9 days in Albania Itinerary

9 days in Albania Itinerary

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9 days in Albania Itinerary

Milan
Fly + train + bus:  8​h 15​min
Shkoder
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Berat
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Saranda
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
Tirana
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
Milan

1
day
Shkoder

Shkoder ©
Its geographic location has made Shkoder, one of Europe's oldest cities, an important cultural and economic center of the Balkans over the years.
To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Shkoder trip maker website .

Milan, Italy to Shkoder is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In April in Shkoder, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Shkoder

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Shkodra Lake ©
Shkodra Lake
Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle

1
day
Berat

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the views from Gorica Bridge, then don't miss a visit to Quorter Of Gorica, and then admire the landmark architecture of Berat Fortress.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Berat road trip planner .

You can drive from Shkoder to Berat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Saranda.
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Berat Fortress ©
Berat Fortress
Quorter Of Gorica ©
Quorter Of Gorica
Gorica Bridge ©
Gorica Bridge

3
days
Saranda

Saranda ©
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: Butrint National Park (in Butrint) and Gjirokaster (Zekate House & Gjirokaster). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Butrint, explore the activities along Blue Eye (Syri Kalter), and explore the historical opulence of Lekuresi Castle.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Saranda tour planner.

You can drive from Berat to Saranda in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Berat to Saranda, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Berat in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 13°C in Saranda. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Tirana.

Things to do in Saranda

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Gjirokaster, Butrint National Park
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Butrint ©
Butrint
Blue Eye (Syri Kalter) ©
Blue Eye (Syri Kalter)
Butrint National Park ©
Butrint National Park

3
days
Tirana

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
On the 16th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mount Dajti. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at National History Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque, stroll through Rinia Park, and admire the landmark architecture of Enver Hoxha Pyramid.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tirana online route planner .

Traveling by bus from Saranda to Tirana takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Saranda to Tirana is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Saranda in April, Tirana is little chillier at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

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Mount Dajti ©
Mount Dajti
National History Museum ©
National History Museum
Skanderbeg Square ©
Skanderbeg Square

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