16 days in Albania Itinerary

16 days in Albania Itinerary

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16 days in Albania Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
1
Shkoder
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Gjirokaster
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Saranda
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Himare
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Drive:  2​h
5
Fier
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Berat
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Tirana
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv

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 1st (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, then see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and finally view the masterpieces at Venice Art Mask Factory. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Mes Bridge, then don't miss a visit to Shkoder Bridge, and then stroll through Peaks Of The Balkans.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Shkoder trip planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Shkoder is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Shkoder is minus 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in September: high temperatures in Shkoder hover around 32°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Shkoder

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

2
nights
Gjirokaster

Gjirokaster ©
Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
On the 3rd (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Gjirokastra Bazaar, steep yourself in history at Zekate House, don't miss a visit to Skenduli House, take an in-depth tour of Ethnographic Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gjirokaster Mosque, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Gjirokaster. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature&joy.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Gjirokaster trip planner .

Getting from Shkoder to Gjirokaster by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Shkoder in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Gjirokaster, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit
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Gjirokaster ©
Gjirokaster
Skenduli House ©
Skenduli House
Zekate House ©
Zekate House

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Butrint National Park, and then kick back and relax at Santa Quaranta beach. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Lekuresi Castle, then explore the activities along Blue Eye, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of 40 Saints.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Saranda journey planner .

You can drive from Gjirokaster to Saranda in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Himare.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Himare

Himare ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello, then step into the grandiose world of Porto Palermo Castle, and then kick back and relax at Gjipe Beach. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Jale Beach and then kick back and relax at Dhermi Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Himare route builder site .

Traveling by car from Saranda to Himare takes 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fier.

Things to do in Himare

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

1
night
Fier

Fier ©
Fier is a city and a municipality in Fier County in southwest Albania. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Mary and then delve into the distant past at Apollonia.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Fier tour website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and car from Himare to Fier takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Himare to Fier, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Fier when traveling from Himare in October, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Berat.

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
Berat

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Quarter Of Gorica, make a trip to Bulevardi Republika, explore the world behind art at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, then admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, and finally examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Sotira Waterfall, then do a tasting at Nurellari Winery, and then make a trip to Osum Canyon (Kanioni i Osumit).

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Berat travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fier to Berat in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Berat

Museums Parks Wineries

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 ©

4
nights
Tirana

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Explore Tirana's surroundings by going to Durres Amphitheatre (in Durres) and Kruje (Ethnographic Museum of Kruja & Kruja Castle). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, learn about all things military at BunkArt 2, stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), and make a trip to Skanderbeg Square.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tirana day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Berat to Tirana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kruje, Durres Amphitheatre, Dajti
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Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Bunk'Art 1 ©
Bunk'Art 1
Skanderbeg Square ©
Skanderbeg Square

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