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
— 2 nights
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Butrint, Albania
— 1 night
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Himare, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
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Zlatibor, Serbia
— 1 night
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Novi Sad, Serbia
— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Old Bazaar (Pazari i Vjeter), then step into the grandiose world of Kruja Castle, and then see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum of Kruja. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at House of Leaves, don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, brush up on your military savvy at BunkArt 2, then explore the galleries of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tirana road trip site.

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. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Tirana when traveling from Washington DC in September, with lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:

Berat, Albania

— 2 nights

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
On the 1st (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, make a trip to Bulevardi Republika, see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, then see the interesting displays at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Quarter Of Gorica, then snap pictures at Gorica Bridge, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Halveti Teqe.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Berat road trip website.

Traveling by car from Tirana to Berat takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Berat are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Butrint.

Things to do in Berat

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:

Butrint, Albania

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

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Butrint trip planning website.

You can drive from Berat to Butrint in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Berat to Butrint, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Berat in October, Butrint is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time for the car ride 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
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): kick back and relax at Gjipe Beach and then see what you can catch with Himara Seas The Day. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): stroll through Livadhi Beach, then step into the grandiose world of Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello, and then steep yourself in history at Ali Pasha Castle.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Himare online holiday builder.

Drive from Butrint to Himare in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can 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): explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, then browse the exhibits of Site of Witness and Memory, then see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and finally shop like a local with 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 striking features of Former Palace of King Nikola I.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Shkoder trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Himare to Shkoder in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of shuttle and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Himare in October, Shkoder is little chillier at night with lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can 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): 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.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Zlatibor trip itinerary site.

You can 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

— 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Krusedol Monastery and Sremski Karlovci. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fruska Gora Monasteries and The Name of Mary Church. Step out of Novi Sad to go to Fruska Gora National Park and see Staro Hopovo Monastery, which is approximately 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Synagogue, see the interesting displays at The Gallery of Matica srpska, and kick back and relax at Strand.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Novi Sad online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Zlatibor to Novi Sad takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Novi Sad sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the shuttle to Belgrade.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:

Belgrade, Serbia

— 6 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Military Museum and Ružica. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Belgrade Kayak Trip and The National Assembly. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of Aviation, explore the engaging exhibits at Museum of Illusions, admire the striking features of Cathedral Church, and wander the streets of Skadarlija.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Belgrade trip itinerary builder app.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 17:

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.