17 days in Albania Itinerary

17 days in Albania Itinerary

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17 days in Albania Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Bus:  6 h 45 min
1
Tirana
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Berat
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Saranda
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Gjirokaster
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Shkoder
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  10 h
End: London

5
nights
Tirana

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
When in Tirana, make a side trip to see Kruja Castle in Kruje, approximately 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, appreciate the history behind Skanderbeg Statue, make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, and learn about all things military at Bunk'Art 1.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tirana online trip itinerary planner .

London, UK to Tirana is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in June: high temperatures in Tirana hover around 34°C and lows are around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Berat

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Berat is known for museums, adventure, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Berat Castle, don't miss a visit to Quarter Of Gorica, learn about winemaking at Nurellari Winery and Guest House, and examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat.

To find out how to plan a trip to Berat, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Tirana to Berat in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Berat sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Saranda.

Things to do in Berat

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Cobo Winery
Highlights from your plan
Berat Castle ©
Berat Castle
River Rafting & Tubing
National Iconographic Museum Onufri ©
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.
Explore Saranda's surroundings by going to Butrint National Park (in Butrint), Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello (in Himare) and Blue Eye (in Vlore). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Lekuresi Castle, get outside with Bora Bora Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pulebardha Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Saranda travel route builder .

Traveling by car from Berat to Saranda takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In June, daytime highs in Saranda are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello, Blue Eye, Butrint National Park
Highlights from your plan
Butrint National Park ©
Butrint National Park
Blue Eye ©
Blue Eye
Lekuresi Castle
Lekuresi Castle

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 18th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House, then explore the historical opulence of Gjirokastra Bazaar, and then learn about all things military at Gjirokaster. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Ethnographic Museum, then steep yourself in history at Zekate House, and then steep yourself in history at The Cold War Tunnel.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Gjirokaster trip planner .

Drive from Saranda to Gjirokaster in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Shkoder.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites Museums
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Gjirokaster ©
Gjirokaster
Skenduli House ©
Skenduli House
Zekate House ©
Zekate House

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, then explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, then see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and finally admire the striking features of Former Palace of King Nikola I. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Venice Art Mask Factory and then gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Shkoder vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Shkoder takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gjirokaster to Shkoder due to the time zone difference. In June in Shkoder, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shkoder

Tours Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle
Shkodra Lake ©
Shkodra Lake
Marubi National Museum of Photography ©

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