25 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

25 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

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Tirana, Albania
— 3 nights
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Berat, Albania
— 3 nights
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Himare, Albania
— 2 nights
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
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Zlatibor, Serbia
— 2 nights
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Nis, Serbia
— 1 night
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Novi Sad, Serbia
— 3 nights
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Belgrade, Serbia
— 7 nights

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Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Get some cultural insight at BunkArt 2 and Et`hem Bey Mosque. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kruja Castle and Dajti. Step out of Tirana to go to Kruje and see Ethnographic Museum of Kruja, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), look for gifts at Artistic Jewellery Pirro, get engrossed in the history at Bunk'Art 1, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tirana road trip app.

Washington DC, USA to Tirana is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. When traveling from Washington DC in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tirana: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 33°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

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BunkArt 2 ©
BunkArt 2
Kruja Castle ©
Kruja Castle
Ethnographic Museum of Kruja ©
Ethnographic Museum of Kruja

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Berat, Albania

Berat ©

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Step off the beaten path and head to National Ethnographic Museum Berat and Apollonia Archaeological Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Holy Trinity Church and Cobo Winery. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of National Iconographic Museum Onufri, admire the striking features of Berat Castle, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and do a tasting at Nurellari Winery and Guest House.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Berat travel planner.

You can drive from Tirana to Berat in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in December, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Himare.

Things to do in Berat

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Tours

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Apollonia Archaeological Park ©
Apollonia Archaeological Park
National Iconographic Museum Onufri ©
National Iconographic Museum Onufri
National Ethnographic Museum Berat ©
National Ethnographic Museum Berat

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Himare, Albania

Himare ©
On the 14th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello and then kick back and relax at Gjipe Beach. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Ali Pasha Castle, stroll through Livadhi Beach, and then explore the historical opulence of The Castle of Himara.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Himare tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Berat to Himare takes 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Berat in December, Himare is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Himare

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Gjipe Beach ©
Gjipe Beach
Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello ©
Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello
Livadhi Beach ©
Livadhi Beach

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Shkoder, Albania

Shkoder ©
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 16th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, get engrossed in the history at Site of Witness and Memory, then view the masterpieces at Venice Art Mask Factory, and finally examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Mesi Bridge, pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity, and then step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Shkoder trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Himare to Shkoder takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Himare to Shkoder, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Shkoder is slightly colder than Himare - with highs of 53°F and lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Venice Art Mask Factory ©
Venice Art Mask Factory
Marubi National Museum of Photography ©
Marubi National Museum of Photography
Shkodra Lake ©
Shkodra Lake

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Zlatibor, Serbia

Zlatibor ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Stopica Cave, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gostilje Waterfall, then see the interesting displays at Sirogojno, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tornik, then find something for the whole family at Dino Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Transfiguration Church, and finally identify plant and animal life at Uvac Special Nature Reserve.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Zlatibor day trip app.

You can drive from Shkoder to Zlatibor in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nis.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

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Stopica Cave ©
Stopica Cave
Uvac Special Nature Reserve ©
Uvac Special Nature Reserve
Sirogojno ©
Sirogojno

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Nis, Serbia

Nis ©
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 20th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hram Svetog Pantelejmona, contemplate the long history of Nis Fortress, admire the landmark architecture of Stambolija House, then get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Hall, and finally explore the ancient world of Skull Tower.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Nis online trip builder.

Drive from Zlatibor to Nis in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Nis, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 29°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites · Museums
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Nis Fortress ©
Nis Fortress
Skull Tower ©
Skull Tower
Hram Svetog Pantelejmona ©
Hram Svetog Pantelejmona

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Novi Sad, Serbia

Novi Sad ©

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 Room Escape Games and The Name of Mary Church make great kid-friendly stops. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sremski Karlovci and The Synagogue. And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Dunavska Street, enjoy the sand and surf at Strand, admire the masterpieces at Spomen-zbirka Pavla Beljanskog, and pause for some serene contemplation at Upper Church.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Novi Sad holiday planner.

You can drive from Nis to Novi Sad in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Belgrade.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trip

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Podrum Probus ©
Podrum Probus
Sremski Karlovci ©
Sremski Karlovci
Fruska Gora Monasteries ©
Fruska Gora Monasteries

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Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The National Assembly and Saint Petka's Chapel. Nikola Tesla Museum and Kalemegdan are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Belgrade with a short trip to Oplenac in Topola, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, contemplate the long history of Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ružica, and admire the striking features of Crkva Svetog Marka.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Belgrade road trip site.

You can drive from Novi Sad to Belgrade in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Belgrade sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 30°F at night. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

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Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
Oplenac ©
Oplenac
Saint Petka's Chapel ©
Saint Petka's Chapel

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