47 days in Greece, Albania & Montenegro Itinerary

47 days in Greece, Albania & Montenegro Itinerary

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Thessaloniki, Greece
— 5 nights
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Gjirokaster, Albania
— 2 nights
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 5 nights
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Podgorica, Montenegro
— 6 nights
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Shkoder, Albania
— 1 night
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Tirana, Albania
— 4 nights
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Berat, Albania
— 4 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 6 nights
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Fira, Greece
— 4 nights
Ferry to Heraklion, Taxi to Rethymnon
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Rethymnon, Greece
— 4 nights
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Chania Town, Greece
— 4 nights
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Thessaloniki, Greece — 5 nights

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Thessaloniki: Lake Volvi (in Mikri Volvi), Cave of Alistrati (in Alistrati) and Drama (Elatias Forest & Koryvolos). There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at White Tower of Thessaloniki, make a trip to Aristotelous Square, view the masterpieces at Seikilo, and take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Thessaloniki trip itinerary builder app.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Thessaloniki is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, expect Thessaloniki to be colder, temps between 13°C and 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Gjirokaster.
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Gjirokaster, Albania — 2 nights

Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Nature&joy and then learn and have fun at Experience Gjirokastra. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at Gjirokaster and then ride a horse along Caravan Horse Riding Albania.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Gjirokaster itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Thessaloniki to Gjirokaster takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Thessaloniki in December, expect Gjirokaster to be somewhat warmer, temps between 19°C and 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kotor.
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Kotor, Montenegro — 5 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, gain insight with Mont Travelers Tivat, cruise along Kotor Serpentine, and explore the activities along Bay of Kotor.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kotor route builder website.

Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Kotor takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Gjirokaster in December since evenings lows in Kotor dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Podgorica.
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Podgorica, Montenegro — 6 nights

One of Europe's most relaxed and newest capital cities, Podgorica sits on the confluence of two rivers, with two sides of it offering two different options for exploring.
Change things up with these side-trips from Podgorica: Ostrog Monastery (in Dabojevići), Komovi Mountain Range (in Andrijevica) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Virpazar). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Dajbabe Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Manastir Celija Piperska, head outdoors with Tolosi Forest Jogging Track, and shop like a local with The Capital Plaza.

Make your Podgorica itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Kotor to Podgorica in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Shkoder.
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Shkoder, Albania — 1 night

Its geographic location has made Shkoder, one of Europe's oldest cities, an important cultural and economic center of the Balkans over the years.
On the 8th (Sun), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lead Mosque.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Shkoder online trip planner.

You can drive from Podgorica to Shkoder in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tirana.
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Tirana, Albania — 4 nights

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Venture out of the city with trips to Durres (Skenderbeu & Duka Winery and Vineyard). On the 10th (Tue), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, get interesting insight from Tours, stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), and get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery 43.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tirana trip planner.

Drive from Shkoder to Tirana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and shuttle. While traveling from Shkoder, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tirana, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Berat.
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Berat, Albania — 4 nights

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Change things up with these side-trips from Berat: Gramsh (Sotira Waterfall & Holta Canyon) and Parku Kombetar Divjake-Karavasta (in Lushnje). And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Alpeta Agrotourism & Winery, don't miss a visit to Byllis Archaeological Park, admire the sheer force of Bogove Waterfall, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Berat trip planner.

Drive from Tirana to Berat in 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Berat can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 6 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: steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Athens trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Berat to Athens takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Berat to Athens, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Berat in January, Athens is a bit warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to fly to Fira.
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Fira, Greece — 4 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Step out of Fira to go to Akrotiri and see Experience Horse Riding, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, awaken your taste buds at Santorini's Best Driver, and hike along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail.

Before you visit Fira, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Athens to Fira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Rethymnon.
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Rethymnon, Greece — 4 nights

Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Explore Rethymnon's surroundings by going to Melidoni (Reptisland & Apithano Honey Museum-Tasting & Tours), The Palace of Knossos (in Knosos) and Heraklion (Solo Cretan Craft Brewery, Kotsanas Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town and explore the world behind art at Folk Museum of Spili.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rethymnon trip itinerary builder app.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Fira to Rethymnon in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in January, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Chania Town.
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Chania Town, Greece — 4 nights

The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Chania Town is known for sightseeing, museums, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Chania, look for gifts at Xamam, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lafkas Brewery.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Chania Town holiday planner.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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Greece travel guide

4.2
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.
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Albania travel guide

3.9
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.
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Montenegro travel guide

4.4
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.
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