20 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

20 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

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Tirana, Albania
— 2 nights
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Berat, Albania
— 1 night
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Butrint, Albania
— 1 night
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Himare, Albania
— 2 nights
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
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Zlatibor, Serbia
— 1 night
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Novi Sad, Serbia
— 4 nights
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Belgrade, Serbia
— 6 nights
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Tirana, Albania

— 2 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
On the 1st (Thu), brush up on your military savvy at Bunk'Art 1, then step into the grandiose world of Kruja Castle, and then see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum of Kruja. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at House of Leaves, browse the exhibits of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, learn about all things military at BunkArt 2, then don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque.

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Washington DC, USA to Tirana is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Tirana is 6 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Tirana when traveling from Washington DC in September, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:

Berat, Albania

— 1 night

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, don't miss a visit to Bulevardi Republika, examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, then explore the world behind art at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Berat day trip tool.

Drive from Tirana to Berat in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in October, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Butrint.

Things to do in Berat

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 3:

Butrint, Albania

— 1 night
On the 4th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Butrint National Park.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Butrint road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Berat to Butrint takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berat to Butrint. Traveling from Berat in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 59°F in Butrint. On the 4th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Himare.

Things to do in Butrint

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Himare, Albania

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Gjipe Beach and then take a tour by water with Himara Seas The Day. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Livadhi Beach, then explore the historical opulence of Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello, and then contemplate the long history of Ali Pasha Castle.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Himare tour planner.

You can drive from Butrint to Himare in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Himare

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, then browse the exhibits of Site of Witness and Memory, then see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and finally shop like a local with Venice Art Mask Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, and then admire the landmark architecture of Former Palace of King Nikola I.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Shkoder travel route website.

You can drive from Himare to Shkoder in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of shuttle and train. Traveling from Himare to Shkoder, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Himare in October since evenings lows in Shkoder dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Zlatibor, Serbia

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Gostilje Waterfall, then examine the collection at Sirogojno, then Head underground at Stopica Cave, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Transfiguration Church.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Zlatibor trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Shkoder to Zlatibor in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Fruska Gora Monasteries and Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas. Step off the beaten path and head to Sremski Karlovci and Dunav (The Danube). Explore Novi Sad's surroundings by going to Serbian Orthodox Church (in Subotica) and Palic (Palic Zoo & Palic Lake). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Synagogue, explore the world behind art at Spomen-zbirka Pavla Beljanskog, make a trip to Svetozar Miletic Square, and see the interesting displays at The Gallery of Matica srpska.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Novi Sad tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Zlatibor to Novi Sad takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can take a shuttle to Belgrade.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 13:

Belgrade, Serbia

— 6 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Military Museum and Belgrade Kayak Trip. Kids will appreciate attractions like Ružica and Nikola Tesla Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Belgrade: Oplenac (in Topola) and Risovaca Cave (in Arandjelovac). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museum of Aviation, explore the engaging exhibits at Museum of Illusions, steep yourself in history at The National Assembly, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

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Traveling by shuttle from Novi Sad to Belgrade takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Belgrade can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 19:

Albania travel guide

3.9
Castles · National Parks · Landmarks
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.