29 days in Albania Itinerary

29 days in Albania Itinerary

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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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Berat
— 4 nights
Drive
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Vlore
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gjirokaster
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saranda
— 4 nights
Drive to Kakavia, Bus to Korce
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Korce
— 4 nights
Drive to Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Fly to King Abdulaziz International Airport

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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. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights, relax and rejuvenate at Elixir Spa, and explore the activities along Shkodra Lake.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Shkoder visit site.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Shkoder is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Jeddah to Shkoder. Traveling from Jeddah in February, things will get much colder in Shkoder: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Shkoder

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tirana

— 7 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tirana: Kruja Castle (in Kruje), Durres (Duka Winery and Vineyard, Vitrinat Shoe Shop, &more) and Preza Castle (in Fushe Preze). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, explore the stunning scenery at Canyons of Erzen River, make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, and walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh).

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tirana visit planning site.

You can drive from Shkoder to Tirana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and shuttle; or take a train. When traveling from Shkoder in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tirana, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 22:

Berat

— 4 nights

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Change things up with these side-trips from Berat: Gramsh (Sotira Waterfall, Holta Canyon, &more) and Parku Kombetar Divjake-Karavasta (in Lushnje). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, make a trip to Bulevardi Republika, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Berat journey planning website.

Getting from Tirana to Berat by car takes about 2 hours. February in Berat sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Vlore.

Things to do in Berat

Parks · Nature · Museums · Adventure

Side Trips

Vlore

— 3 nights
Vlorë is the third largest city and a municipality in Albania. When in Vlore, make a side trip to see Apollonia Archaeological Park in Pojan, approximately Pojan away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Blue Eye, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Independence, make a trip to Zvernec Monastery, and examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, Vlore.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Vlore day trip app.

Traveling by car from Berat to Vlore takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in February, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Vlore

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): learn about all things military at Gjirokaster, admire the striking features of Skenduli House, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): steep yourself in history at The Cold War Tunnel, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gjirokaster Mosque, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature&joy.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Gjirokaster trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Vlore to Gjirokaster takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Vlore in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Gjirokaster, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Saranda

— 4 nights
A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
Explore Saranda's surroundings by going to Permet (Benja Thermal Baths & Fir of Hotova National Park). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Butrint National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach, make a trip to Phoenice Archaeological Park, and stroll through Santa Quaranta beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Saranda trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Gjirokaster to Saranda in 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Saranda can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Korce.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 3 — 7:

Korce

— 4 nights
Korçë is a city and municipality in southeastern Albania, and the seat of Korçë County. Change things up with a short trip to National Park of Drilon in Pogradec (about 46 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Medieval Art, explore the ancient world of Paleochristian Church, enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower of Korce, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ngjallja e Krishtit Cathedral.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Korce trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and bus from Saranda to Korce in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Saranda to Korce is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Korce

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Albania travel guide

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National Parks · Landmarks · Castles
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.