13 days in Albania & Skopje Itinerary

13 days in Albania & Skopje Itinerary

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Start: Istanbul, Turkey
+2
Taxi + Fly + Drive:  6 h 30 min
1
Butrint, Albania
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Gjirokaster, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Tirana, Albania
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

1
night
Butrint, Albania

Butrint ©
To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Butrint trip planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Butrint is an approximately 9-hour combination of taxi, flight, and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Istanbul to Butrint, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in July: highs in Butrint hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Butrint

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Butrint National Park ©
Butrint National Park

2
nights
Gjirokaster, Albania

Gjirokaster ©
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 21st (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Gjirokaster, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Blue Eye, and then contemplate the long history of The Cold War Tunnel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House, contemplate the long history of Zekate House, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Gjirokaster journey site.

Traveling by car from Butrint to Gjirokaster takes 2 hours. July in Gjirokaster sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Blue Eye, Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit
Highlights from your plan
Blue Eye ©
Blue Eye
Gjirokaster ©
Gjirokaster
Skenduli House ©
Skenduli House

4
nights
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tirana: Berat (Bulevardi Republika, Berat Castle, &more). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dajti, admire the landmark architecture of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, appreciate the history behind Skanderbeg Statue, and get engrossed in the history at Bunk'Art 1.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tirana trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Tirana takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Gjirokaster in July, expect little chillier with lows of 20°C in Tirana. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Berat, Dajti
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Dajti ©
Dajti
Berat Castle ©
Berat Castle

2
nights
Shkoder, Albania

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 27th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Site of Witness and Memory, thenstep into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, and then explore the activities along Shkodra Lake. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Former Palace of King Nikola I, thensee the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, thentake in the views from Mesi Bridge, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Venice Art Mask Factory.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Shkoder trip website.

Traveling by car from Tirana to Shkoder takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tirana in July, Shkoder is a bit warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Shkoder

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

3
nights
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

Skopje ©
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
Skopje is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake Matka, admire the architecture and history at Memorial House of Mother Teresa, take a stroll through Old Bazaar, Skopje, and take in the awesome beauty at Mountain of Vodno.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Skopje tour planner.

Getting from Shkoder to Skopje by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Shkoder in July since evenings lows in Skopje dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Matka ©
Lake Matka
Mountain of Vodno ©
Mountain of Vodno
Old Bazaar, Skopje ©
Old Bazaar, Skopje

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