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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.

Durres Day Tour with Local Guide

2. 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.

The Cape of Rodon and wine tasting in Durres area

3. The Cape of Rodon and wine tasting in Durres area

Meet your guide at your hotel and be led to the center of Tirana. Start driving to the center of the city and around the most important highlights historical attractions in Tirana. After exploring the highlights of Tirana, set off to Durres. Visit the hidden gem of Cape of Rodon, a rocky peninsula pointing into the Adriatic Sea. See the ruins of Skanderbeg Castle. Stop by the idyllic St. Anthony Church for its history as well as scenic surroundings. Make the best of your free time by walking along the sandy beaches or swimming in the clear waters. Afterward, leave for the Duka Winery and Vineyard to unwind with some wonderful atmosphere and wine. Transfer back to Tirana in the evening.

Durrës: Romantic Guided Walking Tour

4. Durrës: Romantic Guided Walking Tour

Take a romantic tour around Durrës, perfect for the romantics of the world. Visit romantic and picturesque places alongside a professional local guide as you learn the romantic stories hidden within the city. Take a romantic walk along the Beach of Durrës, see the best places to have a date in the city and where to take the loveliest photos, and more. As you explore, discover the historic love stories hidden in the streets, buildings, and parks of the city, from heartbreaking and tragic to the hilarious and spicy. Learn the romantic meaning behind the Amphitheater of Durrës and see exactly what's so special about Durrës Castle.

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.

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