15 days in Albania & Montenegro Itinerary

15 days in Albania & Montenegro Itinerary

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Fly to Corfu, Ferry to Saranda
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Saranda, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Berat, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tirana, Albania
— 3 nights
Drive
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Podgorica, Montenegro
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 4 nights
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Saranda, Albania

— 2 nights
A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach and then explore the striking landscape of Butrint National Park. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Phoenice Archaeological Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Eye, and then explore the historical opulence of Lekuresi Castle.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Saranda travel route tool.

Gdansk, Poland to Saranda is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Gdansk in July, expect Saranda to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Berat, Albania

— 2 nights

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 4th (Sun): indulge your senses at 1001 Albanian Adventures, admire the striking features of Berat Castle, and then get engrossed in the history at National Iconographic Museum Onufri. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The King Mosque.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Berat journey planning tool.

You can drive from Saranda to Berat in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Saranda to Berat. Traveling from Saranda in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 20°C in Berat. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Berat

Outdoors · Tours · Wineries · Museums

Tirana, Albania

— 3 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tirana: Kruje (Kruja Castle & Ethnographic Museum of Kruja) and Petrela Castle (in Petrele). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, admire the striking features of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Tirana trip planner.

Drive from Berat to Tirana in 2 hours. July in Tirana sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Podgorica.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Podgorica, Montenegro

— 3 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Podgorica side-trips: Virpazar (Virpazar Stone Bridge & Boat Tours & Water Sports), Lipa Cave (in Lipa) and Lovćen National Park (in Cetinje). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Skadar, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Podgorica vacation builder app.

You can drive from Tirana to Podgorica in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Podgorica

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Kotor, Montenegro

— 4 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Bay of Kotor, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Rocks, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kotor City Walls & Fortress, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Tryphon Cathedral.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kotor trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Podgorica to Kotor in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Kotor can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.

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.