26 days in Albania Itinerary

26 days in Albania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Albania travel route planner

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Fly to Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Drive to Shkoder
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Shkoder
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tirana
— 7 nights
Drive
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Gramsh
— 2 nights
Drive
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Berat
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gjirokaster
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saranda
— 3 nights
Drive to Kakavia, Bus to Korce
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Korce
— 3 nights
Drive to Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Fly to Sialkot

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Shkoder

— 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Shkoder to Bajram Curri to see Valbona Pass about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, soothe aching muscles at Elixir Spa, see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and stroll through Peaks Of The Balkans.

For photos and more tourist information, refer to the Shkoder trip planner.

Sialkot, Pakistan to Shkoder is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Sialkot to Shkoder. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sialkot in November; daily highs in Shkoder reach 19°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Shkoder

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trip

Tirana

— 7 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tirana: Durres (Durres Archaeological Museum & Durres Amphitheatre). On the 6th (Mon), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), learn about all things military at Bunk'Art 1, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tirana trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Shkoder to Tirana by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in November, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Gramsh.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 7:

Gramsh

— 2 nights
Gramsh is a town and a municipality in Elbasan County, central Albania. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Sotira Waterfall and then explore the activities along Liqeni i Dushkut. Keep things going the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Holta Canyon.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Gramsh day trip website.

Getting from Tirana to Gramsh by car takes about 1.5 hours. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Berat.

Things to do in Gramsh

Nature · Parks

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 10th (Fri): make a trip to Quarter Of Gorica, then admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, and then explore the world behind art at National Iconographic Museum Onufri. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parku Kombetar Divjake-Karavasta.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Berat sightseeing site.

You can drive from Gramsh to Berat in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Berat

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Gjirokaster

— 3 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.
Step out of Gjirokaster to go to Permet and see Fir of Hotova National Park, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Gjirokaster, admire the striking features of Skenduli House, steep yourself in history at Zekate House, and stroll through Nature&joy.

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You can drive from Berat to Gjirokaster in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berat to Gjirokaster due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Berat in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Gjirokaster, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Saranda

— 3 nights
A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
When in Saranda, make a side trip to see Blue Eye in Vlore, approximately Vlore away. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Butrint National Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of 40 Saints, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and explore the historical opulence of Lekuresi Castle.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Saranda day trip planner.

Getting from Gjirokaster to Saranda by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December in Saranda, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Korce.

Things to do in Saranda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:

Korce

— 3 nights
Korçë is a city and municipality in southeastern Albania, and the seat of Korçë County. When in Korce, make a side trip to see National Park of Drilon in Pogradec, approximately Pogradec away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Medieval Art, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ngjallja e Krishtit Cathedral, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Korca Brewery, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Oriental Art.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Korce trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Saranda to Korce takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Saranda to Korce is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Korce

Parks · Nature · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

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.