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Full-Day Berat Trip from Tirana

1. Full-Day Berat Trip from Tirana

Depart for Berat at 8:30 am and you will be transferred to this beautiful city for around 2.5 hours. This is one of the oldest cities and the pride of Albanian architecture. The three major neighborhoods of the old city are Mangalemi, Gorica, and Kala where the castle itself is located. You will start our tour with the castle area. Visiting the 'Kala' involves a steep walk up a cobbled path, but those who make it to the top will be rewarded with a fine view of the surrounding area. You will visit the Museum of Iconography 'Onufri' which bears the name of the renowned fresco and icon-painter Onufri, who has left a rich inheritance. This museum is located within the cathedral of St. Mary’s Assumption. You will also visit the Red Mosque, recognized by its lonely minaret and St. Trinity Church. After the fortress you will visit the Mangalemi quarter and the National Ethnographic Museum. This museum is located in one of the most characteristic and interesting houses of the town, a rich assemblage of traditional objects (more than 1000) and is one of the greatest examples of Berat’s long history and culture. Across the Osumi River lies the Gorica neighborhood, whose houses face those of Mangalemi. The arched bridge of Gorica, built in 1780, is a beautiful architectural monument constructed to link Gorica with Mangelemi. Enjoy some free time to stroll on the bridge. After the tour, there will be optional lunch in a restaurant with traditional cuisine (at extra cost) Return to Tirana.

Berat: Osum Canyon and Bogove Waterfall Tour

2. Berat: Osum Canyon and Bogove Waterfall Tour

Meet at 9 AM and begin your drive in the direction of the canyon. During the drive, admire the beautiful landscape of Osumi Valley. After 30-minutes, stop in a city called Polican which was famous during the communist era for producing millions of guns. Discover how the guns factories now lie abandoned as a reminder of the past. After a 1.5-hour drive, arrive at the canyon and begin the hike. Admire the beautiful scenery and look out for local wildlife. At the end of the hike, enjoy a swim in the river to freshen up at the end of the walk. Transfer back to Berat at the end of the tour.

From Berat: Bogovë Waterfalls Day Trip

3. From Berat: Bogovë Waterfalls Day Trip

Your professional guide will lead you to a wonderful destination in Berat. Be prepared to immerse yourself into the beauty of nature. In about 1 ¼ hour you will reach Bogova,a picturesque village famous for its waters and waterfalls. Along the way to Bogova you will make a pit stop to Polican, a small town being known for weapon production in communism years. After enjoying the Bogova Waterfalls your trip will continue to Canyons on the Osum River.The same river that crosses the entire city of Berat, has created this wonderful canyon, where the adventure lovers are becoming more attracted over the years. Nature here offers a beautiful landscape that you can enjoy in this full-day tour.

Tirana: 4-Day Albanian Heritage Highlights Trip

4. Tirana: 4-Day Albanian Heritage Highlights Trip

Explore Albania's top attractions in the hands of an expert tour director during a 4-day, 3-night sightseeing tour. Sample authentic Albanian food and visit Unesco World Heritage Sites such as Berat, Gjirokastra, and Butrint. Day 1: Sightseeing tour of Berat via Durres Travel to Berat, stopping in Durres for a short walking tour of the City Walls, Byzantine Forum, Roman Thermal Baths, the Venetian Tower, and the Amphitheater. Transfer to Berat passing through suggestive hills full of olive trees. Then, get settled in the hotel and head out for a guided tour admiring the citadel/castle of Berat with the Red Mosque, recognized by its solitary minaret, and the many Byzantine Churches like the Holy Trinity Church and the St. George Church. Finally, step inside a local home inside the castle of Berat for a coffee, raki, and dessert break. Enjoy the rest of the day wandering in the two main districts of Mangalam and Gorica. Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Gjirokastra After breakfast, admire small villages during your transfer to Gjirokaster. Once you arrive in this “city of a thousand steps,” settle into your hotel before soaking up the rich history of the castle and enjoying the view of the “city of stone” from above. Next, see the Ottoman Bazaar and historic wooden houses. Visit the Gjirokastra Obelisk dedicated to the first school of Gjirokastra and enjoy the 360º view from there. Next, stop for lunch in a small local restaurant for a taste of the city’s authentic dishes. Step into Skenduli house, the nicest Ottoman tower house, and listen to its history and details from the 10th generation of the Skenduli family. Spend a relaxing evening in the streets of Gjirokaster. Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Butrint & the Blue Eye spring Travel to the “Blue Eye” spring. Admire the shades of blue and surrounding nature before heading to Butrint. There, marvel at 2,500 years of history on a guided tour with a local guide. See the highlights, such as the amphitheater, castle, churches, and Lion Gate. Drive to Ksamil and enjoy lunch by the lake at the Mussel House. Spend your afternoon in Ksamil before heading to Saranda via Lekursi Castle, which overlooks the city. Day 4: Tirana via Vlore and Riviera Road En route to the city of Vlore via the scenic Riviera road, and explore the Ali Pasha Castle with your Tour Director. First, head to the Llogara “balcony” for a stunning view of the South Coast beaches before indulging in lunch at Llogara National. Next, visit a park surrounded by pine trees and a fresh mountain breeze. Marvel at the architecture and listen to entertaining legends about the man who built it, Ali Pashe Tepelena. Then, stop for lunch at a rustic local restaurant along Shushica river. After lunch, visit the city of Vlore, the hometown of the National Independence movement. visit Flag Square with its Independence Monument in the center, the Muradie Mosque, and Vlore Lungomare. Transfer to Tirana. (Hotel accommodation in Tirana is not included on the tour).

Classic wine tasting tour of Berat

5. Classic wine tasting tour of Berat

Classic wine tasting tour of Berat. Berat is a famous region for wines and the best wineries of Albania are located in Berat On this tour, you have the opportunity to choose 1 of the wineries - Nurellari ,Cobo ,Luani ,Pupa Your request might be subject of availability Our driver will meet you in Berat and take you to the winery. In the winery, you will take a guided tour to learn more about wine production in Albania Taste 3 types of wine and 1 type of Raki accompanied with local snacks like olives ,cheese,fruits

From Tirana: Private Day Trip to Apollonia and Berat

6. 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.

From Tirana: Berat city unesco heritage

7. From Tirana: Berat city unesco heritage

Embark on a cultural and artistic pilgrimage. See master painter Onufri's work in the churches of Berat. Visit Berat Castle, Onufri Museum, Mangalemi and Gorica neighborhoods, and Gorica bridge. Meet your guide at your hotel and start the tour of Berat city. Berat is one of the most visited and characteristic towns in Albania. It is under the protection of UNESCO and considered a World Heritage site due to its unique architecture. Visit Berat Castle and the Onufri Museum. The Berat castle is of particular interest because people still live within its walls in their traditional houses, just like their ancestors did for centuries. Explore this fortress overlooking the town of Berat and its many Byzantine churches. The castle used to have over 40 churches of which 7 still remain today, including the Church of the Dormition of St Mary. The latter was converted into Onufri Museum, honoring the 16th-century Albanian master painter who painted many orthodox churches in Albania and Greece. Witness some of the most beautiful shades of red and gold you have ever laid eyes on in the museum. Then, continue to your next stop in the old quarters of Mangalemi and Gorica that connect with each other by the Gorica Bridge over the Osumi River.

Berat | History & Local Food

8. Berat | History & Local Food

Transfer to Berat passing through suggestive hills full of olive trees. Set out on a guided tour admiring the citadel / castle of Berat with the Red Mosque, recognized by its solitary minaret, and the many Byzantine Churches like the Holy Trinity Church and the St. George Church. Enjoy a coffee and raki break inside the castle of Berat and head for the Ethnographic Museum to discover the interesting and rich traditions of the area. The King Mosque, the Halveti Tekke and the arched bridge of Gorica, built in 1780 are the other attractions that await you in the Medieval Center of Berat after the Castle visit. Transfer to the scenic and family-owned Alpeta Agrotourism & Winery located among the rolling hills that surround the city. Tour the facilities for a complete view of the process of vinification, its cellar and vineyard. After the visit, enjoy lunch with their seasonal home-grown and locally sourced organic delights and their fine wine. Return to Tirana and drop off at your hotel or anywhere in the city.

From Tirana: Full-Day Berat Tour

9. From Tirana: Full-Day Berat Tour

Travel to Berat in the morning at 08:30. Once you get to the city, you will learn that it was invaded three times by Ottomans, Romans and Bulgarians and then became a big principality under the rule of the Albanian noble family of Muzaka in the 14th century. Your will walk on well preserved cobblestone streets. Explore the Onufri Museum inside of the Cathedral of the Saint Mary Assumption (18th century) and admire the icons of the mysterious work of the Onufri painter. Visit the castle, one the most marvelous sights of the city and one of the biggest inhabited castles with many Byzantine churches, as well as some mosques built under the Ottoman era which began in 1417. You will also visit the King Mosque and Helveti Teke. Your next stop will be the old quarters of Mangalem and Gorica connected with each other by the Gorica Bridge over the Osumi River. Both quarters take pride in their architecture and the rare shapes of their houses. Finally, return to Tirana.

Berat: Historic City Walking-Tour

10. Berat: Historic City Walking-Tour

Walk through the historic city of Berat and discover its rich culture and architecture on this illuminating 2-3 hour tour. After a short introduction from your guide, you will proceed to Berat's World Heritage Sites – the ancient quarters of Mangalam and Gorica. Travel back in time as you stroll through the meandering streets, home to the Ottomans in the 15th century, and learn more about the architecture of this "town of a thousand windows". Visit the iconic Medieval Center, where you will gaze upon the beautiful King Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in Albania, and the Halveti Tekke monument. Explore the magnificent tombs, as your tour guide enlightens you about Ottoman architecture and history. Discover more about the relationship between Albania's religious groups. Climb up to the magnificent Castle of Berat. Marvel at the fort and witness the monuments and treasures inside.

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What people are saying about Berat District

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 93 reviews

It was a fantastic day. Our guide Ilir was kind, helpful and very knowledgeable and accompanied us with competence and sympathy throughout the journey. Berat is an incredible place and must be visited if you visit Albania. Highly recommended

He was a good guide and a good group. Berat is worth visiting and from Tirana you need to go by car, so this is the best option. The explanations were very good and so was the chosen route.

Illyria is an excellent guide, very knowledgeable about Albania's landmarks, as well as the history and heritage behind them. Highly recommended, and would tour with him again.

It was interesting journey trought the Albania. We like hotels where we stay. Our guide was very nice young men and tell us lot of Albania. We recomend the trip.

Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and informative about Albanian history and modern day life.