9 days in Pristina, Skopje & Tirana Itinerary

9 days in Pristina, Skopje & Tirana Itinerary

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9 days in Pristina, Skopje & Tirana Itinerary

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

2
days
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.
On the 24th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Kosovo Museum and then take an in-depth tour of Ethnographic Museum (Muzeu Etnologjik). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Bill Clinton Statue, then trek along Via Ferrata Ari, then make a trip to Gracanica Monastery, and finally pause for some photo ops at Statue of Mother Tereza.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Pristina travel route 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 changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Pristina

#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matka, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Dimitrija, and then take a stroll through Old Bazaar, Skopje. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Daut Pasha Hamam, admire the striking features of Kapan Han, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Clement of Ohrid, steep yourself in history at Kale, then snap pictures at The Stone Bridge, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Macedonia Square.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Skopje online vacation 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 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Skopje

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

3
days
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kruja Castle and Durres Amphitheatre will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National History Museum and BunkArt 1. On the 30th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mount Dajti. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque, appreciate the history behind Skanderbeg Statue, and admire the landmark architecture of Enver Hoxha Pyramid.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tirana trip planner .

You can drive from Skopje to Tirana in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, car, and shuttle; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

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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