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
— 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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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.
Kids will enjoy Military Museum and The National Assembly. Discover out-of-the-way places like Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice and Museum of Illusions. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, examine the collection at Museum of Aviation, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at Crkva Svetog Oca Nikolaja.

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Chennai, India to Belgrade is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 4.5 hours. Traveling from Chennai in December, things will get much colder in Belgrade: highs are around 7°C and lows about -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 7:

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.
Sremski Karlovci and Saborna crkva-Orthodox Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Kids will appreciate attractions like Dunav (The Danube) and The Synagogue. Take a break from Novi Sad with a short trip to Krusedol Monastery in Fruska Gora National Park, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at The Name of Mary Church, stroll around Danube Park, deepen your knowledge of military history at Petrovaradin Fortress, and don't miss a visit to Dunavska Street.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Novi Sad trip tool.

Traveling by car from Belgrade to Novi Sad takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nis.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 11:

Nis, Serbia

— 1 night
Niš is the third largest city in Serbia and the administrative center of the Nišava District in southern Serbia. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): don't miss a visit to The Monument of Stevan Sremac and Kalca, steep yourself in history at Nis Fortress, then steep yourself in history at Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hram Svetog Pantelejmona, and finally explore the ancient world of Skull Tower.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nis tour planner.

Traveling by car from Novi Sad to Nis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Nis can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:

Zlatibor, Serbia

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Gostilje Waterfall, explore the fascinating underground world of Stopica Cave, and then see the interesting displays at Sirogojno. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tornik, then look for all kinds of wild species at Uvac Special Nature Reserve, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Transfiguration Church.

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You can drive from Nis to Zlatibor in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Shkoder.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:

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 15th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then take in the exciting artwork at Venice Art Mask Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, then admire the landmark architecture of Former Palace of King Nikola I, then explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, and finally explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Shkoder journey tool.

Traveling by car from Zlatibor to Shkoder takes 5.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:

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 17th (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 reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Gjirokaster trip planner.

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 changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Shkoder in December: high temperatures in Gjirokaster hover around 19°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:

Tirana, Albania

— 3 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
On the 18th (Fri), stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque, then get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, then take an in-depth tour of BunkArt 2, and finally make a trip to Skanderbeg Square. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of House of Leaves, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania, then learn about all things military at Bunk'Art 1, and finally appreciate the history behind Skanderbeg Statue.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tirana trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Gjirokaster to Tirana in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gjirokaster to Tirana. Traveling from Gjirokaster in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Tirana, with lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:

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.