23 days in Albania Itinerary

23 days in Albania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Albania trip planner

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Tirana
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Elbasan
— 1 night
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Pogradec
— 1 night
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4
Korce
— 2 nights
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5
Gramsh
— 1 night
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Berat
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Corovode
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8
Permet
— 1 night
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9
Gjirokaster
— 2 nights
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10
Saranda
— 1 night
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11
Butrint
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12
Lukove
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Piqeras
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Borsh
— 1 night
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Himare
— 1 night
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Dhermi
— 1 night
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Orikum
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Vlore
— 1 night
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Fier
— 1 night
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Lushnje
— 1 night
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Divjake
— 1 day
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Spille
— 1 night
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Durres
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Kruje
— 1 day
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Valbona
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Bajram Curri
— 3 nights
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Shkoder
— 1 day
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Theth
— 1 night
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Koman
— 1 night
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Shengjin
— 1 night
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Tirana

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tirana road trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Tirana is an approximately 10-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Dubai to Tirana. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Dubai in October, with highs in Tirana at 27°C and lows at 12°C. You'll set off for Elbasan on the 6th (Wed).

Things to do in Tirana

Nightlife · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 7:

Elbasan

— 1 night
Elbasan is a city and a municipality in Elbasan County, central Albania. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at King Mosque and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque Pasha.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Elbasan online visit planner.

Drive from Tirana to Elbasan in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. October in Elbasan sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pogradec.

Things to do in Elbasan

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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 7th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme, then explore the historical opulence of Pogradec Castle, then delve into the distant past at Golik Bridge, and finally explore the striking landscape of National Park of Drilon.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Pogradec tour planning website.

You can drive from Elbasan to Pogradec in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Elbasan in October, expect Pogradec to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Korce.

Things to do in Pogradec

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Korce

— 2 nights
Korçë is a city and municipality in southeastern Albania, and the seat of Korçë County. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Paleochristian Church, then see the interesting displays at National Education Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, and finally stroll the grounds of French Military Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Bulevardi Shen Gjergji, then browse the exhibits of Archaeological Museum, Korca, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Oriental Art, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Medieval Art.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Korce route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Pogradec to Korce takes an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Gramsh.

Things to do in Korce

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gramsh

— 1 night
Gramsh is a town and a municipality in Elbasan County, central Albania. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Sotira Waterfall and then contemplate the waterfront views at Liqeni i Dushkut.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Gramsh trip planner.

Traveling by car from Korce to Gramsh takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Gramsh

Parks · Nature

Berat

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
On the 11th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Halveti Teqe and then take in the spiritual surroundings of The King Mosque.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Berat trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Gramsh to Berat in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Berat can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 11th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Corovode.

Things to do in Berat

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Corovode

Çorovodë, also written as Çorovoda is a town and a former municipality in Berat County, Albania. To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Corovode trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Berat to Corovode takes an hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Berat in October: high temperatures in Corovode hover around 20°C and lows are around 9°C. You will leave for Permet on the 11th (Mon).

Permet

— 1 night
Përmet is a town and a municipality in Gjirokastër County, southern Albania. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Tekke of Baba Aliu and then take some stellar pictures from Guri i Qytetit.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Permet trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Corovode to Permet takes 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Corovode to Permet is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Corovode in October; daily highs in Permet reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Permet

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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.
To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Gjirokaster online journey planner.

Getting from Permet to Gjirokaster by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Gjirokaster are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Saranda.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Saranda

— 1 night
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 14th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with Spiranca Diving Center, delve into the distant past at Agios Saranda, and then steep yourself in history at Synagogue Complex.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Saranda tour planning site.

You can drive from Gjirokaster to Saranda in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Butrint.

Things to do in Saranda

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 15:

Butrint

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Butrint trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Saranda to Butrint in an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Butrint can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 15th (Fri), you'll travel to Lukove.

Things to do in Butrint

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Lukove

Lukovë is a village and a former municipality in the Vlorë County, southern Albania. For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lukove online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Butrint to Lukove takes an hour. On the 15th (Fri), you're off to Piqeras.

Things to do in Lukove

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Piqeras

Piqeras is a village in the former municipality of Lukovë, Vlorë County, southern Albania. For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Piqeras trip itinerary maker website.

Piqeras is just a stone's throw from Lukove. In October in Piqeras, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 15th (Fri), you'll travel to Borsh.

Things to do in Piqeras

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Borsh

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Borsh Castle and then stroll through Borsh Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Borsh tour planner.

Borsh is very close to Piqeras. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Himare.

Things to do in Borsh

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Himare

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Livadhi Beach, step into the grandiose world of The Castle of Himara, and then explore the galleries of Monastery of Saint Mary Athaliotisa.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Himare travel planning website.

Himare is just a stone's throw from Borsh. In October in Himare, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Dhermi.

Things to do in Himare

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Dhermi

— 1 night
On the 17th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Dhermi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Palase Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Theodore Monastery, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Pirate's Cave.

Plan a Dhermi trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Dhermi is very close to Himare. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Orikum.

Things to do in Dhermi

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Orikum

Orikum is a town and a former municipality in the Vlorë County, southwestern Albania. Plan my Orikum trip by asking Inspirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

You can drive from Dhermi to Orikum in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. You'll set off for Vlore on the 18th (Mon).

Things to do in Orikum

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Vlore

— 1 night
Vlorë is the third largest city and a municipality in Albania. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): browse the exhibits of National Museum of Independence, step into the grandiose world of Kanine Castle, and then examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, Vlore.

Plan my trip to Vlore with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Vlore is very close to Orikum. The time zone difference when traveling from Orikum to Vlore is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Orikum in October, Vlore is a bit cooler at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Fier.

Things to do in Vlore

Museums · Historic Sites

Fier

— 1 night
Fier is a city and a municipality in Fier County in southwest Albania. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Mary and then pause for some serene contemplation at Ardenica Monastery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Fier trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Vlore to Fier takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 20th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lushnje.

Things to do in Fier

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lushnje

— 1 night
Lushnjë is a city in west-central Albania. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parku Kombetar Divjake-Karavasta.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lushnje trip itinerary planner.

Lushnje is very close to Fier. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Divjake.

Things to do in Lushnje

Parks · Nature

Divjake

— 1 day
Divjakë is a town and a municipality in Fier County, western Albania. On the 21st (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna e Karavastase.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Divjake day trip site.

Divjake is just a short distance from Lushnje. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Spille.

Things to do in Divjake

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Spille

— 1 night
For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Spille trip builder tool.

You can drive from Divjake to Spille in an hour. You will leave for Durres on the 22nd (Fri).

Things to do in Spille

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Durres

Durrës, historically also known as Epidamnos, Durazzo and Dyrrachium, is the largest port and second largest city and a municipality of Albania. To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Durres trip planning app.

You can drive from Spille to Durres in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 12°C. You'll set off for Kruje on the 22nd (Fri).

Things to do in Durres

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Kruje

— 1 day
Krujë is a town and a municipality in north central Albania. On the 22nd (Fri), explore the activities along Lake Bovilla, examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum of Kruja, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Old Bazaar (Pazari i Vjeter).

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kruje holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Durres to Kruje takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of train and car. In October, daily temperatures in Kruje can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Valbona.

Things to do in Kruje

Shopping · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Valbona

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Valbona online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Kruje to Valbona takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. On the 22nd (Fri), you're off to Bajram Curri.

Things to do in Valbona

Parks · Nature

Bajram Curri

— 3 nights
Bajram Curri is a town situated in northern of Albania, near the border with Kosovo, in a remote, mostly mountainous region. Planning Bajram Curri trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

You can drive from Valbona to Bajram Curri in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 25th (Mon), you're off to Shkoder.

Things to do in Bajram Curri

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Shkoder

— 1 day
Its geographic location has made Shkoder, one of Europe's oldest cities, an important cultural and economic center of the Balkans over the years.
On the 25th (Mon), explore the galleries of Shkoder Historical Museum and then browse the exhibits of Site of Witness and Memory.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Shkoder trip planner.

You can drive from Bajram Curri to Shkoder in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Theth.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums

Theth

— 1 night
To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Theth trip builder tool.

Getting from Shkoder to Theth by car takes about 2.5 hours. On the 26th (Tue), you're off to Koman.

Things to do in Theth

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Koman

— 1 night
Koman is a settlement in the former Temal municipality, Shkodër County, northern Albania. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Komani Lake.

To see where to stay and tourist information, use the Koman online trip maker.

You can drive from Theth to Koman in 4 hours. In October, daytime highs in Koman are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Shengjin.

Things to do in Koman

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Shengjin

— 1 night
Shëngjin is a coastal town and a former municipality in the Lezhë County, northwestern Albania. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Shengjin Beach, kick back and relax at Rana e Hedhun, and then explore the historical opulence of Lezhe Castle.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Shengjin vacation planner.

Getting from Koman to Shengjin by car takes about 2.5 hours. October in Shengjin sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Shengjin

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tirana

Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then examine the collection at House of Leaves.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tirana online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Shengjin to Tirana takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Spas
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 28:

Albania travel guide

3.9
Castles · National Parks · Landmarks
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.