9 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Fly
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Tirana
— 3 nights
Drive
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Berat
— 1 night
Drive
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Gjirokaster
— 1 night
Bus
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Korce
— 1 night
Drive
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Tirana
— 1 night
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Tirana — 3 nights

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tanners' Bridge, Skanderbeg Statue, TEG - Tirana East Gate, and other attractions you added. Do some cultural sightseeing at Muzeu Historik Kombetar and Bunk'Art 1. You'll explore and learn at Museum of Secret Surveillance and BunkArt 2. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque, make a trip to Clock Tower, and walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tirana trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Tirana is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from Dubai to Tirana, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in December, things will get much colder in Tirana: highs are around 17°C and lows about 0°C. On the 15th (Thu), you'll travel to Berat.
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Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping
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Berat — 1 night

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Berat Castle has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, then get engrossed in the history at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Spiridon's Orthodox Church, and finally admire the striking features of Berat Castle.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Berat trip planning tool.

Drive from Tirana to Berat in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gjirokaster.
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Museums · Historic Sites
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Gjirokaster — 1 night

City of Stone

Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Cold War Tunnel, Skenduli House and Caramel Cafe Lounge. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Nature&joy, steep yourself in history at Zekate House, contemplate the long history of The Cold War Tunnel, steep yourself in history at Ismail Kadare's House, then take an in-depth tour of Ethnographic Museum, and finally learn about all things military at Gjirokaster.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Gjirokaster trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Berat to Gjirokaster takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Berat in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Gjirokaster, with lows of 7°C. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Korce.
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Historic Sites · Nightlife · Museums · Wildlife
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Korce — 1 night

Korçë is a city and municipality in southeastern Albania, and the seat of Korçë County. Your day by day itinerary now includes Iljaz Mirahori Mosque as well as Muzeu Oriental . Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Iljaz Mirahori Mosque, contemplate the long history of Korca Old Bazaar, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ngjallja e Krishtit Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of Bulevardi Shen Gjergji, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower of Korce.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Korce holiday site.

Take a bus from Gjirokaster to Korce in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gjirokaster to Korce due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tirana.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Tirana — 1 night

On the 19th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Bektashi World Center.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tirana trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Korce to Tirana in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Mon) before leaving for home.
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Museums
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Korce County travel guide

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National Parks · Art Museums · Churches
Korçë County is one of the 12 counties of Albania, located in the eastern part of the country. The population at the 2011 census was 220,357, in an area of 3711 km². It is the largest county of Albania by area. Its capital is the city Korçë.TopographyTopographically, most of Korçë County is elevated, including the Gramos range, which forms the connection between the Scardus to the north and the Pindus range to the south.BordersKorçë's eastern border is also Albania's eastern border, as the county borders the Republic of Macedonia to the northeast and Greece to the southeast. Domestically, it borders on Gjirokastër County (southwest). Berat County (west) and Elbasan County (northwest).PeopleMost of the region's inhabitants are ethnic Albanians, but there are also important communities of Greeks, Macedonians, Aromanians and Roma. With regards to religion, the region hosts large concentrations of both Muslims and Orthodox Christians. According to the last national census from 2011, the county has 220,357 inhabitants. Ethnic groups in the county include Albanians, Greeks, Macedonians, Montenegrins, Aromanians, Romani, Egyptians.

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