16 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

16 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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Tirana — 6 nights

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tirana: Kruje (Ethnographic Museum of Kruja & Kruja Castle). On the 6th (Thu), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), admire the striking features of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dajti.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tirana visit planner.

If you are flying in from Turkey, the closest major aiport is Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa. In December, daytime highs in Tirana are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Berat.
Museums · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites
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Berat — 2 nights

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Quarter Of Gorica, then browse the exhibits of National Iconographic Museum Onufri, and then admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, make a trip to Bulevardi Republika, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Berat trip itinerary site.

Getting from Tirana to Berat by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Saranda.
Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then surround yourself with nature on Saranda Jeep. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Lekuresi Castle, then explore the activities along Blue Eye, and then don't miss a visit to Saranda Embankment.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Saranda trip planner.

You can drive from Berat to Saranda in 4 hours. Another option is to 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gjirokaster.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Spas
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Gjirokaster — 2 nights

Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
On the 11th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature&joy, then admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House, and then browse the exhibits of Ethnographic Museum. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Gjirokaster, step into the grandiose world of Gjirokastra Bazaar, and then contemplate the long history of Zekate House.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Gjirokaster trip planner.

You can drive from Saranda to Gjirokaster in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Gjirokaster can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Shkoder.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Shkoder — 3 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.
Step out of Shkoder to go to Lezhe and see Lezhe Castle, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography, shop like a local with Venice Art Mask Factory, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Shkoder trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Gjirokaster to Shkoder by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Gjirokaster in January, with highs in Shkoder at 11°C and lows at 1°C.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
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Albania travel guide

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.