11 days in Albania Itinerary

11 days in Albania Itinerary

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Fly to Podgorica, Bus to Shkoder
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Shkoder
— 2 nights
Drive
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Berat
— 2 nights
Drive
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Korce
— 1 night
Bus
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Gjirokaster
— 1 night
Drive
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Himare
— 3 nights
Drive
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Butrint
— 1 night
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Drive to Sarandë, Ferry to Corfu, Fly to Kyiv Zhuliany

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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 5th (Wed), view the masterpieces at Venice Art Mask Factory, take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory, then see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and finally step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Former Palace of King Nikola I, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then take in the views from Mesi Bridge.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Shkoder trip maker website.

Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine to Shkoder is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Kyiv (Kiev) to Shkoder is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Kyiv (Kiev) in August, expect Shkoder to be a bit warmer, temps between 39°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · 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.
On the 7th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, then learn about winemaking at Nurellari Winery and Guest House, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Ardenica Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): savor the flavors at 1001 Albanian Adventures, admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, and then do a tasting at Cobo Winery.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Berat trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Shkoder to Berat by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect slightly colder evenings in Berat when traveling from Shkoder in August, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Korce.

Things to do in Berat

Wineries · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Korce

Korçë is a city and municipality in southeastern Albania, and the seat of Korçë County. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museum of Oriental Art, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Medieval Art, then explore the ancient world of Paleochristian Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ngjallja e Krishtit Cathedral.

Before you visit Korce, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Berat to Korce in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Korce

Museums · Historic Sites

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): steep yourself in history at The Cold War Tunnel, steep yourself in history at Zekate House, and then brush up on your military savvy at Gjirokaster.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Gjirokaster planner.

Getting from Korce to Gjirokaster by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Korce to Gjirokaster. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Himare.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums

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nights
Himare

Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Castle of Himara and Ali Pasha Castle. Visiting Dhermi Beach and Borsh Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Himare: Palase Beach (in Palase) and Lukova Beach (in Lukove).

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Himare trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Himare takes 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Himare are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Butrint.

Things to do in Himare

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Butrint

On the 14th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Butrint National Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Butrint sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Himare to Butrint in 2 hours. August in Butrint sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Butrint

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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.