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
— 2 nights
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
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Zlatibor, Serbia
— 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
— 5 nights
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Tirana, Albania

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dajti and Kruja Castle. BunkArt 2 and Et`hem Bey Mosque are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania, make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, look for gifts at Artistic Jewellery Pirro, and stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh).

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tirana tour planner.

Washington DC, USA to Tirana is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Tirana is 6 hours. When traveling from Washington DC in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tirana: temperatures range from 55°F by day to 34°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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Berat, Albania

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 5th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Nurellari Winery and Guest House, then admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, and then admire the masterpieces at National Iconographic Museum Onufri. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, then examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, then learn about winemaking at Cobo Winery, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Sotira Waterfall.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Berat trip planner.

Getting from Tirana to Berat by car takes about 2 hours. In January in Berat, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Berat

Wineries · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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Shkoder, Albania

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 7th (Tue): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then get a taste of the local shopping with Venice Art Mask Factory, and then examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, and then snap pictures at Mesi Bridge.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Shkoder route planner.

Drive from Berat to Shkoder in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Berat in January, plan for a bit cooler 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 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Shkoder

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Nature
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Zlatibor, Serbia

Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): Head underground at Stopica Cave, admire the sheer force of Gostilje Waterfall, then examine the collection at Sirogojno, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Transfiguration Church. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Tornik, then get in on the family fun at Dino Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at National Park Tara, and finally don't miss a visit to Kremansko Prorocanstvo.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Zlatibor trip maker.

Traveling by car from Shkoder to Zlatibor takes 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nis.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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Nis, Serbia

Niš is the third largest city in Serbia and the administrative center of the Nišava District in southern Serbia. On the 11th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Skull Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hram Svetog Pantelejmona, then contemplate the long history of Nis Fortress, then contemplate the long history of Stambolija House, and finally get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Hall.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nis trip planner.

You can drive from Zlatibor to Nis in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January in Nis, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 26°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites · Museums
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Novi Sad, Serbia

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.
Bring the kids along to Room Escape Games and The Synagogue. Sinagoga and Fruska Gora Monasteries are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Novi Sad's surroundings by going to Modern Art Gallery Likovni Susret (in Subotica), Staro Hopovo Monastery (in Fruska Gora National Park) and Palic Lake (in Palic). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sremski Karlovci, walk around Danube Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Upper Church, and make a trip to Dunavska Street.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Novi Sad trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nis to Novi Sad in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. January in Novi Sad sees daily highs of 41°F and lows of 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Belgrade.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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Belgrade, Serbia

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 Museum of Illusions and Room Escape Games. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Military Museum and Saint Petka's Chapel. Next up on the itinerary: get curious at Nikola Tesla Museum, see the interesting displays at Museum of Aviation, contemplate the long history of Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sava Temple.

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Getting from Novi Sad to Belgrade by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. January in Belgrade sees daily highs of 41°F and lows of 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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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.