Private tour to the main interesting sites and valuable historical landmarks in Albania. The itinerary will take you to Tirana (the capital city of Albania), Kruja (the city of Skenderbeg), Shkodra (the capital of Albanian Culture), Durres (the second biggest city in the country), Berat (the museum city), Vlora (the city of Independence), Butrint (Ancient city), Gjirokastra (the stone city).
Discover the rich history and heritage of Albania. Albania is home to a number of landmarks with valuable cultural and historical importance. Several of these have been recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites because of their uniqueness and importance to the collective interests of humanity.
Tirana, the capital of Albania, is known for its colorful Ottoman-, Fascist- and Soviet-era architecture. Pastel buildings surround the city’s focal point, Skanderbeg Square, the National History Museum, covering prehistoric times through Communist rule and the anti-Communist uprisings of the 1990s.
Nearby, the 1820s Clock Tower is a symbol of the city. It overlooks the Ottoman-era Et’hem Bey Mosque, known for its landscape frescoes. To the south is the National Arts Gallery, showcasing works by Albanians, and a mostly abandoned Pyramid monument from the Communist period that’s served as an exhibition hall and nightclub. The Pyramid borders Blloku.
Tirana is unquestionably the dynamic center of Albania thanks in part to its lively nightlife, comprised of theaters, restaurants and clubs. There are a variety of places to entertain you and most of them stay open all night. Bars and clubs can be found throughout town, particularly in the “Blok” area, playing all kinds of live music.
Durres is the most ancient city in Albania, with almost 3,000 years of history. Its foundation dates back to 627 B.C. The city is home to many ancient archaeological sites and finds. The most notable tourist attraction in Durrës is the amphitheater of the Roman Emperor Hadrian with 15,000 seats, the second biggest amphitheater in the Balkans.
Kruja was the de facto capital of Skanderbeg. Krujë itself is a small city situated approximately 31 kilometers north of the capital city of Tirana and is a place rich in history. While the region has been populated since the 3rd century B.C Kruja has a long list of attractions to offer tourists from the ancient castle nestled in the craggy rocks, two museums, stunning views and the old bazaar.
The biggest town in Northern Albania. Shkodra is considered the capital of Albanian culture. Shkodra is one of the most important cities of Albania and is also known to be the center of Albanian Catholicism, Culture and Harmony between different religions. There are many tourist attractions in Shkodra including Rozafa Castle, the Great Cathedral, Ebu Beker mosque, Promenade and Shkodra Lake etc.
The fortified city of Berat is home to a castle, known locally as the Kala, which was built in the 13th Century, although part of the structure dates back to the 4th Century BC. The citadel area features many 13th Century Byzantine churches, as well as several mosques from the Ottoman period.
A small town of about 33,000 inhabitants, situated on a beautiful horseshoe bay between the mountains and the Ionian Sea. Saranda Located opposite the Greek island of Corfu, Saranda is characterized by a Mediterranean climate and warm sea waters.
A rare combination of pristine archaeology and natural beauty. Butrint is a microcosm of Mediterranean history. Being inhabited since prehistoric times. This archaeological site contains a variety of ruins representing each period in the city’s development. Visitors can view a well-preserved Greek theater, and the beautiful mosaic floor of the ancient Christian baptistery, adapted from an ancient Roman monument.
Gjirokastra can boast a 13th Century citadel, a bazaar, mosques and churches from the 18th Century, and several spectacular turreted houses. Tiered houses built on the hillsides reflect classic 18th and 19th Century Balkan architecture.
The city carries historical importance to Albania as it hosted the First National Assembly, which declared the country’s independence from Ottoman rule on November 28th, 1912. The Museum of Independence is dedicated to this historic event. Other museums include the ethnographic and historic ones.
Arrive in Tirana, and transfer to your hotel. then we will start our sightseeing tour in Tirana, this tour visiting the National History Museum, Skenderbeg Square, Clock Tower, Bunker2, Murat Toptani Street, Main Boulevard, Memorial of Communism Era and Former Blloku quarter. You will have coffee break, and we will arrange the dinner at nice restaurant (optional), then back to your hotel. Overnight in Tirana.
Early morning after the breakfast we will depart for Kruja (45 min drive) where will visit the castle of Kruja, Skenderbeg museum, ethnographic museum and the old bazaar. followed by lunch in Mrizi i Zanave in Fishta village. after the lunch we will move towards Shkodra where we will visit Rozafa Castle, Shkodra Lak, Marubi Museum and the promenade. Dinner. Overnight in Shkodra.
This morning we depart for Durres, the second biggest city in Albania (100 km drive), we will stop by the amphitheater, Castle and the Archaeological museum. Lunch. after the lunch we drive towards Berat( UNESCO Site) we will explore the landmarks of this beautiful city including its old Castle, Onufri Icon Gallery, the ethnographic museum, Mangalem and Gorica quarter. Dinner. Overnight in Berat.
Today we will visit Apollonia archaeological park( 50 km drive), then we drive towards Vlora. Lunch, then we will explore the Monastery of Saint Mary, also known as the Monastery of Zvernec, is an important cultural monument on the Zvernec Island in the Narta Lagoon. The Byzantine church, build in the 13th century is a spiritual oasis for Christians in the area. then we will visit the ruins of Kanine Castle, Lungo Mare. Dinner. Overnight Vlora or llogara Park.
Today we drive towards Saranda( about 90 km). on the way to Saranda through the coastal road we will enjoy the amazing panoramic view of the Albanian riviera, we will stop by Porto Palermo to visit the Castle OF Ali Pasha. followed by Lunch. then we will visit the ancient city of Butrint (Unesco site),Within Butrinti you will explore the baptistery, the theater, basilica, public baths, gymnasium, temple to Minerv, Skea gate and Lion gate of the ancient walls and castle, many houses, and a great number of objects and sand statues of inestimable value. After the visit to butrint , we will explore the are of Ksamil and Lekursi Castle. Dinner . Overnight Saranda.
After the breakfast, we will drive to the blue eye springs,the Blue Eye is one of the most beautiful sights in Southern Albania, we may have a coffee break at the blue eye before heading to Gjirokastra (UNESCO site),in this amazing city we will visit the castle and museum of Armament, Ethnographic Museum, as well one of the traditional houses in Gjirokastra.
After the breakfast, you will be given free time to explore the cobblestone streets, which all lead to Bazaar. You can also visit the Mosque of Bazaar here, built in 1557. Afterwards we depart for Tirana. rest of day free at leisure. Overnight in Tirana.
Pack your luggage and say good-by to Albania. Transfer to Tirana international airport for final departure as per flight details.