16 days in Albania Itinerary

16 days in Albania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Albania trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Tirana
— 4 nights
Drive
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Berat
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Gjirokaster
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Butrint
— 1 night
Drive
5
Shkoder
— 4 nights
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Tirana

— 4 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: Kruje (Ethnographic Museum of Kruja & Kruja Castle). There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, learn about all things military at BunkArt 2, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania, and make a trip to Clock Tower.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tirana tour planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Tirana is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in December, expect Tirana to be much colder, temps between 17°C and 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:

Berat

— 3 nights

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Berat: Gramsh (Holta Canyon & Sotira Waterfall) and Parku Kombetar Divjake-Karavasta (in Lushnje). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Berat Castle, make a trip to Quarter Of Gorica, and examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Berat itinerary planner.

Drive from Tirana to Berat in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Berat

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Gjirokaster

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gjirokaster: Fir of Hotova National Park (in Permet) and Blue Eye (in Vlore). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Gjirokaster, admire the striking features of Skenduli House, explore the galleries of Ethnographic Museum, and stroll through Nature&joy.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Gjirokaster road trip site.

Drive from Berat to Gjirokaster in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Berat in December, Gjirokaster is a bit warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Butrint.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Butrint

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Butrint National Park.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Butrint itinerary builder.

You can drive from Gjirokaster to Butrint in 2 hours. In December in Butrint, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Butrint

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Shkoder

— 4 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.
Shkoder is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, shop like a local with Venice Art Mask Factory, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kole Idromeno Street, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Shkoder road trip tool.

Drive from Butrint to Shkoder in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Butrint in December, with highs in Shkoder at 13°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Shkoder

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Shopping

Albania travel guide

3.9
Castles · National Parks · Landmarks
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.