14 days in Montenegro & Albania Itinerary

14 days in Montenegro & Albania Itinerary

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Kotor, Montenegro
— 5 nights
Podgorica, Montenegro
— 3 nights
Ulcinj, Montenegro
— 1 night
Dhermi, Albania
— 1 night
Saranda, Albania
— 3 nights
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Kotor, Montenegro — 5 nights

Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Get some historical perspective at Budva Old Town and Our Lady of the Rocks. Get some cultural insight at St. Nikola Church and Church of Blažena Ozana. Change things up with these side-trips from Kotor: Plavi Horizonti Beach (in Radovići), Lipa Cave (in Lipa) and Miločer Park (in Sveti Stefan). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Bay of Kotor, step into the grandiose world of Castle Of San Giovanni, steep yourself in history at Citadel, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kotor City Walls & Fortress.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kotor sightseeing planner.

Madrid, Spain to Kotor is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Kotor sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Podgorica.
Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ and St. George's Church. Get outdoors at Morača River and Bukumirsko Lake. Take a break from Podgorica with a short trip to Morača Monastery in Bare, about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Skadar and snap pictures at Millennium Bridge.

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Getting from Kotor to Podgorica by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ulcinj.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas' Church and then kick back and relax at Long Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ulcinj trip maker website.

Getting from Podgorica to Ulcinj by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. In August, daytime highs in Ulcinj are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Dhermi.
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Dhermi, Albania — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): stroll through Dhermi Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Dhermi tour planner.

Getting from Ulcinj to Dhermi by car takes about 5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saranda.
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Saranda, Albania — 3 nights

A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
Butrint National Park and Zekate House will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach and Pulebardha Beach. Explore Saranda's surroundings by going to Gjirokastra Bazaar (in Gjirokaster) and Blue Eye (in Vlore).

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Saranda travel planner.

Drive from Dhermi to Saranda in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. August in Saranda sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 25°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 20th (Sat).
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches
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Montenegro travel guide

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

Landmarks · Castles · Geologic Formations
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.