25 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

25 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

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Tirana, Albania
— 3 nights
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Korce, Albania
— 2 nights
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
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Zlatibor, Serbia
— 3 nights
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Nis, Serbia
— 2 nights
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Novi Sad, Serbia
— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dajti and Et`hem Bey Mosque. Get a sense of the local culture at BunkArt 2 and Kruja Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Berat (National Iconographic Museum Onufri & Holy Trinity Church) and Cobo Winery (in Ura Vajgurore). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania, make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, and walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh).

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tirana trip itinerary site.

Washington DC, USA to Tirana is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Tirana is 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in January: highs in Tirana hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Korce.

Things to do in Tirana

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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Korce, Albania

— 2 nights
Korçë is a city and municipality in southeastern Albania, and the seat of Korçë County. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): examine the collection at Museum of Oriental Art, then explore the world behind art at National Museum of Medieval Art, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iljaz Mirahori Mosque, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ngjallja e Krishtit Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): examine the collection at Archaeological Museum, Korca and then explore the striking landscape of National Park of Drilon.

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Traveling by car from Tirana to Korce takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Korce

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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 8th (Wed): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then take in the exciting artwork at Venice Art Mask Factory, and then see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, then explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, and then take in the views from Mesi Bridge.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Shkoder online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Korce to Shkoder takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in January, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Shkoder

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

Zlatibor, Serbia

— 3 nights
Bring the kids along to Tornik and Stopica Cave. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sirogojno and Transfiguration Church. Explore Zlatibor's surroundings by going to Mokra Gora (Nature Park Mokra Gora & Mecavnik) and National Park Tara (in Tara National Park).

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Zlatibor road trip site.

Traveling by car from Shkoder to Zlatibor takes 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nis.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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Nis, Serbia

— 2 nights
Niš is the third largest city in Serbia and the administrative center of the Nišava District in southern Serbia. On the 13th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Hall, admire the landmark architecture of Stambolija House, then steep yourself in history at Nis Fortress, then steep yourself in history at Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp, and finally appreciate the history behind The Monument of Stevan Sremac and Kalca. On your second day here, do a tasting at Vinski Podrum Malca, then explore the ancient world of Skull Tower, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hram Svetog Pantelejmona.

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You can drive from Zlatibor to Nis in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in January, and nighttime lows around 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sinagoga and Sremski Karlovci. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Room Escape Games and The Synagogue. Change things up with these side-trips from Novi Sad: Staro Hopovo Monastery (in Fruska Gora National Park), Modern Art Gallery Likovni Susret (in Subotica) and Palic Lake (in Palic). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fruska Gora Monasteries, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hram Sveta tri jerarha, make a trip to Svetozar Miletic Square, and enjoy the sand and surf at Strand.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Novi Sad travel tool.

Drive from Nis to Novi Sad in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 41°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the shuttle to Belgrade.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museum of Illusions and Saint Petka's Chapel. Family-friendly places like Military Museum and Nikola Tesla Museum will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, wander the streets of Skadarlija, and shop like a local with Knez Mihailova.

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Getting from Novi Sad to Belgrade by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in January, and nighttime lows around 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 25:

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.