15 days in Albania Itinerary

15 days in Albania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Albania travel planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Tirana
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Shkoder
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Himare
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Saranda
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Gjirokaster
— 1 night
Drive
6
Berat
— 3 nights
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Tirana

— 3 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tirana: Durres (Durres Archaeological Museum, Durres Amphitheatre, &more) and Kruje (Ethnographic Museum of Kruja & Kruja Castle). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, and learn about all things military at Bunk'Art 1.

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Vienna, Austria to Tirana is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Vienna, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tirana, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — 23:

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 24th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory, then explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, then examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Venice Art Mask Factory. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Mesi Bridge, then explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, and then admire the striking features of Former Palace of King Nikola I.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Shkoder visit planner.

You can drive from Tirana to Shkoder in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Himare.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Himare

— 2 nights
On the 26th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Gjipe Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dhermi Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: see what you can catch with Himara Seas The Day, then explore the historical opulence of The Castle of Himara, and then explore the historical opulence of Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Himare trip planner.

You can drive from Shkoder to Himare in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of train and shuttle. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. May in Himare sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Saranda.

Things to do in Himare

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Saranda

— 3 nights
A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
Take a break from Saranda with a short trip to Blue Eye in Vlore, about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Butrint National Park, identify plant and animal life at Saranda Jeep, enjoy the sand and surf at Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach, and take in the waterfront at Saranda Embankment.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Saranda trip tool.

Traveling by car from Himare to Saranda takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In May in Saranda, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 27 — 30:

Gjirokaster

— 1 night

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 31st (Mon): contemplate the long history of Zekate House, admire the striking features of Skenduli House, and then learn about all things military at Gjirokaster.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Gjirokaster trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Saranda to Gjirokaster takes 1.5 hours. May in Gjirokaster sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums

Berat

— 3 nights

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Berat is known for museums, adventure, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, do a tasting at Nurellari Winery and Guest House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, and awaken your taste buds at 1001 Albanian Adventures.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Berat journey planner.

You can drive from Gjirokaster to Berat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gjirokaster to Berat due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Berat

Wineries · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

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.