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
Drive
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Apollonia Archaeological Park and Kruja Castle. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ethnographic Museum of Kruja and BunkArt 2. Get out of town with these interesting Tirana side-trips: Shkoder (Marubi National Museum of Photography, Rozafa Castle, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), and learn about all things military at Bunk'Art 1.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tirana online journey planner.

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. Traveling from Washington DC in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Tirana, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:

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 11th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, explore the world behind art at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, then admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, and finally do a tasting at Cobo Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Nurellari Winery and Guest House, then admire the sheer force of Sotira Waterfall, and then make a trip to Quarter Of Gorica.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Berat road trip app.

Drive from Tirana to Berat in 2 hours. September in Berat sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Berat

Wineries · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Ethnographic Museum, admire the striking features of Skenduli House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gjirokaster Mosque, then steep yourself in history at Zekate House, then step into the grandiose world of Gjirokastra Bazaar, and finally learn about all things military at Gjirokaster. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit and then explore the activities along Blue Eye.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Gjirokaster day trip website.

Traveling by car from Berat to Gjirokaster takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Berat to Gjirokaster is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Gjirokaster when traveling from Berat in September, with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Ksamil.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:

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 15th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Lekuresi Castle and then explore the striking landscape at Butrint National Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ksamil trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Gjirokaster to Ksamil in 1.5 hours. In September in Ksamil, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Himare.

Things to do in Ksamil

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

Himare, Albania

— 3 nights
Get a sense of the local culture at The Castle of Himara and Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello. Family-friendly places like Livadhi Beach and Kalaja e Borshit will thrill your kids. When in Himare, make a side trip to see Dhermi Beach in Dhermi, approximately Dhermi away.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Himare trip builder tool.

You can drive from Ksamil to Himare in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in September, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Himare

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:

Zlatibor, Serbia

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Tornik, then explore the fascinating underground world of Stopica Cave, and then examine the collection at Sirogojno. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at National Park Tara and then look for all kinds of wild species at Uvac Special Nature Reserve.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Zlatibor day trip planning app.

Getting from Himare to Zlatibor by car takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:

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 Krusedol Monastery and Fruska Gora Monasteries. Bring the kids along to Palic Lake and Saborna crkva-Orthodox Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Novi Sad: Palic Zoo (in Palic) and Subotica (Sinagoga & City Hall (Gradska kuca)). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Sremski Karlovci, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Name of Mary Church, and kick back and relax at Strand.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Novi Sad vacation planner.

You can drive from Zlatibor to Novi Sad in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Novi Sad sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Belgrade.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 24:

Belgrade, Serbia

— 6 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Military Museum and Smederevo Fortress. Discover out-of-the-way places like Oplenac and Saint Petka's Chapel. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ružica, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, contemplate the long history of Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice, and admire the striking features of Crkva Svetog Marka.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Belgrade online tour itinerary planner.

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 74°F in September, and nighttime lows around 55°F. 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 · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 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.