22 days in Albania Itinerary

22 days in Albania Itinerary

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22 days in Albania Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  6​h
1
Tirana
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Berat
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Gjirokaster
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Saranda
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Himare
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Shkoder
— 4 nights
+3
Bus + Train + Foot + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Zurich

5
nights
Tirana

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Venture out of the city with trips to Durres (Durres Archaeological Museum, Durres Amphitheatre, & more) and Kruje (Ethnographic Museum of Kruja & Kruja Castle). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, admire the landmark architecture of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, and brush up on your military savvy at BunkArt 1.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tirana trip itinerary planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Tirana is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Zurich in September, expect Tirana to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Durres, Kruje, Dajti
Highlights from your plan
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Berat: Fier (Apollonia & Church of St Mary). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Berat Castle, make a trip to Bulevardi Republika, examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, and get engrossed in the history at National Iconographic Museum Onufri.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Berat online journey planner .

You can drive from Tirana to Berat in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Berat can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Berat

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Apollonia Archaeological Park, Church of St Mary, Cobo Winery
Highlights from your plan
Berat Castle ©
Berat Castle
Apollonia Archaeological Park ©
Apollonia Archaeological Park
National Iconographic Museum Onufri ©

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.
On the 15th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Gjirokastra Bazaar, contemplate the long history of Zekate House, don't miss a visit to Skenduli House, take an in-depth tour of Ethnographic Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gjirokaster Mosque, and finally learn about all things military at Gjirokaster. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit and then identify plant and animal life at Nature&joy.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Gjirokaster tour builder tool .

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 Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Berat in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Gjirokaster. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Saranda.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit
Highlights from your plan
Gjirokaster ©
Gjirokaster
Skenduli House ©
Skenduli House
Zekate House ©
Zekate House

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.
When in Saranda, make a side trip to see Butrint National Park in Butrint, approximately 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of The Blue Eye - Syri i Kalter, kick back and relax at Santa Quaranta beach, delve into the distant past at Agios Saranda, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pulebardha Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Saranda tour planning website .

Drive from Gjirokaster to Saranda in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Saranda are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Himare.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Butrint National Park, Blue Eye, Phoenice Archaeological Park
Highlights from your plan
Blue Eye ©
Blue Eye
Butrint National Park ©
Butrint National Park
Lekuresi Castle
Lekuresi Castle

3
nights
Himare

Himare ©
When in Himare, make a side trip to see Dhermi Beach in Dhermi, approximately 32 minutes away.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Himare planner .

Traveling by car from Saranda to Himare takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Himare are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Himare

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Dhermi Beach, Ali Pasha Castle
Highlights from your plan
Gjipe Beach ©
Gjipe Beach
Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello ©
Dhermi Beach ©
Dhermi Beach

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shkoder: Lock-in Tower (in Theth) and Komani Lake (in Koman). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, don't miss a visit to Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity, take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Peaks Of The Balkans.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Shkoder trip planning website .

You can drive from Himare to Shkoder in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Himare to Shkoder. September in Shkoder sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shkoder

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Komani Lake, Lock-in Tower
Highlights from your plan
Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle
Shkodra Lake ©
Shkodra Lake
Komani Lake ©
Komani Lake

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