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

— 2 nights
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. You can also do a combination of car and bus; or take a train. On the 9th (Sun), you'll travel to Tirana.

Things to do in Lushnje

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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Tirana, Albania

— 1 night
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): browse the exhibits of 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 explore the galleries 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. Another option is to take a bus. 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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Lezhe, Albania

— 1 night
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

Shkoder, Albania

— 1 night
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 · Museums

Prizren, Kosovo

— 1 night

Kosovo's Cultural Capital

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 browse the exhibits of 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

Gostivar, Republic of North Macedonia

— 1 night
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

Vlore, Albania

— 1 night
Vlorë is the third largest city and a municipality in Albania. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of 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

Albania travel guide

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Castles · National Parks · Landmarks
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.