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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Zlatibor, Serbia
— 1 night
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
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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 Oplenac and Museum of Illusions. Bring the kids along to Ethnographic Museum and Crkva Svetog Marka. Step out of Belgrade to go to Smederevo and see Smederevo Fortress, which is approximately 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, take a stroll through Skadarlija, contemplate the waterfront views at Sava, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sava Temple.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Belgrade trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Belgrade is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Belgrade is 6 hours. Expect slightly colder 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 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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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 discover tucked-away gems like The Name of Mary Church and Dunavska Street. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Fruska Gora Monasteries and Svetozar Miletic Monument. Step out of Novi Sad to go to Fruska Gora National Park and see Krusedol Monastery, which is approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas, don't miss a visit to Svetozar Miletic Square, stroll through Strand, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saborna crkva-Orthodox Church.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use 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. In October, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nis.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 1:

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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 2nd (Mon), appreciate the history behind The Monument of Stevan Sremac and Kalca, contemplate the long history of Nis Fortress, appreciate the history behind Monument to the Victims of NATO Bombardment in 1999, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hram Svetog Pantelejmona, and finally appreciate the history behind Monument to the Liberators of Nis.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nis vacation planner.

You can drive from Novi Sad to Nis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites
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Zlatibor, Serbia

Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Stopica Cave, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gostilje Waterfall, and then make a trip to Prerast u Dobroselici.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Zlatibor day trip tool.

You can drive from Nis to Zlatibor in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Shkoder.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Parks · Nature
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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Venice Art Mask Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Site of Witness and Memory, then admire the striking features of Former Palace of King Nikola I, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, and finally step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Shkoder travel route builder site.

Traveling by car from Zlatibor to Shkoder takes 5.5 hours. November in Shkoder sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
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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 6th (Fri), learn about all things military at Gjirokaster, contemplate the long history of Zekate House, and then admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Gjirokaster trip itinerary maker 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. Traveling from Shkoder to Gjirokaster, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Shkoder in November, Gjirokaster is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 6:

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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.
On the 7th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Quarter Of Gorica, examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, then explore the world behind art at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, and finally admire the striking features of Berat Castle. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, then make a trip to Bulevardi Republika, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally admire the sheer force of Sotira Waterfall.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Berat visit planner.

You can drive from Gjirokaster to Berat in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Gjirokaster in November, Berat is a bit cooler at night with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Berat

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Tirana, Albania

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
On the 9th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Bunk'Art 1, stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), then make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, then brush up on your military savvy at BunkArt 2, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, then don't miss a visit to Clock Tower, then step into the grandiose world of Kruja Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum of Kruja.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Tirana road trip site.

Traveling by car from Berat to Tirana takes 2 hours. In November in Tirana, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 44°F at night. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

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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.