Herceg Novi - Tirana
Depart Montenegro to drive to Albania. Stop in the medieval town of Kruë. Explore the castle, which was the centre of Albanian resistance against the Ottoman Turks. Enjoy dramatic views across the valley to the sparkling Adriatic Sea in the distance. Wander through the narrow streets of the Old Bazaar, which has a wonderful selection of authentic antiques and souvenirs You can buy traditional Albanian costumes, books, musical instruments and many items from the Communist days.
Have lunch in Krujë before continuing on to Tirana, now a colourful buzzing city. Start learning about Albania at the National History Museum that covers the times of ancient Illyria through to the post-Communist era. Get your head around contemporary art in a museum converted from a Cold War bunker, which was built for Albania’s political elite in the 1970s and remained a secret for much of its existence. Then discover the Block Area of Tirana, now the city’s hippest and most vibrant district.
Free time for dinner on your own.