14 days in Albania, Montenegro & Bosnia and Herzegovina Itinerary

14 days in Albania, Montenegro & Bosnia and Herzegovina Itinerary

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Fly to Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Drive to Berat
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Berat, Albania
— 1 night
Drive
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Gjirokaster, Albania
— 1 night
Drive
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Himare, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cetinje, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive
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Herceg-Novi, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
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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.
To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Berat trip itinerary maker website.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Berat is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Dubai in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Berat, with highs around 39°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Berat

Wineries · Outdoors · Tours · 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 15th (Sun): contemplate the long history of The Cold War Tunnel, make a trip to 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.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Gjirokaster day trip tool.

Drive from Berat to Gjirokaster in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Gjirokaster when traveling from Berat in August, with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Himare.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums

Himare, Albania

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Llogara National Park. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Kalaja e Borshit, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Borsh Beach, and then kick back and relax at Palase Beach.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Himare itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Himare takes 2.5 hours. August in Himare sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Cetinje.

Things to do in Himare

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cetinje, Montenegro

— 2 nights
Culture and history come together at Cetinje, a city surrounded by mountains.
On the 18th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. George Church, cruise along Viewing Point at the Road Kotor-Lovćen, then don't miss a visit to Njegoš Mausoleum, then stroll around Lovćen National Park, and finally admire the striking features of The building of the former Embassy of Great Britain in Montenegro. Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of King Nicholas Museum, browse the exhibits of Njegoš Museum Biljarda, then 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 see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Cetinje trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Himare to Cetinje by car takes about 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Himare to Cetinje is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Herceg-Novi.

Things to do in Cetinje

Nature · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

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 20th (Fri), stop by Herceg Novi Old Town, admire the landmark architecture of Savina Monastery, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kanli Kula Fortress. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nikola Church, browse the exhibits of Perast Museum, do a tasting at Savina Winery, then don't miss a visit to Promenade of Herceg Novi, and finally make a trip to Fort Citadela.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Herceg-Novi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cetinje to Herceg-Novi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Herceg-Novi sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Mostar.

Things to do in Herceg-Novi

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · 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 22nd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Koski-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque, then make a trip to Velagic House, then make a trip to Missionarie della Famiglia Ferita Maria, and finally take some stellar pictures from Hum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Sniper Tower, then get a taste of the local shopping with War Photo Exhibition, then take an in-depth tour of Bosnaseum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Art Studio Pandur.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mostar travel route app.

Drive from Herceg-Novi to Mostar in 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Mostar can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Mostar

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

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), appreciate the history behind Sarajevo Memorial for Children Killed during Siege, then get engrossed in the history at Svrzo House, then snap pictures at Bridge Festina Lente, and finally make a trip to The Academy of Fine Arts. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Bosniak Institute, contemplate the long history of Gazi Husrev Begova Medresa, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Sarajevo, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument All Man Multicultural.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sarajevo tour itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Mostar to Sarajevo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Mostar in August, with highs in Sarajevo at 33°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Historic Sites · Museums

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.