18 days in Albania Itinerary

18 days in Albania Itinerary

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18 days in Albania Itinerary

Start: Quebec City, Quebec
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Tirana
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Berat
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Gjirokaster
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Saranda
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Himare
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Shkoder
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Quebec City, Quebec

3
nights
Tirana

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tirana: Durres (Durres Amphitheatre & Shark WaterSports) and Kruja Castle (in Kruje). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque, brush up on your military savvy at Bunk'Art 1, and take in the awesome beauty at Dajti.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tirana trip website .

Quebec City, Canada to Tirana is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In June, Tirana is a bit warmer than Quebec City - with highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Durres, Kruja Castle, Dajti
Find places to stay Jun 24 — 27:
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Dajti ©
Dajti
Shark WaterSports ©
Shark WaterSports
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar

2
nights
Berat

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Sotira Waterfall, explore the world behind art at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, then admire the striking features of Berat Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then make a trip to Quarter Of Gorica, and then see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Berat sightseeing planner .

Getting from Tirana to Berat by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Berat

Museums Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Sotira Waterfall
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 29:
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Berat Castle ©
Berat Castle
Sotira Waterfall ©
Sotira Waterfall
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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 30th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Zekate House and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature&joy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): contemplate the long history of The Cold War Tunnel, then admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House, then take an in-depth tour of Ethnographic Museum, and finally learn about all things military at Gjirokaster.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Gjirokaster road trip planner .

You can 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. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Gjirokaster ©
Gjirokaster
Nature&joy ©
Nature&joy
Skenduli House ©
Skenduli 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.
Explore Saranda's surroundings by going to Blue Eye (in Vlore) and Butrint National Park (in Butrint). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Lekuresi Castle, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Quaranta beach, head outdoors with Bora Bora Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of 40 Saints.

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Getting from Gjirokaster to Saranda by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Saranda can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Himare.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Butrint National Park, Blue Eye
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Blue Eye ©
Blue Eye
Butrint National Park ©
Butrint National Park
Pulebardha Beach ©
Pulebardha Beach

2
nights
Himare

Himare ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): kick back and relax at Dhermi Beach and then kick back and relax at Gjipe Beach. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Livadhi Beach and then get to know the fascinating history of Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Himare trip maker tool .

You can drive from Saranda to Himare in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Himare can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Shkoder.

Things to do in Himare

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Dhermi Beach
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 6:
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Gjipe Beach ©
Gjipe Beach
Dhermi Beach ©
Dhermi Beach
Livadhi Beach ©
Livadhi Beach

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Shkoder side-trips: Valbona Pass (in Bajram Curri) and Komani Lake (in Koman). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and admire the striking features of Former Palace of King Nikola I.

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Traveling by car from Himare to Shkoder takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Himare to Shkoder is minus 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Shkoder can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Shkoder

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Komani Lake, Valbona Pass
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 10:
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Komani Lake ©
Komani Lake
Shkodra Lake ©
Shkodra Lake
Valbona Pass ©
Valbona Pass

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