20 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

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Tirana, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kopaonik, Serbia
— 1 night
Drive
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Nis, Serbia
— 1 night
Drive
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Zlatibor, Serbia
— 1 night
Drive
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Belgrade, Serbia
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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Novi Sad, Serbia
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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Subotica, Serbia
— 2 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 26th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, learn about all things military at BunkArt 2, then make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, then walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Bektashi World Center, then explore the historical opulence of Kruja Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Preza Castle.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tirana trip itinerary planner.

Washington, USA to Tirana is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Tirana. Traveling from Washington in January, things will get a bit warmer in Tirana: highs are around 55°F and lows about 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough 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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then view the masterpieces at Venice Art Mask Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, and then explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Shkoder trip planner.

Getting from Tirana to Shkoder by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of shuttle and train. When traveling from Tirana in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Shkoder: temperatures range from 49°F by day to 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kopaonik.
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Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
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Kopaonik, Serbia — 1 night

On the 30th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Kopaonik.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kopaonik online itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Shkoder to Kopaonik takes 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) 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. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): don't miss a visit to The Monument of Stevan Sremac and Kalca, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hram Svetog Pantelejmona, relax and rejuvenate at Massage center ZEN, then contemplate the long history of Nis Fortress, and finally contemplate the long history of Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nis trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Kopaonik to Nis in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 41°F, and evening lows to 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Zlatibor.
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Zlatibor, Serbia — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Tornik, then Head underground at Stopica Cave, and then see the interesting displays at Sirogojno.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Zlatibor road trip site.

Traveling by car from Nis to Zlatibor takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Belgrade.
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Belgrade, Serbia — 5 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 Museum of Illusions and Zepter Museum , Belgrade. Kids will appreciate attractions like Military Museum and Museum of Aviation. Next up on the itinerary: get curious at Nikola Tesla Museum, steep yourself in history at Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sava Temple, and don't miss a visit to Zemunski kej.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Belgrade journey maker tool.

You can drive from Zlatibor to Belgrade in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daily temperatures in Belgrade can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to take a shuttle to Novi Sad.
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Novi Sad, Serbia — 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas and Saborna crkva-Orthodox Church. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Fruska Gora Monasteries and Strand. Take a break from Novi Sad with a short trip to Krusedol Monastery in Fruska Gora National Park, about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Sremski Karlovci, walk around Danube Park, take in the awesome beauty at Fruška Gora, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Staro Hopovo Monastery.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Novi Sad attractions planner.

Take a shuttle from Belgrade to Novi Sad in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Novi Sad sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can take a shuttle to Subotica.
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Subotica, Serbia — 2 nights

Subotica is a city and the administrative center of the North Bačka District in the autonomous province of Vojvodina, Serbia. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sinagoga, admire the landmark architecture of City Hall (Gradska kuca), then admire the masterpieces at Modern Art Gallery Likovni Susret, and finally steep yourself in history at Ladies Bath (Zenski Strand).

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Subotica visit website.

Traveling by shuttle from Novi Sad to Subotica takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Subotica are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Albania travel guide

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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.
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Serbia travel guide

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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.
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