20 days in Serbia & Albania Itinerary

20 days in Serbia & Albania Itinerary

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Belgrade, Serbia
— 5 nights
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Novi Sad, Serbia
— 5 nights
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Nis, Serbia
— 1 night
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
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Gjirokaster, Albania
— 1 night
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Berat, Albania
— 1 night
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Tirana, Albania
— 4 nights
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Belgrade, Serbia

— 5 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Oplenac and Museum of Illusions. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ethnographic Museum and Ružica. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, see the interesting displays at Museum of Aviation, take in the spiritual surroundings of Crkva Svetog Marka, and make a trip to Skadarlija.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Belgrade travel route site.

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. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Washington DC in October, with highs in Belgrade at 64°F and lows at 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catch the shuttle to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 6:

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Name of Mary Church and Sinagoga. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Fruska Gora Monasteries and The Synagogue. Change things up with these side-trips from Novi Sad: Subotica (City Hall (Gradska kuca) & Serbian Orthodox Church) and Krusedol Monastery (in Fruska Gora National Park). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas, don't miss a visit to Dunavska Street, walk around Danube Park, and kick back and relax at Strand.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Novi Sad day trip planning site.

Traveling by shuttle from Belgrade to Novi Sad takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Novi Sad sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nis.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 11:

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 12th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at The Monument of Stevan Sremac and Kalca, relax and rejuvenate at Massage center ZEN, then contemplate the long history of Nis Fortress, and finally contemplate the long history of Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nis trip planner.

Drive from Novi Sad to Nis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Nis, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:

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 13th (Tue), examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography, then get engrossed in the history at Site of Witness and Memory, then view the masterpieces at Venice Art Mask Factory, and finally step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle. On your second day here, take a memorable tour with Tours, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, and then admire the striking features of Former Palace of King Nikola I.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Shkoder online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Nis to Shkoder in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Nis in October; daily highs in Shkoder reach 71°F and lows reach 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 14:

Gjirokaster, Albania

— 1 night

City of Stone

Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): learn about all things military at Gjirokaster, steep yourself in history at Zekate House, and then admire the striking features of Skenduli House.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Gjirokaster travel route builder site.

You can drive from Shkoder to Gjirokaster in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Shkoder to Gjirokaster is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Shkoder in October since evenings lows in Gjirokaster dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 15:

Berat, Albania

— 1 night

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Quarter Of Gorica, then see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, then get engrossed in the history at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Berat tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Berat takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Gjirokaster to Berat is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Gjirokaster in October since evenings lows in Berat dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Berat

Museums
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 16:

Tirana, Albania

— 4 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Discover out-of-the-way places like BunkArt 2 and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ethnographic Museum of Kruja and Kruja Castle. When in Tirana, make a side trip to see Old Bazaar (Pazari i Vjeter) in Kruje, approximately Kruje away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at House of Leaves, get engrossed in the history at Bektashi World Center, stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tirana trip site.

You can drive from Berat to Tirana in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 20:

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.