20 days in Serbia & Albania Itinerary

20 days in Serbia & Albania Itinerary

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Belgrade, Serbia
— 7 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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Tirana, Albania
— 4 nights
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Belgrade, Serbia

— 7 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The National Assembly and Ružica. Kids will enjoy Nikola Tesla Museum and Cathedral Church. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Zepter Museum , Belgrade, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sava Temple, wander the streets of Dorcol, and stop by Skadarlija.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Belgrade online holiday planner.

Washington DC, USA to Belgrade is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Belgrade due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in December; daily highs in Belgrade reach 43°F and lows reach 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the shuttle to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Belgrade

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 6:

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 Sremski Karlovci and The Name of Mary Church. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fruška Gora and Saborna crkva-Orthodox Church. Take a break from Novi Sad with a short trip to Krusedol Monastery in Fruska Gora National Park, about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Dunavska Street, tour the pleasant surroundings at Strand, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Synagogue, and contemplate the long history of Fruska Gora Monasteries.

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

You can take a shuttle from Belgrade to Novi Sad in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. January in Novi Sad sees daily highs of 41°F and lows of 28°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nis.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:

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 11th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp, pause for some serene contemplation at Hram Svetog Pantelejmona, relax and rejuvenate at Massage center ZEN, then steep yourself in history at Nis Fortress, and finally steep yourself in history at Christogram Monument.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nis trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Novi Sad to Nis in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Nis can reach 41°F, while at night they dip to 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:

Zlatibor, Serbia

— 1 night
On the 12th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Gostilje Waterfall, Head underground at Stopica Cave, and then see the interesting displays at Sirogojno.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Zlatibor travel route planning app.

Drive from Nis to Zlatibor in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Shkoder.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 12:

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and then take in the exciting artwork at Venice Art Mask Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory, contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, and then explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Shkoder road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Zlatibor to Shkoder takes 5.5 hours. January in Shkoder sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:

Tirana, Albania

— 4 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like BunkArt 2 and Et`hem Bey Mosque. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kruja Castle and Grand Park (Parku i Madh). Get out of town with these interesting Tirana side-trips: Kruje (Old Bazaar (Pazari i Vjeter) & Ethnographic Museum of Kruja) and Berat (Holy Trinity Church, National Ethnographic Museum Berat, &more). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, don't miss a visit to Clock Tower, and brush up on your military savvy at Bunk'Art 1.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tirana trip builder app.

You can drive from Shkoder to Tirana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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). On the 18th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 18:

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.