10 days in Albania Itinerary

10 days in Albania Itinerary

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10 days in Albania Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Tirana
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Shkoder
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Berat
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Saranda
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

2
nights
Tirana

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ethnographic Museum of Kruja and Bektashi World Center. Take a break from Tirana with a short trip to Kruja Castle in Kruje, about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, get engrossed in the history at House of Leaves, don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, and brush up on your military savvy at Bunk'Art 1.

Plan my day in Tirana using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Istanbul, Turkey to Tirana is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Istanbul in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Tirana, with highs around 39°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Shkoder.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kruje
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Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Ethnographic Museum of Kruja ©
Ethnographic Museum of Kruja
Bunk'Art 1 ©
Bunk'Art 1

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 17th (Mon): snap pictures at Mesi Bridge, then view the masterpieces at Venice Art Mask Factory, then step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Former Palace of King Nikola I. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory, then examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Shkoder online route maker .

Drive from Tirana to Shkoder in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Shkoder when traveling from Tirana in August, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums Outdoors Tours
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Marubi National Museum of Photography ©
Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle
Mesi Bridge ©
Mesi Bridge

2
nights
Berat

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, make a trip to Bulevardi Republika, then don't miss a visit to Quarter Of Gorica, then examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, and finally learn about winemaking at Cobo Winery. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Berat Castle, get engrossed in the history at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, and then do a tasting at Nurellari Winery and Guest House.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Berat tour itinerary planning website .

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. Traveling from Shkoder in August, plan for little chillier nights in Berat, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Berat

Wineries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cobo Winery
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Berat Castle ©
Berat Castle
Quarter Of Gorica ©
Quarter Of Gorica
Nurellari Winery and Guest House ©
Nurellari Winery and Guest House

3
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 discover tucked-away gems like Zekate House and Spas & Wellness. Change things up with these side-trips from Saranda: Blue Eye (in Vlore), Gjirokaster (in Gjirokaster) and Butrint National Park (in Butrint). There's more to do: step into the grandiose world of Lekuresi Castle and take a leisurely stroll along Saranda Embankment.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Saranda trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Berat to Saranda in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Berat to Saranda is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Saranda when traveling from Berat in August, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Saranda

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Gjirokaster, Blue Eye, Butrint National Park
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Blue Eye ©
Blue Eye
Zekate House ©
Zekate House
Gjirokaster ©
Gjirokaster

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