32 days in Albania Itinerary

32 days in Albania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Albania itinerary planner

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Tirana
— 7 nights
Drive
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Gramsh
— 2 nights
Drive
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Berat
— 1 night
Drive
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Permet
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Gjirokaster
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Saranda
— 8 nights
Shuttle
7
Vlore
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Shkoder
— 5 nights
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Tirana

— 7 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Bring the kids along to Durres Amphitheatre and Durres Archaeological Museum. When in Tirana, make a side trip to see The Cave of Pellumbas in Pellumbas, approximately Pellumbas away. Spend the 7th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque, and admire the striking features of Enver Hoxha Pyramid.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tirana tour app.

Melbourne, Australia to Tirana is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Tirana. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in November; daily highs in Tirana reach 21°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gramsh.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 7:

Gramsh

— 2 nights
Gramsh is a town and a municipality in Elbasan County, central Albania. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Sotira Waterfall and then contemplate the waterfront views at Liqeni i Dushkut. Here are some ideas for day two: take in breathtaking views at Holta Canyon.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Gramsh route maker website.

Traveling by car from Tirana to Gramsh takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Gramsh

Nature · Parks

Berat

— 1 night

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 10th (Fri): make a trip to Quarter Of Gorica, then admire the striking features of Berat Castle, and then explore the world behind art at National Iconographic Museum Onufri.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Berat online route planner.

Drive from Gramsh to Berat in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Permet.

Things to do in Berat

Museums

Permet

— 2 nights
Përmet is a town and a municipality in Gjirokastër County, southern Albania. On the 11th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fir of Hotova National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Benja Thermal Baths, then get great views at Tekke of Baba Aliu, and then make a trip to Guri i Qytetit.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Permet online travel planner.

You can drive from Berat to Permet in 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Permet when traveling from Berat in December, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Permet

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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 13th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Zekate House and then stroll through Nature&joy. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House, then browse the exhibits of Ethnographic Museum, and then explore the galleries of Gjirokaster.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Gjirokaster online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Permet to Gjirokaster takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Saranda

— 8 nights
A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
Kids will enjoy Lekuresi Castle and Monastery of Saint Mary Athaliotisa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saranda: Himare (Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello & The Castle of Himara) and Borsh Castle (in Borsh). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Butrint National Park, head outdoors with Bora Bora Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of 40 Saints, and take in the waterfront at Saranda Embankment.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Saranda attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Saranda takes 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Saranda can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the shuttle to Vlore.

Things to do in Saranda

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 22:

Vlore

— 3 nights
Vlorë is the third largest city and a municipality in Albania. Step out of Vlore to go to Lushnje and see Parku Kombetar Divjake-Karavasta, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Blue Eye, examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, Vlore, and explore the galleries of National Museum of Independence.

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Traveling by shuttle from Saranda to Vlore takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Saranda to Vlore due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Saranda in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Vlore, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Vlore

Nature · Parks · Museums

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.
Explore Shkoder's surroundings by going to Komani Lake (in Koman) and Valbona Pass (in Bajram Curri). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, relax and rejuvenate at Elixir Spa, shop like a local with Venice Art Mask Factory, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Shkoder vacation planner.

Getting from Vlore to Shkoder by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In December, daytime highs in Shkoder are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Shkoder

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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.