22 days in Albania Itinerary

22 days in Albania Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Elbasan
— 1 night
2
Pogradec
— 1 night
3
Korce
— 3 nights
4
Gjirokaster
— 2 nights
5
Saranda
— 2 nights
6
Himare
— 2 nights
7
Fier
— 2 nights
8
Berat
— 2 nights
9
Lushnje
— 1 night
10
Durres
— 4 nights

1
night
Elbasan

Elbasan ©
Elbasan is a city and a municipality in Elbasan County, central Albania. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Kalaja E Elbasanit, take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower Sahati, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque Pasha. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of The Cave of Pellumbas, step into the grandiose world of Petrela Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at King Mosque.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Elbasan trip itinerary maker.

New York City, USA to Elbasan is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Elbasan is 6 hours. When traveling from New York City in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Elbasan: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pogradec.

Things to do in Elbasan

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Cave of Pellumbas, Petrela Castle
Highlights from your plan
The Cave of Pellumbas ©
The Cave of Pellumbas
Petrela Castle ©
Petrela Castle
Kalaja E Elbasanit ©
Kalaja E Elbasanit

1
night
Pogradec

Pogradec
Pogradec is a city and municipality in central Albania, situated on the shores the Ohrid lake. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Pogradec Castle and then explore the ancient world of Golik Bridge.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Pogradec day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Elbasan to Pogradec takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Elbasan in May, expect Pogradec to be little chillier, temps between 69°F and 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Korce.

Things to do in Pogradec

Historic Sites

3
nights
Korce

Korce ©
Korçë is a city and municipality in southeastern Albania, and the seat of Korçë County. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to National Museum of Medieval Art and Ngjallja e Krishtit Cathedral. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Paleochristian Church, take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower of Korce, contemplate the long history of Korca Old Bazaar, and see the interesting displays at National Education Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Korce tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Pogradec to Korce takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Korce

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Korca Old Bazaar ©
Korca Old Bazaar
National Museum of Medieval Art ©
National Museum of Medieval Art
Korca Brewery ©
Korca Brewery

2
nights
Gjirokaster

Gjirokaster ©
Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
On the 24th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Zekate House, pause for some serene contemplation at Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit, and then take an in-depth tour of Ethnographic Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature&joy, steep yourself in history at The Cold War Tunnel, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gjirokaster Mosque.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, read Gjirokaster sightseeing planner.

You can take a bus from Korce to Gjirokaster in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Korce to Gjirokaster is 1 hour. In May in Gjirokaster, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Saranda.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit
Highlights from your plan
Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit ©
Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit
The Cold War Tunnel ©
The Cold War Tunnel
Nature&joy ©
Nature&joy

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Charalampos Orthodox Church, get interesting insight from Spiranca Diving Center, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Quaranta beach. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Sarande Museum, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then contemplate the long history of Synagogue Complex, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of 40 Saints.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Saranda online trip maker.

Getting from Gjirokaster to Saranda by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Saranda are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Himare.

Things to do in Saranda

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay May 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Spiranca Diving Center ©
Spiranca Diving Center
Spas & Wellness
Santa Quaranta beach ©
Santa Quaranta beach

2
nights
Himare

Himare ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): steep yourself in history at The Castle of Himara, kick back and relax at Livadhi Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Ali Pasha Castle. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Borsh Beach and then cast your line with Himara Seas The Day.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Himare day trip app.

You can drive from Saranda to Himare in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Himare are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Fier.

Things to do in Himare

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Borsh Beach, Ali Pasha Castle
Highlights from your plan
Livadhi Beach ©
Livadhi Beach
The Castle of Himara ©
The Castle of Himara
Borsh Beach ©
Borsh Beach

2
nights
Fier

Fier ©
Fier is a city and a municipality in Fier County in southwest Albania. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Laguna e Karavastase and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ardenica Monastery. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Byllis Archaeological Park and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Mary.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Fier trip builder website.

You can do a combination of shuttle and car from Himare to Fier in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Fier

Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Ardenica Monastery, Byllis Archaeological Park, Laguna e Karavastase
Highlights from your plan
Laguna e Karavastase ©
Laguna e Karavastase
Church of St Mary ©
Church of St Mary
Ardenica Monastery ©
Ardenica Monastery

2
nights
Berat

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
On the 1st (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Demetrius Orthodox Cathedral, learn about winemaking at Nurellari Winery and Guest House, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Halveti Teqe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, take in the views from Gorica Bridge, do a tasting at Cobo Winery, then don't miss a visit to Bulevardi Republika, and finally awaken your taste buds at 1001 Albanian Adventures.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Berat day trip website.

You can drive from Fier to Berat in 1.5 hours. In May in Berat, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lushnje.

Things to do in Berat

Wineries · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Cobo Winery
Highlights from your plan
Nurellari Winery and Guest House ©
Nurellari Winery and Guest House
Cobo Winery ©
Cobo Winery
 1001 Albanian Adventures ©
1001 Albanian Adventures

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night
Lushnje

Lushnje
Lushnjë is a city in west-central Albania. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parku Kombetar Divjake-Karavasta.

Make your Lushnje itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Berat to Lushnje takes an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Durres.

Things to do in Lushnje

Nature · Parks

4
nights
Durres

Durres ©
Durrës, historically also known as Epidamnos, Durazzo and Dyrrachium, is the largest port and second largest city and a municipality of Albania. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Beach Bar and Preza Castle. Step out of Durres with an excursion to City park in Kashar--about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Duka Winery and Vineyard, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fatih Mosque, admire the striking features of Durres Castle, and kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach.

Discover how to plan a Durres trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Lushnje to Durres in an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Durres

Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Preza Castle, Rodoni Castle, City park
Highlights from your plan
Shark WaterSports ©
Shark WaterSports
Preza Castle ©
Preza Castle
Duka Winery and Vineyard ©
Duka Winery and Vineyard

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