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Day Tour of Kruja and Sari Salltik holly cave from Tirana

Day Tour of Kruja and Sari Salltik holly cave from Tirana - Kruje, Albania

Duration: 7 to 8 hours
Location: Kruje, Albania

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Famous for its unique Medieval History, traditions and religions tolerance, Kruja is one of the cities with the brightest past in Albania. Starting from the XI century it has always been a stronghold in countless wars ... More info ›

Famous for its unique Medieval History, traditions and religions tolerance, Kruja is one of the cities with the brightest past in Albania. Starting from the XI century it has always been a stronghold in countless wars. This day tour bring the best values of Kruja unique Old Bazaar, famous castle and one of the most holy places in the country, the “Sari Salltik” cave, a center of Suni’s from the 13th centuries.

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Stop At: Kruja Castle, Near Tirana, Kruje 1501 Albania

Tour of the castle. Local story and legends.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ethnographic Museum of Kruja, Fortress of Kruja, Kruje 1501 Albania

Visit in the Ethnographic Museum of Kruja.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Kruja Hospitality, Rruga Albanopolis, Krujë 1051, Albania

Short introduction of traditional local life

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Sari Salltik, Krujë District, Albania

Visit in the holly cave of "Sari Salltik" in the mountain of Kruja .

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Go as Local, Siri Kodra 88, Tirana 1000 Albania

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Day trip of Kruja and National Park of Qafeshtama

Day trip of Kruja and National Park of Qafeshtama - Kruje, Albania

Duration: 6 to 7 hours
Location: Kruje, Albania

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To visit the city of Kruja is a "MUST" for everyone who is going to vist Albania. Kruja is one of the most important cities of Albania, mostly known to be the hometown of George Kastriota Skanderbeg, the greatest Albanian hero of all the times ... More info ›

To visit the city of Kruja is a "MUST" for everyone who is going to vist Albania. Kruja is one of the most important cities of Albania, mostly known to be the hometown of George Kastriota Skanderbeg, the greatest Albanian hero of all the times. Yes, Albania's national hero house, and although it was over 500 years ago, there's still a great deal of pride in the fact that he and his forces defended Kruja from the Ottomans until his death. Characteristic path with shops and made out of wood and stone. After that we are going to Qafshtama National Park.

The park is named after the Qafe-Shtamë passage, and has an area of 2000 hectares, with a beautiful mountain scenery consisting mainly of pine forests, some small lakes and major water sources. The national park was established in 1996 by the Albanian government. It is becoming lately a popular attraction for hiking

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Stop At: Kruja Castle, Near Tirana, Kruje 1501 Albania

Kruja which is closely related to the 25 years of activity of our national hero, Skanderbeg. During the the fifteenth century he made Kruja a bastion of uncompromising resistance against the Ottoman Empire.

The Old Bazaar, the Castle of Kruja (sieged 3 times by the Ottoman Empire and 3 times resisting the siege) and strolling between the old-traditional hoods are the highlights of the town

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Parku Kombetar i Qafe Shtames, Kruje Albania

Qafeshtama Mountain is well- known for curative water values from the surrounding springs and offers a fresh air with minimal carbon dioxide values, which is identified as to have cured people who have suffered or are suffering from chronic asthma, lung disease or from a weak immune system.


Duration: 2 hours

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Balkan Tours - Kruje, Albania

Duration: 14 days
Location: Kruje, Albania

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Discover 4 countries for yourself during this exciting adventure tour. Albania-Macedonia-Kosovo-Montenegro ... More info ›

Discover 4 countries for yourself during this exciting adventure tour. Albania-Macedonia-Kosovo-Montenegro. Travel through Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro and learn why these countries are part of UNESCO World Heritage List. See how the history and culture has given shape to the development of distinctive styles of architecture.During this tour you will have the possibility to enjoy the beauty of these cities and countries by staying the whole day and some of them you will see how they look by night.

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Day 1: Mother Teresa Airport - Tirana

Stop At: Skanderbeg Square, At the center of Tirana, Tirana Albania
Meet at airport and transfer to Tirana. What to Visit: Clock Tower, Scanderbeg Square. Positioned in the city center, this tower has become a symbol of Tirana. It is one of the oldest constructions in Tirana, built in the 1820. Et’hem Bey Mosque, construction of this mosque took about 28 years and finished in 1821. It is considered one of the most beautiful mosques in Albania with very interesting decorations and art-work within it . National Historic Museum, the main museum in Tirana, it is in the center of the city, easily recognizable because of a huge mosaic standing on top of its front facade. It contains many artifacts ranging from ancient times through Hoxha’s regime. Also we will visit ,National Art Gallery, National Archaeological Museum of Albania, Resurrection of Christ Orthodox Cathedral, Saint Paul Catholic Cathedral. Overnight in Tirana.
Duration: 5 hours

Stop At: Et`hem Bey Mosque, Sheshi Skenderbej, Tirana Albania
The Et'hem Bey Mosque is a mosque in Tirana, Albania. Closed under communist rule, the mosque reopened as a house of worship in 1991, without permission from the authorities. 10,000 people attended and the police did not interfere. Frescoes outside and in the portico depict trees, waterfalls and bridges – motifs rarely seen in Islamic art.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: National History Museum, Sheshi Skënderbej 1, Tirana 1000, Albania
The Antiquity Pavilion retains the most valuable objects from all of the Pavilions in the National Historical Museum. Here, an exhibition of around 400 objects from the Bronze Age kicks off Albania’s origin story and highlights the best from the era’s classical art. The pavilion’s undisputed masterpiece is without a doubt the iconic “Beauty of Durrës” mosaic, the oldest mosaic in the country, one that dates back to the 4th century B.C. Multi-coloured pebble stones, in a myriad of shapes and sizes, depict a huge image of a beautiful woman. Another equally iconic masterpiece of the same era is the “Dea of Butrint”. As you travel Albania keep your eyes peeled, as you will see many a replica of this marble bust throughout the country.
Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: 3-4* hotel in Tirana

Day 2: Tirana - Kruje - Vlora

Stop At: Kruja Castle, Near Tirana, Kruje 1501 Albania
After breakfast we will proceed to Kruja – the center of Albanian resistance against the Turks under our national hero Gjergj Kastrioti (Scanderbeg). He kept them from crossing into Western Europe for 25 years, thus earning the title “Protector of Christianity” given by the Pope. In Kruja also we will visit the old pazar and then we drive to Vlora and in Vlora we will visit the Independence Museum, situated in the original house where the first Independent Albanian Government had its offices. Overnight in Vlora.
Duration: 8 hours

Stop At: Kruja's Shop, Albanopolis St, Kruje 1501 Albania
The Krujë Bazaar (Bazari i Krujës) is both a historic attraction, and a shopping opportunity for those hunting for authentic Albanian souvenirs. You’ll find the bazaar inside the fortified walls of the Krujë castle (Kalaja e Krujës). It is the only authentic bazaar of its kind in Albania, particularly notable as most of the items on sale are made on site, in the shops lining up its old cobblestone streets. You can buy handmade Albanian carpets at bargain prices, local arts and crafts, national costumes, and other souvenirs.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: 3-4 hotel in Vlora

Day 3: Vlora - Butrint (UNESCO) - Saranda

Stop At: Independence Monument, Sheshi Pavaresia, Vlore Albania
After breakfast we depart to Saranda through the spectacular Albanian Riviera with its traditional villages. At the Llogara National Park we stop at around 1100 metres where spectacular views of the Ionian Sea can be admired. Afterwards continue along the wonderful coast to the ancient city of Butrint another UNESCO World Heritage considered the best archaeological site in Albania and probably one of the most important in the Balkans. The city was first settled by Greek colonists and was continuously inhabited for centuries forming archaeological layers of passing civilizations, giving archaeologists the possibility to study continuity through time. It is situated on a beautiful peninsula among dense vegetation. The site has been occupied since at least the 8th century BC, although myths associated with its origins speak of the city’s foundation by Trojan exiles. Overnight in Saranda.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: 3-4* hotel in Saranda

Day 4: Saranda -Blue Eye (Water Spring) - Gjirokastra (UNESCO)

Stop At: Gjirokaster Castle, Gjirokaster Albania
In the morning we depart for Gjirokastra a museum town under the protection of UNESCO as a World Heritage Site with beautiful and very distinct architecture. On the way we stop at Blue Eye (Syri i kaltër) is a water spring and natural phenomenon. A popular tourist attraction, the clear blue water of the river bubbles forth from a stunning, more than 50 m deep pool. Divers have descended to fifty meters, but it is still unclear what the actual depth of the karts hole is. Afterwards in Gjirokastra we visit the fortress part of which was turned into a political prison for dissidents of the communist regime and an Arms Museum. Visit to the Ethnographic Museum, which is also the house the Albanian dictator was born in, as well as a 300 year old house next to it, where the grandeur of Gjirokastra’s master builders can be observed. Overnight in Gjirokastra.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: 3-4 hotel in Gjirokastra

Day 5: Gjirokastra (UNESCO) - Berat (UNESCO)

Stop At: Berat Castle, Rruga Mihal Komnena, Berat 5001 Albania
After breakfast depart for Berat, one of the most visited and characteristic towns in Albania under the protection of UNESCO as a patronage of humanity for its architectural uniqueness. We visit the Castle and the Onufri Museum. Berat castle is of particular interest as people still live within its walls in their traditional houses, as have their ancestors for centuries. The castle used to have over 40 churches of which 7 still remain including St.Mary’s church turned into Onufri Museum. Onufri was a famous Albanian Icon master painter of the 16th century who painted many orthodox churches in Albania and Greece, using a special red colour. Berat is also known for its close ties with religious practice as two of the oldest bibles in the world have been found here. One dates back from the 6th century AD and the other from the 9th century AD and are internationally renowned for their theological importance. We have a homemade lunch in one of the houses in the castle. Just below the castle we visit the Leaden Mosque, the King's Mosque, the Bachelor's Mosque and the Alveti Tekke completing a tour of this town’s religious tolerance. Overnight in Berat.


Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: 3-4* hotel in Berat

Day 6: Berat (UNSECO) - Elbasan – Struga - Ohrid (UNESCO)

Stop At: Lake Ohrid, Ohrid Republic of North Macedonia
After breakfast depart for to the city of Ohrid. On the way we drive through rural villages with wonderful countryside landscapes. We stop at Elbasan for a visit at the castle. Afterwards proceed to Struga famous for its wall of water where the Black Drin River flows out of Lake Ohrid on its way to the Adriatic. In August, the famous international poetry festival is staged on the bridge over the Black Drin. After a short visit continue on to Ohrid where we take a familiarization tour of the town, proclaimed UNESCO World Heritage region for its cultural and natural legacy. Overnight in Ohrid.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: 3-4* hotel in Ohrid Macedonia

Day 7: Ohrid

Stop At: St. Jovan Kaneo, Kaneo Plaosnik Pateka, Ohrid 6000 Republic of North Macedonia
After breakfast visit: Church “St. Sofia”, built between the 11th and 14th century, was the seat of the Archbishop. “St. Clement”, a classic Orthodox Byzantine church, dominating the Old Town, demonstrates the link between Byzantine and Italian Renaissance art. At “Plaoshnik”, in the 9 the century, St. Clement of Ohrid founded the first University of Europe and educated 3.500 students, St. John at Kaneo, stands alone on a small promontory which juts out into the Lake at the western end of the Old Town, and provides spectacular panoramic views of the Lake and surrounding mountains, Samuil fortress, etc. Other visits include: Saint Painteleimon Church, The Holy Virgin of Peribleptos Church, Icon Gallery, and old Bazaar. Overnight in Ohrid.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: 3-4* hotel in Ohrid

Day 8: Ohrid (UNESCO) – Skopje

Stop At: Skopje Fortress Kale, Old Town, Skopje Republic of North Macedonia
After the breakfast we depart for Skopje where we take a guided tour of the main sites. Visit the old Turkish bazaar, Mahmut Pasha Hammam, the memorial house of Mother Teresa, stone bridge and the Macedonia Plaza. Overnight in Skopje.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: 3-4* hotel in Skopje

Day 9: Skopje - Prishtina - Gracanica Monastery - Ulpiana - Prishtina

Stop At: Gracanica Monastery, Gracanica Kosovo
Morning we drive to Prishtina and then we visit Gracanica Monastery which was constructed on the ruins of an older 13th century church of the Holy Virgin, which was built on the ruins of a 6th century early Christian basilica. Of the former monastic compound, only the church has survived. Visit Ulpiana an ancient Roman site also named Justiniana Secunda. Under the Roman Empire, Ulpiana flourished and it is mentioned as a glorious city "urb splendidissma". Ulpiana suffered numerous attacks from barbarian tribes (Huns, Goths), it was destroyed in 479 by the Goths. A final blow came when an earthquake struck in 518 AD and destroyed what remained of Ulpiana. Next visit the 1389 Kosovo Battlefield and Sultan Murat’s grave (both about 15 min away from Prishtina). Overnight in Prishtina.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: 3-4* hotel in Prishtina, Kosovo

Day 10: Prishtina - Prizren - Decan Monastery - Peja

Stop At: Visoki Decani Monastery, Rruga Sali Ceku the Prokletije Mountains, Decan 51000 Kosovo
After breakfast we drive to visit Prizren, a true open air museum, one of the most beautiful towns of Kosovo. It is situated on the slopes of the Sharr Mountains and on the banks of the river Bistrica. The craftsmen of Prizren are well known for their beautiful gold and silver articles and other folk handcrafts. From all the cities of Kosovo, Prizren has best preserved the architectural style of the past. Afterwards head towards Peja through the magnificent the Rugova Gorge to the Decani Monastery near it. This monastery complex is a wonderful example of the Orthodox religious architecture and art part of UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must for anyone visiting Kosovo. Overnight in Peja.
Duration: 8 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: 3-4* hotel in Pec

Day 11: Peja - Kolashin - Budva

Stop At: Altstadt (Old Town) Budva, Budva, Budva Municipality Montenegro
After breakfast a long drive through magnificent natural beauty of the North West Kosovo and Montenegro takes us to Kolašin which is Montenegro's most famous ski resort. Then we continue on another panoramic drive, the coastal area around Budva, called the Budva Riviera, is the center of Montenegrin tourism, known for its well preserved medieval walled city, sandy beaches and diverse nightlife. Overnight in Budva.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: 3-4* hotel in Budva

Day 12: Budva - Kotor (UNESCO) - Cetinje - Budva

Stop At: Kotor Old City, Stari grad, Kotor, Kotor Municipality 85330 Montenegro
After breakfast drive to visit The Old City of Kotor a well preserved urbanization typical of the Middle Ages, built between the 12th and 14th century. Medieval architecture and numerous monuments of cultural heritage have made Kotor an UNESCO listed “World Natural and Historical Heritage Site”. Then we drive to Cetinje and Cetinje is a town of immense historical heritage, founded in the 15th century. It became the centre of Montenegrin life and both a cradle of Montenegrin and an Eastern Orthodox religious center. It is because of its heritage as a long term Montenegrin capital that it is today the honorary capital of Montenegro. Overnight in Budva.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: 3-4* hotel in Budva

Day 13: Budva - Shkodra - Tirana

Stop At: Shkodra Lake, Shiroka, Shkoder Albania
After breakfast drive to Shkodra. On the way stop for a photo at Sveti Stefan renowned for its celebrity residents from the music and movie industry. Afterwards proceed to Shkodra centre of Roman Catholicism in Albania and a town with long historic roots, and the only mentioned capital of the Illyrian Kingdom. Visit the pedestrian area with Italian influences and the Castle thought to exist from Illyrian times. After lunch return to Tirana. Overnight in Tirana.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: 3-4* hotel in Tirana

Day 14: Tirana - "Mother Teresa Airport"

Stop At: Tirana East Gate, Rruga e elbasanit, km 5 Rruga e Elbasanit, Tirana 1001 Albania
After breakfast transfer to Airport.
Duration: 2 hours

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Tirana and Kruja, Full Day Trip

Tirana and Kruja, Full Day Trip - Kruje, Albania

Duration: 8 hours
Location: Kruje, Albania

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Half day is enough to visit Kruja, the old capital of Albania. Located near Tirana, Kruja is the perfect day trip from the capital ... More info ›

Half day is enough to visit Kruja, the old capital of Albania. Located near Tirana, Kruja is the perfect day trip from the capital. Most of its visitors go there for the stunning old bazaar to buy pretty souvenirs like carpets, rugs, and bags. Kruja is also home to one of the oldest castles in the Balkans, which is definitely worth a look, too. Inside the castle’s walls, there is the Scanderbeg Museum, a museum dedicated to a military commander – widely considered by many Albanians to be a national hero.
Tirana, is one of the most vibrant places to visit in the country. Tirana should at least include Scanderbeg Square, the heart of the town, and a stroll through Pedonalja, the main pedestrian street of the city that is lined with cafés, bars, theatres and cinemas. Located nearby are BunkArt2, a museum dedicated to the victims of the Communist regime, and the National Gallery of Arts, with artworks by some of the most famous.

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Stop At: Skanderbeg Square, At the center of Tirana, Tirana Albania

The Skanderbeg Square is the main plaza in the center of Tirana, Albania. The square is named after the Albanian national hero Gjergj Kastrioti Skënderbeu. The total area is about 40.000 square metres. The Skanderbeg Monument dominates the square.

During the Italian invasion of Albania, the city plan for Tirana was designed by Florestano Di Fausto and Armando Brasini in a Neo-Renaissance style with articulate angular solutions and giant order fascias.

Many buildings including the Tirana International Hotel, the Palace of Culture, the National Opera, the National Library, the National Bank, the Ethem Bey Mosque, the Clock Tower, the City Hall, the Ministry of Infrastructure, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Energy, and the National Historical Museum are situated at the square.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Pazari i Ri, Shenasi Dishnica, Tirana 1001 Albania

The New Bazaar is a neighbourhood in Tirana, Albania. The name of the neighbourhood stems from the groceries marketplace which is situated in the area. It is located east of the central boulevard. Along with Mujos it forms part of the Old Town of Tirana and is one of the oldest areas of the city. The old historic Kokonozi Mosque of Ottoman times is situated here.

The market offers a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables grown locally in the surrounding areas of Tirana, fish and meat, regional Albanian wine and raki. Many colorful buildings, restaurants and bakeries are surrounded. Recently, there have been a raising interest to make the Bazaar a touristic attraction. However in 2017, the bazaar were renovated and reconstructed.

The New Bazaar was built, before the reconstruction of 2016, in 1931 at the same place where the historic Old Bazaar were built, the latter extending up to present day Skanderbeg Square.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Enver Hoxha Pyramid, Boulevard Deshmoret e Kombit, Tirana Albania

On 14 October 1988, the structure opened as the Enver Hoxha Museum, originally serving as a museum about the legacy of Enver Hoxha, the long-time leader of Communist Albania, who had died three years earlier. The structure was co-designed by Hoxha's daughter Pranvera Hoxha, an architect, and her husband Klement Kolaneci, along with Pirro Vaso and Vladimir Bregu.

When built, the Pyramid was said to be the most expensive individual structure ever constructed in Albania.

The Pyramid has sometimes been sardonically called the "Enver Hoxha Mausoleum", although this was never its intended use or official appellation.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Blloku, Tirana Albania

Ish-Blloku (English: Ex-Block), commonly Blloku, is an upmarket area in Tirana, Albania. It widely known as an entertainment destination with its boutiques, shops, restaurants, trendy bars, pubs, and cafes. The area is part of the neighbourhood of Tirana e Re in southwestern Tirana. During the peak summer months, its trendy bars transfer along the Albanian Riviera.

It became very attractive after the fall of Communism in Albania, because during the communist period it was a restricted residential area for the members of the Albanian politburo, ordinary Albanians would not be allowed in. On most maps it was unmarked. In Blloku you can still find the residence of Albania’s communist leader Enver Hoxha.

Since the fall of communism in Albania, a dramatic growth of new developments has taken place, with many new exclusive flats and apartments. Ish-Blloku has been called the "playground of the young Albanian elite".



Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Kruja's Shop, Albanopolis St, Kruje 1501 Albania

The Kruja Bazaar is famous for being one of the oldest in Albania. The construction of the beautiful and fascinating marketplace of Krujë dates back over 400 years, and was the starting point of free trade among the city’s most established merchants.
It is in this particular bazaar that traders first began to officially exchange various kinds of goods with one another. Conveniently located on the main road leading to the Castle of Kruja, the space forms part of the museum while also serving its traditional commercial purpose.

Whether you need a traditionally-crafted rug, or masterfully-made copper products from the renowned craftsmen who work here, you can find every object of interest you might need! Other items in the fascinating bazaar include genuine handcrafted items, and silver jewellery that is known to last a lifetime. The bazaar has steadily grown over the centuries, dictating the spread of housing and urban structures around it, making it the real epic centre of Kruja.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Kruja Castle, Near Tirana, Kruje 1501 Albania

The Albanian people are identified with the history of Kruje Castle. This castle is one of the most visited places in Albania. Within the fortress is located one of the main attractions, the National Museum "George Castroti Skanderbeg". This museum was built in early 1980s by architects Pranvera Masha and Pirro Vaso. Inside the museum there are exposed a lot of original bibliography, documents, objects and authentic reproductions that represent the history of Albanian people in the fifteenth century. This museum has become an icon of the city's skyline.

Duration: 1 hour

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Durres, Kruje, Full Day Trip From Tirana

Durres, Kruje, Full Day Trip From Tirana - Kruje, Albania

Duration: 8 hours
Location: Kruje, Albania

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We drive to the historic city of Kruja. In the 15th century, Kruja was the symbol of the resistance against the Turks, under the leadership of Scanderbeg, who with a small army successfully ousted Turks ... More info ›

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We drive to the historic city of Kruja. In the 15th century, Kruja was the symbol of the resistance against the Turks, under the leadership of Scanderbeg, who with a small army successfully ousted Turks. We will visit Fortress of Scanderbeg, Old Bazaar of Kruja.
We leave Kruja behind and drive to Durres, one of the Albania’s oldest cities, which lies in a small peninsula on the coat of Adriatic. Here we visit the Roman Amphitheater, built in 2nd century B.C. The Fortress in Durres which was built in the sixth century, Roma Thermal Baths and the Archaeological Museum, with an excellent collection of objects excavated from Durres. We then return you to Tirana.

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Stop At: Kruja Castle, Near Tirana, Kruje 1501 Albania

During the Albanian Revolt of 1432-1436 the city was unsuccessfully besieged by Andrea Thopia and Ottoman rule was restored. After Skanderbeg's rebellion in 1443 the castle withstood three massive sieges from the Turks respectively in 1450, 1466 and 1467 with garrisons usually no larger than 2,000-3,000 men under Skanderbeg's command. Mehmed II "The Conqueror" himself could not break the castle's small defenses until 1478, 10 years after the death of Skanderbeg. Today it is a center of tourism in Albania, and a source of inspiration to Albanians. Krujë Castle is situated at an elevation of 557 metres (1,827 ft)

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Kruja's Shop, Albanopolis St, Kruje 1501 Albania

The Kruja Bazaar is famous for being one of the oldest in Albania. The construction of the beautiful and fascinating marketplace of Krujë dates back over 400 years, and was the starting point of free trade among the city’s most established merchants. It is in this particular bazaar that traders first began to officially exchange various kinds of goods with one another. Conveniently located on the main road leading to the Castle of Kruja, the space forms part of the museum while also serving its traditional commercial purpose.

Whether you need a traditionally-crafted rug, or masterfully-made copper products from the renowned craftsmen who work here, you can find every object of interest you might need! Other items in the fascinating bazaar include genuine handcrafted items, and silver jewellery that is known to last a lifetime. The bazaar has steadily grown over the centuries, dictating the spread of housing and urban structures around it, making it the real epicentre of Kruja.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Durres Amphitheatre, Rruga Kalase, Durres Albania

The amphitheatre was built in the beginning of the 2nd century AD. It was used for performances until the 4th century AD. The earthquake of 345/346 likely damaged the monument and closed the 'ludii gladiatorii'. An early Christian chapel was constructed on the amphitheatre in the second half of the 4th century. The chapel was initially decorated with frescoes; in the 6th century, mosaics were added. A medieval chapel was built in the 13th century, also decorated with frescoes. The amphitheater was covered over in the 16th century, after the Ottoman occupation, when the wall was built nearby. Marin Barleti described the monument as 'well constructed'.

About one third of the site was discovered and excavated in the 1960s by Vangjel Toci; the rest was excavated in the 1980s by Lida Miraj. After excavation the amphitheater slowly deteriorated, as no conservation efforts were undertaken prior to the 2000s, and construction continued to take place around the site. In 2004 the University of Parma started restoration work to save the monument

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Durres Castle, Durres Albania

The Venetian Castle is an extension of the Byzantine Fortress of Durrës. Built in the sixth century, it was considered as one of the most powerful fortresses along the western coast of the Adriatic. Architectonic elements of the structure and historic records show that the fortress was rebuild in the first half of the fifteenth century, when Durrës was ruled by the Republic of Venice.

In the middle Ages, the design of the fortress was constantly dictated by the advances in the art of fortifications, assault tactics and weaponry of the time. Hence, by the time that artillery was widely used in fortresses, the Venetian Castle was built to do just that.

The tower is built upon a circular plane 9 meters in diameter and 9.6 meters tall. It rises above a cone – shaped basement and bounded in its highest section by a semi – arched stone frame. The basement is filled with earth mound paved in stone slabs, thus making it the only floor in the tower that serves as a defensive podium circled by a serrated banquette.

There is just one hall inside the tower and it is lit by five artillery pill – boxes. It is covered by a spherical dome built with bricks.

The walls measure 3.70 meters thick reinforced by a wooden sash. Because the walls were so thick, it was possible to build a cylindrical stair up to the roof and numerous small slots used as ammunition depot.



Duration: 1 hour

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Daytrip to Krujë & Durrës, from Tirana

Daytrip to Krujë & Durrës, from Tirana - Kruje, Albania

Duration: 7 to 9 hours
Location: Kruje, Albania

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It is a great possibility for travelers who want to spend a weekend in Albania, if they don't have much time. They get to know a bit of this beautiful country, everyday life, culture, antiquity and modernism in just a few hours ... More info ›

It is a great possibility for travelers who want to spend a weekend in Albania, if they don't have much time. They get to know a bit of this beautiful country, everyday life, culture, antiquity and modernism in just a few hours. With us and our specialized guides they get full insight and very often go off the beaten path.

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Stop At: Kruja Castle, Near Tirana, Kruje 1501 Albania

Kruja, centre of Albanian resistance against the Ottomans under our National Hero Scanderbeg. He kept the Ottoman armies from crossing into Western Europe for 25 years, thus earning the title “Athleta Christi” awarded by the pope of the time. We will visit the Skanderbeg Museum one of the best in the country and a rich Ethnographic Museum with almost all items being original from the end of the 19th century. Finally we make our way through Kruja’s famous Bazaar full of traditional handicrafts and souvenirs.

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Durres Amphitheatre, Rruga Kalase, Durres Albania

After the visits continue to Durres one of the oldest towns in Albania and the first and perhaps the most important of the Greek colonies in the country. It was founded at Epidamnus in 627 B.C. by Greeks from Corcyra (present-day Corfu) and Corinth. Greek and Roman authors called it "the Admirable City" for its temple, statues, and other monuments. However, only a few remains remind us of this city’s glory days, mainly due to earthquakes and, also the fact that Durres has been continuously inhabited through time. Therefore it has been transformed accordingly. We will visit some of the remains such as the amphitheatre, the forum, archeological museum, the Venetian tower the outer walls. We have refreshment at a panoramic bar before we return to Tirana.

Duration: 3 hours

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