35 days in Albania Itinerary

35 days in Albania Itinerary

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35 days in Albania Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly + Drive:  13 h 30 min
1
Theth
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Shkoder
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Berat
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Vlore
— 3 nights
Shuttle:  1 h 30 min
5
Himare
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Saranda
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Gjirokaster
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
8
Korce
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
9
Tirana
— 8 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Tel Aviv

1
night
Theth

Theth ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Theth National Park, trek along Thethi-Guide, and then contemplate the long history of Lock-in Tower.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Theth tour planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Theth is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tel Aviv to Theth due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Theth

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

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Walking tours and Venice Art Mask Factory. Go for a jaunt from Shkoder to Koman to see Komani Lake about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Mesi Bridge, steep yourself in history at Former Palace of King Nikola I, take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory, and contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Shkoder journey builder website .

Traveling by car from Theth to Shkoder takes 2.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Komani Lake
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Venice Art Mask Factory ©
Venice Art Mask Factory
Mesi Bridge ©
Mesi Bridge
Site of Witness and Memory ©
Site of Witness and Memory

3
nights
Berat

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nurellari Winery and Guest House and Cobo Winery. Change things up with these side-trips from Berat: Osum Canyon (Kanioni i Osumit) (in Corovode) and Ardenica Monastery (in Ardenice). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, make a trip to Quarter Of Gorica, and take in the views from Gorica Bridge.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Berat trip builder.

You can drive from Shkoder to Berat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train and car. In April, daily temperatures in Berat can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Vlore.

Things to do in Berat

Wineries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Vlore

Vlore ©
Vlorë is the third largest city and a municipality in Albania. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Llogara National Park and Church of St Mary. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Kanine Castle, appreciate the history behind Muradie Mosque, examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, Vlore, and contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Eye.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Vlore trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Berat to Vlore takes 2 hours. April in Vlore sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the shuttle to Himare.

Things to do in Vlore

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Church of St Mary, Llogara National 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
Himare

Himare ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Castle of Himara and Pirate's Cave. When in Himare, make a side trip to see Palase Beach in Palase, approximately Palase away.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Himare route planning app .

Take a shuttle from Vlore to Himare in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Vlore to Himare is 1 hour. Traveling from Vlore in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Himare, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Saranda.

Things to do in Himare

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

4
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 Spas & Wellness and Synagogue Complex. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saranda: Lukova Beach (in Lukove) and Butrint National Park (in Butrint). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Agios Saranda, don't miss a visit to Phoenice Archaeological Park, get engrossed in the history at Sarande Museum, and take in the waterfront at Saranda Embankment.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Saranda tour itinerary site .

Getting from Himare to Saranda by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Saranda

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Phoenice Archaeological Park, Lukova Beach, Butrint National Park
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Butrint National Park ©
Butrint National Park
Spas & Wellness
Agios Saranda ©
Agios Saranda

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit and Guri i Qytetit. Step out of Gjirokaster with an excursion to Fir of Hotova National Park in Permet--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Zekate House, admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House, brush up on your military savvy at Gjirokaster, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nature&joy.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Gjirokaster online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Saranda to Gjirokaster in 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Gjirokaster are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Korce.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Permet, Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit
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Nature&joy ©
Nature&joy
Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit ©
Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit
Zekate House ©
Zekate House

5
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 National Park of Drilon. Venture out of the city with trips to Golik Bridge (in Pogradec), Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme (in Selce e Poshteme) and St. Nicholas Church (in Moscopole). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Paleochristian Church, steep yourself in history at Korca Old Bazaar, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Morava Mountain, and walk around Parku Rinia.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Korce travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Gjirokaster to Korce takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Korce

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pogradec, St. Nicholas Church, Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 22:
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Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme ©
Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme
National Museum of Medieval Art ©
National Museum of Medieval Art
National Park of Drilon ©
National Park of Drilon

8
nights
Tirana

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and Bektashi World Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tirana: Preza Castle (in Fushe Preze), Durres (Durres Amphitheatre & Durres Castle) and Kruje (Old Bazaar (Pazari i Vjeter), Ethnographic Museum of Kruja, &more). The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dajti, don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, and see the interesting displays at House of Leaves.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tirana trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Korce to Tirana in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums Tours Parks

Side Trips

Kruje, Durres, Dajti, The Cave of Pellumbas, Petrela Castle
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 30:
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Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Food Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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