14 days in Greece, Albania & Montenegro Itinerary

14 days in Greece, Albania & Montenegro Itinerary

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Thessaloniki, Greece
— 2 nights
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Tirana, Albania
— 3 nights
Kotor, Montenegro
— 3 nights


Thessaloniki, Greece — 2 nights

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Thessaloniki is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at White Tower of Thessaloniki, explore the galleries of Seikilo, don't miss a visit to Aristotelous Square, and contemplate the long history of Hagios Demetrios.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Thessaloniki trip planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Thessaloniki is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Thessaloniki. In December, Thessaloniki is colder than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 13°C and lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Athens.
Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping
Side Trip

Athens, Greece — 4 nights

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos, admire the natural beauty at National Garden, and take a stroll through Monastiraki.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Athens trip planner.

Getting from Thessaloniki to Athens by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Thessaloniki in December: high temperatures in Athens hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can fly to Tirana.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Tirana, Albania — 3 nights

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Take a break from Tirana with a short trip to Parku Kombetar Divjake-Karavasta in Lushnje, about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, relax in sumptuous surroundings at Deluxe Spa & Massage, walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), and take in breathtaking views at Canyons of Erzen River.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tirana trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Tirana takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Tirana. Expect little chillier evenings in Tirana when traveling from Athens in December, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kotor.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Baths
Side Trips

Kotor, Montenegro — 3 nights

Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Kotor is known for historic sites, nature, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Mount Vrmac, explore the activities along Bay of Kotor, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Tryphon Cathedral, and learn the secrets of beer at Montenegro Travel Club.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kotor trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tirana to Kotor takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. December in Kotor sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Side Trips

Greece travel guide

Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Albania travel guide

Landmarks · Castles · Military Museums
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.

Montenegro travel guide

Historic Sites · Bodies of Water · Beaches
Whether you're in the mood to explore unspoiled nature, see historical sights, or soak in the Mediterranean atmosphere of beaches and parties, in Montenegro you can find everything within arm's reach. The Montenegrin coastline offers both large city beaches abundant with amenities, as well as peaceful fishing villages and secluded coves. Fortified old towns, medieval cathedrals, and monasteries are certain to satisfy history enthusiasts. Further inland are some of the nation's larger cities, as well as an abundance of opportunities for an active vacation. Wander off the beaten path, hike the mountains and canyons, and experience the traditional hospitality of villages where time seems to stand still. The national cuisine reflects the diversity of the landscape, including everything from fresh meat and dairy specialties, to a selection of seafood. The size of the country allows you to see a lot even during a short stay.