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
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Tirana, Albania

— 2 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dajti and Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania. BunkArt 2 and Muzeu Historik Kombetar are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Tirana with an excursion to Kruja Castle in Kruje--about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque, look for gifts at Artistic Jewellery Pirro, stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), and don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square.

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Washington DC, USA to Tirana is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Tirana. Traveling from Washington DC in January, you will find days in Tirana are a bit warmer (55°F), and nights are about the same (34°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

Berat, Albania

— 2 nights

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 · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

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 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

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Zlatibor, Serbia

— 2 nights
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

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

Nis, Serbia

— 1 night
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
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:

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.
Bring the kids along to Room Escape Games and Strand. Sinagoga and The Synagogue are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Novi Sad's surroundings by going to Staro Hopovo Monastery (in Fruska Gora National Park), Modern Art Gallery Likovni Susret (in Subotica) and Palic Lake (in Palic). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fruska Gora Monasteries, pause for some serene contemplation at Upper Church, make a trip to Svetozar Miletic Square, and steep yourself in history at Sremski Karlovci.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Novi Sad trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nis to Novi Sad takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Novi Sad can reach 41°F, while at night they dip to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Belgrade.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:

Belgrade, Serbia

— 5 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 Museum of Illusions and Military Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Saint Petka's Chapel and Museum of Aviation. The adventure continues: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sava Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Church.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Belgrade trip site.

Getting from Novi Sad to Belgrade by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Belgrade are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 20:

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.