16 days in The Balkans Itinerary

16 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Tirana, Albania
— 4 nights
Drive
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Prizren, Kosovo
— 1 night
Drive
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kruje, Albania
— 1 night
Drive
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Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Berat, Albania
— 3 nights
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Tirana, Albania

— 4 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tirana: Petrela Castle (in Petrele), Preza Castle (in Fushe Preze) and Durres (Durres Archaeological Museum & Durres Amphitheatre). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), admire the striking features of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tirana trip itinerary planning website.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Tirana is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Kuwait City to Tirana, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier 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 29th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Prizren.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Baths

Side Trips

Prizren, Kosovo

— 1 night

Kosovo's Cultural Capital

Kosovo's second city, Prizren sits on the slopes of the rugged Sar Mountain, a region bordered by both Albania and the Republic of Macedonia.
On the 29th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Khalwati Tekke and then snap pictures at Stone Bridge. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint George, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Holy Saviour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sinan Pasha Mosque, deepen your knowledge of military history at Kalaja Fortress, then make a trip to Emin Pasa Camii (Emin Pasha Mosque), and finally get engrossed in the history at Albanian League of Prizren Museum [Muzeu Lidhja Shqiptare e Prizrenit].

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Prizren road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Tirana to Prizren takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Prizren

Historic Sites · Museums

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 1st (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, make a trip to Former Palace of King Nikola I, then explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Venice Art Mask Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Site of Witness and Memory and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

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Traveling by car from Prizren to Shkoder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) 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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Bovilla, appreciate the history behind Statue of George W. Bush, then step into the grandiose world of Kruja Castle, and finally examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum of Kruja.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kruje trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Shkoder to Kruje takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. In December, daytime highs in Kruje are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Skopje.

Things to do in Kruje

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

— 4 nights
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
Skopje is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake Matka, contemplate the long history of Kale, get a taste of the local shopping with Old Bazaar, Skopje, and take in the awesome beauty at Mountain of Vodno.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Skopje tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kruje to Skopje in 4 hours. Traveling from Kruje in December, expect Skopje to be a bit cooler, temps between 7°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Berat, Albania

— 3 nights

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
On the 8th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Sotira Waterfall, get engrossed in the history at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, and then admire the striking features of Berat Castle. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parku Kombetar Divjake-Karavasta.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Berat travel tool.

You can drive from Skopje to Berat in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Skopje in December, things will get a bit warmer in Berat: highs are around 16°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Berat

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips