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
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Himare, Albania
— 1 night
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Gjirokaster, Albania
— 1 night
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Berat, 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ethnographic Museum and Museum of Aviation. Museum of Illusions and Crkva Svetog Marka are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, shop like a local with Knez Mihailova, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ružica.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Belgrade journey maker site.

Washington DC, USA to Belgrade is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Belgrade, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in October: high temperatures in Belgrade hover around 64°F and lows are around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 27 — Nov 1:

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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.
Bring the kids along to The Name of Mary Church and The Synagogue. Do some cultural sightseeing at Krusedol Monastery and Sinagoga. Go for a jaunt from Novi Sad to Subotica to see City Hall (Gradska kuca) about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas, pause for some serene contemplation at Upper Church, deepen your knowledge of military history at Petrovaradin Fortress, and make a trip to Dunavska Street.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Novi Sad vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Belgrade to Novi Sad takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Novi Sad are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nis.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 5:

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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 6th (Fri), appreciate the history behind The Monument of Stevan Sremac and Kalca, then steep yourself in history at Nis Fortress, then contemplate the long history of Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp, and finally appreciate the history behind Bubanj Memorial Park.

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

Drive from Novi Sad to Nis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. November in Nis sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 6:

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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 7th (Sat), explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, then examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography, then view the masterpieces at Venice Art Mask Factory, and finally take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Shkoder day trip planner.

Getting from Nis to Shkoder by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nis in November: high temperatures in Shkoder hover around 62°F and lows are around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Himare.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 8:

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Himare, Albania

On the 9th (Mon), cast your line with Himara Seas The Day and then kick back and relax at Gjipe Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Himare online day trip planner.

Getting from Shkoder to Himare by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of train and shuttle. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Shkoder in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Himare, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Himare

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 9:

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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.
On the 10th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Gjirokaster, then contemplate the long history of Zekate House, and then admire the striking features of Skenduli House.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Gjirokaster road trip site.

You can drive from Himare to Gjirokaster in 2.5 hours. In November in Gjirokaster, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 10:

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Berat, Albania

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 11th (Wed): make a trip to Quarter Of Gorica, 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. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, make a trip to Bulevardi Republika, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Sotira Waterfall.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Berat online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Gjirokaster to Berat in 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 slightly colder nights when traveling from Gjirokaster in November since evenings lows in Berat dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Berat

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 12:

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Tirana, Albania

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at House of Leaves, get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, then brush up on your military savvy at BunkArt 2, then make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque. Keep things going the next day: stop by Old Bazaar (Pazari i Vjeter), then step into the grandiose world of Kruja Castle, and then see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum of Kruja.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tirana travel website.

Getting from Berat to Tirana by car takes about 2 hours. In November in Tirana, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:

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.