25 days in Bolivia & Albania Itinerary

25 days in Bolivia & Albania Itinerary

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Start: Warsaw, Poland
+3
Fly + Foot + Train + Bus:  8 h 30 min
1
Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
Himare, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Saranda, Albania
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Gjirokaster, Albania
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Berat, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Tirana, Albania
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  31 h
7
Copacabana, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h
8
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 45 min
9
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 15 min
10
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Fly:  23 h
End: Warsaw, Poland

2
nights
Shkoder, Albania

Its geographic location has made Shkoder, one of Europe's oldest cities, an important cultural and economic center of the Balkans over the years.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, then see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Former Palace of King Nikola I. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Venice Art Mask Factory and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Shkoder vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Warsaw, Poland to Shkoder is an approximately 8.5- hour combination of flight, train, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Warsaw in July, things will get a bit warmer in Shkoder: highs are around 39°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Himare.

Things to do in Shkoder

Tours Outdoors Museums
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Walking tours
Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle
Shkodra Lake ©
Shkodra Lake

2
nights
Himare, Albania

Himare ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): kick back and relax at Gjipe Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dhermi Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Livadhi Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello, and then contemplate the long history of Ali Pasha Castle.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Himare sightseeing tool.

You can drive from Shkoder to Himare in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Shkoder to Himare is 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Saranda.

Things to do in Himare

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Ali Pasha Castle, Dhermi Beach
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Gjipe Beach ©
Gjipe Beach
Dhermi Beach ©
Dhermi Beach
Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello ©
Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello

3
nights
Saranda, Albania

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 with an excursion to Blue Eye in Vlore--about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Butrint National Park, head outdoors with Bora Bora Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Quaranta beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Saranda online itinerary builder.

Drive from Himare to Saranda in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Saranda are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

1
night
Gjirokaster, Albania

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 13th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Zekate House, admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House, and then learn about all things military at Gjirokaster.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Gjirokaster trip tool.

You can drive from Saranda to Gjirokaster in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

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

2
nights
Berat, Albania

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, explore the world behind art at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, then don't miss a visit to Bulevardi Republika, then snap pictures at Gorica Bridge, and finally do a tasting at Cobo Winery. On your second day here, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then make a trip to Quarter Of Gorica, and then see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Berat trip planning site.

Drive from Gjirokaster to Berat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Gjirokaster to Berat is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Berat when traveling from Gjirokaster in July, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Berat

Museums Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Cobo Winery
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National Iconographic Museum Onufri ©
National Iconographic Museum Onufri
Berat Castle ©
Berat Castle
Quarter Of Gorica ©
Quarter Of Gorica

3
nights
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Take a break from Tirana with a short trip to Durres Amphitheatre in Durres, about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dajti, brush up on your military savvy at Bunk'Art 1, take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, and don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tirana sightseeing planning website.

You can drive from Berat to Tirana in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July in Tirana, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Copacabana.

Things to do in Tirana

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Dajti, Durres Amphitheatre
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Dajti ©
Dajti
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Skanderbeg Square ©
Skanderbeg Square

2
nights
Copacabana, Bolivia

Copacabana ©
The town of Copacabana represents the largest Bolivian settlement on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in the continent.
Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana and then explore the activities along Lake Titicaca.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Copacabana online travel route builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tirana to Copacabana. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Tirana to Copacabana due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to La Paz.

Things to do in Copacabana

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Isla del Sol ©
Isla del Sol
Cerro Calvario ©
Cerro Calvario
Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana
Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana

2
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
On the 22nd (Wed), don't miss a visit to Mi Teleferico and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at WMDR Yungas Road.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our La Paz sightseeing planner.

Take a bus from Copacabana to La Paz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in La Paz are 17°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Mi Teleferico ©
Mi Teleferico
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road

2
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi and then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museo de la Llama y la Sal, see the interesting displays at Train Cemetery, and then learn more about the world around you at Museo Arquecologia y Antropologico de los Andes Meridionales.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Uyuni day trip planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from La Paz to Uyuni in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from La Paz, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Uyuni, ranging from highs of 4°C to lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Museo de la Llama y la Sal
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Train Cemetery ©
Train Cemetery

3
nights
Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Santa Cruz ©
More populous than the capital and La Paz, and one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, Santa Cruz has become a thriving commercial center, yet retained some of the trappings of tradition.
On the 26th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Amboro National Park and then don't miss a visit to Plaza 24 de Septiembre. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Ventura mall, then admire the natural beauty at Guembe, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo Artecampo.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz attractions planning site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Uyuni to Santa Cruz takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Uyuni in July, with highs in Santa Cruz at 29°C and lows at 19°C. On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Amboro National Park
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Guembe ©
Guembe
Catedral de Santa Cruz ©
Catedral de Santa Cruz
Plaza 24 de Septiembre ©
Plaza 24 de Septiembre

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