9 days in Albania Itinerary

9 days in Albania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Albania planner

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Bus to Chicago, Il, Fly to Tirana
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Tirana
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saranda
— 1 night
Drive
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Gjirokaster
— 1 night
Drive
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Berat
— 1 night
Drive
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Shkoder
— 2 nights
Drive to Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Fly to Indianapolis International Airport

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Tirana

— 2 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Tirana is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, admire the striking features of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Tirana trip itinerary maker.

Indianapolis, USA to Tirana is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to Tirana is 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Indianapolis in March; daily highs in Tirana reach 63°F and lows reach 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Saranda

— 1 night
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 (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Lekuresi Castle, then explore the striking landscape at Butrint National Park, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Saranda online route planner.

Traveling by car from Tirana to Saranda takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tirana to Saranda. Traveling from Tirana in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 47°F in Saranda. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Saranda

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

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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.
On the 13th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Nature&joy and then explore the galleries of Gjirokaster.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Gjirokaster trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Saranda to Gjirokaster in 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Gjirokaster are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Berat

— 1 night

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, then admire the striking features of Berat Castle, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Iconographic Museum Onufri.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Berat tour builder app.

Drive from Gjirokaster to Berat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Berat when traveling from Gjirokaster in March, with lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Berat

Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, and then admire the landmark architecture of Former Palace of King Nikola I.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Shkoder trip planner.

Drive from Berat to Shkoder in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and bus. In March in Shkoder, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Shkoder

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

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.