22 days in The Balkans Itinerary

22 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Drive to La Guardia Airport, Fly to Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Drive to Elbasan
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Elbasan
— 1 night
Drive
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Pogradec
— 1 night
Drive
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Korce
— 3 nights
Bus
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Gjirokaster
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saranda
— 2 nights
Drive
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Himare
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fier
— 2 nights
Drive
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Berat
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lushnje
— 1 night
Drive
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Durres
— 4 nights
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Elbasan

— 1 night
Elbasan is a city and a municipality in Elbasan County, central Albania. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of 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 car and flight. 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

Pogradec

— 1 night
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

Korce

— 3 nights
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 Paleochristian Church. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ngjallja e Krishtit Cathedral, 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

Gjirokaster

— 2 nights

City of Stone

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 explore the galleries of Ethnographic Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through 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 · Museums

Side Trip

Saranda

— 2 nights
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, head outdoors with Spiranca Diving Center, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Quaranta beach. On the next day, stroll around Friendhip Park, explore the galleries of Sarande Museum, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then steep yourself in history at Synagogue Complex, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of 40 Saints.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Saranda road trip website.

Drive from Gjirokaster to Saranda in 1.5 hours. May in Saranda sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Himare.

Things to do in Saranda

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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Himare

— 2 nights
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. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. 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 go by car to Fier.

Things to do in Himare

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fier

— 2 nights
Fier is a city and a municipality in Fier County in southwest Albania. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): explore the activities along Laguna e Karavastase and then pause for some serene contemplation at Ardenica Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Byllis Archaeological Park and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Mary.

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Drive from Himare to Fier in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Himare to Fier is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Fier

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Berat

— 2 nights

Town of a Thousand Windows

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 drive to Lushnje.

Things to do in Berat

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lushnje

— 1 night
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 go by car to Durres.

Things to do in Lushnje

Nature · Parks

Durres

— 4 nights
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 Kallmi Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durres: City park (in Kashar) and Preza Castle (in Fushe Preze). And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Duka Winery and Vineyard, don't miss a visit to Royal Villa of Durres, explore the historical opulence of Rodoni Castle, and get outside with Shark WaterSports.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Durres online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Lushnje to Durres in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Durres are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durres

Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Vlore County travel guide

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National Parks · Bodies of Water · Beaches
As a southern county boasting the most coastline in the country, Vlore County draws visitors with the promise of warm weather, sand and rock beaches, and the aquamarine Adriatic coastline. Meanwhile, those with an archaeological interest will find many castles and ruins here to be explored, particularly the stunning remains of the ancient city Butrint. The ruins are part of a national park by the same name, which surrounds this World Heritage Site with lush greenery. Being able to combine both a relaxing beach vacation with an experience of historical Albanian relics makes Vlore County one of the country's most popular tourist spots.