9 days in Albania Itinerary

9 days in Albania Itinerary

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9 days in Albania Itinerary

Amsterdam
Fly:  6​h 30​min
Tirana
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Fier
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Himare
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Gjirokaster
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Shkoder
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
Amsterdam

1
day
Tirana

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tirana online tour itinerary planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tirana is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in April; daily highs in Tirana reach 23°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Fier.

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Mount Dajti ©
Mount Dajti
Skanderbeg Square ©
Skanderbeg Square

1
day
Fier

Fier ©
Fier is a city and a municipality in Fier County in southwest Albania. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Apollonia.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Fier trip planner .

Getting from Tirana to Fier by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Himare.

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Apollonia ©
Apollonia

3
days
Himare

Himare ©
The Castle of Himara and Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello will appeal to history buffs. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Jale Beach and Dhermi Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Himare online travel route planner .

You can drive from Fier to Himare in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Fier to Himare. Traveling from Fier in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Himare, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Himare

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Dhermi Beach
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Gjipe Beach ©
Gjipe Beach
Jale Beach ©
Jale Beach
Dhermi Beach ©
Dhermi Beach

1
day
Gjirokaster

Gjirokaster ©
Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): contemplate the long history of The Cold War Tunnel, then step into the grandiose world of Gjirokastra Bazaar, then steep yourself in history at Zekate House, and finally take an in-depth tour of Ethnographic Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Gjirokaster online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Himare to Gjirokaster by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. In April, daytime highs in Gjirokaster are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Shkoder.

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Zekate House ©
Zekate House
Gjirokastra Bazaar ©
Gjirokastra Bazaar
The Cold War Tunnel ©
The Cold War Tunnel

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Stephen's Catholic Cathedral (Shkoder Cathedral).

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Shkoder trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Shkoder takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

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Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle

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