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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Zlatibor, Serbia
— 2 nights
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Himare, Albania
— 2 nights
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Ksamil, Albania
— 1 night
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Gjirokaster, Albania
— 1 night
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Berat, Albania
— 3 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.
Military Museum and Cathedral Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Kids will enjoy Saint Petka's Chapel and Kalemegdan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Belgrade: Smederevo Fortress (in Smederevo) and Oplenac (in Topola). Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at OldTown Archery Belgrade, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, contemplate the long history of The National Assembly, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ada Ciganlija.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Belgrade journey maker.

Washington DC, USA to Belgrade is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Belgrade, with lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to take a shuttle to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 4:

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 Sremski Karlovci and The Name of Mary Church. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Palic Lake and Palic Zoo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Novi Sad: Subotica (City Hall (Gradska kuca) & Sinagoga). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Strand, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Synagogue, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and walk around Danube Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Novi Sad trip builder app.

Traveling by shuttle from Belgrade to Novi Sad takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Novi Sad, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 8:

Zlatibor, Serbia

— 2 nights
On the 9th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Tornik, then Head underground at Stopica Cave, and then see the interesting displays at Sirogojno. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at National Park Tara and then look for all kinds of wild species at Uvac Special Nature Reserve.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Zlatibor trip planner.

You can drive from Novi Sad to Zlatibor in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Himare.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:

Himare, Albania

— 2 nights
Family-friendly places like Gjipe Beach and Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello will thrill your kids. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dhermi Beach and Livadhi Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Himare tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Zlatibor to Himare in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zlatibor to Himare is 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Himare can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ksamil.

Things to do in Himare

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:

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. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Lekuresi Castle and then explore the ancient world of Butrint National Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Ksamil trip planner.

Traveling by car from Himare to Ksamil takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Ksamil are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Ksamil

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:

Gjirokaster, Albania

— 1 night

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 15th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Ethnographic Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gjirokaster Mosque, then steep yourself in history at Zekate House, then step into the grandiose world of Gjirokastra Bazaar, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Gjirokaster.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Gjirokaster road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Ksamil to Gjirokaster takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

Berat, Albania

— 3 nights

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Apollonia Archaeological Park and National Ethnographic Museum Berat. National Iconographic Museum Onufri and Church of St Mary are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, snap pictures at Gorica Bridge, do a tasting at Cobo Winery, and don't miss a visit to Bulevardi Republika.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Berat trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Gjirokaster to Berat takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gjirokaster to Berat due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Gjirokaster in September since evenings lows in Berat dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Berat

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:

Tirana, Albania

— 4 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kruja Castle and BunkArt 2. Get a sense of the local culture at Marubi National Museum of Photography and Venice Art Mask Factory. Get out of town with these interesting Tirana side-trips: Rozafa Castle (in Shkoder) and Ethnographic Museum of Kruja (in Kruje). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque, make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, learn about all things military at Bunk'Art 1, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dajti.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tirana travel route planner.

Getting from Berat to Tirana by car takes about 2 hours. September in Tirana sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 22:

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.