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
Drive
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Zlatibor, Serbia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Himare, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ksamil, Albania
— 1 night
Drive
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Gjirokaster, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Berat, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive
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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 Ružica. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oplenac and The National Assembly. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Belgrade: Smederevo Fortress (in Smederevo) and Winery Aleksandrovic (in Topola). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Petka's Chapel, admire the striking features of Crkva Svetog Marka, and explore the engaging exhibits at Museum of Illusions.

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Washington DC, USA to Belgrade is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Belgrade, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Washington DC in September, with highs in Belgrade at 74°F and lows at 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 18:

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Krusedol Monastery and Fruska Gora Monasteries. Family-friendly places like Palic Lake and The Name of Mary Church will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Novi Sad: Palic Zoo (in Palic) and Sinagoga (in Subotica). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sremski Karlovci, learn about winemaking at Podrum Probus, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Saborna crkva-Orthodox Church.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Novi Sad road trip planning site.

Getting from Belgrade to Novi Sad by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. September in Novi Sad sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (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 18 — 22:

Zlatibor, Serbia

— 2 nights
On the 23rd (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tornik, then explore the fascinating underground world of Stopica Cave, and then see the interesting displays at Sirogojno. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): 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 see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Zlatibor trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Novi Sad to Zlatibor takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Himare.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:

Himare, Albania

— 2 nights
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Livadhi Beach and Dhermi Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gjipe Beach and Jale Beach.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Himare trip planner.

You can drive from Zlatibor to Himare in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zlatibor to Himare due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Himare are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Ksamil.

Things to do in Himare

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 27:

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 28th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Lekuresi Castle and then explore the striking landscape of Butrint National Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ksamil online day trip planner.

You can drive from Himare to Ksamil in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Ksamil are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Ksamil

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:

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.
On the 29th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Ethnographic Museum, admire the striking features of Skenduli House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gjirokaster Mosque, contemplate the long history of Zekate House, then make a trip to Gjirokastra Bazaar, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Gjirokaster. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit and then contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Eye.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Gjirokaster holiday planner.

Drive from Ksamil to Gjirokaster in 1.5 hours. In September in Gjirokaster, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:

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 1st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, then explore the world behind art at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, then admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, and finally learn about winemaking at Cobo Winery. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Nurellari Winery and Guest House, then take in the dramatic scenery at Sotira Waterfall, and then don't miss a visit to Quarter Of Gorica.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Berat vacation planner.

Drive from Gjirokaster to Berat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Gjirokaster in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Berat, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tirana.

Things to do in Berat

Wineries · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:

Tirana, Albania

— 4 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Get a sense of the local culture at Apollonia Archaeological Park and Ethnographic Museum of Kruja. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kruja Castle and Et`hem Bey Mosque. Venture out of the city with trips to Shkoder (Marubi National Museum of Photography, Rozafa Castle, &more). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at BunkArt 2, get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), and make a trip to Skanderbeg Square.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Tirana trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Berat to Tirana in 2 hours. October in Tirana sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 6:

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.