Immerse yourself in the monuments of classical Durres. Explore the archaeological sites with an expert guide and learn how the city was considered the “Tavern of the Adriatic” in ancient Albania.
Visit one of the biggest Roman Amphitheatre in Balkans and the Byzantine Chapel inside of it.
Explore the Archaeological and Ethnographic Museums of Durres.
Walk along the Venetian Tower and the Byzantine stretch of wall, “the old-and-new-in the same time” promenade of Durres.
Perfect for all ages.
What you can expect
Your trip starts at 9:00 at the “Liria” Square. Explore the city’s 1930’s architecture as you walk along the boulevard.
Visit the Ethnographic Museum installed on the second floor of a traditional Durres house of the second half of the 19th cent.
Ethnographic museum – Integrated inside a traditional Durres house of the second half of the 19th cent. It exhibits authentic objects of handcraftsmanship of Durres as well as a rich collection of Central Albanian traditional costumes.
Next, you visit the Roman Amphitheatre built in the 2nd cent AD, unique in Albania and one of the biggest in Balkan.
Roman Amphitheatre – Explore its lifespan from 2nd cent AD to modern time. Among the hundreds of preserved amphitheaters in the Roman world, Durrës is unusual for its extraordinary degree of preservation, particularly for its large stretches of undisturbed stratigraphy.
About a third of the amphitheater was set not on manmade supports, but natural ones, utilizing a precipitous hillside to support its northern seating, or cavea.
On the way to the archaeological museum you can admire one of the Byzantine engineering masterpieces built by emperor Anastasius ( VI cent Ad ) whose origin was from Durres, as well as the seaside promenade enjoying the fresh air and the view of the largest bay in Albania.
The Byzantine Chapel – An early Christian chapel was 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.
9:00 – Meeting with the guide at “Liria” Square
9:00 – 9: 30 – Exploring the City Centre and the Historical Boulevard
9:30 – 10:00 – Visit the Ethnographic Museum
10 : 15 – 11:00 – Visit the Roman Amphitheatre
11:00 – 12:00 – Walking along the Byzantine wall, visit the Venetian Tower and seaside promenade
12:15 – 13:00 – Visit the Archaeological Museum
14:00 – The end of the Program
Included on this Day Trip
Hotel pick up and drop off
Transport to the tour sites
Entrance fees into all historical sites
English speaking Guide
Not Included on this tour:
Lunch and drinks