In this Elbasan free walking tour you will discover, Elbasan, a city located right in the middle of Albania and the third-largest city. It is a center of culture, history, and tradition with lots of interesting sights. That is why Elite Travel Albania will start offering a FREE walking tour in Elbasan. It will be a two-hour tour starting from the city center and young, English-speaking local guides will be your companions.
What will you visit?
Your visit will start with a stroll through the main promenade, where you will see the old city walls or otherwise known as the Castle of Elbasan and the Clock tower. Nearby you will find ruins of the Bezistan Basilica.
An early Christian basilica built during the Byzantine period in the 5th century A.D. Next, you will be entering the castle which has some interesting attractions itself and is also proof of the coexistence of different religions. First, you will visit the King’s Mosque. It is worth a visit because it is one of the oldest mosques in the country. Built during the beginning of the Ottoman period (1481-1512) and it was classified a national monument in 1948. It was completely renovated in 2013, with the addition of a new minaret. And as you proceed with the tour, very close to the mosque you will find the St. Mary church. This Orthodox church was built during 1483-1556, completely out of stone. It is home to some amazing frescoes by Onufri, one of the most famous Albanian painters. Unfortunately, the church was burnt during the 18th century but it was rebuilt in the 19th century.
Moving on, you will pass by Elbasan’s open market with fresh produce.
Lastly, you will walk towards Salih Ceka Professional School. This school is becoming an essential player in preparing students for jobs of the future and assuring Elbasan’s evolvement in the long run.
How can you join the tour?
The tour starts in the city center in Gensher Square. Your guide will be wearing an “Elbasan Free Tour” badge and you can find them twice a day. From April to November the first tour will start every day at 10 AM and the second at 6 PM. From November to April the first tour will start at the same time and the second at 2 PM. Feel free to tip your guide. So, we welcome you on this new initiative to offer the best of Albania. Stay tuned for more!
Kindly find as below all the details of this tour
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Gensher Square, in front of clock tower (city center)
Look for the guide with the “Elbasan Free Tour” blue badge.
|DEPARTURE TIME||Tour starts every day, 2 times a day, 10 AM & 6 PM|
|CITY HIGHLIGHTS||Gensher Square
Castle of Elbasan
St. Mary Church
Salih Ceka School
Elbasan’s open market
|RETURN TIME||About 2-2.5 hours duration, 12 PM & 8 PM|