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
— 5 nights
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Nis, 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
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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.
Kids will enjoy Ethnographic Museum and Crkva Svetog Marka. Oplenac and Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Risovaca Cave in Arandjelovac (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: explore the engaging exhibits at Museum of Illusions, steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, get curious at Nikola Tesla Museum, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Belgrade online itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Belgrade is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Washington DC in October: high temperatures in Belgrade hover around 64°F and lows are around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Name of Mary Church and Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Krusedol Monastery and Fruska Gora Monasteries. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Novi Sad: Subotica (City Hall (Gradska kuca), Sinagoga, &more). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Dunavska Street, examine the collection at The Gallery of Matica srpska, deepen your knowledge of military history at Petrovaradin Fortress, and contemplate the long history of Sremski Karlovci.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Novi Sad trip planning app.

You can drive from Belgrade to Novi Sad in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November in Novi Sad, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nis.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 3 — 8:

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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. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at Massage center ZEN, then contemplate the long history of Nis Fortress, then contemplate the long history of Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Stambolija House.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nis trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Novi Sad to Nis takes 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Shkoder.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 9:

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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 10th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, then get engrossed in the history at Site of Witness and Memory, then view the masterpieces at Venice Art Mask Factory, and finally snap pictures at Mesi Bridge. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Shkoder visit planner.

You can drive from Nis to Shkoder in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Nis in November; daily highs in Shkoder reach 62°F and lows reach 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Shkoder

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

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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 12th (Thu), learn about all things military at Gjirokaster, then steep yourself in history at Zekate House, and then admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Gjirokaster trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Shkoder to Gjirokaster by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shkoder to Gjirokaster. Traveling from Shkoder in November, Gjirokaster is a bit warmer at night with lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Quarter Of Gorica, examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, then admire the masterpieces 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, make a trip to Bulevardi Republika, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Sotira Waterfall.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Berat tour itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Gjirokaster to Berat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Berat when traveling from Gjirokaster in November, with lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Berat

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 14:

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Tirana, Albania

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, brush up on your military savvy at BunkArt 2, then make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, and finally stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh). Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Old Bazaar (Pazari i Vjeter), then explore the historical opulence of Kruja Castle, and then examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum of Kruja.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tirana day trip planner.

You can drive from Berat to Tirana in 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Tirana can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 17:

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.