12 days in Albania Itinerary

12 days in Albania Itinerary

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12 days in Albania Itinerary

Start: Ipoh
Fly + Drive:  29​h
1
Gjirokaster
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Saranda
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Himare
— 2 nights
4
Shkoder
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Tirana
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  21​h 45​min
End: Ipoh

1
day
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 15th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Nature&joy, then steep yourself in history at The Cold War Tunnel, and then learn about all things military at Gjirokaster.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Gjirokaster day trip planning website .

Ipoh, Malaysia to Gjirokaster is an approximately 29-hour flight. Traveling from Ipoh to Gjirokaster, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, Gjirokaster is colder than Ipoh - with highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Saranda.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Gjirokaster ©
Gjirokaster
The Cold War Tunnel ©
The Cold War Tunnel

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 16th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Lekuresi Castle and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Blue Eye - Syri i Kalter. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach, then explore the activities along Vivar Kanal, and then take a stroll through Butrint.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Saranda vacation planner.

Getting from Gjirokaster to Saranda by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Himare.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Blue Eye, Vivar Kanal
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Blue Eye ©
Blue Eye
Lekuresi Castle
Lekuresi Castle
Vivar Kanal ©
Vivar Kanal

2
nights
Himare

Himare ©
On the 18th (Fri), kick back and relax at Palase Beach and then stroll through Dhermi Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Jale Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Livadhi Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Himare trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saranda to Himare takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Shkoder.

Things to do in Himare

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Palase Beach, Dhermi Beach
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Livadhi Beach ©
Livadhi Beach
Jale Beach ©
Jale Beach
Palase Beach ©
Palase Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, get some fabulous bargains at Venice Art Mask Factory, then don't miss a visit to Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity, then examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and finally make a trip to Ebu Bekr Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, then take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Stephen's Catholic Cathedral (Shkoder Cathedral), and finally take an in-depth tour of Shkoder Historical Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Shkoder online day trip planner .

You can drive from Himare to Shkoder in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Himare in January, expect Shkoder to be a bit cooler, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle
Marubi National Museum of Photography ©
Venice Art Mask Factory ©
Venice Art Mask Factory

3
nights
Tirana

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Get some cultural insight at National History Museum and BunkArt 1. Step out of the city life by going to Mount Dajti and The Beach Bar. Get out of town with these interesting Tirana side-trips: Durres (Durres Archaeological Museum & Durres Amphitheatre) and Petrela Castle (in Petrele). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museum of Secret Surveillance, make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, take an in-depth tour of Bektashi World Center, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque.

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

Drive from Shkoder to Tirana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Shkoder in January: highs in Tirana hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Durres, Petrela Castle
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Dajti ©
Dajti
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
BunkArt 1 ©
BunkArt 1

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