11 days in The Balkans Itinerary

11 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Durres, Albania
— 1 day
Drive
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Tirana, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pristina, Kosovo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
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Durres, Albania

— 1 day
Durrës, historically also known as Epidamnos, Durazzo and Dyrrachium, is the largest port and second largest city and a municipality of Albania. On the 21st (Wed), steep yourself in history at Royal Villa of Durres, take an in-depth tour of Durres Archaeological Museum, then steep yourself in history at Durres Amphitheatre, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Durres Castle.

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Bari, Italy to Durres is an approximately 9-hour car ride. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Bari in July since evenings lows in Durres dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Durres

Historic Sites · Museums

Tirana, Albania

— 2 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, brush up on your military savvy at BunkArt 2, take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, then make a trip to Clock Tower, then admire the striking features of Reja "The Cloud", and finally admire the striking features of Enver Hoxha Pyramid.

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You can drive from Durres to Tirana in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. July in Tirana sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Pristina.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Pristina, Kosovo

— 2 nights
Long regarded as a gray and traffic-congested provincial town with little tourist appeal, Pristina today possesses a youthful vibrance and a newfound sense of sophistication, as the result of the city's large community of foreign functionaries.
On the 24th (Sat), get advice or help at Pristina National Library, make a trip to Gracanica Monastery, take an in-depth tour of Kosovo Museum, take an in-depth tour of Ethnographic Museum (Muzeu Etnologjik), then walk around Germia Park, and finally appreciate the history behind Statue of Mother Tereza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Bill Clinton Statue, then appreciate the history behind Skanderbeg statue, then appreciate the history behind Newborn Monument, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katedrale Nënë Tereza.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Pristina day trip site.

You can drive from Tirana to Pristina in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Skopje.

Things to do in Pristina

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

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Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

— 2 nights
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): snap pictures at Skopje Art Bridge.

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Getting from Pristina to Skopje by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Skopje

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Sofia, Bulgaria

— 3 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Venture out of the city with trips to Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Church (in Blagoevgrad) and Rila Monastery (in Rila). There's lots more to do: see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours, take a stroll through Vitosha Boulevard, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sofia Church, and admire the striking features of Church St. George Rotunda.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sofia day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Skopje to Sofia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Skopje to Sofia, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Skopje in July, you will find days in Sofia are a bit cooler (34°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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