14 days in Albania & Kosovo Itinerary

14 days in Albania & Kosovo Itinerary

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Tirana, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Berat, Albania
— 1 night
Drive
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Gjirokaster, Albania
— 1 night
Drive
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Saranda, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Himare, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shkoder, Albania
— 1 night
Drive
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Prizren, Kosovo
— 4 nights
Drive to Priština Adem Jashari International Airport, Fly to Dammam

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Tirana, Albania

— 2 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Bunk'Art 1, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque, explore the galleries of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, then admire the striking features of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, and finally don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square. On the next day, kick back and relax at The Beach Bar and then shop like a local with Vitrinat Shoe Shop.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tirana online holiday maker.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Tirana is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Dammam in August, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Tirana: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Berat, Albania

— 1 night

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Berat road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Tirana to Berat in 2 hours. August in Berat sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Berat

Outdoors · Tours · Wineries

Gjirokaster, Albania

— 1 night

City of Stone

Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
On the 6th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Zekate House, then admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House, and then step into the grandiose world of Gjirokaster.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Gjirokaster attractions planner.

You can drive from Berat to Gjirokaster in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Berat in August, Gjirokaster is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Saranda.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums

Saranda, Albania

— 2 nights
A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
On the next day, kick back and relax at Pulebardha Beach, stroll through Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach, and then get outside with Saranda Jeep.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Saranda road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Gjirokaster to Saranda in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Saranda are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Himare.

Things to do in Saranda

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Himare, Albania

— 2 nights
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Himara Seas The Day, kick back and relax at Dhermi Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gjipe Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Himare tour itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Saranda to Himare in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Himare can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Himare

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Shkoder, Albania

— 1 night
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 11th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, snap pictures at Mesi Bridge, and then shop like a local with Venice Art Mask Factory.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Shkoder day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Himare to Shkoder takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of shuttle and train. Traveling from Himare to Shkoder, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Shkoder can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Prizren.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Prizren, Kosovo

— 4 nights

Kosovo's Cultural Capital

Kosovo's second city, Prizren sits on the slopes of the rugged Sar Mountain, a region bordered by both Albania and the Republic of Macedonia.
Explore Prizren's surroundings by going to Via Ferrata Ari (in Pec), Pristina (Skanderbeg statue & ALBI Shopping Mall) and Gracanica (Gracanica Monastery & Ulpiana). The adventure continues: expand your understanding of the military at Kalaja Fortress, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Holy Saviour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of Ljevis, and make a trip to Khalwati Tekke.

For ratings and other tourist information, read our Prizren driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Shkoder to Prizren takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Prizren

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Albania travel guide

3.9
Castles · National Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Eagles
With its young bustling metropolis, networks of cobblestone pedestrianized streets, coastal beach towns, and cities of ancient ruins, Albania will continuously surprise you. As you reach each new major town and discover how completely different it is from the last, your appreciation will deepen for this tucked-away land steeped in history. Travel, eating, and accommodation here is very inexpensive, freeing you from budget concerns and allowing you to travel in the style that you want. Meanwhile, you may find yourself going days without spotting another tourist. While this means that many things will not be customized for visitors (non-English menus, sparse accommodation, and fewer international transportation options), you'll experience the feel of authentic Albania.

Kosovo travel guide

3.9
Monuments · Museums · Churches
A disputed territory in the central Balkans, Kosovo is considered by many nations to be Europe's newest country. The independent state, once part of Serbia, has no shortage of colorful history. Tourism is still a small industry in the country, and visitors will witness the scars of war as recently as 1999, when Serbia revoked the territory's autonomy. Today, Kosovo is mainly ethnically Albanian, with a Serb majority in the north, as well as large numbers of ethnic minorities. Active UN troops still work in the country, guarding Serbian monasteries that date back to the 13th and 14th centuries. Despite this, Kosovo is a safe and stable country to visit to explore off-the-beaten path. The mix of World Heritage Sites, wild countryside, and welcoming hospitality will surely bring visitors in droves as the word gets out.