9 days in Albania, Prizren & Gostivar Itinerary

9 days in Albania, Prizren & Gostivar Itinerary

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Lushnje, Albania
— 2 nights
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Tirana, Albania
— 1 night
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Lezhe, Albania
— 1 night
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Shkoder, Albania
— 1 night
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Prizren, Kosovo
— 1 night
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Gostivar, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
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Vlore, Albania
— 1 night

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Lushnje, Albania

Lushnje ©
Lushnjë is a city in west-central Albania. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Parku Kombetar Divjake-Karavasta and then pause for some serene contemplation at Ardenica Monastery.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lushnje online driving holiday planner.

Vlore to Lushnje is an approximately 1-hour car ride. On the 9th (Sun), you'll travel to Tirana.

Things to do in Lushnje

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ardenica Monastery
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Ardenica Monastery ©
Ardenica Monastery

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Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Bunk'Art 1, then examine the collection at Bektashi World Center, and then make a trip to Clock Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): learn more about the world around you at National Archaeological Museum, make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, then take an in-depth tour of BunkArt 2, then admire the landmark architecture of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tirana travel planner.

You can drive from Lushnje to Tirana in 1.5 hours. In August in Tirana, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Lezhe.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites
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Bunk'Art 1 ©
Bunk'Art 1
Skanderbeg Square ©
Skanderbeg Square
Enver Hoxha Pyramid ©
Enver Hoxha Pyramid

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Lezhe, Albania

Lezhe ©
Lezhë is a town and municipality in northwest Albania, in the county with the same name. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): make a trip to Skenderbeg Tomb and then make a trip to Lezhe Castle.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lezhe travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tirana to Lezhe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Lezhe

Historic Sites
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Lezhe Castle ©
Lezhe Castle
Skenderbeg Tomb ©
Skenderbeg Tomb

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Shkoder, Albania

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 12th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, contemplate the long history of Former Palace of King Nikola I, then step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, and finally explore the activities along Shkodra Lake.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Shkoder travel route website.

You can drive from Lezhe to Shkoder in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Lezhe in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Shkoder, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Prizren.

Things to do in Shkoder

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

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Prizren, Kosovo

Prizren ©
Kosovo's second city, Prizren sits on the slopes of the rugged Sar Mountain, a region bordered by both Albania and the Republic of Macedonia.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint George, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Holy Saviour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sinan Pasha Mosque, then deepen your knowledge of military history at Kalaja Fortress, then get engrossed in the history at Albanian League of Prizren Museum [Muzeu Lidhja Shqiptare e Prizrenit], and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Emin Pasa Camii (Emin Pasha Mosque).

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Prizren trip planner.

Drive from Shkoder to Prizren in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Gostivar.

Things to do in Prizren

Historic Sites · Museums
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Sinan Pasha Mosque ©
Sinan Pasha Mosque
Kalaja Fortress ©
Kalaja Fortress

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Gostivar, Republic of North Macedonia

Gostivar ©
Gostivar, is a city in the Republic of Macedonia, located in the upper Polog valley region. On the 14th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery St. Jovan Bigorski, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arabati Baba Tekke, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Xhamia E Larme.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Gostivar visit planner.

Drive from Prizren to Gostivar in 3 hours. August in Gostivar sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Vlore.

Things to do in Gostivar

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tetovo
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Xhamia E Larme ©
Xhamia E Larme
Monastery St. Jovan Bigorski ©
Monastery St. Jovan Bigorski
Arabati Baba Tekke ©
Arabati Baba Tekke

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Vlore, Albania

Vlore ©
Vlorë is the third largest city and a municipality in Albania. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Muradie Mosque and then explore the activities along Blue Eye.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Vlore day trip planner.

Drive from Gostivar to Vlore in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vlore

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Blue Eye ©
Blue Eye
Muradie Mosque ©
Muradie Mosque

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