The Acropolis at dawn is the perfect spot to begin the 'Balkan Ghosts' section of The Odyssey. Here riders can gaze out over the city of Athens and contemplate their next 19 days on the road to Sarajevo. After cycling back down through the city's awakening streets, the cyclists will head northwest for a couple of days before spinning into the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Delphi for their first rest day. Here they can explore the 4th Century Temple of Apollo and prepare for the hilly days ahead.
Two days of moderate climbing will bring the cyclists to another rest day in the small town of Kastraki, the jumping off point for visiting the incredible monasteries of Meteora. Seemingly suspended in mid-air atop sheer rock faces, these religious buildings are certainly worth a visit. You may recognize them from the James Bond film, "For Your Eyes Only". Over the next 3 days riders will now pass through the Pindhos Mountains on one of Greece's most spectacular roads - numerous switchbacks surrounded by towering peaks.
On the other side, cyclists will now enter little-known Albania and enjoy a rest day in Sarande, a town on the what is known locally as the Albanian Riviera. Refreshed, the riders will pedal north along the scenic coast to Vlora, one of the country's oldest cities and the site of Albania's 1912 Declaration of Independence. The route now turns inland and follows some little-used rural roads to Berat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, beautifully situated on the banks of the Osum River with the imposing Tomorr Mountains in the background.
Another day of spinning through the Albanian countryside brings the riders to the nation's capital Tirana and a well-deserved rest day. After exploring the city's colourful Soviet-era architecture, the riders continue their Odyssey, pedalling northwards through the historic city of Shkod��ro and then onto the border with Montenegro. Before the riders know it, they have crossed another border, this time into Bosnia and, after a couple days of challenging climbs, the section comes to an end in Sarajevo, host city of the 1984 Winter Olympics.
- Athens, Greece
- Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovinia
- 19 Days
- Cycle Paths/Trails
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Tour Distance & Dates
- 1365 Km
- Riding Days:
Double Occupancy / Twin Share
Single Supplement: If available
A registration fee of $150 USD must first be paid to hold your place
Vehicle to carry your bags;
Experienced Tour Leader; 'Sweep' Rider;