23 days in Greece, Albania & Montenegro Itinerary

23 days in Greece, Albania & Montenegro Itinerary

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Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
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Budva, Montenegro
— 2 nights
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Cetinje, Montenegro
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Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
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Ulcinj, Montenegro
— 1 night
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Shkoder, Albania
— 1 night
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Tirana, Albania
— 1 night
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Saranda, Albania
— 2 nights
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Ksamil, Albania
— 2 nights
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Ioannina, Greece
— 1 night
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Trikala, Greece
— 1 night
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Delphi, Greece
— 1 night
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Athens, Greece
— 7 nights
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Sounio, Greece
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Kotor, Montenegro

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Castle Of San Giovanni, don't miss a visit to Our Lady of Health, and then explore the galleries of Cats Museum. Keep things going the next day: choose your vessel at Miki Travel, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Rocks, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Namfleg.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kotor trip planning app.

Edinburgh, UK to Kotor is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Edinburgh in July: highs in Kotor hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 64°F. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Budva.

Things to do in Kotor

Tours · Outdoors · Transportation · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Budva, Montenegro

— 2 nights
Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
On the 2nd (Mon), make a trip to Podmaine Monastery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jaz Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Citadel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Budva Old Town and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mogren Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Budva trip itinerary app.

Budva is just a stone's throw from Kotor. In August, daytime highs in Budva are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cetinje.

Things to do in Budva

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cetinje, Montenegro

Culture and history come together at Cetinje, a city surrounded by mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): make a trip to Njegoš Mausoleum, then explore the galleries of National Museum of Montenegro, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Lipa Cave.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cetinje trip site.

Getting from Budva to Cetinje by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sveti Stefan.

Things to do in Cetinje

Parks · Museums · Nature

Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Sveti Stefan is a small islet and 5-star hotel resort on the Adriatic coast of Montenegro, approximately southeast of Budva.The resort, known commercially as Aman Sveti Stefan, includes part of the mainland, where the Villa Miločer part of the resort is located. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): don't miss a visit to St. Thomas Church and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gradište Monastery.

For photos and more tourist information, refer to the Sveti Stefan route tool.

You can drive from Cetinje to Sveti Stefan in an hour. In August, daytime highs in Sveti Stefan are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ulcinj.

Things to do in Sveti Stefan

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ulcinj, Montenegro

— 1 night
While on vacation in Ulcinj, you'll be able to experience two distinct cultures without having to put one foot out of Montenegro.
To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ulcinj trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Sveti Stefan to Ulcinj takes 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ulcinj when traveling from Sveti Stefan in August, with lows around 71°F. On the 5th (Thu), you'll travel to Shkoder.

Things to do in Ulcinj

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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.
On the 5th (Thu), take in the views from Mesi Bridge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity, then explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, and finally explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Ebu Bekr Mosque, see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and then shop like a local with Venice Art Mask Factory.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Shkoder route planning app.

Traveling by car from Ulcinj to Shkoder takes an hour. In August in Shkoder, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Tirana, Albania

— 1 night
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
On the 6th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tirana trip maker.

Traveling by car from Shkoder to Tirana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Tirana when traveling from Shkoder in August, with lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Saranda.

Things to do in Tirana

Historic Sites
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Saranda, Albania

— 2 nights
A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Blue Eye and Lekuresi Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Gjirokaster (Zekate House, Gjirokaster, &more). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Santa Quaranta beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and take in the waterfront at Saranda Embankment.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Saranda itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Tirana to Saranda takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tirana to Saranda due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Tirana in August since evenings lows in Saranda dip to 71°F. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ksamil.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Ksamil, Albania

— 2 nights
Ksamil Ksamili; is a village and a former municipality in the riviera of Southern Albania, and part of Butrint National Park. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): stroll through Butrint National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Vivar Kanal.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ksamil online route planner.

Ksamil is just a stone's throw from Saranda. In August, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 71°F. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Ioannina.

Things to do in Ksamil

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ioannina, Greece

— 1 night
Ioannina, often called Yannena within Greece, is the capital and largest city of Epirus, an administrative region in north-western Greece. On the 12th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Vrellis Greek History Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Archeologiko Mousio Ioanninon, then explore the historical opulence of Ioannina Castle, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pamvotis.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ioannina planning app.

Traveling by car from Ksamil to Ioannina takes 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Ioannina are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Trikala.

Things to do in Ioannina

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Trikala, Greece

— 1 night
Trikala is a city in northwestern Thessaly, Greece, and the capital of the Trikala regional unit. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Trikala Fort, then snap pictures at Palaiokarya’s Stone Bridge, then snap pictures at Stone Bridge Gate, and finally wander the streets of Old City of Trikala.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Trikala trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ioannina to Trikala takes 2.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Ioannina in August since evenings lows in Trikala dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Delphi.

Things to do in Trikala

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Delphi, Greece

— 1 night
Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
On the 14th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Parnassus, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Trinity, and then delve into the distant past at Delphi.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Delphi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Trikala to Delphi takes 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Delphi are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Athens.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Athens, Greece

— 7 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Temple of Hephaestus and Temple of Athena Nike. Change things up with these side-trips from Athens: Marathon Beach (in Nea Makri) and Vouliagmeni (Vouliagmeni Beach & Akti Vouliagmenis). Rev up your beach day on the 21st (Sat) with Ikarian Cruises. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, and get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Athens trip planner.

Traveling by car from Delphi to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Athens when traveling from Delphi in August, with lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Sounio.

Things to do in Athens

Outdoors · Tours · Transportation · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sounio, Greece

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sounio vacation planning site.

Getting from Athens to Sounio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Athens in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Sounio, with lows of 72°F. You'll set off for home on the 21st (Sat).

Things to do in Sounio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

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
Castles · National Parks · Landmarks
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.

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.