17 days in Albania Itinerary

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Tirana — 1 night

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh).

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tirana vacation planner.

Manama, Bahrain to Tirana is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Manama in February, expect nights in Tirana to be cooler, around 4°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Berat.
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Berat — 3 nights

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Get in touch with nature at Parku Kombetar Divjake-Karavasta and Holta Canyon. Go for a jaunt from Berat to Gramsh to see Sotira Waterfall about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: do a tasting at Alpeta Agrotourism & Winery, examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Demetrius Orthodox Cathedral, and admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Berat itinerary planner.

Getting from Tirana to Berat by car takes about 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Berat are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Gjirokaster.
Parks · Nature · Wineries · Museums
Side Trips

Gjirokaster — 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature&joy and Benja Thermal Baths. Get out of town with these interesting Gjirokaster side-trips: Permet (Saint Maria Church of Leuse & Fir of Hotova National Park). And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Gjirokaster, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gjirokaster Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House, and ride a horse along Caravan Horse Riding Albania.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Gjirokaster visit planning app.

Getting from Berat to Gjirokaster by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Berat to Gjirokaster, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Berat in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Gjirokaster, with lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Himare.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails
Side Trip

Himare — 3 nights

Get outdoors at Llogara Pass and Borsh Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Palase Beach and Jale Beach.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Himare day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Himare takes 2.5 hours. February in Himare sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. On the 26th (Sun), you'll travel to Vlore.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
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Vlore — 1 night

Vlorë is the third largest city and a municipality in Albania. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with Trips 4 Fun, relax and rejuvenate at Acquamarina Spa & Wellness Center, then make a trip to Zvernec Monastery, and finally make a trip to Muradie Mosque.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Vlore trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Himare to Vlore takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Himare to Vlore due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Himare in February, Vlore is little chillier at night with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Durres.
Spas · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Durres — 3 nights

Durrës, historically also known as Epidamnos, Durazzo and Dyrrachium, is the largest port and second largest city and a municipality of Albania. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Spille Beach and The Beach Bar. Get outdoors at The General's Beach and Gjiri I Lalzit. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durres: Statue of George W. Bush (in Fushe Kruje) and Preza Castle (in Fushe Preze). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Duka Winery and Vineyard, steep yourself in history at Durres Amphitheatre, admire the landmark architecture of Durres Castle, and don't miss a visit to Royal Villa of Durres.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Durres trip app.

You can drive from Vlore to Durres in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of car and train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in February, and nighttime lows around 4°C. You'll set off for Tirana on the 2nd (Thu).
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Tirana — 2 nights

On the 2nd (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque, take a memorable tour with Tours, then take a stroll through Blloku, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Enver Hoxha Pyramid. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, brush up on your military savvy at BunkArt 2, learn about all things military at Bunk'Art 1, relax in sumptuous surroundings at Deluxe Spa & Massage, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania, and finally make a trip to Skanderbeg Square.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tirana trip itinerary website.

Drive from Durres to Tirana in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors
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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.