25 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

25 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

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Tirana, Albania
— 3 nights
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Himare, Albania
— 2 nights
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
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Theth, Albania
— 1 night
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Zlatibor, Serbia
— 3 nights
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Novi Sad, Serbia
— 4 nights
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Palic, Serbia
— 1 night
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Dajti and Kruja Castle. Do some cultural sightseeing at BunkArt 2 and National Iconographic Museum Onufri. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tirana: Cobo Winery (in Ura Vajgurore) and Holy Trinity Church (in Berat). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the stunning scenery at Canyons of Erzen River, and stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh).

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tirana trip tool.

Washington DC, USA to Tirana is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. When traveling from Washington DC in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tirana, with highs around 55°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Himare.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 26:

Himare, Albania

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Ali Pasha Castle, then enjoy the sand and surf at Livadhi Beach, and then explore the historical opulence of The Castle of Himara. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello and then kick back and relax at Gjipe Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Himare day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tirana to Himare takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tirana to Himare. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Himare when traveling from Tirana in January, with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Himare

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:

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 29th (Wed): explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then admire the striking features of Former Palace of King Nikola I. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, then get engrossed in the history at Site of Witness and Memory, then get a taste of the local shopping with Venice Art Mask Factory, and finally take in the views from Mesi Bridge.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Shkoder online vacation planner.

You can drive from Himare to Shkoder in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of shuttle and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Himare to Shkoder is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Himare in January, expect Shkoder to be slightly colder, temps between 49°F and 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Theth.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:

Theth, Albania

— 1 night
On the 31st (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Thethi-Guide, then identify plant and animal life at Theth National Park, and then steep yourself in history at Lock-in Tower.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Theth road trip planner.

You can drive from Shkoder to Theth in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Theth

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Trails
Find places to stay Jan 30 — 31:

Zlatibor, Serbia

— 3 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tornik and National Park Tara. Get some cultural insight at Sirogojno and Church of Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zlatibor: Nature Park Mokra Gora (in Mokra Gora) and Uvac Special Nature Reserve (in Nova Varos).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Zlatibor trip builder tool.

You can drive from Theth to Zlatibor in 7.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 3:

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fruska Gora Monasteries and Sremski Karlovci. Kids will enjoy The Synagogue and Dunavska Street. Explore Novi Sad's surroundings by going to Sid (Galerija Slika "Sava Sumanovic" Sid & Muzej-galerija naivne umetnosti ILIJANUM). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Name of Mary Church, make a trip to Svetozar Miletic Square, admire the masterpieces at Muzej savremene umetnosti, and enjoy the sand and surf at Strand.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Novi Sad tour planner.

Getting from Zlatibor to Novi Sad by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Novi Sad are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Palic.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 7:

Palic, Serbia

— 1 night
Palić is a town in Serbia, from Subotica, and from the border between Serbia and Hungary. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sinagoga, pause for some photo ops at Ivan Saric Monument, then explore the activities along Palic Lake, and finally meet the residents at Palic Zoo.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Palic day trip planning website.

Drive from Novi Sad to Palic in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Novi Sad, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Palic, ranging from highs of 43°F to lows of 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Belgrade.

Things to do in Palic

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 7 — 8:

Belgrade, Serbia

— 7 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Attractions like Museum of Illusions and Military Museum make great kid-friendly stops. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Saint Petka's Chapel and Zepter Museum , Belgrade. There's lots more to do: get curious at Nikola Tesla Museum, wander the streets of Skadarlija, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Church, and steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Belgrade day trip planner.

Getting from Palic to Belgrade by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Belgrade are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 15:

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.