31 days in Albania Itinerary

31 days in Albania Itinerary

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Tirana
— 5 nights
Drive
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Korce
— 3 nights
Drive
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Permet
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gjirokaster
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saranda
— 3 nights
Drive
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Himare
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Vlore
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Berat
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shkoder
— 5 nights
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Tirana

— 5 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Get out of town with these interesting Tirana side-trips: Petrela Castle (in Petrele), Durres (Shark WaterSports, The Beach Bar, &more) and Kruje (Ethnographic Museum of Kruja, Kruja Castle, &more). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, admire the striking features of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, and learn about all things military at BunkArt 2.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Tirana trip itinerary maker app.

Salt Lake City, USA to Tirana is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Salt Lake City to Tirana is 8 hours. Traveling from Salt Lake City in October, you will find days in Tirana are somewhat warmer (74°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Korce.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 7:

Korce

— 3 nights
Korçë is a city and municipality in southeastern Albania, and the seat of Korçë County. Get out of town with these interesting Korce side-trips: Pogradec (Golik Bridge & National Park of Drilon). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at National Museum of Medieval Art, sample the tasty concoctions at Korca Brewery, explore the ancient world of Paleochristian Church, and examine the collection at Museum of Oriental Art.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Korce itinerary builder.

You can drive from Tirana to Korce in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Permet.

Things to do in Korce

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Permet

— 2 nights
Përmet is a town and a municipality in Gjirokastër County, southern Albania. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Fir of Hotova National Park. On your second day here, get great views at Guri i Qytetit, then take some stellar pictures from Tekke of Baba Aliu, and then take in the natural beauty of Benja Thermal Baths.

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Traveling by car from Korce to Permet takes 3 hours. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October in Permet, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Permet

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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.
Gjirokaster has been added to your itinerary. Step out of Gjirokaster to go to Labove e Siperme and see Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit, which is approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Nature&joy, contemplate the long history of The Cold War Tunnel, admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House, and step into the grandiose world of Gjirokastra Bazaar.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Gjirokaster road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Permet to Gjirokaster takes 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Llogara National Park in Llogara National Park (about 2h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Butrint National Park, step into the grandiose world of Lekuresi Castle, see Saranda Jeep, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Saranda trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Saranda takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Saranda can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Himare.

Things to do in Saranda

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:

Himare

— 2 nights
On the 19th (Mon), fly like a bird with Extreme Illyricum and then stroll through Gjipe Beach. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello and then kick back and relax at Livadhi Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Himare road trip tool.

Drive from Saranda to Himare in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. October in Himare sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to take a shuttle to Vlore.

Things to do in Himare

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vlore

— 3 nights
Vlorë is the third largest city and a municipality in Albania. Step out of Vlore to go to Pojan and see Apollonia Archaeological Park, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Blue Eye, appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, don't miss a visit to Zvernec Monastery, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Independence.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Vlore trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Himare to Vlore takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Himare to Vlore is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Himare in October, plan for little chillier nights in Vlore, with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Vlore

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Berat

— 3 nights

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Step out of Berat with an excursion to Parku Kombetar Divjake-Karavasta in Lushnje--about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, explore the world behind art at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, take in the views from Gorica Bridge, and get interesting insight from 1001 Albanian Adventures.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Berat trip maker site.

You can drive from Vlore to Berat in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Berat

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trip

Shkoder

— 5 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.
When in Shkoder, make a side trip to see Patok Lagoon in Fushe Kuqe, approximately Fushe Kuqe away. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, make a trip to Former Palace of King Nikola I, and explore the activities along Shkodra Lake.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Shkoder road trip site.

Drive from Berat to Shkoder in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and bus. October in Shkoder sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Shkoder

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

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.