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
— 2 nights
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
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Gjirokaster, Albania
— 1 night
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Berat, Albania
— 1 night
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Tirana, Albania
— 3 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.
Attractions like Ethnographic Museum and Museum of Illusions make great kid-friendly stops. Explore hidden gems such as Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice and Museum of Aviation. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Crkva Svetog Marka, engage your brain at Nikola Tesla Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Sava.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Belgrade trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Belgrade is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in October; daily highs in Belgrade reach 64°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 2:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Name of Mary Church and Sinagoga. Step off the beaten path and head to Krusedol Monastery and Fruska Gora Monasteries. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Novi Sad: Subotica (City Hall (Gradska kuca) & Serbian Orthodox Church). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas, don't miss a visit to Dunavska Street, deepen your knowledge of military history at Petrovaradin Fortress, and pause for some serene contemplation at Upper Church.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Novi Sad trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by shuttle from Belgrade to Novi Sad takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Novi Sad sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nis.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 6:

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 7th (Sat): don't miss a visit to The Monument of Stevan Sremac and Kalca, steep yourself in history at Christogram Monument, steep yourself in history at Nis Fortress, make a trip to Monument to the Victims of NATO Bombardment in 1999, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hram Svetog Pantelejmona, and finally explore the ancient world of Skull Tower.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nis online attractions planner.

You can drive from Novi Sad to Nis in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in November, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 7:

Zlatibor, Serbia

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Gostilje Waterfall, Head underground at Stopica Cave, and then examine the collection at Sirogojno. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at National Park Tara, then walk around Nature Park Mokra Gora, and then stop by Tourist Information Center Bajina Basta.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Zlatibor trip planner.

You can drive from Nis to Zlatibor in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Shkoder.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:

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 10th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory, then take in the exciting artwork at Venice Art Mask Factory, and finally snap pictures at Mesi Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Shkoder day trip website.

Traveling by car from Zlatibor to Shkoder takes 5.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 11:

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at Gjirokaster, then contemplate the long history of Zekate House, and then admire the striking features of Skenduli House.

To find out how to plan a trip to Gjirokaster, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Shkoder to Gjirokaster takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Shkoder in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 52°F in Gjirokaster. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 12:

Berat, Albania

— 1 night

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
On the 13th (Fri), make a trip to Quarter Of Gorica, then see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, then admire the masterpieces at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Berat travel route website.

You can drive from Gjirokaster to Berat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Gjirokaster to Berat, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Gjirokaster in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Berat, with lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Berat

Museums
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 13:

Tirana, Albania

— 3 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): see the interesting displays at House of Leaves, get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, brush up on your military savvy at BunkArt 2, then don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Old Bazaar (Pazari i Vjeter), then explore the historical opulence of Kruja Castle, and then see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum of Kruja.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tirana day trip planner.

You can drive from Berat to Tirana in 2 hours. November in Tirana sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 13 — 16:

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.