30 days in Albania Itinerary

30 days in Albania Itinerary

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30 days in Albania Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  16 h
1
Tirana
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Korce
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
3
Gjirokaster
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Saranda
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Himare
— 3 nights
Shuttle:  1 h 30 min
6
Vlore
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Berat
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Shkoder
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  17 h
End: Detroit

5
nights
Tirana

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes House of Leaves as well as Mon Cheri Coffee Shop Wilson Square. Change things up with these side-trips from Tirana: Durres (Shark WaterSports, Durres Archaeological Museum, & more), Petrela Castle (in Petrele) and Kruje (Kruja Castle & Ethnographic Museum of Kruja). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque, brush up on your military savvy at BunkArt 1, and stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh).

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tirana online driving holiday planner .

Detroit, USA to Tirana is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Detroit to Tirana. When traveling from Detroit in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tirana, with highs around 85°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Korce.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Durres, Kruje, Dajti, Petrela Castle, Canyons of Erzen River
Highlights from your plan
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Bunk'Art 1 ©
Bunk'Art 1
Skanderbeg Square ©
Skanderbeg Square

4
nights
Korce

Korce ©
Korçë is a city and municipality in southeastern Albania, and the seat of Korçë County. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Korce: Pogradec (National Park of Drilon, Golik Bridge, & more). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Medieval Art, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ngjallja e Krishtit Cathedral, walk around Parku Rinia, and steep yourself in history at Korca Old Bazaar.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Korce road trip planning app .

Getting from Tirana to Korce by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Korce

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Pogradec, Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme
Highlights from your plan
National Park of Drilon ©
National Park of Drilon
National Museum of Medieval Art ©
National Museum of Medieval Art
Museum of Oriental Art ©
Museum of Oriental Art

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 12th (Fri), make a trip to Gjirokastra Bazaar, steep yourself in history at Zekate House, don't miss a visit to Skenduli House, take an in-depth tour of Ethnographic Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gjirokaster Mosque, and finally brush up on your military savvy 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.

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

Traveling by bus from Korce to Gjirokaster takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Korce to Gjirokaster due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) 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.
Go for a jaunt from Saranda to Butrint to see Butrint National Park about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Blue Eye, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach, and take a leisurely stroll along Saranda Embankment.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Saranda journey planner.

Getting from Gjirokaster to Saranda by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Saranda are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Himare.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Himare

Himare ©
Take a break from Himare with a short trip to Dhermi Beach in Dhermi, about 32 minutes away.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Himare trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Saranda to Himare in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to take a shuttle to Vlore.

Things to do in Himare

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kalaja e Borshit, Dhermi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Gjipe Beach ©
Gjipe Beach
Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello ©
Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello
Dhermi Beach ©
Dhermi Beach

2
nights
Vlore

Vlore ©
Vlorë is the third largest city and a municipality in Albania. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Mary and then delve into the distant past at Apollonia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bora Bora Beach, then pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, then don't miss a visit to Zvernec Monastery, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kanine Castle.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Vlore trip itinerary planner.

You can take a shuttle from Himare to Vlore in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Himare to Vlore, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Himare in June, Vlore is a bit cooler at night with lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Vlore

Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Church of St Mary, Bora Bora Beach, Apollonia Archaeological Park
Highlights from your plan
Apollonia Archaeological Park ©
Apollonia Archaeological Park
Zvernec Monastery ©
Zvernec Monastery
Bora Bora Beach ©
Bora Bora Beach

3
nights
Berat

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Step out of Berat to go to Gramsh and see Sotira Waterfall, which is approximately 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, get interesting insight from Tours, do a tasting at Nurellari Winery, and make a trip to Quarter Of Gorica.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Berat trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Vlore to Berat takes 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Berat can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Berat

Wineries Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Cobo Winery, Sotira Waterfall, Osum Canyon (Kanioni i Osumit)
Highlights from your plan
Berat Castle ©
Berat Castle
River Rafting & Tubing
National Iconographic Museum Onufri ©
National Iconographic Museum Onufri

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Shkoder: Komani Lake (in Koman) and Valbona Pass (in Bajram Curri). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, view the masterpieces at Venice Art Mask Factory, contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, and take in the views from Shkoder Bridge.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Shkoder day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Berat to Shkoder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and train. In June in Shkoder, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 66°F at night. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shkoder

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Valbona Pass, Komani Lake
Highlights from your plan
Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle
Shkodra Lake ©
Shkodra Lake
Komani Lake ©
Komani Lake

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