10 days in Republic of North Macedonia, Albania & Montenegro Itinerary

10 days in Republic of North Macedonia, Albania & Montenegro Itinerary

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Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 day
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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 3 nights
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Himare, Albania
— 2 nights
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 3 nights
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Podgorica, Montenegro
— 1 night
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Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

— 1 day
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
On the 14th (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Macedonia Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Panteleimon, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Clement of Ohrid.

Plan trip to Skopje with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Budapest, Hungary to Skopje is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Skopje are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ohrid.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites
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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia

— 3 nights

Jerusalem of the Balkans

Located on Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid earned the nickname Jerusalem of the Balkans because it was once home to 365 churches.
Step out of the city life by going to Lake Ohrid and Parasailing & Paragliding. Explore hidden gems such as Saint Climent of Ohrid and Holy Mary Perybleptos. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at National Workshop For Handmade Paper, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Jovan Kaneo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Halveti Hayati Tekke, and steep yourself in history at Early Christian Basilica.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ohrid trip planner.

Traveling by car from Skopje to Ohrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Skopje in June, you will find days in Ohrid are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Himare.

Things to do in Ohrid

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Himare, Albania

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Dhermi Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gjipe Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello, then step into the grandiose world of The Castle of Himara, and then take a memorable tour with Himara Seas The Day.

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You can drive from Ohrid to Himare in 5.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ohrid in June, with highs in Himare at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kotor.

Things to do in Himare

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

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.
Popular historic sites such as Kotor Old City and Church of St. Luke are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as St. Nikola Church and Sea Gate. Next up on the itinerary: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, don't miss a visit to Our Lady of Health, and see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kotor road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Himare to Kotor takes 7 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Himare in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kotor, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Podgorica.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Podgorica, Montenegro

— 1 night
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.
On the 23rd (Wed), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Morača River.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Podgorica trip planner.

You can drive from Kotor to Podgorica in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Podgorica

Outdoors · Wineries · Tours · Wildlife

Republic of North Macedonia travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Historic Sites · Landmarks
Despite its rich culture and outstanding natural beauty, the Republic of Macedonia remains relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists. Life continues at a slower pace in this natural setting of mountains, lakes, and rivers. Tradition and local customs rule the country's idyllic villages, tiny pockets of hospitality scattered across a rugged region. Start your Macedonian adventure at the capital city of Skopje, an easygoing urban center offering good dining, shopping, and entertainment options. The city also serves as a convenient base for hiking and biking trips through the surrounding countryside, which is noted for its ancient monasteries, mosques, and archaeological sites.

Albania travel guide

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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

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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.