20 days in Serbia & Albania Itinerary

20 days in Serbia & Albania Itinerary

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Belgrade, Serbia
— 5 nights
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Novi Sad, Serbia
— 4 nights
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Nis, Serbia
— 1 night
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Himare, Albania
— 1 night
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Gjirokaster, Albania
— 1 night
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Berat, Albania
— 1 night
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Tirana, Albania
— 4 nights
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Belgrade, Serbia

— 5 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Explore hidden gems such as Ethnographic Museum and Museum of Aviation. Kalemegdan and Skadarlija are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: have fun and explore at Museum of Illusions, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ružica, add some adventure to your tour with Belgrade Kayak Trip, and contemplate the long history of Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Belgrade holiday planning website.

Washington DC, USA to Belgrade is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in October, expect Belgrade to be slightly colder, temps between 64°F and 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the shuttle to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 14:

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at The Name of Mary Church and Krusedol Monastery. Sinagoga and The Synagogue are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to City Hall (Gradska kuca) in Subotica (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas, examine the collection at The Gallery of Matica srpska, make a trip to Dunavska Street, and contemplate the long history of Fruska Gora Monasteries.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Novi Sad online day trip planner.

You can take a shuttle from Belgrade to Novi Sad in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Novi Sad are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Nis.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 18:

Nis, Serbia

— 1 night
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 19th (Mon): admire the striking features of Stambolija House, pause for some photo ops at The Monument of Stevan Sremac and Kalca, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hram Svetog Pantelejmona, relax and rejuvenate at Massage center ZEN, then steep yourself in history at Nis Fortress, and finally ponder the world of politics at The City Hall.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nis travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Novi Sad to Nis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Nis sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 19:

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 20th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, then get engrossed in the history at Site of Witness and Memory, then shop like a local with Venice Art Mask Factory, and finally step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Shkodra Lake and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Shkoder road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nis to Shkoder takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nis in October: high temperatures in Shkoder hover around 71°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Himare.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:

Himare, Albania

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): see what you can catch with Himara Seas The Day and then kick back and relax at Gjipe Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Himare trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Shkoder to Himare takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of train and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shkoder to Himare. Traveling from Shkoder in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 59°F in Himare. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Himare

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 22:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at Gjirokaster, then contemplate the long history of Zekate House, and then admire the striking features of Skenduli House.

To find out how to plan a trip to Gjirokaster, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Himare to Gjirokaster in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Gjirokaster can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 23:

Berat, Albania

— 1 night

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Quarter Of Gorica, then examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, then admire the masterpieces at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle.

Discover how to plan a Berat trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Berat takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gjirokaster to Berat. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Gjirokaster in October since evenings lows in Berat dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Berat

Museums
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 24:

Tirana, Albania

— 4 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at BunkArt 2 and Ethnographic Museum of Kruja. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kruja Castle and Bunk'Art 1. Spend the 27th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at House of Leaves, don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, take an in-depth tour of Bektashi World Center, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tirana itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Berat to Tirana takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Tirana are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 28:

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.