This was a bike trip through 5 Balkan countries and 5 UNESCO sits provided by Mountain Travel SOBEK and exceeded our expectations.  We stayed in these hotels in Albania:  Casa Gace Korce, Sotira Farm Bungalows -Germenj, Hotel Kalemi 2 -Gjirokaster, Rogner Hotel-Tirana below. Imagine after a hards days ride coming into elegance with a spa, pool, fine food and great rooms.  Hotel Rogner below was it 

All the hotels were all great. One of the hotels was “Hotel Casa Gace” in Korce and it was perched on this mountain with incredible views below Awesome shot below 

We started in Macedonia and then rode to Albania.  The day we left Macedonia we started on Orhid Lake below a UNESCO site, arriving into Albania in the afternoon.  


                     Orhid Lake – above, a UNESCO site is one of the deepest and oldest lakes in Europe.   We left Orhid lake early in the morning cycling along the shores of the lake and past the Presential Villa of Tito and then visited the Naum Monastary 
         After visiting the Naum Monastery above, we visited the “Bay of Bones” below, a UNESCO archeological site in which humans inhabited this site going back thousands of years.  
                                                        After visiting the “Bay of Bones” above, we had a great lunch and boat excursion through pristine waters on this very cool mirrored lake below before  we cycled acrosss the border into Albania from Macedonia into a small fishing village of Korce.
               The next morning we rode huge hills all along the border of Greece.  Various shots along the way. We passed many  goat and sheep herds and  Mosques with incredible Minarets along the way 
Incredible mosque and minarets below 
Riding along high mountain passes above we also found the oldest crossing into Greece on an old foot bridge crossing a river below
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We walked on the oldest bridge crossing into Greece above and then we rode into another UNESCO site, a town by the name of Gjirokaster and had a great hotel with a very old Ottoman citadel believed to be the second oldest in the Balkans.  Before arriving to the town of Gjirokaster we found these incredible hot springs and we all took a great dip in its healing waters of life below                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                          After the the dip in the hot springs, we rode to the capital of Albania where we spent the night after walking around town and viewing the great sites like the citadel above and interesting statues and then headed into Montenegro so go to that page for more information .