16 days in The Balkans Itinerary

16 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Tirana, Albania
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kruje, Albania
— 1 night
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
— 4 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, stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), brush up on your military savvy at Bunk'Art 1, and take an in-depth tour of BunkArt 2.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tirana online trip itinerary planner.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Tirana is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kuwait City in November; daily highs in Tirana reach 21°C and lows reach 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Shkoder.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Former Palace of King Nikola I and then step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then get a taste of the local shopping with Venice Art Mask Factory.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Shkoder tour builder tool.

Traveling by car from Tirana to Shkoder takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 8°C. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kruje.

Things to do in Shkoder

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

Kruje, Albania

— 1 night
Krujë is a town and a municipality in north central Albania. To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kruje trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Shkoder to Kruje in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. November in Kruje sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Kruje

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Berat, Albania

— 1 night

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
On the 2nd (Wed), don't miss a visit to Quarter Of Gorica, admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, and then explore the world behind art at National Iconographic Museum Onufri.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Berat trip maker app.

Drive from Kruje to Berat in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Berat can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House, then step into the grandiose world of Gjirokastra Bazaar, and then brush up on your military savvy at Gjirokaster.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Gjirokaster trip planner.

You can drive from Berat to Gjirokaster in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Berat in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Gjirokaster, with lows around 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. On the 4th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Uzuntarla Tabiat Parki. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yeni Cuma Camii, then engage your brain at Kocaeli Bilim Merkezi, and then contemplate the long history of Yuruyen Kosk.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Gjirokaster to Izmit. Traveling from Gjirokaster to Izmit, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier 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

— 4 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: get in on the family fun at Sazova Park, make a trip to Odunpazari Evleri, walk around Eskisehir Science Arts and Culture Park, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Akvaryum Dunyasi.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Eskisehir holiday maker website.

Traveling by car from Izmit to Eskisehir takes 3 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Izmit in December: high temperatures in Eskisehir hover around 5°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Eskisehir

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches