14 days in Albania & Turkey Itinerary

14 days in Albania & Turkey Itinerary

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Fly
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Konya, Turkey
— 3 nights
Drive
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Eskisehir, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Izmit, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Drive to Istanbul Airport, Fly to Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Drive to Shkoder
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Shkoder, Albania
— 1 night
Drive
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Kruje, Albania
— 1 night
Drive
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Berat, Albania
— 1 night
Drive
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Tirana, Albania
— 3 nights
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Konya, Turkey

City of Whirling Dervishes

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
Konya is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Mevlana Muzesi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sems-i Tebrizi Tomb & Mosque, examine the collection at İstiklal Harbi Şehitleri Abidesi, and take in nature's colorful creations at Konya Tropical Butterfly Garden.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Konya trip itinerary planning website.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Konya is an approximately 9-hour flight. Traveling from Kuwait City in December, things will get much colder in Konya: highs are around 5°C and lows about -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Eskisehir.

Things to do in Konya

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

2
nights
Eskisehir, Turkey

Eskişehir is a city in northwestern Turkey and the capital of the Eskişehir Province. On the 17th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Leaded Mosque - Eskisehir, see the interesting displays at Yilmaz Buyukersen Balmumu Heykeller Muzesi, then see the interesting displays at Cagdas Cam Sanatlari Muzesi, then view the masterpieces at Luletasi Mehmet Bassav Kultur Sanat Evi, and finally find something for the whole family at Sazova Park. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Kent Park, then explore the ancient world of Daglik Frigya Yazilikaya Vadisi, and then walk around Eskisehir Science Arts and Culture Park.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Eskisehir tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Konya to Eskisehir in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Eskisehir, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Izmit.

Things to do in Eskisehir

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

2
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Izmit, Turkey

İzmit, ancient Nicomedia, is a city in Turkey, the administrative center of the Kocaeli Province as well as the Metropolitan Municipality. On the 19th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Uzuntarla Tabiat Parki. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at Kocaeli Bilim Merkezi, contemplate the long history of Izmit Saat Kulesi, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yeni Cuma Camii.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Izmit vacation planner.

Getting from Eskisehir to Izmit by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Eskisehir in December: highs in Izmit hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Shkoder.

Things to do in Izmit

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

1
night
Shkoder, Albania

Its geographic location has made Shkoder, one of Europe's oldest cities, an important cultural and economic center of the Balkans over the years.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, and then admire the landmark architecture of Former Palace of King Nikola I.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Shkoder visit planning site.

Explore your travel options from Izmit to Shkoder with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Izmit to Shkoder. In December, daytime highs in Shkoder are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kruje.

Things to do in Shkoder

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

1
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Kruje, Albania

Krujë is a town and a municipality in north central Albania. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum of Kruja, then explore the historical opulence of Kruja Castle, then stop by Old Bazaar (Pazari i Vjeter), and finally appreciate the history behind Statue of George W. Bush.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kruje day trip site.

Traveling by car from Shkoder to Kruje takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. In December, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Kruje

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

1
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Berat, Albania

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
On the 23rd (Wed), see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, then admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, then explore the world behind art at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, and finally don't miss a visit to Quarter Of Gorica.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Berat day trip planner.

You can drive from Kruje to Berat in 2.5 hours. December in Berat sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Berat

Museums

3
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Tirana, Albania

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Bunk'Art 1, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque, then take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, and finally pause for some photo ops at Skanderbeg Statue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Clock Tower, walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), then admire the striking features of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, then learn about all things military at BunkArt 2, and finally make a trip to Skanderbeg Square.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tirana trip app.

Drive from Berat to Tirana in 2 hours. In December in Tirana, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 0°C at night. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

Turkey travel guide

4.5
Architectural Buildings · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Kocaeli Province travel guide

3.6
Zoos · Shopping Malls · Parks
Kocaeli Province is a province of Turkey and one of only two to not have the same official name as its capital, İzmit, which is thus also sometimes called Kocaeli. The province is the successor of the Ottoman-era Sanjak of Kocaeli. The largest towns in the province are İzmit and Gebze. The traffic code is 41. The province is located at the easternmost end of the Marmara Sea around the Gulf of İzmit. Kocaeli is bordered by the province of Istanbul and the Marmara Sea to the west, the Black Sea to the north, the province of Sakarya to the east, the province of Bursa to the south and the province of Yalova to the southwest. The metropolitan area of Istanbul extends to the Kocaeli-Istanbul provincial border. The size and natural conditions of the Bay of İzmit allow for extensive port facilities, including the Gölcük Naval Base. The province is called the industrial capital of Turkey. Kocaeli has an airport named Cengiz Topel Naval Air Station which is used for military and civilian transport. Kocaeli has two universities: Kocaeli University and Gebze Technical University.

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Albania travel guide

3.9
National Parks · Landmarks · Castles
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.