6 days in Albania Itinerary

6 days in Albania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Albania tour planner
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Fly to Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Drive to Kruje
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Kruje
— 1 night
Drive
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Tirana
Drive
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Vlore
— 1 night
Drive
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Gjirokaster
— 1 night
Drive
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Saranda
— 1 night
Drive to Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Fly to Abu Dhabi

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Kruje — 1 night

Krujë is a town and a municipality in north central Albania. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bovilla. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Skanderbeg Monument, examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum of Kruja, then explore the historical opulence of Kruja Castle, and finally look for gifts at Old Bazaar (Pazari i Vjeter).

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Kruje road trip planning site.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Kruje is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 3 hours. In September, Kruje is much colder than Abu Dhabi - with highs of 33°C and lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tirana.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks
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Tirana

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tirana travel planner.

Drive from Kruje to Tirana in an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Tirana can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 27th (Tue), you're off to Vlore.
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Nightlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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Vlore — 1 night

Vlorë is the third largest city and a municipality in Albania. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, make a trip to Zvernec Monastery, then see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum, Vlore, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kanine Castle.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Vlore online travel planner.

Getting from Tirana to Vlore by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and train. September in Vlore sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gjirokaster.
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Historic Sites · Museums

Gjirokaster — 1 night

City of Stone

Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House, then step into the grandiose world of Gjirokastra Bazaar, and then brush up on your military savvy at Gjirokaster.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Gjirokaster trip app.

Drive from Vlore to Gjirokaster in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Vlore to Gjirokaster due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Vlore in September since evenings lows in Gjirokaster dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Saranda.
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Historic Sites · Museums

Saranda — 1 night

A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
On the 30th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Vivar Kanal, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach, and then get a dose of the wild on Saranda Jeep.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Saranda trip planner.

Getting from Gjirokaster to Saranda by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
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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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Vlore County travel guide

3.5
Geologic Formations · Beaches · Bodies of Water
As a southern county boasting the most coastline in the country, Vlore County draws visitors with the promise of warm weather, sand and rock beaches, and the aquamarine Adriatic coastline. Meanwhile, those with an archaeological interest will find many castles and ruins here to be explored, particularly the stunning remains of the ancient city Butrint. The ruins are part of a national park by the same name, which surrounds this World Heritage Site with lush greenery. Being able to combine both a relaxing beach vacation with an experience of historical Albanian relics makes Vlore County one of the country's most popular tourist spots.
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Gjirokaster County travel guide

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Military Museums · Architectural Buildings · Historic Sites
Experience towns frozen in time while traveling through Gjirokaster County. It is known for having the World Heritage Site of Gjirokaster, known as a classic examples of Ottoman architecture and for maintaining a generations-old farming culture in the surrounding area. Other tourist attractions include museums of Albanian history, traditional mosques, and well-preserved castles.
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