15 days in Albania Itinerary

15 days in Albania Itinerary

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15 days in Albania Itinerary

Start: Manchester
+2
Fly + Drive + Bus:  10​h 30​min
1
Shkoder
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Tirana
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Berat
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Fier
— 1 night
Drive + Shuttle:  2​h
5
Himare
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Gjirokaster
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Saranda
— 3 nights
+4
Ferry + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Manchester

2
nights
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.
On the 2nd (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, then explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, then examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Venice Art Mask Factory. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Peaks Of The Balkans, take in the views from Shkoder Bridge, and then take in the views from Mes Bridge.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Shkoder trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Shkoder is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Manchester to Shkoder, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Shkoder: highs are around 32°C and lows about 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Tirana.

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Parks Trails Outdoors
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Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle
Shkodra Lake ©
Shkodra Lake

3
nights
Tirana

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tirana: Durres Amphitheatre (in Durres) and Kruja Castle (in Kruje). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, admire the striking features of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, and pause for some photo ops at Skanderbeg Statue.

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Traveling by car from Shkoder to Tirana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Tirana can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Dajti, Durres Amphitheatre, Kruja Castle
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Dajti ©
Dajti
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Bunk'Art 1 ©
Bunk'Art 1

2
nights
Berat

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): make a trip to Quarter Of Gorica, make a trip to Bulevardi Republika, then get engrossed in the history at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, then admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Sotira Waterfall, then do a tasting at Nurellari Winery, and then don't miss a visit to Osum Canyon (Kanioni i Osumit).

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Berat trip builder .

Getting from Tirana to Berat by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. September in Berat sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Fier.

Things to do in Berat

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Sotira Waterfall, Osum Canyon (Kanioni i Osumit)
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Berat Castle ©
Berat Castle
National Iconographic Museum Onufri ©
National Ethnographic Museum Berat ©

1
night
Fier

Fier ©
Fier is a city and a municipality in Fier County in southwest Albania. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Mary and then delve into the distant past at Apollonia.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Fier online journey planner .

You can drive from Berat to Fier in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Fier are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Himare.

Things to do in Fier

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Apollonia Archaeological Park
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Apollonia Archaeological Park ©
Apollonia Archaeological Park
Church of St Mary ©
Church of St Mary

2
nights
Himare

Himare ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello, then explore the historical opulence of Porto Palermo Castle, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gjipe Beach. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Jale Beach and then kick back and relax at Dhermi Beach.

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

You can do a combination of car and shuttle from Fier to Himare in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Fier in September, Himare is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Himare

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Dhermi Beach
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Gjipe Beach ©
Gjipe Beach
Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello ©
Dhermi Beach ©
Dhermi Beach

1
night
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 12th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Gjirokastra Bazaar, steep yourself in history at Zekate House, don't miss a visit to Skenduli House, then take an in-depth tour of Ethnographic Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gjirokaster Mosque, and finally contemplate the long history of Gjirokaster.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Gjirokaster online road trip planner .

You can drive from Himare to Gjirokaster in 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Gjirokaster are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites Museums
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Gjirokaster ©
Gjirokaster
Skenduli House ©
Skenduli House
Zekate House ©
Zekate House

3
nights
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.
Step out of Saranda to go to Butrint and see Butrint National Park, which is approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Blue Eye, kick back and relax at Santa Quaranta beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of 40 Saints, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pulebardha Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Saranda day trip website .

Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Saranda takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Saranda are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Butrint National Park, Blue Eye
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Blue Eye ©
Blue Eye
Butrint National Park ©
Butrint National Park
Lekuresi Castle
Lekuresi Castle

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