20 days in Serbia & Albania Itinerary

20 days in Serbia & Albania Itinerary

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Belgrade, Serbia
— 6 nights
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Novi Sad, Serbia
— 5 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
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tirana, Albania
— 3 nights
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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 discover tucked-away gems like Museum of Illusions and Ethnographic Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Military Museum and Nikola Tesla Museum. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Zepter Museum , Belgrade, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral Church, contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, and see the interesting displays at Automobile Museum.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Belgrade road trip app.

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. In January, daily temperatures in Belgrade can reach 41°F, while at night they dip to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can take a shuttle to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Belgrade

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 19:

Novi Sad, Serbia

— 5 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas and Sinagoga. Discover out-of-the-way places like Fruska Gora Monasteries and The Synagogue. Explore Novi Sad's surroundings by going to Palic Zoo (in Palic) and Krusedol Monastery (in Fruska Gora National Park). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saborna crkva-Orthodox Church, make a trip to Dunavska Street, steep yourself in history at Sremski Karlovci, and take in the awesome beauty at Fruška Gora.

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Take a shuttle from Belgrade to Novi Sad in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Novi Sad are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 24:

Zlatibor, Serbia

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Tornik, explore the fascinating underground world of Stopica Cave, and then examine the collection at Sirogojno.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Zlatibor itinerary builder site.

Drive from Novi Sad to Zlatibor in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nis.

Things to do in Zlatibor

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

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 26th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Christogram Monument, contemplate the long history of Nis Fortress, contemplate the long history of Tinkers Alley, then explore the ancient world of Skull Tower, then admire the striking features of Stambolija House, and finally appreciate the history behind The Monument of Stevan Sremac and Kalca.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nis trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Zlatibor to Nis by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Nis can reach 41°F, while at night they dip to 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Kopaonik.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 26:

Kopaonik, Serbia

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kopaonik.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kopaonik trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Nis to Kopaonik takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Wed) before leaving for Shkoder.

Things to do in Kopaonik

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 27:
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then view the masterpieces at Venice Art Mask Factory. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory, explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, and then explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Shkoder road trip tool.

Drive from Kopaonik to Shkoder in 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in January, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 29:

Tirana, Albania

— 3 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
On the 30th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, take an in-depth tour of BunkArt 2, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania, then walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at Bunk'Art 1, then examine the collection at Bektashi World Center, then explore the historical opulence of Kruja Castle, and finally explore the historical opulence of Preza Castle.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tirana visit planner.

You can drive from Shkoder to Tirana in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and shuttle; or take a train. Traveling from Shkoder in January, you will find days in Tirana are somewhat warmer (55°F), and nights are about the same (34°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 1:

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.