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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Zlatibor, Serbia
— 2 nights
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
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Himare, Albania
— 2 nights
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Saranda, Albania
— 2 nights
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Gjirokaster, Albania
— 2 nights
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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.
Family-friendly places like OldTown Archery Belgrade and Crkva Svetog Marka will thrill your kids. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Oplenac and Museum of Aviation. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Petka's Chapel, steep yourself in history at The National Assembly, wander the streets of Skadarlija, and contemplate the waterfront views at Sava.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Belgrade route planner.

Washington DC, USA to Belgrade is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Belgrade is 6 hours. When traveling from Washington DC in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Belgrade: temperatures range from 54°F by day to 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can catch the shuttle to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 6:

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Name of Mary Church and Fruska Gora Monasteries. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sremski Karlovci and Modern Art Gallery Likovni Susret. Take a break from Novi Sad with a short trip to Palic Lake in Palic, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Dunavska Street, learn about winemaking at Podrum Probus, enjoy the sand and surf at Strand, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Novi Sad trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Belgrade to Novi Sad takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Novi Sad can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 9:

Zlatibor, Serbia

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Stopica Cave, take in the dramatic scenery at Gostilje Waterfall, then examine the collection at Sirogojno, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Transfiguration Church. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tornik, find something for the whole family at Dino Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Uvac Special Nature Reserve.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Zlatibor road trip planning website.

You can drive from Novi Sad to Zlatibor in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Shkoder.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 11:

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 12th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, then explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, then admire the landmark architecture of Former Palace of King Nikola I, and finally examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory, view the masterpieces at Venice Art Mask Factory, and then take in the views from Mesi Bridge.

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Traveling by car from Zlatibor to Shkoder takes 5.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Shkoder can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Himare.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 13:

Himare, Albania

— 2 nights
On the 14th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Gjipe Beach and then explore the historical opulence of The Castle of Himara. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Livadhi Beach and then get to know the fascinating history of Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Himare online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Shkoder to Himare in 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 (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Shkoder in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Himare, with lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Saranda.

Things to do in Himare

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 15:

Saranda, Albania

— 2 nights
A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
On the 16th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach and then explore the striking landscape of Butrint National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Pulebardha Beach, then explore the activities along Blue Eye, and then explore the historical opulence of Lekuresi Castle.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Saranda trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Himare to Saranda takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In November, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:

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 18th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Gjirokaster, contemplate the long history of Zekate House, and then admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Nature&joy and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Gjirokaster trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Saranda to Gjirokaster takes 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 17 — 19:

Tirana, Albania

— 5 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Get a sense of the local culture at BunkArt 2 and Kruja Castle. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ethnographic Museum of Kruja and Et`hem Bey Mosque. Get out of town with these interesting Tirana side-trips: Apollonia Archaeological Park (in Pojan) and Berat (National Ethnographic Museum Berat, National Iconographic Museum Onufri, &more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at House of Leaves, don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania, and stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh).

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tirana trip planner.

You can drive from Gjirokaster to Tirana in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gjirokaster to Tirana due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Gjirokaster in November, expect little chillier with lows of 44°F in Tirana. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 24:

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.