20 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

20 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

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Tirana, Albania
— 4 nights
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Berat, Albania
— 1 night
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Gjirokaster, Albania
— 1 night
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
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Nis, Serbia
— 1 night
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Novi Sad, Serbia
— 4 nights
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Belgrade, Serbia
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Tirana, Albania

— 4 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Discover out-of-the-way places like BunkArt 2 and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get some cultural insight at Ethnographic Museum of Kruja and Kruja Castle. Step out of Tirana with an excursion to Old Bazaar (Pazari i Vjeter) in Kruje--about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at House of Leaves, don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque, and appreciate the history behind Skanderbeg Statue.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tirana attractions site.

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. In October, daytime highs in Tirana are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 20:

Berat, Albania

— 1 night

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): make a trip to Quarter Of Gorica, examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, then explore the world behind art at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, and finally admire the striking features of Berat Castle.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Berat trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Tirana to Berat by car takes about 2 hours. In October in Berat, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Berat

Museums
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 21:

Gjirokaster, Albania

— 1 night

City of Stone

Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
On the 22nd (Thu), learn about all things military at Gjirokaster, contemplate the long history of Zekate House, and then admire the striking features of Skenduli House.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Gjirokaster route planner.

Getting from Berat to Gjirokaster by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Berat in October, Gjirokaster is a bit warmer at night with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 22:

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 23rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory, then take in the exciting artwork at Venice Art Mask Factory, and finally step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Shkodra Lake and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Shkoder trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Shkoder takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Gjirokaster to Shkoder is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Gjirokaster in October, Shkoder is a bit cooler at night with lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nis.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · 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. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at The Monument of Stevan Sremac and Kalca, 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 delve into the distant past at Skull Tower.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nis route planner.

Getting from Shkoder to Nis by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Shkoder in October, with highs in Nis at 65°F and lows at 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Nis

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Name of Mary Church and Krusedol Monastery. Attractions like Fruska Gora Monasteries and Danube Park make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Subotica (City Hall (Gradska kuca), Sinagoga, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Upper Church, make a trip to Svetozar Miletic Square, and expand your understanding of the military at Petrovaradin Fortress.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Novi Sad holiday planner.

Drive from Nis to Novi Sad in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Novi Sad sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can take a shuttle to Belgrade.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 29:

Belgrade, Serbia

— 6 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Ethnographic Museum and Crkva Svetog Marka. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Oplenac and Museum of Aviation. Step out of Belgrade with an excursion to Risovaca Cave in Arandjelovac--about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: have fun and explore at Museum of Illusions, steep yourself in history at Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ružica, and get curious at Nikola Tesla Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Belgrade tour itinerary planner.

Take a shuttle from Novi Sad to Belgrade in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in October, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 4:

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.