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Tirana: 4-Day Albanian Heritage Highlights Trip

1. 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: Durres and Berat Start the tour with a hotel or airport pickup in Tirana and head to Durres for a short guided walking tour and coffee break. Alternatively, you can start with a hotel pickup in Durres. Transfer to Berat, the "city of a thousand windows." Get settled in your picturesque hotel before enjoying lunch in a restaurant with city views. In the afternoon, follow your expert local guide on a guided tour of this fascinating city. Visit Berat Castle/Citadel and explore the upper town with churches, mosques, and 27 watchtowers packed inside its walls. Admire the Ottoman houses, where people still live as they have done for centuries. In the evening, your tour director will guide you to the best restaurants to sample Berat’s typical dishes. Day 2: Gjirokaster 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 heading for lunch in a small local restaurant for a taste of the city’s authentic dishes. Next, visit Skenduli House, the best-preserved Ottoman house in the old city of Gjirokaster. Hear about its past from your local guide and the house’s owner, a descendant of the Skenduli family. Then, soak up the castle's rich history and enjoy the view of the “city of stone” from above. Explore the Ottoman Bazaar and historic wooden houses before visiting the Gjirokaster Obelisk dedicated to the town's first school. Enjoy its 360º views. Spend a relaxing evening in the streets of Gjirokaster. Day 3: “Blue Eye” and Butrint 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: Llogara National Park and Vlore Transfer to the city of Vlore via Ali Pasha Castle, which you will explore with your tour director. Marvel at the architecture and listen to entertaining legends about the man who built it, Ali Pasha of Tepelenë. Head to the Llogara “balcony” for a stunning view of the South Coast beaches before indulging in lunch at Llogara National Park surrounded by pine trees and a fresh mountain breeze. Visit the city of Vlore, the hometown of the Albanian nationalist movement, in the afternoon. See sights such as Flag Square with its Independence Monument right in the center, the Muradie Mosque, and Vlore Lungomare. After you have explored Vlore, you will get transferred back to Tirana.

Apollonia and Durres

2. Apollonia and Durres

On your way to Apollonia, stop in Golem Beach for a beachfront coffee break. Set off on a guided tour in Apollonia, where an on-site archeologist explains the history behind the temple of Artemis, the Odeon, the Triumphal Arch, and more. Then, 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, Byzantine Forum, roman Thermal Baths, the Venetian Tower, and more. Visit its Amphitheater and then take a coffee break on top of the Venetian Tower before traveling back to Tirana.

From Tirana: Durres & Lalzi Bay Wine Tasting Tour

3. From Tirana: Durres & Lalzi Bay 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. You will walk around encountering its city walls, alongside other famous landmarks such as the Byzantine Forum, the Roman Thermal Baths, and other ancient monuments. Later, you can enjoy Durres’s now-famous street-art, and have a coffee break on top of the Venetian Tower. After your break, you can visit the amphitheater and the Archeological Museum. Towards the end of your tour travel towards Lazli Bay and visit the Duka Winery and Vineyard. · Visit the vineyards and the winery and get acquainted with the wine production process and their Applied Agriculture. Taste 3 glasses of different wine varieties and Raki paired with appetizers. Afterward, hop on a boat tour of Green Lake. Take the option to add a 3-course lunch with the wine tasting, or simply return to Tirana in the late afternoon.

Durres Day Tour with Local Guide

4. Durres Day Tour with Local Guide

Your trip starts at 9:00 AM at the “Liria” Square. Explore the city’s 1930’s architecture as you walk along the boulevard. Visit the Ethnographic Museum and its artifacts displayed on the second floor of a traditional house from the 19th century. It exhibits authentic objects of hand-crafts as well as a rich collection of Albanian traditional costumes. Next, you will visit the Roman Amphitheater from the 2nd century AD, built during the reign of the Emperor Trajan as one of the biggest amphitheaters in Balkans.The Roman Amphitheater and the city of Durres are unusual for their extraordinary degree of preservation, particularly for its large stretches of undisturbed stratigraphy. About a third of the amphitheater was not set on manmade supports, but on natural ones, utilizing a precipitous hillside to support its northern seating, or cavea. On the way to the archaeological museum you can admire the Byzantine Wall, an engineering masterpiece, built during the reign of Emperor Anastasius ( VI cent AD ) whose origin was from Durres, and the seaside promenade enjoying the fresh air and the view of the largest bay in Albania.The Byzantine Chapel is your next stop. An early Christian chapel built into the western side of the amphitheater. Its western alcove preserves a unique polychromatic mosaic representing Christian iconography in almost their natural sizes. Archaeological Museum, if you’re interested in Durres history, or even just curious about it, Durres Archaeological Museum has some of the best exhibits. Having a guide at your side as you explore means you can ask as many questions as you like. The Venetian Tower and the Byzantine stretch of wall, a 15th cent intervention done to the byzantine fortification of the city. A flight of stairs takes you to the roof which gives you the opportunity to watch the seaside and the surroundings of the old city. This tour will then finish at 2:00 PM.

Durres: 2-Hour City Walking Tour

5. Durres: 2-Hour City Walking Tour

Discover all the quirks and charms of living in Durres from your expert local guide. Enjoy the perfect opportunity to sightsee and hear the fascinating stories behind every turn. Explore the city at a relaxed pace and hear the facts and legends behind each street and landmark. Marvel at the largest Balkan amphitheater, dating back to Trojan times, and visit Albania's most ancient economic and historic center. See all the highlights and even a few hidden gems on an unforgettable stroll through the city.

Albania: UNESCO Heritage & Local Food Tour with Nature

6. Albania: UNESCO Heritage & Local Food Tour with Nature

Day 1: Travel day You'll be picked up from the airport. Welcome to Albania! Get settled in the hotel and for those of you not too tired, there is a guided walking tour of the city center before dinner in a traditional restaurant in the evening. Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Berat Transfer to Berat, passing through hills full of olive trees. Get settled in the hotel and head for lunch in a local restaurant facing the city. Set out for a walking guide through the UNESCO listed old town with your local guide, admiring the White Mosque, the Holy Trinity Church and Gorica Bridge. Enter into the Berat Castle for a guided tour. Enjoy a free evening in "the city of a thousand and one windows.” Day 3: Rural Berat, Bogova Waterfall & Wine Tasting Transfer to Bogove and take a 30min walk towards the impressive waterfall. Head back to Bogove village and have a homemade lunch on the river shore, with homemade wine and raki (fruit brandy). In the afternoon, visit the town of Polican, famous for its weapon factories during Communist times. The abandoned factories and people in this remote town are a strong reminder of the country's’ past. After a short drive, you'll arrive at Nurellari Winery.  Enjoy a wine tasting tour in this family-run winery, walk around the vineyard and savor 4 varieties of wine. Head back to the city and enjoy free time in the evening exploring the ancient neighborhoods of Mangalem and Gorica.   Day 4: Sightseeing tour of Gjirokaster Transfer to Gjirokaster to discover "the city of a thousand steps.” Get settled in your hotel and head out for lunch in a small, local restaurant for a taste of the city’s authentic dishes. Step into Skenduli house (an Ottoman tower house) and listen to its history and details from the 10th generation of Skenduli family and your local guide. Soak up to the rich history of the castle and enjoy the views! Pass by the Ottoman Bazaar and historic wooden houses and visit Gjirokastra’s Obelisk. Day 5: Typical food from Rural Gjirokastra Drive to Saraqinisht and experience a day in an Albanian countryside cottage. You'll learn about the food, life, and traditions of an Albanian family. Start cooking with three generations of Albanian ladies or drink Raki with cheese and olives with “Grandpa” and listen to his Commie stories. In the afternoon, you can take a 40-minute hike to visit 400-years old St. Mary's Church, built on the face of a cliff and with its monastery beneath. In the evening, transfer back to the city, visiting a Communist bunker on the way back.  Day 6: Sightseeing tour of the Blue Eye Spring and Butrint Travel to the Blue Eye Spring and marvel at this beautiful natural area. Then, set off on a guided tour of Butrint National Park where a local guide explains the 2500 years of history of the Amphitheater, the castle, the churches, and the Lion Gate. Drive to Ksamil and enjoy seafood next to turquoise waters. On the way to Himare, stop for a coffee break at Borsh waterfalls. What a sight! Transfer to Himare and enjoy free time in this typical seaside city. Finish the day with your tour leader and group and enjoy an evening of raki drinking.  Day 7: Apollonia via Llogara National Park En route to Apollonia, explore the Ali Pasha Castle. Marvel at the architecture and listen to entertaining legends about the man who built it, Ali Pasha Tepelena. Stop at Llogara balcony for a stunning view of the South Coast beaches and then head for lunch to Llogara National Park freshened by the mountain breeze and pine trees. Set off a guided tour in Apollonia in the afternoon, where an on-site archeologist explains the history behind the temple of Artemis, the Odeon and the Triumphal Arch. On the way to Tirana, stop for the delicious byrek (pastries) in the city of Lushnje. Day 8: Departure Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

From Durrës: Day Tour to Apollonia & Ardenica Monastery

7. 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.

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Our guide, Endri, met us promptly at 9:00 and we set off for Apollonia. During our drive, Endri filled us in on some Albanian history, culture, customs, and geography. Upon our arrival at the archeological site, we were met by a professional archeologist, Arjan. He gave us a very descriptive tour which included a small museum housed in part of a 13th century AD Orthodox Church complex. After this informative visit, we left for Durres with a stop en route at a wonderful local village restaurant where we ate incredibly good seafood. In Durres, we walked the waterfront and visited the 2 century AD amphitheater, which was just partially excavated starting in the 1960’s. Our trip culminated with ice-cream and coffee at a great shop before our return to Tirana. There is a lot of walking and riding on this tour and it was a long day, but worth it. Our guide, Endri, was professional, personable, and very knowledgeable. We would request him again.

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

It was wonderful experience of Kruje and Duress tour with Mr. Gret’s thorough knowledge and his friendly conversations- Everything went perfectly!

Exciting trip with helpful guide & amazing food in lunch