15 days in The Balkans Itinerary

15 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Tirana, Albania
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kruje, Albania
— 1 night
Drive
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Berat, Albania
— 1 night
Drive
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Gjirokaster, Albania
— 1 night
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Drive to Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Fly to Istanbul Airport, Drive to Izmit
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Izmit, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Eskisehir, Turkey
— 3 nights
Train to ISTANBUL(Pendik), Fly to Kuwait

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Tirana, Albania

— 3 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Tirana is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, admire the landmark architecture of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, and get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar.

Before you visit Tirana, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Tirana is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Kuwait City to Tirana. Traveling from Kuwait City in November, expect Tirana to be a bit cooler, temps between 21°C and 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Kruje.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Kruje, Albania

— 1 night
Krujë is a town and a municipality in north central Albania. On the 28th (Sat), appreciate the history behind Statue of George W. Bush and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bovilla.

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

Drive from Tirana to Kruje in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in November, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Kruje

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Shkoder, Albania

— 2 nights
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 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then take in the exciting artwork at Venice Art Mask Factory.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Shkoder itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Kruje to Shkoder in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Shkoder

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Spas

Berat, Albania

— 1 night

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, then admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, then admire the masterpieces at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, and finally make a trip to Quarter Of Gorica.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Berat online attractions planner.

You can drive from Shkoder to Berat in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Berat

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 3rd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Zekate House, admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House, and then explore the historical opulence of Gjirokaster.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Gjirokaster sightseeing site.

You can drive from Berat to Gjirokaster in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Berat to Gjirokaster, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Berat in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Gjirokaster, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Izmit.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums

Izmit, Turkey

— 2 nights
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 4th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Uzuntarla Tabiat Parki. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yeni Cuma Camii, then contemplate the long history of Izmit Saat Kulesi, and then engage your brain at Kocaeli Bilim Merkezi.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Izmit trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gjirokaster to Izmit. The time zone difference when traveling from Gjirokaster to Izmit is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Gjirokaster in December; daily highs in Izmit reach 11°C and lows reach 0°C. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Eskisehir.

Things to do in Izmit

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Eskisehir, Turkey

— 3 nights
Eskişehir is a city in northwestern Turkey and the capital of the Eskişehir Province. Eskisehir is known for museums, theme parks, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Sazova Park, don't miss a visit to Odunpazari Evleri, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Leaded Mosque - Eskisehir, and examine the collection at Tayfun Talipoglu Daktilo Muzesi.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Eskisehir travel route builder.

Drive from Izmit to Eskisehir in 3 hours. In December, Eskisehir is little chillier than Izmit - with highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Eskisehir

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors