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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Zlatibor, Serbia
— 1 night
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Nis, Serbia
— 2 nights
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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

— 6 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Museum of Illusions and Museum of Aviation. Military Museum and Nikola Tesla Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Zepter Museum , Belgrade, see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum, steep yourself in history at Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sava Temple.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Belgrade trip itinerary planning app.

Washington DC, USA to Belgrade is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. January in Belgrade sees daily highs of 41°F and lows of 28°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catch the shuttle to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Belgrade

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 25:

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas and The Synagogue. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sinagoga and The Name of Mary Church. Explore Novi Sad's surroundings by going to Subotica (City Hall (Gradska kuca) & Modern Art Gallery Likovni Susret). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fruska Gora Monasteries, contemplate the long history of Sremski Karlovci, pause for some serene contemplation at Hram Sveta tri jerarha, and examine the collection at The Gallery of Matica srpska.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Novi Sad road trip tool.

Traveling by shuttle from Belgrade to Novi Sad takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Novi Sad, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 29:

Zlatibor, Serbia

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Tornik, explore the fascinating underground world of Stopica Cave, and then see the interesting displays at Sirogojno.

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You can drive from Novi Sad to Zlatibor in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nis.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 30:

Nis, Serbia

— 2 nights
Niš is the third largest city in Serbia and the administrative center of the Nišava District in southern Serbia. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): don't miss a visit to The Monument of Stevan Sremac and Kalca, contemplate the long history of Nis Fortress, then contemplate the long history of 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. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at Massage center ZEN and then explore the activities along Nishava.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Nis trip tool.

Getting from Zlatibor to Nis by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Nis sees daily highs of 41°F and lows of 26°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kopaonik.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 1:

Kopaonik, Serbia

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kopaonik.

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Drive from Nis to Kopaonik in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Shkoder.

Things to do in Kopaonik

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 2:
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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 3rd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Site of Witness and Memory, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then shop like a local with Venice Art Mask Factory. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Shkoder online road trip planner.

Drive from Kopaonik to Shkoder in 6 hours. In February in Shkoder, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 4:

Tirana, Albania

— 3 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, then don't miss a visit to Clock Tower, then walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania. On your second day here, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then step into the grandiose world of Preza Castle, then explore the historical opulence of Kruja Castle, and finally look for gifts at Old Bazaar (Pazari i Vjeter).

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tirana trip planning app.

You can drive from Shkoder to Tirana in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and shuttle; or take a train. Traveling from Shkoder in February, you will find days in Tirana are somewhat warmer (59°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 4 — 7:

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.