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

— 3 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Get some cultural insight at BunkArt 2 and Muzeu Historik Kombetar. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Et`hem Bey Mosque and Kruja Castle. 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: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dajti, 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 15.5-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 · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:

Berat, Albania

— 3 nights

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 Nurellari Winery and Guest House. 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 Cobo Winery.

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. 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 · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:

Himare, Albania

— 2 nights
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

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:

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 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 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of shuttle 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 · Nature · Parks
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Zlatibor, Serbia

— 2 nights
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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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 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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Novi Sad, Serbia

— 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sremski Karlovci and The Synagogue. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Room Escape Games and Strand. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Name of Mary Church, make a trip to Svetozar Miletic Square, learn about winemaking at Podrum Probus, and steep yourself in history at Fruska Gora Monasteries.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Novi Sad trip builder.

You can drive from Nis to Novi Sad in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Novi Sad are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the shuttle to Belgrade.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Wineries · Beaches

Side Trip

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The National Assembly and Ružica. Nikola Tesla Museum and Cathedral Church 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. There's still lots to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, steep yourself in history at Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice, admire the masterpieces at Zepter Museum , Belgrade, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Crkva Svetog Marka.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Belgrade itinerary website.

Traveling by shuttle from Novi Sad to Belgrade takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Belgrade are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

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Find places to stay Dec 23 — 30:

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.

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.