30 days in Afghanistan & Albania Itinerary

30 days in Afghanistan & Albania Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  19 h
1
Bamyan, Afghanistan
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Herat, Afghanistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
3
Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan
— 1 night
Fly:  16 h
4
Tirana, Albania
— 8 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Berat, Albania
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Vlore, Albania
— 4 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
7
Saranda, Albania
— 7 nights
+5
Ferry + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly + Train:  8 h
End: London, United Kingdom

1
night
Bamyan, Afghanistan

Bamyan ©
For centuries a major Buddhist pilgrimage site, Bamyan now represents one of the most stable places in war-torn Afghanistan.
On the 2nd (Tue), steep yourself in history at Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Band-e-Amir National Park.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bamyan online route planner.

London, UK to Bamyan is an approximately 22.5- hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Afghanistan Time (AFT), which is usually a 4.5 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Herat.

Things to do in Bamyan

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Band-e-Amir National Park ©
Band-e-Amir National Park

2
nights
Herat, Afghanistan

Herat ©
Sitting in a fertile river valley, the city of Herat has a diverse history spanning over 3,000 years.
On the 4th (Thu), make a trip to Herat Citadel, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Gawhar Shad Madrasa and Mausoleum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Friday Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Musalla Minarets of Herat, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Khawaja Ghaltan Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jami's Tomb.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Herat journey planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Bamyan to Herat in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 42°C in June, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mazar-i-Sharif.

Things to do in Herat

Historic Sites
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Friday Mosque ©
Friday Mosque
Gawhar Shad Madrasa and Mausoleum ©
Gawhar Shad Madrasa and Mausoleum
Musalla Minarets of Herat ©
Musalla Minarets of Herat

1
night
Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan

Mazar-i-Sharif ©
Surrounded by scenic mountains, Mazar-i-Sharif stands as one of the largest cities in the country.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Green Mosque and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Blue Mosque.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Mazar-i-Sharif trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Herat to Mazar-i-Sharif takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Herat in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Mazar-i-Sharif, with lows of 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Tirana.

Things to do in Mazar-i-Sharif

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Green Mosque
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Blue Mosque ©
Blue Mosque
Green Mosque ©
Green Mosque

8
nights
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Get a sense of the local culture at Muzeu Historik Kombetar and Marubi National Museum of Photography. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Walking tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Kruje (Kruja Castle & Ethnographic Museum of Kruja), Shkoder (Venice Art Mask Factory, Site of Witness and Memory, &more) and Durres (Durres Castle, The Beach Bar, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna e Karavastase, examine the collection at House of Leaves, learn about all things military at BunkArt 2, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Tirana trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mazar-i-Sharif to Tirana. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from Mazar-i-Sharif to Tirana. Traveling from Mazar-i-Sharif in June, expect Tirana to be a bit cooler, temps between 34°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Shkoder, Durres, Kruje, Laguna e Karavastase, Petrela Castle
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Venice Art Mask Factory ©
Venice Art Mask Factory
Ethnographic Museum of Kruja ©
Ethnographic Museum of Kruja
Marubi National Museum of Photography ©
Marubi National Museum of Photography

4
nights
Berat, Albania

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nurellari Winery and Guest House and Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme. Let the collections at National Iconographic Museum Onufri and National Ethnographic Museum Berat capture your imagination. Step out of Berat with an excursion to Ardenica Monastery in Ardenice--about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: do a tasting at Cobo Winery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, snap pictures at Gorica Bridge, and admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Berat trip itinerary maker site.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Vlore.

Things to do in Berat

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Cobo Winery, Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme, Ardenica Monastery
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Cobo Winery ©
Cobo Winery
Ardenica Monastery ©
Ardenica Monastery
Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme ©
Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme

4
nights
Vlore, Albania

Vlore ©
Vlorë is the third largest city and a municipality in Albania. Get a sense of the local culture at Kanine Castle and National Museum of Independence. Step off the beaten path and head to Llogara National Park and Ethnographic Museum, Vlore. Get out of town with these interesting Vlore side-trips: Palase Beach (in Palase) and Church of St Mary (in Fier). There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Eye and don't miss a visit to Byllis Archaeological Park.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Vlore trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Berat to Vlore takes 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Vlore are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can take a bus to Saranda.

Things to do in Vlore

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Palase Beach, Church of St Mary, Llogara National Park, Byllis Archaeological Park
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Kanine Castle ©
Kanine Castle
Palase Beach
Palase Beach
Llogara National Park ©
Llogara National Park

7
nights
Saranda, Albania

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 Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Butrint National Park and Monastery of 40 Saints. Change things up with these side-trips from Saranda: Borsh Beach (in Borsh), Gjirokaster (in Gjirokaster) and Himare (Livadhi Beach & The Castle of Himara). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Lukova Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Quaranta beach, and explore the historical opulence of Lekuresi Castle.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Saranda trip planning site.

You can take a bus from Vlore to Saranda in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Vlore to Saranda, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June in Saranda, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Gjirokaster, Himare, Borsh Beach, Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit, Butrint National Park
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Butrint National Park ©
Butrint National Park
Livadhi Beach ©
Livadhi Beach
Borsh Beach ©
Borsh Beach

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