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
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Museum of Illusions and Military Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zepter Museum , Belgrade and Museum of Aviation. There's lots more to do: get curious at Nikola Tesla Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sava Temple, see the interesting displays at Automobile Museum, and stop by Skadarlija.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Belgrade sightseeing planner.

Washington DC, USA to Belgrade is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 41°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to take a shuttle to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Belgrade

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 12:

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 Saborna crkva-Orthodox Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fruska Gora Monasteries and The Synagogue. Change things up with a short trip to Krusedol Monastery in Fruska Gora National Park (about 30 minutes away). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sremski Karlovci, deepen your knowledge of military history at Petrovaradin Fortress, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Name of Mary Church, and make a trip to Dunavska Street.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Novi Sad tour itinerary planner.

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 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:

Zlatibor, Serbia

— 1 night
On the 17th (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tornik, then explore the fascinating underground world of Stopica Cave, and then see the interesting displays at Sirogojno.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Zlatibor trip planner.

You can drive from Novi Sad to Zlatibor in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nis.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 17:

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 18th (Mon): appreciate the history behind King Aleksandar Monument, contemplate the long history of Nis Fortress, steep yourself in history at Christogram Monument, pause for some serene contemplation at Hram Svetog Pantelejmona, then appreciate the history behind Monument to the Liberators of Nis, and finally pause for some photo ops at The Monument of Stevan Sremac and Kalca.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nis trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Zlatibor to Nis in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Nis can reach 41°F, while at night they dip to 26°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kopaonik.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 18:

Kopaonik, Serbia

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): hit the slopes at Kopaonik.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kopaonik holiday planner.

Getting from Nis to Kopaonik by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Tue) before leaving for Shkoder.

Things to do in Kopaonik

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 19:
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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then take in the exciting artwork at Venice Art Mask Factory. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Site of Witness and Memory, then explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, and then explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Shkoder day trip site.

You can drive from Kopaonik to Shkoder in 6 hours. In January in Shkoder, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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Tirana, Albania

— 3 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, learn about all things military at BunkArt 2, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania, then stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), and finally admire the striking features of Reja "The Cloud". Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your military savvy at Bunk'Art 1, examine the collection at Bektashi World Center, then step into the grandiose world of Kruja Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Preza Castle.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tirana day trip tool.

You can drive from Shkoder to Tirana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and shuttle; or take a train. While traveling from Shkoder, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tirana, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 34°F. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:

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.