23 days in Albania Itinerary

23 days in Albania Itinerary

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Tirana
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Elbasan
— 1 night
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Berat
— 1 day
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Korce
— 1 night
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Pogradec
— 1 day
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Selce e Poshteme
— 1 night
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Gramsh
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Corovode
— 1 night
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Permet
— 1 night
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Gjirokaster
— 1 night
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Saranda
— 1 night
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Butrint
— 1 night
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Lukove
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Piqeras
— 1 night
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Borsh
— 1 night
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Himare
— 1 night
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Dhermi
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Orikum
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Vlore
— 1 night
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Fier
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Lushnje
— 1 night
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Divjake
— 1 night
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Spille
— 1 night
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Durres
— 1 night
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Kruje
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Shengjin
— 1 night
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Shkoder
— 1 night
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Theth
— 1 night
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Koman
— 1 night
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Valbona
— 1 night
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Bajram Curri
— 1 night
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Tirana
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Tirana

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tirana trip itinerary planning app.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Tirana is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from Dubai to Tirana, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Dubai in October: high temperatures in Tirana hover around 27°C and lows are around 12°C. You will leave for Elbasan on the 8th (Fri).

Things to do in Tirana

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
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Elbasan

— 1 night
Elbasan is a city and a municipality in Elbasan County, central Albania. To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Elbasan travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Tirana to Elbasan by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus. In October, daytime highs in Elbasan are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Elbasan

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Berat

— 1 day

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): browse the exhibits of National Iconographic Museum Onufri, admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The King Mosque, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Demetrius Orthodox Cathedral, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Halveti Teqe.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Berat vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Elbasan to Berat in 1.5 hours. October in Berat sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Korce.

Things to do in Berat

Historic Sites · Museums

Korce

— 1 night
Korçë is a city and municipality in southeastern Albania, and the seat of Korçë County. On the 9th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Museum of Oriental Art, then delve into the distant past at Paleochristian Church, then get to know the fascinating history of Bulevardi Shen Gjergji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Iljaz Mirahori Mosque.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Korce day trip planner.

You can drive from Berat to Korce in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pogradec.

Things to do in Korce

Historic Sites · Museums

Pogradec

— 1 day
Pogradec is a city and municipality in central Albania, situated on the shores the Ohrid lake. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Pogradec Castle and then delve into the distant past at Golik Bridge.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Pogradec trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Korce to Pogradec takes an hour. October in Pogradec sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Selce e Poshteme.

Things to do in Pogradec

Historic Sites

Selce e Poshteme

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Selce e Poshteme online trip maker.

You can drive from Pogradec to Selce e Poshteme in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Gramsh.

Things to do in Selce e Poshteme

Historic Sites
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Gramsh

Gramsh is a town and a municipality in Elbasan County, central Albania. To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Gramsh tour itinerary builder.

Drive from Selce e Poshteme to Gramsh in 2.5 hours. On the 11th (Mon), you'll travel to Corovode.

Things to do in Gramsh

Nature · Parks

Corovode

— 1 night
Çorovodë, also written as Çorovoda is a town and a former municipality in Berat County, Albania. On the 11th (Mon), make a trip to Osum Canyon (Kanioni i Osumit).

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Corovode trip planner.

You can drive from Gramsh to Corovode in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Corovode can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. On the 12th (Tue), you're off to Permet.
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Permet

— 1 night
Përmet is a town and a municipality in Gjirokastër County, southern Albania. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fir of Hotova National Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Permet, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Corovode to Permet in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Corovode in October, expect Permet to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Permet

Nature · Parks
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Gjirokaster

— 1 night

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 13th (Wed): contemplate the long history of The Cold War Tunnel, pause for some serene contemplation at Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gjirokaster Mosque, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature&joy, then admire the striking features of Skenduli House, and finally steep yourself in history at Zekate House. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Gjirokaster.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Gjirokaster trip planner.

You can drive from Permet to Gjirokaster in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Thu) before leaving for Saranda.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of 40 Saints, steep yourself in history at Synagogue Complex, then delve into the distant past at Agios Saranda, then explore the galleries of Sarande Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Charalampos Orthodox Church.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Saranda trip itinerary site.

Drive from Gjirokaster to Saranda in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Saranda can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Butrint.

Things to do in Saranda

Historic Sites · Museums
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Butrint

— 1 night
On the 15th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Butrint National Park.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Butrint trip builder.

Traveling by car from Saranda to Butrint takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 16th (Sat), you'll travel to Lukove.

Things to do in Butrint

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Lukove

Lukovë is a village and a former municipality in the Vlorë County, southern Albania. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lukova Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lukove trip site.

Traveling by car from Butrint to Lukove takes an hour. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Piqeras.

Things to do in Lukove

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Piqeras

— 1 night
Piqeras is a village in the former municipality of Lukovë, Vlorë County, southern Albania. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): kick back and relax at Bunec Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Piqeras holiday builder tool.

Piqeras is just a short distance from Lukove. October in Piqeras sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. You will leave for Borsh on the 17th (Sun).

Things to do in Piqeras

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
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Borsh

— 1 night
On the 17th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Borsh Castle and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Borsh Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Borsh trip itinerary planning website.

Borsh is just a short distance from Piqeras. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 18th (Mon), you're off to Himare.

Things to do in Borsh

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Himare

— 1 night
To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Himare trip maker website.

Himare is just a stone's throw from Borsh. In October, daytime highs in Himare are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You will leave for Dhermi on the 19th (Tue).

Things to do in Himare

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Dhermi

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Dhermi travel planning site.

Dhermi is just a stone's throw from Himare. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. You'll set off for Orikum on the 19th (Tue).

Things to do in Dhermi

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Orikum

Orikum is a town and a former municipality in the Vlorë County, southwestern Albania. To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Orikum online itinerary planner.

Getting from Dhermi to Orikum by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In October, daytime highs in Orikum are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You will leave for Vlore on the 19th (Tue).

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 19th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Muradie Mosque, see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum, Vlore, explore the galleries of National Museum of Independence, then head outdoors with Summer DEPO, then step into the grandiose world of Kanine Castle, and finally appreciate the history behind Independence Monument.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Vlore route site.

Vlore is just a short distance from Orikum. The time zone difference when traveling from Orikum to Vlore is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Orikum in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Vlore, with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Fier.

Things to do in Vlore

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Fier

Fier is a city and a municipality in Fier County in southwest Albania. On the 20th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Mary.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Fier trip planning site.

Getting from Vlore to Fier by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Fier can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Wed) before leaving for Lushnje.

Things to do in Fier

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Lushnje

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

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lushnje driving holiday site.

Lushnje is just a short distance from Fier. On the 21st (Thu), you're off to Divjake.

Things to do in Lushnje

Nature · Parks

Divjake

— 1 night
Divjakë is a town and a municipality in Fier County, western Albania. To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Divjake trip builder app.

Divjake is very close to Lushnje. In October in Divjake, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 13°C at night. You'll set off for Spille on the 22nd (Fri).

Things to do in Divjake

Nature · Parks

Spille

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): stroll through The General's Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Spille Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Spille trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Divjake to Spille in an hour. On the 23rd (Sat), you're off to Durres.

Things to do in Spille

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Durres

— 1 night
Durrës, historically also known as Epidamnos, Durazzo and Dyrrachium, is the largest port and second largest city and a municipality of Albania. On the 23rd (Sat), explore the galleries of Durres Archaeological Museum, kick back and relax at The Beach Bar, get a taste of the local shopping with Vitrinat Shoe Shop, then contemplate the long history of Royal Villa of Durres, then kick back and relax at Kallmi Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Durres trip planner.

Traveling by car from Spille to Durres takes an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Durres can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kruje.

Things to do in Durres

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Kruje

Krujë is a town and a municipality in north central Albania. To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kruje online trip builder.

You can drive from Durres to Kruje in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of train and car. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You'll set off for Shengjin on the 24th (Sun).

Things to do in Kruje

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Shengjin

— 1 night
Shëngjin is a coastal town and a former municipality in the Lezhë County, northwestern Albania. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): make a trip to Lezhe Castle, make a trip to Skenderbeg Tomb, then contemplate the waterfront views at Patok Lagoon, then kick back and relax at Shengjin Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Rana e Hedhun.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Shengjin road trip tool.

You can drive from Kruje to Shengjin in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Shengjin, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 25th (Mon), you'll travel to Shkoder.

Things to do in Shengjin

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Shkoder

— 1 night
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), take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Shkoder online day trip planner.

Getting from Shengjin to Shkoder by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Shkoder are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Theth.

Things to do in Shkoder

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Theth

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): trek along Thethi-Guide, contemplate the long history of Lock-in Tower, and then explore the striking landscape of Theth National Park.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Theth trip planner.

Drive from Shkoder to Theth in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Koman.

Things to do in Theth

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

Koman

— 1 night
Koman is a settlement in the former Temal municipality, Shkodër County, northern Albania. On the 27th (Wed), explore the activities along Komani Lake.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Koman online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Theth to Koman in 4 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Thu) before leaving for Valbona.

Things to do in Koman

Nature · Parks
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Valbona

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Valbona Valley National Park.

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You can drive from Koman to Valbona in 5.5 hours. On the 29th (Fri), you're off to Bajram Curri.

Things to do in Valbona

Nature · Parks
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Bajram Curri

— 1 night
Bajram Curri is a town situated in northern of Albania, near the border with Kosovo, in a remote, mostly mountainous region. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): trek along Valbona Pass.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bajram Curri vacation planning app.

You can drive from Valbona to Bajram Curri in an hour. In October, daytime highs in Bajram Curri are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Bajram Curri

Trails · Parks · Outdoors
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Tirana

Your day by day itinerary now includes Petrela Castle, Bektashi World Center and Natural Sciences Museum of Albania. On the 30th (Sat), examine the collection at Natural Sciences Museum of Albania, examine the collection at Bektashi World Center, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bektashi World Centre, and finally step into the grandiose world of Petrela Castle.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tirana online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Bajram Curri to Tirana in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Albania travel guide

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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.