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Apollonia & Durres | History & Local Food

1. Apollonia & Durres | History & Local Food

Transfer to Apollonia this morning and set off on a guided tour, where an on-site archeologist explains the history behind the temple of Artemis, the Odeon, the Triumphal Arch and more. Then, you 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, Venetian Tower, Byzantine Forum, roman Thermal Baths, the Amphitheater, and more. Take a coffee break with a great view of the city before travelling back to Tirana.

From Tirana: Private Day Trip to Apollonia and Berat

2. 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.

Full Day Trip to Durres, Apollonia and Ardenica Monastery

3. Full Day Trip to Durres, Apollonia and Ardenica Monastery

This full day tour will encompass over 2500 years of Albanian history and regional development, as we travel from Durres to the Apollonia Archaeological Park, and to the Ardenica Monastery. We begin our tour by driving towards Albania's second largest town, the port city of Durres. Founded around the 7th century BC, Durres also known as Dyrrachium, became an integral part of the Roman Empire, so much so that the Via Egnatia initiated in this city. Following the Albanian Declaration of Independence in 1912, Durres even served as the capital of the Principality of Albania for a short period of time. We will explore its most priced attraction, the Amphitheatre of Durrës, that once had a capacity for 20,000 people, and is considered the largest amphitheatre in the Balkan Peninsula. Then we will have a quick coffee break by Durres' Marina, or the city's contemporary modern center. We will continue our journey to the village of Pojan, where majestically stands the UNESCO patrimony of Apollonia’s archaeological park. Founded around 600 BC, Apollonia was home to a renowned school of philosophy and acquired fame as an important cultural center that attracted brilliant students including the first Roman emperor, Augustus. Sadly, the city was abandoned in the 4th century AD, yet to this day it offers amazing landscapes that have changed little since its heyday as one of the biggest ancient settlements in the Adriatic sea region, now presenting the perfect grounds to reflect on the fleeting nature of human existence and development, amidst its ruins, as we will visit the Church of Saint Mary, the Archaeological Museum, the Odeon, the library, and its most photographed monument: the Bouleuterion. Our journey will continue to the Ardenica Monastery - the last monastery where monks still live today. Built in 1282 as an Eastern Orthodox monastery, it is known as the place where in 1451 was celebrated the marriage of Albania's national hero Skanderbeg with Andronika Arianiti. In 1780 the Ardenica Monastery started a theological school to prepare clerics in Greek Orthodoxy, and it had an important library with 32,000 volumes that sadly were completely burned by a fire in 1932. Free time (lunch optional). Return to Tirana and drop off in the same place as the pick-up.

From Vlora: Guided Tour to Apollonia Archaeological Park

4. From Vlora: Guided Tour to Apollonia Archaeological Park

Discover the ancient city of Apollonia on this half-day guided tour. Enjoy its special atmosphere, archaeology, and landscape. Be transported in comfort from Vlora to Apollonia, enjoying the natural beauty of the Narta Lagoon on the way. Enjoy your journey to Pojan to reach the Apollonia Archaeological Park. This archaeological site is the largest in the Balkan region. The center of Apollonia's life was the agora, which contained several buildings. Visit important buildings such as the Greek theater and a monument dedicated to the nymphs. Delve deep into this ancient commercial and cultural center. Your guide will take you through the legends, history, and evolution of this site. Unravel layers of history and understand the importance of Apollonia through the years. Learn how it became one of the most important ports of the region.

From Durrës: Day Tour to Apollonia & Ardenica Monastery

5. 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.

Albania: Local Food & Unesco Heritage - 6 Days

6. Albania: Local Food & Unesco Heritage - 6 Days

Day 1: Travel day We start our journey in Tirana with guided walking tour of the city center, including Skanderbeg Square, Ethem Bey Mosque, National Historical Museum, the Pyramid, Blloku area. Day 2: The Old Capital of Kruja & Mrizi i Zanave Agrotourism We start our journey from Tirana, directly to the city of Kruja. Set off on a guided tour of Dollma Bektashi Teqe , the surroundings and the Castle itself, the Skanderbeg and Ethnographic Museum. Transfer in the village of Fishte and its Albanian Slow Food excellence, you will spend a couple of hours visiting the surrounding and tasting the best Albanian food there is. Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Gjirokaster Transfer to Gjirokaster to discover the city of “a thousand steps”, driving through small villages. Step into Skenduli house, the nicest Ottoman tower house and listen to its history and details from the 10th generation of Skenduli family Soak up to the rich history of the castle and enjoy the view of the “city of stone” from above Pass by the Ottoman Bazaar and historic wooden houses Day 4: The Blue Eye Spring, Butrint National Park & Mussel Tour Boat Ride Continue to Butrint for a guided tour of the Unesco Archaeological site where a local guided explains 2500 years of history embedded in the Amphitheater, the Castle, the Churches and the Lion’s Gate. But before we stop at Blue Eye and marvel at the spring’s shades of blue and nature around it. Set off for a beach day at Ksamil Islands and on the way back to Saranda visit the Lekursi Castle overseeing the city. Day 5: Berat via Porto Palermo Bay & Albanian Riviera Road En route to the city of Berat via the scenic Riviera road, explore the Ali Pasha Castle with your Tour Director. Marvel at the architecture and listen to entertaining legends about the man who build it, Ali Pashe Tepelena. Stop for lunch at a rustic local restaurant along Shushica river. Reach Berat, get settled in the hotel and enjoy an evening in the lights and promenade of this pretty Unesco town. Day 6: Walking Tour & Local Food in Berat (Unesco) This morning set out for a walking guide of “City of Thousand Windows”, where you will admire the Red Mosque, the White Mosque, the Church of the Holy Trinity and the arched bridge of Gorica. In the afternoon Alpeta Winery will welcome you for a cellar and vineyard visit. enjoy lunch with their seasonal home-grown and locally sourced organic delights and their fine wine. Day 7: Departure Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

From Berat: Day Tour to Apollonia & Ardenica Monastery

7. 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.

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What people are saying about Apollonia, Albania

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 16 reviews

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.

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

Tour to Apollonia and Berat - both places well worth seeing - friendly and competent guide - lots of interesting information - good food in Berat - an entertaining excursion.

Edvin was very helpful and knowledgeable guide, I have really enjoyed the tour and recommend it to everyone!

Our guide Bruci was fantastic… kind and very prepared he always made us feel at ease