17 days in Albania, Turkey & Skopje Itinerary

17 days in Albania, Turkey & Skopje Itinerary

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Fly
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Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kruje, Albania
— 1 night
Drive
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Berat, Albania
— 1 night
Drive
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive to Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Fly to Samsun Çarşamba Airport
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Samsun, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, Drive to Eskisehir
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Eskisehir, Turkey
— 5 nights
Train to ISTANBUL(Pendik), Fly to Kuwait

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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, appreciate the history behind Millennium Cross, take in the views from The Stone Bridge, and take in the history at Memorial House of Mother Teresa.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Skopje online travel route planner.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Skopje is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. In November, Skopje is colder than Kuwait City - with highs of 15°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kruje.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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Kruje, Albania

Krujë is a town and a municipality in north central Albania. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Bovilla, pause for some photo ops at Statue of George W. Bush, then explore the historical opulence of Kruja Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum of Kruja.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kruje online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Skopje to Kruje in 4 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Skopje in November; daily highs in Kruje reach 22°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Kruje

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

1
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Berat, Albania

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
On the 2nd (Wed), make a trip to Quarter Of Gorica, admire the masterpieces at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, then admire the striking features of Berat Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Berat trip builder app.

You can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Berat

Museums

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Shkoder, Albania

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 3rd (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, relax and rejuvenate at Elixir Spa, then step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, and finally admire the striking features of Former Palace of King Nikola I. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Site of Witness and Memory, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then view the masterpieces at Venice Art Mask Factory.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Shkoder driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Berat to Shkoder in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Shkoder can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Samsun.

Things to do in Shkoder

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

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Samsun, Turkey

Samsun is a city on the north coast of Turkey with a population over half a million people. Samsun is known for museums, shopping, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Onur Anıtı, examine the collection at Samsun Kent Muzesi, browse the different shops at Piazza, and stroll around Bati Park.

Before you visit Samsun, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Shkoder to Samsun. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Shkoder to Samsun. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Eskisehir.

Things to do in Samsun

Museums · Shopping · Parks

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Eskisehir, Turkey

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, see the interesting displays at Cagdas Cam Sanatlari Muzesi, make a trip to Odunpazari Evleri, and delve into the distant past at Daglik Frigya Yazilikaya Vadisi.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Eskisehir online day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Samsun to Eskisehir. Traveling from Samsun in December, expect Eskisehir to be little chillier, temps between 5°C and -3°C. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Eskisehir

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Albania travel guide

3.9
National Parks · Landmarks · Castles
Land of the Eagles
With its young bustling metropolis, networks of cobblestone pedestrianized streets, coastal beach towns, and cities of ancient ruins, Albania will continuously surprise you. As you reach each new major town and discover how completely different it is from the last, your appreciation will deepen for this tucked-away land steeped in history. Travel, eating, and accommodation here is very inexpensive, freeing you from budget concerns and allowing you to travel in the style that you want. Meanwhile, you may find yourself going days without spotting another tourist. While this means that many things will not be customized for visitors (non-English menus, sparse accommodation, and fewer international transportation options), you'll experience the feel of authentic Albania.

Turkey travel guide

4.5
Architectural Buildings · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.