20 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

20 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

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

— 3 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Explore hidden gems such as BunkArt 2 and Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kruja Castle and Bektashi World Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Preza Castle (in Fushe Preze) and Parku Kombetar Divjake-Karavasta (in Lushnje). There's still lots to do: walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tirana holiday builder.

Washington, USA to Tirana is an approximately 27-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Tirana due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Washington in January: high temperatures in Tirana hover around 55°F and lows are around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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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.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Nature
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Kopaonik, Serbia

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

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kopaonik journey maker tool.

Traveling by car from Shkoder to Kopaonik takes 6 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Nis.

Things to do in Kopaonik

Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks
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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.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites
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Zlatibor, Serbia

— 3 nights
Step off the beaten path and head to Tornik and Mecavnik. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Stopica Cave and Dino Park. Take a break from Zlatibor with a short trip to Nature Park Mokra Gora in Mokra Gora, about 50 minutes away.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Zlatibor trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Nis to Zlatibor in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Belgrade.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Parks · Nature · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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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 Zepter Museum , Belgrade make great kid-friendly stops. Get a sense of the local culture at Military Museum and Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas. 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). There's lots more to do: engage your brain at Nikola Tesla Museum, examine the collection at Automobile Museum, steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, and wander the streets of Knez Mihailova.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Belgrade day trip planning site.

You can drive from Zlatibor to Belgrade in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 33°F. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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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.