Albania Tours and Discovering Albania while traveling.
While travelling around it’s difficult to explore and discover everything. And travelling to Albania that is quite difficult because the most beautiful things of Albania are hidden. However, going on a day tour will help you discover those hidden gems of this beautiful country.
We have chosen for you 5 of the best tours that will help you discover Albania.
This day tour of Berat will show you the best of the best of Berat. You will learn about the history of Berat, the mythological story of the mountains where Berat is settled and you’ll get to see some beautiful places around this UNESCO Protected Site.
Berat is very beautiful and many people know it for its characteristic houses that are settled rows upon rows unveiling the 1001 windows. The city of 1001 windows it’s what the people call Berat, and why you are going to learn it in this tour. The old bridge that creates a picturesque view, the castle, and the three parts of this town are worth a visit.
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This day trip of Tirana and Kruja will leave you speechless. Not only you will have the chance to explore 2 in 1 day, but you will learn some beautiful stories.
Kruja is one of the oldest towns in Albania, it is known for it’s historical values of the nation. Kruja is the Birthplace of the Albanian National Hero. You will see the ruins of his castle and the museum that is entirely dedicated to this noble man and hero. Moreover, you will get to see how Albanians lived from the ancient times to now in the Ethnographic Museum.
But the trip doesn’t end here, you will get the experience of seeing the old bazaar of handmade crafts. This place is unique in style, with cobble stone streets and wooden doors and windows. From the bazaar you can see the city of Kruja which creates a panoramic view as it’s located on top of the hill.
However, Kruja is not the only place you will visit in this day trip. The tour starts in Tirana, the capital of Albania that has many important landmarks but it’s history cannot be erased. In Tirana is located the Scanderbeg Square which holds proudly the monument of the national hero and his horse. Also, from the Scanderbeg Square you can see the famous Clock Tower of Tirana, and on the other side settles the National History Museum, where the mosaic of Mother Albania stands proudly over the years. The museum offers an insight of Albania’s past.
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This one is very special to me. Gjirokastra has the most beautiful castle I have ever seen, considering I have travelled around Europe and I have seen many castles. This castle dates back to the middle of the XIII century and it’s well preserved.
It was like a city back then and you will see it when you visit it. The castle stands on top of the hill overlooking all the town and had a strategic point during the invasions because it’s overlooking the valley below. However, nowadays you can enjoy beautiful sunsets and you can see the city of Gjirokastra that is settled on the other side of the castle.
Anyway, Gjirokastra has the beautiful history of Argyro, who jumped from the castle with her child to escape the Ottomans. But, also the beautiful houses that are in characteristic Albanian architecture. One of the most beautiful houses in Gjirokastra is going to be our next destination after the castle.
The Skenduli house offers you an insight of life in Gjirokaster, the simplicity and traditional way of doing things. Also, the Ethnographic Museum is the house of the Communist leader Enver Hoxha and in the museum you can see the way how the Albanian houses were back in time.
Shkodra, the small city that is surrounded by the beauty of the Accursed Mountains. It’s beauty is mirrored in the Lake Skadar, making Shkodra look like a fairytale. The history of Shkodra’s castle itself is a fairytale. In this day trip of Shkodra you will learn the beautiful history of the Rozafa Castle, and you will see a city of culture and tradition. The Rozafa Castle dates back in the time when people used to believe in fairytales and ghosts more than today. The story of an unfortunate girl who gave up her life for this castle to be built.
The History Museum of Shkodra offers you an insight about the Albanian tradition and culture. Moreover, you will be amazed about what this little city has to offer to you.
The Butrint day trip from Saranda will take you to discover on of the most extraordinary sites in the Mediterranean. Explore the ruins of the old city of Buthrotum (Butrint), walk through the ancient monuments. Find how Butrint is a unique place. As can be seen, it went from a Venetian tower, to Hellenic and Roman ruins.
Located in the South of Albania, Butrint is one of the most important archaeological sites of Albania. It’s is well preserved and has a beautiful history that it’s a must to hear. The hill where it is set is surrounded by Lake Butrint and green vegetation. In essence it’s more than an important landmark. In the meantime it’s one of the largest archaeological parks in Albania and probably in Balkans.
If you like the beach and history this is one of the places you should visit. As it is close to the Ionian Riviera. And not to forget to mention, it was mentioned in the Aeneid Poem as the lofty city of Buthrotum. Grasp the amazing view and history as you visit some of the finest well preserved monuments of the site. Learn the Ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Venetian history of the once important trading post.