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
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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.
The National Assembly and Nikola Tesla Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Ružica and Zepter Museum , Belgrade. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Church, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sava Temple, take a stroll through Knez Mihailova, and visit Dorcol.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Belgrade road trip tool.

Washington DC, USA to Belgrade is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Belgrade due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, expect Belgrade to be a bit cooler, temps between 43°F and 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 30:

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sremski Karlovci and The Name of Mary Church. Kids will appreciate attractions like Saborna crkva-Orthodox Church and Strand. Venture out of the city with trips to Krusedol Monastery (in Fruska Gora National Park) and Subotica (City Hall (Gradska kuca), Sinagoga, &more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Dunavska Street, expand your understanding of the military at Petrovaradin Fortress, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Synagogue, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Novi Sad tour builder.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nis.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:

Nis, Serbia

— 1 night
Niš is the third largest city in Serbia and the administrative center of the Nišava District in southern Serbia. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hram Svetog Pantelejmona, relax and rejuvenate at Massage center ZEN, then contemplate the long history of Nis Fortress, and finally contemplate the long history of Christogram Monument.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nis online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Novi Sad to Nis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Nis, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 26°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:

Zlatibor, Serbia

— 2 nights
On the 5th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Stopica Cave, admire the sheer force of 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. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Tornik, look for all kinds of wild species at National Park Tara, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Transfiguration Church.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Zlatibor online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Nis to Zlatibor takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Shkoder.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

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 7th (Thu): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Venice Art Mask Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory, then don't miss a visit to Former Palace of King Nikola I, then explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, and finally step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Shkoder trip planner.

You can drive from Zlatibor to Shkoder in 5.5 hours. January in Shkoder sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 34°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Tirana, Albania

— 3 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, then brush up on your military savvy at BunkArt 2, then don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, and finally appreciate the history behind Skanderbeg Statue. On the next day, stop by Old Bazaar (Pazari i Vjeter), then explore the historical opulence of Kruja Castle, and then see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum of Kruja.

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Traveling by car from Shkoder to Tirana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and shuttle. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Shkoder in January: highs in Tirana hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:

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.