11 days in Albania Itinerary

11 days in Albania Itinerary

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11 days in Albania Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
+3
Fly + Foot + Train + Bus:  8 h 45 min
1
Shkoder
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Theth
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Tirana
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Pogradec
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h 45 min
5
Gjirokaster
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Butrint
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Himare
— 1 night
Shuttle:  1 h 30 min
8
Vlore
— 2 nights
+2
Shuttle + Drive + Fly:  10 h
End: Barcelona

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Sat), take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, then examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Venice Art Mask Factory.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Shkoder online trip maker.

Barcelona, Spain to Shkoder is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in octubre, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Shkoder. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Theth.

Things to do in Shkoder

Tours Outdoors Museums
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Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle
Marubi National Museum of Photography ©
Venice Art Mask Factory ©
Venice Art Mask Factory

1
night
Theth

Theth ©
On the 11th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Theth National Park, then admire the sheer force of Thethi-Guide, and then contemplate the long history of Lock-in Tower.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Theth journey planner.

You can drive from Shkoder to Theth in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tirana.

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

2
nights
Tirana

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then step into the grandiose world of Petrela Castle, then admire the landmark architecture of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, and finally make a trip to Skanderbeg Square. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, then see the interesting displays at House of Leaves, then explore the historical opulence of Kruja Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum of Kruja.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tirana journey builder site.

You can drive from Theth to Tirana in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In octubre, daytime highs in Tirana are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Pogradec.

Things to do in Tirana

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Kruje, Petrela Castle
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Petrela Castle ©
Petrela Castle
Kruja Castle ©
Kruja Castle

1
night
Pogradec

Pogradec ©
Pogradec is a city and municipality in central Albania, situated on the shores the Ohrid lake. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at National Park of Drilon, explore the ancient world of Golik Bridge, and then step into the grandiose world of Pogradec Castle.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Pogradec route planning tool.

Drive from Tirana to Pogradec in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of shuttle and car. Traveling from Tirana in octubre, things will get a bit cooler in Pogradec: highs are around 20°C and lows about 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Pogradec

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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National Park of Drilon ©
National Park of Drilon

1
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Gjirokaster

Gjirokaster ©
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 15th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Gjirokastra Bazaar, contemplate the long history of The Cold War Tunnel, steep yourself in history at Zekate House, then admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House, and finally learn about all things military at Gjirokaster.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Gjirokaster travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Pogradec to Gjirokaster by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Pogradec in octubre, with highs in Gjirokaster at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Butrint.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites Museums
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Zekate House ©
Zekate House
The Cold War Tunnel ©
The Cold War Tunnel
Gjirokaster ©
Gjirokaster

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night
Butrint

Butrint ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Butrint National Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Butrint travel route builder website.

You can drive from Gjirokaster to Butrint in 2 hours. In octubre, daily temperatures in Butrint can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 16th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Himare.

Things to do in Butrint

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Butrint National Park ©
Butrint National Park

1
night
Himare

Himare ©
On the 17th (Sat), steep yourself in history at The Castle of Himara, kick back and relax at Livadhi Beach, and then stroll through Borsh Beach.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Himare vacation planning site.

Drive from Butrint to Himare in 2 hours. In octubre, daily temperatures in Himare can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to catch the shuttle to Vlore.

Things to do in Himare

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Borsh Beach
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Livadhi Beach ©
Livadhi Beach
The Castle of Himara ©
The Castle of Himara
Borsh Beach ©
Borsh Beach

2
nights
Vlore

Vlore ©
Vlorë is the third largest city and a municipality in Albania. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Kanine Castle, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Llogara National Park, and then pause for some photo ops at Muradie Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Independence and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Mary.

For where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Vlore day trip planning app.

Take a shuttle from Himare to Vlore in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Himare in octubre, Vlore is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vlore

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Church of St Mary, Llogara National Park
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Llogara National Park ©
Llogara National Park
Church of St Mary ©
Church of St Mary
Kanine Castle ©
Kanine Castle

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