15 days in Albania & Central Serbia Itinerary

15 days in Albania & Central Serbia Itinerary

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15 days in Albania & Central Serbia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  27​h
1
Tirana, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Berat, Albania
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Gjirokaster, Albania
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Ksamil, Albania
— 2 nights
5
Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
6
Nis, Serbia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Despotovac, Serbia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  27​h
End: Melbourne, Australia


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2
nights
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tirana: Kruja Castle (in Kruje) and Durres Amphitheatre (in Durres). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, brush up on your military savvy at BunkArt 1, admire the striking features of Reja "The Cloud", and pause for some photo ops at Skanderbeg Statue.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tirana trip planning site .

Melbourne, Australia to Tirana is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Central European Time is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in December, things will get cooler in Tirana: highs are around 17°C and lows about 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Durres Amphitheatre, Kruja Castle
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Dajti ©
Dajti
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
Skanderbeg Square ©
Skanderbeg Square

1
night
Berat, Albania

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in the views from Gorica Bridge, don't miss a visit to Quarter Of Gorica, examine the collection at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, then admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle, then examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Berat vacation builder site .

You can drive from Tirana to Berat in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Berat are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Berat

Museums Historic Sites
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Berat Castle ©
Berat Castle
National Iconographic Museum Onufri ©
National Ethnographic Museum Berat ©

1
night
Gjirokaster, Albania

Gjirokaster ©
Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
On the 6th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Gjirokaster Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Ethnographic Museum, make a trip to Skenduli House, then steep yourself in history at Zekate House, then explore the historical opulence of Gjirokastra Bazaar, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Gjirokaster.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Gjirokaster trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Berat to Gjirokaster takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berat to Gjirokaster. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Gjirokaster when traveling from Berat in December, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ksamil.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites Museums
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Gjirokaster ©
Gjirokaster
Skenduli House ©
Skenduli House
Zekate House ©
Zekate House

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nights
Ksamil, Albania

Ksamil ©
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 7th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Lekuresi Castle and then explore the striking landscape of Blue Eye. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Quaranta beach, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then delve into the distant past at Butrint National Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ksamil attractions app .

Getting from Gjirokaster to Ksamil by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December in Ksamil, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Ksamil

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saranda, Butrint National Park, Blue Eye
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Butrint National Park ©
Butrint National Park
Blue Eye ©
Blue Eye
Lekuresi Castle
Lekuresi Castle

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nights
Shkoder, Albania

Shkoder ©
Its geographic location has made Shkoder, one of Europe's oldest cities, an important cultural and economic center of the Balkans over the years.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle, then see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Venice Art Mask Factory. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Peaks Of The Balkans, admire the striking features of Former Palace of King Nikola I, and then snap pictures at Shkoder Bridge.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Shkoder trip itinerary app .

Getting from Ksamil to Shkoder by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. In December, Shkoder is little chillier than Ksamil - with highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nis.

Things to do in Shkoder

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Rozafa Castle ©
Rozafa Castle
Shkodra Lake ©
Shkodra Lake

2
nights
Nis, Serbia

Nis ©
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 11th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Skull Tower, admire the striking features of The City Hall, steep yourself in history at Nis Fortress, then contemplate the long history of Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp, then appreciate the history behind Monument to the Liberators of Nis, and finally pause for some photo ops at The Monument of Stevan Sremac and Kalca. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a walk through Pirotski Kej, learn about winemaking at Vinski Podrum Malca, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hram Svetog Pantelejmona.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Nis trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Shkoder to Nis in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Shkoder in December: high temperatures in Nis hover around 7°C and lows are around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Despotovac.

Things to do in Nis

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pirotski Kej
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Vinski Podrum Malca ©
Vinski Podrum Malca
Nis Fortress ©
Nis Fortress
Skull Tower ©
Skull Tower

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nights
Despotovac, Serbia

Despotovac ©
Despotovac is a town and municipality located in the Pomoravlje District of the central Serbia. On the 13th (Sun), Head underground at Resavska Cave, then make a trip to Manasija Monastery, then steep yourself in history at Prenociste Davidovic, and finally make a trip to Pokajnica Monastery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Despotovac trip planner .

Getting from Nis to Despotovac by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. You'll set off for home on the 14th (Mon).

Things to do in Despotovac

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pokajnica Monastery
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Resavska Cave ©
Resavska Cave
Manasija Monastery ©
Manasija Monastery
Pokajnica Monastery ©
Pokajnica Monastery

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