9 days in Albania Itinerary

9 days in Albania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Albania holiday planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
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Tirana
— 1 night
Drive
2
Berat
— 1 night
Drive
3
Gjirokaster
— 1 night
Drive
4
Saranda
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Himare
— 1 night
Drive
6
Shkoder
— 2 nights
Drive to Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Fly to Cairo

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Tirana — 1 night

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
On the 4th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at BunkArt 2 and then don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, take an in-depth tour of House of Leaves, then learn about all things military at Bunk'Art 1, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tirana journey planning app.

Cairo, Egypt to Tirana is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Tirana due to the time zone difference. In October, Tirana is a bit cooler than Cairo - with highs of 27°C and lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Berat.
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Berat — 1 night

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): admire the striking features of Berat Castle and then contemplate the long history of Quarter Of Gorica.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Berat trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tirana to Berat takes 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Berat can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Gjirokaster.
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Historic Sites

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.
On the 7th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Zekate House, admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House, and then brush up on your military savvy at Gjirokaster.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Gjirokaster tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Berat to Gjirokaster in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berat to Gjirokaster due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Berat in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Gjirokaster. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Saranda.
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Historic Sites · Museums

Saranda — 2 nights

A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Quaranta beach, explore the historical opulence of Lekuresi Castle, then get a dose of the wild on Saranda Jeep, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): kick back and relax at Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach and then explore the striking landscape at Butrint National Park.

To plan Saranda vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Saranda takes 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Saranda are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Himare.
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Himare — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): stroll through Livadhi Beach and then cast your line with Himara Seas The Day.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Himare trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saranda to Himare takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Shkoder.
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Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Shkoder — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory, then explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, then see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Venice Art Mask Factory.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Shkoder route maker tool.

Getting from Himare to Shkoder by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of shuttle and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Himare to Shkoder is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Himare in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Shkoder, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel 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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