20 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

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Tirana, Albania
— 3 nights
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Berat, Albania
— 2 nights
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
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Kopaonik, Serbia
— 1 night
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Nis, Serbia
— 1 night
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Zlatibor, Serbia
— 2 nights
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Belgrade, Serbia
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Tirana, Albania — 3 nights

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Get some cultural insight at Et`hem Bey Mosque and Muzeu Historik Kombetar. You'll discover tucked-away gems like BunkArt 2 and House of Leaves. Step out of Tirana with an excursion to Kruja Castle in Kruje--about 58 minutes away. Spend the 3rd (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, get engrossed in the history at Bektashi World Center, and brush up on your military savvy at Bunk'Art 1.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tirana trip builder.

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. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Washington in February: high temperatures in Tirana hover around 59°F and lows are around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Berat.
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Berat, Albania — 2 nights

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, don't miss a visit to Bulevardi Republika, examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, then get engrossed in the history at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, then admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, and finally take in the views from Gorica Bridge. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Halveti Teqe and then admire the sheer force of Sotira Waterfall.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Berat online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Tirana to Berat takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in February, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow 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.
On the 7th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Venice Art Mask Factory, then take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory, and then explore the activities along Shkodra Lake.

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Traveling by car from Berat to Shkoder takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Berat in February: highs in Shkoder hover around 53°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Kopaonik.
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Kopaonik, Serbia — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kopaonik.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kopaonik vacation planning tool.

You can drive from Shkoder to Kopaonik in 6 hours. On the 9th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive 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 10th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Liberators of Nis, delve into the distant past at Skull Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hram Svetog Pantelejmona, then steep yourself in history at Nis Fortress, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Stambolija House.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nis online journey planner.

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 February, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Zlatibor.
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Zlatibor, Serbia — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): examine the collection at Uzice's National Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Tornik, and then don't miss a visit to Prerast u Dobroselici. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Gostilje Waterfall, then examine the collection at Sirogojno, then Head underground at Stopica Cave, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Transfiguration Church.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Zlatibor trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Nis to Zlatibor takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Belgrade.
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Belgrade, Serbia — 8 nights

The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Family-friendly places like Crkva Svetog Marka and Automobile Museum will thrill your kids. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museum of Illusions and Zepter Museum , Belgrade. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Belgrade: Sremski Karlovci (Sremski Karlovci & Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas) and Dunavska Street (in Novi Sad). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ružica, engage your brain at Nikola Tesla Museum, see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum, and visit Dorcol.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Belgrade road trip planning website.

Drive from Zlatibor to Belgrade in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February in Belgrade, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 33°F at night. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading 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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