20 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

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Tirana, Albania
— 3 nights
Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
Kopaonik, Serbia
— 1 night
Nis, Serbia
— 1 night
Zlatibor, Serbia
— 3 nights
Belgrade, Serbia
— 9 nights


Tirana, Albania — 3 nights

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Explore hidden gems such as Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania and Et`hem Bey Mosque. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like BunkArt 2 and Preza Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Parku Kombetar Divjake-Karavasta (in Lushnje) and Kruja Castle (in Kruje). There's much more to do: stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), examine the collection at Bektashi World Center, don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, and get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar.

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Washington, USA to Tirana is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Washington to Tirana, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington in January; daily highs in Tirana reach 55°F and lows reach 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Shkoder.
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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.
On the 1st (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then take in the exciting artwork at Venice Art Mask Factory. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, and then explore the activities along Shkodra Lake.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Shkoder trip site.

Traveling by car from Tirana to Shkoder takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of shuttle and train. When traveling from Tirana in January, plan for little chillier days in Shkoder, with highs around 49°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Kopaonik.
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Kopaonik, Serbia — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): fly down the slopes at Kopaonik.

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Traveling by car from Shkoder to Kopaonik takes 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Nis.
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Nis, Serbia — 1 night

Niš is the third largest city in Serbia and the administrative center of the Nišava District in southern Serbia. On the 4th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at The Monument of Stevan Sremac and Kalca, steep yourself in history at Nis Fortress, admire the striking features of Stambolija House, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and finally explore the ancient world of Skull Tower.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nis trip builder.

Drive from Kopaonik to Nis in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In February, daily temperatures in Nis can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Zlatibor.
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Zlatibor, Serbia — 3 nights

Step off the beaten path and head to Tornik and Gostilje Waterfall. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Stopica Cave and Prerast u Dobroselici. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zlatibor: Mokra Gora (Nature Park Mokra Gora & Mecavnik).

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Zlatibor sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Nis to Zlatibor in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Belgrade.
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Belgrade, Serbia — 9 nights

The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Attractions like Museum of Illusions and Military Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Get a sense of the local culture at Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas and Zepter Museum , Belgrade. Get out of town with these interesting Belgrade side-trips: Novi Sad (Strand, Dunavska Street, &more) and Sremski Karlovci (Museum of Beekeeping and Wine Cellar Zivanovic & Sremski Karlovci). The adventure continues: get curious at Nikola Tesla Museum, examine the collection at Automobile Museum, wander the streets of Knez Mihailova, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ružica.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Belgrade trip builder tool.

Getting from Zlatibor to Belgrade by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in February, and nighttime lows around 33°F. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Tue) before leaving for home.
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Albania travel guide

Castles · Landmarks · 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.

Serbia travel guide

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.