9 days in Kosovo, Republic of Macedonia & Albania Itinerary

9 days in Kosovo, Republic of Macedonia & Albania Itinerary

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9 days in Kosovo, Republic of Macedonia & Albania Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
+4
train + bus + Fly + Drive + train:  6​h 30​min
1
Pec, Kosovo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia
— 2 nights
shuttle:  2​h 15​min
4
Tirana, Albania
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Dhermi, Albania
— 1 night
Drive + shuttle:  1​h 15​min
6
Saranda, Albania
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: London, United Kingdom

1
night
Pec, Kosovo

Pec ©
On the 24th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Visoki Decani Monastery, then contemplate the long history of Patriarchate of Pec, and then take in breathtaking views at Rugova Canyon.

To find out how to plan a trip to Pec, use our trip itinerary maker.

London, UK to Pec is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Pec

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Kosovo
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Patriarchate of Pec ©
Patriarchate of Pec
Visoki Decani Monastery ©
Visoki Decani Monastery
Rugova Canyon ©
Rugova Canyon

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Memorial House of Mother Teresa, take a stroll through Old Bazaar, Skopje, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matka, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Macedonia Square.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Skopje travel route planner.

Drive from Pec to Skopje in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ohrid.

Things to do in Skopje

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature
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Old Bazaar, Skopje ©
Old Bazaar, Skopje
Macedonia Square ©
Macedonia Square
Lake Matka ©
Lake Matka

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Ohrid. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Monastery of Saint Naum, take an in-depth tour of Bay of the Bones Museum, then see the interesting displays at National Workshop For Handmade Paper, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Jovan Kaneo, and finally don't miss a visit to Samoil's Fortress.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ohrid trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Skopje to Ohrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. March in Ohrid sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Ohrid

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

1
night
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
On the 28th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque, get engrossed in the history at National History Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Spille Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tirana travel site .

Traveling by car from Ohrid to Tirana takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Ohrid in March, you will find days in Tirana are a bit warmer (20°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Dhermi.

Things to do in Tirana

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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National History Museum ©
National History Museum
Et`hem Bey Mosque ©
Et`hem Bey Mosque
Spille Beach ©
Spille Beach

1
night
Dhermi, Albania

Dhermi ©
On the 29th (Thu), contemplate the long history of The Castle of Himara, then enjoy the sand and surf at Gjipe Beach, and then kick back and relax at Dhermi Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Dhermi trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Tirana to Dhermi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Tirana in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Dhermi, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Saranda.

Things to do in Dhermi

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Himare
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Dhermi Beach ©
Dhermi Beach
Gjipe Beach ©
Gjipe Beach
The Castle of Himara ©
The Castle of Himara

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of 40 Saints, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach, then steep yourself in history at Butrint, and finally steep yourself in history at Ksamil Village. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Butrint National Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Saranda trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of car and shuttle from Dhermi to Saranda in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daytime highs in Saranda are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saranda

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Gjirokaster, Butrint National Park
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Butrint ©
Butrint
Butrint National Park ©
Butrint National Park
Gjirokaster ©
Gjirokaster

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