31 days in Albania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Albania visit planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
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Berat
— 5 nights
Drive
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Gjirokaster
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saranda
— 5 nights
Drive to Kakavia, Bus to Korce
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Korce
— 4 nights
Drive
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Shkoder
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tirana
— 9 nights
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Berat — 5 nights

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Berat Castle and National Ethnographic Museum Berat. Popular historic sites such as Apollonia Archaeological Park and Holy Trinity Church are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Berat: Ardenica Monastery (in Ardenice) and Church of St Mary (in Fier). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of National Iconographic Museum Onufri, do a tasting at Alpeta Agrotourism & Winery, awaken your taste buds at 1001 Albanian Adventures, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The King Mosque.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Berat vacation planner.

Milan, Italy to Berat is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gjirokaster.
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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.
Gjirokaster and Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Zekate House and Ethnographic Museum. Go for a jaunt from Gjirokaster to Permet to see Saint Maria Church of Leuse about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Gjirokastra Bazaar, admire the striking features of Skenduli House, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature&joy, and contemplate the long history of The Cold War Tunnel.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Gjirokaster holiday tool.

You can drive from Berat to Gjirokaster in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Gjirokaster can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Saranda.
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Saranda — 5 nights

A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
Visit Butrint National Park and The Castle of Himara for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Lekuresi Castle and Monastery of Saint Mary Athaliotisa. Change things up with these side-trips from Saranda: Himare (Himara Seas The Day & Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello) and Blue Eye (in Vlore). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Monastery of Saint Michael, get outside with Bora Bora Beach, contemplate the long history of Synagogue Complex, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Saranda road trip planner.

Getting from Gjirokaster to Saranda by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May in Saranda, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Korce.
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Korce — 4 nights

Korçë is a city and municipality in southeastern Albania, and the seat of Korçë County. Get some historical perspective at Ngjallja e Krishtit Cathedral and St. Nicholas Church. Get some cultural insight at Museum Gjon Mili and Korca Old Bazaar. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Korce: Golik Bridge (in Pogradec) and Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme (in Selce e Poshteme). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Paleochristian Church, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Korca Brewery, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Medieval Art, and see the interesting displays at Muzeu Oriental .

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Korce day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Saranda to Korce takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Saranda to Korce, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Shkoder.
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Shkoder — 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Rozafa Castle and Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity. Museum-lovers will get to explore Marubi National Museum of Photography and Shkoder Historical Museum. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, steep yourself in history at Kole Idromeno Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lead Mosque, and get engrossed in the history at Site of Witness and Memory.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Shkoder itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Korce to Shkoder in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Tirana.
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Tirana — 9 nights

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Appreciate the collections at Muzeu Historik Kombetar and BunkArt 2. Kruja Castle and Durres Amphitheatre will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Durres (Fatih Mosque, Durres Archaeological Museum, &more), Kruje (Skanderbeg Monument & Ethnographic Museum of Kruja) and Petrela Castle (in Petrele). Spend the 27th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Bunk'Art 1, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tirana road trip tool.

You can drive from Shkoder to Tirana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and shuttle. In May, daily temperatures in Tirana can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
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Albania travel guide

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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.
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