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
— 2 nights
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Novi Sad, Serbia
— 4 nights
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Belgrade, Serbia
— 5 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 27th (Sun): shop like a local with Old Bazaar (Pazari i Vjeter), explore the historical opulence of Kruja Castle, and then see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum of Kruja. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Bunk'Art 1, walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), then make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, then learn about all things military at BunkArt 2, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque.

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Washington DC, USA to Tirana is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Tirana, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:

Berat, Albania

— 1 night

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 29th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, admire the masterpieces at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, then admire the striking features of Berat Castle, and finally snap pictures at Gorica Bridge.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Berat day trip planning site.

Drive from Tirana to Berat in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Berat are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Butrint.

Things to do in Berat

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:

Butrint, Albania

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Butrint National Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Butrint trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Berat to Butrint takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Berat to Butrint is 1 hour. Traveling from Berat in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Butrint, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Himare.

Things to do in Butrint

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:
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Himare, Albania

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): stroll through Gjipe Beach and then see what you can catch with Himara Seas The Day. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Livadhi Beach, then explore the historical opulence of Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello, and then steep yourself in history at Ali Pasha Castle.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Himare online attractions planner.

Getting from Butrint to Himare by car takes about 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Himare are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Himare

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:

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 3rd (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, browse the exhibits of Site of Witness and Memory, then see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Venice Art Mask Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, and then admire the striking features of Former Palace of King Nikola I.

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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. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Shkoder when traveling from Himare in October, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:

Zlatibor, Serbia

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Gostilje Waterfall, then see the interesting displays at Sirogojno, then explore the fascinating underground world of Stopica Cave, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Transfiguration Church. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along National Park Tara and then stroll through Uvac Special Nature Reserve.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Zlatibor trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Shkoder to Zlatibor takes 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:

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 Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas. Step off the beaten path and head to Fruska Gora Monasteries and Strand. Explore Novi Sad's surroundings by going to Serbian Orthodox Church (in Subotica) and Palic (Palic Zoo & Palic Lake). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sremski Karlovci, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Synagogue, pause for some serene contemplation at The Name of Mary Church, and make a trip to Greek Catholic Church of St. Peter and Paul.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Novi Sad online tour planner.

Drive from Zlatibor to Novi Sad in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Novi Sad are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the shuttle to Belgrade.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 10:

Belgrade, Serbia

— 5 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 Military Museum and Ružica. Step off the beaten path and head to Belgrade Kayak Trip and Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museum of Aviation, get curious at Nikola Tesla Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral Church, and contemplate the long history of The National Assembly.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Belgrade trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by shuttle from Novi Sad to Belgrade takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Belgrade are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. On the 15th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 15:

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.