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From Tirana: Private Day Trip to Apollonia and Berat

1. From Tirana: Private Day Trip to Apollonia and Berat

Explore the ancient Greek, Roman, and medieval ruins at the Apollonia Archaeological Park on this day trip from Tirana. Take a tour of the Mangalem and Gorica neighborhoods in the UNESCO world Heritage town of Berat.  Be picked up from your accommodation in Tirana and sit back and relax on the drive to the ruins at Apollonia. Explore this 6th century BC Greek trade colony which is surrounded by soft, picturesque hills and rolling olive groves. Uncover the Greek, Roman, and medieval heritage of this ancient city. View monuments from the classical period such as Doric columns, an obelisk, and the Gate of Temenos. Admire a well-preserved 13th century monastery complex.  Continue to the ruins of the Castle of Berat which was built in the 13th century and has Byzantine and Ottoman influences. Learn about what daily life was once like in Berat at the Ethnographic Museum of Berat. See how local styles fused with Ottoman styles at the museum.  Head to the Mangalem neighborhood of Berat. Snap pictures of the layered houses with large windows that overlook the river. Uncover how this place earned the name 'town of a thousand windows' as you explore the neighborhood of Gorica. Return to your accommodation in the city of Tirana.

Apollonia and Durres

2. Apollonia and Durres

On your way to Apollonia, stop in Golem Beach for a beachfront coffee break. Set off on a guided tour in Apollonia, where an on-site archeologist explains the history behind the temple of Artemis, the Odeon, the Triumphal Arch, and more. Then, head for lunch in a local restaurant in the countryside around Apollonia. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Durrës, for a guided tour of the city’s famed ruins. You will wander around its City Walls, Byzantine Forum, roman Thermal Baths, the Venetian Tower, and more. Visit its Amphitheater and then take a coffee break on top of the Venetian Tower before traveling back to Tirana.

From Berat: Day Tour to Apollonia & Ardenica Monastery

3. From Berat: Day Tour to Apollonia & Ardenica Monastery

Discover the ancient city of Apollonia on this full-day guided tour. Enjoy its special atmosphere, archaeology, and landscape. Then, visit the Ardenica convent, one of the most famous historical and religious monuments in Albania. Be transported in comfort from Berat, enjoying the natural landscape on the way. Start your guided tour of Apollonia at 11 AM. The Archaeological Park of Apollonia holds about 2 million years of history. With the many monuments and ruins scattered on the hills of the Archaeological Park, you will come in close contact with the splendor of the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Identify the ruins of the 8 angular antique cities with straight streets with the help of your guide. Hear the legends of the Illyrian tribe from your expert guide. Visit Greek theaters and Roman temples. Find the Monastery and the Church of St. Mary within the walls of the Park. Explore the remnants of the Hellenistic ancient theatre, the triumphal arch, the agora with its colonnade, the gym, the monument of Agonothetes, the Odeon, the library, and the mosaic villas. After soaking in the legends, history, and evolution of this site, stop for a lunch break. Continue to the Ardenica Monastery. Visit the Church of Saint Mary and the Chapel of St. Trinity Church. Learn how the monastery gained relevance among local inhabitants. In addition to the rich history and culture of this site, the Monastery also offers breathtaking views of the hills of Ardenica.

From Durrës: Day Tour to Apollonia & Ardenica Monastery

4. From Durrës: Day Tour to Apollonia & Ardenica Monastery

Discover the ancient city of Apollonia on this full-day guided tour. Enjoy its special atmosphere, archaeology, and landscape. Then, visit the Ardenica convent, one of the most famous historical and religious monuments in Albania. Be transported in comfort from Durrës, enjoying the natural landscape on the way. Start your guided tour at 9 AM. The Archaeological Park of Apollonia holds about 2 million years of history. With the many monuments and ruins scattered on the hills of the Archaeological Park, you will come in close contact with the splendor of the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Identify the ruins of the 8 angular antique cities with straight streets with the help of your guide. Hear the legends of the Illyrian tribe from your expert guide. Visit Greek theaters and Roman temples. Find the Monastery and the Church of St. Mary within the walls of the Park. Explore the remnants of the Hellenistic ancient theatre, the triumphal arch, the agora with its colonnade, the gym, the monument of Agonothetes, the Odeon, the library, and the mosaic villas. After soaking in the legends, history, and evolution of this site, stop for a lunch break. Continue to the Ardenica Monastery. Visit the Church of Saint Mary and the Chapel of St. Trinity Church. Learn how the monastery gained relevance among local inhabitants. In addition to the rich history and culture of this site, the Monastery also offers breathtaking views of the hills of Ardenica.

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What people are saying about Apollonia

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 7 reviews

Our guide, Endri, met us promptly at 9:00 and we set off for Apollonia. During our drive, Endri filled us in on some Albanian history, culture, customs, and geography. Upon our arrival at the archeological site, we were met by a professional archeologist, Arjan. He gave us a very descriptive tour which included a small museum housed in part of a 13th century AD Orthodox Church complex. After this informative visit, we left for Durres with a stop en route at a wonderful local village restaurant where we ate incredibly good seafood. In Durres, we walked the waterfront and visited the 2 century AD amphitheater, which was just partially excavated starting in the 1960’s. Our trip culminated with ice-cream and coffee at a great shop before our return to Tirana. There is a lot of walking and riding on this tour and it was a long day, but worth it. Our guide, Endri, was professional, personable, and very knowledgeable. We would request him again.

I’ve done a bit of traveling and been on school, small group, and personal tours. Rando was one of the best guides I have ever had. He is enthusiastic (nothing is scripted or rote), knowledgeable, and loves showing off his country. The small company website stresses the local flavor of each tour and how they arrange for experts in each area to meet the group. Local foods. Local stays. Mine was a one day trip but I can attest to the dedication to quality of experience. An archeologist toured me through Apollonia! I’m sure Rando and the group would adjust based on stamina and interest but I wanted to hear and see it all. A long day- but I can rest at home. Now is the time to experience new things.

Endri was a fantastic guide, explaining not only what was saw, but in the trip there he talked about the culture of Albania. I really liked the archeologist at Apollonia, he did a fantastic job explaining both the history and the cultural significane. This was a great experience.

a really great experience ! it was a full interesting day, there's much to see and to know. everything is well planed and the guide was amazing. I definitely recommend that tour when you're in Albania!

My trip was excellent. The organisation, guides, food we ate, the places we visited etc shotly everything was super. Thank you very much Mimi and getyourguide for my best day in Albenia