8 days in Albania Itinerary

8 days in Albania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Albania travel route planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Tirana
— 1 night
Drive
2
Berat
— 1 night
Drive
3
Saranda
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Gjirokaster
— 1 night
Drive
5
Shkoder
— 1 night
Drive to Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Fly to Cairo

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Tirana

— 1 night
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
On the 27th (Fri), learn about all things military at BunkArt 2 and then don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square. On the next day, browse the exhibits of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, don't miss a visit to Clock Tower, then brush up on your military savvy at Bunk'Art 1, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Enver Hoxha Pyramid.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tirana tour itinerary planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Tirana is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Tirana due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cairo in August since evenings lows in Tirana dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 28:

Berat

— 1 night

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
On the 29th (Sun), see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, then admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, and then explore the world behind art at National Iconographic Museum Onufri.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Berat vacation maker.

You can drive from Tirana to Berat in 2 hours. August in Berat sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Berat

Museums
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 29:

Saranda

— 3 nights
A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
When in Saranda, make a side trip to see Blue Eye in Vlore, approximately Vlore away. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Butrint National Park, step into the grandiose world of Lekuresi Castle, kick back and relax at Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pulebardha Beach.

Before you visit Saranda, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Berat to Saranda in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Berat in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Saranda, with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 1:

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Gjirokaster, then admire the striking features of Skenduli House, and then steep yourself in history at Zekate House.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Gjirokaster planning app.

Traveling by car from Saranda to Gjirokaster takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Shkoder.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 2:

Shkoder

— 1 night
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 3rd (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Shkoder itinerary planner.

Getting from Gjirokaster to Shkoder by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Gjirokaster to Shkoder, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September in Shkoder, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Shkoder

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 3:
Highlights from your trip

Albania travel guide

3.9
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.