17 days in Albania Itinerary

17 days in Albania Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Beirut
Fly + Drive:  9 h 15 min
1
Shkoder
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Berat
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Gjirokaster
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Saranda
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Tirana
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Bajram Curri
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  11 h 45 min
End: Beirut

3
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.
Step out of Shkoder with an excursion to Lezhe Castle in Lezhe--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, admire the landmark architecture of Former Palace of King Nikola I, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity, and view the masterpieces at Venice Art Mask Factory.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Shkoder online vacation planner.

Beirut, Lebanon to Shkoder is an approximately 10.5- hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Beirut to Shkoder due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Beirut in April, things will get slightly colder in Shkoder: highs are around 23°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Shkoder

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Lezhe Castle
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Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle
Shkodra Lake ©
Shkodra Lake
Marubi National Museum of Photography ©
Marubi National Museum of Photography

2
nights
Berat

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Cobo Winery, admire the masterpieces at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, then admire the striking features of Berat Castle, then examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then learn about winemaking at Nurellari Winery and Guest House.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Berat trip itinerary planning website.

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. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Berat

Wineries Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Cobo Winery
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Berat Castle ©
Berat Castle
National Iconographic Museum Onufri ©
National Iconographic Museum Onufri
National Ethnographic Museum Berat ©
National Ethnographic Museum Berat

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Nature&joy and then steep yourself in history at Zekate House. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of The Cold War Tunnel, then admire the striking features of Skenduli House, then get engrossed in the history at Ethnographic Museum, and finally learn about all things military at Gjirokaster.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Gjirokaster online route planner.

Getting from Berat to Gjirokaster by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Berat in April since evenings lows in Gjirokaster dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites Wildlife Museums
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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.
On the 21st (Wed), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Butrint National Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of 40 Saints. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Lekuresi Castle, then contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Eye, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Saranda road trip app.

Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Saranda takes 1.5 hours. In April in Saranda, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Tirana.

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

4
nights
Tirana

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tirana: Petrela Castle (in Petrele) and Durres Amphitheatre (in Durres). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, admire the landmark architecture of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, and learn about all things military at Bunk'Art 1.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Tirana trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saranda to Tirana takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Saranda in April since evenings lows in Tirana dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bajram Curri.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Petrela Castle, Durres Amphitheatre, Canyons of Erzen River, Dajti
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Dajti ©
Dajti
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Bunk'Art 1 ©
Bunk'Art 1

2
nights
Bajram Curri

Bajram Curri ©
Bajram Curri is a town situated in northern of Albania, near the border with Kosovo, in a remote, mostly mountainous region. Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Valbona Valley National Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bajram Curri trip planner.

Getting from Tirana to Bajram Curri by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. In April, daily temperatures in Bajram Curri can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. You will leave for home on the 28th (Wed).

Things to do in Bajram Curri

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Valbona Valley National Park
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Valbona Valley National Park ©
Valbona Valley National Park

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