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 13th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church and then see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, make a trip to Bulevardi Republika, and then learn about winemaking at Nurellari Winery and Guest House.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Berat trip itinerary maker 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. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Warsaw in August: high temperatures in Berat hover around 39°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough 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.
On the 15th (Sun), steep yourself in history at The Cold War Tunnel, explore the historical opulence of Gjirokastra Bazaar, then contemplate the long history of Zekate House, then admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House, and finally explore the galleries of Ethnographic Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Gjirokaster trip planner.

You can drive from Berat to Gjirokaster in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Berat to Gjirokaster, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Berat in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Gjirokaster. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Himare.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums

Himare, Albania

— 2 nights
On the 16th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Dhermi Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gjipe Beach, and then see what you can catch with Himara Seas The Day. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Ali Pasha Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello, then step into the grandiose world of The Castle of Himara, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Livadhi Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Himare travel planner.

Drive from Gjirokaster to Himare in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can 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 18th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. George Church, take a memorable drive along Viewing Point at the Road Kotor-Lovćen, don't miss a visit to Njegoš Mausoleum, then walk around Lovćen National Park, and finally admire the striking features of The building of the former Embassy of Great Britain in Montenegro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): explore the galleries of King Nicholas Museum, explore the galleries of Njegoš Museum Biljarda, explore the fascinating underground world of Lipa Cave, then explore the galleries of National Museum of Montenegro, and finally explore the striking landscape at Layered Rocks of Rafailovići.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cetinje trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Himare to Cetinje takes 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): wander the streets of Herceg Novi Old Town, then admire the striking features of Savina Monastery, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kanli Kula Fortress. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nikola Church, explore the galleries of Perast Museum, then learn about winemaking at Savina Winery, then take in the pleasant sights at Promenade of Herceg Novi, and finally make a trip to Fort Citadela.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Herceg-Novi trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Cetinje to Herceg-Novi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Herceg-Novi are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) 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.
On the 22nd (Sun), shop like a local with War Photo Exhibition, take in the views from Crooked Bridge (Kriva Cuprija), browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Bazar Kujundziluk, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koski-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: take an in-depth tour of Museum of War and Genocide Victims 1992-1995, get outside with River Buna Spring, then stop by The historic urban site of Pocitelj, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Apparition Hill, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of il Monte Della Croce.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Mostar trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Herceg-Novi to Mostar in 2.5 hours. In August in Mostar, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Mostar

Historic Sites · Parks · 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.
On the 24th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Sarajevo Memorial for Children Killed during Siege, enjoy breathtaking views from The Yellow Fortress, steep yourself in history at Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain), get engrossed in the history at War Childhood Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Museum Of Crimes Against Humanity And Genocide 1992-1995, and finally take an in-depth tour of History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Sarajevo Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge Track, pause for some photo ops at Monument All Man Multicultural, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Sarajevo, then get engrossed in the history at Svrzo House, and finally examine the collection at Jewish Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sarajevo trip planning website.

You can drive from Mostar to Sarajevo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Mostar in August, expect Sarajevo to be little chillier, temps between 33°C and 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) 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.