Tirana District
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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.

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Tirana Walking Tour

2. Tirana Walking Tour

Tirana is the largest city of Albania and has something to offer for everyone. This morning tour starts at 9.30 from the main boulevard at Skenderbeg Square. You will visit the National Theater, Skanderbeg Statue (dedicated to the National Hero), The Historic Museum, Cultural Palace, Et’hem Bey Mosque, Clock Tower and going through the Boulevard you will walk towards 'the Pyramid', built in 1988 as a museum for Enver Hoxha, the dictator of the period. After the tour you will go for a walk in the 'Bllok' area where you will see Enver Hoxha’s villa, the former dictator of Albania. You will enjoy a coffee break in this lively area offering a considerable number of coffee shops, restaurants and shops.

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From Tirana: Tour to Vlora, Butrint, Saranda & Gjirokaster

3. From Tirana: Tour to Vlora, Butrint, Saranda & Gjirokaster

Travel south along the Albanian coast and explore the best of this region on a guided tour. Spend the day discovering Vlora, Butrint, Saranda, and Gjirokaster. Start your trip with a comfortable ride in an air-conditioned vehicle from your hotel in Tirana. Travel to Vlora, the city of independence. Proceed to Llogara to enjoy the breathtaking views of the coast from a 1043-meter height. Continue to Saranda and see enchanting beaches such as Gjipe Beach, Porto Palermo, Lukovë, and more. Next, visit the National Park of Butrint that holds more than 2000 years of history. Head to the source of the “Blue Eye” before getting to Gjirokaster. It’s a water spring with clear blue waters coming from the depth of the earth, running in the shape of an eye. The road leading to Gjirokaster will take you to the castle of the city and the old bazaar neighborhood. Visit the former homes of Ismail Kadare and Enver Hoxha, which are now museums dedicated to communism. Enjoy this last stop of the coastal tour before returning to Tirana.

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Apollonia and Durres

4. 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.

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Shkoder Day Trip

5. Shkoder Day Trip

After a pick-up from you hotel, drive to the city of Shkoder, the third largest town in Albania, located 95 km north of Tirana. Known for its culture, tradition, and natural beauty, this city offers a diversity that is rarely found in any other city in Albania: with rivers, lakes, lagoons, and mountains which make Shkodra an unforgettable destination in Albania. Built on a rocky hill overlooking the city by the rivers of Buna and Drini, you will find the most important monument of Shkoder: The Castle of Rozafa. After visiting the Castle area you will have the chance to explore the Leaden Mosque and Catholic Church and notice the diverse religious elements and architecture. You will also have the possibility of strolling through the local bazaar of Shkoder, get a glimpse of Albanian traditions, and maybe buy a souvenir.  Optional: lunch with traditional dishes from the region including krap fish which is cooked on a roof tile. Head back to Tirana. End of service.

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From Tirana: Full Day Guided Walking Tour to Prizren

6. From Tirana: Full Day Guided Walking Tour to Prizren

Start your day with a pickup from your hotel at 8:00 AM. After meeting your guide, begin your relaxing drive to the Kosovo border. Travel to the picturesque region on the peninsula and admire the beauty of the rural areas. Prizren, the capital of Kosovo is considered the most charming and colorful town in the region. On arrival in Prizren, begin your visit with the castle of the city, located on a hilltop. The castle is known as ‘the Prizren Crown’ as it lies on a dominant hill like a crown and oversees the city. Discover the fascinating history while you take in glorious panoramic views over the city. A must-see attraction is the Sinan Pasha mosque that stands as a central landmark of Prizren. Take a leisurely walk and then continue with your visit to the Ethnographic Museum, a monument of culture from the 18th century. Enjoy another highlight when you visit the St, Ljevis Cathedral, a historic church from the 14th century. Recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site it is one of many important medieval monuments of Kosovo. Stroll through the streets of the city and relish your free time for eating and shopping before returning to Tirana.

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Skopje: Transfer to Tirana w/ Half-Day Tour of Ohrid

7. Skopje: Transfer to Tirana w/ Half-Day Tour of Ohrid

Starting from your hotel in Skopje, travel to Ohrid for about 2 hours. Afterwards, break in Ohrid for a half-day tour with a licensed tour guide. The walking tour will start from the town’s harbor. Then, you will head towards the old part of the town and stop at the Lower Gate and the Museum of Robevi (the Robevi family). Have a tour of the Church of St. Sophia which dates from the 11th century and then go up to the Roman amphitheater, dating back to the 3rd century B.C. Afterwards, continue walking to Icon Gallery, which shows a range of some of the most famous and valuable icons in the world right after the ones in Athos and in Russia. In the vicinity of the gallery, you will find the Church of Sveta Bogorodica Perivleptos (St Clement’s Church of the Holy Mother of God Most Glorious) which dates from the 13th century and possesses some of the most beautiful and valuable frescoes from the 13th century, not only in this country but in the Balkans as well. Then, carry on walking to Tsar Samoil’s Fortress which was named after the first tsar of the Macedonian Slavs, who having conquered Byzantium, brought most of Macedonia under his rule. Then, walk to Plaoshnik, the place where you will visit the newly built St. Clement’s Monastery Church which is dedicated to St. Clement (the patron of Ohrid) and St Pantelejmon, which stands beside the original site of St. Clement’s University, the first university of the Macedonian Slavs started in the 9th century A.D. Inside the church, you will also see the tomb with St. Clement’s relics. Besides the church, see the foundations of the 5th century basilica with beautifully preserved mosaic floors and some swastikas also discovered on the floors. From here, head towards the Church of St. Jovan at Kaneo, which was built at the end of the 13th century, and is one of the most frequently visited churches in Ohrid because of its beautiful location on the cliffs directly above the lake. After this, go back to the town on foot. Another option will be to return to the town by boat and at the same time, to make a tour of the lake providing you with a great view of the town. There will also be the possibility for free time or lunch. Continue your trip to Tirana with a drop-off at your address or hotel accommodation.

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Transfer Between Skopje and Tirana and Prizren Half-Day Tour

8. Transfer Between Skopje and Tirana and Prizren Half-Day Tour

Starting from your hotel in Skopje or Tirana, travel to Prizren in a private vehicle for a half-day tour with a licensed guide. Prizren is one of the oldest and most beautiful towns in Kosovo. It is known for its ancient history, a rich cultural and religious heritage, traditional handicraft shops, and a variety of festivals, including film, music, and art. It is the most multiethnic, multireligious, and multicultural city in Kosovo.   Visit the old part of the town and the Stone Bridge, dating from the 16th century. See the Sinan Pasha Mosque, the Catholic Cathedral, and the Serbian Orthodox church of Our Lady of Ljevis. Visit a hammam, a Turkish public bath, and the Albanian League of Prizren, the city's most visited historical museum.   You'll also travel to the Archaeological Museum, the castle of Prizren, and the Workshop of Silversmith Filigree. At the end of the tour, enjoy some free time to explore on your own, or have lunch. Afterwards, continue your private transfer to Tirana or Skopje, where you will be dropped off at your chosen address.

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From Tirana: Durres & Lalzi Bay Wine Tasting Tour

9. 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. Enjoy a scenic setting on the shores of a lake and with the fantastic views of the Adriatic as you taste wines, cheeses, and local food. Return to Tirana in the late afternoon.

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Tirana and Kruja Day Tour

10. Tirana and Kruja Day Tour

The group will meet in Tirana at 09:30, when it will proceed to the historic town of Kruja. This is located 45 minutes from Tirana, where it rises on the slopes of Salltiku Mountain. This provides visitors with a great view of the majestic local landscapes. In Kruja, you can see several important historic sites, including the 5th-century castle, with its nine towers. On a walking tour of Kruja, you will discover the medieval Old Bazaar, the fortress, the Ethnographic Museum, and the Museum of George Kastriot Skanderbeg - Albania's national hero. Afterwards, there will be time for a delicious lunch in a local restaurant. After the tour returns to Tirana, your city tour will begin at Skenderbeg Square, where you can visit the National Theater, the Historic Museum, the Cultural Palace, and the Pyramid - built in 1988 as a museum for Enver Hoxha, the dictator.

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What people are saying about Tirana District

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 30 reviews

The Guide Ilir was amazing. From the beginning of the tour he gave me a lot of information about history and others. I had the luck, that I was the only one and so it felt like a Privattour. Berat is a beautiful place and the castle is awesome. Also I've got informed about living in Albania. This day was absolutely perfect.

Ermal is a great, friendly and kind. He took us from Tirana to berat by his car from 9:00 am till 5:30 pm wondering around the city of berat. You can ask him anything he is too friendly . I recommend going with him and I will ask to have him again

I had the most amazing time in shkoder, the rozafa castle amazing, the beautiful scenery, and most importantly was my amazing tour guide, who has so patient, and very informative about the history of this country

amazing trip to berat and 2 amazing top guides. big thank you to ermal for providing an amazing trip. top tour!

Exciting trip with helpful guide & amazing food in lunch