9 days in The Balkans Itinerary

9 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Tirana, Albania
— 2 nights
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Berat, Albania
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Gjirokaster, Albania
— 1 night
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Tirana, Albania
— 1 night
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Athens, Greece
— 1 night
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Mycenae, Greece
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Nemea, Greece
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Nafplio, Greece
— 1 night
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Kastria, Greece
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Patras, Greece
— 1 night
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Athens, Greece
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Tirana, Albania — 2 nights

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
On the 4th (Sat), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then get engrossed in the history at Durres Archaeological Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tirana travel route planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Tirana is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Barcelona in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Tirana, with lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Berat.
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Berat, Albania

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle and then examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat.

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Traveling by car from Tirana to Berat takes 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Berat are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Gjirokaster.
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Gjirokaster, Albania — 1 night

City of Stone

Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Gjirokaster, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature&joy, and then steep yourself in history at Zekate House.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Gjirokaster trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Berat to Gjirokaster in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berat to Gjirokaster due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Berat in December, Gjirokaster is a bit warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Tirana.
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Tirana, Albania — 1 night

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Getting from Gjirokaster to Tirana by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Gjirokaster to Tirana, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Gjirokaster in December since evenings lows in Tirana dip to 0°C. You'll set off for Athens on the 8th (Wed).
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Athens, Greece — 1 night

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take a stroll through Plaka, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and then get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum.

For where to stay and tourist information, use the Athens itinerary planner.

Fly from Tirana to Athens in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tirana to Athens. Traveling from Tirana in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Athens, with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mycenae.
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Mycenae, Greece

Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Lion Gate.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Mycenae trip app.

Traveling by car from Athens to Mycenae takes 1.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Athens in December, with highs in Mycenae at 13°C and lows at 0°C. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nemea.
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Nemea, Greece

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nemea online holiday planner.

Nemea is just a short distance from Mycenae. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. On the 9th (Thu), you're off to Nafplio.
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Nafplio, Greece — 1 night

Nafplio, a city famed for its narrow lanes and elegant architecture, provides a comfortable base for exploring the many surrounding ancient sites.
On the 9th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Fortress Palamidi.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nafplio planning tool.

You can drive from Nemea to Nafplio in an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Nafplio can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. You will leave for Kastria on the 10th (Fri).
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Kastria, Greece

On the 10th (Fri), explore the fascinating underground world of Kastria Cave of the Lakes.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Kastria online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nafplio to Kastria in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In December in Kastria, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Patras.
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Patras, Greece — 1 night

Patras is Greece's third-largest city and the regional capital of Western Greece, in the northern Peloponnese, 215km west of Athens. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): do a tasting at Achaia Clauss Winery and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Tou Agiou Andrea.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Patras travel planner.

You can drive from Kastria to Patras in 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Kastria in December, with highs in Patras at 17°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Athens.
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Athens, Greece

The Birthplace of Democracy

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Patras to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Sat).
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