20 days in Serbia & Albania Itinerary

20 days in Serbia & Albania Itinerary

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Belgrade, Serbia
— 7 nights
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Novi Sad, Serbia
— 4 nights
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Nis, Serbia
— 1 night
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Zlatibor, Serbia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
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Tirana, Albania
— 3 nights
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The National Assembly and Ružica. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nikola Tesla Museum and Dorcol. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Church, steep yourself in history at Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice, see the interesting displays at Museum of Illusions, and admire the landmark architecture of Crkva Svetog Marka.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Belgrade trip itinerary planning website.

Washington DC, USA to Belgrade is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Belgrade. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in December; daily highs in Belgrade reach 43°F and lows reach 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to catch the shuttle to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Belgrade

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 29:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sremski Karlovci and Fruška Gora. Kids will enjoy The Name of Mary Church and The Synagogue. Go for a jaunt from Novi Sad to Fruska Gora National Park to see Krusedol Monastery about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saborna crkva-Orthodox Church, steep yourself in history at Fruska Gora Monasteries, make a trip to Dunavska Street, and examine the collection at The Gallery of Matica srpska.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Novi Sad online trip builder.

You can take a shuttle from Belgrade to Novi Sad in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Novi Sad are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Nis.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:

Nis, Serbia

— 1 night
Niš is the third largest city in Serbia and the administrative center of the Nišava District in southern Serbia. On the 3rd (Sun), delve into the distant past at Skull Tower, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Massage center ZEN, then steep yourself in history at Nis Fortress, and finally take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Hall.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Nis trip builder.

Traveling by car from Novi Sad to Nis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 41°F, and evening lows to 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

Zlatibor, Serbia

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): 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 take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Tornik, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at National Park Tara, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Transfiguration Church.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Zlatibor road trip planner.

Getting from Nis to Zlatibor by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Shkoder.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 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.
On the 6th (Wed), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and then take in the exciting artwork at Venice Art Mask Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Site of Witness and Memory, admire the landmark architecture of Former Palace of King Nikola I, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, and finally step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Shkoder travel planning app.

You can drive from Zlatibor to Shkoder in 5.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Shkoder can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Tirana, Albania

— 3 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, then get engrossed in the history at BunkArt 2, then don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, and finally walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh). On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at National Archaeological Museum, examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum of Kruja, then step into the grandiose world of Kruja Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Preza Castle.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Tirana route planner.

You can drive from Shkoder to Tirana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and shuttle. While traveling from Shkoder, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tirana, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 34°F. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:

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.