9 days in Albania Itinerary

9 days in Albania Itinerary

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9 days in Albania Itinerary

Start: Tirana
1
Tirana
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Shkoder
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Berat
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Gjirokaster
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Saranda
— 2 nights
End: Tirana

2
nights
Tirana

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Get some historical perspective at Kruja Castle and Et`hem Bey Mosque. Escape the urban bustle at Mount Dajti and Canyons of Erzen River. Take a break from Tirana with a short trip to Petrela Castle in Petrele, about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at National History Museum, brush up on your military savvy at BunKart 2, examine the collection at Museum of Secret Surveillance, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tirana trip itinerary planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Tirana. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Tirana

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kruja Castle, Petrela Castle
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Dajti ©
Dajti
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Kruja Castle ©
Kruja Castle

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 4th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Site of Witness and Memory, pause for some serene contemplation at St Stephen's Catholic Cathedral (Shkoder Cathedral), then step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Shkoder Bridge, snap pictures at Mes Bridge, then revel in the low prices at Venice Art Mask Factory, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity, and finally examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Shkoder road trip app .

Traveling by car from Tirana to Shkoder takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Shkoder are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle
Venice Art Mask Factory ©
Venice Art Mask Factory

1
night
Berat

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, admire the landmark architecture of Berat Fortress, examine the collection at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The King Mosque, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church.

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Traveling by car from Shkoder to Berat takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train and car. May in Berat sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Berat

Museums Historic Sites
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Berat Castle ©
Berat Castle
National Iconographic Museum Onufri ©
National Ethnographic Museum Berat ©

1
night
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 7th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Nature&joy, then steep yourself in history at Zekate House, and then brush up on your military savvy at Gjirokaster.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Gjirokaster tour planner.

You can drive from Berat to Gjirokaster in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Berat to Gjirokaster, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May in Gjirokaster, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Saranda.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Gjirokaster ©
Gjirokaster
Zekate House ©
Zekate House

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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 8th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Lekuresi Castle and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Blue Eye - Syri i Kalter. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Butrint, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then make a trip to Saranda Embankment.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Saranda travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Saranda takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Saranda are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Saranda

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Blue Eye
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Blue Eye ©
Blue Eye
Lekuresi Castle
Lekuresi Castle

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