8 days in Albania Itinerary

8 days in Albania Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Shkoder
— 1 night
2
Tirana
— 2 nights
3
Berat
— 1 night
4
Gjirokaster
— 1 night
5
Saranda
— 2 nights

1
night
Shkoder

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in the views from Mesi Bridge, thenadmire the striking features of Former Palace of King Nikola I, thenstep into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Shkoder trip itinerary maker app.

Brussels, Belgium to Shkoder is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Brussels in August, you will find days in Shkoder are warmer (°C), and nights are a bit warmer (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Shkoder

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle
Shkodra Lake ©
Shkodra Lake
Mesi Bridge ©
Mesi Bridge

2
nights
Tirana

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque, thenget engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, thenmake a trip to Clock Tower, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kruja Castle. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, learn about all things military at Bunk'Art 1, examine the collection at Bektashi World Center, thentake an in-depth tour of BunkArt 2, and finally make a trip to Skanderbeg Square.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tirana route builder tool.

Drive from Shkoder to Tirana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Shkoder in August, Tirana is slightly colder at night with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kruja Castle
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Bunk'Art 1 ©
Bunk'Art 1
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Skanderbeg Square ©
Skanderbeg Square

1
night
Berat

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Cobo Winery, examine the collection at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, thenadmire the striking features of Berat Castle, thensee the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Berat trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tirana to Berat takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Berat

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cobo Winery
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Berat Castle ©
Berat Castle
National Iconographic Museum Onufri ©
National Iconographic Museum Onufri
National Ethnographic Museum Berat ©
National Ethnographic Museum Berat

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night
Gjirokaster

Gjirokaster ©
Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
On the 21st (Fri), steep yourself in history at Zekate House, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House, and then steep yourself in history at Gjirokaster.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Gjirokaster trip planner.

Getting from Berat to Gjirokaster by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Berat in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Gjirokaster, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites Museums
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Gjirokaster ©
Gjirokaster
Skenduli House ©
Skenduli House
Zekate House ©
Zekate House

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): kick back and relax at Pulebardha Beach and then delve into the distant past at Butrint National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Lekuresi Castle, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Blue Eye, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of 40 Saints.

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Drive from Gjirokaster to Saranda in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Saranda are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Butrint National Park, Blue Eye
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Blue Eye ©
Blue Eye
Butrint National Park ©
Butrint National Park
Lekuresi Castle
Lekuresi Castle

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