SpiceRoads Cycle Tours, a leading bicycle tour operator in Asia for more than a decade, is pioneering bike tours in the Balkan nations of Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro. The move comes as Balkan destinations, emerging from a volatile past into a more peaceful present, are beginning to attract a diversity of tourism interests.
SpiceRoads has a history of being the first to offer bike tours in countries that are just opening up to tourists, such as Cambodia and Sri Lanka following their internal wars, and is doing so again in three small but rebuilding Balkan nations. The mountainous countries of Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro not only offer perfect terrain for biking, they also provide the other key ingredients needed for a successful SpiceRoads bike tour – stunning scenery, historic sites, friendly locals, comfortable accommodation and excellent food.
Off-road mountain biking tours are being offered in landlocked Macedonia and along the Balkan Riviera in Montenegro. Riding on paved roads in Albania allows for the exploration of three UNESCO World Heritage sites as cyclists ride a loop from the capital Tirana inland and then along the coast.
The 10-day Albania Heritage by Bicycle tour is for moderate riders who are interested in history. The tour cost is $1,995. Catering to mountain bikers looking for a challenge, the 10-day Macedonia Mountain Bike Odyssey is priced at $1,695. The eight-day Mountain Biking Montenegro is a moderate mountain bike tour on jeep-width dirt roads that is priced from $1,395 and there is a departure each in May, June. September and October. To introduce these tours SpiceRoads is offering a $150 discount off any of the inaugural tours: Albania (May 19), Macedonia (June 2), Montenegro (May 26). Use code BALKANS to receive the discount when booking.