59 days in Albania Itinerary

59 days in Albania Itinerary

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Fly to Podgorica, Bus to Shkoder
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Shkoder
— 6 nights
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Berat
— 8 nights
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Gjirokaster
— 7 nights
Drive
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Himare
— 8 nights
Drive
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Saranda
— 8 nights
Drive to Kakavia, Bus to Korce
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Korce
— 8 nights
Drive
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Tirana
— 13 nights
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Shkoder

— 6 nights
Its geographic location has made Shkoder, one of Europe's oldest cities, an important cultural and economic center of the Balkans over the years.
Get out of town with these interesting Shkoder side-trips: Valbona Pass (in Bajram Curri) and Komani Lake (in Koman). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity, and examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Shkoder road trip planning website.

Vienna, Austria to Shkoder is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Vienna in August; daily highs in Shkoder reach 39°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Shkoder

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Berat

— 8 nights

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Berat: Osum Canyon (Kanioni i Osumit) (in Corovode), Apollonia Archaeological Park (in Pojan) and Gramsh (Holta Canyon & Sotira Waterfall). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Berat Castle, learn about winemaking at Cobo Winery, awaken your taste buds at 1001 Albanian Adventures, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Berat journey site.

Drive from Shkoder to Berat in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of bus and car. In September in Berat, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Berat

Historic Sites · Wineries · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Gjirokaster

— 7 nights

City of Stone

Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
Explore Gjirokaster's surroundings by going to Permet (Tekke of Baba Aliu, Guri i Qytetit, &more) and Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit (in Labove e Siperme). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Gjirokaster, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gjirokaster Mosque, browse the exhibits of Ethnographic Museum, and stroll through Nature&joy.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Gjirokaster trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Berat to Gjirokaster takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Berat in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 21°C in Gjirokaster. On the 19th (Sun), you're off to Himare.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Himare

— 8 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himare: Palase Beach (in Palase), Llogara National Park (in Llogara National Park) and Dhermi Beach (in Dhermi).

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Himare trip tool.

You can drive from Gjirokaster to Himare in 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Himare are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Himare

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saranda

— 8 nights
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 these side-trips from Saranda: Blue Eye (in Vlore) and Lukova Beach (in Lukove). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Butrint National Park, head outdoors with Bora Bora Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Pulebardha Beach, and make a trip to Saranda Embankment.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Saranda trip planner.

You can drive from Himare to Saranda in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In September in Saranda, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Korce.

Things to do in Saranda

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Korce

— 8 nights
Korçë is a city and municipality in southeastern Albania, and the seat of Korçë County. Change things up with these side-trips from Korce: Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme (in Selce e Poshteme), St. Nicholas Church (in Moscopole) and Pogradec (Golik Bridge, National Park of Drilon, &more). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Medieval Art, don't miss a visit to Korca Old Bazaar, examine the collection at Museum of Oriental Art, and explore the different monuments and memorials at French Military Cemetery.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Korce road trip tool.

Do a combination of car and bus from Saranda to Korce in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Saranda to Korce, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Korce

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Tirana

— 13 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tirana: Kalaja E Elbasanit (in Elbasan), Kruje (Ethnographic Museum of Kruja, Kruja Castle, &more) and Durres (Gjiri I Lalzit, St. Anthony Church, &more). On the 23rd (Sat), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Spend the 17th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, brush up on your military savvy at Bunk'Art 1, examine the collection at House of Leaves, and don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Tirana trip planner.

Drive from Korce to Tirana in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Tirana, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Albania travel guide

3.9
Castles · National Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Eagles
With its young bustling metropolis, networks of cobblestone pedestrianized streets, coastal beach towns, and cities of ancient ruins, Albania will continuously surprise you. As you reach each new major town and discover how completely different it is from the last, your appreciation will deepen for this tucked-away land steeped in history. Travel, eating, and accommodation here is very inexpensive, freeing you from budget concerns and allowing you to travel in the style that you want. Meanwhile, you may find yourself going days without spotting another tourist. While this means that many things will not be customized for visitors (non-English menus, sparse accommodation, and fewer international transportation options), you'll experience the feel of authentic Albania.