16 days in Albania Itinerary

16 days in Albania Itinerary

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Fly to Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Drive to Shkoder
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Shkoder
— 3 nights
Drive
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Himare
— 1 night
Drive
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Saranda
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gjirokaster
— 2 nights
Drive
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Berat
— 1 night
Drive
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Tirana
— 6 nights
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Shkoder

— 3 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.
Shkoder is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, and soothe aching muscles at Elixir Spa.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Shkoder tour itinerary planner.

Lahore, Pakistan to Shkoder is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Lahore to Shkoder is minus 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Lahore in December; daily highs in Shkoder reach 13°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Himare.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Shopping · Spas · Nature
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Himare

— 1 night
On the 5th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello, then steep yourself in history at Ali Pasha Castle, and then browse the exhibits of Monastery of Saint Mary Athaliotisa.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Himare vacation planner.

You can drive from Shkoder to Himare in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of train and shuttle. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Shkoder in December, with highs in Himare at 19°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Himare

Historic Sites · Museums

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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 6th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Lekuresi Castle, then explore the activities along Blue Eye, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of 40 Saints. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then explore the striking landscape of Butrint National Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Saranda road trip planning app.

Drive from Himare to Saranda in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Saranda

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

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Gjirokaster

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the galleries of Ethnographic Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House, and then step into the grandiose world of Gjirokaster. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Nature&joy and then steep yourself in history at Zekate House.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Gjirokaster journey planner.

Traveling by car from Saranda to Gjirokaster takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
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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 10th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Quarter Of Gorica, admire the striking features of Berat Castle, and then admire the masterpieces at National Iconographic Museum Onufri.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Berat trip planner.

You can drive from Gjirokaster to Berat in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gjirokaster to Berat. Expect little chillier evenings in Berat when traveling from Gjirokaster in December, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Berat

Museums
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Tirana

— 6 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Get out of town with these interesting Tirana side-trips: Durres (Durres Amphitheatre & Durres Archaeological Museum). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, brush up on your military savvy at Bunk'Art 1, take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania, and stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh).

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tirana trip itinerary site.

Getting from Berat to Tirana by car takes about 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Tirana can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

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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.