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
— 2 nights
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Gjirokaster, Albania
— 2 nights
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Military Museum and The National Assembly. Get a sense of the local culture at Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice and Kalemegdan. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Crkva Svetog Oca Nikolaja, contemplate the waterfront views at Sava, admire the masterpieces at Zepter Museum , Belgrade, and explore the engaging exhibits at Museum of Illusions.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Belgrade road trip planning site.

Washington DC, USA to Belgrade is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Belgrade. Traveling from Washington DC in November, you will find days in Belgrade are a bit cooler (54°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 12:

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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Dunav (The Danube) and The Name of Mary Church. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sremski Karlovci and Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saborna crkva-Orthodox Church, see the interesting displays at The Gallery of Matica srpska, make a trip to Svetozar Miletic Square, and deepen your knowledge of military history at Petrovaradin Fortress.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Novi Sad trip planner.

Getting from Belgrade to Novi Sad by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. November in Novi Sad sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nis.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 16:

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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 17th (Tue), don't miss a visit to King Aleksandar Monument, steep yourself in history at Nis Fortress, then contemplate the long history of Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hram Svetog Pantelejmona, and finally explore the ancient world of Skull Tower.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nis online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Novi Sad to Nis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Nis are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 17:

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Zlatibor, Serbia

Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): make a trip to Church of Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles, see the interesting displays at Sirogojno, then Head underground at Stopica Cave, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Transfiguration Church.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Zlatibor online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Nis to Zlatibor in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Shkoder.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Nature · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 18:

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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.
On the 19th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then view the masterpieces at Venice Art Mask Factory. On the next day, examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography, then admire the striking features of Former Palace of King Nikola I, then explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, and finally explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Shkoder road trip website.

You can drive from Zlatibor to Shkoder in 5.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Shkoder are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 20:

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): learn about all things military at Gjirokaster, steep yourself in history at Zekate House, and then admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Gjirokastra Bazaar and then explore the activities along Blue Eye.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Gjirokaster travel planning tool.

You can drive from Shkoder to Gjirokaster in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shkoder to Gjirokaster due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Shkoder in November, Gjirokaster is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 20 — 22:

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Tirana, Albania

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
On the 23rd (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Rruga Murat Toptani, then walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), then appreciate the history behind Skanderbeg Statue, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, get engrossed in the history at House of Leaves, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania, then get engrossed in the history at BunkArt 2, and finally don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tirana trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Tirana takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Gjirokaster in November, Tirana is slightly colder at night with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 25:

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.