26 days in Albania Itinerary

26 days in Albania Itinerary

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Tirana
— 2 nights
Drive
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Elbasan
— 1 night
Drive
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Korce
— 1 night
Bus
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Gjirokaster
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saranda
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dhermi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pojan
— 1 night
Drive
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Berat
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lushnje
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durres
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kruje
— 2 nights
Drive
12
Shengjin
— 1 night
Drive
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Bajram Curri
— 1 night
Drive
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Shkoder
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koman
— 2 nights
Drive

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Tirana

— 2 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tirana online trip builder.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa. In June, daytime highs in Tirana are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 11th (Fri), you'll travel to Elbasan.

Things to do in Tirana

Nightlife · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 11:

Elbasan

— 1 night
Elbasan is a city and a municipality in Elbasan County, central Albania. To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Elbasan online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Tirana to Elbasan in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Elbasan can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. You will leave for Korce on the 12th (Sat).

Things to do in Elbasan

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Korce

— 1 night
Korçë is a city and municipality in southeastern Albania, and the seat of Korçë County. To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Korce trip builder site.

Drive from Elbasan to Korce in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. You will leave for Gjirokaster on the 13th (Sun).

Things to do in Korce

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

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.
When in Gjirokaster, make a side trip to see Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit in Labove e Siperme, approximately Labove e Siperme away. There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Zekate House and stroll through Nature&joy.

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Traveling by bus from Korce to Gjirokaster takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Korce to Gjirokaster, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

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 16th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on Saranda Jeep, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of 40 Saints, and then explore the activities along Blue Eye. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Butrint National Park, then make a trip to Saranda Embankment, and finally step into the grandiose world of Lekuresi Castle.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Saranda online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Gjirokaster to Saranda in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Dhermi.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 15 — 17:

Dhermi

— 2 nights
On the 18th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of The Castle of Himara, steep yourself in history at Ali Pasha Castle, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello, then Head underground at Pirate's Cave, and finally kick back and relax at Dhermi Beach. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly like a bird with Extreme Illyricum and then kick back and relax at Gjipe Beach.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Dhermi tour itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Saranda to Dhermi in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Pojan.

Things to do in Dhermi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pojan

— 1 night
Pojan is a village and a former municipality in the Korçë County, southeastern Albania. For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Pojan vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Dhermi to Pojan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Pojan

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Berat

— 2 nights

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): don't miss a visit to Halveti Teqe, awaken your taste buds at 1001 Albanian Adventures, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Quarter Of Gorica, make a trip to Bulevardi Republika, see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, then explore the galleries of National Iconographic Museum Onufri, then admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The King Mosque.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Berat trip planner.

Getting from Pojan to Berat by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. June in Berat sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Lushnje.

Things to do in Berat

Outdoors · Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites

Lushnje

— 2 nights
Lushnjë is a city in west-central Albania. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parku Kombetar Divjake-Karavasta. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna e Karavastase.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Lushnje holiday maker website.

Traveling by car from Berat to Lushnje takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Durres.

Things to do in Lushnje

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Durres

— 2 nights
Durrës, historically also known as Epidamnos, Durazzo and Dyrrachium, is the largest port and second largest city and a municipality of Albania. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): head outdoors with Shark WaterSports. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Byzantine Forum (Macellum), browse the exhibits of Durres Archaeological Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fatih Mosque, then contemplate the long history of Durres Amphitheatre, then don't miss a visit to Durres Castle, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at The Beach Bar.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Durres day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Lushnje to Durres takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kruje.

Things to do in Durres

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kruje

— 2 nights
Krujë is a town and a municipality in north central Albania. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum of Kruja, explore the historical opulence of Kruja Castle, then shop like a local with Old Bazaar (Pazari i Vjeter), then pause for some photo ops at Statue of George W. Bush, and finally explore the activities along Lake Bovilla. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Parku Kombetar i Qafe Shtames.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kruje trip planner.

Traveling by car from Durres to Kruje takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of train and car. In June in Kruje, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Shengjin.

Things to do in Kruje

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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 (Tue): stroll through Shengjin Beach, then explore the historical opulence of Lezhe Castle, then make a trip to Skenderbeg Tomb, and finally kick back and relax at Rana e Hedhun.

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Traveling by car from Kruje to Shengjin takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bajram Curri.

Things to do in Shengjin

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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. Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Valbona Valley National Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Bajram Curri driving holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Shengjin to Bajram Curri takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Bajram Curri

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Shkoder

— 2 nights
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 1st (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity, step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kole Idromeno Street, then see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and finally don't miss a visit to Ebu Bekr Mosque. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Site of Witness and Memory, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, and finally view the masterpieces at Venice Art Mask Factory.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Shkoder day trip planning site.

Getting from Bajram Curri to Shkoder by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Koman.

Things to do in Shkoder

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Koman

— 2 nights
Koman is a settlement in the former Temal municipality, Shkodër County, northern Albania. On the 3rd (Sat), take a tour by water with Komani Lake Boat Tours and then contemplate the waterfront views at Komani Lake.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Koman trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Shkoder to Koman takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 25°C. On the 4th (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Koman

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

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.

Elbasan County travel guide

3.8
Castles · Observation Decks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Elbasan County is one of the 12 counties of Albania. The population at the 2011 census was 295,827, in an area of 3199 km². Its capital is the city Elbasan.

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Korce County travel guide

4.3
National Parks · Art Museums · Churches
Korçë County is one of the 12 counties of Albania, located in the eastern part of the country. The population at the 2011 census was 220,357, in an area of 3711 km². It is the largest county of Albania by area. Its capital is the city Korçë.TopographyTopographically, most of Korçë County is elevated, including the Gramos range, which forms the connection between the Scardus to the north and the Pindus range to the south.BordersKorçë's eastern border is also Albania's eastern border, as the county borders the Republic of Macedonia to the northeast and Greece to the southeast. Domestically, it borders on Gjirokastër County (southwest). Berat County (west) and Elbasan County (northwest).PeopleMost of the region's inhabitants are ethnic Albanians, but there are also important communities of Greeks, Macedonians, Aromanians and Roma. With regards to religion, the region hosts large concentrations of both Muslims and Orthodox Christians. According to the last national census from 2011, the county has 220,357 inhabitants. Ethnic groups in the county include Albanians, Greeks, Macedonians, Montenegrins, Aromanians, Romani, Egyptians.

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Gjirokaster County travel guide

3.8
Castles · Architectural Buildings · Historic Sites
Experience towns frozen in time while traveling through Gjirokaster County. It is known for having the World Heritage Site of Gjirokaster, known as a classic examples of Ottoman architecture and for maintaining a generations-old farming culture in the surrounding area. Other tourist attractions include museums of Albanian history, traditional mosques, and well-preserved castles.

Vlore County travel guide

3.7
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.

Fier County travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Churches · Bodies of Water
Fier County is a county in southwest of Albania. The Fier County borders on the Tirana County in the north, Elbasan County in the northeast, Berat County in the east, Gjirokastër County in the southeast, Vlorë County in the south and the Adriatic Sea in the west.

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Berat County travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · River Rafting & Tubing · Landmarks
Lacking the coastline of the south and the luscious greenery of the north, Berat County attracts tourists mostly for its main city, Berat, or "the city of 1,000 windows." The bulk of the attractions in the area are part of Berat or the surrounding landscape, from which you can get great views of the city below. Although the offerings here may seem simple, this area receives some of the most tourism in the country thanks to the charming and cozy vibe. The trip there will take you through deserted dirt roads with seemingly nothing for miles, but you're in for a pleasant surprise when you reach the quaint little town with its small pedestrian-only paths that lead to houses, restaurants, and the occasional hostel.

Durres County travel guide

3.4
Historic Sites · Castles · Shopping
Durrës County is a county in North-west Albania. The Durrës County borders on the Lezhë County in the north, Dibër County in the east, Tirana County in the south and the Adriatic Sea in the west.The central city Durrës is one of largest cities on the Adriatic Sea and ranks 5th with a population of 175,110 and one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities.Durrës is home to Albania's main port, the Port of Durrës. The port is also the 10th largest cargo port on the Adriatic Sea that handle more than 3.4 million tonnes of cargo per year.The historical city of Krujë is the second largest city in Durrës County.GeographyDurrës County is located in the North-central part of Albania. It borders to the sea Adriatic Sea in the west. The climate is generally Mediterranean but varies by local topography. There are diverse microclimates in the county. Summers are dry while heavy rains are experienced during the winter.The city of Krujë is found at an altitude of 600 m (1,969 ft) on the foot of Mount Krujë (Mali i Krujës) of the Krujë Gorge, while south and west of the town is found the plain of the Ishëm River. The town is located in the northern part of the outer Albanides tectonic unit, which consists of anticlines of Mesozoic carbonate platforms.

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Lezhe County travel guide

3.3
Beaches · Castles · Landmarks
Lezhë County is one of the 12 counties of Albania. The population at the 2011 census was 134,027, in an area of 1620 km². Its capital is the city Lezhë.Administrative divisionsUntil 2000, Lezhë County was subdivided into three districts: Kurbin, Lezhë, and Mirditë. Since the 2015 local government reform, the county consists of the following 3 municipalities: Kurbin, Lezhë and Mirditë. Before 2015, it consisted of the following 21 municipalities: Balldren i Ri Blinisht Dajç Fan Fushë-Kuqë Kaçinar Kallmet Kolsh Kthellë Laç Lezhë Mamurras Milot Orosh Rrëshen Rubik Selitë Shëngjin Shënkoll Ungrej Zejmen

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Kukes County travel guide

4.8
National Parks · Hiking Trails
Kukës County is one of the 12 counties of Albania. The population at the 2011 census was 85,292, in an area of 2374 km². Its capital is the city Kukës.GeographyTo the east, Kukës borders Kosovo, while in the extreme northwest it borders Montenegro. Domestically, it borders the following counties: Dibër: southLezhë: southwestShkodër: west

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Shkoder County travel guide

4.1
Castles · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
With small towns, ancient mosques, castle ruins, and gorgeous scenery, Shkoder County has a little bit of everything. The capital of the county, Shkoder, is one of Albania's main hubs of transportation, industry, and tourism. Don't let its official purposes fool you: the colorful buildings that make up the charming pedestrianized area are enough to win over any visitor. Aside from the bohemian cafes and small restaurants in the main city, the natural surroundings of pristine lakes make this county attractive for those looking to experience the Albanian landscape.