13 days in Albania, Montenegro & Bosnia and Herzegovina Itinerary

13 days in Albania, Montenegro & Bosnia and Herzegovina Itinerary

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Berat, Albania
— 1 night
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Gjirokaster, Albania
— 1 night
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Himare, Albania
— 2 nights
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Cetinje, Montenegro
— 2 nights
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Herceg-Novi, Montenegro
— 2 nights
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Berat, Albania

— 1 night

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church and then examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, make a trip to Bulevardi Republika, and then do a tasting at Nurellari Winery and Guest House.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Berat day trip planning site.

Warsaw, Poland to Berat is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Warsaw in July, with highs in Berat at 38°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Berat

Wineries · Museums · Historic Sites

Gjirokaster, Albania

— 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): contemplate the long history of The Cold War Tunnel, step into the grandiose world of Gjirokastra Bazaar, steep yourself in history at Zekate House, then admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House, and finally browse the exhibits of Ethnographic Museum.

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Getting from Berat to Gjirokaster by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berat to Gjirokaster due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Gjirokaster when traveling from Berat in July, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Himare.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums

Himare, Albania

— 2 nights
On the 24th (Sat), kick back and relax at Dhermi Beach, stroll through Gjipe Beach, and then get a new perspective on things with Himara Seas The Day. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Ali Pasha Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello, then steep yourself in history at The Castle of Himara, and finally kick back and relax at Livadhi Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Himare trip builder site.

Getting from Gjirokaster to Himare by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cetinje.

Things to do in Himare

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cetinje, Montenegro

— 2 nights
Culture and history come together at Cetinje, a city surrounded by mountains.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. George Church, admire all the interesting features of Viewing Point at the Road Kotor-Lovćen, make a trip to Njegoš Mausoleum, then walk around Lovćen National Park, and finally contemplate the long history of The building of the former Embassy of Great Britain in Montenegro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of King Nicholas Museum, explore the galleries of Njegoš Museum Biljarda, Head underground at Lipa Cave, then explore the galleries of National Museum of Montenegro, and finally explore the striking landscape at Layered Rocks of Rafailovići.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cetinje trip maker app.

You can drive from Himare to Cetinje in 6.5 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Herceg-Novi.

Things to do in Cetinje

Parks · Nature · Museums · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Herceg-Novi, Montenegro

— 2 nights
Herceg-Novi welcomes visitors into the Bay of Kotor and spreads before them an array of attractions kissed by almost permanent sunshine.
On the 28th (Wed), wander the streets of Herceg Novi Old Town, then admire the landmark architecture of Savina Monastery, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kanli Kula Fortress. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nikola Church, browse the exhibits of Perast Museum, then do a tasting at Savina Winery, then go for a walk through Promenade of Herceg Novi, and finally don't miss a visit to Fort Citadela.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Herceg-Novi trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Cetinje to Herceg-Novi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mostar.

Things to do in Herceg-Novi

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 2 nights
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with War Photo Exhibition, appreciate the history behind Crooked Bridge (Kriva Cuprija), browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Bazar Kujundziluk, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque, then contemplate the long history of Kajtaz House, and finally explore the activities along Neretva River. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Museum of War and Genocide Victims 1992-1995, get outside with River Buna Spring, visit The historic urban site of Pocitelj, then take in the awesome beauty at Apparition Hill, and finally pause for some photo ops at il Monte Della Croce.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mostar trip planner.

You can drive from Herceg-Novi to Mostar in 2.5 hours. In July in Mostar, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Mostar

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 2 nights

Jerusalem of Europe

Nearly destroyed by war during the 1990s, the riverside city of Sarajevo now serves as one of the region's major educational, cultural, and commercial hubs.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Sarajevo Memorial for Children Killed during Siege, enjoy breathtaking views from The Yellow Fortress, contemplate the long history of Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain), explore the galleries of War Childhood Museum, then browse the exhibits of Museum Of Crimes Against Humanity And Genocide 1992-1995, and finally browse the exhibits of History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Sarajevo Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge Track, appreciate the history behind Monument All Man Multicultural, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Sarajevo, then explore the galleries of Svrzo House, and finally see the interesting displays at Jewish Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sarajevo visit site.

Getting from Mostar to Sarajevo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Mostar in July; daily highs in Sarajevo reach 32°C and lows reach 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Museums · Historic Sites

Albania travel guide

3.9
Castles · National Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Eagles
With its young bustling metropolis, networks of cobblestone pedestrianized streets, coastal beach towns, and cities of ancient ruins, Albania will continuously surprise you. As you reach each new major town and discover how completely different it is from the last, your appreciation will deepen for this tucked-away land steeped in history. Travel, eating, and accommodation here is very inexpensive, freeing you from budget concerns and allowing you to travel in the style that you want. Meanwhile, you may find yourself going days without spotting another tourist. While this means that many things will not be customized for visitors (non-English menus, sparse accommodation, and fewer international transportation options), you'll experience the feel of authentic Albania.

Montenegro travel guide

4.4
Historic Sites · Bodies of Water · Beaches
Whether you're in the mood to explore unspoiled nature, see historical sights, or soak in the Mediterranean atmosphere of beaches and parties, in Montenegro you can find everything within arm's reach. The Montenegrin coastline offers both large city beaches abundant with amenities, as well as peaceful fishing villages and secluded coves. Fortified old towns, medieval cathedrals, and monasteries are certain to satisfy history enthusiasts. Further inland are some of the nation's larger cities, as well as an abundance of opportunities for an active vacation. Wander off the beaten path, hike the mountains and canyons, and experience the traditional hospitality of villages where time seems to stand still. The national cuisine reflects the diversity of the landscape, including everything from fresh meat and dairy specialties, to a selection of seafood. The size of the country allows you to see a lot even during a short stay.

Bosnia and Herzegovina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Bridges · Historic Sites
Heart-Shaped Land
With the legacy of war still fresh on the streets of Bosnia and Herzegovina, this Balkan gem is often overlooked as a holiday destination. Part of the former Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina endured a bloody and destructive war for independence in the 1990s, which ripped apart its capital and other important cities. Since then, Bosnians have moved on, and as the rest of the world does too, tourism in the country is slowly growing. You’ll be welcomed by locals with open arms, eager to share their country and culture with those who include Bosnia and Herzegovina in their itineraries. Sarajevo and Mostar top most visitors' list of places to visit for their rich history and charming streets. Make sure to indulge in some local specialities such as burek.