20 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

20 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

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Route & dates

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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 8th (Sat): learn about all things military at Bunk'Art 1, explore the historical opulence of Kruja Castle, and then examine the collection 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, take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, then take an in-depth tour of BunkArt 2, then make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tirana visit planner.

Washington DC, USA to Tirana is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Tirana, with lows of 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites

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 10th (Mon): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, then explore the world behind art at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, and finally examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Berat online journey planner.

Getting from Tirana to Berat by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Berat are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): learn about all things military at Gjirokaster, then contemplate the long history of Zekate House, and then admire the striking features of Skenduli House.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Gjirokaster vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Berat to Gjirokaster takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berat to Gjirokaster. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Gjirokaster when traveling from Berat in August, with lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Pulebardha Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Butrint National Park. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Lekuresi Castle, then get interesting insight from Saranda Jeep, and then take a leisurely stroll along Saranda Embankment.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Saranda online holiday planner.

Getting from Gjirokaster to Saranda by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Saranda can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to 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 a sense of the local culture at Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello and Ali Pasha Castle. Discover out-of-the-way places like Gjipe Beach and Himara Seas The Day. Take a break from Himare with a short trip to Dhermi Beach in Dhermi, about 32 minutes away.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Himare trip maker tool.

You can drive from Saranda to Himare in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in August, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) 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
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Zlatibor, Serbia

Zlatibor ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Dino Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Stopica Cave, then examine the collection at Sirogojno, and finally admire the sheer force of Gostilje Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at National Park Tara and then look for all kinds of wild species at Uvac Special Nature Reserve.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Zlatibor road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Himare to Zlatibor takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) 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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Stopica Cave ©
Stopica Cave
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sremski Karlovci and Fruska Gora Monasteries. Get a sense of the local culture at The Name of Mary Church and Spomen-zbirka Pavla Beljanskog. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Strand, shop like a local with Dunavska Street, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, and stroll around Danube Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Novi Sad online travel planner.

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. In August, daily temperatures in Novi Sad can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Military Museum and Belgrade Kayak Trip. Cathedral Church and Skadarlija are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: get curious at Nikola Tesla Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Ada Ciganlija, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and make a trip to Zemunski kej.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Belgrade holiday builder website.

Drive from Novi Sad to Belgrade in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Belgrade, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to 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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