59 days in Albania Itinerary

59 days in Albania Itinerary

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59 days in Albania Itinerary

Start: Santiago de Compostela
Fly + Drive:  11 h 45 min
1
Berat
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Vlore
— 6 nights
Shuttle:  1 h 30 min
3
Himare
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Saranda
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Gjirokaster
— 7 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
6
Korce
— 7 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
7
Shkoder
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Tirana
— 10 nights
Fly:  10 h 15 min
End: Santiago de Compostela

7
nights
Berat

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Change things up with these side-trips from Berat: Gramsh (Sotira Waterfall, Liqeni i Dushkut, & more), Osum Canyon (Kanioni i Osumit) (in Corovode) and Parku Kombetar Divjake-Karavasta (in Lushnje). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, get engrossed in the history at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, and learn about winemaking at Cobo Winery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Berat tour itinerary planner .

Santiago de Compostela, Spain to Berat is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. Traveling from Santiago de Compostela in June, things will get a bit warmer in Berat: highs are around 34°C and lows about 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Vlore.

Things to do in Berat

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

6
nights
Vlore

Vlore ©
Vlorë is the third largest city and a municipality in Albania. Venture out of the city with trips to Apollonia Archaeological Park (in Pojan), Llogara National Park (in Llogara National Park) and Church of St Mary (in Fier). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Blue Eye, don't miss a visit to Byllis Archaeological Park, step into the grandiose world of Kanine Castle, and appreciate the history behind Independence Monument.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Vlore trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Berat to Vlore by car takes about 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Himare.

Things to do in Vlore

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Church of St Mary, Orikum Archaeological Park, Apollonia Archaeological Park, Llogara National Park, Byllis Archaeological Park
Highlights from your plan
Blue Eye ©
Blue Eye
Apollonia Archaeological Park ©
Apollonia Archaeological Park
Zvernec Monastery ©
Zvernec Monastery

7
nights
Himare

Himare ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Himare: Palase Beach (in Palase), Dhermi Beach (in Dhermi) and Bunec Beach (in Piqeras).

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Himare trip maker website .

Traveling by shuttle from Vlore to Himare takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Vlore to Himare is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Vlore in July since evenings lows in Himare dip to 24°C. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Himare

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Dhermi, Borsh, Bunec Beach, Palase Beach
Highlights from your plan
Gjipe Beach ©
Gjipe Beach
Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello ©
Dhermi Beach ©
Dhermi Beach

7
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saranda: Butrint National Park (in Butrint) and Lukova Beach (in Lukove). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Lekuresi Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pulebardha Beach, get outside with Tre Ishujt, and take in the waterfront at Saranda Embankment.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Saranda day trip site .

Getting from Himare to Saranda by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Saranda can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Saranda

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Phoenice Archaeological Park, Butrint National Park, Lukova Beach
Highlights from your plan
Butrint National Park ©
Butrint National Park
Lekuresi Castle
Lekuresi Castle
Pulebardha Beach ©
Pulebardha Beach

7
nights
Gjirokaster

Gjirokaster ©
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 Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit (in Labove e Siperme) and Permet (Benja Thermal Baths, Guri i Qytetit, & more). There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Gjirokaster, admire the striking features of Skenduli House, get engrossed in the history at Ethnographic Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nature&joy.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Gjirokaster trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Saranda to Gjirokaster in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Gjirokaster can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. You'll set off for Korce on the 29th (Wed).

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

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

7
nights
Korce

Korce ©
Korçë is a city and municipality in southeastern Albania, and the seat of Korçë County. Venture out of the city with trips to Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme (in Selce e Poshteme), Pogradec (National Park of Drilon & Golik Bridge) and St. Nicholas Church (in Moscopole). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at National Museum of Medieval Art, contemplate the waterfront views at Balkan Prespa Park, delve into the distant past at Paleochristian Church, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Morava Mountain.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Korce trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Gjirokaster to Korce takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car 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

7
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Thethi-Guide (in Theth), Valbona Pass (in Bajram Curri) and Komani Lake (in Koman). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Peaks Of The Balkans, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and don't miss a visit to Ebu Bekr Mosque.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Shkoder online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Korce to Shkoder takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. August in Shkoder sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Shkoder

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

10
nights
Tirana

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tirana: Kruje (Ethnographic Museum of Kruja & Kruja Castle), Durres (Durres Amphitheatre, Shark WaterSports, & more) and Patok Lagoon (in Fushe Kuqe). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dajti, admire the landmark architecture of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, and don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tirana trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Shkoder to Tirana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Shkoder in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 21°C in Tirana. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

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

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