16 days in Albania Itinerary

16 days in Albania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Albania journey planner

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Make it your trip
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
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Tirana

— 3 nights
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 Spille Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Petrela Castle and Kruja Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to The General's Beach (in Bardhor) and Durres Amphitheatre (in Durres). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, appreciate the history behind Fan Noli statue, don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque.

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

Charlotte, USA to Tirana is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Charlotte to Tirana is 6 hours. November in Tirana sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fier.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 20 — 24:

Fier

— 2 nights
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

Dhermi

— 1 night
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

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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Saranda

— 4 nights
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 Blue Eye will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Lekuresi Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach, and kick back and relax at Pulebardha Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Saranda trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

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

Things to do in Saranda

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 1:

Gjirokaster

— 1 day

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

Berat

— 2 nights

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

Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

Shkoder

— 1 night
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

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.