17 days in Albania Itinerary

17 days in Albania Itinerary

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Fly to Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Drive to Shkoder
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Shkoder
— 3 nights
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Gjirokaster
— 2 nights
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Saranda
— 2 nights
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Berat
— 3 nights
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Tirana
— 6 nights
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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.
Shkoder is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity, and view the masterpieces at Venice Art Mask Factory.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Shkoder trip itinerary planner.

Almaty, Kazakhstan to Shkoder is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Almaty to Shkoder, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, Shkoder is somewhat warmer than Almaty - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Shkoder

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Zekate House and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature&joy. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Skenduli House, take an in-depth tour of Ethnographic Museum, and then brush up on your military savvy at Gjirokaster.

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

Traveling by car from Shkoder to Gjirokaster takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Shkoder to Gjirokaster, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Shkoder in January: high temperatures in Gjirokaster hover around 16°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the waterfront at Saranda Embankment, and then explore the striking landscape of Butrint National Park. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Eye, and then step into the grandiose world of Lekuresi Castle.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Saranda trip builder site.

Getting from Gjirokaster to Saranda by car takes about 1.5 hours. January in Saranda sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

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Berat

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Venture out of the city with trips to Gramsh (Holta Canyon & Sotira Waterfall) and Parku Kombetar Divjake-Karavasta (in Lushnje). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, and make a trip to Quarter Of Gorica.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Berat trip site.

Traveling by car from Saranda to Berat takes 4 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Saranda in January, Berat is slightly colder at night with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Berat

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Tirana

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kruje (Ethnographic Museum of Kruja, Kruja Castle, &more) and Duka Winery and Vineyard (in Durres). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque, walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), and don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tirana trip maker website.

Getting from Berat to Tirana by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

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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.