1 Week in Albania: Top 2 Recommendations


One of Europe’s least-explored destinations, Albania is a land of pristine natural beauty, fascinating history, incredibly mouthwatering cuisine, and friendly locals. This country is also widely considered to be Europe’s last unturned stone. In fact, it was not until 1985 that Albania opened up to the world. Since then, it has seen a steady rise in the number of visitors.

In addition to its natural landmarks and cultural highlights, It is also relatively cheap, which means that you can enjoy a lavish one week in Albania without breaking the bank. Check out our top two recommendations for a trip to Albania that lasts from seven to eight days below and be ready to be blown away by this enigmatic country.

1. Get Active in Albania: 8 days in Albania

Aerial view of Saranda with Lekuresi Castle in South Albania
Immerse yourself in the beautiful city of Saranda and explore its highlights
Day 1 Welcome to Albania
Day 2 Cycle to the Lagoon of Karavasta
Day 3 Discover the stone city of Gjirokastra
Day 4 Stroll around the archaeological site of Butrint
Day 5 Kayak along the Albanian Riviera
Day 6 Hike in Llogara National Park
Day 7 Explore the capital city of Tirana
Day 8 Bid farewell to Albania

Discover the last secret of Europe during these 8 days in Albania itinerary. Your journey kicks off in the dynamic capital city of Tirana before it is time to go on an adventurous bicycling trip to the Lagoon of Karavasta. Cover some of Albania’s most famous sights, like Gjirokastra and the UNESCO World Heritage city of Butrint. Other highlights of this trip include an unforgettable experience kayaking in the Albanian Riviera and a scenic hike in Llogara National Park. We recommend this trip for fit and active travelers as it involves hiking, bicycling, and kayaking through the gems of Albania. See more 8-day tours in Albania.

2. History Meets Gastronomy: 1 week in Albania

The beautiful beaches of Ksamil
Bask in the cooling sandy beaches of Ksamil
Day 1 Take your first steps in Tirana
Day 2 Cover Kruja, Preza Castle, and Durres
Day 3 Stroll around Berat and sample the wines of its vineyards
Day 4 Go on a sightseeing tour of Gjirokaster
Day 5 Explore rural Gjirokastra and dive into Albanian cooking traditions
Day 6 Spend a day amid nature in Blue Eye Spring and Butrint National Park
Day 7 See Ali Pasha Castle and Vlore on your way back to Tirana

Satiate your lust for adventure and appetite for good food during these 7 days in Albania and tick off some of the most famous highlights of this small country. Start with a walking tour of Tirana before diving into the history of Kruja, Preze, and Durres. A wine-tasting adventure awaits you in Berat, followed by a gastronomic tour in Gjirokaster. Spend a day in the countryside, cooking, eating, and drinking with Albanian families. Feast your eyes on the turquoise waters of Blue Eye Spring and visit Butrint National Park as well as the port city of Vlore before it is time to head home. Describe your ideal one-week Albania tour for a customized itinerary.

Many great adventures await travelers with one week in Albania to spare. Feel free to reach out to our Travel Experts in Albania if you need help planning your itinerary. For more inspiration and possible trip durations, check out our guide on how many days to spend in Albania.

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  • Ed Reeves
    Ed Reeves
    Travel Expert in Albania & Kosovo
  • Elgerta Zaimi
    Elgerta Zaimi
    Travel Expert in Albania & Montenegro
  • Dorien Malaj
    Dorien Malaj
    Travel Expert in Albania
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