Daily kilometre 175
Day 11: Today is our last off-road day of the trip. Until Fier we ride in the Osum valley on the main road. After the coffee break we go to the Karavasta National Park a little later. Where on the map only the sea is marked, there are it actually is a track that leads us through a fantastic lagoon landscape. Again and again one sees large bird populations. The views of the lake and sea are fascinating. In the middle of a shady pine forest we enjoy our lunch in our restaurant. After that, the main road continues briskly to Durres. If you still want to, you can have your bike washed before you go to the ferry port at about 15 o'clock. At 5 pm the ferry leaves and we start Towards Italy. Daily kilometre approx. 150
Day 12: We enjoy the ferry trip and review the Balkan journey again in pictures and stories.
Day 13: Early in the morning at 6 o'clock we reach Trieste and start our individual journey home.
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