11 days in Albania Itinerary

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Tirana — 4 nights

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tirana: Preza Castle (in Fushe Preze), Shkoder (Rozafa Castle & Marubi National Museum of Photography) and Kruja Castle (in Kruje). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, learn about all things military at Bunk'Art 1, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh).

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tirana journey planning site.

Erbil, Iraq to Tirana is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Erbil to Tirana is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Erbil in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Tirana, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Berat.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors
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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 2nd (Mon), examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, then admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, then admire the masterpieces at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Spiridon's Orthodox Church.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Berat online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Tirana to Berat takes 2 hours. January in Berat sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Saranda.
Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Kids will enjoy Lekuresi Castle and Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saranda: Himare (The Castle of Himara & Monastery of Saint Mary Athaliotisa) and Blue Eye (in Vlore). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Butrint National Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monastery of Saint Michael, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Saranda planner.

Traveling by car from Berat to Saranda takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berat to Saranda due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Berat in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Saranda, with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gjirokaster.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
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Gjirokaster — 2 nights

City of Stone

Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Nature&joy, then admire the striking features of Skenduli House, and then learn about all things military at Gjirokaster.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Gjirokaster visit website.

Getting from Saranda to Gjirokaster by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Gjirokaster are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Albania travel guide

Castles · Landmarks · Military Museums
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.