11 days in Albania Itinerary

11 days in Albania Itinerary

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11 days in Albania Itinerary

Start: Sibiu
Fly:  10 h 15 min
1
Tirana
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Shkoder
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Berat
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Saranda
— 3 nights
+4
Ferry + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  9 h
End: Sibiu

3
nights
Tirana

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Go for a jaunt from Tirana to Kruje to see Kruja Castle about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania, brush up on your military savvy at Bunk'Art 1, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dajti.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tirana tour itinerary app .

Sibiu, Romania to Tirana is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sibiu to Tirana due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sibiu in July, things will get a bit warmer in Tirana: highs are around 38°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Shkoder.

Things to do in Tirana

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kruja Castle, Dajti
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Kruja Castle ©
Kruja Castle
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Bunk'Art 1 ©
Bunk'Art 1

2
nights
Shkoder

Shkoder ©
Its geographic location has made Shkoder, one of Europe's oldest cities, an important cultural and economic center of the Balkans over the years.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, then explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, then examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Former Palace of King Nikola I. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Venice Art Mask Factory, then get engrossed in the history at Site of Witness and Memory, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Shkoder online travel route planner .

You can drive from Tirana to Shkoder in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tirana in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Shkoder. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums Outdoors Tours
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Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle
Shkodra Lake ©
Shkodra Lake
Marubi National Museum of Photography ©

2
nights
Berat

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Sotira Waterfall, then explore the world behind art at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, then admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then don't miss a visit to Quarter Of Gorica, and then see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Berat planner.

You can drive from Shkoder to Berat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Shkoder in July, Berat is little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Saranda.

Things to do in Berat

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Sotira Waterfall
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Berat Castle ©
Berat Castle
River Rafting & Tubing
National Iconographic Museum Onufri ©

3
nights
Saranda

Saranda ©
A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
Get out of town with these interesting Saranda side-trips: Gjirokaster (in Gjirokaster), Butrint National Park (in Butrint) and Blue Eye (in Vlore). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Lekuresi Castle, enjoy the sand and surf at Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of 40 Saints.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Saranda trip planning tool .

Drive from Berat to Saranda in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berat to Saranda. Traveling from Berat in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Saranda, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Blue Eye, Gjirokaster, Butrint National Park
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Butrint National Park ©
Butrint National Park
Blue Eye ©
Blue Eye
Gjirokaster ©
Gjirokaster

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