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Day Trip starts in Tirana at 8:30 am at 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.
After visiting Tirana, we will go to Agritourism center in Marikaj, where you’ll enjoy your lunch, delicious bio food, wine and raki, a true experience of Albanian hospitality.
Next you go to Kruja where you’ll experience a step back in medieval history by visiting the castle and Scanderbeg Museum.
Kruja was the most important town for the Albanians during the 15th century which withstood successfully to at least 3 major sieges by the Ottoman Empire. The medieval hero Gjergj Kastrioti called “Scanderbeg” is considered not only by Albanians as a symbol of resistance and saviour but also by ottomans who believed that a supernatural force dwelled in him. Therefore after his death they wanted to destroy his tomb and take parts of his bones to keep them as a charm for good luck. Walk in the Old Bazaar full of old shops that sell traditional handmade items.
Time to return to Tirana and here your splendid day is over.
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Entrance fee in all historic sites
Guide in English
8:30 Starting tour in Skanderbeg square, walking around city sites.
10:00-11:30 National History Museum exploring
12:30-14:30 Lunch time at agritourism center Marikaj then travel to Kruja
15:30-17:00 Kruja experience
17:15-18:15 Return to Tirana