From Berat: Day Tour to Apollonia & Ardenica Monastery
- Duration: 8 hours
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My partner and I arrived in Tirana a day prior to our scheduled tour of the Balkan Peninsula and wanted to do something unique. Since our Gate1 tour did not include a visit to Berat, we chose to visit this historic and well-preserved Albanian town. This day trip was a wonderful introduction to Albania and its history because our excellent and brilliant guide, Eler. During the 2-hour drive to and from Berat, Eler described Albania’s history from the Greek period until today and Berat’s importance as a “living” museum.
Our guide Llir was one of the best we have experienced! His English was perfect and his sense is of humor much appreciated. We felt like we were touring Berat with a friend — his knowledge of Balkan history, iconography and Albanian life as it existed under Communist rule was an education in itself. A tour well worth taking!
The trip was great and the guide/driver was super great! I had a very nice day. The guide was very passionate about explaining everything. I was the only person on the tour, but the guide explained everything very nicely and took a lot of my pictures. Thank you Llir for showing me around.
Our guide Ilir was perfect! We saw magnificent lakes en route to Berat and scaled the Castle of Berat. The view atop the castle was splendid; the three neighborhoods of Berat and the famed roofs and windows of well-preserved Ottoman-era houses were visible under the clear blue skies.
Brilliant day, saw amazing castles learnt about the history of the region and country and experienced Albanian life.