13 days in Albania, Izmit & Eskisehir Itinerary

13 days in Albania, Izmit & Eskisehir Itinerary

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Fly
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Tirana, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kruje, Albania
— 1 night
Drive
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Berat, Albania
— 1 night
Drive
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Shkoder, Albania
— 1 night
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Drive to Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Fly to Istanbul Airport, Drive to Izmit
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Izmit, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Eskisehir, Turkey
— 4 nights
Train to ISTANBUL(Pendik), Fly to Kuwait

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Tirana, Albania

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania, then learn about all things military at BunkArt 2, and finally don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), learn about all things military at Bunk'Art 1, appreciate the history behind Skanderbeg Statue, then get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, and finally make a trip to Clock Tower.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tirana travel planning tool.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Tirana is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Kuwait City to Tirana. Traveling from Kuwait City in November, expect Tirana to be slightly colder, temps between 21°C and 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sun) before leaving for Kruje.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 29:

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Kruje, Albania

Krujë is a town and a municipality in north central Albania. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): look for gifts at Old Bazaar (Pazari i Vjeter), pause for some photo ops at Statue of George W. Bush, and then explore the activities along Lake Bovilla.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kruje trip planner.

You can drive from Tirana to Kruje in an hour. In November, daytime highs in Kruje are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Kruje

Shopping · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Berat, Albania

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, make a trip to Bulevardi Republika, then admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, then explore the world behind art at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, and finally don't miss a visit to Quarter Of Gorica.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Berat trip planner.

Getting from Kruje to Berat by car takes about 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Berat

Museums · Historic Sites

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Shkoder, Albania

Its geographic location has made Shkoder, one of Europe's oldest cities, an important cultural and economic center of the Balkans over the years.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, get engrossed in the history at Site of Witness and Memory, then explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Venice Art Mask Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Former Palace of King Nikola I and then contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Shkoder trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Berat to Shkoder in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and bus. December in Shkoder sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Izmit.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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Izmit, Turkey

İzmit, ancient Nicomedia, is a city in Turkey, the administrative center of the Kocaeli Province as well as the Metropolitan Municipality. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): stroll around KInalI Asker ParkI, explore the activities along Sapanca Lake, then fly down the slopes at Kartepe Ski Center, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Outlet Center Izmit. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Selim Sirri Pasa Konagi, steep yourself in history at Izmit Saat Kulesi, and then walk around Seka Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Izmit trip maker site.

Explore your travel options from Shkoder to Izmit with the Route module. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Shkoder to Izmit due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Izmit are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Eskisehir.

Things to do in Izmit

Parks · Historic Sites · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Eskisehir, Turkey

Eskişehir is a city in northwestern Turkey and the capital of the Eskişehir Province. Eskisehir is known for museums, theme parks, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Sazova Park, examine the collection at Yilmaz Buyukersen Balmumu Heykeller Muzesi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seyit Battal Gazi Kulliyesi, and walk around Eskisehir Science Arts and Culture Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Eskisehir planning tool.

Drive from Izmit to Eskisehir in 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Izmit in December, with highs in Eskisehir at 5°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Eskisehir

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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.