20 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

20 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

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Tirana, Albania
— 3 nights
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Berat, Albania
— 1 night
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Gjirokaster, Albania
— 1 night
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Himare, 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
— 6 nights
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Tirana, Albania

— 3 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Get a sense of the local culture at BunkArt 2 and Kruja Castle. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ethnographic Museum of Kruja and House of Leaves. Spend the 24th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, and brush up on your military savvy at Bunk'Art 1.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tirana day trip website.

Washington DC, USA to Tirana is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Tirana is 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in October, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:

Berat, Albania

— 1 night

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
On the 25th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Quarter Of Gorica, then examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, then see the interesting displays at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Berat online holiday planner.

Getting from Tirana to Berat by car takes about 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Berat are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Berat

Museums
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 25:

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 26th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Gjirokaster, then steep yourself in history at Zekate House, and then admire the striking features of Skenduli House.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Gjirokaster trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Berat to Gjirokaster in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berat to Gjirokaster. Traveling from Berat in October, Gjirokaster is a bit warmer at night with lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Himare.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:

Himare, Albania

— 1 night
On the 27th (Tue), see what you can catch with Himara Seas The Day and then stroll through Gjipe Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Himare trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Himare takes 2.5 hours. October in Himare sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Himare

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 27:

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 28th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, get engrossed in the history at 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. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, and then admire the striking features of Former Palace of King Nikola I.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Shkoder sightseeing tool.

Traveling by car from Himare to Shkoder takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of shuttle and train. Traveling from Himare to Shkoder, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Himare in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Shkoder, with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Nis.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:

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 30th (Fri): don't miss a visit to 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.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nis day trip app.

You can drive from Shkoder to Nis in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In October, Nis is a bit cooler than Shkoder - with highs of 65°F and lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can 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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Name of Mary Church and Sinagoga. Family-friendly places like Fruska Gora Monasteries and Svetozar Miletic Square will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Novi Sad: Krusedol Monastery (in Fruska Gora National Park) and Palic Zoo (in Palic). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas, pause for some serene contemplation at Upper Church, walk around Danube Park, and examine the collection at The Gallery of Matica srpska.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Novi Sad travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Nis to Novi Sad takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in October, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to take a shuttle to Belgrade.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 3:

Belgrade, Serbia

— 6 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Bring the kids along to Ethnographic Museum and Museum of Illusions. Oplenac and Museum of Aviation are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Belgrade to go to Arandjelovac and see Risovaca Cave, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, explore the activities along Sava, admire the landmark architecture of Crkva Svetog Marka, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sava Temple.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Belgrade trip planner.

Getting from Novi Sad to Belgrade by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in November, and nighttime lows around 39°F. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 3 — 9:

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.