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
Drive
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as BunkArt 2 and Grand Park (Parku i Madh). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Et`hem Bey Mosque and Muzeu Historik Kombetar. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tirana: Kruje (Kruja Castle & Ethnographic Museum of Kruja). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dajti, admire the striking features of Reja "The Cloud", learn about all things military at Bunk'Art 1, and stop by Artistic Jewellery Pirro.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tirana trip itinerary maker site.

Washington DC, USA to Tirana is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Tirana due to the time zone 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:

Berat, Albania

— 3 nights

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Discover out-of-the-way places like National Ethnographic Museum Berat and Apollonia Archaeological Park. Get some cultural insight at Holy Trinity Church and National Iconographic Museum Onufri. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and learn about winemaking at Cobo Winery.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Berat trip maker site.

You can drive from Tirana to Berat in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Berat can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Himare.

Things to do in Berat

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:

Himare, Albania

— 2 nights
On the 19th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello and then kick back and relax at Gjipe Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Ali Pasha Castle, then stroll through Livadhi Beach, and then contemplate the long history of The Castle of Himara.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Himare travel route planner.

You can drive from Berat to Himare in 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, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Himare, with lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Himare

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

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 21st (Sat), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and then take in the exciting artwork at Venice Art Mask Factory. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, then explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, and then take in the views from Mesi Bridge.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Shkoder online trip maker.

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Himare to Shkoder. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Himare in December; daily highs in Shkoder reach 53°F and lows reach 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Shkoder

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

Zlatibor, Serbia

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): Head underground at Stopica Cave, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gostilje Waterfall, then examine the collection at Sirogojno, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Tornik, 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.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Zlatibor holiday maker website.

Getting from Shkoder to Zlatibor by car takes about 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Nis.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

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 25th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Hram Svetog Pantelejmona, contemplate the long history of Nis Fortress, contemplate the long history of Stambolija House, then get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Hall, and finally delve into the distant past at Skull Tower.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nis trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zlatibor to Nis takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Nis sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

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.
Get some cultural insight at Sremski Karlovci and Spomen-zbirka Pavla Beljanskog. Kids will appreciate attractions like Room Escape Games and The Name of Mary Church. Get out of town with these interesting Novi Sad side-trips: Palic Lake (in Palic) and Modern Art Gallery Likovni Susret (in Subotica). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Dunavska Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fruska Gora Monasteries, pause for some serene contemplation at Hram Sveta tri jerarha, and learn about winemaking at Podrum Probus.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Novi Sad online day trip planner.

You can drive from Nis to Novi Sad in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Novi Sad sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 30°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the shuttle to Belgrade.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

Belgrade, Serbia

— 7 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Kids will appreciate attractions like The National Assembly and Nikola Tesla Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ružica and Saint Petka's Chapel. There's lots more to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, explore the engaging exhibits at Museum of Illusions, contemplate the long history of Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice, and wander the streets of Knez Mihailova.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Belgrade trip itinerary planning website.

You can take a shuttle from Novi Sad to Belgrade in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Belgrade, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 4:

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.