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
Drive
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Zlatibor, Serbia
— 1 night
Drive
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gjirokaster, Albania
— 1 night
Drive
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Oplenac and Museum of Illusions. Get some cultural insight at Ethnographic Museum and Smederevo Fortress. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, make a trip to Skadarlija, explore the activities along Sava, and engage your brain at Nikola Tesla Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Belgrade day trip 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. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in October; daily highs in Belgrade reach 64°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can catch the shuttle to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 19:

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Name of Mary Church and Krusedol Monastery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sinagoga and Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas. Change things up with these side-trips from Novi Sad: Subotica (City Hall (Gradska kuca) & Modern Art Gallery Likovni Susret). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fruska Gora Monasteries, make a trip to Svetozar Miletic Square, expand your understanding of the military at Petrovaradin Fortress, and walk around Danube Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Novi Sad online sightseeing 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 in Novi Sad, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nis.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 23:

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 24th (Sat): appreciate the history behind The Monument of Stevan Sremac and Kalca, contemplate the long history of Nis Fortress, steep yourself in history at 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.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nis trip itinerary website.

Drive from Novi Sad to Nis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 24:

Zlatibor, Serbia

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Sirogojno, then Head underground at Stopica Cave, and then admire the sheer force of Gostilje Waterfall.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Zlatibor road trip website.

Drive from Nis to Zlatibor in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Shkoder.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 25:

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 26th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory, then take in the exciting artwork at Venice Art Mask Factory, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, then steep yourself in history at Former Palace of King Nikola I, then see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and finally step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Shkoder itinerary planner.

You can drive from Zlatibor to Shkoder in 5.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Shkoder are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:

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 28th (Wed), learn about all things military at Gjirokaster, contemplate the long history of Zekate House, and then admire the striking features of Skenduli House.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Gjirokaster trip planning website.

You can drive from Shkoder to Gjirokaster in 5 hours. Other options are to 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 October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Gjirokaster, with lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 28:

Berat, Albania

— 1 night

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): make a trip to Quarter Of Gorica, see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, then take an in-depth tour of National Iconographic Museum Onufri, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Berat itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Gjirokaster to Berat in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gjirokaster to Berat due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Gjirokaster in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 52°F in Berat. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Berat

Museums
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 29:

Tirana, Albania

— 4 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
BunkArt 2 and Et`hem Bey Mosque are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ethnographic Museum of Kruja and Kruja Castle. Spend the 1st (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at House of Leaves, make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, and brush up on your military savvy at Bunk'Art 1.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tirana online trip maker.

Drive from Berat to Tirana in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in October, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 2:

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.