12 days in Albania Itinerary

12 days in Albania Itinerary

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12 days in Albania Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly + Drive:  10 h 30 min
1
Theth
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Shkoder
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Himare
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Butrint
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Gjirokaster
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 45 min
6
Pogradec
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Tirana
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Brussels

1
night
Theth

Theth ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Theth National Park, then hike along Thethi-Guide, and then contemplate the long history of Lock-in Tower.

To find maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read Theth trip itinerary planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Theth is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Theth

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Theth National Park ©
Theth National Park
Thethi-Guide ©
Thethi-Guide
Lock-in Tower ©
Lock-in Tower

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.
On the 22nd (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory, explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, then examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and finally shop like a local with Venice Art Mask Factory. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Mesi Bridge and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Shkoder trip planning site .

You can drive from Theth to Shkoder in 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Shkoder can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Himare.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums Outdoors Tours
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Marubi National Museum of Photography ©
Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle
Mesi Bridge ©
Mesi Bridge

2
nights
Himare

Himare ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): kick back and relax at Palase Beach and then kick back and relax at Livadhi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhermi Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Borsh Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Himare attractions planner.

You can drive from Shkoder to Himare in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Shkoder to Himare is 1 hour. In August in Himare, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Butrint.

Things to do in Himare

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Borsh Beach, Dhermi Beach, Palase Beach
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Livadhi Beach ©
Livadhi Beach
Palase Beach
Palase Beach
Borsh Beach ©
Borsh Beach

1
night
Butrint

Butrint ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Butrint National Park.

Start your trip to Butrint by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Drive from Himare to Butrint in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Butrint

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Butrint National Park ©
Butrint National Park

2
nights
Gjirokaster

Gjirokaster ©
Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Zekate House, admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House, and then brush up on your military savvy at Gjirokaster. On the next day, explore the activities along Blue Eye and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lukova Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Gjirokaster holiday planner.

You can drive from Butrint to Gjirokaster in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Gjirokaster are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Pogradec.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Blue Eye, Lukova Beach
Highlights from your plan
Blue Eye ©
Blue Eye
Zekate House ©
Zekate House
Gjirokaster ©
Gjirokaster

1
night
Pogradec

Pogradec ©
Pogradec is a city and municipality in central Albania, situated on the shores the Ohrid lake. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Golik Bridge and then explore the striking landscape of National Park of Drilon.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Pogradec road trip app .

Take a bus from Gjirokaster to Pogradec in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gjirokaster to Pogradec due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Gjirokaster in August: high temperatures in Pogradec hover around 34°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Pogradec

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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National Park of Drilon ©
National Park of Drilon

2
nights
Tirana

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On your second day here, look for gifts at Artistic Jewellery Pirro and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dajti.

To see traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tirana online trip maker .

Drive from Pogradec to Tirana in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and shuttle. In August, Tirana is somewhat warmer than Pogradec - with highs of 39°C and lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Dajti
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dajti ©
Dajti
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar

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