18 days in Albania, Montenegro & Dubrovnik Itinerary

18 days in Albania, Montenegro & Dubrovnik Itinerary

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Tirana, Albania
— 3 nights
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Shkoder, Albania
— 3 nights
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Podgorica, Montenegro
— 3 nights
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Budva, Montenegro
— 4 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Tirana, Albania

— 3 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Get some cultural insight at Muzeu Historik Kombetar and Durres Archaeological Museum. Visit Durres Amphitheatre and Durres Castle for their historical value. Take a break from Tirana with a short trip to Duka Winery and Vineyard in Durres, about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Bunk'Art 1, take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania, see the interesting displays at House of Leaves, and make a trip to Skanderbeg Square.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tirana trip maker site.

Miami, USA to Tirana is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Miami in November, expect nights in Tirana to be colder, around 44°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Baths

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Shkoder, Albania

— 3 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Venice Art Mask Factory and Marubi National Museum of Photography. Get some cultural insight at Rozafa Castle and Site of Witness and Memory. There's much more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, relax and rejuvenate at Elixir Spa, explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, and admire the striking features of Former Palace of King Nikola I.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Shkoder tour itinerary website.

You can drive from Tirana to Shkoder in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and train; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Podgorica.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Podgorica, Montenegro

— 3 nights
One of Europe's most relaxed and newest capital cities, Podgorica sits on the confluence of two rivers, with two sides of it offering two different options for exploring.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ostrog Monastery and Wine Tours & Tastings. Get outdoors at Strbina Beach and Morača River. There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ and admire the masterpieces at Museum and Gallery of Podgorica.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Podgorica trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Shkoder to Podgorica in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Budva.

Things to do in Podgorica

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Budva, Montenegro

— 4 nights
Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Maritime Museum and Namfleg. You'll get in some beach time at Jaz Beach and Mogren Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Budva: Our Lady of the Rocks (in Perast) and Kotor (Cats Museum, Kotor City Walls & Fortress, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Budva Old Town, take a memorable tour with Budva Paragliding Montenegro, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and shop like a local with Gallery Nives.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Budva day trip site.

You can drive from Podgorica to Budva in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Budva can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Budva

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
On the 22nd (Sun), head off the coast to Lokrum Island, stop by Clara Stones, and then brush up on your military savvy at Museum of Croatian War of Independence. On the next day, examine the collection at War Photo Limited, explore the galleries of Art Gallery TALIR, then take in panoramic vistas at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, then contemplate the long history of Dubrovnik City Walls, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Franjevacki Crkva Male Brace.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Dubrovnik online visit planner.

Drive from Budva to Dubrovnik in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

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.

Montenegro travel guide

4.4
Historic Sites · Bodies of Water · Beaches
Whether you're in the mood to explore unspoiled nature, see historical sights, or soak in the Mediterranean atmosphere of beaches and parties, in Montenegro you can find everything within arm's reach. The Montenegrin coastline offers both large city beaches abundant with amenities, as well as peaceful fishing villages and secluded coves. Fortified old towns, medieval cathedrals, and monasteries are certain to satisfy history enthusiasts. Further inland are some of the nation's larger cities, as well as an abundance of opportunities for an active vacation. Wander off the beaten path, hike the mountains and canyons, and experience the traditional hospitality of villages where time seems to stand still. The national cuisine reflects the diversity of the landscape, including everything from fresh meat and dairy specialties, to a selection of seafood. The size of the country allows you to see a lot even during a short stay.