25 days in Serbia & Albania Itinerary

25 days in Serbia & Albania Itinerary

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Belgrade, Serbia
— 5 nights
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Novi Sad, Serbia
— 4 nights
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Nis, Serbia
— 4 nights
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Zlatibor, Serbia
— 3 nights
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Tara National Park, Serbia
— 1 night
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Theth, Albania
— 1 night
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Tirana, Albania
— 5 nights
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Belgrade, Serbia

— 5 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museum of Illusions and Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice. Military Museum and Nikola Tesla Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Petka's Chapel, wander the streets of Skadarlija, stop by Knez Mihailova, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Church.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Belgrade trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Belgrade is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. January in Belgrade sees daily highs of 41°F and lows of 28°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the shuttle to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fruska Gora Monasteries and The Synagogue. Attractions like The Name of Mary Church and Fruška Gora make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Novi Sad's surroundings by going to Palic (Palic Zoo & Palic Lake), Staro Hopovo Monastery (in Fruska Gora National Park) and Modern Art Gallery Likovni Susret (in Subotica). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Sremski Karlovci, don't miss a visit to Svetozar Miletic Square, stroll through Strand, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Upper Church.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Novi Sad trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by shuttle from Belgrade to Novi Sad takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Novi Sad sees daily highs of 41°F and lows of 28°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nis.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 24:

Nis, Serbia

— 4 nights
Niš is the third largest city in Serbia and the administrative center of the Nišava District in southern Serbia. Kids will appreciate attractions like Nis Fortress and Nature Park Stara Planina. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rtanj Mountain and Resavska Cave. Get out of town with these interesting Nis side-trips: Manasija Monastery (in Despotovac), Felix Romuliana in Gamzigrad (in Zajecar) and Davolja Varos (in Prolom). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Skull Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Hram Svetog Pantelejmona, pause for some photo ops at The Monument of Stevan Sremac and Kalca, and admire the landmark architecture of Banovina.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nis day trip planning app.

Getting from Novi Sad to Nis by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Nis are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 26°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Nis

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 28:

Zlatibor, Serbia

— 3 nights
Kids will enjoy Tornik and Dino Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sirogojno and Transfiguration Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zlatibor: Mokra Gora (Nature Park Mokra Gora & Mecavnik) and Uvac Special Nature Reserve (in Nova Varos).

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Zlatibor trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Nis to Zlatibor in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Tara National Park.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 28 — 31:

Tara National Park, Serbia

— 1 night
On the 1st (Sat), explore the activities along Zaovine Lake and then take in the awesome beauty at National Park Tara.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tara National Park tour builder tool.

Getting from Zlatibor to Tara National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Theth.

Things to do in Tara National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 1:

Theth, Albania

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Thethi-Guide, then explore the striking landscape of Theth National Park, and then steep yourself in history at Lock-in Tower.

Make your Theth itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Tara National Park to Theth by car takes about 8.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Theth

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Trails
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 2:

Tirana, Albania

— 5 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at BunkArt 2 and Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Walking tours and Dajti. Get out of town with these interesting Tirana side-trips: Kruja Castle (in Kruje) and Shkoder (Venice Art Mask Factory & Shkodra Lake). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque, stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), learn more about the world around you at National Archaeological Museum, and admire the striking features of Reja "The Cloud".

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tirana trip planner.

Drive from Theth to Tirana in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in February, and nighttime lows around 39°F. On the 7th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 7:

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.

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.