30 days in Afghanistan & Albania Itinerary

30 days in Afghanistan & Albania Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  19 h
1
Bamyan, Afghanistan
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Herat, Afghanistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
3
Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan
— 1 night
Fly:  16 h
4
Tirana, Albania
— 8 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Berat, Albania
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Vlore, Albania
— 4 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
7
Saranda, Albania
— 7 nights
+4
Ferry + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  8 h
End: London, United Kingdom

1
night
Bamyan, Afghanistan

Bamyan ©
For centuries a major Buddhist pilgrimage site, Bamyan now represents one of the most stable places in war-torn Afghanistan.
On the 2nd (Tue), steep yourself in history at Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Band-e-Amir National Park.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bamyan online route planner.

London, UK to Bamyan is an approximately 22.5- hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Afghanistan Time (AFT), which is usually a 4.5 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Herat.

Things to do in Bamyan

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Band-e-Amir National Park ©
Band-e-Amir National Park

2
nights
Herat, Afghanistan

Herat ©
Sitting in a fertile river valley, the city of Herat has a diverse history spanning over 3,000 years.
On the 4th (Thu), make a trip to Herat Citadel, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Gawhar Shad Madrasa and Mausoleum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Friday Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Musalla Minarets of Herat, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Khawaja Ghaltan Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jami's Tomb.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Herat journey planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Bamyan to Herat in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 42°C in June, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mazar-i-Sharif.

Things to do in Herat

Historic Sites
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Friday Mosque ©
Friday Mosque
Gawhar Shad Madrasa and Mausoleum ©
Gawhar Shad Madrasa and Mausoleum
Musalla Minarets of Herat ©
Musalla Minarets of Herat

1
night
Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan

Mazar-i-Sharif ©
Surrounded by scenic mountains, Mazar-i-Sharif stands as one of the largest cities in the country.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Green Mosque and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Blue Mosque.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Mazar-i-Sharif trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Herat to Mazar-i-Sharif takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Herat in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Mazar-i-Sharif, with lows of 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Tirana.

Things to do in Mazar-i-Sharif

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Green Mosque
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Blue Mosque ©
Blue Mosque
Green Mosque ©
Green Mosque

8
nights
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Get a sense of the local culture at Rozafa Castle and Marubi National Museum of Photography. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and The Beach Bar. Venture out of the city with trips to Kruje (Kruja Castle & Ethnographic Museum of Kruja), Shkoder (Venice Art Mask Factory, Site of Witness and Memory, &more) and Durres (Durres Castle & Durres Amphitheatre). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Laguna e Karavastase, examine the collection at House of Leaves, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque, and don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tirana holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mazar-i-Sharif to Tirana. Traveling from Mazar-i-Sharif to Tirana, you'll gain 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Mazar-i-Sharif in June: high temperatures in Tirana hover around 34°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Shkoder, Durres, Kruje, Laguna e Karavastase, Petrela Castle
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Venice Art Mask Factory ©
Venice Art Mask Factory
Ethnographic Museum of Kruja ©
Ethnographic Museum of Kruja
Marubi National Museum of Photography ©
Marubi National Museum of Photography

4
nights
Berat, Albania

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nurellari Winery and Guest House and Cobo Winery. Let the collections at National Iconographic Museum Onufri and National Ethnographic Museum Berat capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Berat: Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme (in Selce e Poshteme) and Ardenica Monastery (in Ardenice). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, make a trip to Bulevardi Republika, take in the views from Gorica Bridge, and admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Berat trip planning website.

You can drive from Tirana to Berat in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Vlore.

Things to do in Berat

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme, Cobo Winery, Ardenica Monastery
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Cobo Winery ©
Cobo Winery
Ardenica Monastery ©
Ardenica Monastery
Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme ©
Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme

4
nights
Vlore, Albania

Vlore
Vlorë is the third largest city and a municipality in Albania. Get a sense of the local culture at Church of St Mary and National Museum of Independence. Step off the beaten path and head to Llogara National Park and Byllis Archaeological Park. When in Vlore, make a side trip to see Palase Beach in Palase, approximately Palase away. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Kanine Castle, examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, Vlore, and explore the activities along Blue Eye.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Vlore holiday planner.

You can drive from Berat to Vlore in 2 hours. In June in Vlore, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Saranda.

Things to do in Vlore

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Byllis Archaeological Park, Palase Beach, Llogara National Park, Church of St Mary
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Palase Beach
Palase Beach
Llogara National Park ©
Llogara National Park
Church of St Mary ©
Church of St Mary

7
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zekate House and The Castle of Himara. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Butrint National Park and Monastery of 40 Saints. Change things up with these side-trips from Saranda: Livadhi Beach (in Himare), Gjirokaster (in Gjirokaster) and Borsh Beach (in Borsh). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, enjoy the sand and surf at Lukova Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pulebardha Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Saranda trip planner.

You can take a bus from Vlore to Saranda in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Vlore to Saranda due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Himare, Gjirokaster, Butrint National Park, Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit, Lukova Beach
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Butrint National Park ©
Butrint National Park
Livadhi Beach ©
Livadhi Beach
Borsh Beach ©
Borsh Beach

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