9 days in Albania Itinerary

9 days in Albania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Albania trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Tirana
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Berat
— 1 night
Drive
3
Saranda
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Gjirokaster
— 1 night
Drive
5
Shkoder
— 2 nights
Drive to Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Fly to Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport

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Tirana

— 2 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Reja "The Cloud", learn about all things military at Bunk'Art 1, admire the striking features of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, then brush up on your military savvy at BunkArt 2, and finally don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque, then get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, then make a trip to Clock Tower, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kruja Castle.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Tirana driving holiday app.

Atlanta, USA to Tirana is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Atlanta to Tirana, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Atlanta in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Tirana, with lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 10:

Berat

— 1 night

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Berat route planner.

You can drive from Tirana to Berat in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Berat

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

Saranda

— 2 nights
A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
On the 12th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach and then explore the ancient world of Butrint National Park. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, step into the grandiose world of Lekuresi Castle, then contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Eye, and finally make a trip to Saranda Embankment.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Saranda trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Berat to Saranda in 4 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berat to Saranda. In June in Saranda, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 13:

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 14th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Zekate House, admire the striking features of Skenduli House, and then brush up on your military savvy at Gjirokaster.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Gjirokaster tour planning app.

Traveling by car from Saranda to Gjirokaster takes 1.5 hours. June in Gjirokaster sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums

Shkoder

— 2 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.
On the 15th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and then step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Shkoder day trip app.

Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Shkoder takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 66°F. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Shkoder

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

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.