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Berat District

Day Trips

Our most recommended Berat District Day Trips

Berat: Osum Canyon and Bogove Waterfall Tour

1. 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.

Full-Day Berat Trip from Tirana

2. 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.

From Tirana: Private Day Trip to Apollonia and Berat

3. 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 Berat: Roshnik Village Wine Tasting Tour

4. From Berat: Roshnik Village Wine Tasting Tour

Roshnik sits about 25 minutes outside of the city of Berat. A landscape of fertile, rolling hills bursting with olive groves and vineyards, this area is exactly what springs to mind when you hear the words “winemaking country”. You'll stop at the entrance of the village where you will be free to take the best pictures, after which you will move on to the Alpeta Winery. By 1995, this winery had started making small quantities of wine and raki made from the grapes that grew on their land. Whilst there you'll meet one of the family members who will help you understand more about wine making, as well as the family's history. You'll walk through the vineyards which provide great views of Tomorr Mountain and the surrounding village, before encountering a raki production site. There you will learn how this family is also famous for its raki production, which is a traditional Albanian drink. The winery predominates with whites, which is made by an indigenous grape called pules. You will be able to taste the famous pules as well as 2 red wines accompanied with different snacks and some raki. At the conclusion of your experience, you will return to Berat.

From Durrës or Tirana: Berat History and Local Food Tour

5. From Durrës or Tirana: Berat History and Local Food Tour

Transfer from your hotel to Berat, passing through rolling hills full of olive trees. It's in this part of the country that you can see one of the oldest and most distinct types of Albanian architecture. With your guide, travel to the famous citadel and castle of Berat, as well as the Red Mosque, distinguishable by its solitary minaret. After that, explore the White Mosque, the Church of the Holy Trinity, and the arched bridge of Gorica, built in 1780. Go to a scenic, family-owned winery located among the rolling hills that surround the city. Tour the facilities and learn about winemaking. Visit the cellar and vineyard. Enjoy a lunch of home-grown organic delights and fine wine. Return to Tirana and enjoy an easy drop-off at your hotel or any other location in the city.

From Berat: Guided Tour of Tomorr National Park

6. From Berat: Guided Tour of Tomorr National Park

Starting at 9 in the morning from Berat, you will get on board a 4x4 vehicle to go through Tomorr Natural Park. After driving for one hour and 45 minutes you will reach a small mountain village, Dardhe.It is located 400 meters above sea level and it is rich in traditions and history. Since 2012 this small village has been visited by so many tourists who is adventure lover, for its ski slopes. You will leave your 4x4 here and be ready to go for a hike a path that takes about 2 hours and leads you through woods and valleys, in the middle of nature until you reach Sotira Waterfall. You will be amazed by the beauty of nature here. There are mixed greenery, fresh gurgling water so you can admire and relax in the surrounding landscape. After relaxing, you will go back to Dardh for a nice swim before returning to Berat.

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.

From Berat: Day Tour to Apollonia & Ardenica Monastery

8. 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 Berat District

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Had a wonderful day with this tour. Berat looks even more beautiful than in the pictures. Our tour guide Ilir was amazing. He shared with us a lot of interesting history about Albania in general and Berat. My teen daughters were very interested in his stories that they didn’t use their headphones to listen to music all through the tour (which is a rare occurrence). Wonderful tour made even better with an amazing guide. Strongly recommended!

I had a great time in Berat with Armir. Armir is a very safe and responsible driver. His English is excellent. He is very friendly and easy to talk to. He found a traditional restaurant for me so that I could go to a place where the locals go. Berat is a beautiful place. I recommend it to everyone

For anyone coming to Albania, Berat is a must visit. The place is amazing. From the castle, where you take a trip back in time, to the ethnographic museum where you can kill the urge to enter one of those houses that make up the thousand windows. I was lucky to have Blendi, the best guide ever.

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.

This was a very special experience. You get to know Berat from a local’s perspective. The guide is very knowledgeable, considerate and kind. I loved it.