53 days in Albania Itinerary

53 days in Albania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Albania trip planner
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Fly
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Tirana
— 10 nights
Drive
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Berat
— 6 nights
Drive
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Vlore
— 6 nights
Drive
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Gjirokaster
— 5 nights
Drive
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Saranda
— 8 nights
Drive to Kakavia, Bus to Korce
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Korce
— 6 nights
Drive
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Valbona
— 4 nights
Drive
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Shkoder
— 7 nights
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Drive to Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Fly to La Guardia Airport, Drive to New York City

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Tirana — 10 nights

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tirana: Kruje (Kruja Castle & Old Bazaar (Pazari i Vjeter)), The Cave of Pellumbas (in Pellumbas) and Durres (Duka Winery and Vineyard, Gjiri I Lalzit, &more). On the 10th (Mon), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, relax in sumptuous surroundings at Deluxe Spa & Massage, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque, and admire the landmark architecture of Enver Hoxha Pyramid.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tirana trip maker.

New York City, USA to Tirana is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Tirana. Traveling from New York City in January, expect Tirana to be somewhat warmer, temps between 55°F and 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Berat.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 17:

Berat — 6 nights

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Venture out of the city with trips to Laguna e Karavastase (in Divjake), Parku Kombetar Divjake-Karavasta (in Lushnje) and Gramsh (Liqeni i Dushkut, Holta Canyon, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, do a tasting at Cobo Winery, don't miss a visit to Quarter Of Gorica, and examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Berat trip planner.

You can drive from Tirana to Berat in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Berat are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Vlore.
Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Vlore — 6 nights

Vlorë is the third largest city and a municipality in Albania. Venture out of the city with trips to Church of St Mary (in Fier), Apollonia Archaeological Park (in Pojan) and Orikum Archaeological Park (in Orikum). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Eye, pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, make a trip to Zvernec Monastery, and browse the exhibits of National Museum of Independence.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Vlore using our trip planner.

Drive from Berat to Vlore in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Vlore are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Gjirokaster.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Side Trips

Gjirokaster — 5 nights

Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gjirokaster: Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit (in Labove e Siperme) and Permet (Fir of Hotova National Park, Guri i Qytetit, &more). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Gjirokaster, admire the striking features of Skenduli House, contemplate the long history of Zekate House, and stroll through Nature&joy.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Gjirokaster day trip planning site.

Getting from Vlore to Gjirokaster by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Gjirokaster when traveling from Vlore in January, with lows around 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Saranda.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips

Saranda — 8 nights

A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
Get out of town with these interesting Saranda side-trips: Borsh Castle (in Borsh), Lukova Beach (in Lukove) and Himare (Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello, Monastery of Saint Mary Athaliotisa, &more). There's much more to do: take a memorable excursion with Saranda Jeep, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, make a trip to Hillary Clinton Memorial, and enjoy the sand and surf at Lori Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Saranda trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Gjirokaster to Saranda in 1.5 hours. In February in Saranda, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Korce.
Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 11:

Korce — 6 nights

Korçë is a city and municipality in southeastern Albania, and the seat of Korçë County. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Korce: Pogradec (National Park of Drilon & Golik Bridge) and Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme (in Selce e Poshteme). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at National Museum of Medieval Art, pause for some serene contemplation at Ngjallja e Krishtit Cathedral, examine the collection at National Education Museum, and make a trip to Korca Old Bazaar.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Korce holiday maker.

Do a combination of car and bus from Saranda to Korce in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Saranda to Korce. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Valbona.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Side Trips

Valbona — 4 nights

Spend the 18th (Fri) exploring nature at Valbona Valley National Park.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Valbona driving holiday planning site.

Drive from Korce to Valbona in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. On the 21st (Mon), you're off to Shkoder.
Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Shkoder — 7 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.
Explore Shkoder's surroundings by going to Valbona Pass (in Bajram Curri) and Lezhe (Skenderbeg Tomb & Lezhe Castle). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, view the masterpieces at Venice Art Mask Factory, get to know the fascinating history of Kole Idromeno Street, and explore the activities along Shkodra Lake.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Shkoder tour builder tool.

Getting from Valbona to Shkoder by car takes about 4.5 hours. In February in Shkoder, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trips

Albania travel guide

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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.