10 days in Republic of Macedonia, Pristina & Albania Itinerary

10 days in Republic of Macedonia, Pristina & Albania Itinerary

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10 days in Republic of Macedonia, Pristina & Albania Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
+2
train + bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Pristina, Kosovo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia
— 2 nights
shuttle:  4​h 30​min
4
Saranda, Albania
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
5
Tirana, Albania
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
End: London, United Kingdom

1
night
Pristina, Kosovo

Pristina ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Ethnographic Museum (Muzeu Etnologjik) and then pause for some photo ops at Newborn Monument.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Pristina trip planner.

London, UK to Pristina is an approximately 6-hour combination of train, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Pristina

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Gracanica Monastery, Via Ferrata Ari
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Via Ferrata Ari ©
Via Ferrata Ari
Katedrale Nënë Tereza ©
Katedrale Nënë Tereza
Gracanica Monastery ©
Gracanica Monastery

2
nights
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

Skopje ©
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
On the 26th (Mon), examine the collection at Memorial House of Mother Teresa, snap pictures at The Stone Bridge, get to know the fascinating history of Macedonia Square, then contemplate the long history of Kale, and finally wander the streets of Old Bazaar, Skopje.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Skopje online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pristina to Skopje takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Skopje can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ohrid.

Things to do in Skopje

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Shopping
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Old Bazaar, Skopje ©
Old Bazaar, Skopje
Macedonia Square ©
Macedonia Square
Kale ©
Kale

2
nights
Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia

Ohrid ©
Located on Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid earned the nickname Jerusalem of the Balkans because it was once home to 365 churches.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Ohrid. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Saint Naum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Sophia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sveti Kliment Ohridski, then make a trip to Samoil's Fortress, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Jovan Kaneo.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ohrid trip planner .

Getting from Skopje to Ohrid by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Ohrid can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Ohrid

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Lake Ohrid ©
Lake Ohrid
St. Jovan Kaneo ©
St. Jovan Kaneo
Monastery of Saint Naum ©
Monastery of Saint Naum

2
nights
Saranda, Albania

Saranda ©
A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): explore the activities along Blue Eye (Syri Kalter) and then contemplate the long history of Butrint. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Butrint National Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Saranda day trip website .

Getting from Shkoder to Saranda by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Shkoder to Saranda, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in March, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Tirana.

Things to do in Saranda

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Butrint National Park
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Butrint ©
Butrint
Butrint National Park ©
Butrint National Park
Blue Eye (Syri Kalter) ©
Blue Eye (Syri Kalter)

1
night
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Kruja Castle, steep yourself in history at Durres Amphitheatre, then take an in-depth tour of National History Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Enver Hoxha Pyramid, and finally make a trip to Skanderbeg Square. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque, appreciate the history behind Skanderbeg Statue, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tirana day trip planning site .

You can take a bus from Saranda to Tirana in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Saranda to Tirana is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Saranda in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 9°C in Tirana. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

#Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trips

Kruja Castle, Durres Amphitheatre
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National History Museum ©
National History Museum
Kruja Castle ©
Kruja Castle
Durres Amphitheatre ©
Durres Amphitheatre

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