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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Nis, Serbia
— 1 night
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Zlatibor, Serbia
— 1 night
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Military Museum and Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice. Family-friendly places like The National Assembly and Museum of Illusions will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, take a stroll through Dorcol, examine the collection at Museum of Aviation, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Crkva Svetog Oca Nikolaja.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Belgrade day trip planning website.

Washington DC, USA to Belgrade is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in November, expect nights in Belgrade to be about the same, around 39°F, while days are slightly colder, around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 26:

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.
Bring the kids along to Dunav (The Danube) and Svetozar Miletic Square. Step off the beaten path and head to Sremski Karlovci and Saborna crkva-Orthodox Church. Go for a jaunt from Novi Sad to Fruska Gora National Park to see Krusedol Monastery about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Name of Mary Church, don't miss a visit to Dunavska Street, deepen your knowledge of military history at Petrovaradin Fortress, and enjoy the sand and surf at Strand.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Novi Sad route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Belgrade to Novi Sad takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Novi Sad are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Nis.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 26 — Dec 1:

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 2nd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Tinkers Alley, then steep yourself in history at Nis Fortress, then steep yourself in history at Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp, and finally delve into the distant past at Skull Tower.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nis tour itinerary builder app.

Drive from Novi Sad to Nis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Nis sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 29°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 2:

Zlatibor, Serbia

— 1 night
On the 3rd (Thu), make a trip to Church of Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles, then see the interesting displays at Sirogojno, then explore the fascinating underground world of Stopica Cave, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Transfiguration Church.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Zlatibor trip planner.

Getting from Nis to Zlatibor by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Shkoder.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 3:

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then view the masterpieces at Venice Art Mask Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, don't miss a visit to Former Palace of King Nikola I, then explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, and finally explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Shkoder online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Zlatibor to Shkoder takes 5.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 5:

Tirana, Albania

— 4 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at House of Leaves and National Iconographic Museum Onufri. Explore hidden gems such as BunkArt 2 and Ethnographic Museum of Kruja. Explore Tirana's surroundings by going to Berat Castle (in Berat) and Kruja Castle (in Kruje). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque, see the interesting displays at Bektashi World Center, and learn about all things military at Bunk'Art 1.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tirana day trip planning app.

You can drive from Shkoder to Tirana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and shuttle; or take a train. In December in Tirana, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 9:

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.