15 days in Albania Itinerary

15 days in Albania Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  18 h 30 min
1
Tirana
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Shkoder
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Berat
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Saranda
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Gjirokaster
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  22 h 30 min
End: Cape Town

3
nights
Tirana

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
You've now added Colonial Tirana to your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Kruje (Ethnographic Museum of Kruja, Kruja Castle, &more). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, brush up on your military savvy at Bunk'Art 1, don't miss a visit to Clock Tower, and admire the landmark architecture of Enver Hoxha Pyramid.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tirana online trip itinerary builder.

Cape Town, South Africa to Tirana is an approximately 20.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cape Town in December, things will get cooler in Tirana: highs are around 17°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Tirana

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kruje, Canyons of Erzen River, Dajti
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Dajti ©
Dajti
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Skanderbeg Square ©
Skanderbeg Square

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 6th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Former Palace of King Nikola I, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, then step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Ebu Bekr Mosque. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, then get engrossed in the history at Site of Witness and Memory, then view the masterpieces at Venice Art Mask Factory, and finally take in the views from Mesi Bridge.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Shkoder trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Tirana to Shkoder takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tirana in December: highs in Shkoder hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Marubi National Museum of Photography ©
Marubi National Museum of Photography
Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle
Shkodra Lake ©
Shkodra Lake

3
nights
Berat

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Step out of Berat to go to Gramsh and see Sotira Waterfall, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Berat Castle, see the interesting displays at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, take in the spiritual surroundings of Halveti Teqe, and don't miss a visit to Quarter Of Gorica.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Berat visit planner.

You can drive from Shkoder to Berat in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train and car. In December in Berat, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Berat

Wineries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sotira Waterfall, Cobo Winery
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Berat Castle ©
Berat Castle
Sotira Waterfall ©
Sotira Waterfall
National Iconographic Museum Onufri ©
National Iconographic Museum Onufri

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): kick back and relax at Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach and then explore the striking landscape of Butrint National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Monastery of 40 Saints, contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Eye, then take in the waterfront at Saranda Embankment, and finally step into the grandiose world of Lekuresi Castle.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Saranda road trip website.

Traveling by car from Berat to Saranda takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Berat to Saranda is 1 hour. Traveling from Berat in December, Saranda is a bit warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

3
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 13th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Zekate House, then admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House, and then learn about all things military at Gjirokaster. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Gjirokastra Bazaar, steep yourself in history at The Cold War Tunnel, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit.

To find maps and other tourist information, use the Gjirokaster holiday planner.

Drive from Saranda to Gjirokaster in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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