20 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

20 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

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Tirana, Albania
— 4 nights
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
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Zlatibor, Serbia
— 1 night
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Nis, Serbia
— 1 night
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Novi Sad, Serbia
— 4 nights
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Belgrade, Serbia
— 7 nights
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Tirana, Albania

— 4 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like House of Leaves and Ethnographic Museum of Kruja. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at BunkArt 2 and Kruja Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Tirana: Berat (National Iconographic Museum Onufri, Berat Castle, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, appreciate the history behind Skanderbeg Statue, and make a trip to Skanderbeg Square.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tirana trip builder app.

Washington DC, USA to Tirana is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in November: highs in Tirana hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Shkoder.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 29:

Shkoder, Albania

— 2 nights
Its geographic location has made Shkoder, one of Europe's oldest cities, an important cultural and economic center of the Balkans over the years.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Venice Art Mask Factory. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, make a trip to Former Palace of King Nikola I, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, and finally step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Shkoder day trip site.

Traveling by car from Tirana to Shkoder takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in November, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:

Zlatibor, Serbia

— 1 night
On the 2nd (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles, then see the interesting displays at Sirogojno, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gostilje Waterfall, and finally don't miss a visit to Prerast u Dobroselici.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Zlatibor route tool.

Traveling by car from Shkoder to Zlatibor takes 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Nis.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 2:

Nis, Serbia

— 1 night
Niš is the third largest city in Serbia and the administrative center of the Nišava District in southern Serbia. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Christogram Monument, steep yourself in history at Nis Fortress, then contemplate the long history of Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hram Svetog Pantelejmona, and finally explore the ancient world of Skull Tower.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nis trip planner.

Drive from Zlatibor to Nis in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Nis sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 29°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 3:

Novi Sad, Serbia

— 4 nights

Serbian Athens

The regional and cultural center of northern Serbia, the riverside city of Novi Sad occupies a strategically advantageous position between Belgrade and Budapest.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sremski Karlovci and The Name of Mary Church. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dunav (The Danube) and Saborna crkva-Orthodox Church. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Svetozar Miletic Square, examine the collection at The Gallery of Matica srpska, kick back and relax at Strand, and expand your understanding of the military at Petrovaradin Fortress.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Novi Sad itinerary builder.

You can drive from Nis to Novi Sad in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Belgrade.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 7:

Belgrade, Serbia

— 7 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Family-friendly places like Military Museum and Kalemegdan will thrill your kids. The National Assembly and Crkva Svetog Oca Nikolaja are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice, see the interesting displays at Museum of Aviation, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sava Temple, and explore the world behind art at Zepter Museum , Belgrade.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Belgrade itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Novi Sad to Belgrade in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Belgrade are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 14:

Albania travel guide

3.9
National Parks · Landmarks · Castles
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.

Serbia travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Room Escape Games · Churches
A country of wild landscapes and wilder nights, Serbia is renowned for its diversity and hospitality. It's a land of rich history with an abundance of monuments dating back to prehistory, ancient times, and the Middle Ages. Some of the country's most famous attractions are the medieval monasteries, many of which are still active and open to visitors. Major cities like Belgrade, Novi Sad, and Niš, are bustling hubs where you can immerse yourself in the arts, cafe culture, and all-night partying. Take a trip into the countryside crisscrossed with rivers and explore the lush plains, untouched forests, clear lakes, and rugged mountains. Welcoming villages offer an abundance of hospitality, and numerous spa resorts give you the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate in a tranquil atmosphere. Serbian cuisine is very diverse, so whichever region you visit, make sure to try some of the local specialties.