If visiting Albania and looking for an Albania itinerary, read this Ultimate Albania itinerary 7 Days guide with things to do in Albania and where to stay in Albania with General tips for first-time travelers.
Albania – a country in the Balkans in southern Europe- shares a border with Greece and Montenegro with many exotic beaches and Alpine mountain regions. This part is the sunniest part of Europe. It is also known for its extensive archaeological heritage because it was part of Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, and the Ottoman Empire. Albania tour is the perfect option as Holiday Destinations From Dubai For UAE Residents For Long Weekends.
Albania Itinerary 7 Days | General Tips
CLIMATE – Summer temperatures average 32 °C (90 °F). Winter temperatures average about 5 °C (41 °F)
International Airport – Tirana
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Currency – Albanian Lek
Albania Itinerary 7 Days – Albania Tour Plan
Day 1 – Tirana – land at International airport – check-in
Tirana is a very vibrant, colorful, and beautiful city in Albania. It is also the capital city of Albania. Tirana is known for colorful facades, mural art on walls, lively nightlife, and vibrant markets.
Day 2 – Tirana city tour
- Dajti Ekspres “Cable Car” – Longest cableway in Balkans. Take a fantastic view of the city from the top of the mountain. Book Tirana city and food tour
- Bunk’Art 1 and 2 – Previous time Anti-Nuclear bunker and now a historical place to visit.
- Skanderbeg Square – A vast square with communist-era buildings all around.
- Grand Park (Parku i Madh) – A massive park with a lake in the city with a backdrop of mountains.
- Pazari i Ri – New Market square
- Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania
Day 2 – Proceed to Berat – Overnight stay at Berat
Berat is the most beautiful city in Albania and should not be missed in your Albania Itinerary. Berat has a lovely historic charm with a stunning backdrop of mountains. Due to Ottoman-era houses, it is a charming UNESCO heritage town. Berat is known as the “City of Thousand Windows.”
Distance from Tirana to Berat – 1 hr 38 min (97.7 km) via Tirana–Elbasan Hwy/A3
You can also do Berat as a day trip, but it has so much to do that you can stay overnight here as Berat is one of the most visited places in Albania.
Day 3 – Things to do in Berat
- Berat Castle
- Quarter of Gorica
- Nurellari Winery
- National Ethnographic Museum
- Cobo Winery
- Gorica Bridge
- Bogove Waterfall
- Bulevardi Republika
- Kisha Shen Triadha (Holy Trinity Church)
Day 3 – Proceed to Vlore Albanian Riveria (beaches) late evening and overnight stay at Vlore.
Distance from Berat to Vlore – 1 hr 24 min (104.8 km) via SH72 and SH4
Vlore is a famous coastal region of Albania with a stunning coastline and rugged landscape. Enjoy some famous beaches here with ancient castles.
Day 4 – Vlore sightseeing
Things to do in Vlore
- The Blue Eye
- Zvernec Monastery
- Kaninë Castle
- Ali Pasha Castle
- Independence Monument
- Muradie Mosque
- Sazan Island
- Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park – must a do due to its fantastic beaches with rugged coastlines.
Vlore and Sarande are also famous for beach-style nightlife and hence are a very vibrant region of Albania.
Check some nightlife options here
- Jericho Cocktail Bar.
- Folie Marine
- ROX Cafe Bar.
- Mango Beach.
- Orange Bar Beach, Saranda.
- Cocktail Bar Rei , Saranda.
- Tipsy Drinks & More, Saranda.
Day 4 – Late evening Proceed Sarandë – Beaches of Albania – Overnight stay at Sarande or Gjirokaster.
Distance from Vlore to Sarandë – 2 hr 46 min (181.0 km) via E853/SH4
Sarandë is known for stunning beaches and fantastic nightlife.
Day 5 – Take a tour of Sarande and nearby beaches
Things to do in Sarandë – Places to visit in Albania
- Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach
- Lekuresi Castle
- Bora Bora Beach
- Neasden Lane Beach
- Pulebardha Beach
- Ohana Beach Bar
- Lori Beach
- Ksamil Beach
- Monastery Beach
- Plazhi Paradise
- Saranda Embankment
Day 6 – Proceed to Pogradec – overnight stay.
Check out early morning from Sarande and visit Gjirokaster on the way to Pogradec.
Distance from Saranda to Gjirokaster – 1 hr 12 min (55.3 km) via SH99 and SH4
It is famous for its ancient castle and beautiful Ottoman-style homes on the mountainous slopes. It is one of the most enchanting and beautiful towns in Albania.
Things to do in Gjirokaster –
- Skenduli House
- Gjirokaster Castle
- Gjirokastra Bazaar
- Zekate House
- Ethnographic Museum
- The Cold War Tunnel.
Have lunch at Gjirokaster and now proceed to Pogradec and stay there for the night
Distance from Gjirokaster to Pogradec – 4 hr 22 min (292.8 km) via SH3
Pogradec is the most charming part of Albania, with UNESCO-listed architecture and a backdrop of stunning natural landscapes. It borders Macedonia and has fantastic Alpine-type of scenery.
Take an overnight stay at Pogradec
Day 7 – Proceed to Tirana and depart.
Take a Pogradec tour – start early morning
Things to do in Pogradec
- Driloni National Park
- Golik Bridge
- Pogradec Castle
- Guri I Kamjes
- Depo Complex
- El Cironka.
Return to Tirana
Distance from Pogradec to Tirana – 2 hr 11 min (126.5 km) via E852/SH3
Fly out from Tirana
I hope you find this Ultimate Albania Itinerary 7 Days guide very helpful and would indeed plan an offbeat destination in the Balkans region. It is one of the perfect getaways from Dubai, UAE, during long weekends. If any doubts, then do ask your queries in the comments below.
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