20 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

20 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

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Tirana, Albania
— 3 nights
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Shkoder, Albania
— 3 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
— 6 nights
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Tirana, Albania

— 3 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Step off the beaten path and head to BunkArt 2 and Ethnographic Museum of Kruja. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Et`hem Bey Mosque and Muzeu Historik Kombetar. Explore Tirana's surroundings by going to Kruje (Kruja Castle & Old Bazaar (Pazari i Vjeter)). There's still lots to do: stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), learn about all things military at Bunk'Art 1, make a trip to Clock Tower, and soak away your stress at Deluxe Spa & Massage.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tirana trip itinerary builder.

Washington DC, USA to Tirana is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Tirana due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, expect nights in Tirana to be about the same, around 33°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Shkoder.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Baths · Spas

Side Trip

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Shkoder, Albania

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Walking tours and Marubi National Museum of Photography. Get a sense of the local culture at Site of Witness and Memory and Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity. Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Venice Art Mask Factory, explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, and relax and rejuvenate at Elixir Spa.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Shkoder trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tirana to Shkoder takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and train; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tirana in December: highs in Shkoder hover around 53°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Shkoder

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors
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Zlatibor, Serbia

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): Head underground at Stopica Cave, then admire the sheer force of Gostilje Waterfall, then examine the collection at Sirogojno, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Tornik and then identify plant and animal life at National Park Tara.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Zlatibor trip planner.

You can drive from Shkoder to Zlatibor in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Nis.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

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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 (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Hall, admire the striking features of Banovina, contemplate the long history of Nis Fortress, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hram Svetog Pantelejmona, and finally delve into the distant past at Skull Tower.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nis trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zlatibor to Nis takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in December, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites · Museums
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sremski Karlovci and Saborna crkva-Orthodox Church. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Fruška Gora and Strand. Step out of Novi Sad with an excursion to Krusedol Monastery in Fruska Gora National Park--about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at The Name of Mary Church, stroll around Danube Park, examine the collection at The Gallery of Matica srpska, and expand your understanding of the military at Petrovaradin Fortress.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Novi Sad road trip tool.

Drive from Nis to Novi Sad in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Belgrade.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Belgrade, Serbia

— 6 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The National Assembly and Cathedral Church. Attractions like Nikola Tesla Museum and Kalemegdan make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ružica, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sava Temple, wander the streets of Skadarlija, and contemplate the long history of Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Belgrade trip maker tool.

Getting from Novi Sad to Belgrade by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. December in Belgrade sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 30°F at night. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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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.