21 days in Albania Itinerary

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Bus to Vienna, Fly to Tirana
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Tirana
— 5 nights
Drive
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Himare
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saranda
— 6 nights
Drive
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Gjirokaster
— 2 nights
Drive
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Berat
— 3 nights
Fly to Vienna, Bus to Bratislava

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Tirana — 5 nights

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Get some cultural insight at Bunk'Art 1 and Durres Amphitheatre. Escape the urban bustle at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and The Beach Bar. Explore Tirana's surroundings by going to Kruje (Ethnographic Museum of Kruja, Kruja Castle, &more), Shkoder (Rozafa Castle & Site of Witness and Memory) and Preza Castle (in Fushe Preze). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, see the interesting displays at House of Leaves, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tirana holiday builder tool.

Bratislava, Slovakia to Tirana is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Bratislava in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tirana, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Himare.
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Himare — 4 nights

Get in touch with nature at Gjipe Beach and Livadhi Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello and Ali Pasha Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Himare side-trips: Palase Beach (in Palase) and Dhermi Beach (in Dhermi).

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Himare online travel planner.

You can drive from Tirana to Himare in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tirana to Himare due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tirana in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 21°C in Himare. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Saranda.
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Saranda — 6 nights

A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Butrint National Park and Monastery of Saint Michael. Step out of the city life by going to Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach and Pulebardha Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Blue Eye in Vlore (about 32 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take a memorable excursion with Saranda Jeep, step into the grandiose world of Lekuresi Castle, enjoy the sand and surf at Monastery Beach, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Saranda travel planner.

You can drive from Himare to Saranda in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. In September, daily temperatures in Saranda can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Gjirokaster.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Ethnographic Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Gjirokastra Bazaar, and then step into the grandiose world of Gjirokaster. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Zekate House, admire the striking features of Skenduli House, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Gjirokaster trip planner.

Drive from Saranda to Gjirokaster in 1.5 hours. September in Gjirokaster sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) 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.
You'll explore and learn at National Iconographic Museum Onufri and National Ethnographic Museum Berat. Apollonia Archaeological Park and Ardenica Monastery will appeal to history buffs. When in Berat, make a side trip to see Church of St Mary in Fier, approximately Fier away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Berat Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, and make a trip to Bulevardi Republika.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Berat online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Berat takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Gjirokaster to Berat, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Gjirokaster in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Berat, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Albania travel guide

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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.
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