20 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

20 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

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Tirana, Albania
— 3 nights
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Gjirokaster, Albania
— 1 night
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
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Zlatibor, Serbia
— 1 night
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Nis, Serbia
— 2 nights
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Novi Sad, Serbia
— 4 nights
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Belgrade, Serbia
— 6 nights
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Tirana, Albania

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Step off the beaten path and head to House of Leaves and Ethnographic Museum of Kruja. Get some cultural insight at BunkArt 2 and Et`hem Bey Mosque. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tirana: Kruja Castle (in Kruje) and Preza Castle (in Fushe Preze). There's lots more to do: stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, and learn about all things military at Bunk'Art 1.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tirana road trip site.

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. While traveling from Washington DC, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tirana, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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Gjirokaster, Albania

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 22nd (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Gjirokaster, contemplate the long history of Zekate House, and then admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Gjirokaster trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Tirana to Gjirokaster in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Tirana to Gjirokaster, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tirana in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Gjirokaster, with lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums
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Shkoder, Albania

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 23rd (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Site of Witness and Memory, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then take in the exciting artwork at Venice Art Mask Factory. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, then step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, and then see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Shkoder trip planner.

Getting from Gjirokaster to Shkoder by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gjirokaster to Shkoder. Traveling from Gjirokaster in November, things will get a bit cooler in Shkoder: highs are around 62°F and lows about 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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Zlatibor, Serbia

On the 25th (Wed), make a trip to Church of Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles, then examine the collection at Sirogojno, then explore the fascinating underground world of Stopica Cave, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Transfiguration Church.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Zlatibor holiday builder website.

Traveling by car from Shkoder to Zlatibor takes 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nis.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites
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Nis, Serbia

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 26th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Christogram Monument, steep yourself in history at Nis Fortress, steep yourself in history at Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hram Svetog Pantelejmona, and finally delve into the distant past at Skull Tower. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Bubanj Memorial Park, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Hall, then steep yourself in history at Stambolija House, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to The Monument of Stevan Sremac and Kalca.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nis trip builder website.

You can drive from Zlatibor to Nis in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Nis sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites · Museums
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Novi Sad, Serbia

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.
Sremski Karlovci and The Synagogue are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dunav (The Danube) and The Name of Mary Church. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saborna crkva-Orthodox Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Hram Sveta tri jerarha, walk around Danube Park, and make a trip to Dunavska Street.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Novi Sad travel planning site.

Drive from Nis to Novi Sad in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. November in Novi Sad sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Belgrade.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Belgrade, Serbia

The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Get a sense of the local culture at Military Museum and Crkva Svetog Oca Nikolaja. Kids will appreciate attractions like The National Assembly and Museum of Aviation. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice, take a stroll through Skadarlija, get curious at Nikola Tesla Museum, and have fun and explore at Museum of Illusions.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Belgrade travel site.

Getting from Novi Sad to Belgrade by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in December, and nighttime lows around 30°F. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · 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.