20 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

20 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

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1
Tirana, Albania
— 2 nights
2
Berat, Albania
— 1 night
3
Gjirokaster, Albania
— 1 night
4
Saranda, Albania
— 2 nights
5
Himare, Albania
— 3 nights
6
Zlatibor, Serbia
— 2 nights
7
Novi Sad, Serbia
— 3 nights
8
Belgrade, Serbia
— 5 nights


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2
nights
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum of Kruja, explore the historical opulence of Kruja Castle, and then stop by Old Bazaar (Pazari i Vjeter). On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at House of Leaves, get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, learn about all things military at BunkArt 2, then make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tirana online tour planner.

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 August, plan for little chillier nights in Tirana, with lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Kruje
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Kruja Castle ©
Kruja Castle
BunkArt 2 ©
BunkArt 2
Ethnographic Museum of Kruja ©
Ethnographic Museum of Kruja

1
night
Berat, Albania

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
On the 14th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Quarter Of Gorica, then see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, then take an in-depth tour of National Iconographic Museum Onufri, and finally admire the striking features of Berat Castle.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Berat online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tirana to Berat in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. August in Berat sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Berat

Museums
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National Iconographic Museum Onufri ©
National Iconographic Museum Onufri
National Ethnographic Museum Berat ©
National Ethnographic Museum Berat
Berat Castle ©
Berat Castle

1
night
Gjirokaster, Albania

Gjirokaster ©
Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Gjirokaster, contemplate the long history of Zekate House, and then admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Gjirokaster trip tool.

Getting from Berat to Gjirokaster by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: 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 August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Gjirokaster, with lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums
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Zekate House ©
Zekate House
Gjirokaster ©
Gjirokaster
Skenduli House ©
Skenduli House

2
nights
Saranda, Albania

Saranda ©
A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
On the 16th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Pulebardha Beach and then delve into the distant past at Butrint National Park. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Lekuresi Castle, then surround yourself with nature on Saranda Jeep, and then take a leisurely stroll along Saranda Embankment.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Saranda road trip planning app.

You can drive from Gjirokaster to Saranda in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Himare.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Butrint National Park
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Butrint National Park ©
Butrint National Park
Saranda Jeep ©
Saranda Jeep
Pulebardha Beach ©
Pulebardha Beach

3
nights
Himare, Albania

Himare ©
Get some cultural insight at Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello and Ali Pasha Castle. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gjipe Beach and Livadhi Beach. Go for a jaunt from Himare to Dhermi to see Dhermi Beach about 32 minutes away.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Himare trip planner.

Drive from Saranda to Himare in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Himare are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Himare

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Ali Pasha Castle, Dhermi Beach
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Gjipe Beach ©
Gjipe Beach
Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello ©
Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello
Himara Seas The Day ©
Himara Seas The Day

2
nights
Zlatibor, Serbia

Zlatibor ©
On the 21st (Fri), admire the sheer force of Gostilje Waterfall, examine the collection at Sirogojno, then Head underground at Stopica Cave, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Transfiguration Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at National Park Tara and then look for all kinds of wild species at Uvac Special Nature Reserve.

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

You can drive from Himare to Zlatibor in 10.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Himare to Zlatibor. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

National Park Tara, Uvac Special Nature Reserve
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Sirogojno ©
Sirogojno
National Park Tara ©
National Park Tara
Uvac Special Nature Reserve ©
Uvac Special Nature Reserve

3
nights
Novi Sad, Serbia

Novi Sad ©
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 The Name of Mary Church. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fruska Gora Monasteries and Greek Catholic Church of St. Peter and Paul. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Strand, make a trip to Svetozar Miletic Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Upper Church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas.

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Getting from Zlatibor to Novi Sad by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Novi Sad can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Belgrade.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Sremski Karlovci
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Fruska Gora Monasteries ©
Fruska Gora Monasteries
Sremski Karlovci ©
Sremski Karlovci
The Name of Mary Church
The Name of Mary Church

5
nights
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Military Museum and Cathedral Church. Explore hidden gems such as Belgrade Kayak Trip and Ružica. There's lots more to do: engage your brain at Nikola Tesla Museum, steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sava Temple, and don't miss a visit to Zemunski kej.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Belgrade trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Novi Sad to Belgrade takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
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Military Museum ©
Military Museum
Nikola Tesla Museum ©
Nikola Tesla Museum
Ružica ©
Ružica

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