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Culture & history tour of North & Central Albania in 2 days

If you are briefly visiting Albania and want to get the most of culture and history of Northern and Central Albania then this is the tour for you! During this trip you will be able to visit the ancient city of Durres, the medieval Kruja town, Rozafa Castle and Shkodra Lake and one of the best Agro-tourism farms in the Western Balkans.

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2 days


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  • What's included :
    • 1x Breakfast
    • Accommodation included: 2 nights
    • BB (Accommodation and Breakfast) for one overnight
    • Professional tour guide
    • Transport provided by the company
    • Entry tickets for the ‘’will be visited’’ sites
    • Hotel pick up in Tirana
    • Hotel drop off in Tirana
    • Tourist taxes
    • Road taxes
    • Petrol
    • Entry/Admission - Durres Amphitheatre
    • Entry/Admission - Kruja Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Rozafa Castle
    What's excluded :
    • Lunch, Drinks & Snacks
    • Souvenirs
    • Personal spending
    • Everything that is not mentioned in the included
    • * Tips are not a must in Albania or the Balkans
    • however, our recommendation is to tip the tour guide/driver 5 - 6 Euros per day/person
    • as an international practice to tip good service.
    • * Please note that prices are calculated on triple or quadruples room occupancy.
    • Double or single room occupancy is possible on extra charge.
    • The Triple/Quadruple room occupancy means you might share the room with other travellers
    • and/or the tour guide (whom could be males or females).
    • Double room occupancy is possible on 10 Euros extra charge per night per person.
    • Single room occupancy is possible on 20 Euros extra charge per night per person.

  • Day 1: Tirana – Durres – Kruja

    Pass By: Choose Balkans - Albania Tour Operator, Rruga Reshit Çollaku, Tirana, Albania
    Our tour guide will come and pick you up at your hotel in Tirana at 9:00 am in the morning.

    Stop At: Durres Amphitheatre, Rruga Kalase, Durres Albania
    We head to the ancient town of Durres to explore the amphitheatre, the Roman ruins and the Venetian Tower.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Durres, Durres, Durres County
    Founded as Epidamnos in the ancient region of Illyria in 627 BC by ancient Greeks, Durrës has been one of the most important cities in the history of Albania. Known also as the centre of Archaeology in Albania, it has the largest Ancient Roman style Amphitheatre. The geographic position located in the shores of Adriatic Sea, turns Durrës into the main port and the second largest city of Albania as well.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Kruje, Kruje, Durres County
    Our trip continues to Kruja, a historical city symbol of the Albanian resistance against the expansion of Ottoman Empire. Kruja is situated in central Albania on a rocky mountainous terrain about 560 meters above sea level on the slopes of Sarisalltiku Mountain.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Old Bazaar (Pazari i Vjeter), Rruga Albanopolis, Kruje 1501 Albania
    Walking through Kruja’s Medieval Old Bazaar (one of the biggest and oldest in Balkans) gives you a sense of a passage through the history. You will be surrounded by crafts and local products carefully designed by local artisans and housewives of the Kruja area.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Kruja Castle, Near Tirana, Kruje 1501 Albania
    The castle of Kruja (built during the 5th century AD) is strategically placed on the top of a rocky hill, making it difficult for the enemies to attack. At around 13:30, you will get some free time on both days of the tour to have lunch and wander around by yourself till 15:00 pm. Our local guide will take you through some hidden paths, used by the locals to leave the castle without being noticed during periods when the enemies surrounded the castle.
    Duration: 1 hour

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Kruja.

    Day 2: Kruja – Shkodra – Agro-tourism farm

    Stop At: Shkoder, Shkoder, Shkoder County
    At 8:30, right after breakfast, our tour continues towards Shkodra. The city is situated in the north-western part of Albania, giving its name to the biggest lake in the Balkans. The oldest wall of the Shkodra castle dates from the 1st millennium B.C. The Roman historian Livy cited the town as the capital of the Illyrian king Gent, who fought the Romans in 168 B.C.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Rozafa Castle, Rozafa, Shkoder Albania
    We will visit the Rozafa castle offering a tremendous scenery of Shkoder Lake and the three rivers melting all together in the Adriatic Sea. The city’s architecture is highly influenced by the Venetian style and if you are lucky enough to join the tour of Shkodra in February, you might experience the carnival festival. Most of the guests are surprised to learn that most of the Venetian masks are handmade and produced in Shkodra. The city’s favourable geographic position has always been an important trading tie through the centuries, making it possible for different civilisations to encounter.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Fishte, Fishte, Lezhe County
    Our tour continues to Fishta, a rural village in Northern Albania. Apart from being the birth place of one of Albania’s most important writers, Gjergj Fishta, it is also home to one of the best Agro-tourism farms in Albania and the Balkans. After lunch (not included in the price), we take a tour around the farm and learn how they produce and preserve delicious local products. We will be back in Tirana in the late afternoon. This marks the end of this amazing experience through history and culture.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Tirana.
  • Departure Point :
    Choose Balkans - Albania Tour Operator, Rruga Reshit Çollaku, Tirana, Albania
    Traveler pickup is offered
    The tour departs from Choose Balkans office at Rr. Reshit Çollaku. On request (at least 12 hoursbefore tour departure) we can pick you up at 9:00 am from your hotel in Tirana free of charge.Airports
    • Rinas Airport, Tirana Albania
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Please note that due to rapid changes of the pandemic worldwide, measures and governmental restrictions on travel safety might change.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Choose Balkans Incoming Tour Operator

Activity ID: V-10132P41

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