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Get to know how fast Albania has changed from medieval, communist to modern era. Travel through these periods of time visiting Durrës and the capital, Tirana. Experience the country changing by exploring History Museum and other historic sites. Let Durrës capture your heart with its beautiful coast where you can enjoy relaxing sea sounds and tasty lunch and get the most of Tirana highlights in a walking guided city tour.
Explore the History Museum for a better understanding about Albania.
Visit one the biggest Roman Amphitheatre in Balkan.
Enjoy tasty lunch in Durrës.
Walk around highlights of Tirana.
Learn about religion surviving by visiting the Mosque of Et’hem Bey.
Entrance fees on historical and religion sites included.
Perfect for all ages.
What You can Expect
Your trip starts at 8:30 hrs with travelling to Durrës. Explore the History Museum for a better understanding of Albania. As you walk around the city other attractions to visit are the Beauty of Durrës (a woman portrait) and the castle.
Lunch will be served at one of most experienced restaurants in Durrës near the beach.
Visit the Roman Amphitheatre built in the 2nd century AD, considered as one of the biggest in Balkan. Inside of its undergrounds you’ll visit the chapels and admire the paintings of Paleo-Christian era and lots of mosaics.
Next you travel to the capital, Tirana, where you get the most of city highlights starting from Scanderbeg Square named after the national hero Gjergj Kastrioti Skënderbeu, a figure of the 15th century.
As you walk around the square, you’ll see an interesting complex of building which reflect the periods that have influenced Tirana’s architecture. Only the Clock Tower and Et’hem Bey Mosque remain as reminders of the city’s Ottoman past. The communist government left its own footprint by destroying the Ottoman Bazaar and building the new Opera and Ballet House on the site.
The next stop on the itinerary is Et’hem Bey Mosque, where you’ll learn about the difficulties faced by the clergy especially after 1967 when freedom of religious expression was prohibited. The mosque was built in 1793 by Et’hem Bey in typical Turkish style. Continue to King’s Palace and National Martyrs Boulevard. Here you’ll get to know a piece of daily life of former dictator Enver Hoxha, by visiting the pyramid, meant to be a museum for him and the “Bllok” zone where he and other communist leaders lived in. The area that was once prohibited for people is now the most favourite neighbourhood for young people, businesses and coffee shops.
Hotel pickup and dropoff
Entrance fee in all historic sites
Guide in English
8:30-09:10 Travel to Durrës.
09:20-10:50 History Museum exploring
11:05-12:00 Visit other attractions in Durrës
12:20-14:30 Lunch time
14:40-15: 30 Return to Tirana
15:30-17:30 Highlights of Tirana
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