On this tour you will discover two of the most beautiful cities of Albania. This guaranteed excursion journey will first bring you back in time during the medieval ages. In Kruja you will discover the old ottoman bazaar and its Castle. The views from up there are really stunning! That is the reason Kruja is one of the most visited towns in Albania. In this excursion in Albania, your guide lets you wander through the old bazaar as well as the Adriatic coast in Durres. During the afternoon in Durres you will explore the ancient ruins from Romans and Byzantine times. Thus the name Medieval to Ancient! All beautifully mixed up with Soviet style and modern architecture.
In this excursion, you will experience many activities. Hat and slippers workshop and the Ethnographic museum are just some of the highlights. Beautiful landscapes, romantic sunsets on the Adriatic coast and many more.
So uncover the mystery and history of central Albania in this unique guaranteed excursion tour in Kruja and Durres.
Tirana is the capital of Albania and its largest city. It is in the center of Albania, enclosed by mountains and hills. Tirana International Airport is served by local and international airlines.
After meeting with the guide you will travel north to Kruja, once the center of Albanian resistance against the Ottomans that was led by Skanderbeg. Driving along a winding mountain road, you will reach the town’s main square, marked by the equestrian statue of Skanderbeg wielding his sword. Continuing uphill and above the town, you will reach the historic fortress and citadel which successfully withstood three Ottoman sieges led by Sultan Murat and later by his son Sultan Mehmed II—the conqueror of Constantinople (now Istanbul). It was only after Skanderbeg’s death that the fortress ﬁnally fell and the Albanian resistance was suppressed.
You will visit the castle, the Ethnographic Museum, and the Ottoman-style covered bazaar. You will enjoy going to a workshop in the old bazaar to see how the traditional Albanain hat (Qeleshe) and slippers (papuce) are produced. Then you will have free time for shopping time in Kruja’s old bazaar.
Next you will travel southwest to the coastal city of Durres, where you will have time to enjoy lunch on your own. 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! Because of its favorable position in the Adriatic Sea, Durres (named Epidamnum from Greeks and Dyrrachium from Romans) has always been envied. It was an important connection point under the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. It is still important today as one of the most inﬂuential contributors to the country’s economy.
You will have time to sightsee in Durres’ city center and its ancient ruins before traveling back to Tirana.
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|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Elite Travel Albania. St. Donika Kastrioti, 1000, Tiranë, Albania|
The local guide will be waiting for you with: ETG Welcome Sign
|DEPARTURE TIME||The tour will depart on 08:00. Please be there 15 minutes in advance|
|RETURN TIME||The tour will end approximately on 17:00.|
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