31 days in Albania Itinerary

31 days in Albania Itinerary

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31 days in Albania Itinerary

Start: Izmir, Turkey
Fly + Bus:  7 h 30 min
1
Tirana
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Korce
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
3
Gjirokaster
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Himare
— 4 nights
Shuttle:  1 h 30 min
5
Vlore
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Berat
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Shkoder
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Theth
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Izmir, Turkey

6
nights
Tirana

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Food Tours and Bektashi World Center. Get out of town with these interesting Tirana side-trips: Durres (Durres Amphitheatre & Durres Castle) and Kruje (Kruja Castle & Ethnographic Museum of Kruja). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, appreciate the history behind Skanderbeg Statue, make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Izmir, Turkey to Tirana is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Izmir to Tirana due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Izmir in March, with highs in Tirana at 20°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Korce.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums Tours Parks

Side Trips

Kruje, Durres, Dajti
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Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Food Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Korce

Korce ©
Korçë is a city and municipality in southeastern Albania, and the seat of Korçë County. Explore hidden gems such as National Museum of Medieval Art and Ngjallja e Krishtit Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Pogradec (National Park of Drilon & Golik Bridge), Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme (in Selce e Poshteme) and St. Nicholas Church (in Moscopole). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Paleochristian Church, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Korca Brewery, contemplate the long history of Clock Tower of Korce, and take in the awesome beauty at Morava Mountain.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Korce itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Tirana to Korce takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Korce

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pogradec, St. Nicholas Church, Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme
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National Park of Drilon ©
National Park of Drilon
National Museum of Medieval Art ©
National Museum of Medieval Art
Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme ©
Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme

3
nights
Gjirokaster

Gjirokaster ©
Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit and Lukova Beach. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Zekate House, admire the striking features of Skenduli House, learn about all things military at Gjirokaster, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nature&joy.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Gjirokaster trip planner.

Getting from Korce to Gjirokaster by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Himare.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Lukova Beach, Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit
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Zekate House ©
Zekate House
Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit ©
Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit
Gjirokaster ©
Gjirokaster

4
nights
Himare

Himare ©
Explore hidden gems such as The Castle of Himara and Palase Beach.

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You can drive from Gjirokaster to Himare in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in March, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the shuttle to Vlore.

Things to do in Himare

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Borsh Beach, Palase Beach, Pirate's Cave
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Livadhi Beach ©
Livadhi Beach
The Castle of Himara ©
The Castle of Himara
Borsh Beach ©
Borsh Beach

4
nights
Vlore

Vlore ©
Vlorë is the third largest city and a municipality in Albania. Explore hidden gems such as Llogara National Park and Byllis Archaeological Park. Take a break from Vlore with a short trip to Church of St Mary in Fier, about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Kanine Castle, make a trip to Zvernec Monastery, appreciate the history behind Muradie Mosque, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Independence.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Vlore vacation planner.

Getting from Himare to Vlore by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Himare to Vlore due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Vlore when traveling from Himare in March, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Vlore

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Llogara National Park, Church of St Mary, Byllis Archaeological Park
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Blue Eye ©
Blue Eye
Llogara National Park ©
Llogara National Park
Church of St Mary ©
Church of St Mary

3
nights
Berat

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nurellari Winery and Guest House and Cobo Winery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Berat: Ardenica Monastery (in Ardenice) and Osum Canyon (Kanioni i Osumit) (in Corovode). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, take in the views from Gorica Bridge, don't miss a visit to Bulevardi Republika, and take an in-depth tour of National Iconographic Museum Onufri.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Berat trip itinerary website .

Drive from Vlore to Berat in 2 hours. In March, daytime highs in Berat are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Berat

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Osum Canyon (Kanioni i Osumit), Cobo Winery, Ardenica Monastery
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Berat Castle ©
Berat Castle
Nurellari Winery and Guest House ©
Nurellari Winery and Guest House
Osum Canyon (Kanioni i Osumit) ©
Osum Canyon (Kanioni i Osumit)

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Walking tours and Site of Witness and Memory. Change things up with a short trip to Komani Lake in Koman (about 1h 35 min away). There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Mesi Bridge, take in the exciting artwork at Venice Art Mask Factory, step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, and make a trip to Former Palace of King Nikola I.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Shkoder online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Berat to Shkoder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and train. March in Shkoder sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Theth.

Things to do in Shkoder

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Komani Lake
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Shkodra Lake ©
Shkodra Lake
Mesi Bridge ©
Mesi Bridge
Site of Witness and Memory ©
Site of Witness and Memory

2
nights
Theth

Theth ©
On the 30th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Theth National Park and then hike along Thethi-Guide.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Theth tour itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Shkoder to Theth takes 2.5 hours. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Theth

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Theth National Park ©
Theth National Park
Thethi-Guide ©
Thethi-Guide
Lock-in Tower ©
Lock-in Tower

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