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
— 4 nights
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Nis, Serbia
— 1 night
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Zlatibor, Serbia
— 1 night
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Shkoder, Albania
— 3 nights
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Gjirokaster, Albania
— 1 night
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Tirana, Albania
— 3 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.
Bring the kids along to Military Museum and Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The National Assembly and St. Sava Temple. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, take a stroll through Knez Mihailova, admire the masterpieces at Zepter Museum , Belgrade, and contemplate the waterfront views at Sava.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Belgrade trip itinerary builder site.

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. When traveling from Washington DC in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Belgrade, with highs around 54°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 29:

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sremski Karlovci and Svetozar Miletic Square. Kids will appreciate attractions like Dunav (The Danube) and Dunavska Street. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Name of Mary Church, kick back and relax at Strand, deepen your knowledge of military history at Petrovaradin Fortress, and admire the striking features of Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Novi Sad travel route planning website.

Traveling by car from Belgrade to Novi Sad takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November in Novi Sad, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Nis.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 3:

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 4th (Fri): ponder the world of politics at The City Hall, contemplate the long history of Nis Fortress, contemplate the long history of Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hram Svetog Pantelejmona, and finally delve into the distant past at Skull Tower.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nis travel route builder app.

Traveling by car from Novi Sad to Nis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in December, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 4:

Zlatibor, Serbia

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles, then see the interesting displays at Sirogojno, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Gostilje Waterfall.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Zlatibor itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Nis to Zlatibor in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Shkoder.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 5:

Shkoder, Albania

— 3 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.
Venice Art Mask Factory and Marubi National Museum of Photography are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Site of Witness and Memory and Walking tours. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, snap pictures at Mesi Bridge, admire the landmark architecture of Former Palace of King Nikola I, and explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Shkoder visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Zlatibor to Shkoder takes 5.5 hours. In December in Shkoder, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 8:

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.
On the 9th (Wed), learn about all things military at Gjirokaster, then steep yourself in history at Zekate House, and then admire the striking features of Skenduli House.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Gjirokaster trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Shkoder to Gjirokaster takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 temperatures traveling from Shkoder in December, with highs in Gjirokaster at 61°F and lows at 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:

Tirana, Albania

— 3 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): see the interesting displays at House of Leaves, get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, then get engrossed in the history at BunkArt 2, then make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum of Kruja, admire the striking features of Reja "The Cloud", then stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), and finally appreciate the history behind Skanderbeg Statue.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tirana day trip tool.

Drive from Gjirokaster to Tirana in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Gjirokaster to Tirana, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Gjirokaster in December since evenings lows in Tirana dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 12:

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.