20 days in Serbia & Albania Itinerary

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Fly to Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, Drive to Novi Sad
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Novi Sad, Serbia
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Belgrade, Serbia
— 6 nights
Drive
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Zlatibor, Serbia
— 1 night
Drive
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Nis, Serbia
— 1 night
Drive
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Kopaonik, Serbia
— 1 night
Drive
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tirana, Albania
— 3 nights
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas and Sremski Karlovci. Get a sense of the local culture at Sinagoga and Krusedol Monastery. Change things up with these side-trips from Novi Sad: Subotica (City Hall (Gradska kuca) & Modern Art Gallery Likovni Susret). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fruska Gora Monasteries, don't miss a visit to Dunavska Street, walk around Danube Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Name of Mary Church.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Novi Sad tour itinerary maker.

Washington, USA to Novi Sad is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Novi Sad is 6 hours. In January in Novi Sad, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 28°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to catch the shuttle to Belgrade.
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Belgrade, Serbia — 6 nights

The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Museum of Illusions and Military Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Zepter Museum , Belgrade and Ružica. And it doesn't end there: get curious at Nikola Tesla Museum, contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sava Temple, and examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Belgrade trip itinerary builder tool.

You can take a shuttle from Novi Sad to Belgrade in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Belgrade, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Zlatibor.
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Zlatibor, Serbia — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Tornik, then Head underground at Stopica Cave, and then examine the collection at Sirogojno.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Zlatibor road trip website.

Getting from Belgrade to Zlatibor by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nis.
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Nis, Serbia — 1 night

Niš is the third largest city in Serbia and the administrative center of the Nišava District in southern Serbia. On the 4th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Nis Fortress, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hram Svetog Pantelejmona, and finally delve into the distant past at Skull Tower.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nis tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Zlatibor to Nis takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Nis are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kopaonik.
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Kopaonik, Serbia — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Kopaonik.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kopaonik day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Nis to Kopaonik in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Shkoder.
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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.
On the 6th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then get engrossed in the history at Site of Witness and Memory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Venice Art Mask Factory, then step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, and then explore the activities along Shkodra Lake.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Shkoder online holiday planner.

You can drive from Kopaonik to Shkoder in 6 hours. In February in Shkoder, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Tirana.
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Tirana, Albania — 3 nights

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): learn more about the world around you at National Archaeological Museum, walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, then brush up on your military savvy at BunkArt 2, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Preza Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Kruja Castle, then examine the collection at Bektashi World Center, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tirana travel route planner.

You can drive from Shkoder to Tirana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and shuttle. While traveling from Shkoder, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tirana, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.
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Serbia travel guide

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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.
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Albania travel guide

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Castles · Landmarks · Military Museums
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.
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