9 days in Albania Itinerary

9 days in Albania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Albania planner
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Fly
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Tirana
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Shkoder
— 1 night
Drive
3
Vlore
— 1 night
Shuttle
4
Saranda
— 3 nights
Drive to Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Fly to Riyadh

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Tirana — 3 nights

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Cave of Pellumbas and House of Leaves. Spend the 3rd (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: push the limits with an extreme tour, admire the striking features of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, don't miss a visit to Clock Tower, and take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tirana road trip planning site.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Tirana is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Riyadh to Tirana. Traveling from Riyadh in March, expect nights in Tirana to be cooler, around 5°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Shkoder.
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Shkoder — 1 night

Its geographic location has made Shkoder, one of Europe's oldest cities, an important cultural and economic center of the Balkans over the years.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, then step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, and finally look for gifts at Margjelo- Filigran Albania.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Shkoder holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Tirana to Shkoder takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of shuttle and train. March in Shkoder sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Vlore.
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Vlore — 1 night

Vlorë is the third largest city and a municipality in Albania. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum, Vlore, see some colorful creatures with Trips 4 Fun, then explore the historical opulence of Kanine Castle, and finally pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Vlore trip planner.

Traveling by car from Shkoder to Vlore takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Vlore can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Saranda.
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Saranda — 3 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 (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then explore the historical opulence of Lekuresi Castle. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monastery of Saint Michael, contemplate the waterfront views at Vivar Kanal, and then explore the striking landscape at Butrint National Park.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Saranda road trip app.

You can take a shuttle from Vlore to Saranda in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Vlore to Saranda, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vlore in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Saranda, with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can 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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