16 days in Albania & Montenegro Itinerary

16 days in Albania & Montenegro Itinerary

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16 days in Albania & Montenegro Itinerary

Start: Stockholm, Sweden
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Drive:  7​h 30​min
1
Berat, Albania
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Saranda, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Tirana, Albania
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Zabljak, Montenegro
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Podgorica, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Kotor, Montenegro
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Stockholm, Sweden

1
night
Berat, Albania

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Demetrius Orthodox Cathedral.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Berat itinerary builder.

Stockholm, Sweden to Berat is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Stockholm in August: high temperatures in Berat hover around 37°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Berat

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Saint Demetrius Orthodox Cathedral ©
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 14th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Agios Saranda, step into the grandiose world of Lekuresi Castle, and then explore the activities along Blue Eye (Syri Kalter). Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Ksamil Village and then contemplate the long history of Butrint.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Saranda vacation builder.

You can drive from Berat to Saranda in 3 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Berat to Saranda is 1 hour. Traveling from Berat in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Saranda. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can 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

4
nights
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Explore Tirana's surroundings by going to Durres Amphitheatre (in Durres) and Kruja Castle (in Kruje). On the 17th (Thu), 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, make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, and appreciate the history behind Skanderbeg Statue.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tirana itinerary maker.

You can drive from Saranda to Tirana in 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. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Saranda in August since evenings lows in Tirana dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Zabljak.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Spille Beach, Durres Amphitheatre, Dajti, Kruja Castle
Highlights from your plan
Dajti ©
Dajti
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Skanderbeg Square ©
Skanderbeg Square

3
nights
Zabljak, Montenegro

Zabljak ©
Žabljak is a small town in northern Montenegro. On the 20th (Sun), enjoy a day of scenic exploration at Tara River Canyon. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Crno Lake, take in the awesome beauty at Bobotov Kuk, head outdoors with Adventure Park Durmitor, and snap pictures at Đurđevića Tara Bridge.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Zabljak vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Tirana to Zabljak takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Podgorica.

Things to do in Zabljak

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Tara River Canyon
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Bobotov Kuk ©
Bobotov Kuk
Black Lake ©
Black Lake
Đurđevića Tara Bridge ©
Đurđevića Tara Bridge

1
night
Podgorica, Montenegro

Podgorica is the capital and largest city of Montenegro. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dajbabe Monastery, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then explore the activities along Skadar Lake National Park.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Podgorica trip planner.

You can drive from Zabljak to Podgorica in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Podgorica can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kotor.

Things to do in Podgorica

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dajbabe Monastery ©
Dajbabe Monastery
Lake Skadar ©
Lake Skadar

4
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.
Step out of Kotor with an excursion to Lovcen National Park in Cetinje--about 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor, explore the ancient world of St. Tryphon Cathedral, take a tour of Porto Montenegro, and steep yourself in history at Citadel.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kotor vacation planner.

You can drive from Podgorica to Kotor in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Podgorica in August since evenings lows in Kotor dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Budva, Tivat Municipality, R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, Jaz Beach, Castle Of San Giovanni
Highlights from your plan
Stari Grad Kotor ©
Stari Grad Kotor
Altstadt (Old Town) Budva ©
Altstadt (Old Town) Budva
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela ©
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela

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