23 days in Albania Itinerary

23 days in Albania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Albania vacation planner

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Tirana
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Elbasan
— 1 night
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3
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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7
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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13
Piqeras
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14
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
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Tirana

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tirana online day trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Tirana is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Tirana is minus 3 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Dubai in October: high temperatures in Tirana hover around 27°C and lows are around 12°C. On the 8th (Fri), you're off to Elbasan.

Things to do in Tirana

Nightlife · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 9:

Elbasan

— 1 night
Elbasan is a city and a municipality in Elbasan County, central Albania. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at King Mosque and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque Pasha.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Elbasan travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tirana to Elbasan takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. In October in Elbasan, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can 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. Your day by day itinerary now includes Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme as well as National Park of Drilon. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme, then step into the grandiose world of Pogradec Castle, then explore the ancient world of Golik Bridge, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at National Park of Drilon.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Pogradec trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Elbasan to Pogradec in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Elbasan in October, expect Pogradec to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Korce.

Things to do in Pogradec

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Korce

— 2 nights
Korçë is a city and municipality in southeastern Albania, and the seat of Korçë County. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Paleochristian Church, see the interesting displays at National Education Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at 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, see the interesting displays at Archaeological Museum, Korca, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Oriental Art, and finally explore the world behind art at National Museum of Medieval Art.

To see maps and other tourist information, read our Korce online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Pogradec to Korce takes an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive 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 12th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Sotira Waterfall and then explore the activities along Liqeni i Dushkut.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Gramsh online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Korce to Gramsh takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Gramsh

Nature · Parks

Berat

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 13th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Halveti Teqe and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The King Mosque.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Berat trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Gramsh to Berat by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Berat are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to 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 more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Corovode online tour planner.

You can drive from Berat to Corovode in an hour. Traveling from Berat in October, things will get a bit cooler in Corovode: highs are around 20°C and lows about 9°C. You will leave for Permet on the 13th (Wed).

Permet

— 1 night
Përmet is a town and a municipality in Gjirokastër County, southern Albania. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tekke of Baba Aliu and then get great views at Guri i Qytetit.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Permet travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Corovode to Permet in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. In October, Permet is somewhat warmer than Corovode - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Permet

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks
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 other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Gjirokaster online day trip planner.

Getting from Permet to Gjirokaster by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Saranda.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

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.
On the 16th (Sat), discover the deep blue sea with Spiranca Diving Center, then delve into the distant past at Agios Saranda, and then contemplate the long history of Synagogue Complex.

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

Drive from Gjirokaster to Saranda in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Butrint.

Things to do in Saranda

Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 17:

Butrint

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Butrint day trip site.

Traveling by car from Saranda to Butrint takes an hour. In October, daytime highs in Butrint are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 17th (Sun), you're off to Lukove.

Things to do in Butrint

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks

Lukove

Lukovë is a village and a former municipality in the Vlorë County, southern Albania. To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Lukove day trip website.

Drive from Butrint to Lukove in an hour. On the 17th (Sun), you'll travel to Piqeras.

Things to do in Lukove

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Piqeras

Piqeras is a village in the former municipality of Lukovë, Vlorë County, southern Albania. To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Piqeras itinerary planner.

Piqeras is just a short distance from Lukove. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 17th (Sun), you'll travel to Borsh.

Things to do in Piqeras

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Borsh

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Borsh Castle and then kick back and relax at Borsh Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Borsh trip planning site.

Borsh is very close to Piqeras. In October in Borsh, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Himare.

Things to do in Borsh

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

Himare

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Livadhi Beach, steep yourself in history at The Castle of Himara, and then explore the galleries of Monastery of Saint Mary Athaliotisa.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Himare trip itinerary app.

Himare is very close to Borsh. In October, daytime highs in Himare are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Dhermi.

Things to do in Himare

Museums · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Dhermi

— 1 night
On the 19th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Dhermi Beach, kick back and relax at Palase Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Theodore Monastery, and finally Head underground at Pirate's Cave.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Dhermi online day trip planner.

Dhermi is very close to Himare. In October, daily temperatures in Dhermi can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to 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. To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Orikum trip tool.

Traveling by car from Dhermi to Orikum takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Orikum sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 20th (Wed), you're off to Vlore.

Things to do in Orikum

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Vlore

— 1 night
Vlorë is the third largest city and a municipality in Albania. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the galleries of National Museum of Independence, step into the grandiose world of Kanine Castle, and then examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, Vlore.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Vlore trip itinerary planner.

Vlore is just a stone's throw from Orikum. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Orikum in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Vlore. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to 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 21st (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Mary and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ardenica Monastery.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Fier trip maker site.

You can drive from Vlore to Fier in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Fier can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride 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 22nd (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parku Kombetar Divjake-Karavasta.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lushnje itinerary planner.

Lushnje is very close to Fier. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Divjake.

Things to do in Lushnje

Nature · Parks

Divjake

— 1 day
Divjakë is a town and a municipality in Fier County, western Albania. On the 23rd (Sat), explore the activities along Laguna e Karavastase.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Divjake trip itinerary planner.

Divjake is very close to Lushnje. In October, daily temperatures in Divjake can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Spille.

Things to do in Divjake

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Spille

— 1 night
To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Spille day trip planning app.

Getting from Divjake to Spille by car takes about an hour. On the 24th (Sun), you're off to Durres.

Things to do in Spille

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Durres

Durrës, historically also known as Epidamnos, Durazzo and Dyrrachium, is the largest port and second largest city and a municipality of Albania. To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Durres road trip site.

Traveling by car from Spille to Durres takes an hour. In October in Durres, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 12°C at night. On the 24th (Sun), you're off to Kruje.

Things to do in Durres

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Kruje

— 1 day
Krujë is a town and a municipality in north central Albania. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bovilla, then examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum of Kruja, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Old Bazaar (Pazari i Vjeter).

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

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. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Valbona.

Things to do in Kruje

Nature · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Valbona

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Valbona trip planner.

You can drive from Kruje to Valbona in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. You'll set off for Bajram Curri on the 24th (Sun).

Things to do in Valbona

Nature · Parks

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. To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bajram Curri day trip planning app.

You can drive from Valbona to Bajram Curri in an hour. October in Bajram Curri sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 27th (Wed), you're off to Shkoder.

Things to do in Bajram Curri

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Shkoder Historical Museum and then browse the exhibits of Site of Witness and Memory.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Shkoder attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Bajram Curri to Shkoder takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Theth.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums

Theth

— 1 night
Plan my Theth trip by asking Inspirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

You can drive from Shkoder to Theth in 2.5 hours. You will leave for Koman on the 28th (Thu).

Things to do in Theth

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Koman

— 1 night
Koman is a settlement in the former Temal municipality, Shkodër County, northern Albania. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the activities along Komani Lake.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Koman travel app.

Getting from Theth to Koman by car takes about 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Koman can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Fri) before leaving for Shengjin.

Things to do in Koman

Nature · Parks
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 29th (Fri): kick back and relax at Shengjin Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Rana e Hedhun, and then explore the historical opulence of Lezhe Castle.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Shengjin trip builder.

You can drive from Koman to Shengjin in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Shengjin are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Shengjin

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tirana

Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then explore the galleries of House of Leaves.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tirana road trip planning site.

You can drive from Shengjin to Tirana in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Spas
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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.