16 days in Albania & Montenegro Itinerary

16 days in Albania & Montenegro Itinerary

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16 days in Albania & Montenegro Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
1
Berat, Albania
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Saranda, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Tirana, Albania
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Shkoder, Albania
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Zabljak, Montenegro
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Podgorica, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Kotor, Montenegro
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: London, United Kingdom

1
night
Berat, Albania

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
For other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Berat itinerary planner.

London, UK to Berat is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Berat is 1 hour. Traveling from London in August, expect Berat to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Saranda.
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Berat Castle ©
Berat Castle
Quarter Of Gorica ©
Quarter Of Gorica

2
nights
Saranda, Albania

Saranda
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 15th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Agios Saranda, explore the historical opulence of Lekuresi Castle, and then explore the activities along Blue Eye (Syri Kalter). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Ksamil Village and then make a trip to Butrint.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Saranda itinerary planner.

Getting from Berat to Saranda by car takes about 3 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Berat to Saranda is 1 hour. Traveling from Berat in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Saranda, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Saranda

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Blue Eye
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Lekuresi Castle
Lekuresi Castle
Blue Eye ©
Blue Eye
Agios Saranda ©
Agios Saranda

3
nights
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tirana: Durres Amphitheatre (in Durres), Petrela Castle (in Petrele) and Kruja Castle (in Kruje). On the 18th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mount Dajti. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at National History Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, pause for some photo ops at Skanderbeg Statue, and don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tirana sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Saranda to Tirana takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Saranda to Tirana, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Tirana when traveling from Saranda in August, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kruja Castle, Petrela Castle, Durres Amphitheatre, Dajti
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Dajti ©
Dajti
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Skanderbeg Square ©
Skanderbeg Square

1
night
Shkoder, Albania

Shkoder ©
Its geographic location has made Shkoder, one of Europe's oldest cities, an important cultural and economic center of the Balkans over the years.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake and then step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Shkoder itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tirana to Shkoder takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Shkoder are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Zabljak.

Things to do in Shkoder

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Shkodra Lake ©
Shkodra Lake
Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle

3
nights
Zabljak, Montenegro

Zabljak ©
Žabljak is a small town in northern Montenegro. On the 21st (Mon), enjoy a day of scenic exploration at Tara River Canyon. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Crno Lake, take in the awesome beauty at Bobotov Kuk, get outside with Adventure Park Durmitor, and take in the views from Đurđevića Tara Bridge.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Zabljak travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Shkoder to Zabljak by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Podgorica.

Things to do in Zabljak

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ice Cave, Tara River Canyon
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Bobotov Kuk ©
Bobotov Kuk
Black Lake ©
Black Lake
Đurđevića Tara Bridge ©
Đurđevića Tara Bridge

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nights
Podgorica, Montenegro

Podgorica is the capital and largest city of Montenegro. On the 24th (Thu), have fun at Karting Centar, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then explore the activities along Skadar Lake National Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Podgorica trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Zabljak to Podgorica by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kotor.

Things to do in Podgorica

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Karting Centar ©
Karting Centar
Lake Skadar ©
Lake Skadar

3
nights
Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor ©
Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Venture out of the city with trips to Church of the Holy Trinity (in Budva), Lovcen National Park (in Cetinje) and Radovici-Zanjice Pedestrian Path (in Tivat Municipality). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Bay of Kotor, get to know the fascinating history of City Walls, contemplate the long history of Citadel, and step into the grandiose world of Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kotor vacation builder.

You can drive from Podgorica to Kotor in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Podgorica in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Kotor, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Tivat Municipality, Budva, Lovcen National Park, Castle Of San Giovanni, R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela
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Altstadt (Old Town) Budva ©
Altstadt (Old Town) Budva
Stari Grad Kotor ©
Stari Grad Kotor
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela ©
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela

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