12 days in Albania Itinerary

12 days in Albania Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tirana
— 2 nights
2
Berat
— 2 nights
3
Gjirokaster
— 1 night
4
Saranda
— 2 nights
5
Himare
— 2 nights
6
Shkoder
— 2 nights

2
nights
Tirana

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): examine the collection at Bektashi World Center and then make a trip to Skanderbeg Square. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque, brush up on your military savvy at BunkArt 2, get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, thenmake a trip to Clock Tower, and finally appreciate the history behind Skanderbeg Statue.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tirana online trip itinerary maker.

Budapest, Hungary to Tirana is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Budapest in August: highs in Tirana hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kruja Castle
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Bunk'Art 1 ©
Bunk'Art 1
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Skanderbeg Square ©
Skanderbeg Square

2
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Berat

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
On the 27th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Quarter Of Gorica, thenadmire the masterpieces at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, thenadmire the striking features of Berat Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Nurellari Winery and Guest House, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Berat travel planning site.

Drive from Tirana to Berat in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Berat, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Berat

Wineries Museums Outdoors
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Berat Castle ©
Berat Castle
River Rafting & Tubing
National Iconographic Museum Onufri ©
National Iconographic Museum Onufri

1
night
Gjirokaster

Gjirokaster ©
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 29th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Zekate House, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House, and then brush up on your military savvy at Gjirokaster.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Gjirokaster trip maker site.

Getting from Berat to Gjirokaster by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berat to Gjirokaster. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Gjirokaster when traveling from Berat in August, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites Museums
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Gjirokaster ©
Gjirokaster
Skenduli House ©
Skenduli House
Zekate House ©
Zekate House

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Lekuresi Castle, contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Eye, and then kick back and relax at Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Pulebardha Beach and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Butrint National Park.

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

Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Saranda takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Himare.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Butrint National Park, Blue Eye
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Blue Eye ©
Blue Eye
Butrint National Park ©
Butrint National Park
Lekuresi Castle
Lekuresi Castle

2
nights
Himare

Himare ©
On the 1st (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Dhermi Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gjipe Beach. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Livadhi Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello, and then contemplate the long history of Ali Pasha Castle.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Himare online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Saranda to Himare in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Himare can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Himare

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Dhermi Beach, Ali Pasha Castle
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Gjipe Beach ©
Gjipe Beach
Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello ©
Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello
Dhermi Beach ©
Dhermi Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, thenstep into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, thensee the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Former Palace of King Nikola I. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory and then take in the views from Mesi Bridge.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Shkoder trip planner.

Traveling by car from Himare to Shkoder takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Himare to Shkoder. In September, daily temperatures in Shkoder can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle
Shkodra Lake ©
Shkodra Lake
Marubi National Museum of Photography ©
Marubi National Museum of Photography

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