14 days in The Balkans Itinerary

14 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Tirana, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shkoder, Albania
— 1 night
Drive
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Berat, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gjirokaster, Albania
— 1 night
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Drive to Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Fly to İstanbul Airport, Drive to Izmit
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Izmit, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive
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Eskisehir, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Konya, Turkey
— 3 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 18th (Sun), explore the galleries of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque, and then stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh). Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Bunk'Art 1, then admire the striking features of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, then brush up on your military savvy at BunkArt 2, and finally don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tirana online journey planner.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Tirana is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Kuwait City in July, things will get cooler in Tirana: highs are around 38°C and lows about 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Tue) before leaving for 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 20th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Venice Art Mask Factory and then explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Shkoder trip itinerary planner.

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, Shkoder is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Shkoder

Nature · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Berat, Albania

— 2 nights

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Halveti Teqe, admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, and then awaken your taste buds at 1001 Albanian Adventures.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Berat trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Shkoder to Berat takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Shkoder in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 20°C in Berat. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Berat

Wineries · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

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 24th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Zekate House, then admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House, and then learn about all things military at Gjirokaster.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Gjirokaster trip builder 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. Traveling from Berat in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Gjirokaster, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Izmit.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums

Izmit, Turkey

— 1 night
İzmit, ancient Nicomedia, is a city in Turkey, the administrative center of the Kocaeli Province as well as the Metropolitan Municipality. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Uzuntarla Tabiat Parki.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Izmit trip maker tool.

Explore your travel options from Gjirokaster to Izmit with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Gjirokaster to Izmit is 1 hour. In July, Izmit is a bit cooler than Gjirokaster - with highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Mon) before leaving for Eskisehir.

Things to do in Izmit

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

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Eskisehir, Turkey

— 2 nights
Eskişehir is a city in northwestern Turkey and the capital of the Eskişehir Province. On the 26th (Mon), stroll around Kent Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Cagdas Cam Sanatlari Muzesi, then examine the collection at Yilmaz Buyukersen Balmumu Heykeller Muzesi, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Leaded Mosque - Eskisehir.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Eskisehir route tool.

Getting from Izmit to Eskisehir by car takes about 3 hours. July in Eskisehir sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Konya.

Things to do in Eskisehir

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Konya, Turkey

— 3 nights

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Mevlana Muzesi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aziziye Cami, admire the natural beauty at Konya Tropical Butterfly Garden, and get curious at Konya Science Center.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Konya online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Eskisehir to Konya in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Konya when traveling from Eskisehir in July, with lows around 20°C. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Konya

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

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