8 days in Montenegro & Albania Itinerary

8 days in Montenegro & Albania Itinerary

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Budva, Montenegro
— 3 nights
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Saranda, Albania
— 1 night
3
Tirana, Albania
— 2 nights

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Budva, Montenegro

Budva
Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Budva: Lovćen National Park (in Cetinje), Our Lady of the Rocks (in Perast) and Kotor (Cats Museum, Kotor Old City, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Budva Old Town, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mogren Beach, and pause for some photo ops at Ballet Dancer Statue.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Budva holiday planning site.

Brussels, Belgium to Budva is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Brussels in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Budva: highs are around 38°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Saranda.

Things to do in Budva

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Kotor, Lovćen National Park, Our Lady of the Rocks
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Budva Old Town
Budva Old Town
Bay of Kotor
Bay of Kotor
Kotor Old City
Kotor Old City

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Butrint National Park. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Lekuresi Castle, contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Eye, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Saranda trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Budva to Saranda in 7.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Budva to Saranda, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Budva in August since evenings lows in Saranda dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Butrint National Park, Blue Eye
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Butrint National Park ©
Butrint National Park
Blue Eye ©
Blue Eye
Lekuresi Castle
Lekuresi Castle

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Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Kruja Castle, learn about all things military at Bunk'Art 1, then get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, and finally make a trip to Skanderbeg Square. Keep things going the next day: stop by Artistic Jewellery Pirro and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dajti.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tirana trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saranda to Tirana takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Saranda to Tirana due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Tirana when traveling from Saranda in August, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Kruja Castle, Dajti
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Dajti ©
Dajti
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Skanderbeg Square ©
Skanderbeg Square

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