8 days in Albania Itinerary

8 days in Albania Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Tirana
1
Tirana
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Shkoder
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Durres
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Gjirokaster
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Saranda
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Berat
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
End: Tirana

1
night
Tirana

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): admire the striking features of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, learn about all things military at BunkArt 2, then take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, then don't miss a visit to Clock Tower, and finally stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh). On the next day, make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque, then brush up on your military savvy at Bunk'Art 1, then examine the collection at Bektashi World Center, and finally pause for some photo ops at Skanderbeg Statue.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tirana holiday maker website.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Tirana. In July, daytime highs in Tirana are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Skanderbeg Square ©
Skanderbeg Square
Bunk'Art 1 ©
Bunk'Art 1

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.
On the 3rd (Fri), examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography, step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Shkoder route builder.

Getting from Tirana to Shkoder by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Tirana in July, Shkoder is a bit warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Durres.

Things to do in Shkoder

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle
Shkodra Lake ©
Shkodra Lake
Marubi National Museum of Photography ©
Marubi National Museum of Photography

1
night
Durres

Durres ©
Durrës, historically also known as Epidamnos, Durazzo and Dyrrachium, is the largest port and second largest city and a municipality of Albania. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fatih Mosque, steep yourself in history at Durres Amphitheatre, then take an in-depth tour of Durres Archaeological Museum, and finally kick back and relax at The Beach Bar.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Durres itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Shkoder to Durres in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Shkoder in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 20°C in Durres. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Durres

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Durres Amphitheatre ©
Durres Amphitheatre
Durres Archaeological Museum ©
Durres Archaeological Museum
Fatih Mosque ©
Fatih Mosque

1
night
Gjirokaster

Gjirokaster ©
Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Zekate House, then admire the striking features of Skenduli House, and then learn about all things military at Gjirokaster.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Gjirokaster holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Durres to Gjirokaster takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Durres to Gjirokaster. Traveling from Durres in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Gjirokaster, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Lekuresi Castle, then explore the activities along Blue Eye, and then stroll through Pulebardha Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach and then explore the striking landscape of Butrint National Park.

Discover how to plan a Saranda trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Gjirokaster to Saranda in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Saranda are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

1
night
Berat

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
On the 8th (Wed), make a trip to Quarter Of Gorica, then explore the world behind art at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, then admire the striking features of Berat Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Berat visit planner.

You can drive from Saranda to Berat in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Saranda to Berat is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Saranda in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Berat, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Berat

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Berat Castle ©
Berat Castle
National Ethnographic Museum Berat ©
National Ethnographic Museum Berat
National Iconographic Museum Onufri ©
National Iconographic Museum Onufri

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