37 days in Albania Itinerary

37 days in Albania Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tirana
— 10 nights
2
Korce
— 5 nights
3
Saranda
— 6 nights
4
Gjirokaster
— 5 nights
5
Berat
— 4 nights
6
Shkoder
— 5 nights

10
nights
Tirana

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tirana: Kruje (Parku Kombetar i Qafe Shtames & Kruja Castle), Preza Castle (in Fushe Preze) and Statue of George W. Bush (in Fushe Kruje). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, learn about all things military at Bunk'Art 1, admire the landmark architecture of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, and walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh).

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tirana tour planner.

Sacramento, USA to Tirana is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 9 hours. While traveling from Sacramento, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Tirana, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Korce.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Durres, Kruje, Tirana County, Preza Castle, Petrela Castle
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Bunk'Art 1 ©
Bunk'Art 1
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Dajti ©
Dajti

5
nights
Korce

Korce ©
Korçë is a city and municipality in southeastern Albania, and the seat of Korçë County. Change things up with these side-trips from Korce: St. Nicholas Church (in Moscopole), Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme (in Selce e Poshteme) and Pogradec (National Park of Drilon & Golik Bridge). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Morava Mountain, examine the collection at Museum of Oriental Art, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Medieval Art, and walk around Parku Rinia.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Korce trip builder tool.

You can drive from Tirana to Korce in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Saranda.

Things to do in Korce

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Pogradec, St. Nicholas Church, Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme
Highlights from your plan
National Park of Drilon ©
National Park of Drilon
Korca Old Bazaar ©
Korca Old Bazaar
Korca Brewery ©
Korca Brewery

6
nights
Saranda

Saranda ©
A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saranda: Dhermi Beach (in Dhermi), Blue Eye (in Vlore) and Himare (Jale Beach, The Castle of Himara, &more). There's much more to do: stroll through Butrint National Park, explore the historical opulence of Lekuresi Castle, get outside with Bora Bora Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of 40 Saints.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Saranda online sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of bus and car from Korce to Saranda in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Korce to Saranda, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Saranda are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Himare, Butrint National Park, Dhermi Beach, Phoenice Archaeological Park, Blue Eye
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 4:
Highlights from your plan
Butrint National Park ©
Butrint National Park
Blue Eye ©
Blue Eye
Lekuresi Castle
Lekuresi Castle

5
nights
Gjirokaster

Gjirokaster ©
Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
Venture out of the city with trips to Permet (Tekke of Baba Aliu, Benja Thermal Baths, &more) and Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit (in Labove e Siperme). Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Gjirokaster, admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House, step into the grandiose world of Gjirokastra Bazaar, and contemplate the long history of Zekate House.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Gjirokaster trip website.

You can drive from Saranda to Gjirokaster in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Gjirokaster are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Permet, Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit
Highlights from your plan
Fir of Hotova National Park ©
Fir of Hotova National Park
Gjirokaster ©
Gjirokaster
Skenduli House ©
Skenduli House

4
nights
Berat

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Change things up with these side-trips from Berat: Sotira Waterfall (in Gramsh) and Vlore (Ethnographic Museum, Vlore, Muradie Mosque, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, do a tasting at Nurellari Winery and Guest House, explore the world behind art at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Berat day trip planning website.

You can drive from Gjirokaster to Berat in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gjirokaster to Berat. In May in Berat, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Berat

Wineries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vlore, Sotira Waterfall, Cobo Winery
Highlights from your plan
Berat Castle ©
Berat Castle
National Iconographic Museum Onufri ©
National Iconographic Museum Onufri
National Ethnographic Museum Berat ©
National Ethnographic Museum Berat

5
nights
Shkoder

Its geographic location has made Shkoder, one of Europe's oldest cities, an important cultural and economic center of the Balkans over the years.
Change things up with a short trip to Thethi-Guide in Theth (about 1h 45 min away). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, tour the pleasant surroundings at Peaks Of The Balkans, and don't miss a visit to Ebu Bekr Mosque.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Shkoder journey planning app.

Traveling by car from Berat to Shkoder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and train. In May, daytime highs in Shkoder are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. You'll set off for home on the 18th (Tue).

Things to do in Shkoder

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

Thethi-Guide
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle
Shkodra Lake ©
Shkodra Lake

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