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
— 2 nights
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Gjirokaster, Albania
— 2 nights
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Ksamil, Albania
— 1 night
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Himare, Albania
— 3 nights
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Zlatibor, Serbia
— 2 nights
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Novi Sad, Serbia
— 4 nights
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Belgrade, Serbia
— 6 nights
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Tirana, Albania

— 3 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kruja Castle and BunkArt 2. Get a sense of the local culture at Apollonia Archaeological Park and Venice Art Mask Factory. Explore Tirana's surroundings by going to Shkoder (Marubi National Museum of Photography & Rozafa Castle), Petrela Castle (in Petrele) and Ethnographic Museum of Kruja (in Kruje). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque, don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), and take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar.

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Washington DC, USA to Tirana is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Tirana due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Tirana, with lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 14:

Berat, Albania

— 2 nights

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
On the 15th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, admire the masterpieces at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, then admire the striking features of Berat Castle, and finally do a tasting at Cobo Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Nurellari Winery and Guest House, then admire the sheer force of Sotira Waterfall, and then don't miss a visit to Quarter Of Gorica.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Berat trip planner.

You can drive from Tirana to Berat in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Berat are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Berat

Wineries · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 16:

Gjirokaster, Albania

— 2 nights

City of Stone

Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Ethnographic Museum, admire the striking features of Skenduli House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gjirokaster Mosque, steep yourself in history at Zekate House, then explore the historical opulence of Gjirokastra Bazaar, and finally learn about all things military at Gjirokaster. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit and then explore the activities along Blue Eye.

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You can drive from Berat to Gjirokaster in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Berat to Gjirokaster is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Gjirokaster when traveling from Berat in August, with lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ksamil.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 18:

Ksamil, Albania

— 1 night
Ksamil Ksamili; is a village and a former municipality in the riviera of Southern Albania, and part of Butrint National Park. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Lekuresi Castle and then stroll through Butrint National Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ksamil trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Ksamil takes 1.5 hours. August in Ksamil sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Himare.

Things to do in Ksamil

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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Himare, Albania

— 3 nights
Kids will appreciate attractions like Gjipe Beach and Livadhi Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello and Kalaja e Borshit. Take a break from Himare with a short trip to Dhermi Beach in Dhermi, about 32 minutes away.

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Getting from Ksamil to Himare by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Himare are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Himare

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 22:

Zlatibor, Serbia

— 2 nights
On the 23rd (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Tornik, then explore the fascinating underground world of Stopica Cave, and then see the interesting displays at Sirogojno. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at National Park Tara and then look for all kinds of wild species at Uvac Special Nature Reserve.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Zlatibor trip planner.

Drive from Himare to Zlatibor in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Himare to Zlatibor is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 24:

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 Sremski Karlovci and Fruska Gora Monasteries. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palic Lake and The Name of Mary Church. Step out of Novi Sad with an excursion to Palic Zoo in Palic--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Strand, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Synagogue, explore the world behind art at Spomen-zbirka Pavla Beljanskog, and make a trip to A Girl with the Horn of Plenty Statue.

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Drive from Zlatibor to Novi Sad in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Novi Sad can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to take a shuttle to Belgrade.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 28:

Belgrade, Serbia

— 6 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Military Museum and Saint Petka's Chapel. Kids will enjoy Cathedral Church and Skadarlija. Get out of town with these interesting Belgrade side-trips: Smederevo Fortress (in Smederevo) and Oplenac (in Topola). There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at OldTown Archery Belgrade, steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, admire the masterpieces at Zepter Museum , Belgrade, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ružica.

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You can take a shuttle from Novi Sad to Belgrade in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 28 — Sep 3:

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.