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
— 4 nights
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Nis, Serbia
— 1 night
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
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Himare, 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
— 3 nights
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Belgrade, Serbia

The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Ethnographic Museum and Museum of Illusions. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kalemegdan and Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Crkva Svetog Marka, examine the collection at Museum of Aviation, explore the activities along Sava, and steep yourself in history at The National Assembly.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Belgrade trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Belgrade is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Belgrade is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in October, things will get slightly colder in Belgrade: highs are around 64°F and lows about 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 18:

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Novi Sad, Serbia

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 The Name of Mary Church and Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas. Bring the kids along to Fruska Gora Monasteries and The Synagogue. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Novi Sad: Subotica (City Hall (Gradska kuca) & Sinagoga) and Krusedol Monastery (in Fruska Gora National Park). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Dunavska Street, examine the collection at The Gallery of Matica srpska, expand your understanding of the military at Petrovaradin Fortress, and walk around Danube Park.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Novi Sad trip planner.

Traveling by car from Belgrade to Novi Sad takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Nis.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 22:

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Nis, Serbia

Niš is the third largest city in Serbia and the administrative center of the Nišava District in southern Serbia. On the 23rd (Fri), explore the ancient world of Skull Tower, indulge in some personalized pampering at Massage center ZEN, contemplate the long history of Nis Fortress, then appreciate the history behind Monument to the Victims of NATO Bombardment in 1999, and finally pause for some photo ops at The Monument of Stevan Sremac and Kalca.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nis trip planner.

You can drive from Novi Sad to Nis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Nis sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 23:

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Shkoder, Albania

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 24th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, then shop like a local with Venice Art Mask Factory, and finally take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory. Keep things going the next day: take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then explore the activities along Shkodra Lake.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Shkoder route maker.

Drive from Nis to Shkoder in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In October, Shkoder is a bit warmer than Nis - with highs of 71°F and lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Himare.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:

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Himare, Albania

Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): kick back and relax at Gjipe Beach and then see what you can catch with Himara Seas The Day. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Livadhi Beach, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello, and then steep yourself in history at Ali Pasha Castle.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Himare online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Shkoder to Himare takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of train and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shkoder to Himare. Traveling from Shkoder in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Himare, with lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Himare

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:

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Gjirokaster, Albania

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 28th (Wed): learn about all things military at Gjirokaster, contemplate the long history of Zekate House, and then admire the striking features of Skenduli House.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Gjirokaster trip planner.

Traveling by car from Himare to Gjirokaster takes 2.5 hours. October in Gjirokaster sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 28:

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Berat, Albania

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 29th (Thu): make a trip to Quarter Of Gorica, see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, then explore the world behind art at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, and finally admire the striking features of Berat Castle.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Berat vacation maker site.

Getting from Gjirokaster to Berat by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Gjirokaster to Berat is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Gjirokaster in October, plan for little chillier nights in Berat, with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Berat

Museums
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 29:

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Tirana, Albania

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
On the 30th (Fri), see the interesting displays at House of Leaves, take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, learn about all things military at BunkArt 2, then don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum of Kruja, then step into the grandiose world of Kruja Castle, then examine the collection at Bektashi World Center, and finally stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh).

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tirana online road trip planner.

You can drive from Berat to Tirana in 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Tirana are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:

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.