20 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

20 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

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Tirana, Albania
— 2 nights
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Shkoder, Albania
— 3 nights
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Zlatibor, Serbia
— 2 nights
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Nis, Serbia
— 1 night
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Novi Sad, Serbia
— 4 nights
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Belgrade, Serbia
— 7 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 25th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, brush up on your military savvy at BunkArt 2, then don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, and finally stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum of Kruja, then step into the grandiose world of Kruja Castle, and then stop by Old Bazaar (Pazari i Vjeter).

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Tirana trip maker tool.

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. Traveling from Washington DC in December, you will find days in Tirana are a bit warmer (58°F), and nights are about the same (33°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

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Shkoder, Albania

— 3 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.
Marubi National Museum of Photography and Venice Art Mask Factory are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Walking tours and Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, get engrossed in the history at Site of Witness and Memory, and admire the landmark architecture of Former Palace of King Nikola I.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Shkoder trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tirana to Shkoder takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of shuttle and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tirana in December: highs in Shkoder hover around 53°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Zlatibor, Serbia

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): Head underground at Stopica Cave, take in the dramatic scenery at Gostilje Waterfall, then examine the collection at Sirogojno, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tornik, take in the awesome beauty at National Park Tara, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Transfiguration Church.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Zlatibor trip planning tool.

You can drive from Shkoder to Zlatibor in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nis.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Nis, Serbia

— 1 night
Niš is the third largest city in Serbia and the administrative center of the Nišava District in southern Serbia. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Nishava, steep yourself in history at Nis Fortress, and then explore the ancient world of Skull Tower.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nis trip site.

You can drive from Zlatibor to Nis in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in December, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Nis

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Novi Sad, Serbia

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sremski Karlovci and The Name of Mary Church. Get a sense of the local culture at Krusedol Monastery and Spomen-zbirka Pavla Beljanskog. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fruška Gora, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saborna crkva-Orthodox Church, stroll around Danube Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Upper Church.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Novi Sad tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Nis to Novi Sad takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 41°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can take a shuttle to Belgrade.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Belgrade, Serbia

— 7 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Get some cultural insight at The National Assembly and Ružica. Family-friendly places like Nikola Tesla Museum and Zepter Museum , Belgrade will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Church, contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, stop by Skadarlija, and explore the engaging exhibits at Museum of Illusions.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Belgrade online trip builder.

You can take a shuttle from Novi Sad to Belgrade in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. January in Belgrade sees daily highs of 41°F and lows of 28°F at night. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 12:

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.