40 days in Albania, Andorra la Vella & St. John's Itinerary

40 days in Albania, Andorra la Vella & St. John's Itinerary

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40 days in Albania, Andorra la Vella & St. John's Itinerary

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
1
Tirana, Albania
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Shkoder, Albania
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Korce, Albania
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Gjirokaster, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Saranda, Albania
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Himare, Albania
— 3 nights
shuttle:  1​h 30​min
7
Vlore, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Berat, Albania
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  13​h
9
Andorra la Vella, Andorra
— 2 nights
Travel:  108​h
10
St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Lisbon, Portugal

5
nights
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Explore Tirana's surroundings by going to Kruja Castle (in Kruje), Durres Amphitheatre (in Durres) and Petrela Castle (in Petrele). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, brush up on your military savvy at BunkArt 2, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Dajti, and make a trip to Skanderbeg Square.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tirana online trip itinerary maker .

Lisbon, Portugal to Tirana is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Tirana. Expect slightly colder evenings in Tirana when traveling from Lisbon in January, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Durres Amphitheatre, Petrela Castle, Kruja Castle
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Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Dajti ©
Dajti
Skanderbeg Square ©
Skanderbeg Square

4
nights
Shkoder, Albania

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Shkoder side-trips: Valbona Pass (in Bajram Curri) and Thethi-Guide (in Theth). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity, trek along Peaks Of The Balkans, and explore the activities along Shkodra Lake.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Shkoder route builder tool .

Drive from Tirana to Shkoder in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tirana in January, you will find days in Shkoder are little chillier (11°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Korce.

Things to do in Shkoder

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Thethi-Guide, Valbona Pass
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Shkodra Lake ©
Shkodra Lake
Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle
Venice Art Mask Factory ©
Venice Art Mask Factory

4
nights
Korce, Albania

Korce ©
Korçë is a city and municipality in southeastern Albania, and the seat of Korçë County. Get out of town with these interesting Korce side-trips: Pogradec (Golik Bridge & National Park of Drilon) and St. Nicholas Church (in Moscopole). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Medieval Art, make a trip to Voskopoje Village, steep yourself in history at Korca Old Bazaar, and contemplate the waterfront views at Balkan Prespa Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Korce sightseeing tool .

Getting from Shkoder to Korce by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Korce

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Pogradec, St. Nicholas Church
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National Park of Drilon ©
National Park of Drilon
Museum of Oriental Art ©
Museum of Oriental Art
National Museum of Medieval Art ©
National Museum of Medieval Art

2
nights
Gjirokaster, Albania

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 16th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature&joy, and then contemplate the long history of Zekate House. On your second day here, brush up on your military savvy at Gjirokaster, don't miss a visit to Gjirokastra Bazaar, then take an in-depth tour of Ethnographic Museum, then make a trip to Skenduli House, and finally steep yourself in history at The Cold War Tunnel.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Gjirokaster road trip planner .

You can take a bus from Korce to Gjirokaster in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit
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Gjirokaster ©
Gjirokaster
Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit ©
Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit
Zekate House ©
Zekate House

4
nights
Saranda, Albania

Saranda ©
A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saranda: Butrint National Park (in Butrint) and Permet (Fir of Hotova National Park & Benja Thermal Baths). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Blue Eye, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of 40 Saints, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and contemplate the waterfront views at Vivar Kanal.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Saranda trip planner .

You can drive from Gjirokaster to Saranda in 1.5 hours. January in Saranda sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Himare.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Permet, Butrint National Park, Blue Eye, Vivar Kanal
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Butrint National Park ©
Butrint National Park
Blue Eye ©
Blue Eye
Spas

3
nights
Himare, Albania

Himare ©
Get out of town with these interesting Himare side-trips: Dhermi Beach (in Dhermi) and Llogara National Park (in Llogara National Park).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Himare online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Saranda to Himare takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Himare are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to take a shuttle to Vlore.

Things to do in Himare

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Dhermi, Llogara National Park, Kalaja e Borshit
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Llogara National Park ©
Llogara National Park
Porto Palermo Castle ©
Porto Palermo Castle
The Castle of Himara ©
The Castle of Himara

2
nights
Vlore, Albania

Vlore ©
Vlorë is the third largest city and a municipality in Albania. On the 25th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Mary and then delve into the distant past at Apollonia. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Ali Pasha Castle, step into the grandiose world of Kanine Castle, and then appreciate the history behind Independence Monument.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Vlore trip 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. Traveling from Himare in January, plan for little chillier nights in Vlore, with lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Vlore

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fier
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Apollonia ©
Apollonia
Church of St Mary ©
Church of St Mary
Kanine Castle ©
Kanine Castle

4
nights
Berat, Albania

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Get out of town with these interesting Berat side-trips: Gramsh (Sotira Waterfall & Liqeni i Dushkut) and Ardenica Monastery (in Ardenice). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Berat Castle, take in the views from Gorica Bridge, make a trip to Osum Canyon (Kanioni i Osumit), and do a tasting at Nurellari Winery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Berat road trip app .

Traveling by car from Vlore to Berat takes 2 hours. In January in Berat, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Andorra la Vella.

Things to do in Berat

Historic Sites Wineries Nature

Side Trips

Gramsh, Osum Canyon (Kanioni i Osumit), Ardenica Monastery
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Holy Trinity Church ©
Holy Trinity Church
Berat Castle ©
Berat Castle
Nurellari Winery ©
Nurellari Winery

2
nights
Andorra la Vella, Andorra

Andorra la Vella ©
Tucked high in the Pyrenees and home to fewer than 65,000 residents, Andorra La Vella seems at first an unlikely tourist hotspot.
Step out of Andorra la Vella to go to Soldeu and see Soldeu - El Tarter, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Grandvalira, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sant Esteve d'Andorra la Vella, and admire the landmark architecture of Casa de la Vall.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Andorra la Vella day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Berat to Andorra la Vella takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to St. John's.

Things to do in Andorra la Vella

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Escaldes-Engordany, Vallnord Pal-Arinsal, Soldeu - El Tarter
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Grandvalira ©
Grandvalira
Vallnord Pal-Arinsal ©
Vallnord Pal-Arinsal
Casa de la Vall ©
Casa de la Vall

3
nights
St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda

St. John's ©
The capital and largest city of Antigua and Barbuda, St John's represents the commercial and touristic center of the twin-island country.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Betty's Hope, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nelson's Dockyard, and then look for gifts at Silver Chelles. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Devil's Bridge and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the St. John's route planner .

Explore your travel options from Andorra la Vella to St. John's with the Route module. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Andorra la Vella to St. John's due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 9th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. John's

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

English Harbour, Devil's Bridge
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Nelson's Dockyard ©
Nelson's Dockyard
Shirley Heights ©
Shirley Heights
Speed Boats Tours

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