15 days in Albania Itinerary

15 days in Albania Itinerary

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Fly to Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Drive to Shkoder
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Shkoder
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gjirokaster
— 2 nights
Drive
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Butrint
— 1 night
Drive
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Pojan
— 1 night
Drive
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Berat
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tirana
— 5 nights
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Shkoder

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, and then relax and rejuvenate at Elixir Spa.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Shkoder tour itinerary planning site.

Detroit, USA to Shkoder is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Detroit in March: high temperatures in Shkoder hover around 61°F and lows are around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Shkoder

Tours · Outdoors · Spas · Parks

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 4th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Gjirokaster, contemplate the long history of The Cold War Tunnel, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature&joy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House and then contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Eye.

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You can drive from Shkoder to Gjirokaster in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In March, daily temperatures in Gjirokaster can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Butrint.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Butrint

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Butrint National Park.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Butrint holiday planner.

Getting from Gjirokaster to Butrint by car takes about 2 hours. In March in Butrint, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Pojan.

Things to do in Butrint

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
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Pojan

— 1 night
Pojan is a village and a former municipality in the Korçë County, southeastern Albania. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Apollonia Archaeological Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Pojan tour itinerary site.

You can drive from Butrint to Pojan in 3 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Pojan

Historic Sites
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Berat

— 3 nights

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Berat: Gramsh (Sotira Waterfall & Holta Canyon) and Parku Kombetar Divjake-Karavasta (in Lushnje). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, explore the world behind art at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, and see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Berat visit planner.

Getting from Pojan to Berat by car takes about 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Berat are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Berat

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Tirana

— 5 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Spend the 14th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Bunk'Art 1, get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, see the interesting displays at House of Leaves, and walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh).

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tirana trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Berat to Tirana in 2 hours. In March in Tirana, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 41°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
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Albania travel guide

3.9
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.