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.
House of Leaves and Ethnographic Museum of Kruja are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like BunkArt 2 and National Iconographic Museum Onufri. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tirana: Berat (Berat Castle & Gorica Bridge) and Kruja Castle (in Kruje). There's lots more to do: stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), get engrossed in the history at Bektashi World Center, make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art.

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Washington DC, USA to Tirana is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Tirana. When traveling from Washington DC in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tirana: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Shkoder.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 26 — 30:

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 (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Site of Witness and Memory, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Venice Art Mask Factory. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography, then admire the landmark architecture of Former Palace of King Nikola I, then explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, and finally explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Shkoder trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tirana to Shkoder in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and train; or take a train. November in Shkoder sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 2:

Zlatibor, Serbia

— 1 night
On the 3rd (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Gostilje Waterfall, Head underground at Stopica Cave, and then examine the collection at Sirogojno.

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You can drive from Shkoder to Zlatibor in 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Nis.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 3:

Nis, Serbia

— 1 night
Niš is the third largest city in Serbia and the administrative center of the Nišava District in southern Serbia. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at Massage center ZEN, contemplate the long history of Nis Fortress, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hram Svetog Pantelejmona, then delve into the distant past at Skull Tower, and finally make a trip to The Monument of Stevan Sremac and Kalca.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nis holiday planner.

Getting from Zlatibor to Nis by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Nis sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 4:

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Dunav (The Danube) and Dunavska Street. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sremski Karlovci and Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Name of Mary Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, expand your understanding of the military at Petrovaradin Fortress, and stroll around Danube Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Novi Sad trip planning website.

Drive from Nis to Novi Sad in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Belgrade.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 8:

Belgrade, Serbia

— 7 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Military Museum and The National Assembly. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice and Kalemegdan. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Crkva Svetog Oca Nikolaja, get curious at Nikola Tesla Museum, shop like a local with Knez Mihailova, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Church.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Belgrade day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Novi Sad to Belgrade in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in December, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 15:

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.