58 days in Albania Itinerary

58 days in Albania Itinerary

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58 days in Albania Itinerary

Start: Kurgan
Fly:  18​h
1
Tirana
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Korce
— 6 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
3
Gjirokaster
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Saranda
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Himare
— 7 nights
shuttle:  1​h 30​min
6
Vlore
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Berat
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Shkoder
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Kurgan

7
nights
Tirana

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kids will enjoy Patok Lagoon and Spille Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Tirana: Durres (Duka Winery and Vineyard, Durres Archaeological Museum, & more), Kruje (Kruja Castle & National Ethnographic Museum in Kruje) and Petrela Castle (in Petrele). On the 13th (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mount Dajti. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of National History Museum, appreciate the history behind Skanderbeg Statue, soak away your stress at local Arab baths, and examine the collection at Museum of Secret Surveillance.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tirana visit planner .

Kurgan, Russia to Tirana is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. In April in Tirana, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Korce.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Durres, Kruje, Petrela Castle, Patok Lagoon
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Patok Lagoon ©
Patok Lagoon
Spille Beach ©
Spille Beach
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar

6
nights
Korce

Korce ©
Korçë is a city and municipality in southeastern Albania, and the seat of Korçë County. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Korce: Pogradec (Golik Bridge, Pogradec Castle, & more) and St. Nicholas Church (in Moscopole). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of Oriental Art, delve into the distant past at Paleochristian Church, contemplate the waterfront views at Balkan Prespa Park, and sample the tasty concoctions at Korca Brewery.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Korce itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Tirana to Korce takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Korce

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pogradec, St. Nicholas Church
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National Park of Drilon ©
National Park of Drilon
National Museum of Medieval Art ©
National Museum of Medieval Art
Voskopoje Village ©
Voskopoje Village

7
nights
Gjirokaster

Gjirokaster ©
Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit (in Libohove) and Fir of Hotova National Park (in Permet). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Nature&joy, contemplate the long history of Zekate House, don't miss a visit to Skenduli House, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gjirokaster Mosque.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Gjirokaster holiday planning website .

Take a bus from Korce to Gjirokaster in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Korce to Gjirokaster, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Gjirokaster are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. You will leave for Saranda on the 2nd (Thu).

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit, Fir of Hotova National Park
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Fir of Hotova National Park ©
Fir of Hotova National Park
Gjirokaster ©
Gjirokaster
Skenduli House ©
Skenduli House

7
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach and Pulebardha Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Saranda side-trips: Butrint National Park (in Butrint) and Ksamil (Ksamil Islands & Vivar Kanal). Spend the 8th (Wed) exploring nature at Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Butrint, explore the ancient world of Agios Saranda, take an in-depth tour of Sarande Museum, and take in the waterfront at Saranda Embankment.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Saranda road trip planning site .

You can drive from Gjirokaster to Saranda in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Himare.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ksamil, Blue Eye, Butrint National Park, Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park
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Butrint National Park ©
Butrint National Park
Pulebardha Beach ©
Pulebardha Beach
Monastery Beach ©
Monastery Beach

7
nights
Himare

Himare ©
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Llogara National Park and Livadhi Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Himare: Dhermi Beach (in Dhermi), Palase Beach (in Palase) and Borsh (Borsh Beach & Kalaja e Borshit).

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Himare trip planner .

You can drive from Saranda to Himare in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Himare can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Vlore.

Things to do in Himare

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Borsh, Bunec Beach, Palase Beach, Llogara National Park, Dhermi Beach
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Gjipe Beach ©
Gjipe Beach
Livadhi Beach ©
Livadhi Beach
Borsh Beach ©
Borsh Beach

7
nights
Vlore

Vlore ©
Vlorë is the third largest city and a municipality in Albania. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vlore: Fier (Church of St Mary & Apollonia) and Orikum Archaeological Park (in Orikum). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Byllis Archaeological Park, kick back and relax at Bora Bora Beach, appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, and explore the historical opulence of Kanine Castle.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Vlore trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Himare to Vlore by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Himare to Vlore. In May, daily temperatures in Vlore can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. You'll set off for Berat on the 23rd (Thu).

Things to do in Vlore

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Fier, Byllis Archaeological Park, Bora Bora Beach, Orikum Archaeological Park
Find places to stay May 16 — 23:
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Church of St Mary ©
Church of St Mary
Bora Bora Beach ©
Bora Bora Beach
Apollonia ©
Apollonia

7
nights
Berat

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Change things up with these side-trips from Berat: Laguna e Karavastase (in Divjake), Osum Canyon (Kanioni i Osumit) (in Corovode) and Gramsh (Liqeni i Dushkut, Holta Canyon, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Berat Fortress, see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, make a trip to Bulevardi Republika, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ardenica Monastery.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Berat road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Vlore to Berat takes 1.5 hours. In May in Berat, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Berat

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gramsh, Ardenica Monastery, Osum Canyon (Kanioni i Osumit), Laguna e Karavastase
Find places to stay May 23 — 30:
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Berat Castle ©
Berat Castle
National Iconographic Museum Onufri ©
National Ethnographic Museum Berat ©
National Ethnographic Museum Berat

7
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shkoder: Valbona Valley National Park (in Valbona), Valbona Pass (in Bajram Curri) and Rana e Hedhun (in Shengjin). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, get engrossed in the history at Site of Witness and Memory, snap pictures at Mes Bridge, and examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Shkoder journey website .

You can drive from Berat to Shkoder in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and train. May in Shkoder sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shkoder

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lock-in Tower, Valbona Pass, Valbona Valley National Park, Rana e Hedhun
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Shkodra Lake ©
Shkodra Lake
Rana e Hedhun ©
Rana e Hedhun
Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle

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