16 days in The Balkans Itinerary

16 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Fly to Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Drive to Kruje
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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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Tirana, Albania
— 3 nights
Fly to Istanbul Airport, Drive to Izmit
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Izmit, Turkey
— 3 nights
Drive
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Eskisehir, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sakarya, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive to Istanbul Airport, Fly to Kuwait International Airport

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Kruje, Albania

— 1 night
Krujë is a town and a municipality in north central Albania. On the 15th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parku Kombetar i Qafe Shtames.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kruje day trip planner.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Kruje is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuwait City to Kruje is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Kuwait City in November, expect Kruje to be little chillier, temps between 22°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Shkoder.

Things to do in Kruje

Parks · Nature · Museums
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Rozafa Castle and Venice Art Mask Factory. Escape the urban bustle at Walking tours and Shkodra Lake. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Peaks Of The Balkans, don't miss a visit to Former Palace of King Nikola I, and take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Shkoder holiday builder.

Getting from Kruje to Shkoder by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. In November, daytime highs in Shkoder are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Shkoder

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Museums

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 19th (Thu): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then take in the views from Gorica Bridge, then admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, and finally explore the world behind art at National Iconographic Museum Onufri.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Berat vacation website.

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. In November, daily temperatures in Berat can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Berat

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Tirana, Albania

— 3 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
You'll explore and learn at Muzeu Historik Kombetar and House of Leaves. Popular historic sites such as Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania and Petrela Castle are in your itinerary. Take a break from Tirana with a short trip to The Cave of Pellumbas in Pellumbas, about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Bunk'Art 1, pause for some photo ops at Skanderbeg Statue, explore the stunning scenery at Canyons of Erzen River, and make a trip to Clock Tower.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tirana trip planner.

You can drive from Berat to Tirana in 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Tirana are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Izmit.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Izmit, Turkey

— 3 nights
İzmit, ancient Nicomedia, is a city in Turkey, the administrative center of the Kocaeli Province as well as the Metropolitan Municipality. Escape the urban bustle at Kerpe Kayaliklari and Su Dusen Selalesi. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Izmit: Cevdet Aydin Parki (in Yalova), Delmece Yaylasi (in Cinarcik) and Sapanca Lake (in Sapanca). Spend the 24th (Tue) exploring nature at Uzuntarla Tabiat Parki. The adventure continues: stroll around KInalI Asker ParkI.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Izmit trip website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tirana to Izmit. Traveling from Tirana to Izmit, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tirana in November: highs in Izmit hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 5°C. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Eskisehir.

Things to do in Izmit

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Eskisehir, Turkey

— 2 nights
Eskişehir is a city in northwestern Turkey and the capital of the Eskişehir Province. Museum-lovers will appreciate Yilmaz Buyukersen Balmumu Heykeller Muzesi and Ahsap Eserler Muzesi. Get some cultural insight at Cagdas Cam Sanatlari Muzesi and Daglik Frigya Yazilikaya Vadisi. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kent Park, see the interesting displays at Luleltasi Muzesi, and get in on the family fun at Sazova Park.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Eskisehir trip itinerary app.

Drive from Izmit to Eskisehir in 3 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Izmit in November; daily highs in Eskisehir reach 15°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Sakarya.

Things to do in Eskisehir

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Sakarya, Turkey

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orhan Gazi Camii and then explore the activities along Poyrazlar Golu.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sakarya trip builder website.

You can drive from Eskisehir to Sakarya in 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sakarya when traveling from Eskisehir in November, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sakarya

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

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