16 days in Albania Itinerary

16 days in Albania Itinerary

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16 days in Albania Itinerary

Start: London
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Ferry:  8 h
1
Saranda
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Himare
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Berat
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Tirana
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: London

4
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.
Attractions like Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach and Pulebardha Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Saranda: Butrint National Park (in Butrint), Blue Eye (in Vlore) and Lukova Beach (in Lukove). There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Gjirokaster, admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and step into the grandiose world of Lekuresi Castle.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Saranda driving holiday website .

London, UK to Saranda is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Saranda is 2 hours. Traveling from London in July, expect Saranda to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Himare.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gjirokaster, Blue Eye, Butrint National Park, Lukova Beach
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Butrint National Park ©
Butrint National Park
Pulebardha Beach ©
Pulebardha Beach
Plazhi i Krorezes ©
Plazhi i Krorezes

3
nights
Himare

Himare ©
Kids will enjoy Gjipe Beach and Jale Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Himare: Dhermi Beach (in Dhermi) and Palase Beach (in Palase).

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Himare trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Saranda to Himare takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Himare

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Berat

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Berat: Sotira Waterfall (in Gramsh) and Apollonia Archaeological Park (in Pojan). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Berat Castle, make a trip to Bulevardi Republika, examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Berat journey app .

You can drive from Himare to Berat in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Himare in July, Berat is slightly colder at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Berat

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Apollonia Archaeological Park, Sotira Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Berat Castle ©
Berat Castle
Apollonia Archaeological Park ©
Apollonia Archaeological Park
River Rafting & Tubing

5
nights
Tirana

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tirana: Kruja Castle (in Kruje), Shkoder (Rozafa Castle & Shkodra Lake) and Rana e Hedhun (in Shengjin). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, brush up on your military savvy at BunkArt 2, take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania, and pause for some photo ops at Skanderbeg Statue.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tirana online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Berat to Tirana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Shkoder, Kruja Castle, Dajti, Rana e Hedhun
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Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Bunk'Art 1 ©
Bunk'Art 1

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