A new tour for 2022 designed to incorporate the highlights of Northern Greece with Albania; one of our latest and favourite motorcycling destinations.
Greece may be home of the Greek Gods but it’s got an eclectic mix of fantastic motorcycling; from remote mountains and gorges to stunning coastlines all interlinking quaint, beautiful, old towns & villages with a laid back atmosphere and of course the delicious Greek cuisine. The mountainous regions of central and northern Greece are a stark contrast to the seaside and island destinations typically protrayed about Greece. In fact we would go so far as to say Northern Greece is more like Albania.
Relatively un-touristed, Albania boasts soaring alpine peaks, twisty roads, stunning Mediterranean coastline, mountain lakes, wild natural scenery, excellent food and very welcoming people with a unique culture. We first visited Albania in 2008 and, coming from Montenegro, were instantly intrigued by the contrast between the two countries. Our brief visit in 2008 planted a seed and created a burning desire to return and explore further. Albania has so much to offer the explorer and adventure motorcyclist. Having completed a very comprehensive reconnaissance tour in late 2020 of relatively un-chartered territory, we’ve created a fantastic itinerary with the help of expert local knowledge, that takes in the very best Albania has to offer; both on and off the beaten track. It’s fair to say that Albania exceeded expectations and we’ve been overwhelmed by the raw natural beauty that lies around every corner. Our 2 tours of Albania, Macedonia & Kosovo were a huge hit with those who travelled.
Theres a long list of highlights on this tour:
- Lake Plastira – An artificial lake in perfect harmony with nature, embraced by picturesque rural villages, fir forests and the imposing Agrafa mountain range.
- Meteora – UNESCO World heritage, one of the largest and most important complexes of Greek Orthodox monasteries in Greece
- Metsovo – a quaint and picturesque alpine like village nestled on the fringes of the Pindus National Park
- Pindus Mountains & National Park
- Vikos Gorge – Its overall length exceeds 30km. Its depth varies but is regarded as the world’s deepest canyon in relation to it’s width.
- Gjirokaster – UNESCO World Heritage Site, described as “a rare example of a well-preserved Ottoman town, built by farmers of large estate”.
- Barmash Pass over the Gramoz Mountains; part of the northern Pindus mountain range
- Mavrovo National Park – The gorges, pine forests, karst fields and waterfalls of Mavrovo National Park offer a breath of fresh. Home to North Macedonia’s highest peak, Mt Korab (2764m)
- Lake Ohrid – It is one of Europe’s deepest and oldest lakes, with a unique aquatic ecosystem of worldwide importance, with more than 200 endemic species.
- Ohrid Town; Ohrid is North Macedonia’s most seductive destination with an atmospheric old quarter that cascades down steep streets, dotted with beautiful churches and topped by the bones of a medieval castle.
- The Monastery of St. John of Kaneo
- Bay of Bones; dating back between 1200 and 700 BC, the original prehistoric settlement occupied 8500 square meters.
- The 10th century monastery of St. Naum built upon a rock overlooking Ohrid Lake and on the Albanian / Macedonian frontier.
- Valbona Valley National Park – considered to be the hidden gem of Albanian Alps.
- Tirana, the capital of Albania, is known for its colourful Ottoman-, Fascist- and Soviet-era architecture.
- Citadel of Berat; a city more than 2,400 years old with a troubled history.
- A night on the Albanian Riviera where the Adriatic and Ionian seas meet; which means clean waters and brilliant beaches. With over 300 sunny days a year, it’s easy to see why it’s a popular beach resort.
- Llogara National Park -The lush forests of pines and oaks are only the beginning of this “mountain of panoramas,” which is beautifully surrounded by numerous mountain ranges and the majestic Ionian Sea.
- Llogara Pass – surrounded by regal forests that remain magically cool even during the scalding heat of the summer.
- Butrint National Park – Of the countless antique ruins and landmarks of Albania, Butrint is the one most responsible for putting Albania on the map. Butrint’s glorious 2500-year-old ruins, within a majestic 30 km wide natural reserve, are some of the most well-preserved in Europe. In 1992, Butrint was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO