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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.

Durres & Wine Tasting Tour

2. Durres & Wine Tasting Tour

After being collected from your accommodation, you will begin your day exploring the port city of Durres. Discover a mixture of modern and ancient features, with this town having many interesting stories to tell. We will walk around its City Walls, Byzantine Forum, Roman Thermal Baths and around these ancient monuments we will enjoy Durres now famous street-art. Visit the Amphitheater and the Archeological Museum. Afterwards we head for our local winery to enjoy wines, cheeses and local food. Visit the vineyards and the winery and get acquainted with the wine production process and their Applied Agriculture. Tasting of wine varieties includes 3 glasses - 125 ml (Wset level 2) and Raki accompanied by appetizers.

Durres: Archeological Museum and Roman Amphitheater Tour

3. Durres: Archeological Museum and Roman Amphitheater Tour

Durresi, the so-called Durrazo in Italian, has one of the oldest centers in Albania and is also the second most populated city in the country. It has been known as Epidamnos in the seven first century AC from the Greek colonies, Korint and Corfu. During the Roman era, the city assumed increasing importance, becoming also a battleground between the armies of Caesar and Pompey during the period of the civil war.After the byzantine empire, the city fought the Bulgarians and Ottomans. Today, Durres Port is one of the biggest tourist and commercial ports on the Adriatic sea.The tour starts at the Archaeological Museum of Durrës. There, you can admire many objects dating back to different periods, which offers the opportunity to get to know the history of the city much better. This museum is a treasure holder and a must-see for the ones that visit the area. Thanks to this guided tour, you will be introduced to the unique story of this city and the archeological monuments that it holds. Most of these archeological monuments are found in the ancient city of Dyrrachium, which refers to the Greek period and the Roman Empire. The next stop is the Venetian Tower, built in the fifteenth century. A military fortified tower, that was built between 1400 and 1500 to protect the port. The Venetian tower is located next to the ancient walls of the Durres castle, which surrounded the city center. Then we will move towards the Roman Amphitheater, built by the Trajan Emperor at the beginning of the II century AC. The amphitheater was built to accommodate a capacity of 20,000 people and it is the biggest in the Balkan area. After this we'll have a nice walk on the main boulevard of the city, to finish the tour at Municipality Square, where we'll have the possibility to admire the main mosque of the city, built in 1931.

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4.9 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Byvandringen i Durrës var fin og med en passende menge informasjon fra en kunnskapsrik guide. På vingården hadde vi en kort omvisning før vi avsluttet dagen med en nydelig lunsj sammen med vinsmakingen. Turen står oppgitt til 10 timer, men varte ikke mer enn 5-6 timer, noe vi syns var bra (vi bodde i Durrës).

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

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