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
— 1 night
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Butrint, Albania
— 1 night
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Himare, Albania
— 2 nights
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
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Zlatibor, 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

— 2 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), pause for some photo ops at Statue of George W. Bush, then explore the historical opulence of Kruja Castle, and finally examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum of Kruja. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at House of Leaves, browse the exhibits of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, learn about all things military at BunkArt 2, then don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tirana driving holiday planning tool.

Washington DC, USA to Tirana is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Tirana, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Tirana when traveling from Washington DC in September, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:

Berat, Albania

— 1 night

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 2nd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, then explore the galleries of National Iconographic Museum Onufri, then admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, and finally snap pictures at Gorica Bridge.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Berat trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Tirana to Berat takes 2 hours. October in Berat sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Butrint.

Things to do in Berat

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 2:

Butrint, Albania

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Butrint National Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Butrint trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Berat to Butrint takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Berat in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Butrint, with lows around 59°F. On the 3rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Himare.

Things to do in Butrint

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 3:
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Himare, Albania

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): kick back and relax at Gjipe Beach and then cast your line with Himara Seas The Day. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Livadhi Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello, and then contemplate the long history of Ali Pasha Castle.

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You can drive from Butrint to Himare in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Shkoder.

Things to do in Himare

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:

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 6th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, browse the exhibits of Site of Witness and Memory, then examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Venice Art Mask Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, and then admire the landmark architecture of Former Palace of King Nikola I.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Shkoder trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Himare to Shkoder in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of shuttle and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Himare in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Shkoder, with lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:

Zlatibor, Serbia

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Stopica Cave, see the interesting displays at Sirogojno, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles, and finally admire the sheer force of Gostilje Waterfall.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Zlatibor day trip website.

Drive from Shkoder to Zlatibor in 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 8:

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Krusedol Monastery and Sremski Karlovci. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fruska Gora Monasteries and Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saborna crkva-Orthodox Church, make a trip to Dunavska Street, pause for some serene contemplation at The Name of Mary Church, and expand your understanding of the military at Petrovaradin Fortress.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Novi Sad trip website.

You can drive from Zlatibor to Novi Sad in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Novi Sad, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the shuttle to Belgrade.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 12:

Belgrade, Serbia

— 6 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Military Museum and Ružica. Discover out-of-the-way places like Oplenac and Museum of Aviation. And it doesn't end there: add some adventure to your tour with Belgrade Kayak Trip, steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, visit Skadarlija, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Crkva Svetog Marka.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Belgrade trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by shuttle from Novi Sad to Belgrade takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Belgrade sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 18:

Albania travel guide

3.9
Castles · National Parks · Landmarks
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.