9 days in Albania Itinerary

9 days in Albania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Albania holiday planner

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Tirana
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shkoder
— 2 nights
Drive
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Berat
— 1 night
Drive
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Gjirokaster
— 1 night
Drive
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Saranda
— 2 nights
Drive

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Tirana

— 2 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Get in touch with nature at Dajti and Canyons of Erzen River. Popular historic sites such as Kruja Castle and Petrela Castle are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque, examine the collection at Museum of Secret Surveillance, and don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tirana trip builder app.

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

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 1 — 3:

Shkoder

— 2 nights
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 4th (Sat): explore the galleries of Site of Witness and Memory, then take in the architecture and atmosphere 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): take in the views from Mesi Bridge, then shop like a local with Venice Art Mask Factory, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity, and finally see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Shkoder trip planner.

You can drive from Tirana to Shkoder in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of shuttle and train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 3 — 5:

Berat

— 1 night

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, then explore the world behind art at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The King Mosque, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Berat driving holiday planner.

Getting from Shkoder to Berat by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of bus and car. In May, daily temperatures in Berat can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Berat

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 5 — 6:

Gjirokaster

— 1 night

City of Stone

Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
On the 7th (Tue), stroll through Nature&joy, contemplate the long history of Zekate House, and then contemplate the long history of Gjirokaster.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Gjirokaster trip website.

Drive from Berat to Gjirokaster in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Berat to Gjirokaster is 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Gjirokaster are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 6 — 7:

Saranda

— 2 nights
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), explore the historical opulence of Lekuresi Castle and then contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Eye. Keep things going the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then take in the waterfront at Saranda Embankment.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Saranda trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Saranda takes 1.5 hours. May in Saranda sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

Albania travel guide

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Castles · National Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Eagles
With its young bustling metropolis, networks of cobblestone pedestrianized streets, coastal beach towns, and cities of ancient ruins, Albania will continuously surprise you. As you reach each new major town and discover how completely different it is from the last, your appreciation will deepen for this tucked-away land steeped in history. Travel, eating, and accommodation here is very inexpensive, freeing you from budget concerns and allowing you to travel in the style that you want. Meanwhile, you may find yourself going days without spotting another tourist. While this means that many things will not be customized for visitors (non-English menus, sparse accommodation, and fewer international transportation options), you'll experience the feel of authentic Albania.