18 days in Albania Itinerary

18 days in Albania Itinerary

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18 days in Albania Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem
Fly:  8 h 45 min
1
Tirana
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Shkoder
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Berat
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Dhermi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Saranda
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  14 h 45 min
End: Jerusalem

3
nights
Tirana

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Hemingway Tirana has been added to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Cave of Pellumbas and Ethnographic Museum of Kruja. Step out of the city life by going to Spille Beach and The General's Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Tirana: City park (in Kashar) and Durres Amphitheatre (in Durres). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Tirana East Gate, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dajti, and appreciate the history behind Fan Noli statue.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tirana trip itinerary planning site.

Jerusalem, Israel to Tirana is an approximately 9- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jerusalem to Tirana. Traveling from Jerusalem in August, Tirana is slightly colder at night with lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Shkoder.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

The General's Beach, City park, Dajti, Spille Beach, The Cave of Pellumbas
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The General's Beach ©
The General's Beach
The Cave of Pellumbas ©
The Cave of Pellumbas
Spille Beach ©
Spille Beach

4
nights
Shkoder

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shkoder Historical Museum and Lezhe Castle. Take a break from the city and head to Komani Lake and Shkodra Lake. There's more to do: explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Shkoder trip planner.

Getting from Tirana to Shkoder by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Shkoder when traveling from Tirana in August, with lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Shkoder

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Komani Lake, Lezhe Castle
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Komani Lake ©
Komani Lake
Shkodra Lake ©
Shkodra Lake
Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle

3
nights
Berat

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cobo Winery and Byllis Archaeological Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Berat: Apollonia Archaeological Park (in Pojan) and Church of St Mary (in Fier). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Nurellari Winery and Guest House, see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, make a trip to Quarter Of Gorica, and admire the striking features of Berat Castle.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Berat tour planner.

You can drive from Shkoder to Berat in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Shkoder in August, Berat is slightly colder at night with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dhermi.

Things to do in Berat

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Apollonia Archaeological Park, Cobo Winery, Byllis Archaeological Park, Church of St Mary
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Berat Castle ©
Berat Castle
Cobo Winery ©
Cobo Winery
Nurellari Winery and Guest House ©
Nurellari Winery and Guest House

2
nights
Dhermi

Dhermi ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Dhermi Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello and then stroll through Jale Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Dhermi tour planner.

You can drive from Berat to Dhermi in 3 hours. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Berat in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Dhermi, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Dhermi

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Himare
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Dhermi Beach ©
Dhermi Beach
Jale Beach ©
Jale Beach
Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello ©
Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello

4
nights
Saranda

Saranda ©
A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pulebardha Beach and Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach. Get outdoors at Butrint National Park and Blue Eye. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saranda: Gjirokaster (Skenduli House, Gjirokastra Bazaar, &more) and Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit (in Labove e Siperme). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Bora Bora Beach, explore the historical opulence of Lekuresi Castle, and delve into the distant past at Agios Saranda.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Saranda trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dhermi to Saranda in 2 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Saranda are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Gjirokaster, Blue Eye, Butrint National Park, Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit
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Butrint National Park ©
Butrint National Park
Pulebardha Beach ©
Pulebardha Beach
Blue Eye ©
Blue Eye

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