20 days in Serbia & Albania Itinerary

20 days in Serbia & Albania Itinerary

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Belgrade, Serbia
— 6 nights
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Novi Sad, Serbia
— 5 nights
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Zlatibor, Serbia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tirana, Albania
— 4 nights
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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 enjoy The National Assembly and Zepter Museum , Belgrade. Get a sense of the local culture at Nikola Tesla Museum and Cathedral Church. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ružica, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sava Temple, take a stroll through Dorcol, and steep yourself in history at Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Belgrade trip maker site.

Washington DC, USA to Belgrade is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Belgrade, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, things will get slightly colder in Belgrade: highs are around 43°F and lows about 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the shuttle to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Belgrade

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 23:

Novi Sad, Serbia

— 5 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.
Get some cultural insight at Sremski Karlovci and Krusedol Monastery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Fruška Gora and Dunavska Street. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Name of Mary Church, don't miss a visit to Svetozar Miletic Square, explore the activities along Dunav (The Danube), and examine the collection at The Gallery of Matica srpska.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Novi Sad trip maker website.

Traveling by shuttle from Belgrade to Novi Sad takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Novi Sad sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 30°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 28:

Zlatibor, Serbia

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Stopica Cave, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gostilje Waterfall, then examine the collection at Sirogojno, and finally make a trip to Church of Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tornik, then take in the awesome beauty at National Park Tara, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Transfiguration Church.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Zlatibor online route planner.

Traveling by car from Novi Sad to Zlatibor takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Shkoder.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

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 31st (Thu): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and then view the masterpieces at Venice Art Mask Factory. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory, explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, and then explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Shkoder road trip site.

Drive from Zlatibor to Shkoder in 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in December, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Tirana, Albania

— 4 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at BunkArt 2 and Et`hem Bey Mosque. Get a sense of the local culture at Kruja Castle and National Ethnographic Museum Berat. Get out of town with these interesting Tirana side-trips: Berat (Holy Trinity Church & National Iconographic Museum Onufri) and Kruje (Old Bazaar (Pazari i Vjeter) & Ethnographic Museum of Kruja). There's lots more to do: walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, and appreciate the history behind Skanderbeg Statue.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tirana travel tool.

You can drive from Shkoder to Tirana in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and shuttle. Traveling from Shkoder in January, expect nights in Tirana to be about the same, around 34°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 55°F. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

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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.

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.