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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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
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Himare, 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Oplenac and Smederevo Fortress. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Ethnographic Museum and Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice. There's lots more to do: have fun and explore at Museum of Illusions, take a stroll through Skadarlija, examine the collection at Museum of Aviation, and explore the activities along Sava.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Belgrade tour itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Belgrade is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Belgrade. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Washington DC in October, with highs in Belgrade at 64°F and lows at 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to take a shuttle to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 5:

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.
Attractions like The Name of Mary Church and The Synagogue make great kid-friendly stops. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Krusedol Monastery and Sinagoga. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Novi Sad: Subotica (City Hall (Gradska kuca) & Modern Art Gallery Likovni Susret). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church, deepen your knowledge of military history at Petrovaradin Fortress, and steep yourself in history at Fruska Gora Monasteries.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Novi Sad visit app.

You can take a shuttle from Belgrade to Novi Sad in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nis.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 5 — 9:

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 10th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at The Monument of Stevan Sremac and Kalca, contemplate the long history of Nis Fortress, then steep yourself in history at Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hram Svetog Pantelejmona, and finally delve into the distant past at Skull Tower.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Nis tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Novi Sad to Nis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 10:

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 11th (Wed), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and then view the masterpieces at Venice Art Mask Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Site of Witness and Memory, then explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, and then step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Shkoder day trip planning website.

You can drive from Nis to Shkoder in 5.5 hours. Other options are to 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Himare.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 12:

Himare, Albania

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Gjipe Beach and then see what you can catch with Himara Seas The Day. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Livadhi Beach, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello, and then contemplate the long history of Ali Pasha Castle.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Himare trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Shkoder to Himare in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of train and shuttle. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Himare when traveling from Shkoder in November, with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Himare

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 14:

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 15th (Sun): 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 see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Gjirokaster trip planner.

Getting from Himare to Gjirokaster by car takes about 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 15:

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 16th (Mon), make a trip to Quarter Of Gorica, then see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, then explore the world behind art at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Berat tour planner.

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, Berat is slightly colder at night with lows of 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Berat

Museums
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 16:

Tirana, Albania

— 3 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): examine the collection at House of Leaves, take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, then take an in-depth tour of BunkArt 2, then don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum of Kruja, then step into the grandiose world of Kruja Castle, then appreciate the history behind Statue of George W. Bush, and finally walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh).

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tirana trip maker site.

Drive from Berat to Tirana in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in November, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 19:

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.