20 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

20 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

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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 13th (Thu): stop by Old Bazaar (Pazari i Vjeter), step into the grandiose world of Kruja Castle, and then examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum of Kruja. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of House of Leaves, get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, brush up on your military savvy at BunkArt 2, then make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque.

To find photos and other tourist information, read Tirana trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Tirana is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Tirana, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in August, expect little chillier with lows of 65°F in Tirana. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, then admire the masterpieces at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, and finally examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Berat trip planner.

You can drive from Tirana to Berat in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Berat

Museums · Outdoors · Adventure
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National Iconographic Museum Onufri ©
National Iconographic Museum Onufri
National Ethnographic Museum Berat ©
National Ethnographic Museum Berat
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Gjirokaster, then steep yourself in history at Zekate House, and then admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Gjirokaster sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Berat to Gjirokaster in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Gjirokaster when traveling from Berat in August, with lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) 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
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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 17th (Mon), kick back and relax at Pulebardha Beach and then stroll through Butrint National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Lekuresi Castle, then surround yourself with nature on Saranda Jeep, and then don't miss a visit to Saranda Embankment.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Saranda trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Gjirokaster to Saranda by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in August, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car 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 ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Gjipe Beach and Himara Seas The Day. Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello and Ali Pasha Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Himare to Dhermi to see Dhermi Beach about 32 minutes away.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Himare online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Saranda to Himare takes 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can 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

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Zlatibor, Serbia

Zlatibor ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): admire the sheer force of Gostilje Waterfall, examine the collection at Sirogojno, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Stopica Cave. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at National Park Tara and then identify plant and animal life at Uvac Special Nature Reserve.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Zlatibor trip planner.

Traveling by car from Himare to Zlatibor takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Himare to Zlatibor due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car 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 Fruska Gora Monasteries. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Name of Mary Church and Upper Church. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Strand, shop like a local with Dunavska Street, admire the striking features of Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas, and see the interesting displays at The Gallery of Matica srpska.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Novi Sad trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Zlatibor to Novi Sad takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Belgrade.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Sremski Karlovci
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Strand ©
Strand
Sremski Karlovci ©
Sremski Karlovci
Fruska Gora Monasteries ©
Fruska Gora Monasteries

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nights
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Military Museum and Cathedral Church. Step off the beaten path and head to Belgrade Kayak Trip and Zemunski kej. There's lots more to do: get curious at Nikola Tesla Museum, steep yourself in history at The National Assembly, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sava Temple, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ada Ciganlija.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Belgrade travel route planner.

Getting from Novi Sad to Belgrade by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

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

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