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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Zlatibor, Serbia
— 1 night
Drive
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Nis, Serbia
— 1 night
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Kopaonik, Serbia
— 1 night
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Museum of Illusions and Military Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zepter Museum , Belgrade and Ružica. Next up on the itinerary: get curious at Nikola Tesla Museum, wander the streets of Knez Mihailova, examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, and don't miss a visit to Zemunski kej.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Belgrade journey planning app.

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. In January, daytime highs in Belgrade are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Belgrade

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 18:

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.
Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas and Sremski Karlovci are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Fruska Gora Monasteries and Strand. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Novi Sad: Subotica (City Hall (Gradska kuca), Sinagoga, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Synagogue, pause for some serene contemplation at Upper Church, stroll around Danube Park, and don't miss a visit to Svetozar Miletic Square.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Novi Sad road trip app.

Traveling by shuttle from Belgrade to Novi Sad takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 41°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 22:

Zlatibor, Serbia

— 1 night
On the 23rd (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tornik, Head underground at Stopica Cave, and then see the interesting displays at Sirogojno.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Zlatibor trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Novi Sad to Zlatibor takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nis.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 23:

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 24th (Sun), pause for some photo ops at The Monument of Stevan Sremac and Kalca, steep yourself in history at Nis Fortress, then steep yourself in history at Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hram Svetog Pantelejmona, and finally explore the ancient world of Skull Tower.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nis trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zlatibor to Nis takes 4 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 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Kopaonik.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 24:

Kopaonik, Serbia

— 1 night
On the 25th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kopaonik.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kopaonik trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Nis to Kopaonik in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Mon) before leaving for Shkoder.

Things to do in Kopaonik

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 25:
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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 26th (Tue): examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography, then pedal to the sights with Bike Tours, and then take in the exciting artwork at Venice Art Mask Factory. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Site of Witness and Memory, contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, and then explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Shkoder online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kopaonik to Shkoder in 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in January, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 27:

Tirana, Albania

— 3 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, get engrossed in the history at BunkArt 2, then make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, then stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Preza Castle, step into the grandiose world of Kruja Castle, and then relax in sumptuous surroundings at Deluxe Spa & Massage.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tirana trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Shkoder to Tirana by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and shuttle; or take a train. Traveling from Shkoder in January, you will find days in Tirana are somewhat warmer (55°F), and nights are about the same (34°F). You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tirana

Historic Sites · Spas · Baths · Museums

Side Trips

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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.