14 days in The Balkans Itinerary

14 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Tirana, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Shkoder, Albania
— 1 night
Drive
3
Podgorica, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive
4
Budva, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Kotor, Montenegro
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Kruje, Albania
— 1 night
Drive
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Berat, Albania
— 1 night
Drive
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Gjirokaster, Albania
— 2 nights
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Tirana, Albania

— 2 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
On the 25th (Sun), explore the galleries of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque, and then walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh). On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at Bunk'Art 1, admire the landmark architecture of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, then browse the exhibits of BunkArt 2, and finally make a trip to Skanderbeg Square.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tirana journey app.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Tirana is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Kuwait City in July, expect Tirana to be colder, temps between 38°C and 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Shkoder.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

Shkoder, Albania

— 1 night
Its geographic location has made Shkoder, one of Europe's oldest cities, an important cultural and economic center of the Balkans over the years.
On the 27th (Tue), shop like a local with Venice Art Mask Factory and then step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Shkoder trip builder website.

You can drive from Tirana to Shkoder in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of shuttle and train. Traveling from Tirana in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Shkoder. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Podgorica.

Things to do in Shkoder

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Podgorica, Montenegro

— 1 night
One of Europe's most relaxed and newest capital cities, Podgorica sits on the confluence of two rivers, with two sides of it offering two different options for exploring.
On the 28th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Podgorica route maker tool.

Traveling by car from Shkoder to Podgorica takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Budva.

Things to do in Podgorica

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Budva, Montenegro

— 2 nights
Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Ballet Dancer Statue, kick back and relax at Mogren Beach, then steep yourself in history at Citadel, then contemplate the long history of Budva Old Town, and finally make a trip to Budva City Walls.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Budva trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Podgorica to Budva in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In July in Budva, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Budva

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kotor, Montenegro

— 3 nights

Bride of the Adriatic Sea

Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Kotor is known for historic sites, nature, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor, delve into the distant past at St. Tryphon Cathedral, take a leisurely stroll along Porto Montenegro, and make a trip to Njegoš Mausoleum.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kotor trip planner.

Kotor is just a stone's throw from Budva. In July, daily temperatures in Kotor can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Kruje.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

Kruje, Albania

— 1 night
Krujë is a town and a municipality in north central Albania. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum of Kruja, then explore the historical opulence of Kruja Castle, and then shop like a local with Old Bazaar (Pazari i Vjeter).

Start your trip to Kruje by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Kotor to Kruje takes 4 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Kruje

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Berat, Albania

— 1 night

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, and then admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Berat day trip site.

You can drive from Kruje to Berat in 2.5 hours. August in Berat sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Berat

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Adventure

Gjirokaster, Albania

— 2 nights

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 6th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Zekate House, then admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House, and then explore the historical opulence of Gjirokaster.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Gjirokaster online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Berat to Gjirokaster in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berat to Gjirokaster due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Berat in August since evenings lows in Gjirokaster dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums