16 days in Albania Itinerary

16 days in Albania Itinerary

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Fly
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Tirana
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Fier
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Dhermi
— 1 night
Drive
4
Saranda
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Gjirokaster
— 1 day
Drive
6
Berat
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Shkoder
— 1 night
Drive to Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Fly to Charlotte Douglas International Airport

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Tirana

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Step out of the city life by going to Dajti and The General's Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Petrela Castle and Et`hem Bey Mosque. Venture out of the city with trips to Kruja Castle (in Kruje), Spille Beach (in Spille) and Durres Amphitheatre (in Durres). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, and appreciate the history behind Fan Noli statue.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tirana online travel route builder.

Charlotte, USA to Tirana is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Charlotte to Tirana. In November in Tirana, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Fier.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 20 — 24:

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Fier

Fier is a city and a municipality in Fier County in southwest Albania. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Apollonia Archaeological Park. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Mary, appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, then don't miss a visit to Zvernec Monastery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muradie Mosque.

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Drive from Tirana to Fier in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of car and train. November in Fier sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Dhermi.

Things to do in Fier

Historic Sites

Side Trips

1
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Dhermi

Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): kick back and relax at Dhermi Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Dhermi travel planner.

Getting from Fier to Dhermi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and shuttle; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Fier in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Dhermi, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Dhermi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Highlights from your trip

4
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Saranda

A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
Visiting Butrint National Park and Pulebardha Beach will get you outdoors. Take a break from Saranda with a short trip to Blue Eye in Vlore, about 32 minutes away. There's more to do: step into the grandiose world of Lekuresi Castle and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach.

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You can drive from Dhermi to Saranda in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In November, daytime highs in Saranda are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 1:

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Gjirokaster

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 1st (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Gjirokastra Bazaar, then admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House, then steep yourself in history at Zekate House, and finally learn about all things military at Gjirokaster.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Gjirokaster travel route planner.

Getting from Saranda to Gjirokaster by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums

2
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Berat

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
On the 2nd (Wed), see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, then do a tasting at Cobo Winery, and finally don't miss a visit to Quarter Of Gorica.

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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 changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Gjirokaster in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 0°C in Berat. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Berat

Wineries · Museums

Side Trip

1
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Shkoder

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 3rd (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Stephen's Catholic Cathedral (Shkoder Cathedral). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory, view the masterpieces at Venice Art Mask Factory, then take an in-depth tour of Shkoder Historical Museum, and finally make a trip to Ebu Bekr Mosque.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Shkoder travel planner.

Traveling by car from Berat to Shkoder takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Nature · 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.