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
— 3 nights
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Nis, Serbia
— 1 night
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Zlatibor, Serbia
— 2 nights
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
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Himare, Albania
— 1 night
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Saranda, Albania
— 3 nights
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Berat, Albania
— 2 nights
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Tirana, Albania
— 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Military Museum and Saint Petka's Chapel. Bring the kids along to The National Assembly and Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice. When in Belgrade, make a side trip to see Oplenac in Topola, approximately Topola away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, admire the striking features of Cathedral Church, stop by Skadarlija, and don't miss a visit to Knez Mihailova.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Belgrade trip maker site.

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. While traveling from Washington DC, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Belgrade, ranging from highs of 54°F to lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to take a shuttle to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 20 — 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sremski Karlovci and Spomen-zbirka Pavla Beljanskog. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Room Escape Games and The Name of Mary Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Novi Sad: Palic Lake (in Palic) and Staro Hopovo Monastery (in Fruska Gora National Park). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Dunavska Street, kick back and relax at Strand, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fruska Gora Monasteries, and learn about winemaking at Podrum Probus.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Novi Sad travel planner.

Getting from Belgrade to Novi Sad by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Novi Sad are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Nis.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 28:

Nis, Serbia

— 1 night
Niš is the third largest city in Serbia and the administrative center of the Nišava District in southern Serbia. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hram Svetog Pantelejmona, then contemplate the long history of Nis Fortress, then steep yourself in history at Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp, and finally delve into the distant past at Skull Tower.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nis trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Novi Sad to Nis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Nis, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 29:

Zlatibor, Serbia

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): Head underground at Stopica Cave, admire the sheer force of Gostilje Waterfall, and then identify plant and animal life at Uvac Special Nature Reserve. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at National Park Tara and then see the interesting displays at Sirogojno.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Zlatibor visit site.

Traveling by car from Nis to Zlatibor takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Shkoder.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory, then see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Venice Art Mask Factory. Keep things going the next day: take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Shkoder trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Zlatibor to Shkoder in 5.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Shkoder are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Himare.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:

Himare, Albania

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gjipe Beach.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Himare holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Shkoder to Himare takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of train and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Shkoder in December: high temperatures in Himare hover around 61°F and lows are around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Saranda.

Things to do in Himare

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 4:

Saranda, Albania

— 3 nights
A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Spas & Wellness and Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Zekate House and Gjirokaster. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saranda: Skenduli House (in Gjirokaster) and Blue Eye (in Vlore). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Butrint National Park and contemplate the long history of Monastery of 40 Saints.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Saranda trip planner.

Traveling by car from Himare to Saranda takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in December, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:

Berat, Albania

— 2 nights

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, then explore the world behind art at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, then admire the striking features of Berat Castle, and finally learn about winemaking at Cobo Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then learn about winemaking at Nurellari Winery and Guest House.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Berat road trip app.

You can drive from Saranda to Berat in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car. Traveling from Saranda to Berat, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Saranda in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Berat, with lows of 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Berat

Wineries · Museums · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:

Tirana, Albania

— 4 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
House of Leaves and Ethnographic Museum of Kruja are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as BunkArt 2 and Dajti. Change things up with a short trip to Kruja Castle in Kruje (about 58 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Bektashi World Center, and look for gifts at Artistic Jewellery Pirro.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tirana trip tool.

Traveling by car from Berat to Tirana takes 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Tirana can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 13:

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.