19 days in Croatia, Montenegro & Albania Itinerary

19 days in Croatia, Montenegro & Albania Itinerary

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Zagreb, Croatia
— 5 nights
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Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shkoder, Albania
— 1 night
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Tirana, Albania
— 2 nights
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Zagreb, Croatia

— 5 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Head to Ban Josip Jelačić Square and Dolac Marketfor plenty of shopping. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of Broken Relationships and Atelier Mestrovic. Change things up with a short trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park in Plitvice Lakes National Park (about 2h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Recreational Sports Center Jarun, examine the collection at Zagreb 80's Museum, wander the streets of Lower Town, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Zagreb trip builder.

Miami, USA to Zagreb is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Miami to Zagreb is 6 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Miami in November: high temperatures in Zagreb hover around 52°F and lows are around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Split.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Split, Croatia

— 3 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Diocletian's Palace and Cathedral of Saint Domnius. Shop till you drop at Riva Harbor and By Lyna Conceptstore. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the ancient world of Grgur Ninski Statue, examine the collection at Museum of Senses Split, and explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic.

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You can fly from Zagreb to Split in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Zagreb in November: high temperatures in Split hover around 64°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Shopping

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 4 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.
Let the collections at Museum of Croatian War of Independence and Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum capture your imagination. Get outdoors at Sveti Jakov Beach and Dance Beach. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Old Town, visit Lapad, stop by Life According to Kawa, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Dubrovnik travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Split to Dubrovnik takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. November in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Kotor, Montenegro

— 3 nights

Bride of the Adriatic Sea

Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Appreciate the collections at Namfleg and Cats Museum. Visit Kotor Old City and Kotor City Walls & Fortress for their historical value. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Bay of Kotor, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Luke, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Rocks, and contemplate the long history of Church of St. Elijah the Prophet.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kotor tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Kotor by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Dubrovnik in November since evenings lows in Kotor dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Shkoder, Albania

— 1 night
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 23rd (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then view the masterpieces at Venice Art Mask Factory.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Shkoder trip planner.

You can drive from Kotor to Shkoder in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Shkoder

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

Tirana, Albania

— 2 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): examine the collection at House of Leaves, get a taste of the local shopping with Art Gallery E.RIRA, brush up on your military savvy at BunkArt 2, then take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, and finally make a trip to Skanderbeg Square.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tirana trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Shkoder to Tirana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and shuttle; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 44°F. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Shopping

Croatia travel guide

4.4
Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.

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.

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.