8 days in Albania Itinerary

8 days in Albania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Albania vacation planner

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Shkoder
— 1 day
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Gjirokaster
— 1 night
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Saranda
— 3 nights
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Berat
— 1 night
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Tirana
— 2 nights

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Shkoder

— 1 day
Its geographic location has made Shkoder, one of Europe's oldest cities, an important cultural and economic center of the Balkans over the years.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Shkoder trip itinerary planner.

Tirana to Shkoder is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of shuttle and train; or take a train. In June in Shkoder, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Shkoder

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Gjirokaster

— 1 night

City of Stone

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 8th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Zekate House, then admire the striking features of Skenduli House, and then learn about all things military at Gjirokaster.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Gjirokaster tour itinerary planning app.

Getting from Shkoder to Gjirokaster by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Shkoder to Gjirokaster, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June in Gjirokaster, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Bring the kids along to Lekuresi Castle and Saranda Embankment. Step out of Saranda with an excursion to Blue Eye in Vlore--about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Butrint National Park, surround yourself with nature on Saranda Jeep, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of 40 Saints, and kick back and relax at Pulebardha Beach.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Saranda trip site.

Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Saranda takes 1.5 hours. In June in Saranda, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Berat

— 1 night

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
On the 12th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, and finally admire the striking features of Berat Castle.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Berat trip app.

Traveling by car from Saranda to Berat takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Saranda in June since evenings lows in Berat dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Berat

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Tirana

— 2 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Bunk'Art 1, take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, learn about all things military at BunkArt 2, then make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque. On the next day, examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum of Kruja, then step into the grandiose world of Kruja Castle, and then admire the landmark architecture of Enver Hoxha Pyramid.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Tirana travel route planner.

Drive from Berat to Tirana in 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Tirana can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Albania travel guide

3.9
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.