On this excursion, you will discover the capital town of Tirana and Durres in Albania. After meeting the guide, you will travel for an hour to go to Tirana. Tirana is the heart and capital of the Republic of Albania. It has a population of just over 700.000. This important city lies at the foot of Dajti Mountain. Although the city is new (first built in 1614), the region of Tirana has been inhabitable since the Neolithic period. In 1925 it was officially the capital of Albania. Today it is Albania’s main administrative, economical, art, and culture center.
Albania is unique among nations because it has thousands of concrete bunkers. Many bunkers have been broken up. Some have been reused, like the one you will visit, BunkArt. It’s a five-story building. Some historical items relating to the communist era have filled the rooms, others are bare. There is also a large assembly hall, now used for jazz concerts.
You will travel to Durres to visit another of the oldest cities in Albania. Durres is located on the shores of the Adriatic Sea. It is Albania’s biggest seaport and its second-largest city.
So, uncover the mystery and history of Communist Bunkers of Albania in this unique guaranteed excursion from elitetravel-albania.com
The tour starts in Kavajë, Albania, a centrally located city in the lowlands of Albania. As with many other Albanian towns, its history dates back to the Illyrians in the 1st century B.C.
After meeting the guide, you will be travel approximately an hour to Tirana, the heart and capital of the Republic of Albania, with a population of just over 700.000. This important city lies at the foot of Dajti Mountain (1612 m/5288 ft.) at 110 m/361 ft. above sea level. Although the city is relatively new (first built in 1614), the region of Tirana has been inhabited since the Neolithic period. In 1925 it was officially declared the capital of Albania. Today it is Albania’s main administrative, economical, art and culture center.
Your visit starts at Skanderbeg Square, a monument dedicated to Skanderberg: George Castriot, known as Skanderbeg, an Albanian nobleman and military commander, who was declared a national hero of Albania for resisting the Ottomans in the 15th century. You will have time for sightseeing: the main boulevard, main administrative buildings, National Bank of Albania and the Et’hem Bey mosque (from the outside only).
Albania is unique among nations in the thousands of concrete bunkers that litter the countryside. When Communist dictator Enver Hoxha led the country from 1944 until 1985, he ordered these bunkers to be built. In his paranoia, he believed they would protect the country from invaders he thought would attack at any moment. The invaders never arrived, but Albanians have an ongoing reminder of that time in their history. Many bunkers have been broken up and their materials used for other purposes. Others have been repurposed, like the one you will visit: BunkArt. It’s a five-story building; some rooms are filled with historical items relating to the Communist era, others are bare. There is also a large assembly hall, now used for jazz concerts.
Free time for lunch—be sure to try the local specialties!
You will travel to Durres to visit another of the oldest cities in Albania. Located on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, it is Albania’s biggest seaport and its second largest city. Founded in the 7th century B.C.
it has many ancient archaeological sites, including the amphitheater of Roman Emperor Hadrian. One-third of the original city wall still exists; you can stroll along the same road as Caesar himself!
Your tour of Durres will start with a visit to its main historical area. You will begin at the Venetian tower then follow the old Byzantine walls of the castle to an upper view of the Roman Amphitheatre. You will continue on to view other Roman and Byzantine ruins.
Kindly find as below all the details of this tour
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Flower Hotel & SPA (reception desk) Rruga e Plazhit Golem Kavaja, Albania.|
The local guide will be waiting for you with: ETG Welcome Sign
|DEPARTURE TIME||The tour will depart on 08:30. Please be there 15 minutes in advance|
|RETURN TIME||The tour will end approximately on 16:00.|
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