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Berat Day Trip From Tirana

Created with Sketch. Berat, Tirana
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Duration

6 hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

20 people

Languages

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Overview

Berat Day Trip from Tirana with a private guide will show you the best of Berat in a day. Firstly, visiting Berat city is a unique experience of your lifetime. Berat is one of the most historic and oldest cities in Albania. That said, it can easily fill your entire... More

Berat Day Trip from Tirana with a private guide will show you the best of Berat in a day.

Firstly, visiting Berat city is a unique experience of your lifetime. Berat is one of the most historic and oldest cities in Albania. That said, it can easily fill your entire day with beautiful landscapes, rich culture, and deep heritage. This UNESCO-protected site is divided into three large neighborhoods; Mangalem, Gorica, and the medieval castle. The Osum River forms the border between the first two.

In this tour of Berat from Tirana, you will see that the city is influenced by several civilizations. The city lies on the banks of river Osumi and it’s surrounded by mountains. In the background of the city, you can see the mountain of Tomorr. Behind the mountain is a legend that says that the mountain was a giant who fought with another giant called Shpirag (the other mountain) over a girl. For this reason, the giants killed each other and became mountains. And the girl drowned in her tears and became the Osumi River.

Berat Day Trip From Tirana with a hint of the castle

Berat’s beautiful old castle tops our list of the best attractions in Berat. It is located on the top of a hill, and it is the perfect place to admire the town from above. The small town inside the castle’s walls is one of the most enchanting places you’ll see in Albania. There are even a few people that still live there. The area looks magical with its ancient ruins, wildflowers, and small courtyards.

Onufri National Museum is located in the inner part of “Saint Mary Church” in Berat Castel. The Museum is called “Onufri” in honor of the Albanian painting Headmaster of XVI Century. The Cathedral was rebuilt in 1797, and it is the most representative monument of post-Byzantine architecture in Berat town. Within, find 173 objects chosen from a fund of 1500 objects belonging to the fund of Albanian Churches and Monasteries as well as to Berat. You can find 106 Icons and 67 Liturgical objects created by Albanian Iconographical painters during the XIV-XX centuries.

While still within the castle neighborhood, head to the Holy Trinity Church. Be sure not to miss this stop as, along with its beautiful architecture, you will get a nice chance to see more of the castle grounds. From here, you will get the best views of the Tomorr and Shpirag mountains as well as learn about their haunting legend.

It is worth mentioning that on this day trip from Tirana to Berat you will learn that the old city is divided into three parts, Mangalem, the castle, and Gorica.

Explore the city of one thousand windows or rows upon rows. One of the oldest inhabited cities in Albania.  A city you can visit all year round.

It is important to realize why Berat is on the UNESCO heritage list, this city is called the museum of Albania. It also has a historic architecture of the Ottoman period. And it is one of the few cities with an inhabited castle nowadays.

Berat Day Trip From Tirana is a tour to remember.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the UNESCO heritage sites and the vivid traces of ottoman period
  • Visit the inhabited castle and the “Onufri” National Iconographic Museum,
  • Visit the Medieval Centre and learn about interesting local customs

Itinerary

Tirana
The tour starts at 8:30 a.m from your hotel in Tirana. It will take approximetaly 2 hours to reach Berat.
Berat
Once you get to the city you will be taken to Berat Castle which dates back to the 4rth century BC. There you will learn that Berat was invaded three times by the Ottomans, Romans, and Bulgarians to became later on a big principality under the rule of the Albanian noble family of Muzaka in the 14th century. Visit the castle as one of the most marvelous sights of the city. It is one of the biggest inhabited Castles and has many Byzantine churches, as well as some mosques built during the Ottoman era which began in 1417. Our walk in the castle will take us to the Onufri Museum which is set up inside the Cathedral “Assumption of Saint Mary ” renovated in the 18th century. Besides the beautifully carved Iconostasis, you will admire as well the icons of the renowned Albanian painter "Onufri" As we drive down to the city center we will visit the medieval center, King Mosque, and Helveti Tekke and learn about the interesting cohabitation of two religious groups close to one another Next stop is in the old quarters of Mangalem and Gorica that connect with each other by the Gorica Bridge over the Osumi River. Both quarters take pride in their architecture and the rare shapes of the houses.
Tirana
In the end of these visits we head back to Tirana.

Included/Excluded

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fee in Onufri Museum
  • Private Guide
  • Transportation
  • Meals
  • Drinks

Experience

Day Trips

Durations

6 hours

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Berat, Tirana

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March 01, 2020
It is great to have guide to show us hidden local place in Berat with story behind. Pick up was on time and well commited... Read more
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