15 days in Albania Itinerary

15 days in Albania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Albania trip itinerary planner

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

— 3 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kruja Castle and Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania. Let the collections at Muzeu Historik Kombetar and Bektashi World Center capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tirana: Spille Beach (in Spille) and Durres (Duka Winery and Vineyard & Durres Amphitheatre). There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Bunk'Art 1, get engrossed in the history at BunkArt 2, make a trip to Clock Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tirana travel planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Tirana is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Vancouver to Tirana, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Vancouver in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Tirana, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 19:

Berat

— 2 nights

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): do a tasting at Cobo Winery, admire the masterpieces at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, then admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, then examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Sotira Waterfall and then do a tasting at Nurellari Winery and Guest House.

For where to stay and tourist information, read Berat trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tirana to Berat takes 2 hours. In April in Berat, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Berat

Wineries · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Zekate House, step into the grandiose world of Gjirokastra Bazaar, and then brush up on your military savvy at Gjirokaster.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Gjirokaster online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Berat to Gjirokaster takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Berat in April, Gjirokaster is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Butrint National Park and Monastery of 40 Saints. We've included these beaches for you: Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach and Pulebardha Beach. Take a break from Saranda with a short trip to Blue Eye in Vlore, about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, kick back and relax at Santa Quaranta beach, surround yourself with nature on Saranda Jeep, and explore the activities along Vivar Kanal.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Saranda trip planner.

You can drive from Gjirokaster to Saranda in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Himare.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:

Himare

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Gjipe Beach and then kick back and relax at Dhermi Beach. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Jale Beach and then kick back and relax at Livadhi Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Himare travel route planning app.

You can drive from Saranda to Himare in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Shkoder.

Things to do in Himare

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

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 28th (Wed): make a trip to Former Palace of King Nikola I, then explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Shkoder online attractions planner.

Drive from Himare to Shkoder in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of shuttle and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Himare to Shkoder is minus 1 hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 29th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shkoder

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.