15 days in Albania Itinerary

15 days in Albania Itinerary

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Tirana
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saranda
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Gjirokaster
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Berat
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shkoder
— 3 nights
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Tirana

— 4 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tirana: Kruja Castle (in Kruje) and Durres Amphitheatre (in Durres). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, admire the landmark architecture of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania, and walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh).

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tirana trip planner.

New York City, USA to Tirana is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Tirana is 6 hours. Traveling from New York City in January, expect Tirana to be a bit warmer, temps between 55°F and 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Saranda.

Things to do in Tirana

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

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Saranda

— 2 nights
A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
On the 11th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Lekuresi Castle, contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Eye, then take a leisurely stroll along Saranda Embankment, and finally explore the activities along Vivar Kanal. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Sarande Museum, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then get a dose of the wild on Saranda Jeep.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Saranda travel route builder.

You can drive from Tirana to Saranda in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tirana to Saranda due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tirana in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 41°F in Saranda. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Saranda

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:

Gjirokaster

— 2 nights

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 13th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Zekate House and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature&joy. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Skenduli House, step into the grandiose world of Gjirokastra Bazaar, and then brush up on your military savvy at Gjirokaster.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Gjirokaster travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Saranda to Gjirokaster in 1.5 hours. January in Gjirokaster sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Berat

— 3 nights

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Explore Berat's surroundings by going to Gramsh (Sotira Waterfall & Holta Canyon) and Parku Kombetar Divjake-Karavasta (in Lushnje). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Berat Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, don't miss a visit to Bulevardi Republika, and admire the masterpieces at National Iconographic Museum Onufri.

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Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Berat takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Gjirokaster to Berat is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Gjirokaster in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Berat, with lows around 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Shkoder.

Things to do in Berat

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shkoder

— 3 nights
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 18th (Mon), take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then explore the activities along Shkodra Lake. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Site of Witness and Memory, step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, and then soothe aching muscles at Elixir Spa.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Shkoder trip website.

You can drive from Berat to Shkoder in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Berat in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Shkoder: temperatures range from 49°F by day to 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shkoder

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

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.