10 days in Croatia, Montenegro & Albania Itinerary

10 days in Croatia, Montenegro & Albania Itinerary

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Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 3 nights
Drive
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Berat, Albania
— 1 night
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Zagreb, Croatia

— 2 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Recreational Sports Center Jarun.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Zagreb online road trip planner.

Rimini, Italy to Zagreb is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and shuttle. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rimini in December: high temperatures in Zagreb hover around 44°F and lows are around 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cavtat Cemetery and Dubrovnik City Walls. Step off the beaten path and head to Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola and Lapad. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Minceta Fortress, steep yourself in history at Fort Lovrijenac, head off the coast to Lokrum Island, and don't miss a visit to Pile Gate.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Dubrovnik trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Zagreb to Dubrovnik in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Zagreb in December, expect Dubrovnik to be a bit warmer, temps between 55°F and 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kotor.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Citadel, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Trinity, then steep yourself in history at Budva Old Town, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Tryphon Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Castle Of San Giovanni, enjoy the sand and surf at Mogren Beach, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kotor City Walls & Fortress, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Rocks.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kotor tour planning app.

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Kotor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Kotor, with lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Berat, Albania

— 1 night

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
On the 27th (Sun), learn about winemaking at Nurellari Winery and Guest House.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Berat day trip planning app.

You can drive from Kotor to Berat in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of car and train. December in Berat sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 33°F at night. On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Berat

Wineries

Side Trip

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.