13 days in Albania Itinerary

13 days in Albania Itinerary

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13 days in Albania Itinerary

Start: Tirana
Drive:  3 h 15 min
1
Gjirokaster
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Berat
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Fier
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Tirana
— 7 nights
End: Tirana

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.
On the 9th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Gjirokastra Bazaar, then admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House, then steep yourself in history at Zekate House, and finally get advice or help at Gjirokaster. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gjirokaster Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Ethnographic Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Gjirokaster trip planner.

Tirana to Gjirokaster is an approximately 3.5- hour car ride. You can also take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Gjirokaster when traveling from Tirana in September, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit
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Gjirokaster ©
Gjirokaster
Zekate House ©
Zekate House
Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit ©
Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit

2
nights
Berat

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Berat Castle and Cobo Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, learn about winemaking at Nurellari Winery and Guest House, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Demetrius Orthodox Cathedral, and make a trip to Quarter Of Gorica.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Berat holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Berat takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Berat when traveling from Gjirokaster in September, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Fier.

Things to do in Berat

Museums Wineries Shopping

Side Trip

Cobo Winery
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Berat Castle ©
Berat Castle
National Ethnographic Museum Berat ©
National Ethnographic Museum Berat
Nurellari Winery and Guest House ©
Nurellari Winery and Guest House

1
night
Fier

Fier ©
Fier is a city and a municipality in Fier County in southwest Albania. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Apollonia Archaeological Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Fier trip planner.

Traveling by car from Berat to Fier takes 1.5 hours. September in Fier sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Fier

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Apollonia Archaeological Park
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Apollonia Archaeological Park ©
Apollonia Archaeological Park

7
nights
Tirana

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Get outdoors at Dajti and The General's Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Muzeu Historik Kombetar and Kruja Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Tirana side-trips: City park (in Kashar), Durres Amphitheatre (in Durres) and Ethnographic Museum of Kruja (in Kruje). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque, Head underground at The Cave of Pellumbas, pause for some photo ops at Skanderbeg Statue, and step into the grandiose world of Petrela Castle.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tirana online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Fier to Tirana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and car. September in Tirana sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Kruje, Petrela Castle, The Cave of Pellumbas, The General's Beach, Spille Beach
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Dajti ©
Dajti
Kruja Castle ©
Kruja Castle
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar

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