48 days in Albania Itinerary

48 days in Albania Itinerary

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48 days in Albania Itinerary

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

5
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: Gramsh (Sotira Waterfall, Liqeni i Dushkut, & more), Parku Kombetar Divjake-Karavasta (in Lushnje) and Ardenica Monastery (in Ardenice). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, do a tasting at Cobo Winery, and don't miss a visit to Bulevardi Republika.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Berat trip itinerary maker site .

Bratislava, Slovakia to Berat is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and car. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Bratislava in August, you will find days in Berat are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Vlore.

Things to do in Berat

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gramsh, Ardenica Monastery, Osum Canyon (Kanioni i Osumit), Parku Kombetar Divjake-Karavasta, Cobo Winery
Highlights from your plan
Berat Castle ©
Berat Castle
National Iconographic Museum Onufri ©
River Rafting & Tubing

5
nights
Vlore

Vlore ©
Vlorë is the third largest city and a municipality in Albania. Change things up with these side-trips from Vlore: Orikum Archaeological Park (in Orikum) and Fier (Church of St Mary & Apollonia). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Bora Bora Beach, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Independence, contemplate the long history of Ali Pasha Castle, and appreciate the history behind Independence Monument.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Vlore road trip planning site .

Drive from Berat to Vlore in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Vlore are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to take a shuttle to Himare.

Things to do in Vlore

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Himare

Himare ©
Get out of town with these interesting Himare side-trips: Dhermi Beach (in Dhermi), Bunec Beach (in Piqeras) and Llogara National Park (in Llogara National Park).

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Himare tour itinerary builder .

Take a shuttle from Vlore to Himare in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Vlore to Himare is 1 hour. Traveling from Vlore in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Himare, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Himare

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Borsh, Llogara National Park, Dhermi Beach, Bunec 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

6
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Butrint National Park in Butrint (about 34 minutes away). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Blue Eye, kick back and relax at Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach, step off the mainland to explore Ksamil Islands, and stroll through Plazhi i Krorezes.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Saranda trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Himare to Saranda takes 1.5 hours. In August in Saranda, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

6
nights
Gjirokaster

Gjirokaster ©
Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit (in Libohove) and Permet (Tekke of Baba Aliu, Guri i Qytetit, & more). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Gjirokaster, make a trip to Skenduli House, steep yourself in history at Zekate House, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nature&joy.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Gjirokaster vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Saranda to Gjirokaster takes 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 25°C. On the 29th (Sat), you're off toKorce.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Permet, Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit
Highlights from your plan
Nature&joy ©
Nature&joy
Gjirokaster ©
Gjirokaster
Skenduli House ©
Skenduli House

5
nights
Korce

Korce ©
Korçë is a city and municipality in southeastern Albania, and the seat of Korçë County. Change things up with these side-trips from Korce: Pogradec (National Park of Drilon, Golik Bridge, & more) and St. Nicholas Church (in Moscopole). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at National Museum of Medieval Art, pause for some serene contemplation at Ngjallja e Krishtit Cathedral, explore the ancient world of Paleochristian Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Iljaz Mirahori Mosque.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Korce online trip maker .

Traveling by bus from Gjirokaster to Korce takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gjirokaster to Korce due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Korce

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pogradec, St. Nicholas Church, Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme
Highlights from your plan
Korca Old Bazaar ©
Korca Old Bazaar
National Park of Drilon ©
National Park of Drilon
National Museum of Medieval Art ©
National Museum of Medieval Art

6
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shkoder: Thethi-Guide (in Theth), Komani Lake (in Koman) and Patok Lagoon (in Fushe Kuqe). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography, explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, and take in the exciting artwork at Venice Art Mask Factory.

Find out how to plan Shkoder trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Drive from Korce to Shkoder in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. In September in Shkoder, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Shkoder

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Patok Lagoon, Komani Lake, Thethi-Guide, Valbona Pass
Highlights from your plan
Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle
Shkodra Lake ©
Shkodra Lake
Komani Lake ©
Komani Lake

9
nights
Tirana

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Get out of town with these interesting Tirana side-trips: Kruje (Ethnographic Museum of Kruja, Kruja Castle, & more), Durres (The Beach Bar, Durres Amphitheatre, & more) and Petrela Castle (in Petrele). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, brush up on your military savvy at BunkArt 1, admire the striking features of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Tirana online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Shkoder to Tirana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Durres, Kruje, Tirana County, Dajti, Petrela Castle
Highlights from your plan
Bunk'Art 1 ©
Bunk'Art 1
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Skanderbeg Square ©
Skanderbeg Square

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