11 days in Albania Itinerary

11 days in Albania Itinerary

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Fly to Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Drive to Shkoder
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Shkoder
— 2 nights
Drive
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Berat
— 1 night
Drive
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Gjirokaster
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saranda
— 1 night
Drive
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Tirana
— 4 nights
Fly

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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.
On the 31st (Thu), examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then shop like a local with Venice Art Mask Factory. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, then admire the landmark architecture of Former Palace of King Nikola I, then explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Elixir Spa.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Shkoder journey planning site.

Cairo, Egypt to Shkoder is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Shkoder. While traveling from Cairo, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Shkoder, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Shkoder

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

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Berat

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Quarter Of Gorica, explore the world behind art at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, then admire the striking features of Berat Castle, and finally examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Berat trip itinerary builder site.

You can 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 January in Berat, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Berat

Museums

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Gjirokaster

City of Stone

Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Nature&joy and then steep yourself in history at Gjirokaster. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Skenduli House and then contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Eye.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Gjirokaster journey planning website.

Traveling by car from Berat to Gjirokaster takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berat to Gjirokaster due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Gjirokaster when traveling from Berat in January, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

1
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Saranda

A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Butrint National Park, step into the grandiose world of Lekuresi Castle, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Saranda trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Saranda takes 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Saranda

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

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Tirana

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kruje (Old Bazaar (Pazari i Vjeter), Kruja Castle, &more). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, learn about all things military at BunkArt 2, walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), and make a trip to Clock Tower.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tirana online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Saranda to Tirana takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Saranda to Tirana is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Saranda in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Tirana, with lows of 1°C. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

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Albania travel guide

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National Parks · Landmarks · Castles
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.